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These terms of use and conditions are entered into by and between You and Bertie News, a Word Innovations publication (”Company,” “we,” or “us”). The following terms and conditions govern your access to and use of bertie.news and other digital properties of Bertie News, including any content, functions, and services offered on or through bertie.news (the “Website”), whether as a registered user or a website guest.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of Use carefully before you decide to use the Bertie.News website. By using the Website, you accept and agree to abide by these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not agree to these Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy, you shall not access the Website.

This Website is offered and available to users who are eighteen years of age or older. Using this Website, you affirm that you are of legal age and meet its age eligibility requirements. If you do not meet each of these requirements, you shall not access or use the Website.

Changes to the Terms and Conditions

We may revise and update these Terms of Service occasionally and at our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when we post them, and each update applies to all access to and use of the Website thereafter. Your continued use of the Website following the revised Terms and Conditions posting means that you accept and agree to these updates. You are expected to check this page frequently to become aware of updates, as they are binding on you.

Accessing the Website and Account Security

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend bertie.news, and any service or material we provide on the Website, at our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website or the entire Bertie News website, guest users, or registered users.

You are responsible for both:

  • Making all arrangements necessary to access this Website.
  • Ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and Conditions and compliant with them.

To access the Website, Business Directory, Employment Pages, or Events Calendar, you may be asked to register or provide other information. It is a condition of your use of the Website that all the information you provide on the Website is correct, current, and complete. You agree that any information you provide to register with this Website or otherwise, including, but not limited to, through the use on the Website, is governed by our Privacy Policy. Using the site, you consent to all actions we take concerning your information consistent with our Privacy Policy.

If you set up or provide a username or password as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. Thus, you must not reveal it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is for personal use and agree not to share access with others to this Website via your username, password, or other security measures. Further, you agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your username or password or security breach. You agree to be vigilant if you access your account from a public or shared computer so that others cannot record your password or other personal information.

We have the right to disable any username, password, or another identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time if we believe you have violated any provision of these Terms and Conditions.


Intellectual Property Rights

The Website and its entire contents, features, and functions are owned by the Company or other providers of such material. They are protected by the United States of America and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms and Conditions permit you to use the Website for personal, non-commercial use only. Here is how you may use our content:

  • You may use Bertie News and our apps and social pages for personal use.
  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of displayed content incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials.
  • You may store automatically cached files by your Web browser for display purposes.
  • Where we provide social media interfaces with bertie.news, you may take such actions as are enabled by those apps.

Users shall not:

  • Copy or plagiarize works on this site.
  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from materials from this site.

If you wish to make any use of material on the Website other than described in this section, please address your request to: hello [at] Bertie [dot] news.

If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise breach these Terms and Conditions, your right to use the Bertie News website will stop immediately. No right, title, or interest in the Website or any content within the Website transfers you upon termination. Further, all rights not expressly granted are reserved by the Company. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms of Service breaches these conditions of use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Trademarks and Infringements

The Company name, “Bertie News,” “bertie.news,”  our original images, logo, and all related names and slogans are the property of the Company. You may not use such properties without the prior written permission of the Company.

Prohibited Uses

You may use bertie.news only for lawful purposes and per these Terms of Service. You agree not to use our site:

  • In any way that would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law of the United States of America (including any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries) and is not protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (the “First Amendment”).
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, or for asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To send, knowingly receive, transmit, share, use, or re-use any content that does not comply with the standards set out in these Terms and Conditions.
  • To send or recieve any unwanted advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail,” “chain letter,” “spam,” or any other solicitation. For avoidance of doubt, this is not thought to encompass reasonable use of the Bertie News feed by a commercial entity or individual to advertise your own products.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate Bertie News or any of our employees, or to impersonate another user or another person or entity for a purpose that is not protected by the First Amendment.
  • To engage in doxing or other conduct which, as determined by us, may result in the physical harm or offline harassment of out staff, individual users of the Website, or any other person.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use the Website in any manner that harm, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other user’s use of the Website.
  • Deploy any robot, bot, or other automatic device, process, or means to access this Website for any reason, including monitoring or copying materials.
  • Use any manual process to copy or monitor materials on the Website, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in these Terms and Conditions, without our prior written consent.
  • Deploy any device or software that interferes with the operation of this Website.
  • Introduce any viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, or other material that harmful or malicious technology.
  • Attempt to seek unauthorized access to, interfere with, disrupt or damage this Website, the server, or database connected to the Website.
  • Impede the proper working of the Website.

User Contributions

The Bertie News website may contain links to social channels, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, discussion, and other interactive features that allow users to share information freely (hereinafter, “post” or “user contributions”) on or through the Website.

