Terms And Conditions

Shadowproof is owned and operated by FDL Media Group (hereinafter referred to as Shadowproof or By using the Shadowproof website, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions.

We reserve the right to update our Terms and Condition at any time and without public notice.

  1. Emails Subscriptions and Commenting

If you use your email address to sign up for our newsletter, to donate, or to subscribe as a Shadowproof member, we may use your email address to send you occasional emails regarding website operations, our content, fundraising, and our partners.

If you do not wish to receive emails from us, you may click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any of our mailings. You may also contact us at to request to be unsubscribed.

Shadowproof uses the Disqus platform to provide a comment section for our readers and the AddThis platform to provide tools for sharing our content. Please see our Privacy Statement for information on data collection.

We May Discontinue or Suspend Our Site or Terminate Your Use: Shadowproof features may be changed or removed at any time. We aren’t legally liable to anyone if we do so.

Shadowproof encourages robust public debates in our comment section, but we do not condone abusive behavior. We have the right to ban or block you from the comments at Shadowproof at our discretion, even if you are a donor or subscribed member.

While we may intervene in certain instances, Shadowproof does not pre-screen, monitor, or review comments published at Shadowproof is not adopting any obligation or liability from content published in our comment section.

Please review our guidelines for commenting. If you see comments that violate the rules, please flag the post or contact our staff instead of responding.

  1. Donations and Membership Subscriptions

Please review our Refunds And Cancellation policy.

Shadowproof is operated by FDL Media Group. When you sign up for a Shadowproof membership or donate to us, you will see “FDL MEDIA GROUP” on your bank statements. Don’t worry, it’s us!

  1. Copyrights And The Firedoglake Archive (Content Published Before August 1, 2015).

Shadowproof launched on August 1, 2015. All site content written by Shadowproof staff is published under an open content license. We ask that you wait 48 hours after we publish content before republishing it elsewhere. Please link back to the original piece on Shadowproof.

We are proud to host the content archive for our predecessor, The archive includes any content published before our launch on August 1, 2015.

We reserve the right to remove content without prior notice.

Content published at Shadowproof belongs to the individual authors. We have a right to further distribute any content to our affiliated outlets, like our Facebook page, Twitter, email, etc.

We are not responsible for any failure, non-failure or delay in removing any content.

  1. If your copyright is being infringed

If someone is stealing your content or photos, please let us know immediately. We take this very seriously.

  1. We are Not Responsible For and Do Not Necessarily Hold the Opinions Expressed by Content Contributors In The Archive

The archive includes hundreds of thousands of articles published by diarists and bloggers. Much of this content was published at the website’s community section, MyFDL (previously known as The Seminal and Oxdown Diaries).

While the community diary section is not operational today, the content contributed by users to the community section lives on in the archive. When the community section was operational at, any visitor to the website was able to create an account and publish content. Please see the disclaimers listed on the old MyFDL about page.

Content  from Firedoglake’s community site can be identified by its inclusion under the Community category on Shadowproof. Opinions expressed by community contributors, do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of

Content created by non-staff contributors, including bloggers and diarists writing for Firedoglake’s community section, is the sole responsibility of those individuals and its accuracy and completeness is not endorsed or guaranteed.

  1. Authors Are Responsible for Any Harm We Suffer as a Result of Their Violation of These Terms and Conditions

If you suffer harm from any violation of these Terms and Conditions, Shadowproof is not liable. However, at our discretion, we reserve the right to engage in the legal defense of any attacks on the First Amendment rights or other such critical issues regarding authors whose work is published at

  1. Your Use of Our Site is Subject to Certain Disclaimers

Our site is available “as is.” We do not guarantee the website will always be online and fully functioning.

While we strive for accuracy in our reporting, we may inadvertently publish errors in the course of our work. If you believe we have published an error and you would like us to consider a correction, please contact the

  1. We are Not Responsible for Linked Sites

If it’s not published under, we are not responsible. We are not liable for links to other sites published on

  1. Our Liability to You is Limited

Shadowproof and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents and licensors are not liable for incidental, indirect, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary damages of any kind, including, without limitation, lost revenues or profits, loss of business or loss of data, in any way related to this site or for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in our site (including, without limitation, as a result of breach of any warranty or other term of these Terms and Conditions). Any claim against us shall be limited to the amount you paid, if any, for use of our site.

  1. Any Dispute Between Us Will be Governed by Maine Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Maine, applicable to agreements made and to be performed therein without regard to conflict of laws principles. BY CONTINUING TO USE OUR SITE, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

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