Terms and Conditions of Use

The present Terms and Conditions of Use and the  Privacy Policy govern access to and the use of the China Social Credit System Blog (the “Blog”) and any part or section thereof via any communication device or medium, and any content that is made available through the Blog located at the internet address www.china-social-credit.com, including any of its subdomains.

Your performance of any of the following actions shall be deemed as constituting your acceptance and agreement to the present Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy:

(a) accessing the Blog via any communication device or medium;

(b) subscribing to the Blog in order to receive email updates;

(c) submitting comments, or any other kind of content, to the Blog through any means of communication;

(d) accessing any content offered in exchange for donations.

If you do not agree with the present Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy, then you must not accept this Agreement, and you must not access the Blog, receive email updates, submit comments or any other kind of content to the Blog through any means of communication. The present Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy may be at any time amended or modified. Amended versions will be posted on the Blog. You are responsible for periodically checking the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy. An uninterrupted use of the Blog after any amendment to the Terms and Conditions and/or the Privacy Policy shall be deemed as constituting acceptance of any amendments. It is strongly recommended that you periodically check the Blog, to review the most recent version of the Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Policy.

The present Blog reserves the right to terminate your access without prior notice, as a result to your failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions, or because of any other reason deemed appropriate.

Ability to Agree to these Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

This Blog is not conceived, designed for, or directed at children of 13 (thirteen) years of age or younger. In order to use this Blog, you must be 18 (eighteen) years of age or have reached the legal age in the jurisdiction where you enjoy legal residence, and be fully able to give your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy, to abide by them, and to comply with them. It is your sole responsibility to make sure you are legally able to agree and enter to the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy, under the law that is applicable to you in the jurisdiction where you enjoy legal residence. If you agree to these Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy, and continue to use this Blog, you state that you have the legal capacity to be bound by them.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Any use, representation of any of the ideas, words, textual and/or non-textual content published on this Blog as your own ideas, words, content without giving credit to the author(s) or the originator(s) of the ideas, words, textual and/or non-textual content constitutes plagiarism and it is a violation of academic integrity.

Quoting word for word the textual content of this Blog, or using its textual or visual content in any other way, in any kind of academic activity, included but not limited to teaching, the writing of articles, blogs, research grant proposals, without giving proper attribution to its author(s) constitutes plagiarism and it is a violation of academic integrity.

Summarizing or paraphrasing the textual content of this Blog without giving proper attribution to its author(s) is plagiarism, and a violation of academic integrity.

Plagiarism is the most widespread form of academic dishonesty. To learn more about what plagiarism is, how you may avoid it, or receive counselling on how to stop this habit, you are encouraged to visit the www.plagiarism.org website.

Backlinking

This Blog does in no way solicit or asks backlinks, neither does it attempt to get backlinks from any other internet website, blog, or social medium through any direct or indirect offer or any indirect promise or representation of the offer of monetary compensation, or any other kind of tangible or intangible, present or future benefit or advantage, or the promise, representation, implication thereof.

This Blog does in no way links to any other internet website, blog, or social medium through any direct or indirect offer or any indirect promise or representation of the offer of monetary compensation, or any other kind of tangible or intangible, present or future benefit or advantage, or the promise, representation, implication thereof.

All the links from this Blog to any other internet website, blog or social medium are created at the sole discretion of their author or authors.

All the links to this Blog from any other website, blog, or social medium are created at the sole discretion of their authors.

Content Creation and Publication

All textual and non-textual content of this Blog is created by its author(s) for the sole purposes of information, education, and research. This Blog does not publish content that is in any way sponsored from any public or private, public-private, for profit, not-for-profit local, national, or international legal entity, or that espouses or otherwise supports the theory or theories, hypotheses, positions, claims, beliefs, convictions, media, advocacy or public opinion campaign(s) of any particular public or private, public-private, for profit, not-for-profit local, national, or international entity.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

All textual content of this Blog, except the reproduction of legislation in Chinese language,  is protected under copyright legislation, and owned by its author(s). Textual content or parts thereof may not be copied, reproduced, republished, modified, distributed – except where otherwise explicitly stated – without permission.

Downloads

By downloading any digital file from this Blog, you give your consent to receiving occasional communications, news and updates of relevance to the topic of this Blog.

