5pal.net Terms of Service

Last Revised: November 22, 2017

These terms of service, along with any documents referred to herein, tell you the terms on which you may make use of our website 5pal.net (The "Website").
You are required to read these terms of service carefully before using the Website. You are making use of the Website if you access, browse or register on it and therefore indicating that you have read and accepted these terms of service.
If you do not agree to these terms, please refrain from using our Website.

1. Introduction


1.1. About Us

5pal.net was born to record and store people's valuble thoughts and ideas. It is originally a personal project created by Y. Chainsan, just for storing and sharing thoughts and views with friends. Later they decided to make it public. The essential purpose of our sevices is to provide a stable web space for people from all over the world, since we have seen too many disapeared blog-like websites in the not very long history of the WWW(World Wide Web).

5pal.net, in some way, is still a blog-like website but we make stability as our first priority. At 5pal, users are allowed to compose articles that have large length, to write short posts that are not more than 240 characters (each of them we name it, a voice), as well as to manage a personal forum with those who are interested in your contents, and overall have a great experience doing so.

1.2. Why 5pal?

1.3. Legal Agreement

These 5pal.net Terms of Service (“Terms of Service”), together with our Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”), and such additional terms which specifically apply to some of our services and features as presented on the 5pal.net website (“5pal Website”, and collectively – the “5pal Terms”), all set forth the entire terms and conditions applicable to each visitor or user (“User” or “you”) of the 5pal Website and/or any other services, applications and features offered by us with respect thereto, except where we explicitly state otherwise (collectively – the “5pal Services” or “Services”).

The 5pal Terms constitute a binding and enforceable legal contract between 5pal.net Ltd. and its affiliated companies and subsidiaries worldwide (“5pal”, “us” or “we”) and you - so please read them carefully.

You may visit and/or use the 5pal Services only if you fully agree to the 5pal Terms - and by using and/or registering to any of the 5pal Services, you signify and affirm your informed consent to these Terms of Service and any other 5pal Terms applicable to your use of any 5pal Services. If you do not read, fully understand and agree to the 5pal Terms, you must immediately leave the 5pal Website and avoid or discontinue all use of the 5pal Services.

1.4. User Account

In order to access and use certain sections and features of the 5pal Services, you must first register and create an account with 5pal (“User Account”).

  1. General 5pal User
    After you have registered on 5pal.net, you become a General 5pal User.
    A General 5pal User can read, like, comment, bookmark other user's articles and voices, as well as post discussion thread, but CAN NOT compose article or post voice.
  2. 5pal Writer
    In addition to the features of General 5pal Users, 5pal Writers have more privileges.
    As the name indicated, a 5pal Writerat can write at 5pal.net, including composing articles, posting voices, and any other forms of writting that a General 5pal User has.

1.5. Is 5pal Free?

No, 5pal Services are not for free.

Currently, 5pal.net is a private project operated and maintained by Y. Chainsan. 5pal Writers need to pay a very small amount of fees for covering the website's cloud host cost, while General 5pal Users do not need. This year (2021), each 5pal Writer charges $21.98 (USD) per year.

Please note that the first 1000 5pal Writers (NOT General 5pal Users) can use the Website free of charge. It is not only a reward for early users' dedication to the starting of 5pal community, but also a notable honor.


2. Responsibility of Contributors


If you write articles or voices, comment on articles or voices, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, documents or spreadsheets, or computer software.

2.1. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

2.2. You agree and undertake not to:

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, 5pal.net has the right (though not the obligation) to, in 5pal.net’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in 5pal.net’s reasonable opinion, violates any 5pal.net policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in 5pal.net’s sole discretion.


3. Responsibility of Website Visitors


5pal.net has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, 5pal.net does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. 5pal.net disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.


4. Content Posted on Other Websites


We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which 5pal.net links, and that link to 5pal.net. 5pal.net does not have any control over those non-5pal.net websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-5pal.net website or webpage, 5pal.net does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. 5pal.net disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-5pal.net websites and webpages.


5. Copyright Infringement


As 5pal asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by 5pal.net violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify 5pal.net in accordance with standard Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) Policy. 5pal.net will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of 5pal.net or others, 5pal.net may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website. In the case of such termination, 5pal.net will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to 5pal.net.


6. Intellectual Property


This Agreement does not transfer from 5pal.net to you any 5pal or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with 5pal.net. 5pal, 5pal.net, the “5pal.net” logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with 5pal.net, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of 5pal.net, or 5pal.net’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any 5pal or third-party trademarks.

You hereby grant 5pal.net an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any Content you post on or in connection with the Website or 5pal.net products and services or the promotion thereof and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with 5pal.net or the promotion thereof.


7. Termination


5pal.net may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers.


8. Disclaimer


To the extent permitted by law,

  1. We make no promise as to 5pal.net, its completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, propriety, security or reliability;
  2. Your access and use are at your own risk, and 5pal.net is provided "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE";
  3. We are not liable for any harm resulting from (a) user content; (b) user conduct, e.g. illegal conduct; (c) your 5pal.net use; or (d) our representations;
  4. WE AND OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES ("5pal ENTITIES"), DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES & CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT;
  5. 5pal ENTITIES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS (E.G. OF PROFIT, REVENUE, DATA, OR GOODWILL).


9. Variation


We may revise these terms of service at any time by amending this page on the Website.

It is your responsibility to check this page from time to time in order to take notice of any changes made, as they are binding on you. In case of any dispute, please refer to the latest terms of service.