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Friends Worldwide, Inc. Integrated Dating Network
Welcome to the Friends Worldwide, Inc. Integrated Dating Network (Friends Worldwide), an extensive global network of integrated dating websites including Friends Worldwide Company Owned and Friends Worldwide Partner Program sites hosted and operated by Friends Worldwide, Inc.
Each of the Friends Worldwide websites focuses on interests, backgrounds, professions, etc., allowing you to search for a partner though specialized sites with a focus that best fits you, as well as providing you the opportunity to meet people across our entire network of sites.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT OUR MEMBERSHIP RULES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED, AS WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS HAVE THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE. If you abuse this site, or breach any material terms of this agreement, we reserve the right to immediately terminate your account or block your access. We require you to be mindful of your conduct while using our sites, which includes being respectful and courteous with other members.
IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP RULES.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- Friends Worldwide membership is limited to individuals only. No professional, commercial, or non-commercial organizations may join.
- You may only create one membership or profile for use on Friends Worldwide websites.
- You are not prohibited from communicating with a Friends Worldwide member outside of this Service. Should you form a relationship with a member to the extent that you feel comfortable revealing information sufficient to communicate through means other than through Friends Worldwide, you are free to do so, however, you assume all risk in forging that relationship.
You will only need to register once to access all of Friends Worldwide's integrated dating websites. When you open an account to use or access the Sites or Service, you must complete the registration process by providing the complete and accurate information requested on the registration form. You will also be asked to provide a user name and password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You may not use the account, username, or password of someone else at any time. You agree to notify Friends Worldwide immediately of any unauthorized use of your account, user name, or password. Friends Worldwide shall not be liable for any loss that you incur as a result of someone else using your password, either with or without your knowledge. You may be held liable for any losses incurred by Friends Worldwide, any of Friends Worldwide's networked sites, or their affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives due to someone else's use of your account or password.
FEES; PAYMENT AND RENEWAL.
Some products and services available through or in connection with our Sites require that you purchase a subscription or otherwise pay a fee. You hereby authorize the Company and its merchant provider to charge you in advance for all applicable fees incurred by you or on your behalf in connection with the product or service you have chosen to use. You are solely responsible for all charges, fees, duties, taxes, and assessments arising out of any use of your account by you or anyone else using your account. The Company reserves the right to change the amount of, or basis for determining, any fees or charges for services it provides, and to institute new fees, charges, or terms effective upon prior notice to customers. Such new fees, charges, or terms shall not take effect earlier than 30 days after the Company posts such modified fees on its website or communicates them to you by email. The Company reserves the right to terminate any account at any time for any reason.
Your right to use the Service is subject to any expenditure limits established by the Company or by your credit card issuer or other means of payment that may be made available to you. If payment cannot be charged to your credit card, or collected by other available means on the Sites, or your charge is returned for any reason, including chargeback, Company reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your access and account, thereby terminating this Agreement and all obligations of Company hereunder.
If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (for example, in the event of a loss, theft or unauthorized disclosure or use of your ID, password, or any credit, debit, or charge card number stored), notify the Company of the problem to avoid possible liability for any unauthorized charges to your account.
It is your responsibility to notify the Company if your credit card has changed or has expired and to make appropriate changes or your service may be disconnected or interrupted.
FRIENDS WORLDWIDE INSTANT MESSAGING (IM)
SPECIALS, PROMOTIONS, SWEEPSTAKES
Please read the official rules that accompany any gift opportunity, special offer, coupon, discount, contest and sweepstakes that we may offer or conduct. Rules for any of the above are incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.
NOTICES TO USER.
Company may send periodic email notices to you regarding your account, and may send notices to you regarding offers and other services available from Company or its affiliates or partners. You expressly grant Friends Worldwide to send you such communications. All such emails will be in full compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act and you have a right to determine whether you want to receive notices of offers or services not directly related to your account.
USE OF THE SITES; OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL; MONITORING
Friends Worldwide grants you permission to use the Sites subject to the restrictions in these Terms of Service. In accessing or using the Sites, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, objectionable, or otherwise inappropriate. Friends Worldwide does not endorse such Content, and cannot vouch for its accuracy. You therefore access and use the Sites at your own risk.
YOU REMAIN SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT YOU POST ON BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC AREAS OF THE SITES, INCLUDING PRIVATE MESSAGES SENT BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER USERS, AND ASSUME ALL RISK ARISING FROM YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND POSTS. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ALL CONTENT YOU POST ON FRIENDS WORLDWIDE AND ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH FRIENDS WORLDWIDE AND ALL FRIENDS WORLDWIDE USERS ARE STORED BY FRIENDS WORLDWIDE.
