AthenaBridge, OnlineTownhalls Terms of Service

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OVERVIEW
These terms help us maintain the quality of our service for you and other participants.

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
AthenaBridge Inc (“AthenaBridge”) provides the information on its Web sites according to these Terms of Service (“TOS”). AthenaBridge may update the TOS at any time and without prior notice by posting a new version here. The information on this site and your use of it is subject to the most recent version of the TOS posted. For your convenience, we will archive all previous versions of these terms at the bottom of this page.

In order to use AthenaBridge Services, you must first agree to these terms. You may not use these services if you do not agree to these terms. You can accept the terms by clicking to accept the terms or by actually using the services. You may not use the services if you are below the legal age required to form a contract with AthenaBridge, or if you are prohibited from using AthenaBridge Services in the United States, the country where you reside, or the jurisdiction where you use the services.

These terms may be translated into another language, but the English language version is the binding version.

2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
AthenaBridge provides you with access to large-scale conversations, debates, chat, voting, and a variety of other services (“AthenaBridge Services”). Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current AthenaBridge Services shall be subject to the TOS.

3. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS
In consideration of your use of AthenaBridge Services, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the AthenaBridge registration form (the “Registration Data”) and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or AthenaBridge has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, then AthenaBridge has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of AthenaBridge Services (or any portion thereof).

4. ATHENABRIDGE PRIVACY POLICY
This reference incorporates the AthenaBridge privacy policy into these terms of service. For more information, see our full privacy policy here.

5. CONDUCT
You understand that all information, data, text, software, graphics or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not AthenaBridge, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via AthenaBridge Services. AthenaBridge does not control the Content posted via AthenaBridge Services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Under no circumstances will AthenaBridge be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via AthenaBridge Services. You agree to not use AthenaBridge Services to:

1.) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful; is racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; is patently offensive; promotes hatred or harm; exploits people; contains nudity or excessive violence; solicits personal information from someone under age 18; is misleading; promotes illegal activity in your jurisdiction; or includes a recording, photograph, or video of another person that you publish without their consent;

2.) impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

3.) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through AthenaBridge Services;

4.) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law, or under other contractual relationships;

5.) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;

6.) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” or any other form of solicitation; (If you breach this Agreement and send unsolicited bulk email, instant messages or other unauthorized commercial communications of any kind through the AthenaBridge Services, you acknowledge that you will have caused significant harm to AthenaBridge, and that the amount of such harm would be very difficult to measure. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, you agree to pay AthenaBridge $50 for each such unsolicited commercial communication you have sent through AthenaBridge Services.)

7.) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

8.) disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects another user’s ability to engage in discussions or exchanges;

9.) interfere with or disrupt AthenaBridge Services or servers or networks connected to AthenaBridge Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to AthenaBridge Services;

10.) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;

11.) “stalk” or otherwise harass another;

12.) collect or store personal data about other users in connection with the prohibited conduct and activities set forth in these terms of service;

13.) transfer your profile to another user;

14.) any attempt to influence the statistics collected by AthenaBridge such as votes, credibility, and point ratings such as but not limited to creating more than one account or using automated scripts;

15.) violate the laws of the United States of America or your local jurisdiction;

16.) attempt to buy or sell anything using AthenaBridge Services;

17.) attempt to collect, collect, or obtain private information of any other users such as a password or demographic data;

18.) publish hyperlinks to sites that contain material expressly prohibited by this agreement;

19.) impose an unreasonable technical burden on AthenaBridge hardware, software, or bandwidth;

20.) attempt to disrupt AthenaBridge Services;

21.) access AthenaBridge Services through automated means such as robots, spiders, or scrappers unless you are a public search engine;

22.) share your password with a third party;

23.) generate artificial traffic to AthenaBridge web sites that appears to come from more people than are actually involved in the transmission of data;

24.) send any content that contains malicious software to AthenaBridge;

25.) request that search engines index or crawl any portion of AthenaBridge;

26.) circumvent or modify, attempt to circumvent or modify, or assist or encourage any other person to circumvent or modify any security technology or software that is part of AthenaBridge Services;

27.) copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through AthenaBridge Services unless you are the creator of said Content;

28.) cover or obscure the advertisements on AthenaBridge websites using HTML, CSS, or other means;

29.) impersonate or attempt to impersonate another person or entity;

30.) download or upload software to or from AthenaBridge Services in violation of United States export control laws.

