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AdBug Terms of Service

Last modified: October 23, 2012

This "Terms of Service" was written in English (US). To the extent any translated version of this agreement conflicts with the English version, the English version controls.

The products and services ("Services") of this website, adb.ug, (collectively referred to as the "Site" in these Terms of Service) is owned and operated by AdBug Inc. ("we", "us", "our", or "AdBug"). By using and accessing our Site, you ("You", "User" or, "End User") agree to these Terms of Service (collectively, the "Terms of Service" or "Agreement").

Using our Services

Don't misuse our Services. For example, don't interfere with our Services or try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions that we provide. You may use our Services only as permitted by law, including applicable export and re-export control laws and regulations. We may suspend or stop providing our Services to you if you do not comply with our terms or policies or if we are investigating suspected misconduct.

Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access. You may not use content from our Services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in our Services unless otherwise mentioned. Don't remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in or along with our Services.

Our Services display some content that is not AdBug's. This content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. We may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please don't assume that we do.

In respects to becoming a member of this Site and using our Services, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract (are at least 18 years old) and are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the USA or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Services' registration form (such information being the "Registration Data"), (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete and (c) agree to create only one account per person. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or AdBug has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, AdBug has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Services (or any portion thereof).

In connection with your use of the Services, we may send you service announcements, administrative messages, and other information. You may opt out of some of those communications.

User Conduct

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 which such Content originated. This means that you, and not AdBug, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via our Services. AdBug does not control the Content posted via our Services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using our Services, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will AdBug 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 our Services.

You agree to NOT use our Services for the following:

  1. Link to, upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is adult in nature, unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libellous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  2. Harm minors in any way;
  3. Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, AdBug official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  4. Forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through our Services;
  5. Link, 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);
  6. Link, 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;
  7. Link, upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping rooms) that are designated for such purpose (please read our complete Spam Policy);
  8. Link, 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;
  9. Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Services are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges;
  10. Interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
  11. Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
  12. "Stalk" or otherwise harass another; or
  13. Collect or store personal data about other users;
  14. Attempt to falsify traffic in order to earn revenue, not limited to using automated 'computer' traffic, disguising traffic through anonymous proxy servers, 'hiding' the Services through any method;
  15. Register more than one account per individual. If Users are found to have referred themselves, the referral commisions will be forfeited;
  16. Offer any form of incentive to users who click on an AdBug link, not limited to points/bonus/money/gifts/traffic or link exchange.

You acknowledge that AdBug may OR MAY NOT pre-screen Content, but that AdBug and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to PRE-SCREEN, refuse, or move any Content (or Account) that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, AdBug and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content or Accounts that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content or Accounts, 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 or Accounts created by AdBug or submitted to AdBug, including without limitation information in AdBug message boards, and in all other parts of the Service.

Privacy and Copyright Protection

AdBug's privacy policy explains how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy when you use our Services. By using our Services, you agree that AdBug can use such data in accordance with our privacy policy.

We respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers according to the process set out in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

We provide information to help copyright holders manage their intellectual property online. If you think somebody is violating your copyrights and want to notify us, you can immediately contact us reporting this infringement through our contact page or by sending us an email to [email protected]. We require that you send us the report in English, and properly detailed with your full name, contact information, link leading/displaying to the infringement, description of copyrighted work, sworn statements, date, signature and all other assisting details. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we only accept copyright complaints from content owners or someone officially authorized to act on their behalf. If you have legal questions about the DMCA (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov), please consult your own legal counsel.

Your Content in our Services

Our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

With respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of AdBug, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purposes of providing and promoting the specific Service which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time you remove or adBug removes such Content from our Services.

"Publicly accessible" areas of our Services are those areas of AdBug that are intended by AdBug to be available to the general public. By way of example, publicly accessible areas of our Services would include SdBug news and resources that are open to both members and visitors. However, publicly accessible areas of our Services would not include portions of AdBug that are limited to members, AdBug Services intended for private communication such as private messages, or areas off of AdBug such as portions of World Wide Web sites that are accessible through via hypertext or other links but are not hosted or served by AdBug.

You can find more information about how AdBug uses and stores content in the privacy policy or additional terms for particular Services. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our Services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.

Payments

Payments from AdBug are made through Payza ('http://www.payza.com') or Payoneer ('http://www.payoneer.com/').

