GE:ER Legal Terms and Notices

THE GALACTIC EMPIRE : AN EMPIRE REBORN

REVISION 1.00ER 2006-11-05
REVISED BY FLEET ADMIRAL TIBERIUS FEL

ORIGINAL DOCUMENT BY GRAND ADMIRAL DAEMON UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, EMPEROR GERELGARDE PALPATINE.

NOTICE

The Galactic Empire or "GE" is an amateur, un-official online organisation/club of Imperial-minded Star Wars fans, and is in no way produced, endorsed or subsidised by Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees. Based primarily on game platforms from LucasArts Entertainment Co., it is dedicated to re-creating the Empire of the Star Wars universe online, through role-playing, gaming, and any viable arena of fan development.

The Galactic Empire operates at a loss and does not charge or request fees of any kind, thriving solely on volunteer member contributions & services. The Club Manager (Supreme Commander) and all other officers/members perform their duties on an entirely volunteer basis, in the interests of Star Wars fandom and the "Imperial cause".

DEFINITIONS

The Galactic Empire, GE, Empire Reborn: Refer to The Galactic Empire online organisation / fan club, as located at EmpireReborn.net. Now relocated at http://www.empirereborn.net and under the management of Fleet Admiral Fel. The original Galactic Empire was and is owned by Daemon, however, the GE:ER has received the personal endorsement of Daemon as the continuation of his original GE.

Supreme Commander, Club Manager: Refer to current Commander of the GE currently Fleet Admiral Fel

Imperial Nexus: Refers to the original web site, EmpireReborn.net.

GE:ER holonet: Refers to this web site: EmpireReborn.net "GE:ER Holonet" refers to the 'Galactic Empire: An Empire Reborn' home domain

ACCEPTANCE AND MODIFICATION OF TERMS

By using this Web site (or any information, services, or products available through this Web site) you are agreeing to be bound by the Terms and Notices contained herein. If you are not agreeable to or do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Notices, please do not join The Galactic Empire or use this site.

These Terms and Notices may be modified solely by the Supreme Commander, who may make periodic modifications by posting the changes on the Web site. You should review these Terms and Notices on a periodic basis, as your continued use of the Web site shall constitute assent to any such modifications, once posted.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF IMPERIAL LAW

As a club, The Galactic Empire possesses various internal policies of operation and general rules of online behaviour that all members must adhere to, as well as an internal "judicial system" in the context of the GE's role-playing universe. These are put forth in the 'Imperial Charter' and 'Articles of War' documents (collectively, "documents of Imperial Law"), as linked-to from the Offical documents page.

By applying to join The Galactic Empire in any capacity, you automatically acknowledge that you have read these documents of Imperial Law, and understand that violations may result in loss of privileges within the GE -- up to and including the termination of one's GE membership and all attached GE "character" personas -- at the sole discretion and interpretation of the Supreme Commander or his authorized representatives.

TRADEMARK NOTICES

Star Wars®, A New Hope®, The Empire Strikes Back®, Return of the Jedi®, The Phantom Menace®, Attack of the Clones® and all logos, characters, artwork, stories, information, names, and other elements associated thereto are the sole and exclusive property of Lucasfilm Ltd.

X-Wing©®, X-Wing Collector Series©®, X-Wing Trilogy©®, TIE Fighter©®, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter©®, Balance of Power©®, X-Wing Alliance©®, Dark Forces©®, Jedi Knight©®, Mysteries of the Sith©®, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast©®, Jedi Knight III: Jedi Academy©®, Rebellion©®, Force Commander©®, Galactic Battlegrounds©®, Galactic Battlegrounds Clone Campaigns©®, and Episode I: Pod Racer©® are copyright protected and registered trademarks of LucasArts Entertainment Co. StarWars Galaxies©® is copyright protected and a registered trademark of Sony Online Entertainment and also LucasArts Entertainment Co. FreeWorlds is a free total conversion of Freelancer©® which is copyright protected and a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

Any use or display of previously published or copyrighted Star Wars information or materials on this Web site -- including but not limited to those o f LucasArts, Lucasfilm, West End Games, etc. -- is done entirely for the non-commercial/non-profit enjoyment of Star Wars fans. No claim of ownership nor reassignment of Lucasfilm's copyright and copyrighted material to any other parties is intended or inferred by this Web site or the GE. The Galactic Empire expressly forbids its members to use any "Star Wars materials" (be they previously-copyrighted official items or original member creations) for profit or personal/financial gain, and any such actions are neither motivated nor endorsed by the GE, as stated in the Imperial Charter.

It is the stance of The Galactic Empire that its presence online fosters LucasArts game sales and Star Wars Imperial fandom. Nevertheless, any alleged incidents of intellectual theft or plagiarism should be brought to the attention of the Supreme Commander.

RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF MATERIALS (COPYRIGHT NOTICE)

This Web site, empirereborn.net is owned and operated by Fleet Admiral Fel, The Galactic Empire's "Supreme Commander" (Club Manager). Its contents are protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws, all rights reserved. All material from EmpireREborn.net created for the use of the Galactic Empire by Grand Admiral Daemon, remains under the terms and conditions set out on that website. These conditions form an extension to cover the change of management only.

Excepting any previously-copyrighted materials used (such as those of Lucasfilm, LucasArts, West End Games, etc., to which the GE does not and cannot claim ownership), no material from this Web site may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without express permission from the Supreme Commander, except that you may view, download, and print the materials for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of The Galactic Empire's copyright and other proprietary rights.

