Terms of use

Introduction

This website, all related websites associated with the rizing.org domain, as well as all news, information, features and services available on these websites (collectively, “Project Rize”), are provided by the International Broadcasting Bureau (“IBB”) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (“BBG”), an independent, US Government Federal Agency.

By using Project Rize websites you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Statement, please do not use Project Rize websites or any of their services.

BBG may modify these Terms of Use at any time without notice. However, a modification or waiver of a part of these terms of use shall not constitute a waiver or modification of any other portion of the terms of use. Any modification, additions, or deletions to these Terms of Use shall be effective immediately upon posting.

Your use of Project Rize websites following the posting of updated Terms of Use constitutes your agreement to those changes. BBG reserves the right to change, terminate or suspend any services, features, content, or materials available through or contained in any Project Rize websites, in any way, at any time, for any reason or no reason.

Use of Content and Copyright

Original content made available on the Project Rize websites and through its related features and services may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The Project Rize websites may also contain text, video, audio, images, graphics, and other copyrighted material from the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, ABC News, and other content providers (collectively, “Vendor Content”). The Vendor Content is licensed for use in Project Rize programming only. Vendor Content is copyright protected and other than as stated above, may not be copied, redistributed, sold, or published without the express permission of the above-mentioned vendors or other copyright owners. Images, graphics, or video programming on Project Rize websites may include a visual mark indicating the inclusion of any Vendor Content.

You agree that you are solely responsible for your use of any content or program materials you access through Project Rize websites, including any copyrighted portion(s) of those materials. You further agree that you shall secure all necessary licenses from BBG and from all persons or organizations that hold a copyright in any portion of program materials you access through Project Rize websites before making any use of those program materials, except uses of program materials permitted by the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice

Project Rize and BBG respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask users of the Project Rize websites to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (PDF) and other applicable law, Project Rize has adopted a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of account holders who infringe the rights of copyright holders. If you believe your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide BBG’s Copyright Agent the following information:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
    Identification of the copyright work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works on Project Rize websites are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at the site
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Project Rize to locate the material;
    Information reasonably sufficient to permit Project Rize to contact you, the complaining party
  • A statement that you, the complaining party, have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you, the complaining party, are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

BBG’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached by sending an email to copyrightagent@bbg.gov or writing to:

BBG Copyright Agent
330 Independence Ave, SW
Suite 3349
Washington, D.C. 20237
United States of America

User-submitted content

Project Rize websites may allow users to post, upload, transmit, or otherwise submit comments, messages, photos, images, story ideas, or other content or materials (collectively “User-Submitted Content”). You acknowledge that User-Submitted Content may be routed through our servers, the servers of one or more third parties on our behalf, and the internet. You acknowledge that Project Rize websites are for public and not private communications.

You may only submit content to Project Rize websites for which you have the copyright or other necessary rights and permission to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarize, or infringe on the rights of third parties, including copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, moral or proprietary rights. You agree and represent that you own or have all necessary rights and permissions to use, distribute, and authorize Project Rize to use and distribute any materials you submit.

You retain any copyright or other ownership rights you possess in any User-Submitted Content that you submit on or through Project Rize websites. However, by submitting any User-Submitted Content on or through Project Rize websites, you hereby grant Project Rize a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid up, worldwide, transferable license to use, copy, sublicense, modify, transmit, publicly perform, display, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, and/or adapt your User-Submitted Content in any and all media formats or channels, whether now known or hereafter devised.

Disclaimers

Project Rize may link to external sites that help us perform our mission. Links to external sites do not imply any official endorsement of the opinions or ideas expressed therein, nor do such links guarantee the validity of the information provided. Links to commercial sites are in no way an endorsement of any vendor’s products or services. Links will be provided to external sites that are managed in a professional manner (i.e., it is fully operational, is available most of the time, does not serve inaccurate information or obscene graphics, etc.). This site will not link to external sites if such a link would appear to provide an official endorsement of fundraising efforts or lobbying for a political agenda.

Disclaimer of Warranty & Limitation of Liability

You expressly agree that use of Project Rize websites is at your sole risk. Project Rize websites and any content, materials, features, services, or User-Submitted Content available on or through Project Rize websites are available on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied.

BBG does not warrant that Project Rize websites will be uninterrupted or error-free.
BBG makes no warranties as to the results that may be obtained from use of Project Rize websites or any information or data made available on or through Project Rize websites.

Neither Project Rize, the BBG, nor either of their respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors are liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users or third-parties who access Project Rize websites. The risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with you.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Project Rize, BBG, and their respective governors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of Project Rize websites.

CORRECTIONS

Project Rize websites handle errors in the following way: If the error is a simple typo that doesn’t change facts or understanding of the story, we consider it a minor change and simply correct it without further mention. If the error is substantive or one of fact, we change it, and add a notation saying when it was corrected and what was wrong. On a breaking news story, we may overwrite the text of an article several times as the story develops. Due to the urgency of the news and time constraints, we will not mention the exact changes in each version – we expect understanding that it is a story that is still developing.

MISCELLANEOUS

These Terms of Use represent the entire understanding of the parties regarding the use of Project Rize websites and supersede any previous documents, correspondence, conversations, or other oral or written understanding related to these terms of use.
Choice of Law – These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States.

Choice of Forum – To the extent permissible by law, you hereby consent to personal jurisdiction and venue in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and hereby agree that any disputes pertaining to these Terms of Use or to your use of Project Rize websites shall be litigated in a Federal court located in the District of Columbia.

Severability – If for any reason any provision of these terms of use is found unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the remainder of these Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect.