Terms of Use and Privacy Policies

Access to and use of theadvocate.com’s web site array of online resources and services is subject in all cases, and constitutes the user’s agreement, to the terms set forth herein, as well as in any particular section of the web site or portal accessible therefrom.

By using the web site and services available thereon in any way, you are agreeing to comply with these terms, together with any applicable posted guidelines for particular services, all of which may change from time to time.

These terms may be enforced by all available legal means.

In the event you object to or are not willing to fully comply with any of these terms, your only recourse is to immediately discontinue use of the web site and all services thereon.

Copyright Information

Copyright 2014 Capital City Press, L.L.C.

All rights reserved.

All materials in any form on the theadvocate.com web site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, modified, transmitted, distributed, shared, displayed, published, linked or broadcast without the prior written permission of Capital City Press

You are permitted to use material from the theadvocate.com web site (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use only. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the material.

Additional copyright information and restrictions appear below.

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Copyright and Restrictions

All material and information displayed, transmitted or carried on the theadvocate.com web site (including, but not limited to, directories, guides, news articles, opinions, reviews, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, trademarks, service marks and the like in all currently available and future formats, collectively the “content”) is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Capital City Press, its affiliates or third party licensors, owns the content of this web site.

You may not copy, frame, cache, modify, publish, transmit, transfer, sell, reproduce, create derivative work from, distribute, repost, perform, archive, display, or in any way commercially exploit any of the content or infringe upon trademarks or service marks contained in such content. You agree to abide by all copyright notices and restrictions attached to any content accessed through the theadvocate.com web site, not to alter the content in any way, and not to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or any other notice from copies of the content.

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Permitted Personal Use

You may make a single copy of the content displayed on the theadvocate.com web site for personal, noncommercial use only, provided that you do not remove any trademarks, copyright and any other notice contained in such content.

With the exception of that copy, you shall not archive or retain any content in any form without the written permission from Capital City Press. You may not distribute (including via e-mail or the internet), or otherwise make available, copies to others, whether or not for payment or other consideration, without the written permission from Capital City Press, except through the use of the “email story” service provided by the web site on each story. (For permission requests, see below.)

We do not allow other web sites to republish our content under any circumstances, and no republication, whether with or without permission, shall waive any copyright or similar rights.

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Permission Requests

You may submit requests in writing for permission to retain, distribute or reproduce content as stated above to:

Mike Wilson

Digital Media Director
Capital City Press / The Advocate
7920 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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General Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability and Indemnification

The theadvocate.com web site contains facts, views, opinions, statements and recommendations of third party individuals and organizations. The theadvocate.com does not represent or endorse the accuracy, timeliness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the theadvocate.com web site. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such use of this web site, opinion, advice, statement or information shall be at your sole risk. Capital City Press makes no representation that materials or information available through this web site are appropriate or available for use outside of the United States of America and access to them from territories where such materials or information is prohibit or illegal.

If you access this web site from outside the United States of America, you are also responsible for compliance with all applicable laws in addition to the those of the United States of America. As a user of this web site in any manner you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Capital City Press from any and all claims and damages arising from or relating to any allegation regarding your use of this web site, Capital City Press’ use of any content or information you provide, and any violation of the terms and policies on this web site by you.

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Advertising Generally

All of the statements, requirements, and restrictions herein apply equally to advertisements placed by merchants and others on any portion of the theadvocate.com web site from time to time as well as to all forms of classified advertising available through theadvocate.com.

All advertising, and all transactions carried out pursuant thereto, should comply with all applicable laws in all respects, provided that Capital City Press disclaims all responsibility for requiring or assuring such compliance.

Capital City Press does not, by the publication of advertisements thereby endorse any product, merchant or person, or the terms of any transaction.

All communications and transactions between individuals, businesses or other entities and advertisers (including classified advertisers) (“participants”) are solely between the participants and neither Capital City Press, as the case may be, is a party in any respect to any such transaction.

Users of the web site responding to classified advertising are solely responsible for and are encouraged to take particular care in communications with and the sharing of personal or financial information with advertisers, and also in effecting payment or other financial components of any transaction. Capital City Press’ encourages users to be particularly aware of and familiarize themselves with current news media accounts of “scams” and dishonest commercial practices victimizing innocent parties who do not exercise sufficient care in the transfer of funds or other components of third party transactions.