Disclaimer

All the textual and non-textual content available on this Blog is provided “as it is”, and for educational and information purposes. All textual and non-textual content is periodically changed without prior notice. There is no guarantee that the content of this  Blog is or will always be up to date, accurate, complete, and without mistakes. None of the authors, editors, managers, administrators of this Blog in any way assume liability or responsibility for any errors, omissions, inaccuracies in the textual and non-textual content of this Blog, or or any other website, blog, or social media account linked from this Blog, or linking to this Blog.

No portion of any piece of textual and/or non-extual content available on this Blog shall be constructed as being a legal advice, or a legal opinion.

Chinese legal, regulatory, and policy documents published in this Blog’s database are reference documents only. While this Blog makes its best efforts to reproduce officials public Chinese legal, regulatory, and policy documents in the most accurate way, all documents included in the database are provided “as they are”, and there is no guarantee that they will always be up to date, accurate, complete, or in force.

By accessing  this Blog, you agree that its author(s), editor(s), manager(s) will not be liable to you or to any third party, in any way for any damage of any kind which may arise from your access to and/or use of this Blog, or for your use of any of the textual or non-textual content or any portion thereof, included by to limited to liability or damages under tort law, or civil, criminal, or administrative law.

Donation Policy

Donations are not a determining factor of individual authors’ policy or decision to provide content useful for academic resarch on social credit in the People’s Republic of China and in jurisdictions other than the People’s Republic of China. All donations are entirely non-refundable,  and they are meant to offer an opportunity, to those who access content offered against donations, to display their appreciation for the time that has been volunteered to create such content. Donations are governed by the law of the jurisdiction where the person who choses to donate enjoys legal rights of residence. By making a decision to donate to access an article, you accept that you are responsible for checking the legislation that applies to donations, however defined, in the country where you enjoy legal rights of residence. By making a decision to donate to access an article, you state that:

(a) your decision was made on an entirely voluntary basis;

(b) your decision to donate does not create or imply any obligation, on the part of the author or authors whose articles or content you access, to provide to you, or to any person who is or may in any way be professionally or personally related to you, any immediate or future tangible or intangible benefit, advantage or the promise thereof;

(c) your decision to donate does not create any kind of moral, social, professional, or personal relationship between you and the author or authors of the content you access, and/or between or among you, the author or authors of the content you access, and any other third party however defined;

(d) your decision to donate does not create, on the author or the authors’ part, any  implicit or explicit moral, social, professional, personal, or legal obligation to provide or promise to provide any kind of content that may be used to espouse, prove, confirm, advocate for or in any other way support or lend intellectual credit to the theory or theories, hypotheses, positions, claims, beliefs, convictions, media, advocacy or public opinion campaign(s) of any particular public or private, public-private, for profit, not-for-profit local, national, or international entity;

Linking

All interested parties may place a link from their website, blog or social media accounts to the present Blog, provided they comply with the following:

(a) links may be used for the sole purpose of public information, or for the convenience of readers, creators, curators, editors, administrators, managers of external websites, blogs and social media accounts;

(b) they agree not to replicate or in any form incorporate any textual or non-textual content onto their website or blog, regardless of the technical solutions used. The author(s) of any textual or non-textual content grant their consent only to the placing of links, not to the replication of their content;

(c) external links must in no way represent the Blog or any of its author(s) in ways which may be constructed as being negative, inaccurate, misleading, slanderous, malicious, insulting or may in any way detract from the goodwill of the author(s) and/or creator(s), administrator(s), editor(s) of this Blog;

(d) they agree not to use the links in any way which may represent, suggest or in any other way imply any endorsement, consent, sponsorship from the Blog author(s)’ of any product, service, or argument, or any relationship of affiliation between the Blog, its author(s), you, or any other institutions you may be in any way affiliated to.

(e) they agree not to place links from any website, blog, or social media account which contains content which could be constructed as offensive, controversial, or as violating local, national, and/or international legislation.

Use by for-profit and/or commercial registered and/or unregistered entities

You must not make any for-profit,  commercial, or non-commercial use (included but not limited to the promotion of  for-profit and/or commercial services of any kind, whether those services be offered by individuals or any group thereof however defined) of  any of the materials available on this Blog without obtaining  prior written permission.

Use by not for-profit  registered and/or unregistered entities

Not-for-profit entities and the members thereof (including but not limited to volunteer personnel and/or unpaid staff or any other physical person offering their labor for free to any such entity), regardless of whether they are registered in the jurisdiction where they operate or conduct any of their activities (included but not limited to teaching, research, dissemination, public speaking, event organization, the preparation of grant proposal), must not make any use of any of the materials available on this Blog for any purpose (included but not limited to the ones listed above) without obtaining prior written permission.