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TechForReporters.com is the web site for the use of the members of TechForReporters.com, a network designed to facilitate the flow of information sought by journalists from sources (the “Service”). There are two types of memberships in TechForReporters.com: (1) Journalist Members and (2) Source Members. The scope of your access to the site is dependent upon the type of membership you have. Pre-approval, as determined by TechForReporters.com in its sole discretion, is required.
The two (2) types of memberships are further defined as follows:
Journalist Member: You must be a journalist, blogger or content creator. To become a member you simply post a query at the website (“Query”). Please note that TechForReporters.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject or deny any submitted queries.
Source Member: You are a person or entity, or represent a person or entity, which may be able to provide information in response to a Query.
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3. Activation and Use
3.1 Access to TechForReporters.com. In order to access the TechForReporters.com web site or post a Query, you must be a member of TechForReporters.com. Journalist Members log onto the Journalist Home Page and post a Query. Queries are given an anonymous email address.
Source Members access the service by registering. Upon registering, Source Members will receive, from time to time, email listings of Queries submitted by Journalist Members. If a Source Member has relevant information which he or she believes, in good faith, can assist the Journalist Member with regard to the specific Query, then the Source Member may provide that information in response. The Source Member may not respond if the information is not in specific response to the Query and the Source Member may not utilize any information contained within the Query for any other purpose.
understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your content may be unencrypted and involve (a) transmission over various networks and (b) changes to conform and adapt to the technical requirements of connecting networks and devices;
understand that TechForReporters.com cannot guarantee the identity of any other users with whom you may interact in the course of using the Service. Additionally, we cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data which users may provide about themselves or relationships they may describe;
3.2. The RULES OF TechForReporters.com. The RULES OF TechForReporters.com are:
1) Sources will receive emails with requests from reporters and media outlets worldwide. Scan the emails, and if you’re knowledgeable about any of the topics, answer the reporter directly through the Source dashboard.
2) Do not spam reporters with off-topic pitches in response to their queries.
3) Do not pitch products in your source request reply unless the source request specifically asks for a product.
4) You may forward queries to others via email or social media.
5) You’re not allowed to harvest any reporter information provided in the TechForReporters.com emails for any reason.
6) Reply to source requests with complete, relevant answers to their questions, include a short bio and your contact information. Do not reply to source requests with incomplete information or solely, “Would like to talk to you about this.”
7) If you are replying to a source request on behalf of your client, directly reply with your client’s response. Do not reply solely with “My client can speak about this.”
8) Do not include attachments in your reply to a reporter source request. Attachments are automatically stripped from the email in order to protect reporters from viruses.
9) If you have relevant supplemental information or collateral that is helpful to the story, use a service like Dropbox to send links to the reporter in your pitch.
10) “Anonymous” queries are often larger outlets that choose to anonymize their listing to alleviate spam or deter story poaching. Reply to these queries as detailed above.
11) Media professionals are encouraged to perform additional due diligence prior to pitching.
3.3. Impermissible Uses. You understand that you may not:
modify, adapt or hack the Service or modify another website so as to falsely claim or imply that it is associated with the Service or any other TechForReporters.com system;
reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion (including, without limitation, the contents of the TechForReporters.com email or similar notification, the look and feel of the TechForReporters.com website, and the contents of the web pages of the Service, use the Service or access the Service without the express written permission of Cision;
verbally, physically, or otherwise abuse (including threats of abuse or retribution) any TechForReporters.com member or TechForReporters.com employee, agent or officer;
upload, post, host, or transmit unsolicited email, SMSs, or spam messages;
transmit worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature;
as a Source Member, utilize the information provided in a Query other than to provide a relevant response to a Specific Query posted by a Journalist Member;
violate the RULES OF TechForReporters.com set forth in section 3.2, above;
violate any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations; or,
plagiarize, violate or otherwise infringe upon the trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, or any other rights of any person, firm or entity, expressly including but not limited to libel, slander or invasion of rights of privacy, publicity or “moral rights”.
are solely responsible for your interactions with other members. As a Source Member you will only contact the Journalist Members with relevant responses to specific Queries. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor and/or mediate disputes between You and other members;
are solely responsible for the content or information you transmit to other members.
agree that TechForReporters.com has no responsibility or liability for the deletion, corruption or failure to post, store and/or forward any messages or other content (and/or to do so in a timely manner), including without limitation Query materials maintained or transmitted by the Service.
