Amharic.com

Terms & Conditions

  1. Overview and Important Definitions

Amharic.com, World Wide Web site (site), the services provided in connection therewith (the Services) and the software available for purchase and download from Amharic.com or the site in connection with the Services (the Software) are owned, operated and maintained, as applicable, by Amharic.com (“we”, our or us). By (1) using or accessing the site or the Services; (2) downloading, purchasing, accessing, installing or using the Software; or (3) paying for someone else to use or access the site or the Services or download, access, install or use the Software, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below (Terms). If you do not agree with these Terms, neither you nor your designee or giftee may access, download, install, or use (as applicable), the site, the Services or the Software. For the purposes of this agreement, you means a parent or guardian who pays for access to the Services as well as the student who accesses or uses the Services. If you are a parent, guardian, or other person who enables a child to access the Services, you agree to stand in the shoes of such child for the purposes of making us whole in case of damages or indemnification that could properly lie against a child, if not for his or her age.

If someone else is paying for (or authorizing) your account or software, you agree to print this document and hand it to them. We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms at any time. Any such modifications will become effective immediately upon posting to the site and your continued use of the site, Services and/or Software constitutes your agreement to such modifications. You agree to periodically review the current version of these Terms as posted on the site.

  1. Purchase, Download and Membership Services

We provide Amharic tutorial products that may be directly purchased, digital download or online membership.

Direct Purchase: Direct Purchase refers to tangible products that are purchased by user on Amharic.com and shipped to address provided by user. This includes, but not limited to, computer software CD, audio CD, DVD, books, poster and flash cards.

Digital Download Digital download refers to digital material (software, audio file, and/or text) that user purchases on Amharic.com and downloads to a local computer. This material can be installed, played or viewed on the user’s local computer, audio player, tablet and/or phone.

Membership Services Through our Services, site and Software, we provide membership services where students pay monthly or annual fees for accessing online material that is designed to teach the Amharic language. Students may also interact with other students through online forums, bulletin boards, emails and other means of online communications (online community) to share their knowledge and experiences.

We do not control, and are not responsible for, the information shared through online community. Furthermore, we do not endorse or make any representations or warranties regarding the reliability of the information shared through online community.

You are solely responsible for all service, telephony and/or other fees and costs associated with your access to and use of the Services and for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment required for such access and use.

The Services are currently available 360 days of each standard year, and 361 days of each leap year. As an online service, Amharic.com may periodically be unavailable as we perform regular maintenance and upgrades.

  1. Privacy Policy

We at Shining Star Multimedia are committed to respecting your online privacy and recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you share with us.

We have established this Online Privacy Policy so that you can understand the care with which we intend to treat your Personal Information.

Personal Information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home or other physical address and an email address or other contact information, whether at work or at home. In general, you can visit Sun’s Web pages without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself.

We strives to comply with all applicable laws around the globe that are designed to protect your privacy. Although legal requirements may vary from country to country, we intends to adhere to the principles set forth in this Online Privacy Policy even if, in connection with the above, we transfer your Personal Information from your country to countries that may not require an “adequate” level of protection for your Personal Information. In other words, our goal is to provide protection for your Personal Information no matter where that Personal Information is collected, transferred, or retained.

  1. Registration Obligations

To use the membership services, you will need to register on the site, pay any applicable fees, and obtain an account, username and password. When you register, the information you provide to us during the registration process will help us in offering content, customer service, and network management. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account(s), username(s) and password(s) and for all activities and liabilities associated with or occurring under your account(s), username(s) and password(s). You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account(s), username(s) or password(s) and any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account(s) at the end of each session. We cannot and will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this requirement or as a result of use of your account(s), username(s) or password(s), either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by us or another party due to someone else using your account(s), username(s) or password(s).

You may not transfer your account(s), username(s) or password(s) to another person, and you may not use anyone else’s account(s), username(s) or password(s) at any time without the permission of the account holder. In cases where you have authorized or registered another individual, including a minor, to use your account(s), you are fully responsible for (i) the online conduct of such user; (ii) controlling the user’s access to and use of the Services; and (iii) the consequences of any misuse. In the event that you permit a minor to use your account(s), we reserve the right to provide access to your account(s) and all information contained therein to such minor’s parents, guardians or other authorized adults, including, but not limited to, authorized school representatives. (An exception to this is that we will never share your credit card information.) Your obligations with respect to registration are described below.