In the event that you download any original GE-created software from the Web site, the software -- including any files, images incorporated in or generated by the software, and data accompanying the software (collectively, the "Software") -- is licensed to you by The Galactic Empire. The GE does not transfer title to the Software to you. You own the medium on which the Software is recorded, but the GE retains full and complete title to the Software, and all intellectual property rights therein. You may not re-sell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Software to a human-perceivable form.

The Supreme Commander herein authorises that you may freely distribute Software downloaded from this Web site, as well as issues of the GE Official Newsletter, provided that the distributed item is kept in its original and un-altered form, including all accompanying files & documentation, unless otherwise noted within the Software or respective issue of the GE Official Newsletter.

You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

SUBMISSIONS

Submitting content to The Galactic Empire is achieved through sending such content to the Supreme Commander, or to a representative officially designated to receive certain content on behalf of him or the GE. (As an example, an individual whose officially-designated duties included receiving all submissions of custom Imperial Navy Simulations, would be such a representative.)

All creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts, materials, or other information or content disclosed, submitted, or offered to The Galactic Empire shall be deemed and shall remain the property of The Galactic Empire in perpetuity. No submissions shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of The Galactic Empire, and the GE shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any submissions. You further waive any "moral rights" you may have in your submission(s).

By developing content/material for use by the GE membership, or by submitting content/material to The Galactic Empire, you automatically grant, or warrant that the owner of such content/material has expressly and unreservedly granted, The Galactic Empire the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content/material (in whole or part) throughout the universe and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or hereafter developed, for the full term of any copyright, trademark or patent that may exist in such content/material for any purpose whatsoever without compensation to its provider. In all event, original credit towards the author should at all times be visible/attached with the submitted content.

Non-submitted content/material -- including that presented through individual member websites -- remains the full property of its owner/creator. Submitting a site URL for purposes of having a hyperlink placed on the Imperial Nexus does not in itself grant the GE any right or licence in the contents of the site, nor does the GE claim any such right or license.

Much of The Galactic Empire's stance on submissions is taken with the primary objective of protecting it from extortion by individuals threatening to revoke its right or licence to use previously submitted materials. The GE's status is one of a non-profit, volunteer-run and member-developed fan club; it is the hope of the GE that contributing members shall, in consideration of this, regard submissions as "donations" to be incorporated within the GE for overall improvement of the organisation and the experience of its membership. Members who do not wish to grant the GE any right or licence in their works are advised to display such works via personal websites. Let it be noted that the Supreme Commander has a high level of personal appreciation for The Galactic Empire's contributing members, and makes reasonable efforts to give due credit to the original authors of submissions utilised by the organisation. However, situations that necessitate unrestricted use may periodically arise.

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.

RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF WEB SITE

empirereborn.net is a "dynamic" website, and widely uses the PHP scripting language to format and display information stored in a MySQL database. Various areas of the Web site also allow certain users and members to modify some or all contents of the database and/or are access controlled using "AuthCodes" or passwords (such areas hereafter collectively referred to as "Administrative Areas").

You agree to utilise only those Administrative Areas to which you have been legitimately granted access, and further affirm that all such utilisation will be in accordance with GE policy and the intended administrative duties of your position(s) within the GE (if any). You agree not to disrupt or attempt to disrupt the operation of the Imperial Nexus, nor to publish or transmit to or via the Web site any content which you know to be harmful, dangerous, or opposed to the GE's standards of member conduct. You acknowledge that transgressions of this paragraph shall constitute computer/cyber crime, and may be pursued by The Galactic Empire.

DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Although The Galactic Empire strives to maintain the contents of the Web site, the information, and services available to you on this Web site may contain errors and are subject to periods of interruption.

THE GALACTIC EMPIRE PROVIDES THE INFORMATION, SERVICES AND PRODUCTS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WEB PAGES, SOUNDS, IMAGES, SOFTWARE, AND GAME LEVELS) AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB SITE "AS IS," WITH NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF THEIR USE REMAINS WITH THE RECIPIENT. ALL EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE GALACTIC EMPIRE OR ANY OF ITS MEMBERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL AND EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, ARISING FROM THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS WEB SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE, EVEN IF THE GALACTIC EMPIRE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

The Galactic Empire disclaims any liability for unauthorized use or reproduction of any portion of this Web site.
The Galactic Empire is not responsible for any content or information that you may find undesirable or objectionable.

Only a digitally signed electronic document or a signed written document from the Supreme Commander may create any warranty not expressly made herein. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from or through any other source or method, shall create any warranty not expressly made herein.

EXTERNAL LINKS

There are certain links on this Web site that will lead you to other sites on the World Wide Web. These links are provided for convenience only, and a link to any other Web site should not be taken to imply any endorsement of any other Web site by The Galactic Empire. Under no circumstances shall The Galactic Empire be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damages caused or alleged to have been caused by use of or reliance on any content, goods or services available on such sites. Any concerns regarding any external link should be directed to its respective site administrator or Webmaster.

MISCELLANEOUS

These Terms and Notices shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America, as this is where the information on the website is hosted. The Supreme Commander is not a US citizen, and resides in Canada.

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

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to The Galactic Empire or these Terms and Notices must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

The section titles in these Terms and Notices are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

CONTACT

Any questions, concerns, or feedback arising from these Terms and Notices may be directed to the Supreme Commander: Fleet Admiral Fel, sc@empirereborn.net