3.4. Representations and warranties. You represent and warrant that you will not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. If you submit materials as a Journalist Member or register to receive emails as a Source Member, you represent and warrant that you:
are a current Source Member or Journalist Member of the Service and meet the qualifications of same as defined in Section 1 hereof;
are at least 18 years of age;
are human (accounts accessed by “bots,” spiders, or other automated methods are not permitted);
will use the Service in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
will not engage in advertising to, or solicitation of, other members to buy or sell any products or services through the Service.
will not transmit any chain letters or junk email to other members.
will not post on the Service, or transmit to other members or to Us or our employees, officers, directors and agents, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party’s rights (including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, trade secrets, and rights of privacy and publicity) or is subject to an enforceable privilege (including, without limitation, attorney-client or trade secret privileged material); and,
in connection with any content provided by you to TechForReporters.com or its affiliates via the web site or via electronic mail (“User Content”), you warrant and represent to TechForReporters.com that you have all rights, title and interests necessary to provide such User Content to TechForReporters.com, and that your provision of the User Content to TechForReporters.com shall not infringe any third party’s proprietary or personal rights, including but not limited to any trademark, copyright, patent, or trade secret.
3.5. Monitoring and Enforcement. While TechForReporters.com has the right to monitor activity and content associated with the Service, we are not obligated to do so. And since we do not, and may not have the ability to control or actively monitor content, we do not guarantee its accuracy, integrity or quality. Because community standards vary and individuals sometimes choose not to comply with our policies and practices, in the process of using the Service, you may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. You can contact us to let us know of content that you find objectionable. We may investigate the complaints and violations of our policies that come to our attention and may take any action that we believe is appropriate, including, but not limited to issuing warnings, removing the content or terminating accounts. However, because situations and interpretations vary, we also reserve the right not to take any action. Under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of, access to, or denial of access to any content on the website.
3.6. Member Responsibilities. You agree that you:
are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your login and membership account and your use of the Service, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur, and content posted, under your account with or without your knowledge;
will not share your login with anyone else;
will not share any confidential or privileged information received from the Service with any third parties;
will not use information received from the Service, such as member contact information, to help vendors pitch clients or, if a Source member, to contact Journalist Members based upon the information obtained from the Service for any reason other than to specifically respond with relevant information to Queries;
will not falsely state, impersonate, or otherwise misrepresent your identity, including but not limited to the use of a pseudonym, or misrepresenting your current or previous positions and qualifications, or your affiliations with a person or entity, past or present; and,
will not upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content or initiate communications which include information that you do not have the right to disclose or make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships.
While TechForReporters.com maintains backups of its servers, it cannot warrant or represent that such backups will provide full or partial coverage of the User Content. Accordingly, you must maintain backups of any User Content.
5. Grant of Access; Additional Terms of Service
5.1. You are granted a nonexclusive, non-concurrent, nontransferable, limited right to access the Service. Your responsibility extends to all activity and use under any member account information (e.g., email) that you use. You may use the Service functionality only via TechForReporters.com and you may not download, copy, reuse or distribute that functionality.
5.2. TechForReporters.com reserves the right to monitor use of the Service to ensure compliance with these Terms of Service. If we determine that you are not in compliance with this Agreement, TechForReporters.com reserves the right to take appropriate action including, but not limited to, suspension or cancellation of your account.
5.3. You may not copy, modify, reproduce, retransmit or otherwise utilize the TechForReporters.com content in any other fashion or for any other purpose without the express written permission of the content’s owner. You may only link to the web site for the purpose of directing other users to the site, and must remove any link to the site immediately upon request from TechForReporters.com.
5.4. You hereby grant TechForReporters.com a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully-paid license to use, copy, perform, or revise any User Content, including but not limited to any press query to be distributed via the Service.
5.5. You agree to immediately notify TechForReporters.com of any unauthorized use of the Service or any other breach of security. TechForReporters.com cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this section.
6. Warranties; Limitation of Liability
6.1. Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. You understand that TechForReporters.com may use third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage and related technology to run the Service.
6.2. TechForReporters.com does not warrant that (i) the Service will meet your specific requirements; (ii) the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service will be accurate or reliable; (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material obtained by you through this Service will meet your expectations; (v) that all queries submitted by Journalist Members will be posted and/or be posted in a timely manner; (vi) that all responses to Queries posted anonymously will be timely and fully forwarded to the Journalist Member; and, (vii) any errors in the Service will be corrected.
6.3. Due to the number of sources from which information on the Service is obtained, and the inherent hazards of electronic distribution and the Internet, there may be delays, omissions, or inaccuracies in obtaining or accessing such information and the Service. TechForReporters.com disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, reliability, operability or availability of information accessed through the Service. TechForReporters.com disclaims any responsibility for the deletion, failure to store, mis-delivery, or untimely delivery of any information or material.
6.4. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SERVICE, OR WITH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SERVICE.