FRIENDS WORLDWIDE TREATS ALL CONTENT IN AREAS NOT GENERALLY ACCESSIBLE BY THE PUBLIC AS PRIVATE INFORMATION, BUT NONETHELESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MONITOR ALL USER COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTENT AND TO REMOVE OR BLOCK ACCESS TO CONTENT IT DEEMS IN VIOLATION OF ANY TERM OF THIS AGREEMENT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION.
COMPLIANCE WITH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS
When accessing the Sites or using the Service, you agree to obey the law and to respect the intellectual property rights of others. Your use of the Service and the Sites is at all times governed by and subject to laws regarding copyright ownership and use of intellectual property. You agree not to upload, download, display, perform, transmit, or otherwise distribute any information or content (collectively, "Content") in violation of any third party's copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights. You agree to abide by laws regarding copyright ownership and use of intellectual property, and you shall be solely responsible for any violations of any relevant laws and for any infringements of third party rights caused by any Content you provide or transmit, or that is provided or transmitted using your User ID. The burden of proving that any Content does not violate any laws or third party rights rests solely with you.
Friends Worldwide has in place certain legally mandated procedures regarding allegations of copyright infringement occurring on the Sites or with the Service. Friends Worldwide has adopted a policy that provides for the immediate suspension and/or termination of any Sites or Service user who is found to have infringed on the rights of Company or of a third party, or otherwise violated any intellectual property laws or regulations. Friends Worldwide's policy is to investigate any allegations of copyright infringement brought to its attention. If you have evidence, know, or have a good faith belief that your rights or the rights of a third party have been violated and you want Company to delete, edit, or disable the material in question, you must provide Company with all of the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringed or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Company to locate the material; (d) information reasonably sufficient to permit Company to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted; (e) a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. For this notification to be effective, you must provide it to Company's designated agent at:
Friends Worldwide, Inc.
1521 Alton Road, Suite #672
Miami Beach, Florida 33139-3301
You shall not make the following types of Content available. You agree not to upload, download, display, perform, transmit, or otherwise distribute any Content that:
- violates any of the terms of this Agreement, or any agreement with Friends Worldwide or its partners and affiliates; or
- creates a false identity for the purpose of misleading others; or
- creates an identity or user name that is sexual in nature or sexually suggestive; or
- consists of photographs that are sexual in nature or sexually suggestive; or
- is offensive, or could reasonably be construed as offensive; or
- is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening; or
- advocates or encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or foreign law or regulation; or
- violates any law or regulation applicable to you, to Friends Worldwide, or to Friends Worldwide, Inc.; or
- constitutes or could be reasonably construed as constituting stalking or harassment of any person; or
- reveals confidential personal information about any third person; or
- reveals personal information about any person under the age of 18; or
- contains offensive sexual references, innuendo, or connotations; or
- contains any offensive references as determined in the sole discretion of Friends Worldwide, Inc.; or
- contains hate speech, racial or ethnic slurs, or other offensive language directed at a person based on their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sex, or sexual orientation.
- infringes on the intellectual property rights of any person or entity; or
- constitutes or could be reasonably construed as advertising goods or services for sale to other members; or
- includes surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, affiliate marketing, chain letters, junk mail, spam, or unsolicited messages; or
- includes stock quotes, online trading, investment offers or similar financial advice; or
- contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots, corrupted files, or similar software; utilizes meta tag searches of the website or the service.
Friends Worldwide reserves the right to reject any user name, or reject or remove any photographs which it deems, in its sole discretion, to be obscene or offensive or otherwise not keeping in the spirit of Friends Worldwide's general policies and purpose.
Friends Worldwide imposes certain restrictions on your permissible use of the Sites and the Service. You are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate any security features of the Sites or Service and other improper uses of the Sites, including, without limitation, (a) accessing content or data not intended for you, or logging onto a server or account that you are not authorized to access; (b) attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the Service, the Sites, or any associated system or network, or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization; (c) interfering or attempting to interfere with service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, by means of submitting a virus to the Sites or Service, overloading, "flooding," "spamming," "mail bombing," or "crashing;" (d) using the Sites or Service to send unsolicited e-mail, including, without limitation, promotions, or advertisements for products or services; (e) forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or in any posting using the Service; (f) attempting to modify, reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reduce or attempt to reduce to a human-perceivable form any of the source code used by Company in providing the Sites or Service; (g) gathering and/or storing any information about or regarding third parties for commercial or unlawful purposes, for any improper purpose, or without the consent of said third parties. Any violation of system or network security may subject you to civil and/or criminal liability.
