Terms and Conditions and Grievance Redressal Policy
User Agreement

These terms of use (Terms) constitute a legally binding agreement between you and Times Internet Limited (hereinafter referred to as “Company” or “TIL”), regarding your use of the web site i.e http://itimes.com (the Site) and any services offered by the company including but not limited to delivery of content via the Site, any mobile or internet connected device or otherwise (the "the Service"). “User” or “You” means any person who access or avail this site of the Company for the purpose of hosting, publishing, sharing, transacting, displaying or uploading information or views and includes other persons jointly participating in using the site of the Company. By accessing the Site or Service and/or by clicking "I agree", you agree to be bound by these Terms. You hereby represent and warrant to the Company that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age or above and are capable of entering, performing and adhering to these Terms and that you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. While individuals under the age of 18 may utilize the Service of the site, they shall do so only with the involvement & guidance of their parents and / or legal guardians, under such Parent /Legal guardian’s registered account. You agree to register prior to uploading any content and / or comment and any other use or services of this site and provide your details including but not limited to complete name, age, email address, residential address, contact number.

TIL may add to or change or update these Terms of Use, from time to time entirely at the its own discretion. You are responsible for checking these Terms of Use periodically to remain in compliance with these terms. Your use of a Site after any amendment to the Terms of Use shall constitute your acceptance of these terms and you also agree to be bound by any such changes/revisions.

You hereby represent and warrant to the Company that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age and/or otherwise capable of entering into and performing legal agreements, and that you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. While individuals under the age of 18 may utilize the Service, they may do so only with the involvement of a parent or legal guardian, under such person´s account and otherwise subject to these Terms. In certain jurisdictions, the age of majority may be older than 18, in which case you must satisfy that age in order to become a member / utilize the Site or Service.


Changes

TIL reserves the right to suspend / cancel, or discontinue any or all channels, products or service at any time without notice , make modifications and alterations in any or all of the content, products and services contained on the site without prior notice.


Charges

TIL reserves the right to charge subscription and / or membership fees from a user, by giving reasonable prior notice, in respect of any product, service or any other aspect of this Site.


Copyright and Trademarks

Unless otherwise stated, copyright and all intellectual property rights in all material presented on the site (including but not limited to text, audio, video or graphical images), trademarks and logos appearing on this site are the property of Times Internet Limited, its parent, affiliates and associates and are protected under applicable Indian laws. You agree not to use any framing techniques to enclose any trademark or logo or other proprietary information of TIL. Any infringement shall be vigorously defended and pursued to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Limited Permission to Copy

TIL grants you permission to only access and make personal use of the Site and You agree not to download or modify/alter/change/amend/vary/transform/revise TIL's Site, or any portion of it, except with the express consent of TIL. You are permitted to print or download extracts from these pages for your personal, non-commercial use only. Any copies of these pages saved to disk or to any other storage medium may only be used for subsequent viewing purposes or to print extracts for personal use.

TIL forbids you from any attempts to resell or put to commercial use any part of the Site; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the Site or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of any other merchant; or any data gathering or extraction tools; or any use of meta tags. You may not (whether directly or through the use of any software program) create a database in electronic or structured manual form by regularly or systematically downloading and storing all or any part of the pages from this site.

No part of the Site may be reproduced or transmitted to or stored in any other web site, nor may any of its pages or part thereof be disseminated in any electronic or non-electronic form, nor included in any public or private electronic retrieval system or service without prior written permission. Requests to republish TIL's material for distribution should be addressed to Times Syndication Services at E-Mail - tss@timesgroup.com.

Individual Registration, Access and Exchange of InformationFor certain services such as email, personal web pages, contests and shopping, registration by the visitor is required. To register for these services you have to open an account by completing the registration process (i.e. by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form). You will be provided a password and an option to choose a user name or change your password . You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. By registering, you agree to the following terms in addition to any other specific terms which shall be posted at an appropriate location of the Site. Each registration is for a single individual user only.

To access these services, you will be asked to enter your individual User Name and Password, as chosen by you during your registration. Therefore, we do not permit any of the following:-
  1. Any other person sharing your account and Password;
  2. Any part of the Site being cached in proxy servers and accessed by individuals who have not registered with itimes as users of the Site; or
  3. Access through a single account and Password being made available to multiple users on a network.

If TIL reasonably believe that an account and Password is being used / misused in any manner, TIL shall reserve the right to cancel access rights immediately without notice, and block access to all users from that IP address.

Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify TIL immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. TIL will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by TIL or another party due to someone else using your account or password.


No unlawful or prohibited use

As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any TIL's server, or the network(s) connected to any TIL server, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of any Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services, other accounts, computer systems or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services.


Material Posted/transmitted at TIL's Site

All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly or privately transmitted / posted, is the sole responsibility of the person from where such content is originated (the Originator). By Posting any material which contain images, photographs, pictures or that are otherwise graphical in whole or in part ("Images"), you warrant and represent that (a) you are the copyright owner of such Images, or that the copyright owner of such Images has granted you permission to use such Images or any content and/or images contained in such Images consistent with the manner and purpose of your use and as otherwise permitted by these Terms of Use and the Services, (b) you have the rights necessary to grant the licenses and sublicenses described in these Terms of Use, and (c) that each person depicted in such Images, if any, has provided consent to the use of the Images as set forth in these Terms of Use, including, by way of limitation, the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Images.

You represent that you have valid rights and title in any and all Content/Images that you submit on the Site, that you have not infringed on any IPR belonging to any party and further that you will indemnify TIL or its affiliates for all claims arising out of any content that you post on the Site.

TIL accepts no responsibility for the said Content / Images. However, you understand that all Content / Images posted by you becomes the property of TIL and you agree to grant/assign to TIL and its affiliates, a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable and sub-licenseable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such Content / Images (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed throughout the world".


Exchange of Information qua user of itimes Interest Based Network.

You represent that you are competent to agree to the terms and conditions as per law and you shall be solely responsible for all Content that you upload post or otherwise transmit. TIL shall have no liability against any misrepresentation in this regard.

TIL endeavours to provide a web platform for various community interactions for persons to interact and exchange views with each other. The content posted on such services is by general public therefore the accuracy, integrity or quality of such content cannot be guaranteed. You understand that by using such services, you may be exposed to objectionable matter.
By using the facility of chat and other community services you agree not to upload, post, or otherwise transmit any matter or views, which are, defamatory, abusive, pervasive, obscene, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. You may also not indulge in cyber stalking, become or create a nuisance for any visitor / user of the Site.

You may not send, submit, post, or otherwise transmit, material or messages that contain software virus, or any other files that are designed to interrupt, destroy, and negatively affect in any manner whatsoever, any electronic equipment in connection with the use of this Site, or other user's ability to engage in real time exchanges.


Limitations of Liabilities

Any transactions relating to sale/purchase of goods or services not directly offered by TIL are to be settled inter-se between the parties to such transaction and all warranties express or implied of any kind, regarding any matter pertaining thereto, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement are disclaimed by TIL. TIL merely endeavors to provide a platform where you and other party may interact, exchange information or carry out sale/purchase transactions on such terms and in the manner mutually agreed between you and the other party. TIL does not have any involvement in the actual transactions between the buyers and sellers in any way. It is only you, who is entirely responsible for all the activities, arising out of the transactions of sale/purchase of goods or services offered by any other party and not TIL. TIL will not be liable for any loss that you may incur, while selling or purchasing goods /services of the third party.

Under No circumstances will TIL be held responsible or liable, in any way, for any content which in Legal opinion is derogatory, threatening, defamatory, obscene or offensive or offends public sensibilities or morals and shall also not assume liability for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted or uploaded on the Site, or any infringement of another's rights, including intellectual property rights. You specifically agree that TIL is not responsible for any content sent using and/or included in TIL's site/service by any third party.


Termination of Account

TIL reserves its right to refuse service, restrict, suspend,terminate your account; (Terminate this Agreement; Terminate or suspend your access to the TIL's Web Sites; Refuse, move or remove for any reason any Content / Image that you submit on or through the Services; Refuse, move, or remove any Content / Image that is available on or through the Services; Deactivate or delete your accounts and all related information and files in your account; Establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Services) at any time and, remove or edit contents or cancel orders (entered by you) in its sole discretion with or without cause, and with or without any prior notice for any violation of the Terms of Use. Upon such termination or suspension, your right to use the TIL's Web Sites will immediately cease.
You can also terminate your account at any time but your information may remain stored in archive on our servers even after the deletion or the termination of your account.



