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Terms of Service

About This Terms of Service

The AOL Terms of Service (TOS) consists of these terms, the AOL Privacy Policy found here, the Community Guidelines found here, and any supplemental terms provided to you for any of the products, services, software, websites, and other goods and services offered, owned, or operated by AOL Inc. (collectively "Services"). It is a contract in electronic form between you ("you," "your," and "yourself") and AOL Inc. and its parents, successors, subsidiaries, affiliates, and family of brands ("AOL," "we," "us," and "our").

By using the Services or registering with us, you are agreeing to the TOS and may use our Services as long as you comply with the TOS.

Registering a Username and Keeping Your Account Active

You will need a username to use some Services. A username is a unique identifier selected or supplied by you or provided by us and is used to identify you on our Services.

To register a username and create an account, you must be a United States resident and at least 13 years of age unless the Service expressly indicates otherwise. You must give us true and accurate information about yourself and keep that information up to date.

You may be able to use an e-mail address or other online identifier provided to you by someone other than us as a username. You are responsible for maintaining security and control over any e-mail address or online identifier provided to us as a username. If you fail to maintain security or control over such an e-mail address or other online identifier, you are responsible for any consequences and may lose access to your personal information and any data stored on our Services. Also, we are not responsible for the release or loss of any information that is identified with that address or identifier.

Your username and account may be terminated if you do not sign on a Service with your username at least once every 90 days. If you are registered for fee-based or term-specific Services, we will not terminate your username or account unless they are subject to being terminated for some other reason. In addition, an individual Service may require you to sign in and use the Service periodically to remain active on that Service. If you fail to remain active on a specific Service, we may deactivate your access and use of that Service.

After we terminate or deactivate your account for inactivity, we have no obligation to retain, store, or provide you with any data, information, e-mail, or other content that you uploaded, stored, transferred, sent, mailed, received, forwarded, posted or otherwise provide to us (collectively "posted" or "post") on the Services and may allow another user to register and use the username. We also have no obligation to remove any public data, content, or other information that you posted on a Service or reactivate your account.

Using Our Services

To use our Services, you must:

To prevent violations and enforce this TOS and remediate any violations, we can take any technical, legal, and other actions that we deem, in our sole discretion, necessary and appropriate without notice to you.

You are responsible for obtaining at your own expense all equipment and services needed to access our Services. If you are accessing our Services by a mobile device, your wireless carrier may charge you fees for data, text messaging, and other wireless access or communications services. We do not guarantee that our mobile Services can be accessed through all wireless devices or service plans or are available in all geographical locations.

If you elect to store authentication information, such as a username and password, where others may access it, we are not responsible for any loss of personal data or other consequences if someone other than you uses that information to access our services. If you lose a device, such as a laptop, desktop, or smartphone, or a device is stolen containing your username and password, it is up to you to take all the steps necessary to protect yourself.

Our Services

When providing you with our Services, we may display advertising within them and you agree to accept the advertising on whatever devices, including a wireless phone, you are using to access our Services.

We may, in our sole discretion, change any aspect of a Service or discontinue a Service without notice.

The Services are based in the United States. They are not designed or customized for any other country. You may use them only if they comply with the laws of the country from which you are accessing our Services.

Posting Content on Our Services

You can post content to a Service only if (a) you created and own the rights to the content or you have the owner's express permission to post the content; and (b) the content does not infringe any other person's or entity's rights (including the copyrights, trademarks, or privacy rights) or violate any applicable laws, this TOS, our Community Guidelines, or any other posted policies. We can remove content for any reason.

You are responsible for any content you post to our Services and the consequences of sharing or publishing such content with others or the general public. This includes, for example, any personal information, such as your home address, the home address of others, or your current location. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF SHARING OR POSTING ANY PERSONAL OR OTHER INFORMATION ON OUR SERVICES.

You may not post content intended to provide professional advice, including the provision of medical treatment, legal advice, or investment advice. You may not post content to solicit, recommend, endorse, or offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments, tout stocks, or recommend that any particular security, portfolio of securities, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for you or any specific person.

Except as otherwise provided in this TOS, you or the owner of any content that you post to our Services retain ownership of all rights, title, and interests in that content. However, by posting content on a Service, you grant us and our assigns, agents, and licensees the irrevocable, royalty free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, display, remix, perform, distribute, redistribute, adapt, promote, create derivative works, and syndicate this content in any medium and through any form of technology or distribution. We own all rights, title, and interests in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by us using or incorporating your content (but not your original content).

