TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE AGREEMENT
Big Hill Christian Church
Big Hill Christian Church ("BHCC") offers this web site as a service to its members, potential members, visitors, and others interested in learning about our church. The terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, including its Privacy Statement section, govern your use of this web site. Your use of this site indicates that you agree and consent to the terms and conditions set forth below, including those in the Privacy Statement section. Please review this document carefully before you use the site. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE TERMS OF OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT (BELOW), PLEASE DO NOT USE THE BIG HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH WEB SITE.
Services Provided: Big Hill Christian Church offers a wide variety of services on this web site, including information about our church, a calendar of upcoming events at our church, news of potential interest to our members and others, and forums on topics pertinent to our membership. Access to certain areas of the web site, such as the discussion forum, is limited to registered users.
Registration: To gain access to the discussion forum and other non-public portions of this web site, you must register. Part of the registration process includes providing us with certain information about yourself, such as your real name, your e-mail address, and your affiliation with or relationship to BHCC. To have a request for site registration approved, you must be a member of Big Hill Christian Church, a regular visitor to our church, a former member who left us in good standing, or a member of an affiliated Christian organization or sister church. Individuals who have no clear link or affiliation to BHCC will not be approved for registration.
The use of this web site, access to material on this site, and registration as a site user are privileges, not rights. We reserve the right to restrict registration approval to individuals whose presence on the site is conducive to furthering the goals and mission of our church. Those who violate the terms and conditions set forth in this document, or other standards or policies of BHCC, may have their registration and/or access to various portions of the site revoked.
Visitors who desire information on how to join the BHCC family should visit the Contact Us page on the site.
Rules of Conduct
While we hope and expect that all users of this web site will behave in an appropriate manner, it is important to officially establish certain rules of conduct for this site in order to protect BHCC and our web site users. Those rules are:
Use of the BHCC web site is controlled by the governing board of BHCC. As previously noted, such use is a privilege, not a right. BHCC reserves the right to refuse the use of the web site and/or registration on the web site to any person, or to terminate the use and/or registration of any person, as it deems necessary.
Except as noted in the exceptions to Copyright Ownership, web site users may not take, claim as their own, copy, or reproduce the work of other authors, either on this web site or elsewhere.
Each author is responsible for the content of his or her own articles, forum posts, messages, and other content posted to or included in this web site. The following rules apply to such content:
|1.||Comments or content of a lewd, profane, sexually suggestive, or pornographic nature are prohibited.|
|2.||Comments or content that defame or demean any person, that are false or clearly misleading, or that are deliberately or recklessly rude or offensive are prohibited.|
|3.||Comments or content that endorse, encourage or provide instructions for illegal acts or activities, as defined by the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States of America, are prohibited. Very limited exceptions may be made for comments endorsing or supporting non-violent forms of social protest intended to seek or support Christian ideals such as social justice.|
|4.||Occasional disagreements during forum discussions are acceptable, and expected. Debates between users are also acceptable, provided that they are carried out in a spirit of mutual respect and focus on the issue in question, rather than the personalities or personal characteristics of those involved. Personal attacks, "flames" and disparaging comments about individuals or groups are not acceptable. Likewise, deliberately provoking other users or promoting dissension and disagreement are unacceptable.|
|5.||The posting of copyrighted material, other than small segments of a work that are properly attributed and that are posted for criticism or other fair use, is prohibited. Any copyrighted work that is posted to the site under the provisions of fair use should be attributed to the author or creator and (if different from the author or creator) the copyright holder. This rule does not apply to postings by the author or copyright holder of a work, or to a licensed user of a copyrighted work where such posting is authorized by the license.|
|6.||Commercial postings for the general sale of products, goods and services are prohibited. Registered members may post notices of personal yard sales, product parties (e.g., candle parties, home product parties, etc.), the sale of products for charity (e.g., scouting and other youth or community program fund-raisers), the sale of personal property, and similar activities, provided that they exercise reasonable restraint in the number of such postings. BHCC fund-raisers are not commercial activities for the purpose of this rule.|
|7.||The endorsement of any specific political candidate or party is prohibited. Users may comment in general on the performance of an elected official or political party, and may endorse or oppose particular government programs, legislative proposals, or activities, but may not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate for political office.|
