Last Updated: September 29, 2023
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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ARBITRATION: WHEN YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS YOU ARE AGREEING (WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION) TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND MetaNews THROUGH BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION RATHER THAN IN COURT. PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY SECTION 14 “DISPUTE RESOLUTION” BELOW FOR DETAILS REGARDING ARBITRATION. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF A JURISDICTION WHERE APPLICABLE LAW PROHIBITS ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES, THE AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE IN SECTION 14 WILL NOT APPLY TO YOU BUT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 13 (GOVERNING LAW AND FORUM CHOICE) WILL STILL APPLY.
1. Agreement to Terms.
By using our Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not want to be bound by these Terms, do not use the Site.
(a) Additional Terms. These Terms only govern your use of the Site. The access to and use of other projects relating to MetaNews, which may be referenced on the Site (e.g., Gigamart and Impostors), are subject to the separate terms of such other projects.
(b) Modification. We may change the terms of this User Agreement at any time. Any such changes shall take effect when posted on the Site, or when you use the Services. Read the User Agreement carefully on each occasion you use the Services. Your continued use of the Services shall signify your acceptance to be bound by the current User Agreement.
2. Accessing the Services
2.1 Limited License. We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use the Services and the Site solely in accordance with the terms of this User Agreement.
2.2 Credentials. You must keep secret all credentials associated with the Services. You are solely responsible for managing and maintaining the security of any information relating to such credentials and agree that MetaNews shall not be held responsible (and you shall not hold us responsible) for any unauthorised access to the Services or any resulting harm you may suffer.
2.3 Compliance. Your access to one or more Services may be contingent upon creating a user account and satisfying our onboarding processes as well as our Compliance Program. “Compliance Program” means the requirements set by MetaNews for collecting, verifying, recording and reporting information about you, upon first accessing certain Services and on an ongoing basis, whether for our business risk-management purposes or to comply with legal requirements applicable to us. The information we request may include, without limitation, personally identifiable information such as network address, name, email, address, telephone number, date of birth, taxpayer identification or social security number, official government-issued photo identification, and bank account information or other information we may reasonably deem helpful in satisfying our risk management or legal obligations. In providing this information to us you represent that it is accurate and agree to update your information promptly, but in no event later than 14 days following any change in your information. Failure to provide information or update your user account promptly may result in Services being unavailable to you.
2.4 Communications. Any and all communications from MetaNews may be provided to you via electronic mail at the address you provided when accessing the Services. MetaNews shall not be responsible for any harm you may suffer as a result of your failure to receive any notice provided to you in connection with this User Agreement or your use of Services so long as such notice is provided to such email address.
2.5 Termination. We may close, terminate, enable, or disable any or all of the Services or your access to the Services at any time and for any reason.
3. Risks of Digital Assets
Please note that all transactions involving digital assets such as Bitcoin, USDT, USDC, Etherium involve substantial risks. You should therefore carefully consider whether using our Services is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. In considering whether to hold digital assets, you should be aware that the price or value of a digital asset can change rapidly, decrease, and potentially even fall to zero. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. You acknowledge that we are not responsible for any loss of your digital asset, resulting from theft, loss, or mishandling of private keys outside our control.
We are not responsible for any digital asset market and we make no representations or warranties concerning the real or perceived value of digital assets as denominated in any quoted currency. Although we may provide historical and/or real-time data regarding the price of digital assets, we make no representations regarding the quality, suitability, truth, usefulness, accuracy, or completeness of such data, and you should not rely on such data for any reason whatsoever. You understand and agree that the value of digital assets can be volatile, and we are not in any way responsible or liable for any losses you may incur by using or transferring digital assets in connection with our Services.
We do not provide investment advice and any content contained on the Site should not be considered as a substitute for tailored investment advice. The contents of our Site and the Services should not be used as a basis for making investment decisions.
5.Changes to these Terms or the Site.
We may update the Terms from time to time in our sole discretion. If we do, we will let you know by posting the updated Terms on the Site. It is important that you review the Terms whenever we update them or you use the Site. If you continue to use the Site after we have posted updated Terms, it means that you accept and agree to the changes. If you do not agree to be bound by the changes, you may not use the Site anymore. We may change or discontinue all or any part of the Site at any time, and without notice, at our sole discretion.
