Use Policy of StageMagazineOnline.com
Use Policy of StageMagazineOnline.com
Welcome to StageMagazineOnline.com.
We’re going to make this really simple, because we believe it’s more important to get busy with the fun stuff! We have to post these regulations for you, but we want to make it as painless as possible.
StageMagazineOnline.com (this Theater Community web site) and SMO Marketing LLC (the legal owner) will both be known throughout here as “SMO.” So let’s let SMO explain in easy language how it manages your personal information collected while you are online and how it protects that information.
If you have any questions regarding any of the policies we talk about here, drop us a line at: PolicyQuestions@StageMagazineOnline.com
Who Owns What on Our Site?
SMO owns everything on this web site (and we have the bills to prove it!). Except for information which we found on the Internet and that is public domain, and any materials you give us, you can’t modify, copy, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, display, sell, rent, trash, or shred because we own it. Think of it like it’s OUR ball and you’re playing OUR game… just makes sense like this, doesn’t it?
When you use this web site, you agree to hold SMO ‘harmless’ for anything that may occur while accessing the site.
Acceptable Use of The Web Site
Since SMO owns everything on the site, it gives us the right to delete anything put on the site that we don’t like. That’s our responsibility. We don’t WANT to do that, of course.
On the other hand, everything YOU write on this site is your responsibility. So don’t say anything you wouldn’t say in front of your parents, your children, or the Sunday school teacher down the street.
You should also know that when you write things and submit them on the site, you are giving us permission to use what you have written in any way we see fit. We can repackage it, send it around the world, put it on a CD….you get the idea.
And, finally, any information you submit to the site is assumed to be your own original writing. If it is not your own original writing, then we assume you have permission to be using it and that you are essentially telling us everyone else has the right to read it, as well as giving us permission to use the information in any way we deem necessary as previously described.
U.S. and foreign copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws protect the original content and images used on our web site. You should be aware that violators of federal and international laws will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. We know this may sound harsh, but we have to say it.
The bottom line is… let’s all use our best judgment. Some materials just shouldn’t be put on this site and we certainly don’t want to bring in the big boys who will slap cuffs on you and throw you behind steel bars. But if we have to get tough, we will.
While we’re on the subject, here’s a short (incomplete) list of Do’s and Don’ts for Using the Site (and be sure to read the word “Please” before each one… our mothers really did teach us to be polite!):
Don’t submit offensive or bigoted content. If you do, we’ll take out the big eraser, call your mother, and do what we must to make sure Homeland Security has you on their ‘watch list.’
Don’t harass other Members, for example, by sending repeated messages. What’s harassing to one person may not be to another, but basically, use your best manners and don’t annoy people. You don’t want to be known as the Human Chinese Water Torturer for your annoying and endlessly obnoxious habits.
Don’t exploit other Members. Be especially careful regarding the children who may be viewing our site. Although children can only gain access with the permission of a parent or legal guardian, it is possible children may be viewing the site at the same time you are. Be responsible.
Don’t use someone else’s password or login information. It’s theirs, not yours. You saw how easy it was to get your own… just use those. And that goes for ANY usernames and passwords connected with SMO, including our QuikBucks*Referral Program. It’s easy to get your own and we suggest you do so.
Obviously, submitting anything illegal that violates copyright laws or other laws is a big No-No.
Don’t accept anyone’s opinion on this site as legal advice. We can assure you we do not pay our lawyers to monitor what Members are saying to each other. Be savvy enough to know the difference between opinion and fact.
Play Nice, People! We don’t want our Members getting into fisticuffs. We decided a long time ago that we would not be the referees in the boxing ring. We are not obligated to monitor disputes that arise between Members, so if you can’t get along with someone, the Information SuperHighway should be plenty big enough for the both of you to avoid each other and let everyone else get on with things in relative peace. We’re pretty sure no one wants to a take time out to visit the Philadelphia City or Federal Courts, so it makes sense to just get along.
