Terms of Use

Terms of Use

1. Welcome to Robert J. Ballantyne’s Digital Services

By using any of Robert J. Ballantyne’s digital services including various Apps, console platforms and sites such as Popjournalism (https://www.popjournalism.com), you agree to comply with these terms of use, the Submission Guidelines as well as all applicable laws. These terms of use may be amended from time to time, so please come back to review them periodically: THEY CONSTITUTE A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND ROBERT J. BALLANTYNE.

Robert J. Ballantyne allows you to access a variety of public-interest content, for your information and entertainment. It also makes available a digital public space for sharing ideas, comments and creations, and for participating in the community through interactive activities. Robert J. Ballantyne is responsible for the content of its own productions and those it commissions.

Robert J. Ballantyne must honour the agreements it has with its partners, and the collective agreements with its artists and collaborators. To that end, no publication, reproduction or communication of such content to the public is authorized except in the specific cases set out in the federal Copyright Act, upon granting of a licence by Robert J. Ballantyne, or upon granting of clear permission for a particular subject or activity.


When you interact with https://www.popjournalism.com, you are responsible for the content you contribute by any means, whether through comments, in discussion forums or in programming-related activities, such as contests, interactive activities and also including using third-party social media. You must follow the Submission Guidelines and you must hold all of the required rights and authorizations to the content of your submissions, and you grant to Robert J. Ballantyne a licence to reproduce and broadcast it.


Specific terms apply to sites allowing discussion, including the requirement to register beforehand. The information gathered ensures transparency in public debate and accountability of participants. Information may also be used for statistical and informational analyses and public opinion trend monitoring, among other things.

If you access https://www.popjournalism.com through third-parties’ platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or others, their terms of use apply in addition to the one of Robert J. Ballantyne.

2. Popjournalism content

May I use Popjournalism content?

No, unless otherwise authorized. Robert J. Ballantyne does not allow the reproduction or public communication of content that it produces or commissions, so as to protect the credibility and integrity of content that it broadcasts and to ensure fulfillment of the agreements with its authors, artists and others partners. Your access to https://www.popjournalism.com does not give you any rights to that content.

Robert J. Ballantyne produces content or commissions it from third parties. That content usually requires working with partners or the public and negotiating rights with media artists, news agencies, authors, musicians and performers, for the use of pictures (videos, photos, drawings) and material from third-parties; those rights are protected by law.

To be allowed to reproduce or present certain content in public, you must first obtain a licence from Robert J. Ballantyne, unless use is permitted by law or by special notice in connection with a program or interactive activity, subject to the terms and conditions stated therein.

Do these terms of use apply to news feeds (RSS) and podcasts?

Yes. These terms also apply to the use of Robert J. Ballantyne news feeds. Any use other than for private purposes must be subject to an agreement with Robert J. Ballantyne specifying the conditions for use with due regard for the integrity of the content. You agree not to frame the news feed or its content, nor to use similar means to generate unauthorized benefits.

May I repost content from https://www.popjournalism.com?

Yes, but only by hyperlinks or by special permission. You may place links to Robert J. Ballantyne digital pages on your own web pages or sites or on social media. You may not repost content from https://www.popjournalism.com in any other way without first obtaining a licence. Robert J. Ballantyne may, at his sole discretion, intervene to remove content communicated to the public without authorization on third-party sites and take legal action to enforce his rights.

What rights do I have to software and applications made available for my use by https://www.popjournalism.com?

Only for navigating. Some web activities require the use of software or applications—e.g., digital markers including cookies—specifically developed for such purpose. When such software and applications are made available to you, you have the right to download and use them for the sole purpose as intended by Robert J. Ballantyne, but you have no other rights to reproduce, modify or adapt them for any purposes whatsoever.

Who should I address if I feel that content on https://www.popjournalism.com infringes my rights (copyright, image)?

Contact Robert J. Ballantyne. You must notify Robert J. Ballantyne as soon as possible. Notification must contain enough detail to enable us to easily locate the content in question as well as the information needed to contact you. You must, in fact, hold the rights to the material being infringed. On receiving such notification, Robert J. Ballantyne will investigate as required and make the appropriate decisions.

Are official marks, trademarks, logos and identifications of media and programs on https://www.popjournalism.com protected?

Yes, all of them are legally protected and you need prior written permission to use them.

3. My submissions to https://www.popjournalism.com

What must I do to be allowed to participate in the Popjournalism’s digital communities?

