Terms and Policies
Local News Now LLC seeks to improve and serve our communities by bringing readers up-to-date news and information that’s relevant to their lives, and by giving local businesses affordable and effective marketing options.
Our news coverage is editorially independent from our advertising operations. We measure our journalistic success in terms of the community conversations we generate, not web traffic. We sell only flat-rate advertising and thus do not directly profit from additional pageviews in any significant way.
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 hockey 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 that 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 Local News Now 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 requesting that Google update the page in their cache. We will also consider name removal for minor crimes that occurred more than 4 years ago.
If you would like to request name removal, please email us at [email protected] 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 alleged crimes. 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 law enforcement.
All photos posted to the news portion of the site are the copyrighted property of Local News Now LLC unless otherwise noted. No representation of ownership is implied for photos posted to user-submitted portions of the site, including the event calendar.
Unauthorized use of our photos results in financial damage to our company and we will enforce our copyright by legal means if necessary. Unauthorized use of our photos may be rectified after the fact by paying our standard photo licensing fee. That fee is $300 per photo.
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- Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Local News Now LLC’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
- modify or copy the materials;
- use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
- attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Local News Now LLC’s web site;
- remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
- transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other servers
- This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Local News Now LLC at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.
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In no event shall Local News Now LLC or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Local News Now LLC’s Internet sites, even if Local News Now LLC or an Local News Now LLC authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.
5. Revisions and Errata
The materials appearing on Local News Now LLC’s web sites could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Local News Now LLC does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Local News Now LLC may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Local News Now LLC does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.
Local News Now LLC has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Local News Now LLC of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.
8. Governing Law
Any claim relating to Local News Now LLC’s web site shall be governed by U.S. federal law or by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), if you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any content on the web site infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the DMCA by contacting our Copyright Agent at scott(at)lnnllc.com.
10. User Registration
Individuals registering for user accounts on Local News Now LLC agree to register only one account. If your account is removed or suspended by Local News Now LLC for any reason, you agree to refrain from creating additional accounts. Users with suspended or deleted accounts are also prohibited from commenting on articles, participating in the forums or otherwise posting content to the Local News Now LLC web site.
11. Website Ban
Local News Now LLC reserves the right to ban any individual from accessing the web site, its contents, and from posting on its comment sections or message boards.
1. Collection of Information
The Information That We Collect
When you visit the web site you provide us with incidental web site usage information that is collected by our servers on a real-time basis.
Children’s Personal Information
Local News Now LLC does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from users under the age of 13. If we find out that we have received such personal information, we will take prompt and reasonable steps to delete it.
Third-Party Ad-serving Companies
The web site displays advertisements, including advertisements provided by third-party ad-serving companies and ad networks. Some of these ad networks may place functionality on the web site, or a third party site through which they serve ads, in order to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement regardless of the site on which the ad is displayed. Thus, third party ad-serving companies or ad networks could compile information about where you are using your computer, where you saw their advertisements, and which ads you clicked on. Such information would allow the third party to deliver targeted advertisements that it believes will be of interest to you.
2. Use of Your Information
Local News Now LLC may integrate and use your personal information to help enhance and personalize your use of the web site. Local News Now LLC may also use your personal information to communicate with you for such purposes as advisement of system downtimes, announcements regarding the launch of new services, and responses to user inquiries. Your email address will not be used for the purpose of sending you third-party marketing or “spam” messages.
Comments or other content that you upload to the web site will be available to other site users and to the public. Please exercise due discretion when posting to the site — what you post will likey be there permanently. We do not remove comments or other content upon request. We cannot control the actions of other members or third parties with whom you may share comments or other content.
Web Site Usage Information
The web site usage information that we may collect (e.g., cookies, Internet tags, web beacons, etc.) from visitors and registered users of the web site may be used by Local News Now LLC to monitor the operation, technical functions and quality of the web site and analyze demographic information about the web site’s users. This information may also be used to provide general statistics regarding use of the web site. We may also use such information for research or improvements of the web site and the services we offer. This data may further be used by Local News Now LLC to deliver customized content and advertising to you when your online behavior indicates that you are interested in a particular subject area.
Search Engines and Other Sites
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