Terms Of Use

AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND the ILLINOIS PRESS ASSOCIATION

www.newspapercontest.com, the Website, is comprised of various web pages operated by Illinois Press Association, including, but not limited to, the Innovative Contest Entry System (ICES).

ICES is available only to those paid subscribers who accept without modification the terms and conditions outlined herein.
By using the Website you agree to all these terms and conditions.

MODIFICATION OF THESE TERMS OF USE

The Illinois Press Association (IPA) reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the Website is offered, including but not limited to the charges associated with the use of the Website.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

The Website may contain links to other web sites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are not under the control of IPA and IPA is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. IPA is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. IPA is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by IPA of the site or any association with its operators.

NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

As a condition of your use of the Website, you warrant to IPA that you will not use the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or that is prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Website in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Website. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Website.
Access to ICES shall ONLY be available to authorized users of the IPA or its Customers. Customers may be any member of the IPA, whom the IPA has granted access, or of any member of an Association whom that Association has properly granted access in accordance with the relevant agreement between the IPA and that Association.

USE OF ICES

ICES may contain database services designed to enable you to submit contest entries for management and judging by your designated Association (collectively, “Contest Services).  You agree to use the Contest services only to post, judge, or manage contest entries.  By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Contest Services, you will not:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the rights, privacy and publicity of others.
  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.
  • Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
  • The IPA will not verify whether persons submitting content to the ICES database have the right to make those submissions nor are the copyright holders of the content submitted.  As such, the IPA shall not be liable for any infringing material uploaded by users of ICES.  Any user uploading infringing content shall indemnify the IPA if the IPA is made a defendant in a copyright infringement or intellectual property rights suit arising out of the submission of allegedly infringing content.   
  • Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
  • Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Contest Services specifically allows such messages.
  • Download any file posted by another user of a Contest Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  • Falsify or delete any contest entry, author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Contest Services.
  • Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Contest Service.
  • Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent or without the Consent of the IPA.
  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

IPA has no obligation to monitor the Contest Services. However, IPA reserves the right to review materials posted to a Contest Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. IPA reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Contest Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.

IPA reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in IPA’s sole discretion.

Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Contest Service. IPA does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Contest Service and, therefore, IPA specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Contest Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Contest Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized IPA spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of IPA.

Materials uploaded to a Contest Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.

MATERIALS PROVIDED TO ICES OR POSTED AT ANY IPA WEB SITE

IPA does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to ICES (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any IPA web site or its associated services (collectively "Entries"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Entries you are granting IPA, its affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Entries in connection with the operation of their businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission.

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Entries, as provided herein. IPA is under no obligation to post or use any Entry you may provide and may remove any Entry at any time in ICES at its sole discretion.

By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Entries you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Entries as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.

LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE Website MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. IPA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE Website AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE Website SITE SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION.

IPA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE Website FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. IPA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL IPA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE Website, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE Website OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE Website, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE Website, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF IPA OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE Website, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE Website.

SERVICE CONTACT: rkline@illinoispress.org

TERMINATION/ACCESS RESTRICTION

IPA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Website and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. GENERAL To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Sangamon County, Illinois, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Website. Use of the Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and IPA as a result of this agreement or use of the Website. IPA’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of IPA’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Website or information provided to or gathered by IPA with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect. Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and IPA with respect to the Website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and IPA with respect to the IPA. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents are drawn up in English.

COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICES:

The Website, excluding submissions or entries to the ICES, is copyrighted by the Illinois Press Association.   The IPA owns all rights to its name and its logos displayed on the Website.