When you use a Service that allows users to share, transform, readapt, modify, or combine user content with other content, you grant us and our users an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, display, remix, perform, distribute, redistribute, adapt, promote, create derivative works, and syndicate your content in any medium and through any form of technology or distribution and to permit any derivative works to be licensed under these same license terms.

Copyright and trademark owners can report alleged violations by following the instructions for reporting claims of copyright and trademark infringement.

Using Our Content and Trademarks

Some content on our Services is created and supplied by us or by a vendor, and we or our vendor own all rights, title, and interests in that content and in any compilation, collective work or derivative work created by us using or incorporating this content.

The Services and the content provided on the Services are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, international treaties, laws, and other proprietary rights, and also may have security components that protect digital information. You agree that you will not take any action to interfere with anyone's rights in their content and you will not attempt to circumvent any mechanisms for preventing the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of content.

You may be given the opportunity to download certain content such as music and photos. You may do so only to the extent authorized for that particular content. You may not use the content in a manner that exceeds the rights granted for your use of the content nor may you copy or distribute the content or create a derivative work unless you are authorized to do so. For more information and instructions for requesting permission to use content owned by AOL. See the Requesting Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials found here for more information.

The content provided on the Services, including content posted by users, is for general information, discussion and entertainment purposes only. We make no representations or guarantees about any aspect of the content on the Services and do not endorse any opinions expressed by any users. ALL CONTENT IS POSTED "AS IS" AND YOUR USE OR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF USING OR RELYING ON ANY CONTENT

You may not use any of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. See the AOL Trademark List found here for more information.

Use of any RSS feeds provided by AOL (including The Huffington Post and/or any other AOL property) is subject to these terms of use. If you choose to use an AOL RSS feed, you are only permitted to display the content that is provided in the feed, without modification, and with attribution to the source AOL website, and you must link to the full article on the source AOL web site. You may not incorporate advertising into any AOL RSS feed. You may not remove our attribution or links back, or otherwise modify our feed content. AOL reserves the right to discontinue any RSS feeds at any time and to require anyone to cease use of an AOL RSS feed at any time for any reason.

No Spam

You may not use or allow others to use your username on a Service to e-mail, instant message, voice mail, fax, chat, send spam (e-mail) and spim (instant messages), or send any other unsolicited bulk communication. You may not access the Services to harvest or collect any information about our users for any purpose without our express written authorization. You may not create multiple usernames for sending unsolicited bulk communications or posting advertising or other notice on any Service. Any violation of these provisions may result in immediate termination of your account and legal action.

Fee-Based Services and Billing

We may offer fee-based Services. Our provision of those fee-based Services will be governed by the terms you agree to when you register for the fee-based Service and any terms in this TOS not inconsistent with those terms.

If you register for a fee-based Service, you must designate a payment method and provide us with accurate billing and payment information. All billing information, including payment method, must be kept up to date.

We will bill you for all fee-based Services through the payment method that is associated with any of your fee-based Services. You agree to pay us for all charges incurred under your account, including all applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges. You authorize and direct us to charge your designated payment method for these charges or, if your designated payment method fails, to charge any other payment method you have on file with us. Further, you authorize and direct us to retain information about the payment method(s) associated with your account. If we do not receive payment from your designated payment method or any other payment method on file, you agree to pay all amounts due upon demand by us.

We may charge for fee-based Services in advance and on a daily, monthly, yearly, lump sum, or other basis. We may, in our sole discretion, post charges to your payment method individually or aggregate charges for some or all of your fee-based Services with us.

Every time you use a fee-based Service, you reaffirm that (a) we are authorized to charge your designated payment method; (b) we may submit charges incurred under your account for payment; and (c) you will be responsible for such charges, even if your account is canceled by you or terminated by us.

Surcharges apply if you use certain payment methods, such as payment from your checking or savings account, or telephone bill.

You agree that we may charge you and you will pay to use certain "toll free" telephone numbers ("Long Distance Access Numbers," e.g., telephone numbers that begin with 800, 866, 877, 888, and other area codes that the telephone carriers may make available in the future) ("surcharge") to access the Internet using one of our Services. Telephone carriers may or may not charge for using these Long Distance Access Numbers. Information on the amount of this surcharge and on available dial-up phone numbers is located at You can incur long-distance or toll charges or surcharges for using a Long Distance Access Number even during a free trial.

Any trial promotion for a fee-based Service (such as free trial time for a paid Internet access service) must be used within the specified time of the trial. You must cancel your account before the end of the trial period to avoid being charged a subscription fee. However, even during any free trial or other promotion, you will still be responsible for any purchases and surcharges incurred using your account and any sub- or linked-accounts. We reserve the right to limit you to one free trial or promotion of a fee-based Service and to prohibit the combining of free trials, promotions, and other offers.