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Real Estate Advertising

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing general statements and requirements, all real estate advertised herein is subject to applicable laws pertaining to the sale and leasing of, and otherwise contracting related to, housing, commercial property and other real estate including but not limited to the federal fair housing act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. State law may also impose similar requirements and forbid discrimination based on these factors and others. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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Recruitment Advertising

Also without limiting the generality of the foregoing general statements and requirements, employers are prohibited from structuring their job advertisement in such a way as to indicate that a group(s) of people would be excluded from consideration for employment on one of the bases enumerated in Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, i.e. race, sex, religion, age or national origin. All advertisements and hiring practices should be in compliance with all laws applicable to recruitment, hiring, and employment, including those of the state of Louisiana and any other state for which employment opportunities are advertised.

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Particular Rules

You agree not to post or otherwise utilize theadvocate.com to make available any content that:

  1. includes personal or identifying information about individual without his or her prior express consent;
  2. may be pornographic or that depicts any human sexual conduct;
  3. harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  4. may violate or facilitate the violation of the Fair Housing Act by stating, in any notice or ad fort he sale or rental of any dwelling, a discriminatory preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (or violates any state or local law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of these or other characteristics);
  5. may violate federal, state, or local equal employment opportunity laws, including but not limited to, stating in any advertisement for employment a preference or requirement based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
  6. impersonates any person or entity, including, but not limited to, an employee or agent of Capital City Press, or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
  7. is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or is harmful to minors in any way;
  8. is false, deceptive, misleading, or constitutes any marketing practice typically referred to as “bait and switch“;
  9. infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or other trade secret or proprietary rights of any party, or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationship;
  10. constitutes or contains any matter that is within the categories commonly referred to as “affiliate marketing,” “link referral code,” “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or unsolicited commercial advertisement;
  11. includes links to commercial services or web sites, except as may be expressly allowed in these terms;
  12. advertises any illegal service or the sale of any items the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by any applicable law, including without limitation items the sale of which is prohibited or regulated by Louisiana law.
  13. contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  14. employs misleading email addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers to disguise the origin of content transmitted through the web site; or
  15. disrupts the response speed of the web site with an excessive amount of content (flooding attack) to the website, or that otherwise negatively affects other users' ability to use the web site.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  1. contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted, or make unsolicited contact with anyone for any commercial purpose;
  2. utilize the web site services to “stalk” or otherwise harass anyone;
  3. utilize the web site services to collect personal data about other users for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  4. use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from the web site - unless expressly permitted by theadvocate.com;
  5. post non-local or otherwise irrelevant content, repeatedly post the same or similar content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  6. post the same item or service in more than one classified area;
  7. attempt to gain unauthorized access to the computers that operate the theadvocate.com web site or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the web site; or
  8. use any form of automated device or computer program that enables the submission of postings on theadvocate.com without each posting being manually entered by the author thereof (an “automated posting device”), including without limitation, the use of any such automated posting device to submit postings in bulk, or for automatic submission of postings at regular intervals.
  9. use any form of automated device or computer program (“flagging tool”) that enables the use of theadvocate.com's “flagging system” or other community moderation systems without each flag being manually entered by the person that initiates the flag (an “automated flagging device”), or use the flagging tool to remove posts of competitors, or to remove posts without a good faith belief that the post being flagged violates these terms; or
  10. utilize a “Posting Agent“(third-party agent, service, or intermediary that offers to post content to the web site on behalf of others). To moderate demands on theadvocate.com's resources, you may not use a Posting Agent to post content to the web site without express permission or license from theadvocate.com. Correspondingly, Posting Agents are not permitted to post content on behalf of others, to cause content to be so posted, or otherwise access the web site to facilitate posting content on behalf of others, except with express permission or license from theadvocate.com, which may be denied in its sole discretion.

Additionally, you agree that the operator of the theadvocate.com website may immediately remove any posting that it, in its sole discretion, determines is or may be in violation of any of the terms of use of the web site.

