TalkMarkets - Contributor Terms of Use

Contributor Terms of Use

Requirements To Be Accepted And Remain in Good Standing As A TalkMarkets Contributor

Your participation in on-line communications as a contributor of content to TalkMarkets.com LLC and affiliate ("TalkMarkets") websites and services are edited, censored, or otherwise controlled by TalkMarkets only to correct spelling and grammatical errors or to make minor, non-substantive improvements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, TalkMarkets reserves the right to monitor content on its websites and to remove content which TalkMarkets in its sole discretion, determines to be harmful, offensive, or that infringes on the intellectual property right of others or is in violation of TalkMarkets’ operating policies. This does not detract from your obligations to ensure that your content complies at all times with the terms further detailed herein. In order to maintain an informative and valuable service that meets the needs of TalkMarkets website users and avoids the harm that can result from disseminating statements that are false, malicious, violate the rights of others, or otherwise harmful, it is necessary to establish rules to protect against abuse.

Contributor Integrity

We expect complete integrity from our contributing authors as do our readership. Only content contributors who have never been convicted of a felony, prosecuted for any securities-related issues and/or who have never been barred from the securities industry can apply to be certified as an official TalkMarkets contributor. Additionally, by applying to be considered for TalkMarkets certification, contributors certify that all content submitted to TalkMarkets is accurate and truthful to the best of his/her knowledge as well as, has not been plagiarized from other sources and does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others.

Contributor Content Limitations

As a contributor of content to TalkMarkets websites and services:

  • You may not post or transmit any content which is libelous, defamatory or which discloses private or personal matters concerning any person.
  • You may not post or transmit any content, message, data, image or program which is indecent, obscene or pornographic.
  • You may not post or transmit any content, message, data, image or program that would violate the property rights of others, including unauthorized copyrighted text, images or programs, trade secrets or other confidential proprietary information, and trademarks or service marks used in an infringing fashion.
  • You agree to indemnify TalkMarkets for any losses that it sustains due to your misuse of the intellectual property rights of others.
  • You may not interfere with other users’ use of TalkMarkets websites and services.
  • You may not use any robot, spider, or other automatic device or process to monitor or copy our web pages or any portion of the content contained herein without our express written permission.
  • You may not post or transmit any file which contains viruses, worms, “Trojan horses” or any other contaminating or destructive features.
  • You may not post or transmit any content which is harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful. It is not TalkMarkets’ intent to discourage you from taking controversial positions or expressing vigorously what may be unpopular views; however, TalkMarkets reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate in cases where TalkMarkets is used to disseminate statements which are deeply and widely offensive and/or harmful.
  • You may not post or transmit charity requests, petitions for signatures, chain letters or letters relating to pyramid schemes. You may not post or transmit any advertising, promotional materials or any other solicitation of other users of TalkMarkets websites or services except in those areas that are designated for such purpose.
  • You may not use the facilities and capabilities of TalkMarkets websites or services to conduct any activity or solicit the performance of any illegal activity or other activity which infringes the rights of others.

Disclosure of securities purchases and intentions

To avoid stock manipulation and protect our readership from inappropriate stock promotion, TalkMarkets does not allow contributors to submit content (e.g. print, audio or video submissions) discussing public company stocks without including a disclosure. This statement must include:

  • Whether or not a contributor owns a long or short position (including stocks, options or other instruments) in any stock mentioned in the content, or if the contributor plans to enter into such a position within 72 hours of the publication of the content.
  • Whether or not a contributor has a vested interest in the stock (e.g. an employee) or is being compensated in any fashion by promoting a particular stock (e.g., an investment relations professional).

For example, disclosures may include: "Disclosure: Short Company A stock at time of writing" or "Disclosure: I am the head of investor relations for Company A." If the contributor has no conflicts of interest and no position in stocks mentioned in his or her content, the following disclosure should be made "Disclosure: None."

Contributor Anonymity

TalkMarkets prefers that our authors use their real identities when submitting content. Using your actual name not only becomes a powerful vehicle for self-promotion but also provides added credibility to your submissions. Contributors who prefer to do so, may remain anonymous to our readership through the use of a pseudonym. However, to protect our readership, these contributors must provide TalkMarkets with their legal name and contact information. TalkMarkets shall maintain confidentiality of each identity requesting anonymity and will never disclose such identity without the contributor’s express consent or when required to by law.

Original Content

TalkMarkets requires that any content submitted to TalkMarkets does not infringe upon the rights of any other party. Proper citations and links are required when quoting source and all quotes must be within the parameters of “Fair Use”. Any accusations of plagiarism will be thoroughly investigated. If an author is found to have plagiarized content, that content will be removed and the contributor shall be banned from contributing to TalkMarkets in the future. You agree to indemnify TalkMarkets for any losses that it sustains due to your misuse of the intellectual property rights of others.

TalkMarkets Contributor Promotion

TalkMarkets takes great steps to promote our contributors and provide them with the platform and tools to reach an extensive, worldwide audience. Therefore, to submit content to TalkMarkets, contributors must:

  • Attest that the websites they link to from TalkMarkets do not contain any illegal material, racism or pornography.
  • Substantiate any claims regarding their investment track records that are stated on their web sites, if any such claims are made.
  • Avoid providing any guarantees or explicit predictions regarding the market performances that subscribers to their paid newsletters or other services can expect.

TalkMarkets Equity Points

TalkMarkets strives to ensure that our contributors personally benefit from our success and are rewarded for their contributions. To this end, TalkMarkets issues “Equity Points” to select contributors for their efforts in helping TalkMarkets grow (see the “Earning Equity” section when logged into the author dashboard for more information and to track this equity). These points can be converted at the time of a liquidity event such as an acquisition or IPO.

Participation is optional but TalkMarkets employees and Media Partners are ineligible to participate in this program. All others can choose to participate by “opting in.” In so doing, participants agree to the above Terms of Use as well the following:

1. Participating TalkMarkets Contributors must provide us with their actual contact information. They must also notify us should their contact information change, within a timely fashion. If we are unable to contact you after reasonable efforts on our part, your Equity Points will expire.
2. An author, once approved, cannot substantially change his profile page without notifying TalkMarkets.
  
3. Authors with justifiable
complaints or concerns agree to make a good faith effort to resolve these problems directly with TalkMarkets. Should this fail to find an amicable resolution, both parties agree to seek arbitration. In any event, defamatory or libelous activities against TalkMarkets will not be tolerated.
4.
Contributors stipulate that they are the original copyright holder of the content they contribute to TalkMarkets.
5. Contributors can choose to discontinue their relationship at any time. Contributors still retain the rights to their content and will continue to own any equity points accrued to that point.
6. Contributors stipulate that they are the original copyright holder of the content they contribute to TalkMarkets.

Special Consideration

If you are unsure if you qualify or believe your application is deserving of special consideration due to extenuating circumstances, you are invited to discuss your eligibility directly with TalkMarkets. Please contact our editorial team at editorial@TalkMarkets.com. All inquiries and correspondence will be kept completely confidential.