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Terms of Use

Meta-4 Group and Meta-4 Group (Global) S.A., including Meta4 Group (HK) Limited (hereafter referred to as "M4"), shall determine the following agreement ("Terms of Use") in offering the "WorldFriends" service (the "Service") on websites owned or operated by M4 and referred to herein as Meta4 Networks ("M4N"). All the transactions are processed by the parent company Meta-4 Group (Global) S.A. located in Luxembourg. Whoever is utilizing the services shall be regarded as having agreed to these Terms of Use.

1. Acceptance of Terms of Use

This agreement ("Terms of Use") governs your use of the Services, on the M4N, including each past, present or future sites operated by M4 or M4 partners.

By using this Service, you are deemed to have agreed to these Terms of Use whether or not you register as a WorldFriends Member ("Member"). If at any time you choose not to accept these Terms of Use please do not use this Service.

2. Eligibility

No one under the age of 18 is allowed to use the Service. By using the Service, you represent and warrant that you have the right, authority and capacity to enter into and abide by all of the Terms of Use.

3. Modification to these Terms of Use

M4 reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time without prior notice. You should check these Terms of Use periodically for changes. By using this Service after we post any changes to these Terms of Use, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them.

4. Registration

By registering with M4N, you are agreeing that you are at least 18 years of age. You are also agreeing to be bound by these Terms of Use as currently posted on the Service or as updated from time to time. You expressly agree that use of the Service is solely at your own risk. Your use of the M4 Site(s) is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations. This extends to and includes laws regarding sexual misconduct.

5. Privacy

M4 respects the privacy of visitors that access M4N. Use of the Service is governed by our Privacy Policy. M4 and M4 Partners agree to adhere to the Privacy Policy.

6. Modifications to the Service

M4 may, in its sole discretion, add, delete, modify or amend features and/or services contained within the Service, or on M4N without prior notice.

7. Subscriptions

a) Payment Method
The terms of your payment will be based on your Payment Method and may be determined by agreements between you and the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider of your chosen Payment Method (the "Payment Method Provider"). If M4N does not receive payment from your Payment Method Provider, you agree to pay all amounts upon demand.

You agree to pay all charges that accrue to your account through your use or the use of those authorized by you. If you have a paid account status you may click here to request us to cancel your paid account status. Once your account has been cancelled your paid status will terminate on the last date covered by your last payment. Paid status is non-transferable. M4N paid status is final sale and will not be refunded. Disputed charges must be reported to M4 within 60 days of your purchase of the service. For questions regarding your paid status, click here to contact us.

b) Subscription Renewal
Your M4N subscription will be automatically extended for successive renewal periods of the same duration as the subscription term originally selected, at the then-current non-promotional subscription rate. To change or resign your subscription at any time, please contact our Customer Care team. If you resign, your subscription will not be renewed after your current subscription expires. Resignations prior to the completion of your subscription term are not eligible for a refund of any portion of the subscription fee for the current subscription period.

c) Free Trials and Other Promotions.
Any free trial or other promotion that provides subscriber-level access to the Service must be used within the specified time of the trial. If the terms of the promotional offer require subscription to the Service, you must cancel your subscription before the end of the trial period in order to avoid being charged a subscription fee.

8. Joining M4N via an M4 Partner

If you register to use the Service through an M4 Partner, and M4’s relationship with the Partner associated with that given M4 Partner is severed for any reason, you will not forfeit your membership rights to use the Service. M4 reserves the right to migrate your membership or paid account to a comparable service on M4N.

9. Community Content

All content posted on the Service should be consistent with the Community Content Guidelines.

You agree not to post, transmit, distribute or link to content that is unlawful, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, indecent, obscene, tortuous, libelous, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy or otherwise liable to be viewed as objectionable or threatening physical harm to any person or group. Intellectual property, including copyrighted and trademarked materials; altered or unaltered intellectual property; and another individual’s non-copyrighted text or images without the written permission of the owner of the intellectual property are also not allowed.

M4 is not responsible for the content of any email or group discussion threads posted on the Service by Members and is not responsible for any information, goods or services offered or placed by third parties or Members on the Service. In using the Service, you specifically agree that M4 is not responsible to you or anyone else or liable in any way for any threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, offensive or illegal conduct of any other party or for any infringement of another’s rights, including intellectual property rights occurring through the use of the Service. M4 does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to M4N (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to M4N or any future M4-owned website or its associated services (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submissions you are granting M4 a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, fully paid, assignable right and license to reproduce, repurpose, use, store, modify, edit, translate, distribute or make available any portion or portions of your Submissions as M4 sees fit in any medium, now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, subject only to the terms set forth in these Terms of Use. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. M4 is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in M4‘s sole discretion. By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions. M4 and its individual Partners assume no responsibility for the deletion, the inability, or failure to store your Submissions.

