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Terms of Service

Effective Date: 01-03-11


Welcome to vallartatoday.comTM, a news, information and communication service available on the Internet's World Wide Web. The service combines much of The Vallarta Today newspaper with additional material available only on vallartatoday.com. Both Vallarta Today and vallartatoday.com are properties of World Online Communications (wo comm).

1. Your agreement with vallartatoday.com

You understand and agree that, by visiting vallartatoday.com and its affiliated sites, you are accepting, without modification, these Terms of Service. If you do not agree with any portion of these Terms of Service, your only option is to discontinue use of vallartatoday.com. In agreeing with these Terms of Service, you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age or otherwise capable of entering into and performing legal agreements. If you are under eighteen (18) then you may only use vallartatoday.com with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

These Terms of Service include vallartatoday.com's Privacy Policy, located here: vallartatoday.com Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into these Terms of Service by reference and together with the Terms of Service governs your visit to vallartatoday.com. The Privacy Policy explains vallartatoday.com's position on information gathering and how it intends to use and share any information it collects. Read the Privacy Policy carefully as you are agreeing to it when you agree to these Terms of Service.

2. Revisions to Terms of Service

These Terms of Service are subject to revision from time to time by vallartatoday.com and your continued use of vallartatoday.com means you agree to, without modification, the revised Terms of Service. If you are a registered member of vallartatoday.com, you will be notified of material revisions to these Terms of Service via an e-mail message to the e-mail address that you provided at registration or that you have since updated. If you are not a registered member of vallartatoday.com, then you can review revisions to these Terms of Service by regularly checking this page. Material revisions to these Terms of Service will be indicated by an updated effective date at the top left corner of this page and by a notice posted on the homepage of vallartatoday.com. Whether or not you are a registered member of vallartatoday.com, it is your responsibility to remain apprised of any revisions to these Terms of Service and to remain in compliance therewith. Should you object to any such revisions to these Terms of Service or become dissatisfied with vallartatoday.com in any way, your only recourse is to immediately terminate your membership and discontinue use of vallartatoday.com. Otherwise, continuing to use the membership service and continuing to visit vallartatoday.com after the effective date means that you agree to be bound by any and all revisions.

3. Cost

From time to time, and at vallartatoday.com's sole discretion, there may be certain content available via subscription or surcharge, and such content will be clearly marked. Because this is an advertising-supported service, we encourage you to patronize the advertisers that help to make this service possible. Note that currently most news articles remain available for 30 days in the pages of vallartatoday.com. Vallarta Today's electronic archives may carry a fee per full-text article downloaded.

4. Registration

Access to some or all of the content, services and features on vallartatoday.com may require users to register and become members of vallartatoday.com. In most cases, a print subscription is not necessary to become a member; however access to certain special content, offers, services and features on vallartatoday.com may require users to both subscribe to Vallarta Today and to register and become members of vallartatoday.com. If you are a member of vallartatoday.com, you accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account whether or not you expressly authorize such activities. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for restricting access to your computer so others may not access vallartatoday.com using your username or account in whole or in part. vallartatoday.com may terminate membership and deny access to vallartatoday.com to any person for any reason in its sole discretion. You will not compromise, or attempt to compromise, the security of your account. Additionally and without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, vallartatoday.com may terminate membership and deny access to vallartatoday.com to any person who, in vallartatoday.com's sole discretion, violates these Terms of Service. Such termination or denial of access shall be in addition to any remedies available to vallartatoday.com in law and equity.

5. Your use of vallartatoday.com

5.1. Copyright and other intellectual property rights

Material published on vallartatoday.com, including articles, photos, Content Feeds, graphics, bulletin board postings, audio and video clips, trademarks, service marks, and other content ("Content"), is copyrighted by Vallarta Today, or by other information providers who have licensed their content for use on vallartatoday.com. Additionally, the entire Content of vallartatoday.com is protected by copyright as a collective work owned by Vallarta Today. You may not reproduce, republish or redistribute Content or any portions thereof, including, without limitation, Content provided by licensors and others, including member-submitted content, without the written consent of the copyright owner.

