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PG Publishing Inc and Post-gazette.com Copyright Notice

All information, content, services and software displayed on, transmitted through, or used in connection with PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com, including for example materials such as writings, software, music, works of art, graphics, logos, trademarks, photographs, and the like, hereafter referred to as "content", as well as the selection and arrangement of content is owned by PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com. You may use the content online only, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use, and you may download or print a single copy of any portion of the Content solely for your personal non-commercial use, provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from such Content. If you operate a web site and wish to link to post-gazette.com, you may do so provided full credit is given to PG Publishing and post-gazette.com, and you agree to cease such link upon request from post-gazette.com. No other use is permitted without prior written permission of post-gazette.com. Use of this site is described in the TERMS of SERVICE section of this page.

Terms of Service Subscriptions Accounts (Membership)

If you become a Member of post-gazette.com you accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password, and agree not to sell, transfer or assign your membership rights. We reserve the right to terminate your Membership if you violate the items listed under our Posting Rules and Interactivity. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for restricting access to your computer so others outside your household may not access Post-gazette.com using your name in whole or in part without our permission. If you believe that someone has accessed Post-gazette.com using your user name and password without your authorization, email us immediately.

User-Provided Information and Content

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For all such information and material, you grant PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works from such information, in any form, of any kind now existing or developed in the future.

You also grant PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any communication you send to us for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing and marketing products using such information. All rights in this paragraph are granted without the need for additional compensation of any sort to you.

Please note that PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for use or publication and is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming. Should you send any unsolicited materials or ideas, you do so with the understanding no additional consideration of any sort will be provided to you, and you are waiving any claim against post-gazette.com and its affiliated sites regarding the use of such materials and ideas, even if material or an idea is used that is substantially similar to the idea you sent.

Transactions and Ecommerce

During your visit to our site you may elect to engage in a transaction involving the purchase of a product such as a newspaper subscription, a print or online advertisement or other tangible goods and services. To serve you most efficiently, credit card transactions and order fulfillment are often handled by a third party processing agent, bank or distribution institution. PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com and its vendors make every effort to ensure secure transactions through the use of encrypted security software. While in most cases transactions are completed without difficulty, there is no such thing as "perfect security" on the Internet or offline. If you're concerned about online credit card safety, in most cases a telephone number will be made available so you can call us and place your order by phone. PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com cannot take responsibility for the success or security of transactions undertaken or processed by third parties. On occasion, a product or service may not be available at the time or the price as it appears in an advertisement. In such event, or in the event a product is listed at an incorrect price or with incorrect information due to typographical error, technology effort, error in the date or length of publication, or error in pricing or product information received from our advertisers or suppliers, you agree PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com is not responsible for such errors or discrepancies.

Posting Rules and Interactivity

Interactive areas, discussion forums, and reader submitted content areas, are intended to encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions. These areas are offered to all users of the site. PG Publishing Inc and post-gazette.com reserves the right to refuse to post any content on our site at any time, for any reason. Decisions as to whether content violates any Posting Rule will be made by post-gazette.com at its sole discretion. Any submitted content that includes, but is not limited to the following, will be refused. If repeated violations occur, post-gazette.com reserves the right to cancel user access to post-gazette.com without advanced notice.

When submitting content to PG Publishing Online, please do not submit content that:

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Ecommerce Submissions or Submissions to third parties:

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General Information:

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RSS Use Policy:

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