Terms of use

Terms of Use Welcome to ninemsn. We hope you enjoy your visit. Please take the time to read these Terms of Use which, together with our Privacy Policy, apply to your use of the ninemsn website and other websites, mobile sites, applications and services made available by us under the ninemsn branded header (the ninemsn network) and other designated ninemsn brands. These terms will be updated regularly so please check back for future changes.

Using the Site
Your access to and use of the ninemsn network is for your personal use only. We do not permit any commercial use of the network without our express written agreement.

Children and Young People
Most of the content on the ninemsn network is suited for a general audience and is rated PG (parental guidance recommended). If you are under the age of 15 we recommend you obtain your parents’ permission before using the ninemsn network.

Certain areas of the ninemsn network such contain mature content which is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18. You may be asked to confirm that you are over 18 before you are allowed to access these areas.

Parents, Carers and Teachers
We are committed to raising public awareness about the risks to children online and equipping you to manage these.

We recommend you visit the Online Safety Centre which includes tips on how to protect your family online as well as information about the safety features of the Microsoft suite of services accessible on the ninemsn network. ninemsn is a proud supporter of this.

Social Sign In and Membership
You may need to register as a member or sign in via your Facebook or other social media account to be able to access or use certain websites or features on the ninemsn network.

Your use of social sign in is subject to the terms and conditions of your account with your third-party provider and these Terms of Use.

Membership is free but is conditional upon you giving us accurate up to date registration information including a valid email address if requested.

To help protect your privacy we recommend that you nominate a member user name which is different to your real name. You must not impersonate the identity of someone else or use a vulgar or offensive member name. In some instances we may require you to provide your real name or other identifying information or contact details for example when you submit content to us for use in a news story.

We may refuse to accept your registration request and/or terminate your sign in or membership in our discretion and without notice including if your registration information is inaccurate or incomplete or if you use your login to annoy other users or disrupt or misuse our services in any way.

Security of social sign in or membership details
You must keep your sign in/membership details secure and must not disclose them (including any user name and /or password we give you) to anyone else. You must notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorised use of your details.

Your sign in , membership information and any other personal information you provide us is subject to our Privacy Policy . By using the ninemsn network you consent to us collecting and using this information in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

Intellectual Property: General
The ninemsn network includes services and content which are the intellectual property of ninemsn Pty Ltd and our content and service providers. You may use our content by downloading and storing limited copies for your personal use only. You may not otherwise reproduce or redistribute or use our content or services in any way unless you have our express permission.

Trade Marks
The ninemsn network trade marks belong to ninemsn Pty Ltd (an Mi9 company) and our affiliates. The trade marks of our service and content providers belong to them. Nothing contained on the ninemsn network should be construed as granting any licence or right of use of any trademark displayed on the site. Use of all trademarks displayed on the ninemsn network requires the express permission of the relevant trade mark owner.

Your Contributions
On certain parts of the ninemsn network we encourage you to submit your own personal contributions for example by submitting photographs, video footage or written feedback or participating in discussions with other members of our online communities (Your Contributions).
Your Contributions are subject to the following conditions:

  • All Your Contributions must be your own work and must not include any material which is the copyright of someone else;
  • Your Contributions must be on-topic and constructive and not contributed with the intention of disrupting our online communities or causing harm or offense to anyone;
  • You give to us free of charge permission to use Your Contributions in any way we want to on any web site or mobile site, application, products or services in any media (including editing, modifying or adapting Your Contributions for operational or editorial reasons) .

    We may also redistribute Your Contributions to third parties; Please note that in relation to news related material this may include broadcast on Channel Nine television;

  • Copyright in Your Contributions remains with you and the permissions you give us do not restrict you from using Your Contributions in any way;
  • We generally show your Member name with Your Contributions, however, you acknowledge and agree that it is not always possible for us to attribute you as the author of Your Contributions; and
  • Your Contributions may or may not be pre-screened and there may be a delay before they appear on the ninemsn network. We may choose not to use Your Contributions or remove Your Contributions from the ninemsn network in our discretion.

    If you have any questions about Your Contributions please contact us here.

    Prohibited Contributions
    It is your responsibility to ensure that Your Contributions do not breach any applicable laws or rights. Without limiting this obligation we require that Your Contributions do not :

  • Defame any person;
  • Breach anyone’s intellectual property rights or confidentiality.
  • Breach privacy laws;
  • Breach anti-discrimination laws;
  • Contain any links, advertising or marketing material or spam;
  • Stalk or harass any person;
  • Encourage or promote or assist the commission of any illegal act;
  • Contain excessively coarse language or content which would be rated R RC or X by the Australian Classification Board; or
  • Include any material that contains any virus or computer code file or computer program designed to impair any the performance of the ninemsn network or any computer, software or telecommunications device.

    Please note while we will not necessarily reply to all complaints, we will consider whether there are any grounds for taking action for each complaint received .

    Our Editorial commitments
    ninemsn commits to these editorial standards which form part of our editorial code of conduct:

    1. Commitment to truth
    ninemsn will ensure editorial content upholds the journalistic commitment to truth, accuracy, fairness and freedom from bias, offering users balanced content. Opinion will be clearly labelled and differentiated from factual content. ninemsn will respect users from all backgrounds and perspectives.