5.2. License grant to access vallartatoday.com

Subject to these Terms of Service, vallartatoday.com grants you permission to access vallartatoday.com and view the Content solely for your personal, non-commercial use. In addition to viewing Content online, you may electronically store a reasonable portion of vallartatoday.com content for your personal, non-commercial use by making a single electronic copy on your computer's hard drive, or a single copy on a disk or other media or a single copy in printed form. You agree, however, that you will not store or archive a significant portion of the Content or create a database using the Content.

These rules also apply to your use of vallartatoday.com:

    You will not in any way infringe or misappropriate any of the intellectual property in and to the Content accessible through vallartatoday.com. This means you agree not to copy, modify, publish, transmit, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or display the Content, including logos, trademarks or service marks, or otherwise violate the proprietary rights of vallartatoday.com or others except as expressly permitted herein.

    You will not reuse, republish or otherwise distribute the Content or any modified or altered versions of it, whether over the World Wide Web or otherwise, and whether or not for payment, without the express written permission of Vallarta Today or a third-party copyright holder, except that in some cases you may use individual stories that appear on vallartatoday.com as specifically designated by the functionality of vallartatoday.com (e.g., e-mail a story to a friend or purchase the rights to reproduce a story for other use). In such cases we communicate such rights to you directly in the applicable portion of the Content.

    You will cooperate promptly and completely with any reasonable request by Vallarta Today or vallartatoday.com related to an investigation of infringement of copyright or other proprietary right.

To obtain permission to reuse or republish Vallarta Today copyrighted material in any format, please visit http://www.vallartatoday.com.

Vallarta Today cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from other information providers; however, these information providers are intended third party beneficiaries of these terms and conditions and they may exercise all rights and remedies available to them. Please contact them directly to obtain permission.

5.3. Member-submitted content

Members and other users of vallartatoday.com may be able, as dictated by the functionality of vallartatoday.com, to submit or to otherwise make available messages, e-mails, photographs, videos and other content for display on vallartatoday.com ("Member Content"). You are solely responsible for Member Content that you submit, and vallartatoday.com acts as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of Member Content. Member Content must conform to the guidelines below. Without limiting any of its rights in law and equity, vallartatoday.com reserves the right to remove any Member Content for any reason in its sole discretion including any Member Content that it believes may violate these Terms of Service, or any copyright or third-party rights.

By submitting or otherwise making available any Member Content to vallartatoday.com, you automatically grant Vallarta Today and vallartatoday.com a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, transfer or sell any such content, for any purpose, including commercial purposes and in connection with advertising for the sole benefit of vallartatoday.com (collectively, "use"), in any type of media or in any form now known or later developed, without any payment to you. In addition, you automatically waive and give up any claim that any use of such content violates any of your rights, including privacy rights, publicity rights, moral rights or any other right, including the right to approve the way vallartatoday.com uses such content. You also grant Vallarta Today and vallartatoday.com the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you provide, submit, or otherwise make available to vallartatoday.com or to Vallarta Today for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, commercial purposes. By submitting Member Content, you automatically warrant and represent to Vallarta Today and vallartatoday.com that you are the owner of all intellectual property rights in and to the Member Content or that you otherwise have all sufficient rights to grant the license above. By submitting Member Content, you further warrant and represent that the Member Content infringes no third-party right of privacy, right of publicity, or any other third-party right or proprietary interest.
5.4. Content Feeds

5.4.1. License Grant for Content Feeds vallartatoday.com offers or may offer content feeds, consisting of a selection of headlines, summaries, text blurbs, and links to full stories, which are delivered using Really Simple Syndication ("RSS") technology, other XML (extensible Markup Language) technology, or other syndication technology ("Content Feed(s)"). Subject to these Terms of Service, and to the extent that vallartatoday.com elects to offer Content Feeds(s), vallartatoday.com grants you a revocable, nontransferable, non-sublicensable, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to display the Content Feeds on your personal Web site or blog ("Site"). For purposes of these Terms of Service, "Content Feed(s)" includes the Content included therein, or any portion thereof. The foregoing license expressly excludes content from vallartatoday.com not included in the Content Feed(s); by way of example only, if the Content Feed(s) include only the headline and first paragraph of a story on vallartatoday.com, the foregoing license does not give you the right to display the entire story on your Site.

