Comments/Privacy Policy | Pittsburgh City Paper

Comments/Privacy Policy

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It's simple. We will NEVER abuse your privacy rights. Here's the details:

  • Unless you give us permission to make your personal information public, we won't give away your e-mail address (or any other identifying info) to anyone.
  • Although is sponsored by paid advertisers, all online services are free to readers. Thus, in order to maintain the clarity of editorial content for our readers, all advertising content will be clearly presented as such -- in banners, buttons and/or clearly labeled messages from sponsors.
  • Occasionally, we will provide sponsors with aggregate information about our online readership. This aggregate data -- for example, the number of visitors to a section of -- contains no individually identifiable information. Unless you have specifically given us permission otherwise, your private data stays private.
  • We may use personal information for marketing and promotional purposes, but we will not intentionally disclose such marketing information to a third party without your prior approval. City Paper does, however, reserve the right to release specific information in certain, non-commercial cases, such as when required to do so by a subpoena, court order or other valid legal process.
  • City Paper may use the identifying information you provide to send out electronic newsletters, or to notify you of special editions or other events. You can opt out of receiving newsletters by changing your online user profile, or by following the "unsubscribe" options included in each e-mailed newsletter.
  • No data transmission by Internet or wireless network is 100 percent secure: Information you send may be viewed in transit by a third party. City Paper assumes no responsibility for such unauthorized viewing by third parties. We do our best to protect any information we receive from you, but we cannot guarantee this information will be kept safe from hackers or other intruders.
  • City Paper may use the identifying information you provide to send out electronic newsletters, or to notify you of special editions or other events. You can opt out of receiving newsletters by changing your online user profile, or by following the "unsubscribe" options included in each e-mailed newsletter.
  • Please be aware that we can't control the privacy practices of external websites we may link to -- including those operated by Pittsburgh City Paper Advertisers.

Pittsburgh City Paper cares deeply about Internet privacy issues. We may update this statement occasionally to better serve this end.

Posting and Opinions

By entering any opinion, posting or other user generated content you are agreeing to be bound by these conditions and terms. Please read carefully!

Any individual posting a message or opinion in a public guest book, forum, or an opinion posting area is the sole author of and is exclusively and entirely responsible for the opinions and statements in the posted message. Eagle Media Corporation and its affiliates disclaim all responsibility for the content of such messages, postings, community generated content and are acting merely as an impartial conduit for constitutionally protected free speech and as a provider of an interactive computer service.

While the administrators and moderators of this user generated content or postings will attempt to remove any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums, opinions posted and user generated content express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators, or its affiliates and parent company or companies or webmaster and hence will not be held liable.

The fact that a comment remains on the site does not imply the endorsement of City Paper. City Paper makes no representation as to the accuracy of any assertions made in the comments section. Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, City Paper assumes no liability for any statements made by third parties in the comments sections of its Web site.

You agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available content:

  • that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, or invasive of another's privacy, or harms minors in any way;
  • that harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  • that purports to be from any person or entity, including but not limited to a Provider employee, or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent.
  • that is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, mis-informative, or constitutes "bait and switch";
  • that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships.
  • that advertises any illegal services or the sale of any items the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by applicable law, including without limitation items the sale of which is prohibited or regulated by law
  • that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to the Service, or that otherwise negatively affects other users' ability to use the Service; or
  • that employs misleading email addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of Content transmitted through the Service.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted;
  • "stalk" or otherwise harass anyone;
  • collect personal data about other users for commercial or unlawful purposes; use automated means, including scripts, spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from or upload data to the Service;
  • post irrelevant Content, repeatedly post the same or similar Content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  • attempt to gain unauthorized access to Provider’s computer systems or any other user's computer systems, or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the Service

Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

This system may use cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered above; they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure. If an e-mail address collected it is used only for confirming your registration details and password.

