These Terms of Use, along with the privacy policy located at timesoutandproud.com (together referred to as "Terms of Use"), is a binding agreement between Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. ("BCCL"/ "we"/ "us"/ "our"/"Company") and the user (“User"/"you"/""your") of the site timesoutandproud.com ("Site") which is owned, operated and maintained by BCCL. These Terms of Use are an electronic record under Information Technology Act, 2000 and the rules thereunder as applicable and the amended provisions pertaining to electronic records in various statutes under applicable Indian laws:

1. Your access to the Site is subject to these Terms of Use, which may be modified / updated from time to time by BCCL. It would be the exclusive responsibility of the User alone to keep informed as to any changes in the Terms of Use and continued usage of the Site shall be deemed as acceptance to the modified Terms of Use.

2. You agree to be bound by the terms of these Terms of use. If the User is below 18 years of age, the User represents that he/she/they have permission from their parents/guardians to visit this Site and to be bound by these Terms of Use. By visiting this Site and accepting these Terms of Use, you represent and warrant to BCCL that you have the right, authority and consent / capacity to use the Site and agree to and abide by these Terms of Use. You also represent and warrant to BCCL that you will use the Site in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.

3. Certain areas of the Site may have different terms of use, which may be highlighted / posted at appropriate section. If there is a conflict between these Terms of Use and terms of use posted for a specific area of the Site, the applicable portion of the latter shall have precedence with respect to your use of that area of the Site.

4. While accessing the Site, the User may choose to share and upload their stories / views / opinions in the provided sections. For such uploading of details and content, the User hereby expressly agrees to provide its full name, valid mobile number, valid email id (as three necessary inputs) and photograph (if opted by the User) from their personal internet device. All personal information including the full name, mobile number, email id and photograph, as uploaded by the User, shall be subject to privacy policy of the Site available at timesoutandproud.com/privacy-policy.

5. The User will have an option to choose (a) whether their stories may be shared on social media websites and other platforms by the Site, and (b) to hide their identity in the material displayed on the Site.

6. All contents/stories uploaded by the User on the Site would be the exclusive property of BCCL and copyright in the uploaded information shall vest with BCCL. User assigns all intellectual properties in his/her/their uploaded content/story to BCCL irrevocably and in perpetuity. User hereby agrees that BCCL may at its sole discretion use / produce the said uploaded content/stories in any manner in all forms of media, present or future, alone or together, including but not limited to with any work, articles, materials, on the Site, in newspapers, supplements, books, mobile applications, any social media platforms etc.

7. BCCL shall have a right to moderate/update/ alter/ delete the uploaded content/stories if it is found to be in breach of any applicable law or BCCL’s media policies. BCCL’s discretion in this regard shall be considered final and shall not be questioned by the User.

8. No material from the Site may be copied, modified, reproduced, republished, uploaded, transmitted, posted or distributed in any form without prior written permission from BCCL. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Unauthorised use of the materials appearing on the Site may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws, and could result in criminal or civil action/penalties. The User is granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, personal, limited right to access the Site as-is, with no warranties on accuracy from BCCL.

9. Prohibited Activities/ Restrictions - The User shall not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information on the Site, that:

(a) Is grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, libellous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever;

(b) names or defames or brings in poor light any person or organisation;

(c) harm minors in any way;

(d) infringes any trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or organisation;

(e) violates any law for the time being in force;

(f) deceives or misleads or communicates any information which is grossly offensive or menacing in nature;

(g) misuses the Site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs, time bombs, cancel bots, spyware or other material, computer programming routines, codes, files or such other programs which are malicious or technologically harmful, or limit the interests of rights of other users or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications related to the Site.

(h) allows access to the Site through any illegal means. Including any misdirection / misinformation.

10. BCCL may monitor User’s access to the Site and if any such access or activity is considered to be in breach of these Terms of Use, BCCL at its sole discretion may disable User's access to the Site or any part thereof at any time without any notice.

11. BCCL does not make any warranties, express or implied, with respect to any uploaded content /stories, names, anecdotes, views, ideas, opinions, information, data, software, system, functionality, statements, made available on the Site. The information contained in the Site consist of third party information and content uploaded by other Users. The Site, and all content, materials, information, software and services provided on the Site, are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis.

12. BCCL does not warrant that the Site will operate error-free or that the Site and its servers are free of computer viruses or other harmful mechanisms. BCCL to the fullest extent permitted by law, disclaims all warranties, whether express or implied, including the fitness for particular purpose and non-infringement. BCCL makes no warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Site’s content, services, software, text, graphics, and links.

13. Under no circumstances will BCCL or its affiliates be liable in any way for any content/stories uploaded on the Site, including but not limited to any inaccurate, false, erroneous, incomplete content, or any part there which may infringe other’s rights (including intellectual property rights, reputation, privacy), or for any related loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content/ stories posted or uploaded on the Site. Further, under no circumstances shall BCCL be liable for any unlawful act of the User or its affiliates, relatives, employees, agents including misuse of any data, unfair trade practices, fraud, cyber squatting, hacking and other cyber crimes. In no event shall BCCL be liable for damages of any kind, including without limitation, direct, incidental or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, damages for lost profits, business interruption and loss of programs or information) arising out of the use of or inability to use the Site, or any information provided thereon, or any claim attributable to errors, omissions or other inaccuracies in the Site.

