This is the legal part of the show. It's just so everybody knows the rules for SoftspotEnt.com. Be sure to get your parents to review and discuss these rules with you:
1. All the toys and games here are just for you to play with. You can't sell them, give them to anyone, or pretend you made them. You can't do anything EXCEPT play with them, unless you ask us first and we say it's OK.
2. If you see something you don't like, remember that all the stuff on the message boards and chat rooms comes straight from other kids, not from someone at SoftspotEnt.com. SoftspotEnt.com wouldn't tell kids what to say, because kids have minds of their own! But if someone sends ugly messages, we'll do our best to take care of it. We all want SoftspotEnt.com to be a good, clean place to hang out.
3. If you write something that catches our eye on a message board or in a chat room, we might want to use it on the site. By sending in your thoughts and hanging out in the chat rooms, and getting your parent’s permission to do so, you and your parents are telling us it's ok to repeat what you say. It means we can use it in any way we want, anywhere, until the end of time. And wouldn't it be cool if we used something YOU said until the end of time?
Remember to ALWAYS check with your parents before you send anything to us. After all, they might want it to put on the fridge!
Of course, the folks in the legal office upstairs have their own secret code for saying all that. Here's their version (also known as The Small Print):
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE (the "Site"). This Site at SoftspotEnt.com is fully controlled and operated by Softspot Entertainment,LLC. By accessing and using this Site, you are hereby agreeing to be legally bound by the terms and conditions of Softspot Entertainment,LLC. If you do not agree with all of the following terms and conditions, please do not use this Site.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. Such changes and/or modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. Please review the terms and conditions periodically. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes and/or modifications will constitute your acceptance of the revised terms and conditions.
OWNERSHIP OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
All site software, design, text, images, photographs, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, artwork, graphic material, or other copyrightable elements, and the selection and arrangements thereof, and trademarks, service marks and trade names (the "Material") are the property of Softspot Entertainment,LLC and/or its subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, licensors or other respective owners and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S. and foreign copyright and trademark laws. Softspot Entertainment,LLC hereby grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-transferable license to use and display, for noncommercial and personal use only, one copy of any material and/or software that you may download from this Site, including, without limitation, any files, codes, audio or images incorporated in or generated by the software provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Material. You agree not to reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate any Material to any third party (including, without limitation, the display and distribution of the Material via a third party website) without the express prior written consent of Softspot Entertainment,LLC. Use of Softspot Entertainment,LLC and/or its licensors' Material is only permitted with their express written permission. You further agree that you will not disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise modify the Material. Any unauthorized or prohibited use may subject the offender to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable federal and state laws.
To the extent that portions of this Site provide users an opportunity to post and exchange information, ideas and opinions (the "Postings"), please be advised that Postings do not necessarily reflect the views of Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online. In no event shall Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online assume or have any responsibility or liability for any Postings or for any claims, damages or losses resulting from their use and/or appearance on this Site. You hereby represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights in and to all Postings you provide and all information they contain and that such Postings shall not infringe any proprietary or other rights of third parties or contain any libelous, tortious, or otherwise unlawful information.
You hereby authorize Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online to use, and authorize others to use, your Postings in whole or in part, on a royalty-free basis, throughout the universe in perpetuity in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, alone, or together or as part of other material of any kind or nature. Without limiting the foregoing, Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online will have the right to use and change the Postings in any manner that Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online may determine. Additionally, Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online may sweep its chatrooms and/or message boards periodically in its sole discretion.
Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online does not allow Postings which contain:
- private or personal information which might identify a user
- profanity or obscenities
- personal attacks on other individuals
- slanderous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening and harassing comments; and/or
- other information that Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online deems in its sole discretion to be inappropriate for this Site.
The chatrooms/message boards may be used for noncommercial purposes only. Users may not post any information intended to promote and/or generate revenue for any third party business activity. Although Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online periodically monitors the content posted on this Site, we cannot be responsible for the views or opinions expressed by third parties. Nonetheless, Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online will make every effort to ensure that the chatrooms/message boards best serve the interests of all users and, therefore, Softspot Entertainment,LLC Online reserves the right to refuse to post, edit, or delete messages that violate the above-referenced Rules of Participation, as well as revoke the privileges of users who do not comply with such rules.
If you believe that any content on the Site (including, without limitation, Postings) violates any of the terms of this Agreement (except for any notices covered by the Copyright Compliance Policy), please click here to send us a message about it (please refer to our Copyright Compliance Policy for any notices covered by the Copyright Compliance Policy). We cannot guarantee that we will respond to your message and we reserve the right to take or refrain from taking any or all steps available to us once we receive any such message.
