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20DC.com Terms of Use Agreement


Date of Revisions: July 4, 2007

20DC.com is a political networking service that allows Citizens to create individualized profiles in order to discuss, debate, and communicate political topics with others. By accessing www.20DC.com, you agree to these terms as defined by 20DC, L.L.C. and its affiliates (collectively "20DC" or "We" herein). By joining the site you become a user (a "Citizen" or having "Citizenship" herein) of 20DC and must signify that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use ("Terms") for 20DC as well as any services developed or sanctioned by the company in the present or future. 20DC reserves the right to modify, amend, delete or otherwise change these terms at any time. Such changes will be indicated by the Date of Revisions at the top of this page. Your continued use of 20DC after such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms.

You are only authorized to use 20DC's services if you agree to abide by all applicable laws and to these Terms. If you do not agree to abide by these or any future Terms of Use, do not use or continue your use of 20DC's services. It is your responsibility to regularly check these posted Terms to determine if there have been changes to these and to review such changes.

In order to use certain 20DC services, you may be notified that you are required to download software or content and/or agree to additional terms and conditions. Unless otherwise defined by the additional terms and conditions, these Terms are applicable to all 20DC services.

Eligibility

Using 20DC's services is void where prohibited. Use of the 20DC services is limited to persons over the age of thirteen (13). By becoming a Citizen, you agree that (i) you meet this age requirement; (ii) will provide only accurate, truthful information to 20DC; (iii) will maintain the accuracy of and retain sole responsibility for provided information; (iv) will retain sole responsibility for any actions carried out by you or using your username; (v) your use does not violate any law or regulation. Your Citizenship may be terminated at any time for a violation of Eligibility.

Terms of Citizenship

These Terms remain in effect as long as you access 20DC.com and / or as long as you are a registered Citizen. All Citizens must complete the registration process and meet all Eligibility requirements. No exceptions will be made and you may terminate your citizenship at any time.

20DC reserves the right to charge for certain services and to change such fees at its discretion. No refunds of fees or portions of unused fees will be granted for any reason unless explicitly stated at the time of transaction.

When you register as a Citizen, you must choose a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree not to use the account, username, or password of another Citizen at any time or to disclose your password to any third party. It is your responsibility to notify 20DC immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password.

20DC's services are for your personal, non-commercial use only unless you are granted prior written permission from 20DC. Commercial endeavors, including but not limited to company advertising, linking, the collection of personal information, spamming are prohibited unless formally endorsed by 20DC. Use of 20DC's service for directly illegal activity or purposes related to illegal activity is strictly prohibited. 20DC may take appropriate legal action for violations of law or unauthorized use.

Proprietary Rights in Content

All content of 20DC.com created by 20DC, including but not limited to designs, text, graphics, pictures, video, information, conceptual works, software, music, sound and other files, as well as their organization and arrangement ("20DC Content"), are the proprietary property of 20DC with all rights reserved unless otherwise explicitly stated.

20DC Content may not be modified, copied, distributed, framed, reproduced, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, transmitted, or sold in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, without prior written permission from 20DC. Additionally, you are granted limited, revocable license to download or print 20DC Content for personal, educational or non-commercial use only as long as all copyright or other proprietary notices remain intact. No other use of 20DC Content is allowed without prior written permission from 20DC. Any other use or noncompliance is a violation of these Terms and will result in the revocation of this limited license and / or appropriate legal action.

Content uploaded and / or created by Citizens, including but not limited to graphics, pictures, writings, sound or other files ("Citizen Content") must be the original property of the Citizen and may not infringe on any local, state, national, or international intellectual property laws.

20DC does not claim any ownership rights to Citizen Content. You continue to retain all ownership rights to legally posted content, and you continue to have the right to use your content in any way you choose. By displaying any Citizen Content on your profile or the 20DC Web site, you hereby grant to 20DC a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such content solely on and through 20DCís services. This license will expire only when such Content is removed from 20DC.com and its archives by you or 20DC.

Any violation of these terms may result in your Citizen Content being removed by 20DC or your Citizenship revoked. These terms are subject to change at any time without warning.