In consideration of your use of the Services, you agree to (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service’s registration form (such information being “Your Data”), (b) maintain and promptly update Your Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete; and (c) comply with these Terms of Use. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if we believe that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your account(s) and refuse any and all current or future use of the Services, or any portion thereof. You agree not to use the site, the Services or the Company Content (as defined below) to recruit, solicit, or contact in any form potential Consumers for employment or contracting for a business not affiliated with us without our advance written permission.

If you reside outside the United States, your registration indicates your explicit consent that the personal information you have provided may be transferred and stored in countries outside your home country—including the United States.

  1. User Content

Any materials, information, communications or ideas that you upload, communicate or otherwise transmit or post to us, the site, will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and may be disseminated or used by us for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, quality control and professional development, as well as our developing, manufacturing, and marketing our current and/or future Services. By uploading or otherwise making available any User Content, you automatically grant and/or warrant that the owner has granted to us the perpetual royalty-free, non-exclusive, world wide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, perform, display, and transmit the User Content for any purpose, with the exception of academic source materials such as textbooks and workbooks, which you assert you are entitled to upload under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. In addition, if you request that our system display a representation of a page or problem from a textbook or workbook, you expressly warrant that you are in proper legal possession of such a textbook and that your instruction to our system to display a page or problem from your textbook is made for the sole purpose of facilitating your learning session, as a classic example of “fair use” under copyright law.

  1. Copyright

You acknowledge that the Software, the technology underlying the Services, and all other software, designs, materials, information, communications, text, graphics, links, electronic art, animations, illustrations, artwork, audio clips, video clips, photos, images, and other data or copyrightable materials, including the selection and arrangements thereof, provided or made available to you in connection with the site, the Software or the Services (collectively, the “Company Content”) are the proprietary works of us and/or our affiliated and/or third party providers and suppliers (Third Parties) and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Except as expressly authorized by us or in these Terms, you may not copy, reproduce, publish, perform, distribute, disseminate, broadcast, circulate, modify, create derivative works of, rent, lease, sell, assign, sublicense, otherwise transfer, display, transmit, compile or collect in a database, or in any manner commercially exploit the site, Company Content or the Services, in whole or in part. You will not, in any manner, without our prior written approval, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code of, the Software or any other Company Content, the site or the Services. You may not store any significant portion of any Company Content or the Services in any form, whether archival files, computer-readable files or any other medium. You may not “mirror” any Company Content or the Services on any server. Any unauthorized or prohibited use of the Software, other Company Content, the site or the Services may subject the offender to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable federal and state laws.

You may download and print a reasonable number of copies of documentation provided or available in connection with the Company Content for noncommercial personal or educational use only and we grant you a limited, non-perpetual, revocable, nontransferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to access and utilize the Services, the Software and the other Company Content for noncommercial personal or educational purposes while these Terms are in full force and effect; provided that (i) any permitted copies of documentation provided or available in connection with the Company Content contain, in an unmodified form, (a) all language designations contained in the materials originally provided to you by us indicating the confidential nature thereof and (b) all copyright or other proprietary rights notices contained in the materials originally provided to you by us and an original source attribution to us and/or the applicable Third Parties; and (ii) you will not modify of any of the Company Content except as approved by us in advance in writing. You acknowledge that we and/or Third Parties, as applicable, hold all right, title and interest in and to all tangible and intangible aspects of the Company Content, the site and the Services, including without limitation, all patents, copyrights and trade secrets pertaining thereto, and that, except for the limited rights set forth above, you do not acquire any intellectual property right or license in any of the foregoing by downloading or printing the Company Content or otherwise, including without limitation, by accessing or using the site, the Company Content or the Services. The rights granted to you herein are revocable by us in accordance with these Terms.

  1. Confidential Information

You agree to safeguard the Company Content and the Services (collectively, Proprietary Information) and to prevent the unauthorized, negligent or inadvertent use or disclosure thereof. You will not, without our prior written approval, directly or indirectly, use or disclose the Proprietary Information to any person or business entity except for a limited number of your employees who are on a need-to-know basis and who agree in writing to be bound by the restrictions on use and disclosure set forth in these Terms or restrictions no less restrictive than these Terms. You agree to promptly notify us in writing of any use or disclosure of Proprietary Information in violation of these Terms. You acknowledge that the use or disclosure of the Proprietary Information in any manner inconsistent with these Terms will cause us irreparable damage and that we will have the right to (i) equitable and injunctive relief to prevent such prohibited use or disclosure, and (ii) recover the amount of all damages (including attorneys fees and expenses) in connection with such prohibited use or disclosure.

