CODE OF CONDUCT
Debating Europe (“DE”) is an online platform that let’s you discuss YOUR ideas with Europe’s leaders. It is a project run by Friends of Europe, an independent think-tank, and Europe’s World, the only pan-European policy journal, in partnership with the European Parliament, Microsoft Europe and Gallup.
Our code of conduct applies to all social media areas on the site and connected with it (all bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets or other communications facilities). Note that external sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook etc.) may have additional guidelines that govern your use, so please be sure to review them in addition to this DE Code of Conduct.
We request that you to treat all fellow participants with mutual respect. We reserve the right to remove any posting that is inappropriate or offensive, that advertises or endorses a person, product, or service, or that promotes a campaign or includes electioneering.
KEEP IT LEGAL
We do not allow any illegal activities.
You are responsible for all of your activities while participating on this site. You are responsible for anything you say or post, protecting your own computer system through virus protection programs or other means, and upholding the Code of Conduct.
PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
CHANGES TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT
We will revise or update this Code of Conduct if our practices change. Please refer to this page for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this Code, we will post a new Code on our site and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the Code shall not apply retroactively.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
DESCRIPTION OF CONTENT
Through this site, you will have access to a variety of text, images, video, and other multimedia resources provided by DE, collectively known as “DE Content.” You may also have access to content uploaded or supplied in other ways to the DE Site (“User Supplied Content”) by participants.
USE LIMITATION OF CONTENT
Unless otherwise noted, images and video on DE web sites may be used for any purpose without prior permission, subject to the special cases noted below.
By electing to download the material from this web site the user agrees:
that DE makes no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and does not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and makes no warranties as to the quality of the images. DE shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold DE harmless from all liability arising from such use.
to use a credit line in connection with images. Unless otherwise noted in the caption information for an image, the credit line should be “Courtesy of Debating Europe.”
that the endorsement of any product or service by DE must not be claimed or implied.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
Through this site, you will have also have access to a variety of resources (e.g., developer tools, download areas, communication services, etc.) collectively referred to as “Services.” The Services, including any updates, enhancements, new features, and/or the addition of any new Web properties, are subject to the TOU.
PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL LIMITATION ON SERVICES
Unless otherwise specified, Services on the Site are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any information, software, products, or services obtained from the Services.
NOTICE SPECIFIC TO SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Some software may be made available to download as part of the Services offered on this site. Use of the software is governed by the terms of the end user license agreement, if any, which accompanies or is included with the Software (“License Agreement”). An end user will be unable to install any Software that is accompanied by or includes a License Agreement, unless he or she first agrees to the License Agreement terms.
The Software is made available for download solely for use by end users, according to the License Agreement. Any reproduction or redistribution of the Software not in accordance with the License Agreement is expressly prohibited by law, and may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible.
Without Limiting the foregoing, copying or reproduction of the software to any other server or location for further reproduction or redistribution is expressly prohibited, unless such reproduction or redistribution is expressly permitted by the license agreement accompanying such software.
THE SOFTWARE IS WARRANTED, IF AT ALL, ONLY ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT. EXCEPT AS WARRANTED IN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT, DE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE SERVICES OR IN ITS SOFTWARE PRODUCTS, TOOLS AND UTILITIES FOR USE AND/OR DOWNLOAD. DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS DO NOT MAKE ANY ASSURANCES WITH REGARD TO THE ACCURACY OF THE RESULTS OR OUTPUT THAT DERIVES FROM SUCH USE OF ANY SUCH TOOLS AND UTILITIES. PLEASE RESPECT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OTHERS WHEN USING THE TOOLS AND UTILITIES MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES OR SOFTARE PRODUCTS CREATED BY DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS.
NOTICE SPECIFIC TO MATERIALS, OTHER THAN SOFTWARE, AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE
DE AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE MATERIALS OTHER THAN SOFTWARE (MATERIALS), WHICH INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, DOCUMENTS, TEXT, GRAPHICS, VIDEOCLIPS, ETC. PUBLISHED AS PART OF THE SERVICES FOR ANY PURPOSE. ALL SUCH MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS MATERIAL, INCLUDING ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THESE MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM THE SERVICES.
THE MATERIALS PUBLISHED ON THE SERVICES COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE PRODUCT(S) AND/OR THE PROGRAM(S) DESCRIBED HEREIN AT ANY TIME.
NOTICES REGARDING SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB SITE
IN NO EVENT SHALL DE AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTS, PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE SERVICES.
MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD, AND SECURITY
If any of the Services requires you to open an account, you must complete the registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form. You also will choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify DE immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. DE will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred due to someone else using your account or password. You may not use anyone else’s account at any time, without the permission of the account holder. Inquiries can be sent to:email@example.com
NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE
As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any DE server, or the network(s) connected to any DE server, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of any Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any DE server or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services.
USE OF SERVICES
The Services may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to participate and/or communicate with others (each a “Communication Service” and collectively “Communication Services”). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Communication Services, you will not:
Use the Communication Services in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).
Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.
Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, including, by way of example, and not as limitation, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same.
3. Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through the Services, in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party.
4. Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another.
5. Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Services specifically allows such messages.
6. Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed, and/or distributed in such manner.
7. Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
8. Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services.
9. Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service.
10. Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses.
11. Violate any applicable laws or regulations.
12. Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others.
Use, download or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity any directory of users of the Services or other user or usage information or any portion thereof.
DE reserves the right at all times to disclose any information deemed necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, at DE’s sole discretion. The foregoing is not meant to limit DE’s commitment to privacy of information by children.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifiable information about yourself or your children in any Communication Services. DE does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Services and, therefore, DE specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Services.
Materials uploaded to the Communication Services may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination; you are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.
MATERIALS PROVIDED TO, OR POSTED ON, THE DE SITE
Unless otherwise specified, DE does not claim ownership of the materials you provide (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Services or its associated services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community, (each a “Submission” and collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting (“Posting”) your Submission you are granting DE permission to use your Submission including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission. DE may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion.
All copyright inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
Links may let you leave the DE Site.
THE LINKED SITES ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF DE. DE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS OF ANY LINKED SITE OR ANY LINK CONTAINED IN A LINKED SITE, OR ANY CHANGES OR UPDATES TO SUCH SITES. DE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEBCASTING OR ANY OTHER FORM OF TRANSMISSION RECEIVED FROM ANY LINKED SITE. DE IS PROVIDING THESE LINKS TO YOU ONLY AS A CONVENIENCE, AND THE INCLUSION OF ANY LINK DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY DE OF THE SITE.
DEBATING EUROPE VOTE 2014
We have included, on the Debating Europe Vote 2014 voting page, a list of the national parties that belong to each group in the European Parliament. This has been done to help users understand which parties belong to which group.
We have also included certain parties under the “Other” group, but only if those parties already have elected representatives either in the European Parliament or in the main legislature of a Member State (i.e. we do not include parties that are represented only in regional or local legislatures). There are hundreds (if not thousands) of political parties in Europe that are either not represented in legislatures or only represented in regional or local legislatures, and we are simply unable to administrate a list with that many parties.
However, even if your party is either not currently represented in any legislature or is only represented at local or regional level, then users can still vote for your party in Debating Europe Vote 2014. If they choose “Other” in the list of options, then this will indicate they intend to vote for a party that is not currently a member of one of the groups in the European Parliament.