6. Who May Use the Site?
You may use the Site only if you are at least 18 years old, capable of forming a binding contract with MetaNews, and not otherwise barred from using the Site under applicable law.
We appreciate feedback, comments, ideas, proposals and suggestions for improvements to the Site (“Feedback”). If you choose to submit Feedback, you agree that we are free to use it without any restriction or compensation to you.
8.MetaNews Intellectual Property.
We may make available through the Site content that is subject to intellectual property rights. We or our licensors, or the third parties who otherwise own the intellectual property rights, retain all rights to that content.
8.1 Unless otherwise indicated by us, all intellectual property rights and any content provided in connection with the Site or the Services, are the property of MetaNews or our licensors or suppliers and are protected by applicable intellectual property laws. We do not give any implied license for the use of the contents of the Site or the Services.
8.2 You accept and acknowledge that the material and content contained in or delivered by the Site or the Services is made available for your personal, lawful, non-commercial use only and that you may only use such material and content for the purpose of using the Site or the Services as set forth in this Agreement.
8.3 You further acknowledge that any other use of content from the Site or the Services is strictly prohibited and you agree not to infringe or enable others to infringe our intellectual property rights. You agree to retain all copyrighted and other proprietary notices contained in the material provided via the Site or the Services on any copy you make of the material but failing to do so shall not prejudice MetaNews’s intellectual property rights therein.
8.4 You may not sell or modify materials derived or created from the Site or the Services or reproduce, display, publicly perform, distribute or otherwise use the materials in any way for any public or commercial purpose. Your use of such materials on any other website or on a file-sharing or similar service for any purpose is strictly prohibited. You may not copy any material or content derived or created from the Site or the Services without our express, written permission.
8.5 Any rights not expressly granted herein to use the materials contained on or through the Site or the Services are reserved by MetaNews in full.
9. Accuracy of Information.
MetaNews endeavours to verify the accuracy of any information displayed, supplied, passing through or originating from the Services, but such information may not always be accurate or current. Accordingly, you should independently verify all information before relying on it, and any decisions or actions taken based upon such information are your sole responsibility. We make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, regarding the contents of the Services, information and functions made accessible through the Services, any hyperlinks to third party websites, or the security associated with the transmission of information through the Services, or any website linked to the Services.
10. Third Party Services and Content.
In using the Services, you may view content or services provided by third parties, including links to web pages and services of such parties (“Third Party Content”). We do not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content and have no responsibility for Third Party Content, including, without limitation, material that may be misleading, incomplete, erroneous, offensive, indecent or otherwise objectionable in your jurisdiction. In addition, your dealings or correspondence with such third parties are solely between you and the third party. We are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as a result of any such dealings and your use of Third Party Content is at your own risk.
11. General Prohibitions and MetaNews Enforcement Rights.
You agree not to do any of the following:
(a)Use, display, mirror, or frame the Site or any individual element within the Site, MetaNews’ name, any MetaNews trademark, logo, or other proprietary information, or the layout and design of any page or form contained on a page, without MetaNews’ express written consent;
(b)Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Site, MetaNews’ computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of MetaNews’ providers;
(c)Attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any MetaNews’ system or network, or breach any security or authentication measures;
(d)Avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair, descramble, or otherwise circumvent any technological measure implemented by MetaNews or any of MetaNews’ providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect the Site;
(e) Attempt to access or search the Site, or download content from the Site, using any engine, software, tool, agent, device, or mechanism (including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools or the like) other than the software and/or search agents provided by MetaNews or other generally available third-party web browsers;
(f)Use the Site, or any portion thereof, for any commercial purpose or for the benefit of any third party or in any manner not permitted by these Terms;
(g) Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Site;
(h) Interfere with, or attempt to interfere with, the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, or mail-bombing the Site;
(I) Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;
(J) Violate any applicable law or regulation; or
(K)Encourage or enable any other individual to do any of the foregoing.
MetaNews is not obligated to monitor access to or use of the Site or to review or edit any Site content. However, we have the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Site, to ensure compliance with these Terms, and to comply with applicable law or other legal requirements. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove or disable access to any content, at any time and without notice, including, but not limited to, if we, at our sole discretion, consider it objectionable or in violation of these Terms. We have the right to investigate violations of these Terms or conduct that affects the Site. We may also consult and cooperate with law enforcement authorities to prosecute users who violate the law.
