Terms of Service and Acceptable Use
Welcome to VirtualCountries.com
Thank you for visiting VirtualCountries.com. The following terms constitute an agreement between you (“User”, "Your", or "You") and VirtualCountries.com (“Company”, "We” or Us").
This Agreement ("Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy", "Agreement", or “TOS”) governs your use of VirtualCountries.com which you access by signing in with a screen name or other credential ("Screen Name") issued by us.
IT IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, AND USEFULNESS OF ALL OPINIONS, ADVICE, SERVICES, AND OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH VIRTUALCOUNTRIES.COM.
By completing the registration process and clicking "I accept", you are indicating your agreement to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you are not willing to be bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement, you should click "I don't accept".
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS OF SERVICE
VirtualCountries.com and these services are provided to you ("User") under the terms and conditions of this Agreement and any operating rules or policies that may be published by Company. The TOS comprises the entire agreement between User and VirtualCountries.com, and this Agreement supersedes all prior agreements between the parties regarding the subject matter contained herein.
USER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD, AND SECURITY
User is entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of User's password and account, and for any and all activities which occur under User's account or password. User agrees to immediately notify Company of any unauthorized use of User's account, password, or any other breach of security known to User. User may change his/her password or profile by following instructions on the system.
OWNERSHIP AND RIGHTS
VirtualCountries.com may contain documents, files, articles, photos, icons, graphic, logos, and other copyrighted materials owned by us or our content providers. You must contact the copyright owner for permission to use third party materials.
If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you must notify VirtualCountries.com in the section entitled, "Contact Us".
The following Ownership and copyright information applies only to materials we own.
Reproduction, copying, or redistribution for commercial purposes of any materials or design elements on this site is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of VirtualCountries.com. As such, you are authorized to view, copy, download, and print on a single computer for personal, non-commercial use, provided that (1) you do keep all copyright and proprietary notices intact; (2) the documents may be used solely for personal, noncommercial, and informational purposes, they may not be posted or distributed, (3) the documents may not be modified, and (4) all copyright and other proprietary notices must be retained in the document.
VirtualCountries.com believes in the freedom of expression as long as legal or morally accepted standards of expression are not crossed. On this Site, we are offering you several services and products that may expand your communication with the general public.
We trust that you will use these facilities to promote the flowing exchange of information and exercise your freedom of expression in accordance with the Use Policy of VirtualCountries.com. User violation of this Policy may result among other things in the suspension or cancellation of the User's access to the services offered on VirtualCountries.com.
VirtualCountries.com reserves the right to remove any materials it becomes aware of that are, in our sole discretion, potentially illegal, could subject VirtualCountries.com to liability, violate this Acceptable Use Policy ("Policy") or that VirtualCountries.com otherwise deems inappropriate.
RULES OF CONDUCT
You shall not post any message containing or otherwise use any obscene or offensive language or post anywhere else on VirtualCountries.com any material that is an invitation to fast money making schemes, defamatory, pornographic, racial, abusive or hateful, constitutes junk mail or unauthorized advertising, harassment, invades anyone's privacy, or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or international law or regulation. You agree to use the services offered by VirtualCountries.com only for lawful purposes.
You are solely responsible for ensuring that any material or information you post anywhere on or through the site -- including but not limited to text, photographs, and sound -- does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret, or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is posted with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights.
You agree that by posting any material or information anywhere on the site you surrender your copyright rights in the posted material or information. You further agree that VirtualCountries.com is entitled to use the posted material or information royalty free and without restriction in any manner it deems fit, including, but not limited to, publishing the material or distributing it.
User agrees not to use or attempt to use VirtualCountries.com or the Services to:
- Upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, fraudulent, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or contains explicit or graphic descriptions, or accounts of sexual acts;
- Harm minors in any way;
- Violate or infringe upon the rights of others including, without limitation, patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, publicity or other proprietary rights;
- Victimize, harass, degrade, or intimidate an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
- Impersonate any person, business or entity, including VirtualCountries.com and its owners, employees, representatives and agents;
- Transmit any viruses or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of a computer or computer network;
- Encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or that gives rise to civil liability;
- Violate these Terms of Service, guidelines or any policy posted on VirtualCountries.com;
- Interfere with the use of the websites managed any third parties, whether related to VirtualCountries.com or not;
- Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Company official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent User’s affiliation with a person or entity;
- Forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Services or develop restricted or password-only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to from another accessible page);
- Upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
- Upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
- Upload, post or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas of the Service that may be designated for such purpose;
- Upload, post or otherwise transmit 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;
- Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to scroll faster than other Users of the Services are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other Users' ability to engage in real time exchanges;
- Interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services; or
- Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, and any regulations having the force of law;
- "Stalk" or otherwise harass another;
- Collect or store personal data about other Users; or
- Promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, but is not limited to, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons, and creating "Crush" sites.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
ALL MATERIALS, INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE (THE "CONTENT") ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" FOR YOUR USE. THE CONTENT IS PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. VIRTUALCOUNTRIES.COM AND ANY RELATED CORPORATIONS, SUBSIDIARIES, AND ITS LICENSORS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE CONTENT IS ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR CORRECT; THAT THIS SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION; THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE CONTENT IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR RISK. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, THESE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL VIRTUALCOUNTRIES.COM, ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, OR ITS LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF VIRTUALCOUNTRIES.COM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, VIRTUALCOUNTRIES.COM’S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
SEVERABILITY AND INTEGRATION
By posting or submitting content to this site, you grant VirtualCountries.com and its affiliates and licensees the right to use, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, distribute, have distributed, and promote the content in any form, anywhere and for any purpose; and warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content and that public posting and use of your content by VirtualCountries.com will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party.