Funds withdrawn will normally be processed on Friday of every week. For example, if you request for a withdrawal Sunday and Thursday, it will be processed on the Friday of that week; if requested on Friday itself, it will be processed on the next Friday.

Pending Balance: is the amount pending review before it is made available for withdrawal. We hold this amount to make sure that all the traffic delivered through our portals was legitimate and bounded by our terms of service. The pending balance will clear as soon as our staff validates your earning, which may be as fast as an hour to as late as 5 business days.

First Withdrawal: Pending balance will be held for a period of 5 business days before it is transferred to your available balance. This hold is made as a precautionary safety measure and will only be made prior to your first withdrawal.

Earnings

Your earnings are based on what we charge our advertisers for demographically for their advertisement. You can always take a look at how much you earn by visiting our Pay Rates page.

Publishers Conduct

These rules will cover all linking methods and AdBug shortened links ("Link" or "AdBug Link"), Services/tools that are provided to the Publishers ("Services" or "Tools").

If any Publisher is found or reported breaking any of the rules or terms of this service, above or below, their account will be suspended until further investigation by AdBug. At the end of the investigation, if the Publisher is found to be violating the rules or terms of this service, the Publisher account will be removed, all links deleted, and all earnings forfeited.

As a User of this Site, you may NOT do the following:

  1. Advertise AdBug Links directly on any form of traffic exchange or PTC website.
  2. Place AdBug Links anywhere that may contain adult, malware, or illegal content (including advertisements).
  3. Shrink any website URLs that contain adult, malware, or illegal content.
  4. Offer any incentive for a visitor to click the AdBug Link (i.e. gifts, points, cash, etc..).
  5. Ask/beg people to click on any AdBug Links for your benefit of revenue.
  6. Create 'redirect loops' with similar services (or AdBug).
  7. Create spam with AdBug Links anywhere (i.e. forums, chats, comments, blogs). We absolutely hate spam. This will be a serious matter leading to suspension of Services.
  8. Participate in click 'rings' where you click on AdBug Links in return for others to click yours.
  9. Open an AdBug Link in a popup, popunder or an iframe.
  10. Open other Links when an AdBug Link is clicked by the User - when a User clicks the AdBug Link.
  11. Redirecting to an AdBug Link by means other than a HTTP Redirection (unless using one of our products or services, available on the AdBug website). JavaScript and meta-refresh redirections are not allowed.
  12. An AdBug Link may not be opened by any means other than a mouse-click by the User on the Link directly. *
  13. Click more than once on your Links. **

*     Does not apply to the Links / views generated by the 'Entry Script'
**   Does not apply to the Links / views generated by the 'Entry Script' and the 'Page Script'

The following rules apply more specifically to Tools that can be used on your website:

You may NOT do the following:

  1. Advertise any webpage containing our Services directly on any form of traffic exchange or PTC website.
  2. Place the Tools on any website that contains adult, malware, or illegal content.
  3. Offer any incentive for a visitor to click the AdBug Link that contains our Tools (i.e. gifts, points, cash, etc..).
  4. Ask/beg people to click on any AdBug Links while using our Tools for your benefit of revenue.

Visitor criteria:

You will be paid for a visitor that clicks on an AdBug Link or views a website containing an AdBug service generating a AdBug Links, providing they meet the following criteria:

  1. Must view an advertisement, this is any advert other than the default AdBug website.
  2. Must view the advertisement for at least 5 seconds without losing browser focus on the window.
  3. Must have JavaScript and Cookies enabled.

Advertisers Conduct

These rules will cover all Services associated with being an Advertiser at AdBug.

If any Advertiser is found or reported breaking any of the rules or terms of this service, above or below, their account will be suspended and all advertising stopped until further investigation by AdBug. At the end of the investigation, if the Advertiser is found to be violating the rules or terms of this service, the Advertiser's account will be removed and all available balance will be subject to refund - all balance used will be unrecoverable to the Advertiser.

We reserve the right to decline your advertisement or suspend it during service at any time we deem necessary. You will be notified of why we took such an action and if possible, provide notice of what you need to fix in your advertisement before we allow it to go live to the public.