  1. Links

The site or the Services may provide links to non-Amharic.com, Inc. World Wide Web sites or resources (Third Party Sites). This may include Students sending links to Third Party Sites and/or causing Third Party Sites (such as study resources or online education pages) to pop-up for your review. Because we have no control over Third Party Sites, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of Third Party Sites, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from Third Party Sites. You further acknowledge and agree that we shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, advertising, products, services or other materials available on or through any Third Party Sites or for any mistakes, defamation, libel, slander, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography, or profanity contained therein.

  1. Conduct, Fraud, and Consequences of Fraud

You may only access the site and use the Company Content and the Services for lawful purposes. You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to your use of the Services. You shall not upload to, distribute through, or otherwise publish through the site or the Services any content that you do not have the right to transmit or that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, otherwise objectionable, or that could constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law. You agree that you will not in any way: (i) interfere with the ability of others to access or use the Services; (ii) disrupt the normal flow of communication or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to use the site or the Services; (iii) claim a relationship with or to speak for any individual, business, association, institution, or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship; or (vi) interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Services. You agree that you will treat the users with respect and not use obscenities in the forums, make threats, or discuss matters other than those directly related to the academic subject for which you seek help.

For the purposes of this document, defrauding our system or accessing them improperly means creating accounts and/or adding time to them and/or using time from them in any manner other than by following our defined procedures for creating valid accounts and then paying for the tutoring you receive.

  1. Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitations

THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES AND EACH PORTION THEREOF ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SERVICES AND EACH PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR OTHER VIOLATION OF RIGHTS. WE DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE, VALIDITY, ACCURACY, OR RELIABILITY OF, OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF, OR OTHERWISE RESPECTING, THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES, EACH PORTION THEREOF OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE OR THIRD PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF DATA OR PROFIT, ARISING OUT OF THE USE, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, EVEN IF WE OR OUR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION OF EQUIPMENT OR DATE, YOU ASSUME ANY COSTS THEREOF. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NEITHER WE, NOR THIRD PARTIES WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION, TEXT, GRAPHICS, LINKS OR OTHER ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF OR IN ANY REPORTS OF VERIFICATION SERVICES. YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD US LIABLE FOR ANY INSTRUCTION, ADVICE OR SERVICES DELIVERED WHICH ORIGINATED THROUGH THE SITE, THROUGH ANY VERIFICATION SERVICE OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMPANY CONTENT, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF.

  1. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless us, and our affiliates, officers, directors, agents, partners, employees, licensors, representatives and third party providers (including our affiliates’ respective officers, directors, agents, partners, employees, licensors, representatives, and third party providers), from and against all losses, expenses, damages, costs, claims and demands, including reasonable attorney’s fees and related costs and expenses, due to or arising out of any User Content you submit, post to, email, or otherwise transmit to us or through the Services, your use of the Services, the Company Content or any portion thereof, your connection to the Services, or your breach of these Terms. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to fully cooperate with such defense and in asserting any available defenses.

  1. Trademark Notice

The trademarks, service marks, and logos (the “Trademarks”) used and displayed on the site or in any Company Content are registered and unregistered Trademarks of us and others and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S. and foreign trademark laws. Nothing on the site, the Services or otherwise should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the site or in connection with the Services, Company Content or Software, without the written permission of the applicable Trademark owner. We aggressively enforce our intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law. You may not use the Trademarks, either ours or others, in any way without the prior written permission of the applicable Trademark owner. We prohibit use of our logo as a “hot” link to any other World Wide Web site unless approved by us in advance in writing.

  1. Copyrights and Copyright Agents

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide us a notice with the following information:

  1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
    b. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; c. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;
    d. your address, telephone number, and email address;
    e. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
    and f. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice to us is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
  2. Local Laws; Export Control

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules including, without limitation, rules about the Internet, data or privacy. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside. In addition, if you reside in a country which is prohibited by law, regulation, treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations with the United States or its citizens, you may not use this Site. Such countries may include Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Serbia, Syria and Sudan, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with U.S. law in this regard.