All User Contributions must comply with the Content Standards set out in these Terms and Conditions. Any post will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any posts on the Website, you grant our successors and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free right to use, republish, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose.

When you post, you represent and warrant that:

  • You own or control all rights in and to the post.
  • Your posts do and will comply with these Terms and Conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any post you contribute. You, not the Website, have full responsibility for this content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness.

We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the User Submitted Content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by you or other Website Users.

Content Moderation and Enforcement: Termination of Users for Violations

We affirm the importance of the First Amendment, and it is vital to the Company’s standard for content publication. We will do our best to ensure that all content moderation and enforcement of these terms of service do not punish users for exercising their right to speak freely.

Bertie.news collects comparatively little data on our users. Our view is that we should implement no prior restraints on any User Contribution. However, there may be circumstances where we may need to determine whether the content is protected by the First Amendment or not. Accordingly, the Company reserves the right act concerning any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including the following:

  • Take any action with respect to any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such User Contribution violates the Terms and Conditions, infringes any intellectual property right or civil right of any person or entity, or could threaten the physical safety of users of the Website or the public.
  • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website or in cases of life-threatening emergency.
  • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Website for any violation of these Terms of Service.

Content Rules

These rules apply to all user contributions.

Generally, any oral or written expression protected political, religious, symbolic, or commercial speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is permitted on the Website, Events Calendar, Business Directory, and Social Media pages. User-submitted posts must be wholly compliant with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations in the United States.

Without limiting the general support of First Amendment Rights, user-submitted posts must NOT:

  • Be unlawful or used for any unlawful purpose. User Contributions must not aid, abet, assist, counsel, procure or solicit others to commit unlawful actions.
  • Unlawfully threaten other website users or Bertie News staff.
  • Incite imminent violence or lawless action.
  • Be obscene, sexually explicit, or pornographic.
  • Infringe on any intellectual property or the civil rights of other people.
  • Violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations of the United States or that otherwise may conflict with these Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy.
  • Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization, for any purpose.
  • Involve commercial activities relating to human trafficking or or anything that portrays the abuse of children or animals.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.
  • Link to any content from the above-listed categories.

We strongly encourage you to ensure that your submissions and discussions remain cordial and civil. The foundation of a free society requires people to settle their differences through dialogue and debate peacefully. Bertie News exists to promote the free flow of information online. It is our view that the responsible exercise of one’s free speech rights is its own reward.

Copyright Infringement

If you believe that any content violates your copyright, please see our Copyright Policy for instructions on sending us a notice of copyright infringement. It is the policy of the Company to terminate the user accounts of infringers.

Reliance on Information Posted

The information presented on Bertie News is made available solely for general informational purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on this material.

This Website may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, community members, or aggregators. All statements or any opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by the Company, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the users contributing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Bertie News. We are not responsible or liable to you or any third party for the content or accuracy of any user-submitted content.

Linking to the Website and Social Media Features

You may link to the Bertie News, provided you do so fairly and legally and must not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. However, you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest our association, approval, or endorsement on our part without our express written consent.

Links from the Website

Bertie News may contain links to other sites and resources. This includes advertiser links, including banner advertisements and sponsored links. We do not control the contents of those websites, and thus we accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may occur from your use of them.

Geographic Restrictions

Bertie News is based within the United States and does not have any presence outside of the United States. Non-residents must not use the site for any purpose if it occurred within the United States or any unincorporated territory of the United States, be unlawful under United States federal law or the laws of any state, territory, or federal district, or municipality of the United States.

Limitation on Liability

To the fullest extent of United States law, in no event will Bertie News, employees, officers, or directors be held liable for damages of any kind, or under any legal theory, arising from using this website.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

All matters relating to the Website and these Terms and Conditions, and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed per the internal laws of the State of North Carolina without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether in the State of North Carolina or other jurisdiction).

Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms and Conditions shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of North Carolina, in each case located in Bertie County. However, we retain the right to bring any suit, action, or proceeding against you to breach these Terms and Conditions in your state or country of residence or any other relevant jurisdiction. You waive all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and venue in such courts.

Entire Agreement

The Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy constitute the sole and entire agreement between you and Bertie News regarding the Website and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, regarding the usage of this website.

Your Comments and Concerns

This Website is operated by Bertie News, a Word Innovations publication.

All notices of copyright infringement claims should be sent under the terms of our Copyright Policy in the manner and by the means set out therein.

