Terms of Service.



Note that you must agree to these terms in order to continue to use the site. i. The webmaster and his admin team. The lost-chall.org webmaster and his admin team will, throughout this document, be referred to as 'the webmaster'. 1. Acceptance of terms of use and amendments Each time you use or cause access to this web site, you agree to be bound by these terms of use, as amended from time to time with or without notice to you. In addition, if you are using a particular service on this web site or access via this web site, you will be subject to any rules or guidelines applicable to those services, and they will be incorporated by reference within these Terms of use. In addition certain challenges may involve you to move away from the site. If in these cases the servers/sites you access are owned by the webmaster, you are bound by these terms on those sites. If the servers/sites are owned by another organisation, you are bound by the sites own terms and will be aware that the views expressed by these sites do not reflect the views of the lost-chall.org webmaster. 2. Our service lost-chall.org is a site where users pit their knowledge and skills to solve various challenges which require skills of logic, programming, cryptography and steganography among others. This web site and the services provided to you on and via this web site are provided on an "AS IS" basis. You agree that the webmaster reserves the right to modify or discontinue provision of this web site and its services, and to remove the data you provide, either temporarily or permanently, at any time, without notice and without any liability towards you, The webmaster will not be held responsible or liable for timeliness, removal of information, failure to store information, inaccuracy of information, or improper delivery of information. IMPORTANT NOTE - ADMINS CAN DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE ESPECIALLY IF THEY EXPECT YOU TO BE CHEATING OR IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER USERS ABOUT ANYTHING, INCLUDING ASKING EXCESSIVELY FOR CHALLENGE HINTS, THREATENING, BEING ABUSIVE OR OTHERWISE 3. Solutions to our challenges As a registered user (or otherwise) you agree to not post solutions to our challenges on websites, forums, message boards, or any other media. In violating this rule, we will regard this as copyright infringement and will demand that you remove said solutions from your service or posting. Failure to comply may result in the webmaster having to contact ISP's of those involved and seek the advice of a member of the appropriate law authority. 4. Copyright in general Lost(TM), the characters, setting, certain sound files, certain images, certain videos and everything affiliated are property of their respective owners and their affiliates. Some of our challenges and designs are also held under copyright of their respective creators and therefore cannot be used on other sites. If you wish to find out which challenges are unique and copyrighted please contact the webmaster via email. Email can be found on the site's 'about' section. 5. Law and jurisdiction As lost-chall.org is hosted in Switzerland it is bound by Swiss law. As the backup and certain files are hosted in England, the site is also governed by UK law. Wherever these laws contradict, Swiss law should be followed. 6. Your responsibilities and requirements In order to use this web site or certain parts of it, you may be required to register for a user account on this web site; in this case, you agree to provide truthful information when requested, and -- if a minimum age is required for eligibility for a user account -- you undertake that you are at least the required age. By registering for a user account, you explicitly agree to this site's Terms of use, including any amendments made by the webmaster that are published herein. Upon registering you will be shown this page on first login. If you do not agree to these terms, you are to logout and not use your user account again without first agreeing to these terms. If any unintended exploit is found on the site you are to report it to the webmaster immediately without posting it elsewhere or using it for your own gain. Failure to do so will result in your account being terminated and depending on the severity, a full lawful investigation which could lead to prosecution. As a user you can only own one account. Checks are being made at various intervals, scanning for similar email addresses and usernames. If more than one useraccount is found, ALL accounts from that user will be blocked/deleted without notice. 7. Privacy policy No information given to lost-chall.org or the webmaster will be used for inappropriate purposes or passed on to any third party unless requested to do so by you, or a law official. Admins reserve the rights to view private messages and private correspondence if they feel the need to, but will not pass the information on to any third party including but not limited to other users of the site. 8. Registration and password You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and you will be responsible for all usage of your user account and/or user name, whether authorized or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify the webmaster of any unauthorized use of your user account, user name or password. 9. Your conduct You agree that all information or data of any kind, whether text, software, code, music or sound, photographs or graphics, video or other materials ("content"), made available publicly or privately, will be under the sole responsibility of the person providing the said content, or of the person whose user account is used. You agree that this web site may expose you to content that may be objectionable or offensive. The webmaster will not be responsible to you in any way for content displayed on this web site, nor for any error or omission. By using this web site or any service provided, you explicitly agree that: (a) you will not provide any content or conduct yourself in any way that may be construed as: unlawful; illegal; threatening; harmful; abusive; harassing; stalking; tortious; defamatory; libelous; vulgar; obscene; offensive; objectionable; pornographic; designed to interfere with or disrupt the operation of this web site or any service provided; infected with a virus or other destructive or deleterious programming routine; giving rise to civil or criminal liability; or in violation of an applicable local, national or international law; (b) you will not impersonate or misrepresent your association with any person or entity; you will not forge or otherwise seek to conceal or misrepresent the origin of any content provided by you; (c) you will not collect or harvest any information about other users; (d) you will not provide, and you will not use this web site to provide, any content or service in any commercial manner, or in any manner that would involve junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of unauthorized advertising or commerce; you will not use this web site to promote or operate any service or content without the webmaster's prior written consent; (e) you will not provide any content that may give rise to the webmaster being held civilly or criminally liable, or that may be considered a violation of any local, national or international law, including -- but not limited to -- laws relating to copyrights, trademarks, patents, or trade secrets. All content published in this web site is hereby disallowed from being published on other sites, without the webmaster's prior consent. This encompasses, but is not limited to, the challenges, software, downloads, scripts, essays and forum posts. Posting for help for the web site's challenges in another forum is considered a violation of the terms and conditions provided herein and users caught doing so are liable for account termination. 