  1. Modifications to the Service

We may add, change or eliminate features, pricing, nomenclature and other aspects of the Services and make other changes at any time and these Terms will continue to apply to the Services as modified. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the site or the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the site or the Services.

  1. Termination

We may terminate these Terms by providing the other with notice of such termination, which shall be effective immediately upon delivery of such notice to the other party. We may terminate these Terms immediately without notice for any breach by you of these Terms or any of our applicable policies, as posted on the site from time to time. Furthermore, we may terminate these Terms without notice to you by terminating your rights to use the site or the Services for any reason or no reason. In the event of termination or expiration of these Terms, the following sections of these Terms shall survive: all provisions regarding ownership of intellectual property, indemnification, disclaimer of warranties and limitations of liability, Consequences of Improper Conduct, Fraud or Abuse, the provisions of this section which, by their nature apply after termination, and the General provisions below. All licenses granted under these Terms terminate immediately at the end of your subscription period, unless you renew have renewed your subscription and paid any applicable subscription fees. You agree that upon the termination of these Terms, we may delete all information related to you on the Services and may bar your access to the site and use of the Services. Upon the termination of these Terms you will immediately destroy any downloaded or printed Company Content.

  1. General

These Terms and any policies applicable to you posted on the site constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. All rights not expressly granted herein are expressly reserved. These Terms shall inure to our benefit and to the benefit of our agents, licensors, licensees, successors, and assigns. If any provision of these Terms is found to be illegal or unenforceable, these Terms will be deemed curtailed to the extent necessary to make the Terms legal and enforceable and will remain, as modified, in full force and effect. These Terms and all matters or issues collateral thereto will be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to contracts executed and performed entirely therein (without regard to any principles of conflict of laws), and jurisdiction for any court action in the State of California and County of Orange. Any notice or other communication to be given hereunder will be in writing and given by facsimile, postpaid registered or certified mail return receipt requested, or electronic mail. Nothing in these Terms shall be construed as making either party the partner, joint venture, agent, legal representative, employer, contractor or employee of the other. Neither party shall have, or hold itself out to any third party as having, any authority to make any statements, representations or commitments of any kind, or to take any action that shall be binding on the other except as provided for herein or authorized in writing by the party to be bound.

 

  1. Recurring Monthly Billing

When you select an online membership plan, we immediately charge your credit card and provide you access to online material. On the same day of each year, until you tell us otherwise, we will charge your annual membership fee to your credit card.

  1. Satisfaction Guarantee

While we hope that you will be completely satisfied with our Service, and we are proud that more than 90% of Tutor.com users would recommend us to a friend, we know that occasionally you may have an unsatisfactory experience.

If you do have an unsatisfactory session, please let us know about your experience so that we may investigate and hopefully improve our service. To report an unsatisfactory session you may call us during business hours at (800) 411-1970, or you may sign in to your account and use our automated system. If our internal review process determines that your session did not meet our standards of quality, we will issue you one or more tokens, which you may redeem at any time for 5 free minutes. Tokens must be used within 6 months of the day you receive them.

Please remember that our tutors will not give answers to questions! They will only help you understand how you can solve problems for yourself. Accordingly, we do not give credit for sessions in which a student demands that a tutor provide the answer.

  1. Refunds

In keeping with software industry standards, software and all other media (including DVD and Audio CD) purchased on-line through our website is considered opened at the time of purchase. There are on-line Flash demos and/or detailed descriptions for most of our products on our website. This allows all prospective buyers to evaluate the product at their leisure to ensure that the product meets their needs before purchasing.

All Amharic tutorial products (including software, DVD, and Audio CD) that has been opened or purchased online is (1) provided with free e-mail support and (2) may only be replaced with identical software / media within 30 days of purchase. For more information, please see Terms of Use.

Instructions: To replace a damaged software/media with the identical software/media, simply indicate the reason for your return on a piece of paper and wrap it securely with the unopened packaging. Send the package to the following address:

Shining Star Multimedia
21832 Tumbleweed Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92630

  1. Governing Law, Personal Jurisdiction, and Venue

The laws of the State of California will govern these Terms of Use, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to any conflict of law provisions.

For the purpose of litigating all such claims, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction, and that venue is proper in any court located in Orange County, California.

You agree to resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute you have with us arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or Amharic.com exclusively in a state or federal court located in Orange County, California.

 

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