Terms and Conditions

Please read these Terms of Use (“Terms”, “Terms of Use”) carefully before using the https://treasurecoast.tv website (the “Service”) operated by Treasure Coast News (“us”, “we”, or “our”).

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service. By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

Mission Statement

Treasure Coast News  LLC seeks to improve and serve our communities by bringing readers breaking, up-to-date news and information that’s relevant to their lives, and by giving local businesses affordable and effective advertising options.

Comment and Forum Policies

With regards to comments on our articles and message board posts, we encourage a vigorous debate of issues important to the community. We ask, however, that users keep the conversation civil and on-topic. Our approach to comment moderation is that of a soccer ref — we try to “let them play” but also actively try to prevent fights and serious misconduct.

We reserve the right to edit or remove any comments with or without warning, for any reason. Note: Because the comments are moderated by actual humans who eat, sleep and have obligations outside of work, that moderation mostly happens during working hours and the following policies will only be applied insomuch as our availability allows.

The “golden rule” applies. Any posts or comments that contain the following are  likely  to be removed:

  • Hate speech, racism or discriminatory remarks
  • Strong personal attacks
  • Threats of violence
  • Off-topic diatribes
  • Negative remarks directed at victims of tragic events
  • Especially profane or vulgar language
  • Unsubstantiated, specific allegations of criminal wrongdoing directed at an individual or company that has not, in fact, been charged with a crime
  • Unsubstantiated allegations of corruption or conspiracies
  • Personally identifying information, such as phone numbers, home addresses or the full names of private individuals (doxxing)
  • Topics not directly relevant to the local area and region. National political discussions without a strong local angle will be considered off-topic.
  • Business reviews. Please use Yelp if you want to review a local business.
  • Posts designed to stifle or disrupt conversation. This includes intentionally provocative “troll” comments.
  • Negative comments about the personal appearance of individuals
  • Misleading claims about a comment’s authorship
  • Comments about illegal immigration, abortion or other provocative topics in articles that contain no reference to immigration, illegal immigrants, abortion or other such topics

Note that comments may be pre-moderated. We will not disclose the methodology for this. Continued efforts to deliberately thwart pre-moderation, or to post comments that have been previously removed, will result in a ban from commenting.

By posting comments or any other content to the web site you grant Treasure Coast News LLC a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, irrevocable license to use, copy, display, distribute, adapt and create derivative works from such comments or other content in any medium throughout the world, and you represent and warrant that you have rights in such content sufficient to grant such license.

Your Disqus handle or provided name will appear publicly. When you provide an email address for your comments, our commenting system will attach any Gravatar (user avatar) associated with that email address.

Think carefully about what you post. We will not remove comments upon request. Any request to remove a comment for any reason will be ignored.  Use the “flag” feature in Disqus to notify us of comments that are in severe violation of our policy, however, please note that abuse of the flagging system will result in you being banned.

We will not respond to any emails or phone calls regarding our comment policy. Repeated complaints about comment moderation or abusive language targeting our employees will result in you being permanently banned from commenting.

The views expressed by the authors of comments are their own and do not reflect the views of this site or the site’s ownership.

Crime Report Policy

If you have been arrested for a crime and have been found innocent or had the charges dropped, we will, upon request and at our sole discretion, consider removing your name from any articles we have published and request that Google update the page in their cache. We will also consider name removal for minor crimes that occurred more than four years ago.

If you would like to request name removal, please email us using our Contact box  with your name, a link to the article in question, and proof of the court verdict or case status. Processing this request may take several weeks and, if rejected, we may choose not to reply to your email.

Our crime-related articles are based on information provided by police and/or prosecutors, and we make attribution of that information clear. Our articles are not “incorrect” insomuch as we report what authorities tell us regarding a suspected crime. This is common practice among news organizations and we are well within our First Amendment rights to publish this information freely. Threats of lawsuits will be ignored as a matter of policy. Threats of violence or harassment will be immediately brought to the attention of the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Accounts

When you create an account with us, you must provide us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our Service.

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password, whether your password is with our Service or a third-party service.

You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

Intellectual Property

The Service and its original content, features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of Treasure Coast News and its licensors.

Links To Other Web Sites

Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by Treasure Coast News.

TreasureCoast.TV has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that TreasureCoast.TV shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that you visit.

Termination

We may terminate or suspend access to our Service immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

We may terminate or suspend your account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

Upon termination, your right to use the Service will immediately cease. If you wish to terminate your account, you may simply discontinue using the Service.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Disclaimer

Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. The Service is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or course of performance.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of United States without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.

Changes

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material we will try to provide at least 30 days notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.

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