Guidelines for Citizen Conduct

20DC reserves the right to remove any and all Citizen Content that is judged to be not in compliance with these Guidelines or any other Terms. You are solely responsible for your own actions and Citizen Content, which must be subject to the rating system of 20DC.com. 20DC neither assumes liability for any Citizen Content or actions that violate laws nor assumes responsibility for monitoring Citizens for inappropriate Content or conduct.

20DC will take into account all Citizen reports of Content that violate these Terms and may monitor, delete, ban, or otherwise restrict use as well as take appropriate legal action in response to such violations. Your Citizenship may be suspended or deleted at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice, and without liability.

20DC is a network intended for free political expression, which can often be controversial and heated. However, the judgment of your fellow Citizens and 20DC must also be considered when creating and posting content. By becoming a Citizen, you agree not to:

  • Solicit personal information from any person under the age of 18.
  • Promote an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files.
  • Create, post, or display patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual on 20DC.com.
  • Participate in the transmission of junk mail, or commercial, unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, spimming, or spamming.
  • Solicit passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other Citizens.
  • Create, post, or display Content that involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes.
  • Create, post, or display Content that furthers or promotes criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, providing or creating computer viruses or code designed to disrupt or antagonize, or collecting personally identifying information.
  • Create, post, or display Content or link to third-party content that would in any way violate the laws and restrictions regarding pornographic content if such content were viewed by a person under the legal age set by their respective community or country.
  • Create an account under a false name or an account representing a group or company without prior written consent from 20DC.
  • Create an account under false pretenses in an effort to illicit personal information from Citizens or display offensive, pornographic, or otherwise restricted Content, or promote or enact illegal activities.
  • Engage in activity that could damage, impair or overburden 20DC.com's technical structure or operations.
  • Use scripts, bots, programs, or any other automated method to use 20DC's Services or to collect information from 20DC, its Citizens or visitors unless sanctioned by 20DC.
  • Inject outside HTML, CSS, or other code into the 20DC system for any reason.

Additionally, when interacting with other Citizens, you agree not to:

  • Overstep the generally accepted rules of courteous debate.
  • Harass or advocate the harassment, or threaten the personal safety of another person.
  • Exploit, directly or by indirect method, another person in a sexual or violent manner.
  • Intimidate, solicit, or defraud other Citizens, or coerce another to participate in such activities.
  • Use, copy, download, display, modify, or otherwise manipulate another Citizen's Content without express permission of the rightful copyright holder of such content.
  • Defame public figures, elected officials or private citizens, whether by creating, posting, or displaying libelous materials and information.
  • Attempt to collect personal information, including but not limited to another Citizen's full name, e-mail, home or work address, phone number, social security number, or financial information such as credit card numbers, pin numbers, or account passwords.
  • Intentionally promote or supply information to another Citizen in order to intimidate, harass, exploit, or otherwise threaten them or a third party.

These lists are neither set nor complete and are subject to change without notice. 20DC encourages its Citizens to engage in courteous, thoughtful debate while maintaining respect for the rights and opinions of others. 20DC will respect the mission of a fully democratic community as long as Citizens respect the law and each other.

Group or Intentionally Misleading Profiles

20DC recognizes the possible need or want of its citizens to create profiles for groups or imaginative profiles for the purpose of personal or commercial promotion. However, you may NOT create a Citizen Profile posing as or on behalf of a group, company, product, organization, celebrity, prominent person whether living or dead, fictitious person, or inanimate object without prior written consent from 20DC. You may not create a profile with the sole or shared purpose of commercial promotion or advertising without prior written consent from 20DC.

Profiles or groups created with commercial promotion or advertising purposes are subject to 20DC's advertising policy. Unapproved profiles that violate these terms will be deleted without notice.