10. Submission of content on this web site By providing any content to this web site: (a) you agree to grant the webmaster a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license (including any moral rights or other necessary rights.) to use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, distribute, perform, promote, archive, translate, and to create derivative works and compilations, in whole or in part. Such license will apply with respect to any form, media, technology already known at the time of provision or developed subsequently; (b) you warrant and represent that you have all legal, moral, and other rights that may be necessary to grant the webmaster the license specified in this section 10; (c) you acknowledge and agree that the webmaster will have the right (but not obligation), at the webmaster's entire discretion, to refuse to publish, or to remove, or to block access to any content you provide, at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. 11. Third-party services Goods and services of third parties may be advertised and/or may be made available on or through this web site. Representations made regarding products and services provided by third parties will be governed by the policies and representations made by these third parties. The webmaster will not in any manner be liable for or responsible for any of your dealings or interaction with third parties. 12. Indemnification You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the webmaster and the webmaster's representatives, subsidiaries, affiliates, related parties, officers, directors, employees, agents, independent contractors, advertisers, partners, and co-branders, from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, that may be filed by any third party, arising out of your conduct or connection with this web site or service, your provision of content, your violation of these Terms of use, or any other violation by you of the rights of another person or party. 13. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE AND OF ANY SERVICES OR CONTENT PROVIDED (THE "SERVICE") IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS", AND THE webmaster EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. the webmaster MAKES NO WARRANTY, EITHER IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, THAT ANY PART OF THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, VIRUS-FREE, TIMELY, SECURE, ACCURATE, RELIABLE, OR OF ANY QUALITY, NOR IS IT WARRANTED EITHER IMPLICITLY OR EXPRESSLY THAT ANY CONTENT IS SAFE IN ANY MANNER FOR DOWNLOAD. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NEITHER THE webmaster NOR ANY PARTICIPANT IN THE SERVICE PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OF ANY KIND AND THAT ANY ADVICE OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION OBTAINED VIA THIS WEB SITE MAY BE USED SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND THAT the webmaster WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE IN ANY WAY. Some jurisdictions may not allow disclaimers of implied warranties, and certain statements in the above disclaimer may not apply to you as regards implied warranties; the other terms and conditions remain enforceable notwithstanding. 14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE SITE EDTIOR WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES; THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF the webmaster HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM (I) THE USE OF SERVICES OR THE INABILITY TO USE SERVICES, (II) THE COST OF OBTAINING SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND/OR SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY TRANSACTION ENTERED INTO ON THROUGH SERVICES, (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR DATA TRANSMISSIONS, (IV) STATEMENTS BY ANY THIRD PARTY OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY USING SERVICES, OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO SERVICES. In some jurisdictions, it is not permitted to limit liability and, therefore, such limitations may not apply to you. 15. Reservation of rights The webmaster reserves all of the webmaster's rights, including but not limited to any and all copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and any other proprietary right that the webmaster may have in respect of this web site, its content, and goods and services that may be provided. The use of the webmaster's rights. and property requires the webmaster's prior written consent. By making services available to you, the webmaster is not providing you with any implied or express licenses or rights, and you will have no rights to make any commercial use of this web site or provided services without the webmaster's prior written consent. 16. Notification of copyright infringement If you believe that your property has been used in any way that could be considered a copyright infringement or a violation of your intellectual property rights, the webmaster's copyright agent may be contacted via the addresses given on the site's 'about' page 17. Applicable law You agree that these Terms of use and any dispute arising out of your use of this web site or products or services provided will be governed by and construed in accordance with local laws applicable at the webmaster's domicile, notwithstanding any differences between the said applicable legislation and legislation in force at your location. By registering for a user account on this web site, or by using this web site and the services it provides, you accept that jurisdiction is granted to the courts having jurisdiction over the webmaster's domicile, and that any disputes will be heard by the said courts. 18. Miscellaneous information (i) In the event that any provision of these Terms of use is deemed to conflict with legislation by a court with jurisdiction over the parties, the said provision will be interpreted to reflect the original intentions of the parties in accordance with applicable law, and the remainder of these Terms of use will remain valid and applicable; (ii) The failure of either party to assert any right under these Terms of use will not be considered to be a waiver of that party's right, and the said right will remain in full force and effect; (iii) You agree that any claim or cause in respect of this web site or its services must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause arose, or the said claim or cause will be forever barred, without regard to any contrary legislation; (iv) The webmaster may assign the webmaster's rights and obligations under these Terms of use; in this event, the webmaster will be relieved of any further obligation.




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