Terms and Conditions for Memberships and Subscriptions

Membership Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) govern your use of the Religion News Service (“RNS”, “we”, “our”, and “us”) Website and its related pages, stories, articles, assets, material, media, services, forums, and content (collectively, “Content”) made available to you through your membership with RNS (“Membership”). These Terms create a legally binding agreement between you and RNS.

Your creation of Membership account constitutes acceptance of these Terms, the Website User Agreement, and our Privacy Policy, all of which govern your use of the Membership account and the Content.  If you cannot agree with these Terms please do not use create a Membership account or otherwise access the Content.

You agree to: (a) maintain the security of all passwords and usernames of your Membership account; (b) notify RNS immediately of any unauthorized use or other breach of security regarding your Membership account; and (c) accept all responsibility for activity that occurs under your Membership account. RNS reserves the right to monitor user activity to ensure compliance with these Terms. If RNS determines that you are in breach of this or any other term set forth herein, including the User Agreement, we may suspend access to your Membership account and seek further legal remedies.

We reserve the right at any time to change: (i) these Terms; (ii) this Website, including terminating, eliminating, supplementing, modifying, adding or discontinuing any Content or feature or data or service on or available through your Membership account or the hours that they are available; (iii) any fees or charges, related to the use of the Membership account; and (iv) the equipment, hardware or software required to use and access this Website via your Membership. Any changes we make to these Terms will be effective immediately upon notice, which we may provide by any means including, without limitation, posting on this Website.  Your continued use of your Membership account after such notice will be deemed acceptance of such changes.

You should have no expectation of confidentiality with respect to any user content you submit through your Membership account.  Do not submit confidential information here. RNS shall have no liability for interruptions or omissions in Internet, network or hosting services and does not warrant that the Website, the Content, or any electronic communications sent by RNS are free from viruses or any other harmful elements.

As between you and RNS, the Content and any and all copyright and other intellectual property or proprietary rights associated with the Content are the sole property of RNS or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You shall not obtain any rights in or to the Content outside of the limited right to access the Content through your Membership account. You agree not to sell, share, redistribute, or reproduce the Content. Any unauthorized use of the Content may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.

The Content is provided for your personal, or internal business, use.  You may not use the Content for any commercial purposes or in any way that is unlawful, or harms us or any other person or entity, as determined in our sole discretion.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless RNS and its officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all liability, including costs and expenses, arising or resulting from (a) your unpermitted use of the Content or (b) a violation of these Terms by you.

You agree to pay all fees incurred associated with your Membership account. Your right to access the Content granted hereunder is contingent upon your full payment of the fees associated with your Membership.

You understand and agree that failure to comply with one or more of the conditions stated herein shall result in the loss of any right granted hereunder and the possible denial of future Memberships.

The Content is provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind. We expressly disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, to the extent permitted by law. You acknowledge and agree that RNS is not responsible for the conduct of users in the interactive areas of the Membership account.  RNS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY LOSS, LIABILITY, CLAIMS, SUITS, COSTS, EXPENSES, DAMAGES (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY MATERIAL OR CONTENT POSTED IN THE INTERACTIVE AREAS OF THE MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT.  You acknowledge and agree that you may be exposed to Content that you may find offensive, indecent or objectionable and, that in such respect, you use the Membership account at your own risk.


Except for any liability which cannot by law be excluded or limited: (1) we shall not be liable to you for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Content; and (2) in no event will the collective liability of RNS and its affiliates, licensors, service providers, content providers, employees, agent, officers, and directors, regardless of the form of action, exceed the amount you have already paid to us for the Membership in the 12 months preceding the events giving rise to such damages.

These Terms are governed by laws of the State of Missouri and constitute the entire understanding between you and RNS related to the content.

House of Worship Subscription Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) govern your use of Religion News Service (“RNS”, “we”, “our”, and “us”) stories, articles, assets, material, media, and content (collectively, “Content”) made available for your use through your subscription as a small organization with RNS (“Subscription”) as permitted herein. These Terms create a legally binding agreement between you, on behalf of the small organization that obtains a subscription, and RNS.

