Terms & Conditions

last updated: 16th of April 2017

Terms and conditions of use

1.     Introduction

1.1    These terms and conditions shall govern your use of our website.

1.2    By using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full; accordingly, if you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use our website.

1.3    If you register with our website, we will ask you to expressly agree to these terms and conditions.

1.4    You must be at least 14 years of age to use our website; by using our website or agreeing to these terms and conditions, you warrant and represent to us that you are at least 14 years of age.

1.5    Our website uses cookies; by using our website or agreeing to these terms and conditions, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of our Data Privacy policy.

2.     Copyright notice

2.1    Copyright (c) 2017 Debucate.com.

2.2    Subject to the express provisions of these terms and conditions:

(a)    we, together with our licensors, own and control all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website; and

(b)    all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website are reserved.

3.     Licence to use website

3.1    You may:

(a)    view pages from our website in a web browser;

(b)    download pages from our website for caching in a web browser;

(c)    print pages from our website;

(d)    use our website and its features in the intended way,

        subject to the other provisions of these terms and conditions.

3.2    You may only use our website for your own personal purposes, and you must not use our website for any other purposes.

3.3    Except as expressly permitted by these terms and conditions, you must not edit or otherwise modify any material on our website.

3.4    Unless you own or control the relevant rights in the material, you must not:

(a)    republish material from our website (including republication on another website);

(b)    sell, rent or sub-license material from our website;

(c)    show any material from our website in public except as otherwise permitted in these terms and conditions;

(d)    exploit material from our website for a commercial purpose; or

(e)    redistribute material from our website except as otherwise permitted in these terms and conditions.

3.5    We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion; you must not circumvent or bypass, or attempt to circumvent or bypass, any access restriction measures on our website.

4.     Acceptable use

4.1    You must not:

(a)    use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability or accessibility of the website;

(b)    use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity;

(c)    use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software;

(d)    conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent;

(e)    access or otherwise interact with our website using any robot, spider or other automated means, except for the purpose of search engine indexing;

(f)     violate the directives set out in the robots.txt file for our website; or

(g)    use data collected from our website for any direct marketing activity (including without limitation email marketing, SMS marketing, telemarketing and direct mailing).

4.2    You must not use data collected from our website to contact individuals, companies or other persons or entities.

4.3    You must ensure that all the information you supply to us through our website, or in relation to our website, is true, accurate, current, complete and non-misleading.

5.     Registration and accounts

5.1    You may register for an account with our website by completing and submitting the account registration form on our website or use a social login option provided.

5.2    You must not allow any other person to use your account to access the website.

5.3    You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your account.

5.4    You must not use any other person's account to access the website, unless you have that person's express permission to do so.

6.     User login details

6.1    If you register for an account with our website, you will be asked to choose a user ID and password. In case of a social login, your user ID will be automatically generated.

6.2    Your user ID must not be liable to mislead and must comply with the content rules set out in Section 9; you must not use your account or user ID for or in connection with the impersonation of any person.

6.3    You must keep your password confidential.

6.4    You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any disclosure of your password.

6.5    You are responsible for any activity on our website arising out of any failure to keep your password confidential, and may be held liable for any losses arising out of such a failure.

7.     Cancellation and suspension of account

7.1    We may:

(a)    suspend your account;

(b)    cancel your account; and/or

(c)    edit your account details,

        at any time in our sole discretion without notice or explanation.

7.2    You may cancel your account by filing such request via Email.

8.     Your content: licence

8.1    In these terms and conditions, "your content" means all works and materials (including without limitation text, graphics, images and files) that you submit to us or our website for storage or publication on, processing by, or transmission via, our website.

8.2    You grant to us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, store, adapt, publish, translate and distribute your content in any existing or future media.

8.3    You grant to us the right to sub-license the rights licensed under Section 8.2.

8.4    You grant to us the right to bring an action for infringement of the rights licensed under Section 8.2.

8.5    You hereby waive all your moral rights in your content to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law; and you warrant and represent that all other moral rights in your content have been waived to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.

8.6    You may edit your content to the extent permitted using the editing functionality made available on our website.

8.7    Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach any provision of these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may delete, unpublish or edit any or all of your content.

9.     Your content: rules

9.1    You warrant and represent that your content will comply with these terms and conditions.

9.2    Your content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any person's legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action against any person (in each case in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law).

