Welcome to Low Country Today. Low Country Today (LCT) was created by and is managed by Low Country Today, Inc. LCT and its partners provide information and web-based resources or services (Services) that are accessed on this web site or by other methods. Please be aware that LCT was created to provide these Services primarily to those who live in The Charleston South Carolina Low Country area. As such, many of our Services are only offered to those that reside in this specific geographic area. LCT provides these Services subject to the following general Terms of Service (TOS), which may be updated at any time by updating this page without your notification. You assume sole responsibility for reviewing the most recent TOS as stated on this web page. Various provided Services may also have specific terms of service, rules or guidelines which are hereby incorporated into these general Terms of Service and to which you agree to be bound to use those Services.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. THESE TERMS OF SERVICE ARE A BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND LCT. BY USING THE LCT SITE AND/OR ITS SERVICES YOU HEREBY AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE. OTHERWISE PLEASE DISCONTINUE THE USE OF LCT.
A. Acceptance of Terms of Service
By using the LCT site you explicitly and willfully agree to be bound by the stipulations in this TOS. You represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and have not been legally restrained from receiving LCT services under the laws of the United States.
B. Registration Information and Privacy
Should you register on the site, you agree to provide accurate current information about yourself and promptly update this information to maintain its accuracy should the information provided change. Should you misrepresent the aforementioned information or LCT has reason to believe such information is not true; LCT has the right to discontinue your account and refuse service and future service of the site. LCT is particularly concerned about the safety of children under the age of 13 using the site. Should you allow your child to register and you confirm their registration, you represent that you are of legal age, the legal guardian of the child, and provide permission for the child to access the Services. LCT delivers Services for a broad audience and as the child's legal guardian it is solely your responsibility to determine if any part of the site is not appropriate for your child to access.
You understand and agree to provide consent that LCT may access, archive, and disclose your registration information if required by law or in good faith belief that the disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce the TOS, to comply with a legal process, to respond that information violates third party rights, or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of LCT users and the public.
Upon registering you will be provided with a login name and password. You are responsible for keeping this information private and confidential. You assume responsibility for the use of the Services and all activities that occur under your login. You agree to immediately notify LCT should you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of the Services under your login. You agree to properly logout at the end of your sessions (a right top of page link is provided for your convenience). Sessions will automatically expire after a period of inactivity but you should not rely on this feature and always ensure you have logged out when discontinuing your session. LCT cannot and will not be responsible and liable for any loss or damages resulting from your failure to logout properly.
C. User Responsibilities and Privileges
You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for your own content, data, graphics, messages transmitted, or other materials and/or Services used on LCT. You are entirely responsible for all information whether publicly posted or privately transmitted using the Services and assume all responsibility for any consequences thereof related to your actions using the Services. LCT does not control the information posted or transmitted by users of the Services and thus cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of such information. You understand and agree that by using the service you may be exposed to objectionable or indecent information. LCT under no circumstances assumes any responsibility or will be liable in any way for any information that was posted or transmitted by third parties. You agree to use LCT only to post materials that are legal, proper, somehow related to the purposes of this geographic community, and conform to the decency standard of our community. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using this Web Site, you will not:
Harm children in any way;
Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
Publish, post, upload, make available, distribute or disseminate or offer to do the same (hereinafter "Post") any vulgar, hateful, malicious, racially or ethnically slanderous, harmful, inappropriate, defamatory, infringing, abusive, libelous, threatening, obscene, false, or unlawful material or information;
Post any material that infringes any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, intellectual property or other proprietary right of any party (the "Rights"), unless you are the owner of the Rights or have the permission of the owner to post or transmit such material;
Post any files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage, interrupt, or functionally limit the operation of another's computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment;
Post or transmit spam, "chain letters", "junk mail", promotional materials or any form of solicitation, advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose, other than in areas of the Web Site intended for such uses;
Impersonate another person or entity, or falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is posted or transmitted;
Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the use of the site and its Services;
Collect or store personal data about other users;
Hack into any part of the Web Site, operate computer programs of any sort that willfully extract copyrighted information for illegal purposes, or jeopardize the performance/disrupt/interfere with the delivery of the Services, servers, or network infrastructure;
Encourage, glorify or commit a criminal offense;
Provide material support or resources to any organization designated as a foreign terrorist organization in any manner whatsoever;
You agree that LCT may – given certain circumstances and without prior notification – terminate all Membership privileges. Cause for termination shall include, but not be limited to:
User initiated request;
Extended periods of account inactivity;
Repetitive returned emails from a therefore assumed inactive account;
Unforeseeable technical difficulties or issues;
Law enforcement requests
Registered users of LCT agree to maintain an active email account to receive communications from LCT regarding site updates, administrative messages, other registered user related messages, and LCT announcements. You do not have the ability to opt-out of the aforementioned email notices and agree to receive them as part of being a registered user of the site. Should these emails become unable to be delivered to your email account, LCT will remove your registration account and assumes no responsibility for the deletion of any or all of your posted information. LCT will not be liable in any way for any circumstances that result from your discontinuation of the Services should your registration account be deleted.
