Terms & Conditions
BY USING THIS WEB SITE AND BECOMING A REGISTERED MEMBER OF TONGAL, YOU ASSUME ALL RISK INVOLVED IN THE PARTICIPATION BY YOU AND OTHERS ON YOUR BEHALF IN ANY PROJECTS ADMINISTERED BY TONGAL, AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT NONE OF (A) TONGAL OR ITS SHAREHOLDERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR ASSIGNS ("TONGAL PARTIES") OR (B) THE SPONSOR OF ANY PROJECT ADMINISTERED BY TONGAL (A "SPONSOR") IS OR SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DEATH, BODILY INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY PROJECT ADMINISTERED BY TONGAL. FURTHERMORE, AND IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN OR IN THE OFFICIAL RULES OF ANY PROJECT ADMINISTERED BY TONGAL, YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF THE TONGAL PARTIES AND THE SPONSOR FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, COSTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE AND/OR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ANY PROJECT ADMINISTERED BY TONGAL, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS FOR WRONGFUL DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO CHINESE CITIZENS AND EXPATRIATES RESIDING IN CHINA
According to Section 1 of the Decision "to ensure operational security of the Internet, the person or organization perpetrating any of the following acts in violation of the criminal law shall be penalized according to the criminal code:
Unauthorized penetration into the computer and information system of the state affair, national defense or high-tech departments of the state;
Intentional composition or dissemination of computer virus or other destructive programs, or attacking the computer system or telecommunication network and resulting in damage or destruction of such computer systems or telecommunication network;
Unauthorized disruption of operation of the computer network or telecommunication service and resulting in malfunction of such network or telecommunication systems in violation of the laws or regulations of the state."
According to Section 2 of the Decision, "to protect national security and social stability, the person or organization perpetrating any of the following acts in violation of the criminal law shall be penalized according to the criminal code:
Disseminating rumor or slander on the Internet, or publishing or diffusing maleficent information to instigate subversion of the state power or socialist system, advocate abruption of the country or harm unity of the country;
Stealing or disclosing the national or military secrets on the Internet;
Instigating inter-ethnic enmity or prejudice, or disrupting ethnic unity on the Internet; and
Establishing or organizing heresies on the Internet and impeding the implementation of laws and regulations of the state."
Section 3 of the Decision also stipulates that "to safeguard the order of the socialist market economy and social stability, the person or organization perpetrating any of the following acts in violation of the criminal law shall be penalized according to the criminal code:
Selling fake or shoddy goods on the Internet or making false or misleading propaganda of commodities on the Internet;
Hurting others' commercial fame or reputation of products on the Internet;
Infringing upon others' intellectual property rights on the Internet;
Compiling and distributing false information on the Internet to affect securities or futures transactions or disrupt order of the financial markets; and
Establishing pornographic web sites or web pages, providing links to pornographic web sites, or disseminating pornographic magazines, films, audio and videos materials or graphics on the Internet."
Section 4 of the Decision stipulates that "to protect the legal rights of personal safety and property of individuals, legal persons and other organizations, the person or organization perpetrating any of the following acts in violation of the criminal law shall be penalized according to the criminal code:
Insulting others or drawing up slanders against others on the Internet;
Illegally intercepting, modifying or deleting others' emails or other database materials and infringing rights of the citizens of freedom and secrets in communicating and letter transmitting; and
Perpetrating theft, fraud, or blackmailing on the Internet."
COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION
Except as otherwise indicated, this Web site and its entire contents (including, but not limited to, the text, photographs, information, software, graphics, images, sound, and animation) are owned by us and are protected by domestic and international copyright, trademark, patent, and other intellectual property laws. All copyrightable text and graphics, the selection, arrangement, and presentation of all materials, and the overall design of this Web site are © since 2008 by Tongal. All rights reserved. We hereby give you permission to download and print materials from this Web site for the sole purposes of viewing, reading, and retaining for reference the materials for non-commercial use. Any other copying, distribution, retransmission, or modification of information or materials on this Web site, whether in electronic or other form, without our express prior written permission is strictly prohibited. You further agree that you will not disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise modify the material on this Web site. Any unauthorized or prohibited use may subject the offender to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable laws.
You may not access our website or be a member of our community if You are Our direct competitor, except with Our prior written consent. In addition, You may not access our website or be a member of our community for purposes of monitoring availability, performance or functionality, or for any other benchmarking or competitive purposes.
All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to us or other respective owners that have granted us the right and license to use their marks.
We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask you to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, terminate the access of users who infringe the copyright rights of others.