Register and assume responsibility for what you submit. To participate in discussions on Popjournalism digital communities and some other programming-related activities, you may need to register. Registration ensures accountability from community participants, allows Robert J. Ballantyne to communicate with you when required and facilitates the application of Robert J. Ballantyne’s internal policies.

Your registration information must be accurate, and you are required to keep this information up to date. To post submissions, you may need a password, which belongs to you and for which you alone are responsible. Robert J. Ballantyne retains the right to delete, ban or block your account, in its sole discretion, if you do not adhere to these Terms of Use or in case of legal infringement.

The information and the content of your submissions may from time to time be hosted on third-party servers under contract agreements with Robert J. Ballantyne that guarantee the respect of Robert J. Ballantyne’s internal policies, in Canada or elsewhere, in which case foreign legislation may apply.

What conditions apply if I wish to take part in activities related to general programming, contests or interactive content on https://www.popjournalism.com?

You are responsible for ensuring the legality of what you post. You alone are responsible for what you share with the public on https://www.popjournalism.com and the legality of your submissions, including privacy rights, image rights, reputation, copyright and other rights of third parties. You must obtain all required authorization from any third party when needed. By participating, you declare that you have retained all required rights for your submissions.

You must also obtain all required parental authorizations if you are minor in your province or territory of residence or if your submissions involve minors. Moreover, each interactive activity or contest on https://www.popjournalism.com may have its own specific rules to follow, in addition to these Terms of Use. You must refer to the specific activity or contest webpage for those specifics.

Will Robert J. Ballantyne review my communications before making them accessible to the public?

Sometimes. Robert J. Ballantyne may review your submission before or after it is posted online, especially when it concerns a highly sensitive subject, has potentially illegal content or does not follow these Terms of Use or the Submission Guidelines. This moderation is not to be considered to be editing your submission. Such measures are essentially preventive and in no way diminish your responsibility. Your submission represents your views and opinions only, not those of Robert J. Ballantyne.

Robert J. Ballantyne may modify or edit your submission for a better understanding or for technical reasons, but not for content or meaning.

Robert J. Ballantyne may revoke your permission to comment on matters of public interest if your registration contains false or incomplete information or if you do not comply with these Terms of Use.

What rights does Robert J. Ballantyne have in my posts on https://www.popjournalism.com?

Reproduction and distribution. When you post content (texts, images, sounds, etc.) to https://www.popjournalism.com, you grant to Robert J. Ballantyne a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive (unless otherwise indicated in specific terms), worldwide licence to publish, reproduce and distribute by any means of communication controlled or authorized by Robert J. Ballantyne, including social media.

You keep the copyright in your submission. Any exceptions to this general rule will be specified on a case-by-case basis.

You waive all moral rights in your submissions and allow Robert J. Ballantyne to modify it to facilitate understanding and to identify you as the author. Robert J. Ballantyne is under no obligation to publish your submissions or to keep them accessible; such decisions are at his sole discretion.

If your submission includes your or someone else’s image or voice, you grant Robert J. Ballantyne irrevocable permission to broadcast it by any means of communication controlled or authorized by Robert J. Ballantyne. You give Robert J. Ballantyne permission to publish your full name and city in any form or platform in connection with your submission. Similarly, you give Robert J. Ballantyne permission to contact you for follow-up in connection with anything you submit to https://www.popjournalism.com.

Can content that I post to https://www.popjournalism.com be removed?

In specific circumstances. Robert J. Ballantyne does not remove submissions once they have been posted, except for legal reasons, in particular circumstances or if the content is no longer a priority or relevant and, in any case, at its sole discretion. This is out of respect for the historical integrity of Robert J. Ballantyne communications and to facilitate understanding of prior or subsequent submissions.

Robert J. Ballantyne reserves the right to remove a submission, for example to protect the rights of third parties involved. Content posted on https://www.popjournalism.com will be kept as long as required by law or by Robert J. Ballantyne policies.

Content received but not posted on https://www.popjournalism.com may be erased.

4. Conducting business on https://www.popjournalism.com

May I use https://www.popjournalism.com for business or commercial purposes?

Only if specifically authorized by Robert J. Ballantyne. You may not use any https://www.popjournalism.com for business or commercial purposes without prior written permission. You may, however, provide a link to a Robert J. Ballantyne digital page; this will ensure full, unmodified communication of content and respect the rights of any third parties involved.

