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Yahoo Contributor Network Additional Terms of Service

Yahoo Contributor Network Additional Terms of Service

Welcome to the Yahoo Contributor Network. We're glad you're here. Here are some things you should know before you get started:


These Additional Terms of Service ("YCN ATOS") are between you and Yahoo Ireland Services Limited (“Yahoo”) and they supplement the Yahoo UK Terms of Service which are hereby incorporated by reference. This YCN ATOS governs your access to and use of the services and YCN websites (as identified by "Yahoo Contributor Network" in the banner or footer of such websites and corresponding URLs) and which may be accessed via various existing or future media or devices (collectively, the "YCN Services").

By accessing or using the YCN Services, you agree to be bound by this YCN ATOS. This YCN ATOS incorporates by reference the Master Licence Agreement (“MLA”), Submission Guidelines and Payment Policy and all related documents (collectively, the "YCN Agreements").   Capitalised terms have the meanings ascribed in this YCN ATOS, the YCN Agreements or in the Yahoo UK Terms of Service.  YCN Services comprise a Service as defined in the Yahoo UK Terms of Service. In the event of a conflict between this YCN ATOS and the UK TOS, the YCN ATOS shall prevail.


The YCN Services provide functionality that allows individuals who have a valid Yahoo ID (“You”) to submit original articles and other Content (as defined in the Yahoo UK Terms of Service and including designs, technology, written expressions, images, illustrations, audio/visual work and/or any other works of authorship, whether or not eligible for patent, trade secret or other legal protection) to Yahoo to be hosted and publicly displayed on the  Yahoo Services, other Yahoo properties and sites in other countries.  

To register as a YCN Contributor and in consideration of your use of the YCN Services, You represent that You can form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving the YCN Services under the laws of the United Kingdom or other applicable jurisdiction.

Once you register successfully as a “YCN Contributor” on the YCN Services, Content that you submit via the submission process ("Submissions") is subject to the terms of (a) the MLA and Payment Policies and (b) the applicable YCN Licence elected by you during the submission process.  In all cases, You retain ownership of Your Submissions.  The MLA and YCN Licences are collectively referred to as the "Contributor Licences," and as a reminder, these Contributor Licences are incorporated into and made part of this YCN ATOS and include the right for Yahoo to display Your Submissions in any media for promotional uses related to the YCN Services.

You acknowledge, consent and agree that Yahoo may take such action in respect of enforcement of the YCN Agreements as is referred to in the Yahoo UK Terms of Service as being reserved to Yahoo to enforce those terms, for example termination of your account for violation of the YCN Agreements and access, preservation, and/or disclosure of your Registration Data and related account information, and your Submissions, if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce the YCN ATOS; (iii) respond to claims that any Submissions violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; or (v) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of  Yahoo its users, and the public.

The YCN Services, including all Content and Submissions, is protected by copyright under U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not publish, reproduce (except as permitted in the next sentence), transmit, participate in the sale or transfer of, create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit any of the YCN Services, including Content, in whole or in part. You may copy or download Content for personal, non-commercial use only, provided that You maintain all copyright notices and other restrictive notices contained on such Content. Copying or storing any Content for any non-personal use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission.

You are reminded about your obligation to comply with the Content standards applicable to the Services and in particular, You agree not to include any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, offensive, indecent, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable.


You may be selected by Yahoo at Yahoo 's sole discretion, to participate in the Featured Contributor Program (the "Featured Contributor Program"). You agree to comply with the Featured Contributor Program guidelines that are posted on the YCN Services or otherwise made available to You. You further agree and acknowledge that your participation in the Featured Contributor Program is voluntary, without compensation of any kind, and will not create any employment relationship between you and Yahoo. You may terminate your participation in the Featured Contributor Program at any time, and Yahoo may, without notice to You, terminate your participation in the Featured Contributor Program at any time. You understand that Yahoo may from time to time change the Featured Contributor Program guidelines or terminate the Featured Contributor Program in its entirety at any time in its sole discretion.


You agree to indemnify and hold Yahoo and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners, and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your Content and Submissions, your use of the YCN Services, your connection to the YCN Services, your violation of the YCN ATOS, or any other agreement incorporated, or your violation of any rights of another or of any applicable laws or regulations.


Yahoo may, without prior notice and at its sole discretion, immediately terminate, limit your access to, or suspend your YCN Contributor account and access to the YCN Services, for no reason or for cause which may include your breach of the YCN ATOS. Yahoo shall not be liable to You or any third party for any termination of your account, any associated email address, or access to the YCN Services.

Termination of your YCN Contributor account includes any or all of the following: (a) removal of access to all or part of the offerings within the YCN Services, (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files, and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring of further use of all or part of the YCN Services.

Licences granted by You to Yahoo per the MLA will remain in full force and effect.


You agree that should You accept a retail product or other good from a manufacturer, promoter, or any individual or entity representing such product with the expectation that You will review or comment upon such product that such review or any statements made by You regarding such product will be true, accurate, and based on your personal experience. You also understand and agree that You are solely responsible for, and may be liable for, any false or misleading claims You make about the product, its manufacturer or promoter, and that You will review and adhere to any particular restrictions or guidelines regarding product reviews that are set forth by Yahoo.  Finally, when promoting your Submission, You must clearly disclose as applicable the type and extent of your connection to the product manufacturer or promoter, and such disclosure must also comply with any terms set forth by Yahoo.


You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this YCN ATOS, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this YCN ATOS.


The Yahoo UK Terms of Service, which apply to your use of the YCN Services, provide that both any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the YCN Services (including any dispute or claim relating to non-contractual obligations) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.  The courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or matter arising out of or in connection with the YCN Services (including any non-contractual disputes or claims).


You agree that your YCN account is nontransferable and any rights to your YCN ID or contents within your account terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate or as otherwise permitted per the terms of this YCN ATOS, your account may be terminated and all Content  may be permanently deleted. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that You have, subject to the MLA, a) contributed Submission(s) to Yahoo b) Yahoo has exercised its Option to the Licence Grant Type elected by You, and c) have properly established a means for receiving payments per the Payment Policy, then upon receipt of documentation sufficient, in Yahoo's sole reasonable discretion, to establish a beneficiary to your estate that includes rights to your YCN account, then Yahoo will effect the transfer of your YCN account limited solely to receipt of payments due and specifically excludes any rights to edit existing Submissions, create new Submissions or modify Registration Data.


Please report any violations of the YCN ATOS to our Customer Care group.