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All City-sponsored social media pages are governed by the following disclaimers, to the degree permitted by the host.

Legal disclaimer 
The City assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions or discrepancies. Moreover, the City is not responsible for the content of nor endorses any site linked to this page.

Comment policy
The City reserves the right to remove any messages or postings that are obscene, defamatory, involve fraud, incite violence or criminal conduct, or are in violation of the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party.  Furthermore, City reserves the right to remove any messages or postings that are unrelated to the topic of the forum. These include commercial promotions or purposes, and hyperlinks to material not directly related to the discussion.

The City will not be responsible for content posted by any subscriber in any forum, message board, or other area within the service.

If a customer does not agree to these terms, the individual should not use the City-sponsored pages. Use of the City-sponsored social media pages shall constitute implicit agreement to these terms.

Open Records 
All comments and replies posted on any City social networking tool, blog or page are subject to the Colorado Open Records laws, C.R.S. 24-72-201, et. seq. All information found on these pages or disseminated through a web application tool like Twitter are capable of being reprinted in newspapers, magazines, or online in any other web or web media format.
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FLICKR

Flickr (and similar photo sharing sites) are image hosting and video hosting websites, web services suites, and online communities used as a website for sharing and embedding photographs.

Goal 
The purpose of this Policy is to establish parameters whereby the City of Longmont (City) will permit photographs taken by citizens and City employees to be posted on the City’s Flickr account (and any similar City photo sharing accounts). It also gives guidelines to City staff for use of the photographs in marketing material.

The City reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any photograph or posting that is contrary to this Policy.  ETS staff will be responsible for managing the City’s account(s) and will remove images contrary to this written policy.  The City will not be responsible for photographs posted by any citizen. If a person does not agree to these terms, the individual should not post photographs on the City’s Flickr account.  Use of the City’s media site shall constitute implicit agreement to these terms.

Disclaimers and Policies 
The City’s Flickr account (and similar sites) shall contain the following statements to the degree permitted:

Basic Understanding
If you agree to the following statements, you can join the group. If you do not agree to these terms, you should not post photographs to the City of Longmont Flickr account.

Legal disclaimer 
The City is not liable for any damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of the photographs appearing on the account. The City of Longmont is not responsible for the content of nor endorses any photograph appearing on this account.

Posting/removal policy
The City reserves the right to remove any photograph that is obscene, defamatory, of a harassing nature, presents political or religious advocacy (including support/opposition to any ballot issue or candidate for office) involves fraud, incites violence or criminal conduct, depicts the death or injury to a human or animal, depicts a distortion of the facts which contributes to a crime, violates a crime victim’s rights or violates the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party.  Furthermore, the City reserves the right to remove any photo unrelated to Longmont including commercial promotions or purposes. 

Open Records 
All photographs posted on the City Flickr account are subject to the Colorado Open Records laws, C.R.S. 24-72-201, et. seq. All photographs on this account are capable of being reprinted in newspapers, magazines, or online in any other web or web media format.

Who may post
You can be a citizen of any country, living anywhere. As long as you're 18 or older, you're welcome to enter. If you're younger than that, please ask your parent or guardian to enter your photograph.

Type of photographs
We're looking for photographs of the City or events occurring in Longmont to share with the world.  You can enter photographs at any time.

Feel free to:
• Enter photographs taken anywhere in the City of Longmont.
• Enter color, black and white, or partially desaturated photographs.
• Edit your photograph however you like.
• Include a border (not required, though).
• Enter photographs taken at any time.
• Enter composite photographs, where you combine more than one photograph into what looks like a single image.
• Enter photographs that you took that may have been published or used elsewhere.

Don't enter photographs that:
• You didn't take, or for which someone else owns the copyright.
• Just show someone else's copyrighted work (for example, a photograph of a painting).
• Advertises a product.
• Show nudity, drugs, violence, or symbols or acts of hatred.
• Distorts the fact contributing to a crime or violates a crime victim’s rights
• Are illegal or prohibited.
• Violate Flickr's community guidelines or the City legal disclaimers above.

By entering your photographs, you agree to all of the above. We reserve the right to disqualify photographs that are in violation of this Policy; we’ll remove disqualified photographs from the pool, but they’ll remain visible in your account.

By submitting photographs, you give the City of Longmont permission to use them for non-profit governmental purposes, including but not limited to awareness and marketing our community. This permission includes, but is not limited to, publication by the City of Longmont on our City's web sites, our social media sites, in printed materials, television broadcasts or our intranet. You will not be compensated for such use; however, where reasonable, we will give you credit for the photographs.


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