10. Member Account

Once you register for the Service, you will receive an account and password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of both, and are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. As a registered member of the Service, you bear full responsibility for all the information provided in your profile. The inclusion of pornographic or other graphic sexually oriented content is not permitted in your profile or anywhere across the Service and puts your membership in jeopardy. M4 cannot be held responsible for offline meetings between Members who have met and/or corresponded through the M4N websites. You agree that M4 will send you email messages containing information about the Service including updates about changes, new features or events, advice on usage of the Service, and recommendations.

You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or password and of any other breach in security. Members are not to use the Service in connection with any duplicative or unsolicited messages such as junk email and spamming (commercial or otherwise); or any harmful or deleterious programs such as viruses; or any material that infringes upon the intellectual property rights or any other rights of third parties including trademark, copyright or right of property.

11. Members in China

If you are a citizen of the People's Republic of China, you agree that you have prior state approval to use computer networks and the Internet and that content you post or send via the Service does not disclose state secrets or incite others to resist or break laws.

1. Advertising

With respect to any products shown in conjunction with the M4N Service, the manufacturers and/or brand owners have no association with this Service and all trademarks that may be shown on this Service by the display of any products belong strictly to their respective owners. With regard to any products purchased through this Service, M4 bears no responsibility for any product liability or other claims, and users, sole recourse shall be against the manufacturer with regard to the same.

12. Copyrighted and Trademark Material

All contents of the M4N websites are copyrighted. Copyright© 1998 - 2011 WorldFriends (Global) S.A.R.L., a wholly owned subsidiary of Meta-4 Group (GLOBAL) S.A.  2 rue Leon Laval, L-3372 Leudelange, Luxembourg . All rights reserved.

WorldFriends Networks, Meta4 Networks, Meta4 Group, worldfriends.tv, worldfriends.jp, worldfriends.cn, DotLove, WorldFriends, DotStuff, DotPoints, DotMatch and DotCrush, Japan Penpal, HungryForWords Friends, JapanMatch, Sekatomo, WorldsPenpal, WorldFriends Penpals, Cool WorldFriends, WorldFriends Exchange, and WorldFriends Marriage are all trademarks of WorldFriends (Global) S.A.R.L.. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

13. Non-Commercial Usage

You are free to access and use the Service for your personal, non-commercial use. Your access to content posted on the Service is for your personal use only.

14. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

THE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH M4N AND ANY OF ITS AGENTS OR PARTNERS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. M4 DOES NOT CONTROL IN ANY RESPECT ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OFFERED BY THIRD PARTIES ON THE SERVICE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

M4 IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF EMAIL MESSAGES DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE SERVICE, CONTENT APPEARING ON ITS MEMBERS' HOME PAGES, OR OTHER CONTENT POSTED BY ITS MEMBERS, AND ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION AS TO THE ACCURACY, CURRENCY, COMPLETENESS, RELIABILITY OR USEFULNESS OF INFORMATION DISTRIBUTED BY OTHERS THROUGH THIS SERVICE.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, M4 EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. M4 MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, NOR THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE. M4 MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO THE USE OR THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE. M4 MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT DEFECTS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. M4 DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION THAT CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL BE MAINTAINED. M4 MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR COMPLETE. M4 MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY GOODS OR SERVICES OR THE DELIVERY OF ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR ADVERTISED THROUGH ITS SPONSORS OR ADVERTISERS, OR REGARDING ANY TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH THE SERVICE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM M4N OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN.

15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL M4 BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE, FROM THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES, FROM ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE, OR FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLES, EVEN IF M4 HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOU DO SOMETHING THAT WARRANTS YOUR TERMINATION FROM M4N, YOU MUST ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS AFTERWARD.

YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT M4 IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY THREATENING, DEFAMATORY, OBSCENE, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY OTHER PARTY OR ANY INFRINGEMENT OF ANOTHER'S RIGHTS, INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, OCCURRING ON OR THROUGH OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE, THE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE, OR WITH ANY OF M4N'S CONTENT GUIDELINES OR TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING M4N. YOU AGREE THAT M4 IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OF DATA RESULTING FROM OUR DELETION OF YOUR HOME PAGE OR OTHER CONTENT ON THE SITE, FROM NETWORK OR SYSTEM OUTAGES, FROM FILE CORRUPTION OR ANY OTHER REASON. YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT M4 SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF SERVICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, WHETHER SUCH INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION WAS JUSTIFIED OR NOT, NEGLIGENT OR INTENTIONAL, INADVERTENT OR ADVERTENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS, AND/OR LIABILITY FOR SOME TYPES OF DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

16. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold M4, the Partners, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and agents, and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees harmless from and against any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Service, your violation of these Terms of Use, or the infringement by you, or any other user of your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

17. Severability & Headings

If any provision herein is held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will continue in full force without being impaired or invalidated in any way. Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section.

18. Entire Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes in their entirety any and all written or oral agreements previously existing between the parties with respect to such subject matter.

These Terms of Use are effective January 11, 2011 and shall continue until revised by M4.