All other feedback, comments, and other communications relating to the Bertie News website should be directed to:

These terms of use and conditions are entered into by and between You and Bertie News, a Word Innovations publication (”Company,” “we,” or “us”). The following terms and conditions govern your access to and use of bertie.news and other digital properties of Bertie News, including any content, functions, and services offered on or through bertie.news (the “Website”), whether as a registered user or a website guest.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of Use carefully before you decide to use the Bertie.News website. By using the Website, you accept and agree to abide by these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not agree to these Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy, you shall not access the Website.

This Website is offered and available to users who are eighteen years of age or older. Using this Website, you affirm that you are of legal age and meet its age eligibility requirements. If you do not meet each of these requirements, you shall not access or use the Website.

Changes to the Terms and Conditions

We may revise and update these Terms of Service occasionally and at our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when we post them, and each update applies to all access to and use of the Website thereafter. Your continued use of the Website following the revised Terms and Conditions posting means that you accept and agree to these updates. You are expected to check this page frequently to become aware of updates, as they are binding on you.

Accessing the Website and Account Security

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend bertie.news, and any service or material we provide on the Website, at our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website or the entire Bertie News website, guest users, or registered users.

You are responsible for both:

  • Making all arrangements necessary to access this Website.
  • Ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and Conditions and compliant with them.

To access the Website, Business Directory, Employment Pages, or Events Calendar, you may be asked to register or provide other information. It is a condition of your use of the Website that all the information you provide on the Website is correct, current, and complete. You agree that any information you provide to register with this Website or otherwise, including, but not limited to, through the use on the Website, is governed by our Privacy Policy. Using the site, you consent to all actions we take concerning your information consistent with our Privacy Policy.

If you set up or provide a username or password as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. Thus, you must not reveal it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is for personal use and agree not to share access with others to this Website via your username, password, or other security measures. Further, you agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your username or password or security breach. You agree to be vigilant if you access your account from a public or shared computer so that others cannot record your password or other personal information.

We have the right to disable any username, password, or another identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time if we believe you have violated any provision of these Terms and Conditions.


Intellectual Property Rights

The Website and its entire contents, features, and functions are owned by the Company or other providers of such material. They are protected by the United States of America and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms and Conditions permit you to use the Website for personal, non-commercial use only. Here is how you may use our content:

  • You may use Bertie News and our apps and social pages for personal use.
  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of displayed content incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials.
  • You may store automatically cached files by your Web browser for display purposes.
  • Where we provide social media interfaces with bertie.news, you may take such actions as are enabled by those apps.

Users shall not:

  • Copy or plagiarize works on this site.
  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from materials from this site.

If you wish to make any use of material on the Website other than described in this section, please address your request to: hello [at] Bertie [dot] news.

If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise breach these Terms and Conditions, your right to use the Bertie News website will stop immediately. No right, title, or interest in the Website or any content within the Website transfers you upon termination. Further, all rights not expressly granted are reserved by the Company. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms of Service breaches these conditions of use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Trademarks and Infringements

The Company name, “Bertie News,” “bertie.news,”  our original images, logo, and all related names and slogans are the property of the Company. You may not use such properties without the prior written permission of the Company.

Prohibited Uses

You may use bertie.news only for lawful purposes and per these Terms of Service. You agree not to use our site:

  • In any way that would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law of the United States of America (including any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries) and is not protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (the “First Amendment”).
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, or for asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To send, knowingly receive, transmit, share, use, or re-use any content that does not comply with the standards set out in these Terms and Conditions.
  • To send or recieve any unwanted advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail,” “chain letter,” “spam,” or any other solicitation. For avoidance of doubt, this is not thought to encompass reasonable use of the Bertie News feed by a commercial entity or individual to advertise your own products.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate Bertie News or any of our employees, or to impersonate another user or another person or entity for a purpose that is not protected by the First Amendment.
  • To engage in doxing or other conduct which, as determined by us, may result in the physical harm or offline harassment of out staff, individual users of the Website, or any other person.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use the Website in any manner that harm, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other user’s use of the Website.
  • Deploy any robot, bot, or other automatic device, process, or means to access this Website for any reason, including monitoring or copying materials.
  • Use any manual process to copy or monitor materials on the Website, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in these Terms and Conditions, without our prior written consent.
  • Deploy any device or software that interferes with the operation of this Website.
  • Introduce any viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, or other material that harmful or malicious technology.
  • Attempt to seek unauthorized access to, interfere with, disrupt or damage this Website, the server, or database connected to the Website.
  • Impede the proper working of the Website.

User Contributions

The Bertie News website may contain links to social channels, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, discussion, and other interactive features that allow users to share information freely (hereinafter, “post” or “user contributions”) on or through the Website.