5.4.2. Reservation of Rights Except as expressly set forth in Section 5.4.1, and/or unless otherwise consented to in writing by vallartatoday.com, you may not, directly or indirectly: (a) sell, modify, translate, copy, publish, transmit, distribute or otherwise disseminate the Content Feed(s); (b) delete or fail to display any promotional taglines included in the Content Feed(s); or (c) rent, lease, or otherwise transfer rights to any Content Feeds.

5.4.3. Further Restrictions; No Modification. Unless otherwise consented to in writing by vallartatoday.com, you will: (a) display the Content Feed on your Site in the exact form received by you, and not modify or edit it; (b) ensure that the fundamental meaning of the Content Feed is not changed or distorted; (c) comply with all applicable laws and all limitations and restrictions (if any) placed by vallartatoday.com on the use, display or distribution of any Content Feed. You will not (s) archive any Content Feeds for access by users at any future date after the Content Feed has been removed from your Site; (t) display the name, logo, trademark or other identifier of another person on your Site in such a manner as to give the viewer the impression that such other person is a publisher or distributor of vallartatoday.com; (u) remove, conceal or obliterate any copyright or other proprietary notice or any credit-line, date-line or other mark or source identifier included on the Content Feed(s), including without limitation, the size, color, location or style of vallartatoday.com's marks; (v) make any representation or warranty on behalf of vallartatoday.com; (w) incorporate any Content Feeds on any site containing nudity or pornographic material, that displays material that exploits children under the age of 18, that promotes or provides instructional information about illegal activities or physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or that uses the vallartatoday.com in any manner that is obscene, defamatory, libelous, invasive of personal privacy or misleading; (x) display the Content Feed in a manner that does not allow for successful linking and redirection to, and delivery of, vallartatoday.com's page; (y) frame any vallartatoday.com page; or (z) fail to stipulate that the Content Feed is supplied by vallartatoday.com and is protected by copyright and owned by Vallarta Today.

5.4.4. Warranty If you use the Content Feed services, you warrant that your Site does not infringe the intellectual property of any third parties. You further warrant that your Site violates no applicable law.

6. Online conduct

vallartatoday.com encourages a free and open exchange of ideas in a climate of mutual respect. Any action by a user that infringes on another user's right to use and enjoy vallartatoday.com is prohibited. vallartatoday.com reserves the right, but does not assume any obligation, to monitor your online conduct to enforce these Terms of Service. Specifically, you may not do (or attempt to do) any of the following:

    Provide any information that is false, misleading or inaccurate.
    Use any portion of vallartatoday.com for any unlawful purpose or otherwise fail to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.
    Use any portion of vallartatoday.com for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available Member Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party.
    Use any portion of vallartatoday.com for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available Member Content that is harmful to minors in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
    Use any portion of vallartatoday.com for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial advertisements, or any other form of commercial solicitation.
    Interfere with any other person's use of or the proper functioning of vallartatoday.com.
    Misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.
    Hold yourself out as sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Vallarta Today or vallartatoday.com.
    Modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by Vallarta Today or vallartatoday.com in connection with vallartatoday.com.
    Use or launch any automated means including spiders, robots, crawlers, scrapers and the like, to download or copy data or content from vallartatoday.com.
    Distribute any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs that are designed or intended to: (i) disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of vallartatoday.com, any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment used in connection therewith; or (ii) damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of any third party.
    Take any action that: (i) imposes or may impose, in vallartatoday.com's sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on its infrastructure; (ii) interferes or attempts to interfere with the proper working of vallartatoday.com; or (iii) disrupts or diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of vallartatoday.com.
    To register a complaint about another user's conduct, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to Customer Service, vallartatoday.com, 3175 Tanglewood Drive, Placerville, California 95662.

7. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
7.1. Disclaimer

While vallartatoday.com strives for accuracy, it does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information or database on our service. Nor does vallartatoday.com warrant or guarantee that any files available for downloading will be free of defects. Neither Vallarta Today nor any of its information providers will be liable in any way to you or to other parties for delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in material published in vallartatoday.com.

The content, services, and features of vallartatoday.com are subject to change without notice. The inclusion of any content, services, and features on vallartatoday.com at a particular time does not imply or warrant that these products or services will be available at any time.

While we take reasonable steps to ensure that no viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other destructive properties are present, the entire risk as to the quality and performance of vallartatoday.com and the accuracy and completeness of any information is with you.

Opinions, advice and all other information expressed on vallartatoday.com forums, comment sections, blogs, and any other area where user-generated Content is displayed, represent the individual's own views and are not necessarily those of vallartatoday.com. vallartatoday.com does not endorse and is not responsible for statements, advice and opinions made by anyone other than authorized vallartatoday.com spokespersons.


7.2. Limitation of Liability

In no event will vallartatoday.com, Vallarta Today, or their parents or affiliates be liable for (i) any incidental, consequential, or indirect damages (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of programs or information, and the like) arising out of the use of or inability to use vallartatoday.com, or any information or services provided on vallartatoday.com, even if vallartatoday.com has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or (ii) any claim attributable to errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies published on vallartatoday.com. IN NO EVENT WILL vallartatoday.com, VALLARTA TODAY OR THEIR PARENTS' OR AFFILIATES' AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR THE SITE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY), WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED $100.


8. Indemnity

You will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless vallartatoday.com, Vallarta Today and their parents and affiliates from: (i) your use of and access of vallartatoday.com; (ii) your violation of any of these Terms of Service; (iii) your violation of any third-party right including any copyright, trademark, trade secret, or privacy right related to any Member Content submitted by you (if applicable) or your use of the website. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive the term and your use of vallartatoday.com.

9. Miscellaneous

9.1. Termination

We may terminate these Terms of Service, your account, or your access to vallartatoday.com at any time with or without notice to you. You may terminate these Terms of Service or your account by: (a) discontinuing your use of vallartatoday.com and (b) destroying and removing all copies of Content from your Site (if any) and that is otherwise in your possession and control.

9.2. Jurisdiction

This agreement between vallartatoday.com and its users will be governed and interpreted under the laws of the state of Jalisco. Courts located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico have jurisdiction in any dispute arising from these Terms of Service.

In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is found to be in conflict with the law, such provision shall be restated to reflect the original intent, and all other terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect.

9.3. Arbitration

Any legal controversy or legal claim arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service or vallartatoday.com, excluding legal action taken by Vallarta Today to obtain an injunction relating to its intellectual property, shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in Sacramento, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.

9.4. Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Service shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Service and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

9.5. Complete Agreement

These Terms of Service represents the complete agreement concerning the subject matter hereof between the parties and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements and understandings between them, whether written or oral.
9.6. Force Majeure

Neither party will be liable for any failure to perform any obligation (other than payment obligations) hereunder, or from any delay in the performance thereof, due to causes beyond its control, including industrial disputes of whatever nature, acts of God, public enemy, acts of government, failure of telecommunications, fire or other casualty.

9.7. Void Where Prohibited by Law

These Terms of Service are void where prohibited by law, and the right to access vallartatoday.com is revoked in such jurisdictions.
9.8. Independent Contractors

The parties hereto are independent contractors, and these Terms of Service creates no partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative or employment relationship between the parties. You have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf and you shall not make any statement, on your Site (if any) or otherwise, that conflicts with these Terms of Service.

10. Offices

Vallarta Today, Calle Popa L9, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Jalisco 48330, 322-152-5226.