Your submitted advertisements must NOT:

  1. Create popups or popunders or open any other windows automatically.
  2. Contain malware, spyware, exploiots, viruses, or any malicious code that will impact the visitors in any way.
  3. Contain illegal or copyright infringing content.
  4. Contain adult content or adult themed websites. *
  5. Take part in cookie stuffing.
  6. Make use of any frame breaking scripts - our AdBug headers must remain visible to the visitors
  7. Display competitors services or anything that may 'trick' the visitor.

*     Adult themed websites will be at the descretion of AdBug.

Visitor criteria:

You will be charged for a visitor that views your advertisement by clicking directly on an AdBug Link or being presented with your advertisement by our Services, providing they meet the following criteria:

  1. Will view the advertisement for at least 5 seconds without losing browser focus on the window. *
  2. Not be from a proxy server. Unless you have purchased our 'Proxy Traffic' package.
  3. Will be on an IP located in the country that you are targeting, if you've sepcifically chosen to.
  4. Will have JavaScript and Cookies enabled.
  5. Will be a unique visitor in 24 hours.

*     We use JavaScript technology to determine if your advertisement is loaded or it has been 3 seconds waiting time before we start the timer. This will give your advertisement a chance to load completely within a timeframe of 3 seconds. However, regardless of whether or not your advertisement has loaded, the max wait time will be 3 seconds before the timer starts itself. If you website is down or very slow loading, the user may get the chance to get the Skip Ad button before your site is loaded. You will still be charged for this traffic. We urge you to optimize your ad page for fast loading time to get the best results.

Modifying and Terminating our Services

We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functionalities or features, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether.

You can stop using our Services at any time, although we'll be sorry to see you go. AdBug may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time.

We believe that you own your data and preserving your access to such data is important. If we discontinue a Service, where reasonably possible, we will give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service.

Our Warranties and Disclaimers

We provide our Services using a commercially reasonable level of skill and care and we hope that you will enjoy using them. But there are certain things that we don't promise about our Services.

  1. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ADBUG 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.
  2. ADBUG MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (V) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.
  3. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES 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.
  4. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ADBUG OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.
  5. A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF USERS MAY EXPERIENCE EPILEPTIC SEIZURES WHEN EXPOSED TO CERTAIN LIGHT PATTERNS OR BACKGROUNDS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN OR WHILE USING THE SERVICES. CERTAIN CONDITIONS MAY INDUCE PREVIOUSLY UNDETECTED EPILEPTIC SYMPTOMS EVEN IN USERS WHO HAVE NO HISTORY OF PRIOR SEIZURES OR EPILEPSY. IF YOU, OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY, HAVE AN EPILEPTIC CONDITION, CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO USING THE SERVICES. IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE USE OF THE SERVICES AND CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS WHILE USING THE SERVICES -- DIZZINESS, ALTERED VISION, EYE OR MUSCLE TWITCHES, LOSS OF AWARENESS, DISORIENTATION, ANY INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENT, OR CONVULSIONS.

OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN THESE TERMS OR ADDITIONAL TERMS, NEITHER ADBUG NOR ITS SUPPLIERS OR DISTRIBUTORS MAKE ANY SPECIFIC PROMISES ABOUT THE SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DON'T MAKE ANY COMMITMENTS ABOUT THE CONTENT WITHIN THE SERVICES, THE SPECIFIC FUNCTION OF THE SERVICES, OR THEIR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES "AS IS".

Limitation of Liability

WHEN PERMITTED BY LAW, ADBUG, AND ADBUG'S SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROFITS, REVENUES, OR DATA, FINANCIAL LOSSES OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ADBUG SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF ADBUG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES; (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 SERVICES; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICES; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICES.

Violations

Please report any violations of these Terms of Service to the contact form.

About these Terms

We may modify these terms or any additional terms that apply to a Service to, for example, reflect changes to the law or changes to our Services. You should look at the terms regularly. We'll post notice of modifications to these terms on this page. We'll post notice of modified additional terms in the applicable Service. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective no sooner than seven days after they are posted. However, changes addressing new functions for a Service or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. If you do not agree to the modified terms for our Services, you should discontinue your use of the Services.

These terms control the relationship between AdBug and you. They do not create any third party beneficiary rights.

If you do not comply with these terms, and we don't take action right away, this doesn't mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).

If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.

For information about how to contact AdBug, please visit our contact page.