Terms of Use and Privacy

Read This Terms of Use Agreement Before Accessing Website.

Effective Date: This Terms of Use Agreement was last updated on February 11, 2009.

This Terms of Use Agreement sets forth the standards of use of the Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau (hereinafter bwcvb) Online Service. Byaccessing and browsing the www.bwcvb.com website you (the “Member”) agree to these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of thisagreement, you should immediately cease all usage of this website. BWCVB reserves theright, at any time, to modify, alter, or update the terms and conditions of this agreement without prior notice. Modifications shall become effective immediately upon beingposted at  www.bwcvb.com website. Your continued use of the Service afteramendments are posted constitutes an acknowledgment and acceptance of the Agreementand its modifications. Except as provided in this paragraph, this Agreement may not  eamended.

1. Description of Service

Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau is providing Member with Internet access to information for visitors and attractions in Carroll, Lee, Whiteside andOgle Counties. Member must provide (1) all equipment necessary for their own Internet connection, including computer and modem and (2) provide for Member’s access to theInternet, and (3) pay any fees relate with such connection.

2. Disclaimer of Warranties.

The site is provided by bwcvb on an “as is” and on an “as available” basis. To the fullestextent permitted by applicable law, bwcvb makes no representations or warranties of anykind, express or implied, regarding the use or the results of this web site in terms of its correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. BWCVB shall have no liability for anyinterruptions in the use of this Website. BWCVB disclaims all warranties with regard to the information provided, including the implied  warranties of merchantability and fitnessfor a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

3. Limitation of Liability


4. Indemnification

Member agrees to indemnify and hold Blackhawk Waterways Convention and VisitorsBureau, its partners, affiliates, officers and employees, harmless from any claim ordemand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third  party due to orarising out of Member’s use of the Service, the violation of this Agreement, orinfringement by Member, or  ther user of the Service using Member’s computer, of anyintellectual property or any other right of any person or entity.

5. Modifications and Interruption to Service

Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau reserves the right to modify ordiscontinue the Service with or without notice to the Member. BWCVB shall not beliable to Member or any third party should BWCVB exercise its right to modify or discontinue the Service. Member acknowledges and accepts that bwcvb does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our website and operation of ourwebsite may be interfered with or adversely affected by numerous factors orcircumstances outside of our control.

6. Third-Party Sites

Our website may include links to other sites on the Internet that are owned and operatedby online merchants and other third parties. You acknowledge that we are not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any third-partysite. You should contact the site administrator or webmaster for those third-party sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on such sites. Youruse of those third-party sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of eachsite, and we are not responsible therein. We encourage all Members to review saidprivacy policies of third-parties’ sites.

7. Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Vendor Information

Product specifications and other information have either been provided by the Merchants,Vendors or collected from publicly available sources. While bwcvb takes every effortto ensure that the information on this website is accurate, we can make no representationsor warranties  as to the accuracy or reliability of any information provided on this website. Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau makes no warranties orrepresentations whatsoever with regard to any product provided or offered by anyVendor, and you acknowledge that any reliance on representations and warrantiesprovided by any Vendor shall be at your own risk.

8. Governing Jurisdiction of the Courts

Our website is operated and provided in the State of Illinois. As such, we are subject tothe laws of the State of Illinois, and such laws will govern this Terms of Use, withoutgiving effect to any choice of law rules. We make no representation that our website orother services are appropriate, legal or available for use in other locations. Accordingly, if you choose to  access our site you agree to do so subject to the internal laws of the Stateof Illinois. Any legal action must be commenced in Ogle County, Illinois.

9. Compliance with Laws.

Member assumes all knowledge of applicable law and is responsible for compliance withany such laws. Member may not use the Service in any way that violates applicablestate, federal, or international laws, regulations or other government  requirements. Member further agrees not to transmit any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal  offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate anyapplicable local, state, national, or international law or regulation.

10. Copyright and Trademark Information

You should assume that everything you see or read on this Site is copyrighted unless otherwise noted.