D. Web Site Materials and Ownership Thereof
The contents of this site, including but not limited to: text, graphics, illustrations, logos, software, trademarks, service marks and other material ("Material") are protected by copyright and other laws.
LCT authorizes you to view the Material on the Web Site solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You may not sell or modify the Material or reproduce, display, distribute, or otherwise use the Material in any way for any public or commercial purpose whatsoever without the written permission of LCT. If you violate any of these terms, your permission to use the Material automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies of the Material you have made.
LCT does not claim ownership to your posting or submission to LCT for posting of your Materials on the site. However, for this information that is publicly displayed on the site, you grant LCT a world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual license to use, modify, distribute, reproduce, publish, and publicly display such information in whole or in part, and to incorporate said information into other works on current or future formats and mediums. This license shall exist until the removal of the Material from the site by either party.
LCT includes postings, listings, graphics, stories, and articles from third parties. Such content is the responsibility of the third party owner of the content. LCT assumes no responsibility for such content and is merely providing access to such content as a service to you. While LCT will endeavor to remove any offensive or harmful content from the Web Site if brought to our attention, third party materials may include offensive, inappropriate, harmful, or deceptive information.
E. Our Obligation to Monitor Information and Materials
LCT does not control the information posted or transmitted by users, registered users, partners, and other third parties on the site and assumes no obligation whatsoever to monitor third party information and transmissions. LCT does not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any information posted by third parties, or endorse any opinions expressed by them. You understand and acknowledge that any reliance on material so posted will be at your own risk.
You acknowledge that LCT may or may not pre-screen information posted or transmitted on the site. LCT reserves the sole right at its sole discretion to refuse to accept information for publication on the site, block transmission of information, or remove and/or edit information posted on the site for any reason whatsoever. LCT reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.
F. Intellectual Property Rights
You agree that the Services and any software used by the Services are the property of LCT and relevant third parties. You are granted a nonexclusive and nontransferable license to use the software subject to the terms and conditions of this TOS. You agree that the software remains the property of its lawful owner(s) and that the license granted in this TOS does not convey title to or ownership of the software. You agree that giving away, lending, leasing, renting, distributing, leaving, or selling copies of the software is theft of the lawful owner's property. Appropriate litigation may be instituted and/or penalties and damages may be assessed against violators. You acknowledge that the software, including documentation, contains proprietary information constituting valuable trade secrets, and that the Software is protected by state, federal and international copyright laws and international treaties. You agree that you will not distribute the software or any portion thereof to third parties, or replicate the software or any portion thereof in any form or medium, except as authorized in this TOS. You agree not to attempt to decipher, decompile, decrypt, reverse engineer, or disassemble the software or to develop derivative works of the software or knowingly allow others to do so, except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction.
G. Web Site Warranties
The LCT site and Materials contained therein are provided on an "AS IS" basis without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied. LCT, to the extent permitted by law, disclaims all warranties, included but not limited to: warranties of title, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement of third party rights. LCT makes no warranties about the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or timeliness of the material and links presented on the Web Site.
Neither does the company warrant that the Web Site will operate without error or that the Web Site and its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful code. LCT is not responsible for any costs associated with servicing or replacing your equipment or data due to your use of this Web Site. LCT contains materials provided by third parties, and will likewise not be held responsible for any such third party material.
