Terms

Please read the terms and conditions that follow, as they govern all use of the Africanlens.com website (“Website”) and the Services and Content (defined below) available on the Website. This site is owned and operated by African Lens. Any Authorized User or Member (each defined below) must be 18 years old or older or obtain the consent of the Member’s parent or legal guardian to use the website.

General Rules and Definitions

  1. If you choose to use the Africanlens.com, or any of the features of this site you will be agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service between you and African Lens on the Web ("Africanlens.com"), an Internet service of African Lens (the "Service").

  2. Africanlens.com may change, add or remove portions of these Terms of Service at any time, which shall become effective immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to review these Terms of Service prior to each use of the Site and by continuing to use this Site, you agree to any changes.

  3. IF ANY OF THESE RULES OR ANY FUTURE CHANGES ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOU MAY CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY SENDING E-MAIL TO Africanlens.com (SEE SECTION REGARDING TERMINATION OF SERVICE). YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE SERVICE NOW, OR FOLLOWING THE POSTING OF NOTICE OF ANY CHANGES IN THESE OPERATING RULES, WILL INDICATE ACCEPTANCE BY YOU OF SUCH RULES, CHANGES, OR MODIFICATIONS.

  4. Africanlens.com may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time, including the availability of any Service feature, database, or content. Africanlens.com may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.

African Lens Content

  1. The contents of the Africanlens.com are intended for your personal, noncommercial use. All materials published on Africanlens.com (including, but not limited to articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as the "Content") are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by the original copyright owner or the party credited as the provider of the Content or by African Lens. You shall abide by all additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.

  2. The Service and its Contents are protected by copyright pursuant to U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not download, modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content or the Service (including software) in whole or in part.

  3. Copying or storing of any Content is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from African Lens, or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in the Content.

User Generated Content

  1. You shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish on to the Service any libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material. Be courteous. You agree that you will not threaten or verbally abuse other Members, use defamatory language, or deliberately disrupt discussions with repetitive messages, meaningless messages or "spam."

  2. Use respectful language. Like any community, the online conversation flourishes only when our Members feel welcome and safe. You agree not to use language that abuses or discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age, region, disability, etc. Hate speech of any kind is grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Service.

  3. Debate, but don't attack. In a community full of opinions and preferences, people always disagree. Africanlens.com encourages active discussions and welcomes heated debate on the Service. But personal attacks are a direct violation of these Terms of Service and are grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Service.

  4. The Service shall be used only in a noncommercial manner. You shall not distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.

  5. You acknowledge that any submissions you make to the Service (i.e., user-generated content including but not limited to: comments, messages, reviews, text, video, audio and photographs, as well as computer code and applications) (each, a "Submission") may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, and displayed by African Lens. Submissions made to the Service may also be included in our RSS feeds, APIs and made available for republishing through other formats.

  6. Submission of copyright content on African Lens does not assign any copyright to African Lens. The copyright holder retains full copyrights to all content submitted.  Any other use will be negotiated with the copyright holder and to agreed in writing or email.

  7. It is your responsibility to obtain appropriate written permission from people or owners of property that are identifiable in the work you submit, if you are not the original copyright holder. You must produce evidence of that consent, to African Lens, if requested. Unless there is an agreement to the contrary, the first owner of copyright in the material (usually the creator) retains those rights. 

  8. You are solely responsible for the content of your Submissions. However, while Africanlens.com does not and cannot review every Submission and is not responsible for the content of these messages, Africanlens.com reserves the right to delete, move, or edit Submissions that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.

  9. By making a Submission, you are consenting to its display on the site and for related online promotional uses.

Access and Availability of Service and Links

  1. Africanlens.com contains links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites, resources, and sponsors of Africanlens.com. Since Africanlens.com is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources, or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to the site administrator or Webmaster of such site.

Representations and Warranties

  1. You represent, warrant and covenant (a) that no materials of any kind submitted through your account will (i) violate, plagiarize, or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary rights; or (ii) contain libelous or otherwise unlawful material; and (b) that you are at least thirteen years old. You hereby indemnify, defend and hold harmless Africanlens.com, and all officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, affiliates, licensors and licensees (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you or any user of your account of these Terms of Service or the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. African Lens reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.

  2. Africanlens.com does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other information displayed, uploaded, or distributed through the Service by any user, information provider or any other person or entity. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, memorandum, or information shall be at your sole risk. THE SERVICE IS ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

Registration and Security

  1. As part of the registration process, you will select a password and a Member ID. You also have to give us certain registration information, all of which must be accurate and updated. (a) You may not (i) select or use a Member ID of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) use a Member ID in which another person has rights without such person's authorization; or (iii) use a Member ID that Africanlens.com, in its sole discretion, deems offensive. Failure to comply with the foregoing shall constitute a breach of these Terms of Service, which may result in immediate termination of your account. (b) You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, which you will not have to reveal to any representative or agent of Africanlens.com.

  2. You shall notify Africanlens.com of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or credit card information. You must be 13 years or older to subscribe to all parts of the Service.

  3. You are responsible for all usage or activity on your Africanlens.com account, including use of the account by any third party authorized by you to use your Member ID and password. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your account, at Africanlens.com's sole discretion, and Africanlens.com may refer you to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Communications Between Africanlens.com and Members

  1. Africanlens.com reserves the right to send electronic mail to you for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to the Service.

  2. Africanlens.com reserves the right to disclose information about your usage and demographics, provided that it will not reveal your personal identity in connection with the disclosure of such information. Advertisers and/or Licensees on our Web site may collect and share information about you only if you indicate your acceptance. For more information please read the Privacy Policy of Africanlens.com.

  3. Africanlens.com may contact you via e-mail regarding your participation in user surveys, asking for feedback on the Web site and existing or prospective products and services. This information will be used to improve our Web site and better understand our users, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

  4. You shall have no rights to the proprietary software and related documentation, or any enhancements or modifications thereto, provided to you in order to access the Service ("Access Software"). You may not sublicense, assign or transfer any licenses granted by Africanlens.com, and any attempt at such sublicense, assignment or transfer shall be null and void. You may make one copy of such software for archival purposes only. You may not otherwise copy, distribute, modify, reverse engineer, or create derivative works from Access Software.

Terminations

  1. You may terminate your account at any time by sending e-mail to Africanlens.com. Upon termination, you will receive an automated confirmation via e-mail that the request was received, and your access will be suspended within 24 hours.

  2. Africanlens.com may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Service for any reason, including, without limitation, breach or assignment of these Terms of Service.