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Conditions of Use

Welcome to Cofundos.org. Cofundos.org provides its services to you subject to the following conditions. If you visit or bid at Cofundos.org, you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully.

  1. Privacy
  2. Electronic Communications
  3. Copyright, License and Site Access
  4. Your Account
  5. Contributions, Comments, Communications, and other Content
  6. Bids and Offers
  7. Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
  8. Applicable Law, Modifications and Severability
  9. Our Address

Privacy

Cofundos.org users decide how much information about themselves is made public. The minimal reqirement for registering is a valid email address and the selection of a nickname and password for the account. However, only the nickname will be made public. The chosen password will be only stored in encrypted form. Your email address will not be revealed either to any other user of the platform or 3rd parties without your explicit consent.

Electronic Communications

When you visit Cofundos.org or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on this site. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Copyright, License and Site Access

All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Cofundos.org or its users and protected by German and international copyright laws. All content contributed by Cofundos users (such as project and requirement descriptions, comments, project offers, user profiles) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

This license allows:

  • to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix - to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work by naming the author and referring to his original contribution at Cofundos.org (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). An example attribution looks like:
    "Project idea contributed by user soeren at cofundos.org"
  • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
  • Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

Translations and the precise legal code can be obtained from the creative commons website.

Cofundos.org and its users respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify us at the address posted below.

Cofundos.org grants you a limited license to access and make use of this site. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Cofundos.org without express written consent. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create hyperlinks to any page of Cofundos.org so long as the link does not portray Cofundos.org in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter.

Your Account

If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. Cofundos.org reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel offers and bids in their sole discretion.

Contributions, Comments, Communications, and other Content

Users may post project ideas, requirement descriptions, reviews, comments, and other content and other communications; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity. Cofundos.org reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but does not regularly review posted content.

If you do post content or submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Cofundos.org a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Cofundos.org and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Cofundos.org for all claims resulting from content you supply. Cofundos.org has the right but not the obligation to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. Cofundos.org takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

Bids and Offers

Cofundos.org enables its users to place bids on projects they like. Bids are binding commitments to make a donation amounting to the bid amount of money when the project was successfully realized. Bids can be changed (or even completely revoked) at any time until the (project on which the bid was placed) goes to the offer-voting-phase, i.e. the phase when all bidders are requested to vote about which project implementation offer to accept. Bids can by no means be changed or revoked after the offer-voting-phase started. This explicitly includes the cases when the bidder voted against the acceptance of a specific project implementation offer or against the acceptance of the final result, but the weighted majority of the bidders accepted that implementation offer or final project result.

Since bidders can bid different amounts of money, their votes in all votings regarding the project on which they were bidding will be weighted according to the amount of money they were bidding. However, if the specialist realizing the project was also bidding on the same project he will not be allowed to vote about the acceptance of his own work. The use of multiple accounts to circumvent this rule is strictly prohibited.

Users interested and capable to realize and implement a certain project can submit offers for the implementation. The offer includes an expected timeframe for the realization and an amount of money, the specialist requests to be donated to him when the project was successfully completed. Offers can be changed (or even completely revoked) at any time until the (project on which the offer was placed) goes to the offer-voting-phase. After the offer-voting-phase started offers can nether be changed nor revoked. Once the weighted majority of the bidders voted to accept a certain offer the respective offerer is responsible to provide a solution to the project as was offered by him.

Project Success and Donations

After the specialist who was selected to realize a certain project notifies Cofundos.org of its completion or after the proposed timeframe elapsed, all voters are invited to vote whether the project was completed successfully and the requirements agreed on by the offerer are met by the provided solution. All project results have to be released to the public under an open-source license approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). If the weighted majority of the bidders accepts the solution the project is successfully completed and Cofundos.org sends a donation request to all bidders. If the weighted majority of the bidders rejected the solution no donations have to be made. All donations are made directly to the offerer. No payments or donations have to be made to Cofundos.org. Donations to the specialist realizing the project are by no means payments for delivering a specific product or service.

In order to prevent cases where a small number of bidders marginally outvotes other bidders with the intention to tamper an adequate decision, Cofundos reserves the right to additionally require the unweighted majority of voters to accept a certain decision. This procedure will be implemented solely to prevent fraud and will be performed on on a case by case basis when a significant number of bidders appeal.

Confundos.org reserves the right to mark profiles of bidders who failed to make the promised donations or to disable the respective accounts completely.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

THIS SITE AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) AND SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED BY Cofundos.org OR ITS CONTRIBUTORS ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. Cofundos.org AND ITS CONTRIBUTORS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, Cofundos.org AND ITS CONTRIBUTORS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Cofundos.org AND ITS CONTRIBUTORS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE; INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE; THEIR SERVERS; OR E-MAIL SENT FROM Cofundos.org ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. Cofundos.org WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING.

Applicable Law, Modifications and Severability

By visiting Cofundos.org, you agree that the laws of Germany, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Cofundos.org.

We reserve the right to make changes to our site, policies, and these Conditions of Use at any time. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.

Our Address

Cofundos.org
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Business Information Systems dept. / Institute for Computer Science
Universität Leipzig
Postfach 100920
04009 Leipzig
Germany
http://Cofundos.org

Comments

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    This page uses an ambiguous and often misleading term "intellectual property" as you can read here:
    http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#IntellectualProperty
    Please specify whether you are talking about patents, trademarks or other areas of the law.
    (sorry for double post)

    by Plouj on 24 Oct 2007 20:01

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