    2. Commitment to transparency
    ninemsn users can expect transparency and openness in editorial and business practices, the best identification of information sources in stories possible and explicit identification of advertising-supported content. ninemsn will clearly identify the creators and sources of its published content. ninemsn is accountable and will always try to flag and correct factual mistakes quickly.

    3. Commitment to integrity
    ninemsn will ensure editorial content upholds the journalistic commitment to truth, accuracy, fairness and freedom from bias, offering users balanced content. Opinion will be clearly labelled and differentiated from factual content. ninemsn will respect users from all backgrounds and perspectives.

    4. Commitment to independence
    While ninemsn is owned by Nine Entertainment Co, its portals, content and commercial policies will represent independent judgment. It will resist undue political or commercial pressures, internal or external and offer a forum for free debate.

    5. Commitment to privacy
    ninemsn will protect user privacy and personal data.

    6. Commitment to quality
    ninemsn listens to its users who can expect a dedication to the highest quality in content services and advertising. It will use reliable, effective and innovative technologies to deliver compelling experiences and will respond to feedback. ninemsn reinforces these standards with training of editorial staff and practical guidelines . We regularly update and revise the guidelines to ensure that they are current and appropriate to the network and the current legal environment. If you wish to make a complaint concerning the compliance of our editorial content with these standards you can send an email to customer service.

    Service Changes
    We reserve the right to change, suspend or discontinue any content or services included in or accessible via the ninemsn network without any notice and without any liability to you

    Dealings with Advertisers
    The ninemsn network includes advertising and promotional material provided by our advertisers. We do not recommend or endorse any advertiser, its products or services and we ask that you contact the advertiser directly if you have any queries or concerns regarding the content of any advertisement.

    In some instances, advertisements will contain offers which you can accept by clicking through to the advertiser's website. Such offers are not made by us and the advertiser is solely responsible to you for the delivery of any goods or services you purchase on the third party website.

    From time to time we feature, promote or sponsor special events, competitions and other activities conducted by third parties on-line and/or off-line. We do not accept any responsibility for your participation. However there may be specific terms and conditions applicable to those activities and you should check these carefully.

    The products and prices listed in the Shopping sites on the ninemsn network are the responsibility of the relevant retailer. We are not liable for the prices or price changes, including where price changes have not been reflected on the Shopping sites.

    For the convenience of our users the ninemsn network contains links and other pointers to websites operated by third parties. We do not control these websites and we are not responsible for their availability or their content and /or services.

    You agree that ninemsn may without notice terminate your access to our services without notice on any reasonable grounds including but not limited to:

  • Breach of these Terms of Use ;
  • Request by law enforcement authorities or agencies ;
  • Discontinuation of modifications to our services;
  • Technical issues or problems ;
  • Extended periods of account inactivity;
  • Non-payment of any fess owed by you in relation to any services; and
  • Where we suspect you have used the services for a fraudulent or illegal purpose

    Except where expressly specified ninemsn network content is provided for your information only. It is not intended as advice and you should not rely upon it as such. You should verify any important information we provide (such as information about health, finances and Travel) and seek independent advice suited to your specific circumstances prior to making any decisions.

    Special warning for content and services relating to Financial Matters
    The ninemsn network may contain financial content and tools such as stock quotes, broker calls, investment information, market comment and analysis, statistics, company reports and fact sheets and calculators. None of our financial content is intended for trading or investment purposes and we and our content providers are not liable for any trading or investment decisions based on your use of this content

    Limitations of Liability
    Your use of the ninemsn network is at your sole risk. The content and services are supplied to you on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the extent permitted by law ninemsn, its subsidiaries and affiliates, partners and licensors expressly disclaim all warranties and conditions of any kind regarding our content and services whether express or implied unless expressly set out in these Terms of Use. Without limiting the forgoing we do not warrant that: our Content is accurate or reliable. Nor do we warrant that our services will be timely, uninterrupted or error free or that any errors or defects will be corrected.

    To the extent that our liability for beach of any implied warranty or condition cannot be excluded by law our liability will be limited at our option to:

  • In the case of goods supplied or offered by us :
  • Repairing or replacing the goods; or
  • Paying the cost of having the goods supplied again
  • In the case of services supplied or offered by us:
  • Resupplying those or equivalent services; or
  • Paying the cost of having the services supplied again.

    In no circumstances are we liable for any indirect or consequential losses or damages arising in connection to your use of the ninemsn network.

    We rely on you to use the ninemsn network responsibly and to observe these Terms of Use. If ninemsn suffers any loss or damage or incurs any costs in connection with any breach of these Terms of Use or any other legal obligation then you agree to indemnify ninemsn for the losses, damages and costs.

    Governing Law
    These Terms of Use and any issues arising under these Terms of Use will be dealt with under the laws of New South Wales, Australia.

    ninemsn Pty Ltd is part of the Mi9 group of companies.

    Last updated: 1 November 2013
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