|8.||Content that denies the authority or legitimacy of Christianity, the Bible, or the teachings of our church as a whole are not appropriate for this site, and are prohibited. This rule does not apply to legitimate questions or disagreements about the interpretation of scripture, or to differing opinions about the role or the teachings of our church or God’s Church in general. It does apply to blatant attacks on the Christian faith, the veracity and/or authority of the Bible, the structure and role of God’s Church in general, and similar fundamental issues of faith that are matters of settled agreement among Protestant Christian believers.|
|9.||Any attempt to alter, disable, deface, inhibit, redirect, or "hack" any portion of this web site, its source code or content, or the hardware devices on which it operates is prohibited, regardless of whether or not such an attempt is successful. This includes any attempt to guess or crack the password of any other user or to take over, hijack, or make use of another user's user name, password, account or access privileges.|
|10.||Any attempt to bypass the registration and login processes in order to gain unauthorized or anonymous access to the private portions of this web site, or to the services, content, or functions included in the private portions of this web site, is prohibited.|
|11.||Except for approved administrators posting general material to the site, all users who post content or send messages to or via the web site must do so under their own name. The posting of anonymous or falsely attributed material is prohibited.|
|12.||The posting of copyrighted music, videos, documents, or other materials on the site by anyone other than the copyright holder, or a person licensed by the copyright holder to post such materials, is prohibited. The posting of links to illegally copied or posted material on other sites, including links to peer-to-peer download definitions ("torrents") is prohibited.|
|13.||Any file, image, or document uploaded by a user must comply with all rules and limitations imposed by this agreement.|
|14.||Users, including those who have not violated the terms of this agreement, must make all practical efforts to comply with the directions of any site administrator, forum moderator, or other person with authority over the use or operation of this site. This is necessary to help insure the smooth operation of this site.|
|15.||The purpose of the BHCC web site, including the discussion forum and other interactive portions of the site, are to promote the spread of the Gospel, the work of God’s Church (including but not limited to BHCC), and to uplift and support our fellow Christians and those who are considering becoming Christians. Your use of this web site should advance those purposes and reflect the values of Christian life.|
Your compliance with these rules will help to insure a safe, enjoyable experience for you and our other users.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
All Rights Reserved: Except as expressly provided in this Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement, BHCC does not grant any express or implied rights to you under any patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret laws.
Copyright Ownership: Except where otherwise specifically noted, all of the content on the BHCC web site is copyrighted and protected under domestic and worldwide copyright laws by BHCC and/or the author of the content. Content in the publicly accessible area of the site may be printed, downloaded, linked to, or otherwise used by individuals for their own personal, non-commercial use, provided that appropriate attribution is given to BHCC and/or the listed author(s) of the content. If you post content in the public portion of the site, you agree to this condition.
Content on the non-public portion of the site, i.e. that portion of the site that may only be legally accessed by registered users, may not be printed, copied in any form, linked to or posted on other web or electronic media sites, without the specific, written consent of BHCC and, where appropriate, the author of the content. The only exceptions to this policy are:
|i.||Authors of content, including posts to the forum, may print or copy their own work (but not the work of other authors) at any time.|
|ii.||Any person may copy or print the work of another if they have been given permission (license) to do so by the author or copyright holder of the work.|
|iii.||Site administrators and moderators may copy, edit, delete, mask, or remove any content at any time to carry out necessary administrative functions for the site, including site maintenance, file management, and the enforcement of the terms of this agreement.|
|iv.||Authors who post material to the web site, including posts to the forum, warrant that it is their work (or that they hold the copyright to it) and grant to BHCC, its staff members and agents a permanent, non-exclusive, non-revocable license to distribute that content via this web site and other BHCC publications, and to utilize that content in other publications, whether in electronic format or otherwise, without cost or fee.|
Hypertext Links: You may provide a hypertext link to the front page (home page) of this web site (i.e., www.bighillchristianchurch.org ) from another web site without further permission. You may provide a hypertext link to other pages or portions of the site, or to specific content or resources on the site, only upon the receipt of written consent from BHCC. To receive such consent you would need to contact BHCC. (See the Contact Us page for our contact information.) Upon receipt of written consent, you may provide a link to the specified content, provided that: (a) the link points only to the URL for the page containing the specified content and not to other pages within the site; (b) the appearance, position or other aspects of the link do not create a false impression that BHCC is associated with, or endorses, another web site, organization, or product; (c) the link does not dilute or damage BHCC’s trademarks, service marks or goodwill; and (d) the link does not display BHCC’s web site within a frame or section of a page created by another web site. BHCC may revoke its consent to the link at any time in its sole discretion.
The privacy of our members, visitors, and guests on our web site is important to us. This privacy statement explains what information we collect, why, and how we use that information.
