Terms of Use

Warwick Valley CommonPlace (AKA CommonPlace) is an online platform provided by the Albert Wisner Public Library intended to serve as a community bulletin board for the free exchange and dissemination of information and ideas on subjects of public interest in the Warwick community. Help us create a thriving resource by respecting the Terms of Use that are listed here. Violations of these Terms of Use may result in content being revised or removed, or users being temporarily suspended or permanently prohibited from further use of CommonPlace.

When you leave a comment, you start or join a conversation. Being part of a conversation means adding to the discussion, bringing forth new information, engaging others in discussion or just being entertaining. At the same time, commenting etiquette is expected. Whether you’re a seasoned commenter, or commenting for the first time, we’ve got some guidelines for joining the online conversation and adding to the online community.

  1. Anonymity Not Allowed. If you have something to say, you are expected to create an account using your real name that will appear along with your comment. If the editor contacts you about your comment via email and you don’t respond, your comment will be deleted. Similarly, if the editor is not convinced that the name used on a comment is verifiable, a comment will be deleted.
  1. Name-Calling Not Allowed. Let’s have real conversation among neighbors. Disagreeing is often healthy; hateful, bigoted language and name-calling are not. We all don’t agree on everything, and sometimes people say some stupid things. You wouldn’t call them out face to face – so don’t do it here. You can make your point and disagree with someone without insulting that person. Criticize the writing, not the writer. If you’re commenting about something that someone has done (or not done) criticize the action, not the actor. In addition, making unsubstantiated charges of illegality are not allowed. If you think someone has violated a law, get a lawyer and make your case in court, not here.
  1. Abuse Not Allowed. You may not bully, intimidate, or harass any user. You may not solicit login credentials or access someone else’s account. You may not collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access CommonPlace, using automated means (e.g. bots). You may not harass someone by reporting them to us for violations which are not genuine.
  1. Keep It Clean (mostly). Sometimes you need to get down and dirty to make a point. But not often. Gratuitous or graphic profanity, obscenity, nudity, violence, insults, threats, and racist, sexist or other hate speech are not allowed.
  1. Keep It Short. Please try to limit comments to about 150 words. Please do not reprint entire letters, articles or editorials. If you have a point to make, be brief. Lengthy comments may be edited or deleted entirely.
  1. Don’t Crash Us (or our friends). Do not upload malicious code. Do not upload film, video, images or music. Do not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of CommonPlace.
  1. Don’t Break the Law. You may not use CommonPlace to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory. You may not use CommonPlace to violate or infringe upon someone’s rights to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, confidential information, privacy, publicity or other rights or property.
  1. Reporting Violations. You can report violations of these Terms of Use by sending an email here: info@warwickcommonplace.org. You must honestly identify yourself when reporting a violation. We may take action any time something violates the standards outlined here. Reporting something doesn’t guarantee that it will be removed, because it may not violate these policies. The number of reports does not impact whether something will be removed. We never remove content simply because it has been reported a number of times. The consequences for violating standards vary depending on the severity of the violation. We may warn someone for a first violation, but if we continue to see further violations we may restrict a person’s ability to post or remove the person from CommonPlace. Using this reporting procedure primarily to harass someone is itself a violation of the Terms of Use.
  1. Your Personal Information. We require only your legal name and zip code to sign-up for CommonPlace. The only information we collect from a website visit is the name of your internet service provider, the browser and type of machine you are using, the website that referred you to us, the pages you request and the date, time, and geographic location (city, state and country only) from which you request them. We use this information to generate statistics and measure site activity in order to improve the quality of our site to our visitors. All such information is collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of the data. We make every effort to insure the secure collection and transmission of sensitive user information using industry-accepted data collection and encryption methodologies. We do not sell or otherwise disclose user information for commercial purposes.
  1. Like most websites, this one may place a “cookie,” or small file, in the browser files of a visitor’s computer. We use cookies to save information you give us so that you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. This allows us to personalize the site to your taste and provide the best web experience possible to our visitors.
  1. Takedown Policy. CommonPlace wants to ensure that it is not infringing the proprietary rights of others. In fairness to our users, as well as to other creators and copyright holders, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system and network who are repeat infringers. However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. In such cases, we strongly encourage users to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA takedown demand is invalid or improper. For more information on what to do if you think a DMCA notice has been improperly filed, you may wish to consult https://www.lumendatabase.org/. If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on one of the Projects without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please email us at info@warwickcommonplace.org.
  1. Alternatively, you may make a request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. In that case, you can post a notice explaining your copyright concerns. For a non-exhaustive and non-authoritative list of the relevant processes for the different Project editions, look here. Before filing a DMCA claim, you also have the option of sending an email to the community at info@wikimedia.org.
  1. Disputes and Jurisdiction. In the event you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in a state or federal court located in Orange County, New York. You also agree that the laws of the State of New York and, to the extent applicable, the laws of the United States of America will govern these Terms of Use, as well as any legal claim that might arise between you and us (without reference to conflict of laws principles). You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, the courts located in Orange County, New York, in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or these Terms of Use. To ensure that disputes are dealt with soon after they arise, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you might have arising out of or related to use of our services or these Terms of Use must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations or, if earlier, one (1) year after the pertinent facts underlying such claim or cause of action could have been discovered with reasonable diligence (or be forever barred).
  1. Your use of CommonPlace is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an “as is” and “as available” basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure. We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice. Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
  1. Limitation on Liability. The Albert Wisner Public Library, its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns, will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
  1. Because it may be necessary to modify these Terms of Use from time to time, we will provide notice of substantial modifications on our website. However, we ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of these Terms of Use. Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Use become official following the notice constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Use on your part. If you do not agree with our Terms of Use, you cannot use our services.
  1. These Terms of Use do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, the Albert Wisner Public Library. These Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and us.
  1. You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Use, by email, regular mail, or postings on our website.
  1. If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Use, it is not a waiver of that provision.
  1. If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.