Profiles or groups created for group use or personal promotion, including but not limited persons running for public office or other elected / appointed positions, must be approved by 20DC prior to creation and must not be used in any way for profit or the personal financial gain of the creator or endorsing entity. All profiles created for group use or personal promotion must carry a disclaimer noting the profile's intended use. Any profile impersonating a celebrity, prominent person, whether living or dead, or fictitious person must also include a disclaimer denoting that the profile is an impersonation. Disclaimers will be provided by 20DC upon written approval of such profiles or groups and granted on a case-by-case basis at the company's sole discretion. 20DC reserves the right to refuse any request with or without reason or notification. Unapproved profiles that violate these terms will be deleted without notice.

Although 20DC may consent to group or intentionally misleading profiles, it in no way endorses or shares liability for the Citizen Content created, displayed, or posted by or on such accounts, or any repercussions resulting from such use of 20DC's Services. Disclaimed profiles are still subject to the guidelines for Citizen Content.

To request approval, contact profiles@20DC.com.

Advertising

You agree to use 20DC's services for personal, non-commercial use unless you have obtained express written permission from 20DC. You may not buy or sell any products or services by way of 20DC's Services. Persons, groups, or other entities found to be in violation of this policy will be subject appropriate legal action, which may include the pursuit of profits gained by the unauthorized use of 20DC's Services.

The easiest way to be sure you are in compliance is to ask. Contact advertising@20DC.com.

For advertising inquiries, please see 20DC's advertising policy.

Copyright Policy

You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. It is the policy of 20DC to cease the Citizenship of any person who repeatedly infringes the intellectual property rights of others upon receipt of notification to 20DC by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent. No Citizen, visitor, or advertiser may violate these Terms or applicable regulations under penalty of law.

Privacy

Citizens enjoy the rights provided by and must abide by the terms of 20DC's privacy policy, which is included in the willful acceptance of these Terms.

User Disputes

You are solely responsible for your interaction with other Citizens and visitors. We reserve the right, but maintain no obligation to monitor or arbitrate disputes between Citizens.

Disclaimers

20DC allows its users the ability to define and modify their own Citizen Content. As such, we are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate content created, posted, or displayed on 20DC.com or using 20DC's Services. Profiles created and posted by Citizens may contain links to files outside of 20DC. We assume no responsibility for the content, accuracy or opinions expressed in external files or on external Web sites. Such links are not monitored or investigated in any way by 20DC. Your access of such files, information or Web sites is at your own risk.

Opinions and information expressed by Citizens or provided by Citizens through links does not necessarily reflect the opinions of 20DC. Although we provide guidelines for Citizen conduct and postings, we do not control and are not responsible for what users post, transmit or share, including but not limited to any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content you may encounter on 20DC.com or using 20DC's Services. We assume no responsibility for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any Citizen.

20DC assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any Citizen or visitor communication. 20DC is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or players due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any of 20DC's Services or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Citizens or visitors or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials in connection with the 20DC.com. Under no circumstances shall 20DC be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the 20DC's services, attendance at a 20DC-sponsored event, from any Citizen Content on or through 20DC's Services, or from the conduct of any Citizens 20DC's Services, whether online or offline. 20DC's Services are provided "AS-IS" and as available and 20DC expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. 20DC cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of 20DC's Services.

20DC reserves the right to change any and all content, software and other items used or contained within or associated with 20DC at any time without notice. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by 20DC, its Citizens, or its affiliates.

Limitation on Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL 20DC BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, EVEN IF 20DC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, 20DC'S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO 20DC FOR THE 20DC SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP, BUT IN NO CASE WILL 20DC'S LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED $1,000.

Disputes

If there is any dispute about or involving 20DC.com or 20DC's Services, you agree that the dispute shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA, without regard to conflict of law provisions and you agree to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts of the United States located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Pittsburgh.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold 20DC, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of 20DC's Services in violation of these Terms and/or arising from a breach of these Terms and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or if any content that you create, post, or display using 20DC's Services causes 20DC to be liable to another.

Other

This agreement is accepted upon your use of 20DC.com or any of 20DC's Services and is further affirmed by you becoming a Citizen. These Terms constitute the entire Agreement between you and 20DC regarding the use of the 20DC's Servies. The failure of 20DC to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. Section titles throughout these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

E-mail contact@20DC.com for information or general inquiries about these Terms.

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