Information We Collect: Our web hosting company and our site administrators may collect information about your use of this web site, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the type and version of your browser and operating system, the apparent speed of your Internet connection, the portions of this site that you visit and how long you remain there, and other technical data.
We also collect additional information about you if you apply to become a registered user of this site. Information about you that we obtain during the registration application process and at other times may include personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, e-mail address, mailing address, and/or telephone number, as well as other, optional information (such as your occupation, personal interests, etc.) that you may provide during the registration process or at other times.
Finally, any posts to the discussion forum, private messages, interactive chat sessions, or other data that you submit while visiting this web site may be automatically added to the appropriate databases that support the site operation. This is necessary for the site to function, and this information is not normally seen by other users or site administrators, but we reserve the right to review this information as necessary to perform site maintenance or to address any complaints of misuse that we may receive.
How We Use This Information: The site administrators information that we collect to improve our web site in order to provide you and other users with the best possible visitor experience on our web site. We may also use this information to customize your visitor experience on our site.
Your registration information, including personally identifiable information (PII), is used:
|i.||To verify your eligibility for site registration (e.g., that you are a member of our congregation, a regular visitor, or a member of some other eligible category) and to enable your use of the private portions of this web site;|
|ii.||To permit us to contact you if you, or we, experience problems with your use of our web site;|
|iii.||To permit us to provide you with information about upcoming activities, events and programs at BHCC, as well as other information about BHCC;|
|iv.||To update our church directory and various contact lists used by our staff and volunteers; and|
|v.||To promote interaction and communication between members of our congregation by making a list of registered users, including certain contact information for each user, available to all registered users on the web site. Please note that the list of registered users is not available to unregistered guests on the site.|
Any and all of the above information may be used to administer this web site, including but not limited to verifying ownership of files, articles, messages, and forum posts, maintaining the site software, and enforcing the terms of this agreement. We may disclose this information to third parties, such as contractors or vendors, when doing so is necessary in order for such third parties to carry out authorized work on behalf of BHCC. In such cases, we will take reasonable precautions to insure that the third parties use your information only for purposes permitted by this agreement, and that they protect and do not disclose, share, sell or trade your information.
We will not disclose your personally identifiable information (PII) to other parties, including other churches or affiliated Christian organizations, for other purposes without your consent. We will not disclose, share, sell or trade your information for commercial purposes.
Securing Your Information: BHCC will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse, or unauthorized sharing or alteration of your personal information. We have no control over the actual online storage of some of your information, since that information resides on the web servers operated by our web hosting company (see above).
Cross-Border Data Transfers: Information that BHCC collects may be stored and processed in, and transferred between, any of the countries in which BHCC participates in activities or missionary programs, or in which our web hosting provider (see above) operates. In addition, some information that you provide will be posted on this web site and may be available via the Internet in any nation around the world. By using this web site, you agree to such cross-border transfers of personal information.
Disclaimers and Legal Notices
Disclaimer of Warranties: THE MATERIALS ACCESSIBLE FROM OR ON THIS WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” AND BIG HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED OR EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RELATING TO SUCH MATERIAL.
Limitation of Liability: BIG HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH SHALL NOT BE LIABLE, WHETHER BASED IN TORT OR CONTRACT ON ANY LEGAL THEORY, FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE, INABILITY TO USE, OR THE RESULTS OF USE OF THIS WEB SITE, ANY WEB SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE, OR THE MATERIALS, INFORMATION, OR SERVICES CONTAINED ON THIS WEB SITE.
Governing Law and Venue: The laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the United States of America shall govern this Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement. The parties hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and/or state courts located in Madison County, Kentucky, and further waive any right to a trial by jury for all claims arising out of or relating the use of BHCC’s web site.
Failure to Enforce No Bar to Future Enforcement: The failure of BHCC or its representatives to enforce the terms of this agreement in any particular case or situation, or any series of cases or situations, shall not act to bar or limit the enforcement of this agreement in any other case or situation, or series of cases or situations.
Severability: If any section or portion of this agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, all other sections and portions of this agreement shall remain valid and in force.
Updates Applicable Upon Posting: Any update made to this agreement shall become valid and binding immediately upon being posted to the BHCC web site. Your use or continued use of the site after the posting of an updated version of this agreement indicates your acceptance of the updated agreement. Please check this agreement regularly for updates.
Important Notice: YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE TERMS OF OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE BIG HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH WEB SITE.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 November 2010 14:16)