User Conduct and Obligations and Prohibited Activities

You agree to follow all applicable laws and regulations when using this website. You agree that You will not use the Site or the service available on a Site to indulge in the following prohibited activities:
  1. You shall not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information on the Site, that:
    1. belongs to another person and to which you do not have any right to;
    2. is grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, libellous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever;
    3. harm minors in any way;
    4. infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights;
    5. violates any law for the time being in force;
    6. deceives or misleads the addressee about the origin of such messages or communicates any information which is grossly offensive or menacing in nature;
    7. impersonate another person
    8. contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer resource;
    9. threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, or public order or causes incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any other nation.
  2. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content that is unlawful, illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio.
  3. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any viruses, trojan horses, time bombs, or any other harmful programs or elements.
  4. Harm minors in any way.
  5. Engage in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive acts, including "flaming," "spamming," "flooding," "trolling," and "griefing" as those terms are commonly understood and used on the Internet
  6. Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, TIL's official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
  7. Forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Site.
  8. Disrupt, place unreasonable burdens or excessive loads on, interfere with or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion of our website, its computer systems, servers or networks
  9. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements).
  10. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content with the intention of committing or promoting an illegal act.
  11. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy rights, rights of publicity, or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party.
  12. Upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," duplicative messages or any other form of solicitation.

Any Content and or comment uploaded by you, shall be subject to relevant Indian laws and may be disabled, or and may be subject to investigation under appropriate laws. Furthermore, if you are found to be in non-compliance with the laws and regulations, these terms, or the privacy policy of the Site, the Company shall have the right to immediately terminate/block your access and usage of the Site and the Company shall have the right to immediately remove any non-compliant Content and or comment, uploaded by you and shall further have the right to take recourse to such remedies as would be available to the Company under the applicable laws.


No Controlling Spam Policy or Unsolicited E-mails

You will not use any communication tool or other means available on the Site to transmit, directly or indirectly, any unsolicited bulk communications (including emails and instant messages). TIL will not sell, lease or rent its e-mail subscriber lists to third parties. You may not harvest information about users of TIL for the purpose of sending or to facilitate the sending of unsolicited bulk communications. We may terminate your access or use of the Site immediately, with or without any notice, and take any other legal action if you, or anyone using your access details to the Site, violates these terms. We may adopt any technical remedy (including any filtering technology or other measures) to prevent unsolicited bulk communications from entering, utilizing or remaining within our computer or communication networks. Such filtering technology or other measures may block, either temporarily or permanently, some e-mail sent to you through the TIL's Web Sites.


Disclaimer of Warranties and Liability

All the contents of this Site are only for general information or use. They do not constitute advice and should not be relied upon in making (or refraining from making) any decision. Any specific advice or replies to queries in any part of the Site is/are the personal opinion of such experts/consultants/persons and are not subscribed to by this Site. The information from or through this site is provided on "AS IS" basis, and all warranties and conditions, expressed or implied of any kind, regarding any matter pertaining to any goods, service or channel, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, workmanlike effort, title and non-infringement are disclaimed and excluded.

TIL and its parent, affiliates and associates shall not be liable, at any time for any, direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business projects, damage to your computer system or damages for loss of profits, damages for loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of the TIL's sites/services, with the delay or inability to use the TIL's sites/services or related services, the provision of or failure to provide services, or for any information, software, products, services and related graphics obtained through the TIL sites/services, or otherwise arising out of the use of the TIL sites/services) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or inability to use the Site, or any of its contents, or from any act or omissions a result of using the Site or any such contents or for any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, alteration of, or use of information contained on the site, shutting down of the whole or part of the itimes Mail Services that might result in any loss of information, non-retrieval or loss of data, or arising out of the inability to use any services. No representations, warranties or guarantees whatsoever are made by TIL as to the (a) accuracy, adequacy, reliability, completeness, suitability or applicability of the information to a particular situation; (b) that the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; (c) the quality of any products, services, content, information, or other material purchased or obtained from the website will meet your expectations or requirements; or (d) any errors in the website will be corrected.