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Employment Advertising

Also without limiting the generality of the foregoing general statements and requirements, employers are prohibited from structuring their job advertisement in such a way as to indicate that a group(s) of people would be excluded from consideration for employment on one of the bases enumerated in Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, i.e. race, sex, religion, age or national origin. All advertisements and hiring practices should be in compliance with all laws applicable to recruitment, hiring, and employment, including those of the state of Louisiana and any other state for which employment opportunities are advertised.

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Refund Policy

Requests for refund may made be made via phone, electronically or in person. Refunds are considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of Capital City Press, LLC or its designee.

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Privacy Policies

  • General

    • Capital City Press respects the privacy of every individual who visits the web site. This Privacy Policy outlines the information that Capital City Press may collect and how we may use that information. This policy will also instruct you on what to do if you do not want your personal information collected or shared when you visit the web site.

  • Personal Data

    • Capital City Press will not through our web site collect any personally-identifiable information about you (for example, your name, address, telephone number, or email address (“personal data”) unless you have provided it to us voluntarily. If you do not want your personal data collected, please do not submit it to us.

    • When you do provide us with personal data, we may use that information in the following ways, unless stated otherwise: we may store and process that information to better understand how use of the web site reflects user’s needs and how we can improve our products and services; we (or a fulfillment house or other third party on our behalf in connection with a promotion) may use that information to contact you; and/or we may provide third parties with data reflecting aggregate - but not individual - information about visitors to the web site. We do not now and do not intend to sell, rent, or market personal data about any individual to third parties.

  • Additional Information Collected Automatically

    • In some cases, we may automatically (that is, not via registration) collect information about you that is not personally-identifiable. Examples of this type of information include the type of internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system you are using, and the domain name of the web site from which you linked to the theadvocate.com web site.

  • Information Placed Automatically on Your Computer/Cookies

    • When you view the theadvocate.com web site, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of what is typically referred to as a “Cookie” or similar file. Use of Cookies can assist us in tailoring the web site to better match the interests and preferences of our visitors. Most internet browsers allow users to erase Cookies from your computer hard drive, block all Cookies, or receive a warning before a Cookie is stored. Your browser instructions or help functions should contain more information about these functions.

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Additional Terms and Protection For Children

Capital City Press encourages parents to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of the internet, and in particular the protection of their personal information and to remain aware of media reports and other sources of particular means by which children may be preyed upon by use of the internet.

Capital City Press has no intention of collecting any personal data from individuals under thirteen years of age without parental consent. We will make an effort to include specific instructions to children not to submit such information on the web site and take practical steps to ensure parental consent to such submission.

In the event the web site runs a contest or other program that requires submission of information from children, parental consent will be a required part of any submissions. Notice may be provided in a number of ways, including sending an email message or a notice by postal mail. At any time you may write to the email address below to request a summary of any information we have retained or to ask that it be deleted.

Parents should be aware that the theadvocate.com privacy policies will govern our use of personal data, but that information which is voluntarily given by children (or others) in chat sessions, email exchanges, bulletin boards or the like may be used by third parties to generate unsolicited mail.

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Governing Law

The policies herein and the use of this web site are governed by Louisiana law. Any claim related to the web site or policies of Capital City Press shall be brought only in a federal or state court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and within one year after the claim arises. Users of this web site consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court as the most convenient and appropriate for the resolution of disputes concerning this web site and policies. You agree that no such claim may be asserted as a class action. The theadvocate.com is controlled, operated and administered entirely within the United States. If you are located outside the United States, please note the information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. Your use of the web site and submission of information constitute consent to such transfer. In the event case of any conflict between the terms of this web site and its policies and the terms of any electronic or machine readable privacy policy, the terms stated in this web site and its written policies shall control.

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Modifications

We reserve the right, IN our sole discretion, to modify, add to, or otherwise modify these terms at any time. Such modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. You must review this agreement on a regular basis to keep yourself apprised of any changes.

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Contacting Us

For copyright, privacy related questions, permission requests, and other matters, we can be reached by contacting:

 

Michael J. Wilson
Vice President of Digital Media
Capital City Press / The Advocate
7920 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

For more contact emails and telephone directory, visit http://www.theadvocate.com/help/contact.

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