14. User agrees to indemnify and hold BCCL, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees, harmless from any claim, demand or damage, including reasonable attorney’s fees, asserted by any third party due to or arising out of User’s use of, or conduct, or uploading of content/stories on the Site. BCCL reserves the right to disclose any personal information about the User and their use of the Site including its contents, without User’s prior permission, if BCCL believes in good faith that such action is necessary to:

(a) conform to legal requirements, or comply with legal process or applicable authority/court orders;

(b) protect and defend the rights or property of BCCL or its affiliated companies; and / or

(c) enforce the Terms of Use;

15. If the Site provides links to websites and access to any services from third parties, the User agrees that BCCL is not responsible for the availability / links of or to such third-party websites. The User is requested to peruse the policies posted by other websites regarding privacy and other terms before use. BCCL is not responsible for third-party content accessible through the Site, including opinions, stories, advice, statements and advertisements, and User shall bear all risks associated with such use of third-party website(s). BCCL is not responsible for any loss or damage of any sort which User may incur from dealing with any third-party. BCCL makes no warranty or representation regarding, and does not endorse, any linked third-party websites or the information appearing thereon or any of the products or services described thereon. Links do not imply that BCCL or the Site sponsors, endorses, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked site is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of BCCL or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.

16. BCCL shall not be liable for any infringement of copyright arising out of materials posted on or transmitted through the Site, or materials uploaded/advertised on the Site, by end users or any other third parties.

17. Report abuse / Grievance redressal / update: In the event you have any grievance in relation to any content uploaded on the Site, or if you wish to report any related abuse, or you wish to update your uploaded content/story, you may contact our Grievance Officer, at timesoutandproud@timesgroup.com; or write to Grievance Officer at the following address: Timesoutandproud, Times of India Building, Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai- 400 001

18. For information about data protection practices, please read our privacy policy which is incorporated by reference into these Terms of Use. The Privacy policy explains how BCCL treats User’s personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the Site.

19. Miscellaneous

(a) These Terms of Use shall be governed by the laws of India. Courts of law at Mumbai shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising under these Terms of Use.

(b) These Terms of Use contain the entire understanding and supersedes all prior understandings between the parties relating to the subject matter herein.

(c) If any portion of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable by a competent judicial authority, such portion will be construed as deleted, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect.

(d) Provisions of these Terms of Use shall be applicable in perpetuity and shall govern the User’s use and access to the Site.

This document is an electronic record in terms of Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”) and the rules thereunder as amended from time to time. This electronic record is generated by a computer system and does not require any physical or digital signature.

By signing up for/ participating in the Contest, the Contestant is indicating his/her / their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. These Terms, as well as the privacy policy available at www. https://timesoutandproud.com/ form a legally binding Agreement between the signee/ Contestant and BCCL.


BCCL - Shall mean Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd and/or its associates.

Contest - Bombay Times is reaching out to the advertising community to take up the cause to engage to build inclusivity in the workplace for LGQBT community. BCCL is proposing to do this with Out & Proud, having launched a interesting campaign we wish to liaison with the ad world to make the campaign engaging and exciting.

Contest Management - This Contest is organised BCCL; through itself and/or its associates and responsible for the overall conduct of the Contest in India.

Entry (ies) - Any and all creative ads sent or shared to BCCL by the Contestant (defined below) must be sent via email.

Contestant/You - Any individual that participates in the Contest by submitting a Entry.

Prize (s) - Winner’s entry may be released/published in Brand Equity newspaper and may win an Apple iPad.

Terms and Conditions (“T&C” or “Terms”) - These Terms governing the Contest, may be amended from time to time and is subject to BCCL's policies and other conditions. These Terms may be modified without any prior notification by BCCL. The Contestant(s) are advised to regularly review these Terms. If there is any disagreement with any of the Terms and any amendments thereto, individuals must not participate in the Contest.

Winner (s) - Means any successful Contestant who is selected on the basis of his/her/their superior skill and BCCL’s predetermined selection parameters who is thereafter deemed eligible for receiving the Prize herein.

1. Objective

BCCL is dedicated at helping individuals from the advertising and media fraternity to showcase their creativity by submitting their Entry in the form of creative ads as per the format as specifically stated herein.

2. Eligibility criteria for participation in the Contest






  1. Line being busy;
  2. Congestion;
  3. No answer received;
  4. Poor call conditions / unclear reception;
  5. Call drop;
  6. E-mail not delivered;
  7. Other reasons that could render a call unsuccessful.




The Contestant shall not send, submit, post, or otherwise transmit, material or messages that contain software virus, or any other files that are designed to interrupt, destroy, and negatively affect in any manner whatsoever, any electronic equipment in connection with the use of the Microsite, or other user's ability to use the Microsite. 


BCCL has no obligation to screen the entry material in advance and is not responsible for monitoring entries for the preventing of any violation of intellectual property ownership rights, or violations of any laws, rules or regulations. If BCCL is notified of any submissions or materials that may not conform to the Terms, it may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and in its sole discretion whether to eliminate such an entry from consideration. BCCL has no liability or responsibility to the Contestant or other users of the Microsite for performance or non-performance of such activities.