You can get information about billing or determine the status of your bill and the amounts of any surcharges for the Internet connectivity Service at You can also contact a customer service representative at 1-800-827-6364.

All charges are nonrefundable unless provided otherwise in the terms you agree to when you register for a fee-based Service.

We, in our sole discretion, may change or discontinue any or all aspects of a fee-based Service without notice, including access to support services, content and other products or services ancillary to the fee-based Service.

We may change our fees and billing methods at any time. We will provide you with notice of any change in your pricing at least thirty (30) days in advance. If you disagree with any proposed change, your sole remedy is to cancel your fee-based Service before the price change takes effect. Your continued use after the price change takes effect constitutes your agreement to pay the new price for the Service. We will not refund any charges if you choose to cancel your account for this reason.

After 30 days from the date of any unpaid charges, your fee-based Service will be deemed delinquent and we may terminate or suspend your account and fee-based Service for nonpayment. We reserve the right to assess an additional 1.5 percent late charge (or the highest amount allowed by law, whichever is lower) per month if your payment is more than 30 days past due and to use any lawful means to collect any unpaid charges. You are liable for any fees, including attorney and collection fees, incurred by us in our efforts to collect any remaining balances from you.

You are responsible for all charges incurred under your account, including applicable taxes, fees, surcharges, and purchases made by you or anyone you allow to use your account (including your children, family, friends, or any other person with implied, actual, or apparent authority) or anyone who gains access to your account as a result of your failure to safeguard your username, password, or other authentication credentials or information.

You must notify us about any billing problems or discrepancies within 90 days after they first appear on your billing method statement. If you do not bring them to our attention within 90 days, you agree that you waive your right to dispute such problems or discrepancies.

If you are using our fee-based dial-up Internet connectivity Service, you are responsible for any telephone charges you may incur to access the Internet. The use of a dial-up Internet connectivity number is the same as making a telephone call to that number and may result in additional charges on your telephone bill depending on your location and calling plan. The locations and area codes listed in connection with these numbers are not necessarily indicative of whether a call will be local or toll free for you. You should select dial-up Internet connectivity numbers carefully. Please call your local phone company to ensure that the dial-up number(s) you select are in the local calling area. This is especially important if there have been changes in area code designations, in your telephone service providers, or in your calling plan.

You may cancel or we may terminate a fee-based Service at any time. You can cancel a fee-based Internet connectivity Service by calling, sending a fax, or mailing a letter to our Customer Service Department. Cancellation will take effect within 3 business days of receipt of your request. Complete information on our cancellation procedures for our fee-based Internet connectivity Service is available at We will send you written confirmation of the cancellation of a fee-based Internet connectivity Service. If you cancel near the end of your billing period and are inadvertently charged for the next period's fee, call us to have the charges reversed. If you subscribe to a fee-based Service other than Internet connectivity Service, you should consult the specific cancellation policies and procedures for those Services. If your fee-based Service is canceled or terminated, any data you have stored on such Services may not be retrievable later.

In the event that your fee-based Service is terminated or canceled, no online time or other credits will be credited to you or can be converted to cash or other form of reimbursement.

Software License

We grant you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license to install our software on any computer or device from which you wish to access our Services and to use the software to connect to and use our Services. We may provide automatic upgrades of our software and technology to improve your experience, although these upgrades may not be consistent across all platforms and devices. You agree to accept and to take no action to interfere with such automatic upgrades and related services.

You may not copy our software except to install it on your computer or other devices. You may not sell the software or incorporate it (or any portion of it) into another product. You may not reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software or otherwise attempt to derive the source code (except where expressly permitted by law) or the communications protocol for accessing our Services. You may not modify, adapt or create derivative works from the software or remove proprietary notices in the software.

Our software is a "commercial item," as that term is defined in 48 C.F.R. 2.101, consisting of "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. 12.212. Consistent with 48 C.F.R. 12.212 and 48 C.F.R. 227.7202-1 through 227.7202-4, all U.S. Government end users acquire the software with only those rights set forth herein.

Exporting of Content or Software

Your use of the Services must comply with all applicable import and export control laws and regulations of the United States and other countries and you must not transfer, by electronic transmission or otherwise, any content, data, or software subject to restrictions under such laws to a national destination, person, or entity or for an end-use prohibited under those laws without first obtaining and complying with government authorization. You must not upload any data or software to our Services that cannot be exported without prior written government authorization and notification, including, but not limited to, certain types of encryption software. The assurances and commitments contained in this section shall survive termination of this TOS.