We reserve the right at any time to change: (i) these Terms; (ii) this Website, including terminating, eliminating, supplementing, modifying, adding or discontinuing any Content or feature or data or service on or available through your Subscription account or the hours that they are available; (iii) any fees or charges, related to the use of the Subscription account; and (iv) the equipment, hardware or software required to use and access this Website via your Subscription. Any changes we make to these Terms will be effective immediately upon notice, which we may provide by any means including, without limitation, posting on this Website. Your continued use of your Subscription account after such notice will be deemed acceptance of such changes.

Your creation of Subscription account constitutes acceptance of these Terms, the Website User Agreement, and our Privacy Policy, all of which govern your use of the RNS Website and the Content, and are incorporated within these Terms. If you cannot agree with these Terms please do not use create a Subscription account or otherwise use the Content.

For the license to Content granted under these Terms to apply, you must access and download the Content while logged into your current Subscription account. For clarity, the Content subject to this license shall be made available to you through the Subscription portal on the RNS Website, solely while you are logged in as a subscriber. If you are logged in as an individual member (Student, Member, Sustainer or Benefactor) the license granted under these Terms shall not apply.

To be eligible for a Subscription account as a non-profit you (1) must not be a media or public relations firm, your organization must (2) have a physical meeting space or centralized online platform, (3) have a weekly attendance/membership average between 20 and 40,000, and (4) have a 501c3 tax designation as a registered nonprofit. You represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements required to obtain a Subscription.

You agree to: (a) maintain the security of all passwords and usernames of your Subscription account; (b) notify RNS immediately of any unauthorized use or other breach of security regarding your account; and (c) accept all responsibility for activity that occurs under your Subscription account. RNS reserves the right to monitor downloads and user activity to ensure compliance with these Terms. If RNS determines that you are in breach of this or any other term set forth herein, we may suspend access to your account and seek further legal remedies.

As between you and RNS, any and all copyright and other intellectual property or proprietary rights associated with the Content are the sole property of RNS or its affiliates. We hereby grant you a limited license to use the Content solely for the Permitted Use, on a non-exclusive basis, during the term your subscription account is active and paid in full, and only in the language of original publication. However, you may translate the Content into another language, provided that you provide clear notice that your publication of the Content was translated from the original language by you. “Permitted Use” shall mean republication (1) on websites owned by you and (2) in your newsletters, bulletins, and other similar publications. You shall not revise or alter the Content without the prior written consent of RNS. You shall not obtain any rights in or to the Content outside of the license granted hereunder.

You may not use Content in a defamatory or other unlawful manner, or in violation of any applicable regulations or industry codes. Furthermore, you may not falsely represent that you are the original creator of a work that is made up largely of licensed Content.

The following language must be added at the end of the Content when republished: “Copyright 2018 Religion News Service LLC. Republished with permission of Religion News Service LLC, all rights reserved.”

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless RNS and its officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all liability, including costs and expenses, arising or resulting from (a) your unpermitted use of the Content or (b) a violation of these Terms by you.

You agree to pay all fees incurred associated with your Subscription account. The license to use the Content granted hereunder is contingent upon your full payment of the fees associated with your Subscription.

You understand and agree that failure to comply with one or more of the conditions stated herein shall result in the loss of any license granted and the possible denial of future subscriptions.

The Content is provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind. We expressly disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, to the extent permitted by law.

Except for any liability which cannot by law be excluded or limited: (1) we shall not be liable to you for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Content; and (2) in no event will the collective liability of RNS and its affiliates, licensors, service providers, content providers, employees, agent, officers, and directors, regardless of the form of action, exceed the amount you have already paid to us for the Subscription in the 12 months preceding the events giving rise to such damages.

These Terms are governed by laws of the State of Missouri and constitute the entire understanding between you and RNS related to the content.

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