You acknowledge that AthenaBridge may or may not pre-screen Content, but that AthenaBridge and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, move, or remove any Content that is available via AthenaBridge Services and which violates the TOS. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

You acknowledge, consent and agree that AthenaBridge may access, preserve and disclose your account information and Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOS; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; (d) respond to your requests for customer service; (e) protect the rights, property or personal safety of AthenaBridge its users and the public; or (f) enforce the AthenaBridge privacy policy.

6. COPYRIGHT POLICY
By publishing content to AthenaBridge Services, you agree to the terms of our copyright policy.

7. INDEMNITY
You agree to indemnify and hold AthenaBridge and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Service, your use of AthenaBridge Services, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.

8. MODIFICATIONS TO ATHENABRIGE SERVICES
You acknowledge that AthenaBridge may establish general practices and limits concerning use of AthenaBridge Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that email messages, message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by AthenaBridge Services. You further acknowledge that AthenaBridge reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time. AthenaBridge reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, AthenaBridge Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that AthenaBridge shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of AthenaBridge Services.

9. TERMINATION OF SERVICE

You agree that AthenaBridge may terminate your access to AthenaBridge Services for violations of the TOS and/or requests by authorized law enforcement or other government agencies. Upon termination, you are not permitted to access AthenaBridge Services again.

If you decide to terminate this contract and delete your account, the Content you provided through AthenaBridge may still exist. AthenaBridge will delete this Content at its discretion if there is a reasonable reason for doing so and deletion would not require an unreasonable amount of resources.

10. PENALTIES
You agree that if you violate these terms of service, the AthenaBridge community may impose penalties such as reducing your global or local credibility within AthenaBridge Services or impose other penalties such as suspending or terminating your AthenaBridge account.

11. LINKS
AthenaBridge Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because AthenaBridge has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that AthenaBridge is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that AthenaBridge shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

12. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. ATHENABRIDGE AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

ATHENABRIDGE AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND LICENSORS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE and (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE.

NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ATHENABRIDGE OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.

13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ATHENABRIDGE AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS AND LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF ATHENABRIDGE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE ATHENABRIDGE SERVICES.

14. GENERAL INFORMATION
Entire Agreement. The TOS constitutes the entire agreement between you and AthenaBridge and governs your use of AthenaBridge Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and AthenaBridge with respect to AthenaBridge Services.
Choice of Law and Forum. The TOS and the relationship between you and AthenaBridge shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and AthenaBridge agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Kent County, Delaware.

Intellectual Property of AthenaBridge. You acknowledge that AthenaBridge is protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, and pending patent.

Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of AthenaBridge to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.

Headings. The headings in these terms of service are for informational purposes and do not limit the scope of the terms.

Acts of God. Extreme circumstances such as an act of God, war, fire, riot, terrorism, earthquake, actions of federal, state or local governmental authorities or for any other reason beyond the reasonable control of AthenaBridge, shall not be considered to be a breach of this agreement.

These terms of service are adapted from the terms of service of the Open Source Initiative.

Questions concerning these terms of service should be addressed as follows:
By Mail:
AthenaBridge Inc
c/o Customer Care- Legal
308 E. Market Street
Suite E
Charlottesville, VA 22902
USA

By email:
privacy@athenabridge.org

15. PREVIOUS VERSIONS
This policy was created on March 2, 2009. When we make changes in the future, we will post links to past versions in this section.

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