Policy & Agreement

Membership Terms & Conditions as of January 2024

I. PREAMBLE

1. The purpose of these Rules and Regulations is to clearly define the rights and responsibilities of Central New Jersey Network (CNJN) and its clients in the use of facilities provided by CNJN. The primary purpose of these facilities is to assist residents and associates who are interested in producing high quality television programing.

2. These Rules and Regulations have been developed and approved by the Board of Central New Jersey Network, the governing body which oversees CNJN. The Board of Central New Jersey Network reserves the right to repeal, revise, or amend these Policies and Procedures.

3. Any violation of these Rules and Regulations may, at the discretion of CNJN, result in withholding the use of its equipment and facilities from the violator.

4. All users of CNJN equipment and facilities should be aware that they may be held accountable for their actions by the same laws that govern any public activity.

5. Any violation of a CNJN policies may result in the patron’s right to use the equipment or facilities in accordance with these Rules and Regulations and will be reported to the Board of Central New Jersey Network for appropriate action.

 

II. APPLICATIONS

1. A member in good standing will be defined as any resident or associate applying for use of CNJN production equipment and facilities.

2. Any individual or non-profit group may use CNJN’s access channel and its facilities according to these rules. Access to the channel or facilities will be on a first-come, first-served, and non-discriminatory basis.

3. If the member is less than 18 years of age they must have an adult co-sign the application form and agreement. The co-signer is then financially responsible, along with the applicant, for any damage or loss connected with the use of CNJN equipment and/or facilities other than normal wear and tear.

 

III. MEMBER RESPONSIBILITY

1. Members assume full responsibility for damage or loss connected with the use of CNJN equipment and/or facilities other than normal wear and tear.

2. Members who use CNJN’s broadcast outlets may not present any material designed to promote the sale of commercial products or services. This includes any advertising by or on the behalf of candidates for public office. At the discretion of CNJN management, use of CNJN equipment for such purposes, if not intended for broadcast, may be granted.

3. If the use of music or other copyrighted material is involved, the applicant must ascertain that the appropriate copyright clearances have been obtained.

4. CNJN reserves the right to refuse the use of any of its equipment and facilities to users found in violation of these rules. CNJN also reserves the right to temporarily refuse the use of any of its equipment and/or facilities to any person under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or otherwise not under full control of his/her senses. Making false or misleading statements in the application will be grounds for forfeiture of the privilege to use the access channel, equipment, and facilities.

5. CNJN may refuse to lend equipment to anyone who has, in the experience of the community access staff, misused the equipment, failed to return it on time, or in any other way abused the privileges of membership, or whose membership has expired.

7. CNJN is a private, non-profit corporation. Members are not agents or employees of CNJN. They are considered to be independent producers and create programming for themselves or the organization they represent. At no time may any individual or organization identify themselves as an employee or agent of CNJN or any of the funding jurisdictions unless hired by CNJN or the jurisdictions to perform a service.

 

IV. CNJN RESPONSIBILITY 

1. CNJN will provide the use of production equipment and post-production facilities on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis to its members.

2. CNJN will provide qualified personnel if available, to offer technical and programming assistance to members.

3. CNJN will not edit, or alter in any way, the content of user material without the permission of the user. CNJN reserves the right to refuse to broadcast programs that are inflammatory, sexually explicit or are in violation of FCC regulations.

 

V. PUBLIC ACCESS SCHEDULE PROCEDURE

1. Users must assume all liability for program content and agree to indemnify CNJN for any injury due to program content. The following rules govern the content of all community access programming.

2. Community access programming must not contain:

A. Obscene or indecent matter.

B. Advertising material designed to promote the sale of commercial products or services. This includes advertisement by or on behalf of officially announced candidates for public office.

C. The direct solicitation of funds for any and all purposes.

D. Material requiring union residual, or other payment including but not limited to talent and crew, unless those payments have been paid or waived.

E. Material which constitutes libel, slander, invasion of privacy, or publicity rights, unfair competition, violation of trademark or copyright, or which might violate any local, state, or federal law.

F. Materials requiring appropriate rights from broadcast stations, networks, sponsors, music licensing organizations, performers, representatives, copyright holders and any other persons as may be necessary for cablecast unless the community producer presents written authorization for the use of such materials.

3. Submitted material of unacceptably poor technical quality may be withheld from broadcast.

4. There are no theoretical limitations imposed on the running time of any program. However, practical and logistical factors, such as channel time availability, may dictate limitations on program length.

5. CNJN maintains an online archive of programs produced with its equipment. CNJN may, with the permission of the content producer, post work to its online archive. However, CNJN reserves the right to determine what material it will post to its online archive.

6. Members give CNJN the right to use their materials in promotional material.

7. The end of each program produced using CNJN facilities should include the following: “Produced at Central New Jersey Network”

 

VI. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Engaging in any of the acts prohibited described below may result in immediate revocation of all member privileges.
Violation of any other CNJN policies may result in suspension or revocation of privileges. The CNJN Executive Director will determine the termination or length of any suspension based on circumstances surrounding and the severity of the incident(s) that resulted in the suspension. Services may also be suspended or prohibited to individuals for criminal activities off-site that may pose a danger to CNJN or its operations.

The following acts are prohibited:

A. False information: Intentionally providing false information to CNJN for the purpose of obtaining membership services, access to channel time, or to avoid determination of facts in accordance with any CNJN investigation or hearing.

B. Misrepresentation: Individuals and organizations must not identify themselves as being an employee or agent of CNJN or the funding jurisdictions unless hired by CNJN or the jurisdictions to perform a specific service.

