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Terms of Service

I - Terms of Service

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. By accessing photoMENTORIS (hereinafter the “Site”, “we”, “us”, “our”, “photoMENTORIS”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use photoMENTORIS. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of photoMENTORIS after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

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You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where photoMENTORIS is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that photoMENTORIS have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither photoMENTORIS nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.


II - Agreement between user and photoMENTORIS
  1. Welcome to photoMENTORIS.
  2. The photoMENTORIS website is comprised of various web pages operated by photoMENTORIS and offered to you (hereinafter "You", "Your", "User") conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (hereinafter the "Terms'').
  3. photoMENTORIS is a Forum/Online discussion community for the purpose of sharing photos, ideas, concepts, techniques and other social and educational content pertaining to the art and business of photography (hereinafter the "Service").
  4. Any and all visitors to photoMENTORIS, regardless whether they are registered or not, shall be deemed as users of the herein contained services provided for the purpose of these Terms of Service. Once an individual user registers for the service, through the process of creating an account, the user shall then be considered a "Member".
  5. Your use of photoMENTORIS constitutes your agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your reference.
  6. These terms are subject to change, modification and clarification at any given moment. Every effort will be given to notify all registered members of changes to these terms. Failure to receive these notifications does not negate or render void these Terms.
III - Registration
  1. To register and become a member of the site, you must be 18 years of age to enter into and form a legally binding contract. In addition, you must be in good standing and not an individual that has been previously barred from receiving photoMENTORIS's services under the laws and statutes of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions.
  2. Furthermore, the registering party hereby acknowledges, understands and agrees to:
    1. furnish factual, correct, current and complete information with regards to yourself as may be requested by the data registration process, and
    2. maintain and promptly update your registration and profile information in an effort to maintain accuracy and completeness at all times.
  3. If any user knowingly provides any information of a false, untrue, inaccurate or incomplete nature, photoMENTORIS will have sufficient grounds and rights to suspend or terminate the member in violation of this aspect of the Agreement, and as such refuse any and all current or future use of photoMENTORIS Services, or any portion thereof.
IV - Privacy
  1. Your use of photoMENTORIS is subject to the site's Privacy Policy. Please review our Privacy Policy, which also governs the site and informs users of our data collection practices.
V - Electronic Communications
  1. Visiting, posting to, sending private messages or emails through photoMENTORIS constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
VI - Member Account, Username, Password And Security
  1. After completion of the registration data and creation of your username and password, you will be considered a member. If you use this site, you shall be responsible for maintaining the secrecy and confidentiality of your password, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. It shall be your responsibility to notify photoMENTORIS immediately if you notice any unauthorized access or use of your account or password or any other breach of security. You acknowledge that photoMENTORIS is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account.
  2. photoMENTORIS and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. photoMENTORIS does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use photoMENTORIS only with permission of a parent or guardian. photoMENTORIS shall not be held liable for any loss and/or damage arising from any failure to comply with this term and/or condition of the Terms of Service.
VII - Links to third party sites/Third party services
  1. photoMENTORIS may contain links to other websites ("Linked Sites''). The linked sites are not under the control of photoMENTORIS and photoMENTORIS is not responsible for the contents of any linked sites, including without limitation any link contained in a linked sites, or any changes or updates to a linked sites. photoMENTORIS is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by photoMENTORIS of the site or any association with its operators.
  2. Certain services made available via photoMENTORIS are delivered by third party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the photoMENTORIS domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that photoMENTORIS may share such information and data with any third party with whom photoMENTORIS has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of users and customers.
VIII - No unlawful or prohibited use/Intellectual Property
  1. You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use photoMENTORIS strictly in accordance with these terms of use. As a condition of your use of the site, you warrant to photoMENTORIS that you will not use the site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the sit in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the site or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the site.
  2. All content included as part of the service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well| as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the site, is the property of photoMENTORIS or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
  3. You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the site. photoMENTORIS content is not for resale. Your use of the site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of photoMENTORIS and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of photoMENTORIS or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
IX - Use of communication services
  1. The site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, "Communication Services''), you agree to use the communication services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular communication service.
  2. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a communication service, you will not:
    1. defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
    2. "stalk" or “troll” with the intent to otherwise harass another individual;
    3. cause harm to minors in any manner whatsoever;
    4. impersonate any individual or entity, including, but not limited to, any photoMENTORIS officials, forum leaders, guides or hosts or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent any affiliation with an individual or entity;
