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This policy explains how the "Viewers share their stories" feature of WETA's web site collects and uses information submitted by site visitors. We recognize the value of personal privacy and copyright protection and wish to protect your information and copyright holders. This "Viewers share their stories" feature is maintained and hosted as a collaboration between WETA, PBS, and participating PBS affiliate stations.

Content submitted by the public

Submissions will be accepted until March 10th, 2010.

Policies governing your submission of content

You are responsible for the content of any information you submit to the "Viewers share their stories" feature of this web site. The Information posted on this feature does not necessarily reflect the views of PBS and in no event shall PBS assume or have any responsibility or liability for any information posted to this feature or for any claims, damages or losses resulting from the use and/or appearance of such information on this feature.

By clicking the "Submit" button on any submission form in the "Viewers share their stories" features of this web site, you affirm that your submission, including text, digital images and video, is original to you, that you hold all necessary rights to this work or have permission from the copyright holder, or the work is in the public domain, and that the submission does not defame or otherwise violate the rights, copyrights, trademarks, publicity, privacy, or reputation of any third party.

Under this agreement you will retain ownership of your submission. However, you hereby grant to PBS and PBS hereby accepts a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such information in any and all media now known or hereinafter devised and to authorize others to exercise such rights. You further represent that you have all necessary rights in such posting.

You agree to indemnify and hold WETA and PBS harmless against any claims asserted by any third parties that allege your submission violates their rights, or from any breach by you of your promises in this agreement. You shall be responsible for any costs incurred by WETA and PBS for defense or settlement of third- party claims, including but not limited to WETA and PBS reasonable attorneys' fees.

You understand that submitting content does not guarantee that your work will be displayed on this web site. The decision of which and how submission received through the WETA web site will be used will be at the sole discretion of WETA and PBS. Stories and comments submitted and approved through the WETA web site may be available for public viewing on the "Viewers share their stories" features at all participating PBS affiliate stations.

Protecting your personal information

We collect personally-identifying information such as your name, location, and e-mail address on these pages only if you choose to provide that information to us. We ask you to provide this information when you submit a story via the "Share your story" tool, or make a comment on a story, or request to send a story to a friend. Please note, your name and location will be displayed on the WETA web site and may be displayed on all other PBS affiliate stations participating in the "Viewers share their stories" feature. In addition, you name and location may be displayed in connection with any use of your submission by PBS or parties authorized by PBS. When submitting your name, you are advised to use a name that you want the public to see. E-mail addresses will only be used for administrative purposes by WETA and PBS. Your E-mail address will not be shared or sold to a third party without first receiving your permission.

We limit the use of personally-identifying information to the following activities: identifying the contributor of a story posted to this web site, identifying the contributor of a comment about a story, and fulfilling your request to e-mail a story to a friend.

We also may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law or with legal process, (b) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the web site, or (c) protect the personal safety or property of web site users, the public or the Working Films and its employees. If you do not want your personally-identifying information to be collected or used for any of these purposes, you can simply 'opt out' according to the process described below.

Tracking and use of cookies

As you explore this feature, it is possible that several cookies will be set on your computer. A cookie is information a web site puts on your computer's hard drive so that the site can remember your preferences or which pages you visited on that site. These web pages use the information from cookies to deliver relevant local resources, remember browser preferences, and improve your experiences on the site.

No personal information gathered in the "Viewers share their stories" feature will ever be stored in a cookie. WETA and PBS do not sell information collected by cookies nor use the information for commerce-related purposes.

Links to other sites

The "Viewers share their stories" feature may contain links to other sites that may not follow the same privacy policies as we do. These sites may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that we would not. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites.

Acceptance of the Submission & Usage Policy

By clicking the "Submit" button on any submission form in the "Viewers share their stories" feature, you signify your acceptance of the terms spelled out in this agreement. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this feature.

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page as soon as reasonably possible, so please check this page periodically. Use of these pages constitutes consent to any policy then in effect.

Disclaimer of warranties

The "Viewers Share their stories" feature IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NEITHER PBS NOR THE MEMBER STATIONS WARRANT THAT ANY INFORMATION IS COMPLETE OR ACCURATE, THAT THE WETA WEB SITE OR PBS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE OR THAT ANY INFORMATION IS FREE OF ROGUE PROGRAMMING.

Limitation of damages

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WETA and PBS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE The "Viewers Share their stories" feature, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF OR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON The "Viewers Share their stories" feature, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, NONDELIVERY OF INFORMATION, DISCLOSURE OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE.

Release and indemnity

YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND/OR LIABILITY AGAINST WETA , PBS, AND THE MEMBER STATIONS ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF The "Viewers Share their stories" feature. YOU ALSO AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS, PBS AND THE MEMBER STATIONS, FROM AND AGAINST, ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR LIABILITY, INCLUDING COSTS AND ATTORNEYS FEES, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THIS FEATURE OR FAILURE TO ABIDE BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Questions, corrections to personal data and opting-out

If you have any questions or comments concerning this Submission & Usage Policy; would like to change, update or delete your personal information; or would like to opt-out of any future communications, please contact WETA.

Thank you for your interest in this feature. We hope you enjoy the stories submitted from "people like you."

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