Links to Other Sites

Certain links on the Site lead to resources located on servers maintained by third parties, these sites of third party(s) may contain TIL's-logo, please understand that it is independent from TIL, over whom TIL has no control or connection, business or otherwise as these sites are external to TIL. You agree and understand that by visiting such sites you are beyond the TIL's website. TIL, therefore neither endorses nor offers any judgement or warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability for the authenticity, availability, suitability, reliability, accuracy of the information, software, products, services and related graphics contained, of any of the goods/services/or for any damage, loss or harm, direct or consequential or any violation of local or international laws that may be incurred by your visit and/or transaction/s on these site(s), as the same is provided on "as is" without warranty of any kind. TIL gives no warranty and makes no representation whether expressed or implied, that the information contained in this site is error free. TIL shall not be responsible nor liable for any consequential damages arising on account of your relying on the contents of the advertisement. Before relying on the material, users should independently verify its relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice.


Material Submitted by Users

Certain elements of the Site will contain material submitted by users. TIL accepts no responsibility for the content, accuracy, conformity to applicable laws of such material. You will indemnify and hold harmless TIL against all third party claims, demands and actions brought against TIL which arises from or relates to the material submitted by you.


Advertising Material

Part of the Site contains advertising information or promotion material or other material submitted to TIL by third parties. Responsibility for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on Site complies with applicable International and National law is exclusively on the party providing the information/material. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers other than TIL found on or through the Website, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between You and such advertiser. TIL will not be responsible or liable for any claim, error, omission, inaccuracy in advertising material or any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such non-TIL advertisers on the Website. TIL reserves the right to omit, suspend or change the position of any advertising material submitted for insertion. Acceptance of advertisements on the Site will be subject to these terms and conditions.


Data Protection

TIL may send information and offer products and services to you from time to time. For further details relating to our policy relating to such offer please refer to our privacy statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, TIL reserves the right to disclose any information in response to / that it is required to be shared, disclosed or make made available to any governmental, administrative, regulatory or judicial authority under any law or regulation applicable to TIL.

Further, TIL can (and you authorize TIL to) disclose your name, street address, city, state, zip code, country, phone number, email, and company name to Intellectual Property right's owners, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity.


Relationship

None of the provisions of the User Agreement shall be deemed to constitute a partnership or agency between you and TIL and you shall have no authority to bind TIL in any manner, whatsoever.


Force Majeure

TIL shall have no liability to you for any interruption or delay, to access the Site irrespective of the cause.


Indian Law

The Agreement shall be governed by the Laws of India. The Courts of law at Delhi/New Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising under this agreement.


Entire Agreement

These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.


Right to remove inappropriate messages

We reserve the right to remove any messages we deem to be inappropriate, i.e, racist, sexist or threatening. Messages using inappropriate language will also be removed. We do not wish to be censors, but our forums must remain civilized and respect the rights of others.


Limited time to bring your claim

You and TIL agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to the TIL's web sites, only, must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues otherwise, such cause of action will be permanently barred.


Acceptance of Privacy Policy

By using TIL's sites and services, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree or are not comfortable with any policy described in this Privacy statement, your only remedy is to discontinue use of TIL sites. We reserve the right, to modify this Privacy Statement at any time.


General Terms

Rights and obligations under the Terms which by their nature should survive will remain in full effect after termination or expiration of the Terms.

Any express waiver or failure to exercise promptly any right under the Terms will not create a continuing waiver or any expectation of non-enforcement.

If any provision of the Terms is held invalid by any law or regulation of any government, or by any court or arbitrator, the parties agree that such provision will be replaced with a new provision that accomplishes the original business purpose, and the other provisions of the Terms will remain in full force and effect.

Notice of Copyright Infringement

TIL is not liable for any infringement of copyright arising out of materials posted on or transmitted through the site, or items advertised on the site, by end users or any other third parties. Our policy is to comply with all Intellectual Property Laws and to act expeditiously upon receiving any notice of claimed infringement.


Grievance Redressal

Redressal Mechanism : Any complaints, abuse or concerns with regards to content and or comment or breach of these terms shall be immediately informed to the designated Grievance Officer as mentioned below via in writing or through email signed with the electronic signature addressed to Grievance Officer at grievance.itimes@indiatimes.co.in or write at the following address:

Pushpinder Singh Sahi
Grievance Redressal Officer
itimes.com
Times Internet Limited
Plot No. 391, Udyog Vihar, Phase – III,
Gurgaon, Haryana 122016
India Phone: 0124-4518550

We request you to please provide the following information in your complaint:-
  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner for the purposes of the complaint.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
  3. Identification of the material on our website that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.
  4. The address, telephone number or e-mail address of the complaining party.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.
  6. A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notice of copyright infringement is accurate, and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the right that is allegedly infringed.
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