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General Legal Terms

This TOS along with any supplemental terms for some Services constitutes the whole legal agreement between you and AOL and replaces any prior agreements between you and AOL.

We may modify this TOS from time to time. If you do not agree to the changes, stop using our Services (and remember to cancel any fee-based services) before the changes take effect. Your use of a Service after the effective date of any changes means that you agree to the changes.

If a court of law finds that any provision of this TOS is invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable.

We may assign this contract at any time without notice to you. You may not assign this contact to anyone else.

In any dispute with us, your sole remedy is to stop using your account and cancel any fee-based services. This includes any dispute related to, or arising out of: (1) any term of this TOS or our enforcement or application of this TOS; (2) any of our policies or practices, including our Community Guidelines and Privacy Policy, or our enforcement or application of these policies; (3) the content available on the Services or the Internet or any change in content provided by us; (4) your ability to access or use the Services; or (5) the amount or type of fees, surcharges, applicable taxes, billing methods, or any change to the fees, applicable taxes, surcharges or billing methods.

You agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia govern this contract and any claim or dispute that you may have against us, without regard to Virginia's conflict of laws rules. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall have no applicability. You further agree that any disputes or claims that you may have against us reside in and will be resolved by a state or federal court located in Arlington County, Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, or Loudoun County, Virginia and you agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action.


Registrations, agreements, and terms presented by us electronically to you have the same effect as one in writing and are legally enforceable as a signed writing. You also consent to receive all communications regarding our Services electronically from us. The delivery of any communication from us is effective when sent by us, regardless of when you receive or read the communication. In addition, we are not responsible for communications that do not reach you if you have not provided us with your current contact information. If you decided not to receive notices from us electronically, we may cancel your account and terminate access to the Services.

In accordance with our Civil Subpoena Policy, we may be required by law to release information to a third party about your account, including the content of e-mail. Except as prohibited by law, we will send you notice if we plan to comply with a civil subpoena related to your account. You agree to hold us harmless for the release of any information related to your account in connection with a civil subpoena including, but not limited to, any claims that you did not receive notice of the civil subpoena from us.

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AOL Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to the information AOL Inc. collects about you as a user of AOL sites, services, and the software we use to provide you our services. Some of these services may provide you with additional information and choices about your privacy, which you should review.

This policy does not apply to information about you collected by third party websites and offerings linked to or otherwise accessible from AOL. The information collected or received by third parties is subject to their own privacy policies.

Collection of Your AOL Information

We collect or receive information about you when you interact with AOL. Registering with AOL is optional and we may collect information even if you do not register. Depending on how you use AOL’s Services, your AOL information may include:

Your AOL information may be supplemented with additional information from other companies such as publicly available information, information about households, and other information which we may append or match to your AOL information.

AOL may also receive or collect certain technical information when you use our services. This may include: the type of browser or operating system you are using, your manner of connecting to the Internet and the name of your Internet service provider; your Internet protocol address; information about AOL services that you used prior to registering with AOL; and data relating to computer malfunctions or problems occurring when you use your computer with AOL services. Additionally, we may collect information about other software on your computer for the limited purpose of protecting your security or improving your online experience.

How Your AOL Information is used

Your AOL information is used for purposes that include:

AOL may use cookies, web beacons, or other technologies in combination with your AOL information to enhance and personalize your experience on AOL. AOL may use the Screen Name Service, or other technologies, to register or authenticate you and enable you to take advantage of services.

AOL may use information about your use of certain communication tools (for example, AOL e-mail or AOL Instant Messenger); however, AOL does not read your private online communications when you use AOL communications tools without your consent.

Sharing of Your AOL Information

AOL does not rent or sell your AOL information (such as name, address, telephone number, screen name and credit card information) to third parties for their marketing purposes. AOL may share your AOL information with third parties to provide products and services you have requested, when we have your consent, or as described in this Privacy Policy.

Your AOL information may be shared with sites and services subject to this Privacy Policy. You have choices about how your AOL information is used.

The contents of your online communications, as well as other information about you as an AOL user, may be accessed and disclosed in response: to lawful governmental requests or legal process (for example, a court order, search warrant or subpoena), in other circumstances in which AOL has a good faith belief that a crime has been or is being committed by an AOL user, that an emergency exists that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person, when necessary either to protect the rights or property of AOL, or for us to render the service you have requested.

Please note that if you use AOL communications tools to disclose information about yourself publicly (for example, in chat rooms or online message boards made available by AOL), others outside of AOL may obtain access to information you provide.