H. Disclaimer of Warranty & Limitation of Liability
YOUR USE OF LCT AND ITS SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED IN ANY WAY WITH THE SITE YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USE OF THE SITE. ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN AS-IS WHERE-IS AS-AVAILABLE BASIS. LCT EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MERCHANTABILITY FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, FITNESS, OR MERCHANTABILITY.
LCT MAKES NO WARRANTY THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS, BE ACCURATE, BE RELIABLE, OPERATE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR FIX ERRORS. NO INFORMATION, WRITTEN OR IMPLIED, THAT WAS OBTAINED BY YOU FROM LCT SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS. IN NO EVENT SHALL LCT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR ITS MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN. THIS DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION INCLUDES DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS, AND APPLIES WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY LEGAL THEORY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER LCT IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR USED BY YOU FROM THE SERVICES IS USED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT COMPUTER VIRUSES ARE PREVALENT ON THE INTERNET AND THAT VIRUSES MAY BE TRANSMITTED INADVERTENTLY THROUGH LCT SERVICES. YOU AGREE TO ASSUME SOLE RESPONSIBILITY AND HOLD LCT HARMLESS FOR ANY VIRUSES OR ACTIONS THEREOF WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING LOSS OF DATA, BELIEVED TO BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH LCT SERVICES TO YOUR COMPUTER. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DETECTION, PROTECTION, AND ERADICATION OF COMPUTER VIRUSES ON YOUR COMPUTER(S).
I. Copyright Infringement
Posting communications on or through the web site automatically grants LCT a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the information alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed. The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction.
LCT may, in appropriate circumstances and at its sole discretion, remove or disable access to material on the Web Site that infringes on the rights of others. If you believe that your work has been used on the Web Site in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide LCT with a written notice - by postal mail, e-mail, or facsimile - that includes the following information:
1. The signature (electronic or physical) of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed
2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed
3. A description of or actual page link to where the material in question is located on the Web Site
4. Your mailing address, telephone number, and email address
5. A statement by you that you believe in good faith that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law
6. A statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf
For purposes of such notice, LCT's address for notice is as follows:
Low Country Today, Inc.
116 Cannon Ave
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Phone: (843) 764-3900
J. Links to Other Web Sites
Low Country Today contains links to third party web sites that are maintained by others. These links are provided solely as a convenience to our users, and are not an endorsement by LCT of the contents on such third-party Web sites. LCT is not responsible or liable for the availability and content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party sites. If you decide to access linked third-party Web Sites, you do so at your own risk.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Low Country Today, Inc, its officers, directors, employees, sponsors, partners, and agents from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal fees, alleging or resulting from your use of the site, your posting or transmission of Materials, or your breach of this TOS Agreement. LCT will provide notice to you promptly of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall reasonably assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Low Country Today, Inc, its officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal fees, alleging or resulting from your actions dealing with our advertisers, sponsors or partners.
L. General and International Disclaimer
LCT makes no claims that the materials presented are appropriate for any particular purpose or audience. Access to the materials may not be legal by certain persons. If you access the Web Site from outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction as well as our local laws.
Entire Agreement. This TOS is the entire agreement between LCT and you.
Law Choice and Venue. This TOS Agreement between you and LCT shall be governed by the laws of the State of South Carolina. All legal issues arising from or related to the use of the site shall be construed in accordance with and determined by the laws of the State of South Carolina without regard to conflicts of law provisions. By using this Web Site, you agree that for venue purposes any and all lawsuits, disputes, causes of action, or arbitrations shall be in Berkeley County, South Carolina state court or federal court in South Carolina if appropriate.
Statue of Limitations. You agree that any claim arising from the use of the site or Services must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred, regardless of any law or statute to the contrary.
Term. This TOS is non-transferable and expires upon your death. All your Materials will subsequently be permanently deleted.
Severability. If any provision of this TOS is for any reason deemed to be in violation of any applicable law, governmental rule, or regulation, or if the TOS is held to be unenforceable or unconscionable, the invalidity of that specific provision shall not invalidate the remainder of this Agreement. All other provisions and the entirety of this TOS shall remain in full force and effect unless the removal of the invalid provision destroys the legitimate purposes of this TOS in which event this TOS shall be null and void.
Paragraph Headings. Paragraph headings are for reference only and shall not be construed in any way to define, limit or describe the scope or intent of this Agreement or any part thereof.
Last Updated: June 2006