When You Visit Us, You Let Us Use Your Personal Information
When you register for membership with us, you create a username and password. These are yours and yours alone. Please don’t rent billboards to tell everyone your information nor share it with anyone including your brother-in-law. (Tell him he’s just being cheap and should get his own!) Hey, we can’t stop you, but you should protect it. Please understand that when you logon to our site and register with your username and password you confirm that you agree with our policies.
So What Is All The Personal Info We Collect?
We collect certain “personal information” including but not limited to your name, email address (all of which YOU give us), and information about your computer hardware and software (e.g., IP address, operating system, browser type, domain name, URL, access times, and referring web site addresses). That’s all geek-speak for “we’re checking the info you give us AND the computer stuff you’re using WHEN you give it to us.” Helps us keep track about what’s going on around here.
Why Do We Collect This Information?
We could give you lots of reasons, but as we said, it helps us run the place better and lets us keep track of who is on here.
How Do We Use Your Personal Information?
We don’t want anyone poking around in our drinking water, reading our mail, or sticking their noses in our business and we know you don’t want that either. That’s why SMO takes your personal information very seriously and does not sell or share your personal information with any third party for any purpose. Heck, we’re just glad you’re here!
SMO collects only the information we need as already described and does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen. And if you’re under the age of eighteen and reading this, you’re on this web site because mom, dad, or a legal guardian said you could be!
And it’s your responsibility to make your bed every day AND keep your information on here up-to-date. How else will we know how to contact you? (That refers to your information up-to-date, not your bed being made!)
Just so you know – after you’re old, gray, tired, and don’t want to visit us any more (ok… so we mean after you cancel your membership), we keep your information just in case the “feds” come looking and asks us questions. He’ll have to use the Chinese water torture to get any information out of us – we ain’t no stool pigeons, but we DO have to cooperate with the Law!
And one more important point about your personal information: Be very careful what kind and how much information you give out about yourself when submitting any writing to the site. We can’t walk you to your car at night, or monitor your phone calls at home, so post your own personal information judiciously, remembering that as great as all our Members are (and their mothers told me to say that) you still want to be careful with your personal information.
ONE last thing on this topic: We will NEVER ask you to give your username or password. Don’t let anyone fool ya into thinking that WE asked for that. You supply that on our Registration Forms – we’ll never message you and ask you to give us that info.
Cookies (and Milk?)
A cookie in this case is not an Oreo. It’s more geek-speak telling you that a very small, all text file may be put on your computer so we’ll know who you are next time you visit us. This is as common as kids having cookies and milk after school.
You do not have to agree to allow your browser to accept cookies from the SMO. If you don’t want to, that’s perfectly fine, but you should know that you may not be able to take advantage of the full features and benefits of the SMO web site by doing so. And you’ll have to type your username and password in every time, because we won’t be able to remember it for you.
Web Site Errors/ Disclaimers
This is the part where we tell you that anything that goes wrong on this site is not our fault. The truth is, incorrect information was probably put there by you or one of our well-intentioned members, so that is your responsibility or their responsibility. Anything you submit to the site is submitted by you, so that is also your responsibility.
Let’s face it. Online services aren’t perfect and may malfunction. We’ll do everything we can to avoid it but we can’t guarantee it will never happen.
And you know these legal mumbo jumbo words: SMO cannot assume responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure, theft or destruction of unauthorized access to or alteration of user or Member communications. Yeh, yeh, yeh… really it’s not our fault!
And there’s more: SMO cannot be responsible for technical malfunctions of computer network or lines, servers or providers, or traffic overload on the Internet or at our Web site. We’re busting our bums to make this available 24/7 (you know… all day every day!), but cyberspace is a big place and stuff can go wrong! We’ll keep working to get things fixed if it’s anything we can influence, but it’s not our fault if something goes screwy!