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6.6. To the extent permitted by law, TechForReporters.com’s entire liability for damages for any claims arising under or in connection with your use of the Service, regardless of the cause of action, whether in contract or in tort (including without limitation, breach of warranty and negligence claims) shall be limited to $100. In no event shall TechForReporters.com have any liability to YOU for any claims or demands of third parties OR ANY lost profits, loss of business, loss of use, lost savings or other consequential, special, incidental, indirect, exemplary or punitive damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. NEITHER TechForReporters.com, NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, OR LICENSORS, SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY ITS NEGLIGENCE OR CONTINGENCIES BEYOND ITS CONTROL IN DELIVERING THE SERVICE AND ANY INFORMATION THROUGH THE SERVICE. IN NO EVENT WILL TechForReporters.com, ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN BY THE YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH INFORMATION.
6.7. TechForReporters.com shall also have no responsibility or liability for any content created or posted by you or other third parties, as either a Journalist Member or a Source Member.
TechForReporters.com may suspend or terminate your account at any time at its discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if your account becomes delinquent or you breach any term or condition herein, then, in addition to any of its other rights or remedies, TechForReporters.com reserves the right to suspend your access to the Service, without liability to you. Further, TechForReporters.com reserves the right to publicize the identity of any misuser of TechForReporters.com to all users of the Service.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless TechForReporters.com, its employees, officers, directors, affiliates, contractors, attorneys, third party vendors and agents (“Indemnitees”) against all claims, demands, expenses, liabilities, losses, costs, and damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that the Indemnitees may incur in connection with (i) your use of the Service or any hyperlinked web site; (ii) a violation of any of your representations, warranties or obligations under this Agreement; (iii) content you submit, post, transmit, or make available through the Service, (iv) your use of the Service, (v) your connection to the Service; or (vi) your violation of any rights of another including but not limited to another’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrets, or other intellectual property right.
ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE.
We may disclose content and information about you, including contents of communications, if we deem it reasonably necessary to: (1) conform to legal requirements or respond to legal process; or (2) protect the rights, property, personal safety or interests of any of the Council members, TechForReporters.com and/or its employees, officers, directors, contractors, attorneys and agents, its customers, or the public.
As a Journalist or Source Member, you are solely responsible for all materials, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, that you upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available on or through the Service and/or as a result of a posting on TechForReporters.com. By posting your content on the Service, or responding to a posting on the Service, you grant us a license to copy, distribute, modify and publicly display content that you post on the Service. The purpose of this license is to serve the mechanical and electronic requirements of maintaining the website and its associated syndication technologies. This license does not extend to any use outside of this scope. This license is granted and in force as long as the content exists on the site. Your use of the Service is in consideration for this license, we will not otherwise pay you for User Content. You represent and warrant that you have not granted and will not grant any rights inconsistent with this license.
12. Proprietary Rights
TechForReporters.com owns and retains, to the fullest extent of the law, all rights in the Service including but not limited to its copyrighted material, trademarks, trade secrets, and other proprietary information. You will not distribute, transmit, transfer, offer, copy, publish, display, modify, or sell, assign, or sublicense any portion of the Service, its code, or any proprietary information on the Service, or any intellectual property or other proprietary right in any of the foregoing. You will not reverse engineer, reverse assemble, or otherwise attempt to discover any source code or proprietary information, or obtain unauthorized access to the Service. The foregoing does not apply to User Content.
13. International Use
You agree to comply with all local rules and laws regarding user conduct on the Internet and acceptable content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding obscene and indecent content and communications and those regarding the transmission of technical and personal data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
14. E-mail and Public Communications
“Communications” means letters, e-mails, postings, responses to postings, or other types of communications to the editors, Webmaster(s) or employees of TechForReporters.com, and messages posted in connection with discussions on the web site including the response to Queries. You shall not upload to, distribute through, or otherwise publish through a forum on the web site any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, privileged, trade secret, or otherwise objectionable that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law.
You shall not, without our express approval, distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, promotion, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services, except with regards to the provision of relevant information in response to a specific Query.
By uploading materials in response to any Query through the Service, or submitting any materials to us, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) us a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from and distribute such materials or incorporate such materials into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed.
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16.2. The failure of TechForReporters.com to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Any waiver of any provision of the Terms of Service will be effective only if in writing and signed by TechForReporters.com. All rights not expressly granted to you herein are reserved by Cision.
16.3. You acknowledge and agree that you and TechForReporters.com are independent contractors, and nothing herein shall be construed to create a partnership, joint venture, agency, or employment relationship. Neither party has the authority to enter into agreements of any kind on behalf of the other, nor shall either party be considered the agent of the other party.
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16.5. You are responsible for all activity occurring under your account and shall abide by all applicable local, state, national and foreign laws, treaties and regulations in connection with your use of the Service. Your obligations shall be binding on your heirs, successors and assigns.
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