Welcome to Author Salon. Author Salon is an online literary community, located at www.authorsalon.com.com (the “Website”), where writers and readers can share and discuss each other’s work. Author Salon focuses on fiction and nonfiction, in particular. Visitors to and members of this Website are sometimes referred to herein as “user” or “you.”
USING THE WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY & USER INFORMATION
As a member of Author Salon, you will be able to post or upload Content on the Website, including excerpts from your writing (your “Work”), and to exchange information and ideas about your writing and the writing of others. When you upload, you will be asked to categorize your Work by genre. You will be able to follow other members and to establish connections with them, which will allow them to see more of your Work and you to see more of theirs.
You will have the right to remove your Content and to terminate your membership at any time, by clicking on the “Deactivate my account” button on your profile page. We will remove your Content and terminate your membership as soon as practicable following receipt of your request. Once we remove your Content it will not be retrievable, even if you reactivate your account. However, the inclusion of some Content on the Website (e.g., comments you may post on the Website) may be perpetual and irrevocable.
USE OF WEBSITE & WEBSITE CONTENT
Author Salon is not responsible for material submitted or posted to this Website by users or other third parties or for any goods and services offered on this Website by users or other third parties. You acknowledge that materials posted to this Website by users may include derogatory or other negative or offensive comments about your Work, and that Author Salon is not responsible for any such comments.
You agree not to upload or post on this Website any Content (including your Work) that: a) is libelous or defamatory or is obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing, or threatening; b) infringes any intellectual property right or any other rights of any entity or person, including but not limited any copyrights or trademarks; c) violates any law; d) advocates illegal activity; e) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services, except on sections of the Website, if any, e.g., a listing board, on which solicitation for goods and services is expressly authorized by Author Salon; f) contains a virus or other harmful component; g) solicits personal information; h) involves the transmission of chain mail, junk mail or spam; or i) impersonates another person or entity. You also agree that while using the Website, you will not: i) obtain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems, materials, information or any services available on or through the Website, ii) engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of e-mail addresses or other personal information, or any other automatic or unauthorized means of accessing the Website, or obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Website; or iii) circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere (or attempt, encourage or support anyone else’s attempt to do any of the foregoing) with the Website or its services or any software on the Website.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THIS WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, GOODS OR SERVICES APPEARING OR OFFERED ON THIS WEBSITE, ALL WHICH ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE OR ANY EMAIL WE SEND YOU ARE VIRUS OR ERROR FREE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, SITE CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, ACCURATE, COMPLETE, UP-TO-DATE OR UNINTERRUPTED. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET USERS’ REQUIREMENTS. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. WE ALSO ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE SITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM THE SITE. Author Salon DOES NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSE, SUPPORT, SANCTION, ENCOURAGE OR AGREE WITH ANY SITE CONTENT OR ANY SUBMITTED MATERIALS, AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH SUBMITTED MATERIALS AND ANY OTHER CONTENT, MATERIALS OR INFORMATION CREATED BY OR PROVIDED BY USERS OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LINKS TO OR CONTENT CONTAINED ON THIRD PARTY WEB SITES. ALL USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKING UP THEIR SUBMITTED MATERIALS AS Author Salon UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER
THEREFORE. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE WEBSITE, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO STOP USING THE WEBSITE.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WILL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL OUR TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT(S), IF ANY, PAID BY YOU TO US FOR THE PURCHASE OF GOODS OR SERVICES FROM THIS WEBSITE, OR (B) ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100).
Any request for refund of any membership fee will be handled on a case by case basis. If a member joins the site and in the process of exploring the site as a member learns that the site will not benefit them, for whatever reason, they may request a refund within the first 30 days of membership. However, if a member has utilized the site and participated as a member during the first 30 days, or thereafter, a refund will not be forthcoming. Additionally, no refunds will be issued at any time based on a member's claim that they should be under contract, or that Author Salon is neglectful in not finding them an agent or publisher to agree to read or accept their work. We cannot offer ironclad guarantees.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES; INFORMATION ABOUT THIRD PARTIES
LINKS TO THIS WEBSITE
You may create a hyperlink to this Website provided you do so in a fair and legal manner and do not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, and provided further that the link (i) does not portray Author Salon, , this Website or any of the services offered on this Website in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise offensive matter, (ii) does not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part, (iii) does not use any of Author Salon’s affiliates’ or licensees’ trade marks, trade names, brands logos or other intellectual property, and (v) does not frame any portion or pages of this Website on any other website. We reserve the right to revoke linking permission without notice.