CONTESTS, SWEEPSTAKES, ELECTRONIC POSTCARDS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Softspot Entertainment,LLC provides Rules of Participation for certain activities on this Site including, without limitation, contests, sweepstakes and electronic postcards by Softspot Entertainment,LLC and in conjunction with third parties. This Agreement is incorporated by reference to the specific Rules of Participation which appear in connection with information about a particular activity. To the extent that any conflict exists between this Agreement and specific Rules of Participation, the Rules of Participation for the activity in which you choose to participate shall govern.
DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
THIS SITE AND ALL MATERIALS CONTAINED ON IT ARE DISTRIBUTED AND TRANSMITTED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Softspot Entertainment,LLC is not responsible or liable for any infections or contamination of your system, or delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions arising out of your use of this Site or with respect to the information and material contained on this Site. The entire risk as to the quality, accuracy, adequacy, completeness, correctness and validity of any material rests with you. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, SOFTSPOT ENTERTAINMENT,LLC, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, LICENSORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS TO THE SITE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE MATERIALS CONTAINED ON THIS SITE WHETHER THE MATERIAL IS PROVIDED OR OTHERWISE SUPPLIED BY SOFTSPOT ENTERTAINMENT,LLC OR ANY THIRD PARTY. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall Softspot Entertainment,LLC’s liability to you for any and all claims, damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this Site.
THIRD PARTY HYPERLINKS
The appearance of external hyperlinks and/or postcards generated by third parties does not constitute endorsement by Softspot Entertainment,LLC, its subsidiaries and affiliates of the opinions or views expressed by these third party websites and Softspot Entertainment,LLC does not verify, endorse, or take responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or quality of the content contained at these sites. Furthermore, Softspot Entertainment,LLC is not responsible for the quality or delivery of the products or services offered, accessed, obtained by or advertised at such sites. As such, neither Softspot Entertainment,LLC nor its subsidiaries and affiliates will be responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information contained in these sites. Finally, Softspot Entertainment,LLC will under no circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or special loss or other damage, whether arising from negligence, breach of contract, defamation, infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights, caused by the exhibition, distribution or exploitation of any information or content contained within these third party hyperlinked sites.
ADS AND MALWARE
We take great care and pride in creating this Site. We are always on the lookout for technical glitches that effect how the Site works. When we find them on our end, we will fix them. Unfortunately, your home computer may cause some glitches that effect how you see our Site--and that is beyond our control.
If you experience any unusual behavior, content or ads on the Site, it may be the result of Malware on your computer. Malware--short for MALicious softWARE--is a term used to broadly classify a form of software which is installed in a computer system with malicious intentions, usually without the owner's knowledge or permission. Malware includes computer viruses, key loggers, malicious active content, rogue programs and dialers, among others. While we continuously work closely with our partners to ensure that everything on the Site is working properly, sometimes Malware programs on your personal computer may interfere with your experience on our Site and on other sites that you visit.
We suggest that you take some of the following actions which may help to clean your computer and which could prevent future installations of Malware.
Update your computer via Windows Update (found in the Tools menu in your Internet Explorer web browser).
Install a SpyWare Removal Tool such as Spybot Search & Destroy or AdAware to clean your computer of Malware.
Install antivirus software, such as Norton anti-virus or McAfee Virus-shield.
Install Microsoft Defender (for Windows computers).
Please note that we cannot be responsible for the effects of any third-party software including Malware on your computer system. Please make sure to carefully read the Help or Customer Support areas of any software download site.
If you do discover any Malware on your system, we also suggest you speak with a qualified computer technician.
If, after taking the above actions, you are still experiencing any problems, please feel free to contact us.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless, Softspot Entertainment,LLC, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, representatives, and third party providers to the Site from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of this agreement by you. Softspot Entertainment,LLC reserves the right to assume, at its sole expense, the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with Softspot Entertainment,LLC in asserting any available defenses.
Softspot Entertainment,LLC operates and controls this Site from its 3707 westcenter drive suite #177 Houston, Texas 77042, United States of America. This Site is intended for residents of the United States only. No software from this Site may be downloaded, exported or re-exported in violation of any law including, without limitation, to countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions.
We take protection of copyrights, both our own and others, very seriously. We therefore employ multiple measures to prevent copyright infringement over this Site and to promptly end any infringement that might occur. If you believe that the Site contains elements that infringe your copyrights in your work, please follow the procedures set forth in our Copyright Compliance Policy.