Copyrights and trademarks

“Omar for Aurora” are registered trademarks of Omar for Aurora Media. Don’t use them without permission or we have to send you a lawyerly letter. We don’t like having to do so, but the law requires us to do so.

All site content written by Omar for Aurora staff is published under an open content license. That is, anyone can republish it anywhere, for any purpose, without written permission. That’s not a typo. WITHOUT.

Photos, on the other hand, are owned by the photographers and you should assume that they are NOT in the public domain. Don’t steal them unless they are attributed to Wikicommons or other public domain sources.

Don’t try to rip off our site brand. We will pursue and shut down any site attempting to mimic our look and feel with sound-alike URLs or common misspellings. We have done it before, and we will do it again.

Site content written by community members belongs to the individual authors. Those authors are free to determine their own copyright. Currently, that copyright defaults to an open content (public domain) license. Authors are free to change that license at their own discretion.

Obviously, if you are posting on the site, you’ve given us permission to publish it. It’s kinda the point of the site. And by doing so, you also give us the right to further distribute that content in our affiliated outlets, like our Facebook page, email, etc. If you’ve got something worth reading, we’ll try and get more people to read it. Again, that’s kinda the point of the site.

Don’t plagiarize. We have a zero-tolerance policy toward stealing other people’s content or identity.

If you defame someone, it’s your ass on the line. Don’t.

Keep your behavior civil and within the confines of polite society. In other words, don’t be a dick.

Don’t steal content. Just because you attribute content to its rightful author doesn’t mean you can copy and paste whatever you want.

Don’t steal pictures. Either get the proper license or find your perfect image in the public domain.

You Will Be Responsible for Any Harm We Suffer as a Result of Your Violation of These Terms and Conditions

Generally speaking, if you screw up and suffer harm from any violation of these Terms and Conditions, it’s your problem, not ours. We aren’t liable. However, at our discretion, we reserve the right to engage in the legal defense of any attacks on our community’s First Amendment rights or other such critical issues.

Your Use of Our Site is Subject to Certain Disclaimers

Our site is available “as is.” Sometimes, our servers go down. Sometimes, a site feature breaks. Sometimes, a reported “fact” turns out to be an error. Sometimes a candidate we endorsed turns out to be a dud. While we aspire to perfection, chances are we’ll occasionally come up short. You can’t send us back to the manufacturer for a full refund.

We are Not Responsible for Linked Sites

If it’s not under a Omar for Aurora Media-owned site, it’s not our responsibility or problem. And linking to a site doesn’t change that pretty obvious fact.

We May be Legally Compelled to Disclose Certain Information

If we receive a subpoena issued by a court or from a law enforcement or government agency, we may comply with such subpoenas with or without your consent (depending on the facts of the situation) and provide whatever information we may have for your account. If we feel the subpoena is in error or overly broad, we may also decide to fight it.

Our Liability to You is Limited

Reiterating what’s been said before in plain English, but this time in legalese to make our lawyer happy:

Omar for Aurora and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents and licensors are not liable for incidental, indirect, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary damages of any kind, including, without limitation, lost revenues or profits, loss of business or loss of data, in any way related to this site or for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in our site (including, without limitation, as a result of breach of any warranty or other term of these Terms and Conditions). Any claim against us shall be limited to the amount you paid, if any, for use of our site.

Any Dispute Between Us Will be Governed by California Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of California, applicable to agreements made and to be performed therein without regard to conflict of laws principles. BY CONTINUING TO USE OUR SITE, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.