12. Links to Third Party Websites or Resources.
The Site may allow you to access third-party websites or other resources. We provide access only as a convenience and are not responsible for the content, products, or services on or available from those resources or links displayed on such websites. You acknowledge that you have sole responsibility for, and assume all risk arising from, your use of any third-party resources.
We may suspend or terminate your access to and use of the Site, at our sole discretion, at any time and without notice to you. Upon any termination or discontinuation of the Site or these Terms, the following Sections will survive: 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.
14. Warranty Disclaimers.
THE SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE EXPLICITLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. We make no warranty that the Site will meet your requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis. We make no warranty regarding the quality, accuracy, timeliness, truthfulness, completeness, or reliability of any information or content on the Site. Any reliance you place on such information or content is strictly at your own risk.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless MetaNews, its affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, managers, members, officers, and employees from any and all claims, demands, actions, damages, losses, costs or expenses, including without limitation, reasonable legal fees, arising out of or relating to: (a) your use of the Site or Services; (b) breach of this User Agreement or any other policy; (c) feedback or submissions you provide; (d) false, incomplete, or misleading information relied upon by us to verify your identity and source of funds, where applicable; or (e) violation of any rights of any other person or entity; provided however, that you shall not indemnify MetaNews for claims or losses arising out of MetaNews’s gross negligence or willful misconduct. This indemnity shall apply to your successors and assigns and shall survive any termination or cancellation of this User Agreement.
Any and all of our indemnities, warranties, and limitations of liability (whether express or implied) are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted under law except as set forth herein. Nothing in this User Agreement excludes or limits liability which may not be limited or excluded under Applicable Law.
16.1 Force Majeure. If by reason in whole or in part of any Force Majeure Event, either you or MetaNews is delayed or prevented from complying with this User Agreement, then such delay or non-compliance shall not be deemed to be a breach of this User Agreement and no loss or damage shall be claimed by you or MetaNews by reason thereof. “Force Majeure Event” means any event beyond the party’s reasonable control, including, but not limited to, pandemic, flood, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquake, or other act of God, fire, war, insurrection, riot, labor dispute, accident, action of government, communications, power failure, failure in bank performance, or equipment or software malfunction including network splits or “forks” or unexpected changes in a computer network upon which the Services rely.
16.2 Taxes. It is your responsibility to determine what, if any, taxes apply due to your use of the Services, and it is your responsibility to report and remit the correct tax to the appropriate tax authority. MetaNews is not responsible for determining whether taxes apply to your use of the Services or for collecting, reporting, withholding, or remitting any taxes arising from any virtual currency transactions.
16.3 Severability, Reformation. In the event that any provision of this User Agreement is unenforceable under applicable law, the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions will not be affected. To the extent any provision of this User Agreement is judicially determined to be unenforceable, a court of competent jurisdiction may reform any such provision to make it enforceable. The provisions of this User Agreement will, where possible, be interpreted so as to sustain its legality and enforceability.
16.4 Assignment. This User Agreement shall be binding on your successors, heirs, personal representatives, and assigns. You may not assign or transfer any of your rights or obligations under this User Agreement without prior written consent of MetaNews, which may be withheld in MetaNews’s sole discretion. We may assign rights or delegate duties under this User Agreement in our sole discretion.
16.5 Relationship of the Parties. Nothing in this User Agreement is intended to, nor shall create any partnership, joint venture, agency, consultancy or trusteeship. You and MetaNews are independent contractors for purposes of this User Agreement.
16.6 Entire Agreement. This User Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the Parties with respect to the subject matter described herein and shall supersede all prior agreements and understandings, written or oral, among the Parties. Subsequent discussions or negotiations between you and MetaNews or MetaNews personnel shall only amend or become part of this User Agreement by way of a written amendment specifically referencing the last updated date and name of this User Agreement.
17. Limitation of Liability.
(l)TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NEITHER MetaNews NOR ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SITE WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOST REVENUES, LOST SAVINGS, LOST BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, LOSS OF DATA OR GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE, OR THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT MetaNews OR ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
(m) TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL MetaNews’ TOTAL LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS, OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, EXCEED ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100).