Who owns the content of the business partners on https://www.popjournalism.com?

The business partners. Robert J. Ballantyne may make Web pages available to its business partners. In such case, the partner is solely responsible for the content of those Web pages. Making such pages available shall in no case be construed as endorsement by Robert J. Ballantyne of the partner’s goods or services. The same is true of advertising posted on https://www.popjournalism.com. Content supplied by business partners belongs to them.

May I use content on https://www.popjournalism.com for institutional, educational or non-profit purposes?

Yes, with a proper licence by Robert J. Ballantyne or as permitted by law. You may not use content on https://www.popjournalism.com for institutional, educational or non-profit purposes without a prior written licence. A licence will set out authorized uses, term and territory among other relevant conditions. To know more about our educational content, please contact Robert J. Ballantyne.

5. Liability

What is Robert J. Ballantyne’s liability with respect to https://www.popjournalism.com?

No warranty with regard to content or operation. Content provided on https://www.mrballantyne.ca is not intended to replace professional advice when required, in any field whatsoever.

Robert J. Ballantyne offers no warranty with regard to the content or operation of https://www.popjournalism.com and assumes no responsibility for any interruption, whether intentional or not, in putting its programming, various services and submissions from the public online. Robert J. Ballantyne neither assumes responsibility for nor offers any warranty concerning the security of any communications or unauthorized interception by third parties and wireless (wifi) services in its buildings, for any damage whatsoever, regardless of its nature or value.

What is my liability with respect to the use of https://www.popjournalism.com?

You must not hinder operations; must comply with the terms of use. Besides your responsibility for the content, your submissions to https://www.popjournalism.com may not, under any circumstance, have the effect of hindering or preventing other users from using https://www.popjournalism.com, nor modifying its operation or its effectiveness by any means whatsoever.

You may neither use https://www.popjournalism.com other than for private purposes, unless otherwise authorized under specific agreements with Robert J. Ballantyne, nor may you use https://www.popjournalism.com for any illegal purpose.

You are liable for any damage arising from not complying with these Terms of Use, Submission Guidelines or with any other law or regulation applicable to your submissions. If your submissions to https://www.popjournalism.com require a name and a password, you are responsible for ensuring their confidentiality.

Are the rights in software, applications and other tools to facilitate communications protected?

Yes. The rights in those tools belong to Robert J. Ballantyne or to third parties. No other use except navigating https://www.popjournalism.com is authorized without the prior consent of the rights holder.

6. Personal Information

Does Robert J. Ballantyne protect the personal information collected when I use https://www.popjournalism.com?

Yes. Robert J. Ballantyne applies strict measures to protect the personal information that it collects. All personal information collected is governed by the federal Privacy Act and by Robert J. Ballantyne’s Personal Information policy and Privacy Protection. This protection may, however, be revoked should the legality of your communications be in question.

Does Robert J. Ballantyne use tools such as web analytics software, data management platforms, customer relationship management, or advertising targeting technology?

Yes. Most of this data is aggregated and used for statistical analysis purposes. Robert J. Ballantyne collects information using digital markers and analyzes data to evaluate the performance of its digital platforms and to optimize the online experience. This data is used for research, planning and reporting purposes. It is also used to provide an enhanced experience — allowing Robert J. Ballantyne to make better recommendations, serve more relevant ads, helping Robert J. Ballantyne make more content that is relevant for you.

It may also be used by software to personalize digital experiences for you, such as improved search, newsletters, and recommendations.

Robert J. Ballantyne may work with third-party providers for web analytics, in which circumstances it requires that IP address be depersonalized. Robert J. Ballantyne may work with third-party providers for Single Sign On which will require IP addresses, email, and device fingerprinting information to be shared across multiple third parties. In such case, Robert J. Ballantyne requires, through appropriate contract clauses, that any data so collected not be used for any other purpose without the Corporation’s prior written consent and that the third party provide a level of protection equivalent to the one used by Robert J. Ballantyne to protect its own information as per its Personal Information and Privacy Protection policy.

What security protocols are used when I use social media?

Those of Robert J. Ballantyne and the social media platforms, as the case may be. Robert J. Ballantyne’s use of social media constitutes an extension of his digital presence. Social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are public and not hosted on https://www.popjournalism.com servers. Users who interact with Robert J. Ballantyne through social media platforms must refer to the conditions of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers.