All content included or available on this site, including site design, text, graphics, interfaces, and the selection and arrangements there of is ©2009 ww.bwcvb.com with all rights reserved, or is the property of Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau and/or third parties protected by intellectual property rights. Any use of materials on the website, including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, or replication, any form of data extraction or data mining, or other commercial exploitation of any kind, without prior written permission of an authorized officer of bwcvb is strictly prohibited. Members agree that they will not use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy our web pages or the content contained therein without prior written permission of anauthorized officer of Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau™ and www.bwcvb.com™ are proprietary marks of bwcvb.com. Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau’s trademarks may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not provided by Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All other trademarks displayed on bwcvb’s website are the trademarks of their respective owners, and constitute neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of those Vendors. In addition, such use of trademarks or links to the web sites of Vendors is not intended to imply, directly or indirectly, that those Vendors endorse or have any affiliation with Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau.You may download material displayed on the Site for internal corporate or for  personal use provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in thematerial. However, you may not distribute, broadcast, modify, transmit, reuse, re-post or use in any form the contents of this site, or use the content to build other data baseswithout written permission of bwcvb.Whenever you reproduce or use any part of this Site in accordance with these Terms andConditions, you must include this notice, acknowledge Blackhawk WaterwaysConvention and Visitors Bureau as the source, and include bwcvb.com’s address.

11. Notification of Claimed Copyright  infringement

Pursuant to Section 512(c) of the Copyright Revision Act, as enacted through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, bwcvb.com designates the following individual as its agent for receipt of notifications of claimed copyright infringement.

By Mail
Diane C. Bausman,
Executive Director,
Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau
201 N. Franklin Avenue
Polo, IL 61064
By Telephone: (815) 946-2108
By Email:

12. Linking/Framing

You may link to this Site provided that you notify us in writing and agree to remove such links immediately upon request by bwcvb to do so. You may not link to this Site in away that results in the Site being displayed in a frame on your Site, if the framing obscures any of the content of this Site being framed.

13. Privacy

The following privacy policy governs bwcvb’s online collection of information from you.This privacy policy does not apply to any information you may provide bwcvb or that bwcvb may collect off line and/or through other means; for example, at a live event, via telephone or through the mail. BWCVB may collect and store information, personal orotherwise, that you voluntarily supply to us online as part of this Service. We also collect and store information that is generated automatically as users navigating online through this Service. Unless you inform bwcvb otherwise, bwcvb.com reserves the right to use, and to disclose to third parties, information collected from you while you are using the Service for a variety of reasons and purposes, such as providing users with information about products and services. If you do not wish to be included in such uses,you must send an email or a letter to us requesting to be taken off any lists of information that may be used for these purposes or that may be given or sold to third party vendors.

In addition, please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, for example an online contest, through email, or in any otherinteractive areas, that information can be collected and used by others besides bwcvb.com. BWCVB.com cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third party use of information that you disclose online.

We use “cookies” in a limited way to help deliver advertisements and to identify subscribers and readers that visit us and to track usage throughout our Site. Some of our business affiliates and advertisers use cookies, which can be used to tell when your computer has contacted a website. Because we do not control the privacy policies of our business affiliates, advertisers or any other sites to which we may provide hyper links, you should check the privacy policy of the site you are visiting if you have any concerns about that site’s use of cookies or about that site’s use of your information. We also make some content, products and services available through our Service through cooperative relationships with third party providers, where the brands of our provider partner appear prominently on the Service. We may share with our provider partner any information you provide, or that is collected, in the course of visiting any pages that are made available in cooperation with our provider partner. In some cases, the provider partner may collect information from you directly, in which cases the privacy policy of our provider partner may apply to the provider partner’s use of your information. The privacy of our provider partners may differ from ours. If you have any questions regarding the privacy policy of any one of our provider partners, you should contact the provider directly for more information.

Be aware that we may occasionally release information about our visitors when release is appropriate to comply with law, to enforce our Terms of Service Agreement, or to protect the rights, property or safety of others of our Services, the public or bwcvb.com.

Please also note that as bwcvb’s business grows, we may buy or sell various assets. In an unlikely event that we, sell some or all of our assets, or one or more of our websites is acquired by another company, information on our users may be among the transferred assets.

14. Other Terms

If any provision of this Terms of Use Agreement shall be unlawful, void or unenforceable for any reason, the other provisions (and any partially-enforceable provision) shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and enforceable to the maximum possible extent. You agree that this Terms of Use Agreement and any otheragreements referenced herein may be assigned by bwcvb in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of a merger or acquisition. This Terms of Use Agreement shall apply in addition to, and shall not be superseded by, any other written agreement between us in relation to your participation as a Member. Member agrees that by accepting this Terms of Use Agreement, Member is consenting to the use and disclosure of their personally identifiable information and other practices described in our Privacy Policy Statement.


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