Terms & Conditions

1. TERMS OF USE

The Green Investment Network (GIN) provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms of Use ("TOU"), which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. You can review the most current version of the TOU at any time at www.thegin.net. In addition, when using particular GIN owned or operated services, you and GIN shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services which may be posted from time to time. All such guidelines or rules (including but not limited to our Privacy Policy are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOU. GIN may also offer other services that are governed by different Terms of Service.

2. OUR SERVICE

GIN currently provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including, various communications tools, search services, personalized content and branded programming through its network of properties (the “Service").

You also understand and agree that the Service may include certain communications from GIN, such as service announcements, administrative messages, and that these communications are considered part of GIN community and you will not be able to opt out of receiving them. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augments or enhances the current Service, including the release of new GIN properties, shall be subject to the TOU.

You understand and agree that the Service is provided "AS-IS" and that GIN assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings. You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service.

3. YOUR REGISTRATION DUTY

In consideration of your use of the Service, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving services under the Nigerian laws or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service's registration form (such information being the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to ensure that it is, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if GIN suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, GIN reserves the right at any time to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof).

4. GIN PRIVACY POLICY

Registration Data and certain other information about you are subject to our Privacy Policy. For more information, see our full privacy policy at www.thegin.net

5. MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY

You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Service's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify GIN of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. GIN cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damages arising from your failure to comply with this Section 5

6. MEMBER CONDUCT; CONTENT

You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not GIN, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. GIN does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that may be considered offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will GIN be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.

You agree that you will not use the Service to:

  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, or may be considered harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, disparaging, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • harm minors in any way;
  • impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a GIN official, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising and promotional materials;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.
  • provide material support or resources (or to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, or ownership of material support or resources) to any organization(s) designated by the Nigerian government as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • "stalk" or otherwise harass another; or, collect or store personal data about other users.

You acknowledge that GIN may or may not pre-screen Content, but that GIN and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, or move any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, GIN and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOU or is otherwise objectionable, in GIN’s sole discretion. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by GIN or submitted to GIN, including without limitation information in GIN Message Boards, and in all other parts of the Service.


You acknowledge, consent and agree that GIN may access, preserve, and disclose your account information and Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal or regulatory process; (b) enforce the TOU; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; (d) respond to your requests for customer service; or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of GIN, its users and the public.


You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.


You understand that the Service and software embodied within the Service may include security components that permit digital materials to be protected, and use of these materials is subject to usage rules set by GIN and/or content providers who provide content to the Service. You may not attempt to override or circumvent any of the usage rules embedded into the Service. Any unauthorized reproduction, publication, further distribution or public exhibition of the materials provided on the Service, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited.

7. SPECIAL ADMONITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USE

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the Nigerian or the country in which you reside.


8. INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify and hold GIN, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOU, or your violation of any rights of another.

9. NO RESALE OF SERVICE

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Service (including your GIN username and password) use of the Service, or access to the Service.

10. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE

You acknowledge that GIN may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service. You acknowledge that GIN reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that GIN reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time.


11. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE

GIN reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that GIN shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

12. TERMINATION

You agree that GIN may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, immediately terminate your GIN account, any associated email address, and access to the Service. Cause for such termination shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations, alleged or otherwise, of the TOS or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you (self-initiated account deletions), (d) discontinuance or material modification to the Service (or any part thereof), (e) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, and (f) extended periods of inactivity. Termination of your GIN account includes, but is not limited to, (a) removal of access to all offerings within the Service (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring further use of the Service. Further, you agree that all terminations for cause shall be made in GIN's sole discretion and that GIN shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your account, any associated email address, or access to the Service.

13. LINKS

The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because GIN has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that GIN is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that GIN shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

14. GIN'S PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content or information presented to you through the Service is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by GIN, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service or the Software, in whole or in part.

GIN grants you a personal, revocable, non-transferable and non-exclusive right to use the Service; provided that you do not (and do not allow or assist any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by GIN for use in accessing the Service.

15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:

  • YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. GIN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
  • GIN MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE, UP TO DATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (V) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.
  • ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
  • NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM GIN OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.

16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT GIN SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF GIN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), INCLUDING LIABILITY ARISING FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY IN TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, RESULTING FROM OR RELATED TO: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.

17. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 15 AND 16 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

18. NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES

You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this TOU, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.


19. NOTICE

GIN may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the TOU, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Service.


20. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

The GIN name, GIN logo, GIN.biz, GIN.org, Thegin.net, GIN.net, carbonCreditnetwork.org, carbonCredit.com, myCarbonCredit.org, myCarbonCredit.com, are trademarks and service marks and other GIN logos and product and service names are trademarks of The GIN Corporation (the "GIN Marks"). Without GIN's prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner, the GIN Marks.

21. GENERAL INFORMATION

Entire Agreement. The TOU constitute the entire agreement between you and GIN and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and GIN. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other GIN services, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software.

Choice of Law and Forum. The TOU and the relationship between you and GIN shall be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and GIN agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of GIN to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOU shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOU is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOU remain in full force and effect.

No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability. You agree that your GIN account is non-transferable and any rights to your GIN I.D. or contents within your account terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate, your account may be terminated and all contents therein permanently deleted.

Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOU must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in the TOU are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

22. VIOLATIONS

Please report any violations of the TOU to abuse@thegin.net