Personal information that you provide to Robert J. Ballantyne through social media accounts is collected in order to capture conversations between you and Robert J. Ballantyne. It may be used for inquiry response, statistical measurement and reporting purposes.

Does Robert J. Ballantyne use information for personalization?

Yes. Some systems do require you to be in a signed-in, authenticated state with the Robert J. Ballantyne. This authenticated data is used to personalize your experience. Some systems store anonymous information about what you are looking at on our sites so we can more accurately target content and advertising for you.

Does Robert J. Ballantyne use my location data?

Yes. In several ways. In order to send you relevant alerts, by signing up, you agree that we use the GPS location reported by your device. We will also determine which local region is closest to you (based on your IP addresses’ geographic location or mobile device’s location), to serve weather, news, and sports that is likely most relevant. We will also use this data to further personalize and localize content. Additionally, multiple technologies use aspects of network connection to estimate where you are, which is used for ad targeting, reporting and statistical purposes.

Popjournalism Content Submission Guidelines for Robert J. Ballantyne Owned or Controlled Platforms (Content Submission Guidelines)

All Robert J. Ballantyne platforms are open to people of every age, race, religion, sex, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.

Tell us your story, be a part of the conversation. Robert J. Ballantyne wants you to participate in sharing the content you create/upload (Your Content) with us on all of our platforms. Your Content includes but is not limited to online comments, video uploads and photo submissions.

I want your engaging photos and videos that capture breaking news and/or compelling stories. In addition, we regularly solicit Your Content on various topics for programs and stories, blogs, contests and many other types of interactive engagement.

Robert J. Ballantyne’s platforms are not anonymous and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. Upon registering, you must provide your first and last names, which will appear alongside each of your submissions to our site. Robert J. Ballantyne reserves the right to disable any comment if there exists a doubt as to the identity of its author. Stealing another person’s identity with the intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious offense punishable by expulsion from the community.

By submitting Your Content, you grant us the non-exclusive right to use your content royalty-free, in perpetuity. You also represent and warrant to Robert J. Ballantyne that you hold all of the required rights and authorizations to Your Content. Your Content may be published on Robert J. Ballantyne owned or controlled platforms, and may even be included in our stories. Robert J. Ballantyne cannot guarantee that Your Content will be published. We may also edit Your Content for length, size or clarity. Your Content may be indexed by Internet search engines. Robert J. Ballantyne has no obligation to remove Your Content from its platforms even if you make a request. You should think carefully about your intent and the consequence of publication of any of Your Content.

When you share Your Content with us:

  • Keep Your Content relevant to the topic and avoid repetitive posting.
  • Be respectful and courteous, as if you were having a face-to-face discussion.
  • If you are writing about legal issues, remember that people are innocent until proven guilty (that may mean using words such as “allegedly”).
  • Feel free to link internally within the Robert J. Ballantyne site as many times as you would like. As for external web addresses, we allow no more than three links per post. Robert J. Ballantyne does not endorse the content of external web sites and has no liability as to their content in any event. Robert J. Ballantyne reserves its right to take-down any external link.
  • Use English or French for all of your exchanges and comment. Other languages cannot be used except for an occasional word.
  • We want to hear your own opinion. Your Content must be created and owned by you, including any music and artwork. Breaking copyright rules is not permitted (that includes copying and pasting excerpts from other sites without permission and attribution). If the majority of Your Content was written or created by someone else, even with a proper credit, it won’t be accepted.
  • Any of Your Content that is offensive and likely to expose an individual or a group of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability is prohibited.

The following kind of Your Content is also prohibited:

  • Pornography, vulgarity, obscenity or sexually explicit content
  • Anything illegal
  • Hate speech
  • Threats, harassment
  • Personal attacks, insults and defamatory statements
  • Threats or suggesting committing a criminal act
  • Attempts to mobilise people for any purpose outside of an Robert J. Ballantyne event
  • Respect other people’s privacy by not including personal information in Your Content (such as phone numbers and email addresses) or private dialogue.
  • Be sensitive in Your Content regarding the death or injury of private individual, especially children.
  • Make it personal, not commercial by leaving out press releases and commercial promotions.

If you violate any of these guidelines, Your Content will not be accepted and your account may be suspended or blocked. Robert J. Ballantyne reserves the right to not open a forum on any given story or to close a forum at any time without notice and to reject the publication of any of Your Content. Robert J. Ballantyne reserves the right to change these Content Submission Guidelines at any time without notice.


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