BYOND Terms of Service

BYOND Terms of Service
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2014

1. ACCEPTANCE

Thank you for your interest in BYOND! We need your support to keep the system running, and truly appreciate your willingness to become an important part of BYOND. By using the BYOND software and/or website ("Service"), you agree to these terms.

To make sure everyone on the system has the best experience, BYOND accounts are provided subject to the following Terms of Service ("TOS"). Violation of the TOS, as determined by the BYOND Staff, may result in a reduction of services provided to you, or a termination of your BYOND account.


2. CONDUCT

User content uploaded to or displayed on the website can be filtered or removed at the discretion of the BYOND staff. Items that warrant such action include, but are not limited to:

  • pornographic, racist, or otherwise vulgar content;
  • content that is intended to incite or attack a particular user or group;
  • content that causes a significant use of bandwidth for purposes that don't benefit the BYOND community in some manner acceptable to the BYOND Staff;
  • content that breaks any laws or contracts.

  • Content violations as well as inappropriate conduct in other areas of the BYOND system, such as creating excessive website or software "spam", harassing other users, or performing Denial of Service (DoS) attacks on our network or our users, may warrant termination of the BYOND account. BYOND Staff reserves the sole right to determine what conduct is inappropriate.

    BYOND is not liable for any content provided on behalf of its users.


    3. PRIVACY

    Registration with BYOND requires an email address to confirm the account. This address will not be shared, either within the BYOND community or with outside parties, except as designated by applicable law; or to protect our network or website as per this service agreement. We may contact you at this address to provide alerts to game or community activity; however, you may opt-out of this behavior through the "Manage Account" page.

    Purchase of a BYOND Membership or any other services on the website may require the input of personal information, such as name and mailing address. This information will not be shared, either within the BYOND community or with outside parties, except as designated by applicable law; or protect our network or website as per this service agreement. Credit-card information is processed by third party-providers through a secure channel and is not stored or accessible by BYOND.

    The BYOND website uses "cookies" to store temporary user information, primarily to prevent the need to repeatedly enter login credentials to use the site.

    We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the site or use the associated software. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements. We may not have access to, nor control over, these third parties' data collection practices and we do not assume any liability related to their collection or use.

    We log anonymized computer identifying information including, but not limited to, IP-addresses and computer-hardware tags (via usage of the software only). The sole purpose of this is to enforce the TOS; specifically, to block violating users from "spamming" the network or website through multiple accounts or IP-addresses. As BYOND does not store personal information about its users (such as real name or address), this practice only correlates anonymous accounts.


    4. MEMBERSHIP

    Users who upgrade their account through the BYOND Membership program are held to the same standards above.

    Either you or the BYOND Staff has the right to terminate your BYOND Membership at any time.

    If your Membership is terminated by yourself or the BYOND Staff, there is no obligation for a refund of any amount you have paid for the Membership. In the event of termination, the BYOND Staff will determine whether you receive a partial, full, or no refund on your Membership.


    5. COPYRIGHT

    BYOND stands for "Build Your Own Net Dream" and we believe that to best enjoy the experience, you should "own" your "dream", aka, strive to create original games. However, we understand that almost every creative work out there is at least influenced by some other source; hence the issue of copyright infringment. While we do not actively police the games listed here, we must, by law, enforce copyrights as requested by their holder.

    If you are a game developer, you should avoid using copyrighted works without the permission of the original owner. While this is somewhat ambiguous, the most direct violations are using existing copyrighted images, sounds, or other media or capitalizing on an established brand name. Violating these terms may result in a takedown of your listing, an expulsion from our network for repeated offenses, or even a lawsuit, should the copyright holder choose to pursue that.

    If you are a copyright holder, and are concerned with the usage of your work on this site, contact us and we will take care of the problem. You should provide an appropriate DMCA form including contact information, a description of the copyrighted work, the location(s) on our site where the infringment is listed, and an affidavit attesting that you are the rightful owner, or can speak on behalf of them.


    6. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE, LIABILITY, AND WARRANTIES

    We reserve the right to modify or discontinue any part of the Service at any time. You agree that BYOND will not be held liable for any modification or discontinuance of the Service.

    You also agree that BYOND will not be held liable for any damages of any kind resulting from your use of the Service.

    The Service is provided on an "as is" basis. BYOND expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.


    7. CONTACT

    If you have any questions or issues with the material presented herein, feel free to contact us!

    The BYOND Staff takes your participation seriously, and wishes to provide you as much leeway as reasonable to allow you to use your BYOND account as you will, within the bounds of being a good citizen in this exciting community.