(n) BY USING THE SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE MATERIAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN MetaNews AND YOU.
18. Governing Law and Forum Choice.
The terms of this agreement shall be governed by the laws of Hong Kong. Any dispute, controversy, difference or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, including the existence, validity, interpretation, performance, breach or termination thereof or any dispute regarding non- contractual obligations arising out of or relating to it shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration administered by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules in force when the Notice of Arbitration is submitted. The law of this arbitration clause shall be Hong Kong law. The seat of arbitration shall be Hong Kong. The number of arbitrators shall be three. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and you and MetaNews each waive any objection to jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
Informal Dispute Resolution. You and MetaNews must first attempt to resolve any dispute, claim, or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms, or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation, or validity thereof, or the use of the Site (collectively, “Disputes”) informally. Accordingly, neither you nor MetaNews may start a formal arbitration proceeding for at least sixty (60) days after one party notifies the other party of a claim in writing. As part of this informal resolution process, you must deliver a written notice of any Dispute via first-class mail to us at MetaNews, Bloc Office Hub, Fifth Floor, Santa Maria Business District, Panama, Republic of Panama.
(o)Mandatory Arbitration of Disputes. We each agree that any Dispute will be resolved solely by binding, individual arbitration and not in a class, representative, or consolidated action or proceeding. You and MetaNews agree that the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules in force when the Notice of Arbitration is submitted, and that you and MetaNews are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms.
(p) Exceptions. As limited exceptions to Section 14(b) above: (i) we both may seek to resolve a Dispute in small claims court if it qualifies; and (ii) we each retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief from a court to prevent (or enjoin) the infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property rights.
(q)Conducting Arbitration and Arbitration Rules. The parties agree that the arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to decide all issues relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, and scope of this arbitration agreement.
Arbitration Costs. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed bythe Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, and we will not seek to recover the administration and arbitrator fees we are responsible for paying, unless the arbitrator finds your Dispute is frivolous. If we prevail in arbitration, we will pay all of our attorneys’ fees and costs and will not seek to recover them from you. If you prevail in arbitration you will be entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to the extent provided under applicable law.
Injunctive and Declaratory Relief. Except as provided in Section 14(c) above, the arbitrator shall determine all issues of liability on the merits of any claim asserted by either party and may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim. To the extent that you or we prevail on a claim and seek public injunctive relief (that is, injunctive relief that has the primary purpose and effect of prohibiting unlawful acts that threaten future injury to the public), the entitlement to and extent of such relief must be litigated in a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not in arbitration. The parties agree that litigation of any issues of public injunctive relief shall be stayed pending the outcome of the merits of any individual claims in arbitration.
(t)Class Action Waiver. YOU AND MetaNews AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, if a Dispute is resolved through arbitration, the arbitrator may not consolidate another person’s claims with your claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Dispute Resolution section shall be null and void.
(u)Severability. With the exception of any of the provisions in Section 14(g) of these Terms (“Class Action Waiver”), if an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction decides that any part of these Terms is invalid or unenforceable, the other parts of these Terms will still apply.
20. General Terms.
(v)Reservation of Rights. MetaNews and its licensors exclusively own all right, title, and interest in and to the Site, including all associated intellectual property rights. You acknowledge that the Site is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of the United States and foreign countries. You agree not to remove, alter, or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark, or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Site.
(w)Entire Agreement. These Terms constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between MetaNews and you regarding use of the Site, and these Terms supersede and replace all prior oral or written understandings or agreements between MetaNews and you regarding the Site. If any provision of these Terms is held invalid or unenforceable by an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the other provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect. Except where provided by applicable law in your jurisdiction, you may not assign or transfer these Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without MetaNews’ prior written consent. Any attempt by you to assign or transfer these Terms absent our consent or your statutory right, without such consent, will be null and void in its entirety. MetaNews may freely assign or transfer these Terms without restriction. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors, and any permitted assigns.
(x)Notices. Any notices or other communications provided by MetaNews under these Terms will be given by posting to the Site.
(y)Waiver of Rights. MetaNews’ failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of such right or provision. The waiver of any such right or provision will be effective only if in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of MetaNews. Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under these Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies under these Terms or otherwise.
If you have any questions about these Terms or the Site, please contact MetaNews at info@MetaNews.