Oops… can’t forget this one: if you find typos and wrong grammar, please know that some people derive great joy in finding them and we’ve left them there for their enjoyment!
Hey, we provide the playground…you bring the toys! If you do find an error, please send it to us at: ErrorReport@StageMagazineOnline.com
Cuff Links and Web Links
You’re going to find links on this site and we encourage you to use them as a part of your Membership privileges. Some of these links go to materials we have created and some go to materials created by other people or organizations. SMO has lots of links and we don’t control what’s at the other end of all of them, so use them wisely. We want only the best sites to connect to us, but we can’t control them either. So it’s up to you which sites you will view and which you won’t. Shut them down if you don’t like them and don’t invite them to play in our sandbox any more!
European Union Safe Harbor Compliance Statement (WOW… THAT’s a Mouthful):
The data-privacy laws we must obey protect information that might be transferred from the European Union to the United States. The U.S. and E.U. have entered into a “Safe Harbor” that allows U.S. entities receiving personal information from the E.U. to satisfy those obligations. SMO has satisfied the requirements of the Safe Harbor Principles and is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce to our best knowledge.
Look, don’t send or sell anything that may be in violation of Pennsylvania State, Federal, or other laws. We don’t want anyone to do that because we pay attention to laws and live by them (and we want to live by them OUTSIDE of jail, so don’t do any bad stuff!).
We Change Things, So Read This Often
We are always exploring new ways to improve the technology and features we offer on our web site. This means we’ll change the information in this policy periodically too. (Heck… we wouldn’t have come up with all the cool things in on this web site if we kept using our manual typewriter all the time!) So pay attention and read here often to see what we’ve changed.
One thing we should talk about is SPAM. Not that spicy meat in a can, but the kind of SPAM that floods the Internet. Spam is unsolicited email that you REALLY don’t want, unlike permission-based email, which is email you expect from people you know or regularly do business with.
SMO only sends emails to people who sign up here and give us permission. We enforce a no-tolerance Anti-Spam Policy. By doing business with SMO, you are consenting to comply with our Anti-Spam Policy. Yes, we’ll hire the Internet Police if we have to, because we know spamming and forum vandalism when we see it.
The best thing to do is… don’t try it. We don’t want it, and neither do you.
Pay Attention And Keep Your Noses Clean:
Members who use our products and services for spamming purposes will have their memberships terminated. (Sounds so tough, doesn’t it… well, we have to be when it comes to this!).
No one is permitted to use our Member lists for their own business purposes nor use our systems, software, or services for any bad activities. (Can’t we all just get along?)
Age Requirements For SMO Users
Listen up, all you young ’uns using our site! (Don’t we all wish we had our youth too?)
We love children and want them to be comfortable using computers, but there are some sites where they should be well supervised by an adult. SMO is one of them. Sure, if a child under thirteen writes to us, we’ll respond. But we won’t create a Profile or otherwise retain any personal information about the child. Only parents or legal guardians can submit this information.
Children under eighteen are allowed to log on to our site only if they have member accounts created by a parent or legal guardian and are using that person’s credit card. We want you to visit us, but parents or legal guardians must give permission or we get two demerits for not following the rules.
SMO adheres to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations implementing this Act. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 (and you shouldn’t either).
PARENTS and MEMBERS OVER EIGHTEEN:
Think PG-13 when you are using the site! There are plenty of other forums out there that would be happy to accept smut, but we’re not one of them, because we’re really against all that here.
Some of the plays being reviewed are rated PG-13 or occasionally, R-rated. This means you must supervise your children when using our Site. There will be many plays performed by high school students that will be for young people and they can enjoy those reviews. Many theaters also perform musicals and comedies that are suitable for those under age 13. And of course there is our Theater For Youth!
When you review our list of shows being performed, you will always see a rating so you will know if it is suitable for you, your children, or their grandparents. Those ratings are supplied by the Member Theaters, and they are responsible, so you might want to double check with them by phone OR visit their web site just to be sure.