C. Destroying or damaging property: Intentionally and/or recklessly destroying or damaging CNJN property or the property of others on CNJN premises or at CNJN sponsored events or activities.

D. Drugs/alcoholic beverages: Use, possession or distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or alcoholic beverage on CNJN premises or at CNJN sponsored events without the consent of CNJN. Appearance at any CNJN sponsored event while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance is prohibited and will be considered a violation.

E. Weapons, firearms, explosives and dangerous chemicals: Use or possession of any weapon, explosives, dangerous chemicals, substances or instruments or other weapons, as defined by state law, which may be used to inflict bodily harm on another individual or damage upon CNJN premises or CNJN sponsored events is prohibited, except when being displayed or demonstrated in conjunction with a bona fide production, for which prior permission has been granted by the CNJN Executive Director.

F. Harassment, threats and/or physical harm: threatening, intimidating or harassing another with intent to substantially harm the person with respect to his or her physical safety or mental health and unwanted sexual behavior towards another member or CNJN staff. This includes causing physical harm to any person or property on CNJN premises or at any CNJN sponsored activity or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm to another person. Verbal or written threats of violence will be taken seriously. Individuals making threats toward CNJN or any individual in the facility or at a CNJN sponsored event will be escorted from the premises and banned from the CNJN facilities.

G. Disrupting CNJN functions: Intentionally and/or recklessly interfering with the normal CNJN operations or with CNJN sponsored activities.

H. Smoking is prohibited inside the CNJN facilities.

I. Theft or conversion: Deprivation of another person’s property including CNJN property or services without that individual’s or CNJN’s authorization.

J. Use of CNJN name/logo: Unauthorized use of the CNJN logo, name, indicia, motto, or symbols for any purpose without prior consent by the CNJN Executive Director.

K. Inappropriate Behavior: Engaging in lewd, indecent, erotic or obscene behavior on CNJN premises or at CNJN sponsored activities.

L. Unlawful acts: Engaging in any unlawful act while on CNJN premises or while participating in a CNJN sponsored event or activity.

M. Trespassing: Unauthorized entry into restricted areas.

 

VII. DISPUTE RESOLUTION & APPEALS PROCESS

It is hoped that disputes over policy interpretation can be resolved by a good faith effort to reasonably discuss the problem to arrive at an acceptable solution for everyone involved. When this is not acceptable or practical, a user may file a written grievance with CNJN Management. Management will review the grievance and attempt to mediate a solution. If a mutually acceptable solution cannot be reached, CNJN Management will make a determination.

If an individual wishes to file an appeal to a staff decision they should submit a Request for Appeal of Decision to CNJN Management within 30 days of the staff decision. CNJN Management will notify CNJN’s Board of Directors and set a meeting date within 30 days of the receipt of the request. The appellant will be given the opportunity to address the Board of Directors during the meeting. Decisions of the Board of Directors are the final determination regarding the issue. Grievances relating to CNJN staff conduct should be addressed to CNJN Management. Grievances relating to the conduct of CNJN Management should be addressed to the Chair of the CNJN Board of Directors.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who owns the copyright?
Content Producers own the copyright of their work. CNJN reserves the right to broadcast any media submitted by members. Content Producers are free to distribute their work in any manner they choose.

2. What is commercial programming?
Representatives of for-profit enterprises are welcome to appear on the channel in order to discuss or demonstrate aspects of a profession or business. For example, an author may discuss and show her book and may mention where it’s available. Programs that include representatives of for-profit enterprises may contain, in a limited manner, service descriptions, photographs or video, Web addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers if such information is related to program content.
CNJN will apply a good faith, reasonable interpretation to questions of commercial content and expects producers to respond with a commensurate degree of caution and care.

3. How do I keep my weekly time slot?
Content Producers must produce a minimum of one new show a month to keep a regular time slot.

4. What about political Programming?
Any program describing or endorsing declared political candidates or describing ballot issues that is directly related to a current campaign is considered “Political Programming.” Programs, which include appearances by incumbents acting in their current elected or professional capacity, are not included in this definition.
Each political program produced by CNJN and for which CNJN has direct editorial control will be non-partisan and will provide an equal opportunity for all candidates or parties concerned to participate. If a candidate or issue representative declines to participate, CNJN will not be obligated to provide other opportunities.
CNJN encourages local community producers to provide like-opportunities when they produce programs about political candidates or ballot issues.

5. What types of programming are prohibited?

A. Lotteries / Contests: Lotteries or contests that involve directly or indirectly the elements of a prize, chance, and/or consideration.

B. Illegal Material: Material which would subject the producer or supplier to civil or criminal prosecution under any applicable local, state, or federal law for production or presentation of obscene or erotic material, slander or libel, invasion of privacy.

C. Licensed Material: Material that is copyrighted or subject to ownership or royalty rights, union residuals, or other payment (e.g. music, written works, photographs, film, video) unless producer has obtained all necessary permission, releases, licenses and made all necessary payments to authorize televising of any such material. CNJN may require producers to provide evidence of such payment or permission.

D. Advertising / Commercial Endorsements: Advertising or other material that is designed to promote commercial businesses, the sale of commercial products, or purchase of professional or commercial

E. Services: This includes but is not limited to, product or business endorsements and/or service descriptions. For example: A program guest may be identified as “John Doe – Owner ABC Business Supplies” but not “John Doe, owner ABC Business Supplies, the best selection and the lowest prices in town.” To advise viewers how to get more information about program topics, program credits can include a contact name, phone number, web site or e-mail address.

F. Unauthorized Fundraising: Solicitation of funds by organizations other than those that have been granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.