FRIENDS WORLDWIDE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES. COMPANY IS MAKING THE SITES AVAILABLE "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. YOU ASSUME THE RISK OF ANY AND ALL DAMAGE OR LOSS FROM USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITES OR THE SERVICE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COMPANY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SITES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. COMPANY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITES OR THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SITES OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
FRIENDS WORLDWIDE'S LIABILITY TO YOU IS LIMITED. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR LOST DATA, REGARDLESS OF THE FORESEEABILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITES OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS OR SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY COMPANY. This limitation shall apply regardless of whether the damages arise out of breach of contract, tort, or any other legal theory or form of action.
AFFILIATED AND THIRD PARTY SITES
Friends Worldwide has no control over, and no liability for any third party websites or materials or products and services provided therein. Friends Worldwide may work with a number of partners, affiliates, and advertisers whose Internet sites may be linked with or incorporated into the Sites. Because neither Company nor the Sites has control over the content and performance of these third party sites, Company makes no guarantees about the accuracy, currency, content, or quality of the information provided by such sites, and Company assumes no responsibility for unintended, objectionable, inaccurate, misleading, or unlawful content that may reside on those sites.
PARTNER AND AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
Our partner and affiliate programs are governed by a separate Partner/Affiliate Agreement which can be found here, and which is expressly incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.
INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. USE
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Friends Worldwide, Inc. is based in the State of Florida, USA. Friends Worldwide makes no representation that any of the materials or the services to which you have been given access are available or appropriate for use in other locations. Your use of or access to the Sites should not be construed as Company's purposefully availing itself of the benefits or privilege of doing business in any state or jurisdiction other than Florida.
We may charge a fee to post Content in some areas of the Service. This Content may include banner and text advertisements, sponsorships, business listings, etc.The
All contents of the Sites or Service are: Copyright © 2011 Friends Worldwide, Inc., 1521 Alton Road, Suite #672, Miami Beach, Florida 33139-3301 All rights reserved.
No material can be downloaded, except for your own personal use provided you have retained any relevant copyright and other proprietary notices which may be contained on the images. You may not reuse, distribute, modify, repost any content of this Sites for public or commercial uses such as logos, text, images, without the express written permission of Friends Worldwide, Inc..
"Friends Worldwide" "Friends Worldwide.com" as well as all logos and similar images and text found on Friends Worldwide, its branded network of sites, or any other sites controlled or operated by Friends Worldwide, Inc., are trademarks of Friends Worldwide, Inc.
Nothing contained on the Sites should be understood as granting you a license to use any of the trademarks, service marks, or logos owned by Company or by any third party.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION; ARBITRATION
Any dispute or claim arising out of this Agreement that cannot be resolved between the parties by direct negotiation or mediation shall be settled by arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association in force as of the time of this Agreement, or any other rules or organization upon which the parties may agree at the time.
Both parties agree that a Notice of Arbitration, or any Complaint in a court of law or equity, must be filed within one (1) year after the acts or occurrences supporting such a claim, without tolling for a failure to discover such act or occurrence, unless the other Party is found to have intentionally concealed its actions or failure to act. If a Party does not file a Notice of Arbitration or a Complaint within the requisite one (1) year period, that claim (or those claims) shall be waived and released and the Party shall be forever barred from asserting that claim (or those claims).
Either party may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in Broward County, Florida, or in San Diego County, California, at the option of Friends Worldwide, if necessary to protect the rights or property of you or Friends Worldwide, Inc. pending the completion of arbitration.
SPECIAL STATE TERMS
The following provisions are added to this Agreement for subscribers residing in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin:
You, the buyer, may cancel this agreement, without penalty or obligation, at any time prior to midnight of the third business day following the original date of this contract, excluding Sundays and holidays. To cancel this agreement, mail or deliver a signed and dated notice which states that you, the buyer, are canceling this agreement, or words of similar effect. This notice shall be sent to: Friends Worldwide, Inc., Attn: Cancellations, P.O. Suite 672, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, USA. Please include your username and email address in any correspondence or your refund may be delayed. If you cancel, Friends Worldwide, Inc. will return, within 30 days of the date on which you give notice of cancellation, any payments you have made. If you send or deliver the notice to cancel your subscription agreement within such three day period, we will refund the full amount of your subscription.
In the event that you die before the end of your subscription period, your estate shall be entitled to a refund of that portion of any payment you had made for your subscription which is allocable to the period after your death. In the event that you become disabled (such that you are unable to use the services of Friends Worldwide, Inc.) before the end of your subscription period, you shall be entitled to a refund of that portion of any payment you had made for your subscription which is allocable to the period after your disability by providing the company notice at the same address as listed above.
Amended Nov 1, 2011