Terms of Service

Effective Date: 01-03-11

Welcome

Welcome to Modesto Bee™, a news, information and communication service available on the Internet's World Wide Web. The service combines much of Modesto Bee newspaper with additional material available only on Modesto Bee. Both Modesto Bee and Modesto Bee are affiliates of The McClatchy Company.

1. Your agreement with Modesto Bee

You understand and agree that, by visiting Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee. 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 Modesto Bee with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

These Terms of Service include Modesto Bee's Privacy Policy, located here: Modesto Bee Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into these Terms of Service by reference and together with the Terms of Service governs your visit to Modesto Bee. The Privacy Policy explains Modesto Bee'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 Modesto Bee and your continued use of Modesto Bee means you agree to, without modification, the revised Terms of Service. If you are a registered member of Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee. Whether or not you are a registered member of Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee in any way, your only recourse is to immediately terminate your membership and discontinue use of Modesto Bee. Otherwise, continuing to use the membership service and continuing to visit Modesto Bee after the effective date means that you agree to be bound by any and all revisions.

3. Cost

From time to time, and at Modesto Bee'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 Modesto Bee. Modesto Bee'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 Modesto Bee may require users to register and become members of Modesto Bee. In most cases, a print subscription is not necessary to become a member; however access to certain special content, offers, services and features on Modesto Bee may require users to both subscribe to Modesto Bee and to register and become members of Modesto Bee. If you are a member of Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee using your username or account in whole or in part. Modesto Bee may terminate membership and deny access to Modesto Bee 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, Modesto Bee may terminate membership and deny access to Modesto Bee to any person who, in Modesto Bee's sole discretion, violates these Terms of Service. Such termination or denial of access shall be in addition to any remedies available to Modesto Bee and Modesto Bee in law and equity.

5. Your use of Modesto Bee

5.1. Copyright and other intellectual property rights

Material published on Modesto Bee, including articles, photos, Content Feeds, graphics, bulletin board postings, audio and video clips, trademarks, service marks, and other content ("Content"), is copyrighted by Modesto Bee, or by other information providers who have licensed their content for use on Modesto Bee. Additionally, the entire Content of Modesto Bee is protected by copyright as a collective work owned by Modesto Bee. 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 Modesto Bee

Subject to these Terms of Service, Modesto Bee grants you permission to access Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee:

  1. You will not in any way infringe or misappropriate any of the intellectual property in and to the Content accessible through Modesto Bee. 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 Modesto Bee or others except as expressly permitted herein.
  2. 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 Modesto Bee or a third-party copyright holder, except that in some cases you may use individual stories that appear on Modesto Bee as specifically designated by the functionality of Modesto Bee (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.
  3. You will cooperate promptly and completely with any reasonable request by Modesto Bee or Modesto Bee related to an investigation of infringement of copyright or other proprietary right.

To obtain permission to reuse or republish Modesto Bee copyrighted material in any format, please visit http://www.mcclatchyreprints.com.

To obtain permission to reuse or republish any material identified as copyrighted by MCT, please call (800) 374-6550 (U.S.) or (847) 635-6550, or send an e-mail to tmsreprints@permissionsgroup.com, or fax (847) 635-6968.

Modesto Bee cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from other information providers, such as the Associated Press or New York Times News Service; 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. In addition, all Associated Press Content displayed on Modesto Bee is subject to the AP terms and conditions at http://ap.org/pages/about/terms.html.

5.3. Member-submitted content

Members and other users of Modesto Bee may be able, as dictated by the functionality of Modesto Bee, to submit or to otherwise make available messages, e-mails, photographs, videos and other content for display on Modesto Bee ("Member Content"). You are solely responsible for Member Content that you submit, and Modesto Bee 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, Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee, you automatically grant Modesto Bee and Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee (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 Modesto Bee uses such content. You also grant Modesto Bee and Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee or to Modesto Bee for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, commercial purposes. By submitting Member Content, you automatically warrant and represent to Modesto Bee and Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee elects to offer Content Feeds(s), Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee, 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 Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee; (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 Modesto Bee's marks; (v) make any representation or warranty on behalf of Modesto Bee; (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 Modesto Bee 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, Modesto Bee's page; (y) frame any Modesto Bee page; or (z) fail to stipulate that the Content Feed is supplied by Modesto Bee and is protected by copyright and owned by Modesto Bee.

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. Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA")

Modesto Bee respects the copyrights of others and expects its users to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office site at http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf, Modesto Bee will respond expeditiously to notices of alleged copyright infringement that are duly reported to our Designated Copyright Agent identified in the notice below. We will disable and/or terminate the accounts of Users who are repeat infringers.