AOL’s offerings may include features or functionalities provided by third parties. In the process of providing such functionalities within AOL services, your browser may automatically send certain technical information to the third party provider. The use of these third-party provided features or functionalities is subject to their own privacy policies.

Business partners or other third parties may receive data about groups of AOL users, but do not receive information that personally identifies you.

We may use agents and contractors in order to help operate AOL. Their use of information is limited to these purposes.

In the event that ownership of AOL was to change as a result of a merger, acquisition, or transfer to another company, your AOL information may be transferred. If such a transfer results in a material change in the use of your AOL information, you will be provided notice about the choices you have to decline to permit such a transfer.

Display of Advertising

Your AOL information may be used for the presentation of advertisements. AOL may use ad networks to customize and display advertising on AOL Services. AOL may share certain information about you as a user (such as age, zip code, or other information we have collected or received) with certain ad network and service providers to help them deliver more relevant content and advertisements through their networks. You can learn more about advertising displayed on AOL as well as how you can control the use of your AOL information for such advertising by visiting

Our Commitment to Security

AOL has established safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access to or misuse of your AOL information, but cannot guarantee that your information will never be disclosed in a manner inconsistent with this Privacy Policy (for example, as a result of unauthorized acts by third parties that violate applicable law or the policies of AOL and its affiliated providers). To protect your privacy and security, we may use passwords to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections to your AOL information.

Children’s Privacy

AOL Services are intended for a general audience. We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13 without prior parental consent, except as permitted by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. By providing your consent in such circumstances, you agree that your child may use all AOL Services and that we may collect, use, and disclose your child’s personal information consistent with this privacy policy.

If you have questions concerning our information practices with respect to children, or if you would like to review, have deleted, or stop the further collection of your child’s personal information, you may contact us:

By mail:
AOL Children’s Online Privacy
ATT: H2A:H09
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166-9302

By phone: (888) 206-6088

By email:

For a list of the types of authorized third parties that may collect personal information through the AOL Services, please visit

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about the AOL Privacy Policy or its implementation, you may contact us by sending an email to:

AOL has been awarded TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and practices have been reviewed by TRUSTe for compliance with TRUSTe’s program requirements including transparency, accountability and choice regarding the collection and use of your personal information. The TRUSTe program does not cover information that may be collected through downloadable software. TRUSTe’s mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy trustmark and innovative trust solutions. If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us by sending an email to: . If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact TRUSTe directly by visiting

Changes to this Privacy Policy and Additional Information

AOL may update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and so you should review this Policy periodically. If there are significant changes to AOL’s information practices, you will be provided with appropriate online notice. You may be provided other privacy-related information in connection with your use of offerings from AOL as well as for special features and services not described in this Policy that may be introduced in the future.

European Union Residents: AOL adheres to the EU-US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of Notice, Choice, Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity, Access and Enforcement, and is registered with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Program.

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Personal Financial Information

AOL may collect personal financial information when you use AOL financial features (such as My Portfolios or wallet). You agree to receive future notices required under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act through the posting of this Privacy Policy online.

To use the portfolio feature on the AOL, for example, you specify the types of stocks and funds you wish to monitor, the names of the particular stocks of interest to you, and their purchase price ("portfolio information"). To give you updated information when you use these features, AOL servers automatically collect and store the portfolio information that you provide.

AOL does not disclose information from the use of AOL financial features to unaffiliated third parties other than in the limited circumstances permitted by law (for example, in response to legal process). Any sharing of AOL financial information is subject to your choices. This policy does not apply, however, to financial information that you provide to a third party in connection with your use of their sites or offerings.

Only employees and contractors who need to know this information in order to provide this service to you are authorized to access AOL financial information.

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Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies

Browser cookies are text files that are placed in your computer’s browser, and that can be used to help recognize you as an AOL Services user. Web beacons are small pieces of code placed on Web pages that can be used, among other things, to count the users who visit that Web page, or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a user viewing that page. Many websites, including AOL, may also use Flash cookies that operate similarly to browser cookies.

We may use cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies in combination with your AOL information to enhance and personalize your experience on AOL Services, including:

You can control browser cookies through your browser’s settings. You can control Flash cookies via the Macromedia Flash application on your computer, or by going to the Adobe Flash Player website found here, which allows you to view, modify, and delete Flash cookies. Please note that if you reject all browser or Flash cookies you will not be able to take advantage of many AOL Services.

The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by AOL Advertising and other content and ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies.

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Your Choices about Your AOL Information

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