Under no circumstances will Pittsburgh City Paper or its affiliates and parent company, Eagle Media Corporation, be liable in any way for any content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted in any forum or opinion posting area, or otherwise made available on the site. You acknowledge that Provider shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Site, for violating the letter or spirit of the Terms or for any other reason. Pittsburgh City Paper or its affiliates and parent company, Eagle Media Corporation reserves the right to delete any posting, message or photograph at any time, for any reason or no reason.

By entering any opinion, posting or other user generated content you are agreeing to be bound by these conditions and terms.

Ad hominem attacks on other posters and posts that degrade the level of discourse will be removed. Repeat violators of this policy will be banned from posting in the future.


Employees of Pittsburgh City Paper, Inc., their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, and members of the immediate family or household of anyone so employed are ineligible to participate or win.

No purchase or internet access necessary. To enter, complete a 3x5 card with your name, home address, age, telephone number and e-mail address (if you have one) together with any other information required in the contest description. Submit your entry to Pittsburgh City Paper Contests, 650 Smithfield St., Suite 2200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Contest begins and ends as specified in the contest description. All entries must be received by the date required in the contest description. Entry limited as specified in the contest description. Incomplete entries are void. No mechanically reproduced entries permitted. Not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, illegible entries or entries containing incorrect information. Not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone, computer or on-line or Internet systems or services. Entries become the property of the Pittsburgh City Paper and will not be acknowledged or returned. Prize winners will be selected from a random drawing held on or about the date specified in the contest description from among all eligible entries received.

Prize drawings will be conducted by Pittsburgh City Paper Contests, 650 Smithfield Street, Suite 2200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The Prize winners will be notified by mail, email or telephone. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Any other expenses, including travel and lodging expenses, relating to the prize package not specified are the sole responsibility of winners. Open to legal U.S. residents who, as of the date specified in the contest description are the age specified in the contest description. All contests are open to legal Pennsylvania residents only (ages 21 and over unless otherwise stated). All contests are void where prohibited.

All federal/state/local taxes are the sole responsibility of Prizewinners. All federal/state/local laws and regulations apply. Potential Prize winners must execute an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form within 15 days of notification. Noncompliance/return of prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. By entering, participants agree to release and hold harmless Pittsburgh City Paper, Inc., their parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability that may arise from their acceptance and/or use of any prize or their participation in this promotion, or from any misuse, or malfunction of any prize awarded.

Winner is not entitled to transfer prize or obtain a substitute prize. Pittsburgh City Paper, at its sole discretion, may substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Acceptance of Prize constitutes consent to use winner’s name and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Pittsburgh City Paper further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the sweepstakes in the event the sweepstakes is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering or technical failures of any kind. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decision of the judges.

A reader is eligible to win a Pittsburgh City Paper prize only once every thirty (30) days. All winners must present valid identification Winners must pick up their prize at Pittsburgh City Paper offices between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, unless alternate arrangements have been made through the Pittsburgh City Paper Promotions Department. Winners will have thirty (30) days to pick up their prize. Failure to pick up their prize will result in forfeiture of said prize. Pittsburgh City Paper reserves the right to disqualify any contest participant for failure to comply with the rules. All decisions of Pittsburgh City Paper are final. Pittsburgh City Paper reserves the right to supplement or change contest rules at any time. Pittsburgh City Paper reserves the right to make changes to the rules of any contest. Material changes will be published in the paper or otherwise publicly disseminated.

Decisions of the judges with respect to all sweepstakes matters are final. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and decisions of the judges. Pittsburgh City Paper is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prizes. Copies of the written contest rules are available during regular business hours at the offices of Pittsburgh City Paper, 650 Smithfield St., Suite 2200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

By using this website, you agree to adhere to the terms and conditions stated above. If you believe City Paper has violated its policy -- or you have questions about it -- please contact us by using one of the following:

E-mail: Lisa Cunningham

Phone: 412-316-3342, ext. 175

Pittsburgh City Paper
4 Smithfield Street
Suite 1210
Pittsburgh, PA 15222