You agree to indemnify VirtualCountries.com, its employees, directors, officers, related corporations, subsidiaries, attorneys, shareholders, agents, assigns, and representatives, and to hold them harmless, from any and all losses, claims, and liabilities (including attorneys' fees) which may arise from your submissions or deletion thereof, from your use of any service and/or material obtained from or through any services provided on this site, or from your breach of these rules or any other agreement between you and VirtualCountries.com. You further agree that VirtualCountries.com is not responsible, and shall have no liability to you or your agents, representatives, employees, shareholders, directors, or any party related to you in any way, for any material posted by others, including defamatory, offensive, or illicit material, and that the risk of damage from such material rests entirely with you.
You agree not to disrupt or interfere with the services provided on this site, nor to alter or tamper with any information or materials on or associated with this site.
You agree not to attempt to penetrate security measures of VirtualCountries.com, whether or not the intrusion, either intentional or unintentionally, results in corruption or loss of data.
The access to the VirtualCountries.com Member Services, Sections and Directories offered or provided by VirtualCountries.com as a convenience. Users of VirtualCountries.com and those wishing to contact users are granted a limited access to the VirtualCountries.com Directory and Member Sections solely for the purpose of allowing more convenient personal communications through the system, services, or products offered or otherwise made available through VirtualCountries.com. Any other use or attempt to use the VirtualCountries.com Directory or Member Services for commercial or other purposes or for systematic retrieval of data stored in the VirtualCountries.com Directory and any kind of copying or reproduction of the data, or any part thereof, stored in any other location or server managed or operated by VirtualCountries.com for further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.
You acknowledge that you are expressly prohibited from utilizing VirtualCountries.com Message Boards or the VirtualCountries.com Directory or Members Sections in connection with data mining of any kind, commercial use, the sending of unsolicited electronic mail or other forms of messages, whether commercial or not, to a large number of recipients. This prohibition extends to the sending of unsolicited mass mailings from another service which in any way implicates the use of VirtualCountries.com's Message Boards, Member Sections, or Directories.
A message is unsolicited if it is sent to a recipient who has not requested or invited the message. Mass mailing is mailing of messages in quantities exceeding reasonable personal use. For purposes of this provision, merely making one's e-mail address accessible to the public shall not constitute a request or invitation to receive messages.
You agree to refrain from revealing your password to others or allowing others to use your passwords (other than authorized users in your household). You agree to refrain from forging any message header, in part or whole, of any electronic transmission, originating or passing any viruses to, from, or through this site, or allowing access to VirtualCountries.com through your passwords for the purpose of operating a server of any type or for any other purpose which is not common personal use to receive viewable pages on VirtualCountries.com.
VirtualCountries.com has no practical ability to restrict all conduct, communications, or content which might violate this Policy prior to its transmission to any affiliate sites, nor can VirtualCountries.com ensure prompt removal of any such communications or content after transmission or posting. Accordingly, VirtualCountries.com does not assume liability to users or others for any failure to enforce the terms of this Policy.
VirtualCountries.com may cancel or suspend your registered user account or Screen Name at any time, without cause and/or without notice. We may terminate and/or suspend your account or Screen Name immediately, without notice, if there has been a violation of these Terms of Service and such other policies and terms posted on the Services, if your account has been deactivated for inactivity (see the Inactive Status section above), or if you have failed to pay your subscription fees if you have subscribed for a particular fee-based service. Your right to use the Services will end once your Services are cancelled or terminated, and any data you have stored on such a Service may be unavailable later. If you have subscribed to any fee-based service, you remain responsible for paying any amounts owed on your account at the time your fee-based service and/or account is terminated or cancelled. If you are participating in any free promotional offer for accessing a fee-based service, you must cancel such service before the end of the free trial period to avoid incurring charges. Certain fee-based services may require cancellation charges, and you will pay all cancellation charges specified to you at the time you register for the service.
CHOICE OF LAW AND JURISDICITON
PLEASE NOTE THAT BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOU ARE: (1) WAIVING CLAIMS THAT YOU MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE AGAINST US BASED ON THE LAWS OF OTHER JURISDICTIONS, INCLUDING YOUR OWN; (2) IRREVOCABLY CONSENTING TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF, AND VENUE IN, STATE OR FEDERAL COURTS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON OVER ANY DISPUTES OR CLAIMS YOU HAVE WITH US; AND (3) SUBMITTING YOURSELF TO THE PERSONAL JURISDICTION OF COURTS LOCATED IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESOLVING ANY SUCH DISPUTES OR CLAIMS.
VirtualCountries.com reserves the right to modify these policies at any time. These policies do not supersede any other policies, or terms and conditions adopted or stated herein.
VirtualCountries.com may assign this Agreement at any time without notice to you. You may not assign this contract to anyone else.
OPERATION UNDER LICENSE
VirtualCountries.com is operated and managed under license to various third parties who are solely responsible for this Site’s content.
COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us by completing the form provided on the ”Contact Us” page.