Via Los Angeles is committed to protecting its readers’ privacy. This policy outlines the handling the personal information of Via Los Angeles' readers and users who register for the site.
What if Via Los Angeles is sold or closes up shop?
The data and materials on the Site, except User Submissions (as defined below), as well as the selection, organization, coordination, compilation and overall look and feel of the Site (collectively, the “Content”) are the intellectual property of Via Los Angeles (“Via Los Angeles,” “we,” or “us”), our licensors and our contributors. The Content is protected by copyright and other intellectual laws and all ownership rights remain with us, our licensors or our contributors, as the case may be.
Via Los Angeles may permit the submission of communications, including images, comments, and text (“User Submissions”) and the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Submissions. Please follow Via Los Angeles' house rules when both commenting and submitting—no last names, no addresses, no personally identifiable information. You user submissions will go only to Via Los Angeles and, like user comments, will be moderated. What this means: We reserve the right to not publish your comments.
We will remove all Content and User Submissions if properly notified that such Content or User Submission infringes on another’s intellectual property rights. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice.
What all this means: if you send us a picture or any other submission, you are agreeing that you own whatever you sent us, and have the right to distribute it. In sending it to Via Los Angeles, you are giving us the right to feature it on our site in “perpetuity,” or “for as long as we’d like to.” And you won’t get paid money for that submission, unless you and Via Los Angeles agree on some kind of payment in writing. Via Los Angeles also reserves the right to take down submissions at any point.
Via Los Angeles often display images, audio, and video (the “Material”). The types of Material editors are authorized to use on Via Los Angeles include Material commissioned by Via Los Angeles, embedded material, or material we believe to be covered by the Fair Use Doctrine, taking into account factors such as: (1) the purpose and character of the use (i.e. transformation from the original, use for criticism, satire or parody; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work (i.e. factual or newsworthy versus creative works); (3) the effect on the potential market for the copyrighted work (for example, use that is not substitutive for the original, or would never be licensed in any event), material from photographic archive and video vendors, Material supplied to our editors or released into the public domain by public relations and marketing companies for press purposes, reader-submitted Material, with the implied representation that the person submitting the material owns the copyright in the material and the right to give it to us for use on Via Los Angeles (see above under “User submissions”).
If Via Los Angeles publishes Material you think infringes your copyright, please email us at info [at] vialosangeles.com and we’ll address your concerns. If we determine we’ve made a mistake, we’re sorry and we’ll take it down.
However, if the material falls into one of the categories listed above, we believe that our use is legitimate and we may not remove it from the site. If you’ve corresponded with Via Los Angeles and thereafter choose to pursue a copyright notice, please note that we’ll respond only to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The text of the Act can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site.
To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by email—to info [at ] vialosangeles.com—with an attached and signed PDF) that sets forth the items specified below. If we do not respond in 10 business days, please write again—high volume and spam means we sometimes miss emails.
To enable us to address your concerns, please provide the following information:
- For each alleged infringement that you wish to have removed, please provide the exact URL for the page containing the material.
- Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you: an email address is preferred, as well as a telephone number.
- For images, provide the following, detailing your claim to ownership of the copyright in the allegedly infringing image:
1. Proof of copyright in the image concerned, namely proof of registration of the Image under the DMCA; or, absent such registration, a detailed description the photograph—where it was taken, by whom, who or what the subject of the image is, and evidence to support your claim that you own the copyright. We may not comply with requests to remove an image where the complainant cannot prove that they own the copyright in the image in question.
2. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
3. Sign the document and email it to info [at] vialosangeles.com
You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 3.D., your DMCA notice may not be valid. Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that any material on Via Los Angeles infringes your copyrights.
Accuracy of Information
While we strive for accuracy, information on the sites may contain errors or inaccuracies; Via Los Angeles does not make any warranty as to the correctness or reliability of the sites’ content.
Via Los Angeles will contain links to and quotation of material from other sites. Please know that Via Los Angeles is responsible for neither the content of nor the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave Via Los Angeles and to read the privacy statements of any website that collects personally identifiable information.
What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey or fill out a form.
Any data we request that is not required will be specified as voluntary or optional.
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
To improve our website
(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
To improve customer service
(your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
To process transactions
Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested by the customer.
To send periodic emails
The email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order or request, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, promotions, related product or service information, etc.
Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you submit a request, place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.
These security measures include: password protected directories and databases to safeguard your information, SSL (Secure Sockets Layered) technology to ensure that your information is fully encrypted and sent across the Internet securely or PCI Scanning to actively protect our servers from hackers and other vulnerabilities.
We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Database to be only accessed by those authorized with special access rights to our systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their control panel and going to the \'Edit Profile\' page.
Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 by never sending out misleading information.
Terms and Conditions
Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at https://vialosangeles.com/legal/terms-of-service.
This policy was last modified on October 8, 2012
Via Los Angeles
P.O. Box 49581
Los Angeles, California
Federal Trade Commision Fair
Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act
Trust Guard Privacy Requirements