Terms of Service
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY THE TERMS OF SERVICE LISTED BELOW.
"KOMU.com" is the interactive on-line service operated by KOMU 8 ("KOMU 8") on the World Wide Web of the Internet, consisting of information services and content provided by KOMU 8 and other third parties. "User" means each person who establishes or accesses a connection for access to and use of KOMU.com.
Section 1 — General
(A) This Agreement, which incorporates by reference other provisions applicable to use of KOMU.com, including, but not limited to, supplemental terms and conditions set forth in paragraph 14 hereof ("Supplemental Terms") governing the use of certain specific material contained in KOMU.com, sets forth the terms and conditions that apply to use of KOMU.com by User. By using KOMU.com (other than to read this Agreement for the first time), User agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions hereof. The right to use KOMU.com is personal to User and is not transferable to any other person or entity. User is responsible for all use of User’s Account (under any screen name or password) and for ensuring that all use of User's Account complies fully with the provisions of this Agreement. User shall be responsible for protecting the confidentiality of User’s password(s), if any.
(B) KOMU 8 shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of KOMU.com, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability, and equipment needed for access or use.
Section 2 — Changed Terms
KOMU 8 shall have the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to User's use of KOMU.com, or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, but not limited to, adding fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by means including, but not limited to, posting on KOMU.com, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means by which User obtains notice thereof. Any use of KOMU.com by User after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by User of such changes, modifications or additions.
Section 3 — Equipment
User shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of KOMU.com and all charges related thereto.
Section 4 — User Conduct
(A) User shall use KOMU.com for lawful purposes only. User shall not post or transmit through KOMU.com any material which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane or otherwise objectionable, which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law, or which, without KOMU 8's express prior approval, contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services. Any conduct by User that in KOMU 8's discretion restricts or inhibits any other User from using or enjoying KOMU.com will not be permitted. User shall not use KOMU.com to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation, including, but not limited to, the solicitation of users to become subscribers of other on-line information services competitive with KOMU.com.
(B) KOMU.com contains copyrighted material, trademarks and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound, and the entire contents of KOMU.com are copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws. KOMU 8 owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content, as well as in the content original to it. User may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part. User may download copyrighted material for User’s personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without the express permission of KOMU 8 and the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyrighted material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. User acknowledges that it does not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.
(C) User shall not upload, post or otherwise make available on KOMU.com any material protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary right and the burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright rests with User. User shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. By submitting material to any public area of KOMU.com, User automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material has expressly granted KOMU 8 the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such material. User also permits any other User to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that User's personal use. User hereby grants KOMU 8 the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any material made available on KOMU.com by User.
(D) The foregoing provisions of this Section are for the benefit of KOMU 8, its affiliates and its third party content providers and licensors and each shall have the right to assert and enforce such provisions directly or on its own behalf.
Section 5 — Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability
(A) USER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT USE OF KOMU.COM IS AT USER'S SOLE RISK. NEITHER KOMU 8, ITS PARTNERS NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT KOMU.COM WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DO THEY MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF KOMU.COM, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR CONTENT OF ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE, OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED THROUGH KOMU.COM.
(B) KOMU.COM IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT.
(C) THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. SUBSCRIBER SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT KOMU 8 IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER SUBSCRIBERS OR THIRD-PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH SUBSCRIBER.
(D) IN NO EVENT WILL KOMU 8, OR ANY PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DISTRIBUTING KOMU.COM OR THE KOMU.COM SOFTWARE, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE KOMU.COM. USER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT ON KOMU.COM.
(E) IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS SET FORTH ABOVE NEITHER, KOMU 8, NOR ITS AFFILIATES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS SHALL BE LIABLE REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OR DURATION, FOR ANY ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER DEFECTS IN, OR UNTIMELINESS OR UNAUTHENTICITY OF, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN KOMU.COM, OR FOR ANY DELAY OR INTERRUPTION IN THE TRANSMISSION THEREOF TO THE USER, OR FOR ANY CLAIMS OR LOSSES ARISING THEREFROM OR OCCASIONED THEREBY. NONE OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS OR LOSSES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. NEITHER, KOMU 8, NOR ITS AFFILIATES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE TIMELINESS, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE INFORMATION.
Section 6 — Monitoring
KOMU 8 shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of KOMU.com, including chat rooms and forums, to determine compliance with this Agreement and any operating rules established by KOMU 8 and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. KOMU 8 shall have the right in its sole discretion to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on KOMU.com. Without limiting the foregoing, KOMU 8 shall have the right to remove any material that KOMU 8, in its sole discretion, finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable.
Section 7 — Indemnification
User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless KOMU 8, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of KOMU.com by User or User's Account.
Section 8 — Termination
Either KOMU 8 or User may terminate this Agreement at any time. Without limiting the foregoing, KOMU 8 shall have the right to immediately terminate user's Account in the event of any conduct by User which KOMU 8, in its sole discretion, considers to be unacceptable, or in the event of any breach by user of this Agreement. The provisions of Sections 4(B), 4(C), 4(D), 5, 7, 9 and this Section 8 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
Section 9 — Trademarks
KOMU 8, KOMU.com, KOMU.com Mobile, KOMU 8 Mobile Message, KOMU 8 Weather Plus, Mid-Missouri’s CW, and midmissouricw.com and each of their logos are trademarks of the Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. All other trademarks appearing on KOMU.com are the property of their respective owners.
Section 10 — Third Party Content
KOMU 8 is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and Users. Accordingly, KOMU 8 has no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers or Users of KOMU.com, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of KOMU 8. Neither KOMU 8 nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. (Refer to Section 6 above for the complete provisions governing limitation of liabilities and disclaimers of warranty.)
In many instances, the content available through KOMU.com represents the opinions and judgments of the respective information provider or User not under contract with KOMU 8. KOMU 8 neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on KOMU.com by anyone other than authorized KOMU 8 employee spokespersons while acting in their official capacities. Under no circumstances will KOMU 8 be liable for any loss or damage caused by a User's reliance on information obtained through KOMU.com. It is the responsibility of User’s to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through KOMU.com. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other content.
Section 11 — Miscellaneous
This Agreement and any operating rules for KOMU.com established by KOMU 8 constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. The section headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal import.
Section 12 — Copyrights and Copyright Agent
KOMU 8 respects the rights of all copyright holders and in this regard, KOMU 8 has adopted and implemented a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users and account holders who infringe the rights of copyright holders. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide KOMU 8 the following information required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- Identification of the copyright work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party;
- A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
For web posting, reprint, transcript or licensing requests for KOMU 8 material, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any questions or requests other than copyright issues or licensing requests, please contact http://www.komu.com/contactus.
Effective Date: December 5, 2005