9.3    Your content, and the use of your content by us in accordance with these terms and conditions, must not:

(a)    be libellous or maliciously false;

(b)    be obscene or indecent;

(c)    infringe any copyright, moral right, database right, trade mark right, design right, right in passing off, or other intellectual property right;

(d)    infringe any right of confidence, right of privacy or right under data protection legislation;

(e)    constitute negligent advice or contain any negligent statement;

(f)     constitute an incitement to commit a crime, instructions for the commission of a crime or the promotion of criminal activity;

(g)    be in contempt of any court, or in breach of any court order;

(h)    be in breach of racial or religious hatred or discrimination legislation;

(i)     be blasphemous;

(j)     be in breach of official secrets legislation;

(k)    be in breach of any contractual obligation owed to any person;

(l)     depict violence in an explicit, graphic or gratuitous manner;

(m)   be pornographic;

(n)    be untrue, false, inaccurate or misleading;

(o)    consist of or contain any instructions, advice or other information which may be acted upon and could, if acted upon, cause illness, injury or death, or any other loss or damage;

(p)    constitute spam;

(q)    be offensive, deceptive, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, harassing, anti-social, menacing, hateful, discriminatory or inflammatory; or

10.     Topic of The Week/Month Competitions

10.1    Selecting the winning Arguments is at the sole discretion of the administrators of this website. The result of the decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

10.2    Winners will be notified via Email to the Email address they have registered with. Authors of a winning Argument must provide administrators with a valid payment method within 30 days of being informed that they have won. Otherwise they lose any right to their compensation.

10.3    The valid payment methods are:

(a)    PayPal

11.   Limited warranties

11.1  We do not warrant or represent:

(a)    the completeness or accuracy of the information published on our website;

(b)    that the material on the website is up to date; or

(c)    that the website or any service on the website will meet your requirements and remain uninterrupted and available;

(d)    that the website or its content is reliable and secure;

and we disclaim all responsibility and liability in respect thereof.

11.2  We reserve the right to discontinue or alter any or all of our website services, and to stop publishing our website, at any time in our sole discretion without notice or explanation; and save to the extent expressly provided otherwise in these terms and conditions, you will not be entitled to any compensation or other payment upon the discontinuance or alteration of any website services, or if we stop publishing the website.

11.3  To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and subject to Section 11.1, we exclude all representations and warranties relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions, our website and the use of our website.

12.   Limitations and exclusions of liability

12.1  Nothing in these terms and conditions will:

(a)    limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;

(b)    limit or exclude any liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;

(c)    limit any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or

(d)    exclude any liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

12.2  The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section 11 and elsewhere in these terms and conditions:

(a)    are subject to Section 12.1; and

(b)    govern all liabilities arising under these terms and conditions or relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in these terms and conditions.

12.3  To the extent that our website and the information and services on our website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

12.4  We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control.

12.5  We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including (without limitation) loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill.

12.6  We will not be liable to you in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software.

12.7  We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.

13.   Breaches of these terms and conditions

13.1  Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may:

(a)    send you one or more formal warnings;

(b)    temporarily suspend your access to our website;

(c)    permanently prohibit you from accessing our website;

(d)    commence legal action against you, whether for breach of contract or otherwise; and/or

(e)    suspend or delete your account on our website.

13.2  Where we suspend or prohibit or block your access to our website or a part of our website, you must not take any action to circumvent such suspension or prohibition or blocking.

14.   Variation

14.1  We may revise these terms and conditions from time to time.

14.2  We will give you written notice of any revision of these terms and conditions, and the revised terms and conditions will apply to the use of our website from thirty (30) days after the date that we give you such notice; if you do not agree to the revised terms and conditions, you must stop using our website.

15.   Assignment

15.1  You hereby agree that we may assign, transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with our rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

15.2  You may not without our prior written consent assign, transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with any of your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

16.   Severability

16.1  If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect.

16.2  If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision of these terms and conditions would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

17.   Third party rights

17.1  A contract under these terms and conditions is for our benefit and your benefit, and is not intended to benefit or be enforceable by any third party.

17.2  The exercise of the parties' rights under a contract under these terms and conditions is not subject to the consent of any third party.

18.   Entire agreement

18.1  Subject to Section 12.1, these terms and conditions, together with our Data Privacy policy, General Posting Guidelines and Code of Conduct shall constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website and shall supersede all previous agreements between you and us in relation to your use of our website.

19.   Law and jurisdiction

19.1  These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with German law.

19.2  Any disputes relating to these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Germany.