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Terms of Service


You agree not to use the baltimoresun.com website and its forums, or permit your Account to be used, to send or submit for public posting, distribute or otherwise publish through the baltimoresun.com website and its forums, any content (textual, graphical or otherwise) which:

( A ) includes inflammatory attacks made on individuals or groups on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability, or refers to such matters in any manner prohibited by law,

( B ) contains vulgar, profane, abusive, racist or hateful language; or text, photographs or illustrations that are in poor taste or are off-topic,

( C ) is threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, misleading, fraudulent, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims, violates the privacy rights of any third party, is unreasonably harmful or offensive to any individual or community,

( D ) violates any right of baltimoresun.com or any third party, or unfairly interferes with any third party's uninterrupted use of baltimoresun.com,

( E ) violates or inappropriately encourages the violation of any municipal, state, federal or international law, rule, regulation or ordinance,

( F ) advertises, promotes or offers to trade any goods or services, except in areas specifically designated for such purpose,

( G ) uploads copyrighted or other proprietary material of any kind on baltimoresun.com without the express permission of the owner of that material,

( H ) contains material originally posted online by a third party without a link to the material’s original source, or re-produces more than three paragraphs of material originally posted online by a third party,

( I ) uses, attempts to use or offers to help others attempt to use another's account, password, service or system except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Service,

( J ) uploads, transmits or links to viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files,

( K ) disrupts, interferes with, or otherwise harms or violates the security of baltimoresun.com, or any services, system resources, accounts, passwords, servers or networks connected to or accessible through baltimoresun.com or affiliated or linked sites,

( L ) "flames" or harasses any individual or entity (e.g., sends repeated messages related to another user and/or makes derogatory or offensive comments about another individual),

( M ) repeats prior posting of the same message under multiple threads or subjects, or repeats prior posting of content that has been removed due to violating the Terms of Service.

Any violation of the foregoing prohibitions may result in the suspension or termination of your account and may be referred to law enforcement authorities. Baltimoresun.com is not responsible for any content submitted by you through your membership account or by other members or for screening, editing or monitoring such material.

Nevertheless, baltimoresun.com and third parties designated by baltimoresun.com reserve the right (but are not obligated) to move, remove, block, edit or delete messages or suspend or remove users that it deems to be in violation of the terms of this Agreement or otherwise unacceptable. Ultimately, the baltimoresun.com and third party designees reserve the right to remove any content they judge to be unfit for publication on its websites. You assume full responsibility for the content of all messages posted by you or through your Account.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold The Sun and all of its affiliates harmless from any claims (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, trade disparagement, privacy and intellectual property infringement) and damages (including attorneys' fees) arising from any submissions by you or through your account.

Users younger than 13 years of age are not permitted to use baltimoresun.com's bulletin boards.

Any personal information you submit during this registration is subject to baltimoresun.com's Privacy Policy.