    5. publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information;
    6. forge captions, headings or titles or otherwise offer any content that you personally have no right to pursuant to any law nor having any contractual or fiduciary relationship with;
    7. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise offer any such content that may infringe upon any patent, copyright, trademark, or any other proprietary or intellectual rights of any other party;
    8. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise offer any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional flyers, "junk mail," "spam," or any other form of solicitation, except in any such areas that may have been designated for such purpose;
    9. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise offer files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;
    10. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise offer any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional fliers, "junk mail," "spam," or any other form of solicitation, except in any such areas that communication service specifically allows such messages;
    11. conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters;
    12. download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner;
    13. falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services;
    14. provide informational support or resources, concealing and/or disguising the character, location, and or source to any organization delegated by the United States government as a "foreign terrorist organization" in accordance to Section 219 of the Immigration Nationality Act;
    15. violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular communication service;
    16. harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including snail addresses, without their consent;
    17. violate any applicable laws or regulations.
  3. photoMENTORIS has no obligation to monitor the communication services. However, photoMENTORIS reserves the right to review materials posted to a communication service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. photoMENTORIS reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the communication services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.
  4. photoMENTORIS reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in photoMENTORIS' sole discretion.
  5. Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any communication service. photoMENTORIS does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any communication service and, therefore, photoMENTORIS specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the communication services and any actions resulting from your participation in any communication service. Managers and hosts are not authorized photoMENTORIS spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of photoMENTORIS.
  6. Materials uploaded to a communication service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials.
  7. Materials provided to or posted on any photoMENTORIS web page photoMENTORIS does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to photoMENTORIS (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any photoMENTORIS site or our associated services (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your submission you are granting photoMENTORIS, our affiliated companies and necessary sub-licensees permission to use your submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your submission.
  8. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your submission, as provided herein. photoMENTORIS is under no obligation to post or use any submission you may provide and may remove any submission at any time in photoMENTORIS' sole discretion.
  9. By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the submissions.
X - Third Party Accounts
  1. You will be able to connect your photoMENTORIS account to third party accounts. By connecting your photoMENTORIS account to your third party account, you acknowledge and agree that you are consenting to the continuous release of information about you to others (in accordance with your privacy settings on those third party sites). If you do not want information about you to be shared in this manner, do not use this feature.
XI - International Users
  1. The service is controlled, operated and administered by photoMENTORIS from our offices within the USA. If you access the service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the site's content accessed through photoMENTORIS in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
XII - Indemnification
  1. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless photoMENTORIS, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. photoMENTORIS reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with photoMENTORIS in asserting any available defenses.
XIII - Liability disclaimer
  1. THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. photoMENTORIS AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
  2. photoMENTORIS AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED ''AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. PhotoMENTORIS AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
  3. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL photoMENTORIS AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF photoMENTORIS OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.
XIV - Termination/Access restriction
  1. photoMENTORIS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the Laws of the State of Nevada and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Nevada in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the site. Use of the site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
  2. You agree that no point venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and photoMENTORIS as a result of this agreement or use of the site. photoMENTORIS' performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process. and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of photoMENTORIS' right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the site or information provided to or gathered by photoMENTORIS with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
  3. Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and photoMENTORIS with respect to the site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and photoMENTORIS with respect to the Site. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.
XV - Changes to Terms
  1. photoMENTORIS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which photoMENTORIS is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. photoMENTORIS encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
XVI - Contact Us
  1. photoMENTORIS welcomes your questions or comments regarding these Terms:
    1. Email Address: pmAdmin@photomentoris.com

THIS TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT IS EFFECTIVE AS OF 6/1/2016.