If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible at our Web site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that our Web site contains links or other references to another online location that contains material or activity that infringes your copyright rights, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent the information required by the U.S. Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512 ("DMCA"). A copy of our DMCA Policy is available here:
Tongal DMCA Policy
INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE
By accessing the Web Site, you agree to indemnify and defend us and any parent, subsidiary, Sponsor, affiliated entities, our officers, directors and employees, and officers, directors and employees of any parent, subsidiary, sponsor or affiliated entities, and hold us and them harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, attorneys' fees, arising from your use of the Web Site including any material (including third-party material) that you post on the Web Site and any services or products available through our Web site. In addition, you hereby release us and any parent, subsidiary, sponsor or affiliated entities, our officers, directors and employees, and officers, directors and employees of any parent, subsidiary, sponsor or affiliated entities from any and all claims, demands, debts, obligations, damages (actual, special, indirect or consequential), costs, and expenses of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, that you may have against us or them arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or to any services or products available at our Web site. You hereby agree to waive all laws that may limit the efficacy of such releases, including, without limitation, Section 1542 of the California Civil Code, which provides as follows:
A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
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Documents, graphics and other materials appearing at our Web site may include technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, and out-of-date information and use of such documents, graphics or other materials is at your own risk.
Winners of any Project or phase thereof administered by Tongal will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner's full Social Security Number or the equivalent thereof for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more or for any prizes awarded by Tongal in a calendar year with an aggregate value of $600 or more. Failure to submit a complete W-9 or equivalent will result in forfeiture of the prize for which such person is eligible.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, TONGAL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF WINNINGS, DATA OR OTHER DAMAGE TO ANY OTHER INTANGIBLE PROPERTY, EVEN IF TONGAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM (i) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEB SITE, (ii) THE DISCLOSURE OF, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF ANY TRANSMISSION OR DATA, (iii) THE STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY OR (iv) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO TONGAL.
LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES
To the extent that our Web site contains links to other Web sites and outside services and resources, we do not control the availability and content of those Web sites, services or resources, nor do we necessarily review or endorse materials available at or through such other Web sites. Viewing other Web sites or utilizing outside services and resources is done at your own risk. We shall not be liable for any loss or damage 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.
CONTENT POSTED BY VISITORS
Except as otherwise specified in the Official Rules or other documentation pertaining to a Project, you retain any rights to ownership in any content posted, uploaded or otherwise sent to our Web site by you; Tongal will not gain ownership rights to this content. By posting, uploading or otherwise sending any content of any kind (including, without limitation, ideas, pitches and video entries) to us or our Web site, you grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) us a worldwide perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce and publish such content into any form, medium or technology, including the right, at Tongal's sole discretion, to distribute such content to be published by third parties. In connection therewith, you also grant us the additional license to modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works from, and distribute such content or incorporate such content into any form, medium or technology, including the right, at Tongal's sole discretion, to distribute such content to be published by third parties.
You waive any and all moral rights, including, without limitation, any rights arising under Chapter 7 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 applicable to European Union residents, and all rights of a similar nature in any jurisdiction in any material, including content of any kind, which you post, upload or otherwise send to Tongal or it's Web site, such waivers being in favor of Tongal.
You are also prohibited from posting or otherwise uploading to our Web site: any material that infringes on any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of another (including publicity and privacy rights); material that is obscene, offensive, libelous, pornographic, threatening, abusive, contains illegal content, or is otherwise objectionable, that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, or that would otherwise give rise to liability or violates any law. You also represent that you have all necessary rights to use any material that you post or otherwise upload to our Web site.
You are further forbidden from distributing or otherwise publishing any material on our Web site that contains any solicitation of funds or, promotion, employment, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services; sending unsolicited commercial e-mail and other advertising, promotional materials or other forms of solicitation to other users of this site; harvesting names and e-mail addresses from other users of this site without their permission; soliciting passwords from other users; impersonating other users; or sending viruses or other destructive or expropriating content.
We reserve the right to remove any postings or other uploaded materials in response to complaints of infringement, obscenity or defamation or to otherwise review or edit such materials as appropriate, in our sole discretion and without notice.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS ON CONDUCT
You are allowed to register with our Web site only once and you must provide true and accurate registration information. You are prohibited from misrepresenting your registration information or tampering with the registration process.
You agree not to disrupt, modify or interfere with the functioning of our Web site or any services provided on or through our Web site or with any associated software, hardware or servers in any way and you agree not to impede or interfere with others' use of our Web site. This includes your agreement that you will not cheat; that the content submitted by you with respect to any Project is yours alone. This also includes your agreement that you will not provide your Tongal information including, but not limited to, your Tongal handle and rating, to any third party for the purpose of pursuing employment opportunities without the written consent of Tongal. If you are contacted by a third-party regarding employment opportunities and/or media interest as a result in of your participation in Tongal Projects, you agree to promptly notify Tongal of such contact. You also agree not to alter or tamper with any information or materials on, or associated with our Web site or services provided on or through our Web site.
We do not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with the comments, opinions, or other statements made public at our Web site by users through our Projects, forums or other interactive services available at our Web site. Any information or material sent by users to any forums, including advice and opinions, represents the views and is the responsibility of those users and does not necessarily represent our views.
You agree that no impediment exists to you joining the Tongal Web site, and your participation in Tongal's Web site and the Projects it offers will not interfere with your performance of any other agreement or obligation which has been or will be made with any third party.
CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM
SEVERABILITY AND ENFORCEABILITY
Our Web site is not intended for use by children under the age of 13, and children under the age of 13 are not eligible to participate in any Projects.
Revised January 2014