You understand that this Website is not an official or unofficial channel for the submission of unsolicited manuscripts for publishing consideration. The acceptance of any Content on this Website does not represent any acceptance, endorsement, or agreement by any particular publisher or literary agent, or any other party associated or affiliated with Author Salon.
GOVERNED BY UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK LAW; JURISDICTION
Author Salon prohibits the posting of any information or materials that violate or infringe the copyrights of any person or entity. If you believe that your work has been copied and made available on this Website in a manner that would constitute copyright infringement, please provide the following information to us via email at email@example.com, subject line: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ISSUE:
1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
2. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website;
4. your address, telephone number, and email address;
5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.
TERMINATION FOR REPEAT INFRINGEMENT
In appropriate cases, Author Salon will terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers. If you believe that a user of this Website is a repeat infringer, please contact Author Salon and provide enough information for us to verify the individual is a repeat infringer.
What personal information may be collected on this Website Personal Information: In order to identify you, provide services and personalize your use of the Website, we may from time to time request and collect personal information, such as your name, address, email address, phone number, photograph, credit card and other payment information for orders you place, and other demographic information from users of our Website, for example, through such users’ activities, transactions and completion of online forms on our Website. Such information is collected, for example, when users create profiles, subscribe to services or features on the Website, submit materials or contribute content to the Website, make online purchases, enter contests, complete surveys, submit a comment or question to us using a “Contact Us” feature, send us an e-mail, or in any other way submit personal information to us via our Website. E-mail-A-Friend: You may be able to send information about our products and/or Website to friends by using an “E-mail to Friend” or similar feature on the Website. You may be asked to provide the name and e-mail address of your friend to us, but such information will only be used to send the initial notice to your friend; we will not save it or use it for any marketing purposes thereafter.
How we may use your information
We will use your information (including both your personal information and your Website usage information) to respond to your requests, process your orders or transactions, and to provide you with product and service offerings. We may also use your personal information for internal record keeping, to administer our Website and services, and to customize your use of the Website. From time to time, we may match information collected from you through this Website (including both personal information and Website usage information), and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties. We will not disclose your personal information on public areas of the Website without your permission (including, for example, when you decide to make “public” certain information about yourself on the Website). In addition, if you consent by opting in, we may send you notices and otherwise correspond with you, via e-mail and otherwise, about products, services and events sponsored by us and others that we think might interest you.
How we may share your information with others
Public forums: Information you submit or post to a public area of our Website, such as a public profile, chat room, bulletin board, discussion, blog or other community tool or area, will become available to other members of the Website or to the general public. We therefore advise you to exercise great care in determining what information you choose to make publicly available through our Website.
We will not share your information with other companies, including our affiliates, for their marketing purposes unless you consent by opting in, and we will request your permission ahead of time should the situation ever arise. We will not share your information with co-sponsors of contests, sweepstakes or other promotions on the Website unless you consent by opting in.
Your Access Rights
You may review, update or modify the personal information that is stored in your user account on this Website by visiting the “My Profile” area of your account on this Website.
We endeavor to protect the security and integrity of sensitive personal information collected via this Website by adopting reasonable industry standard security measures. For example, for our e-commerce services, we endeavor to encrypt sensitive personal information you send us during the check-out process and protect it by a firewall on a secure server. However, due to the open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that any information is 100% secure. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password and for any access to or use of the Website via your password, whether or not authorized by you. Please notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. You are also responsible for any information including personal information that you post or submit on public areas of the Website. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your personal information may have been compromised, we will endeavor to give you appropriate notice as quickly as possible, including by email.
You consent to our use of e-mail for such notification. Consent to Processing By using and providing personal information to this Website, you consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of your information in and to the United States and other countries and territories, pursuant to the laws of the United States, which may provide lesser privacy protections than the laws of other countries.
If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy practices, you may contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED ABOVE.