All User Contributions must comply with the Content Standards set out in these Terms and Conditions. Any post will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any posts on the Website, you grant our successors and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free right to use, republish, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose.

When you post, you represent and warrant that:

  • You own or control all rights in and to the post.
  • Your posts do and will comply with these Terms and Conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any post you contribute. You, not the Website, have full responsibility for this content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness.

We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the User Submitted Content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by you or other Website Users.

Content Moderation and Enforcement: Termination of Users for Violations

We affirm the importance of the First Amendment, and it is vital to the Company’s standard for content publication. We will do our best to ensure that all content moderation and enforcement of these terms of service do not punish users for exercising their right to speak freely.

Bertie.news collects comparatively little data on our users. Our view is that we should implement no prior restraints on any User Contribution. However, there may be circumstances where we may need to determine whether the content is protected by the First Amendment or not. Accordingly, the Company reserves the right act concerning any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including the following:

  • Take any action with respect to any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such User Contribution violates the Terms and Conditions, infringes any intellectual property right or civil right of any person or entity, or could threaten the physical safety of users of the Website or the public.
  • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website or in cases of life-threatening emergency.
  • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Website for any violation of these Terms of Service.

Content Rules

These rules apply to all user contributions.

Generally, any oral or written expression protected political, religious, symbolic, or commercial speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is permitted on the Website, Events Calendar, Business Directory, and Social Media pages. User-submitted posts must be wholly compliant with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations in the United States.

Without limiting the general support of First Amendment Rights, user-submitted posts must NOT:

  • Be unlawful or used for any unlawful purpose. User Contributions must not aid, abet, assist, counsel, procure or solicit others to commit unlawful actions.
  • Unlawfully threaten other website users or Bertie News staff.
  • Incite imminent violence or lawless action.
  • Be obscene, sexually explicit, or pornographic.
  • Infringe on any intellectual property or the civil rights of other people.
  • Violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations of the United States or that otherwise may conflict with these Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy.
  • Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization, for any purpose.
  • Involve commercial activities relating to human trafficking or or anything that portrays the abuse of children or animals.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.
  • Link to any content from the above-listed categories.

We strongly encourage you to ensure that your submissions and discussions remain cordial and civil. The foundation of a free society requires people to settle their differences through dialogue and debate peacefully. Bertie News exists to promote the free flow of information online. It is our view that the responsible exercise of one’s free speech rights is its own reward.

Copyright Infringement

If you believe that any content violates your copyright, please see our Copyright Policy for instructions on sending us a notice of copyright infringement. It is the policy of the Company to terminate the user accounts of infringers.

Reliance on Information Posted

The information presented on Bertie News is made available solely for general informational purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on this material.

This Website may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, community members, or aggregators. All statements or any opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by the Company, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the users contributing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Bertie News. We are not responsible or liable to you or any third party for the content or accuracy of any user-submitted content.

Linking to the Website and Social Media Features

You may link to the Bertie News, provided you do so fairly and legally and must not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. However, you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest our association, approval, or endorsement on our part without our express written consent.

Links from the Website

Bertie News may contain links to other sites and resources. This includes advertiser links, including banner advertisements and sponsored links. We do not control the contents of those websites, and thus we accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may occur from your use of them.

Geographic Restrictions

Bertie News is based within the United States and does not have any presence outside of the United States. Non-residents must not use the site for any purpose if it occurred within the United States or any unincorporated territory of the United States, be unlawful under United States federal law or the laws of any state, territory, or federal district, or municipality of the United States.

Limitation on Liability

To the fullest extent of United States law, in no event will Bertie News, employees, officers, or directors be held liable for damages of any kind, or under any legal theory, arising from using this website.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

All matters relating to the Website and these Terms and Conditions, and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed per the internal laws of the State of North Carolina without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether in the State of North Carolina or other jurisdiction).

Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms and Conditions shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of North Carolina, in each case located in Bertie County. However, we retain the right to bring any suit, action, or proceeding against you to breach these Terms and Conditions in your state or country of residence or any other relevant jurisdiction. You waive all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and venue in such courts.

Entire Agreement

The Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy constitute the sole and entire agreement between you and Bertie News regarding the Website and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, regarding the usage of this website.

Your Comments and Concerns

This Website is operated by Bertie News, a Word Innovations publication.

All notices of copyright infringement claims should be sent under the terms of our Copyright Policy in the manner and by the means set out therein.

All other feedback, comments, and other communications relating to the Bertie News website should be directed to:


Word Innovations, LLC

PO Box 933

Aulander, NC 27805

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