If you believe that Modesto Bee or any user of Modesto Bee has infringed your copyright, please notify our Copyright Agent and provide the following information.

  1. An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has 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.
  2. An identification of the material on Modesto Bee that you claim is infringing or is subject to infringing activity that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, with enough detail (including without limitation the URL of the material) to allow us to locate the material on our site.
  3. Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  4. 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.
  5. A statement by you declaring that the above information in your Notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright interest involved.
  6. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
The Copyright Agent for Modesto Bee is Karole Morgan-Prager, General Counsel, who can be reached at 2100 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, or at kmorgan-prager@mcclatchy.com or at 916-321-1828. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

7. Online conduct

Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee is prohibited. Modesto Bee 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:

  1. Provide any information that is false, misleading or inaccurate.
  2. Use any portion of Modesto Bee for any unlawful purpose or otherwise fail to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.
  3. Use any portion of Modesto Bee 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.
  4. Use any portion of Modesto Bee 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.
  5. Use any portion of Modesto Bee for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial advertisements, or any other form of commercial solicitation.
  6. Interfere with any other person's use of or the proper functioning of Modesto Bee.
  7. Misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.
  8. Hold yourself out as sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Modesto Bee or Modesto Bee.
  9. Modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by Modesto Bee or Modesto Bee in connection with Modesto Bee.
  10. Use or launch any automated means including spiders, robots, crawlers, scrapers and the like, to download or copy data or content from Modesto Bee.
  11. 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 Modesto Bee, 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.
  12. Take any action that: (i) imposes or may impose, in Modesto Bee's sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on its infrastructure; (ii) interferes or attempts to interfere with the proper working of Modesto Bee; or (iii) disrupts or diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of Modesto Bee.
  13. To register a complaint about another user's conduct, please e-mail bclark@modbee.com, or write to Customer Service, Modesto Bee, 1325 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354.

8. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

8.1. Disclaimer

While Modesto Bee strives for accuracy, it does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information or database on our service. Nor does Modesto Bee warrant or guarantee that any files available for downloading will be free of defects. Neither Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee.

The content, services, and features of Modesto Bee are subject to change without notice. The inclusion of any content, services, and features on Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee and the accuracy and completeness of any information is with you.

Opinions, advice and all other information expressed on Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee. Modesto Bee does not endorse and is not responsible for statements, advice and opinions made by anyone other than authorized Modesto Bee spokespersons.

Any investment decisions or other actions that users take based on information available on Modesto Bee should first be reviewed by a competent financial adviser or other professional. THE Modesto Bee SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OR ANY OTHER SERVICE OR PRODUCT ON OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE (INCLUDING ANY LINK TO ANOTHER WEB SITE OR RESOURCE).

8.2. Limitation of Liability

In no event will Modesto Bee, The McClatchy Company, 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 Modesto Bee, or any information or services provided on Modesto Bee, even if Modesto Bee has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or (ii) any claim attributable to errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies published on Modesto Bee. IN NO EVENT WILL Modesto Bee, THE MCCLATCHY COMPANY'S 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.

SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

9. Indemnity

You will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Modesto Bee, The McClatchy Company and their parents and affiliates from: (i) your use of and access of Modesto Bee; (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 Modesto Bee.

10. Miscellaneous

10.1. Termination

We may terminate these Terms of Service, your account, or your access to Modesto Bee 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 Modesto Bee and (b) destroying and removing all copies of Content from your Site (if any) and that is otherwise in your possession and control.

10.2. Jurisdiction

This agreement between Modesto Bee and its users will be governed and interpreted under the laws of the state of California. Courts located in Stanislaus, California 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.

10.3. Arbitration

Any legal controversy or legal claim arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service or Modesto Bee, excluding legal action taken by Modesto Bee 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 Modesto, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.

10.4. 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.

10.5. 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.

10.6. 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.

10.7. Void Where Prohibited by Law

These Terms of Service are void where prohibited by law, and the right to access Modesto Bee is revoked in such jurisdictions.

10.8. 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.

11. Offices

Modesto Bee, 1325 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354, 209-578-2000.

12. Questions and comments about Modesto Bee

We hope you enjoy using Modesto Bee. Questions and comments about the content of Modesto Bee may be sent by e-mail to bclark@modbee.com. We try to read all comments sent to us and try to respond to as many as possible. Technical questions regarding your software, your configuration or your connection should be directed to your Internet access provider. Modesto Bee cannot address questions except those specifically about content and services we provide.