Terms of service
 

IMPORTANT - THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN AVM SOFTWARE, INC. D/B/A Paltalk ("Paltalk") AND YOU. IT IS THE COMPLETE AND EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS REGARDING YOUR USE OF Paltalk'S SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTATION AND ASSOCIATED MATERIALS ("SOFTWARE"). BY SELECTING "I AGREE" AND CONTINUING THE INSTALLATION, BY USING THE SOFTWARE OR BY SIGNIFYING YOUR ACCEPTANCE IN ANY OTHER WAY, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ALL THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE SOFTWARE AND YOU SHOULD DISCONTINUE ANY FURTHER INSTALLATION OR USE THEREOF.

LICENSE GRANT. Paltalk grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license this copy of the Software solely for your personal use on any desktop or other fixed or portable computer. For purposes of this Agreement, the Software is considered to be "in use" when it is loaded into temporary memory (e.g., RAM) or installed into the permanent memory (e.g., hard disk, CD-ROM or other storage device) of such computer.

OWNERSHIP. The Software is proprietary to Paltalk and protected by United States copyright and other laws, as well as international treaty provisions and you must treat the Software as any other copyrighted and legally protected material. You may not modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble the Software or create derivative works using or based on the Software, nor may you distribute, loan, rent, or lease, timeshare or use the Software to provide services for third parties, sublicense or transmit all or any portion of the Software, nor may you allow others to do so. Paltalk reserves all rights not expressly granted herein. Paltalk owns all right title and interest in and to the Software and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to transfer, convey, impair or otherwise adversely affect Paltalk's ownership or proprietary rights therein or any other Paltalk information or materials, tangible or intangible, in any form and in any medium.

ACCOUNT INFORMATION. TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL Paltalk YOU MUST BE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE. THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS ON Paltalk THAT CONTAIN ADULT OR MATURE CONTENT. ACCORDINGLY, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE TO USE THOSE AREAS. NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN (13) IS PERMITTED TO USE Paltalk. NO ONE BETWEEN THE AGES OF THIRTEEN (13) AND EIGHTEEN (18) MAY USE Paltalk WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION. PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ASSUME ALL LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE USE OF THEIR ACCOUNTS BY OTHER PERSONS, INLCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO USE OF THEIR ACCOUNTS BY PERSONS UNDER EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE. ANY USER FOUND TO BE UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN (13) OR PERMITTING USE OF Paltalk BY A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN (13), MAY HAVE HIS OR HER ACCOUNT SUSPENDED OR TERMINATED WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE AND OTHER ACTIONS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN. IF A CHILD UNDER THIRTEEN (13) HAS ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER, DO NOT SAVE YOUR Paltalk PASSWORD; THIS WILL RESTRICT THE CHILD AND ANY UNAUTHORIZED USER FROM USING YOUR ACCOUNT. IN ADDITION, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK REGULARLY TO SEE IF ANY NEW, UNAUTHORIZED ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN CREATED UNDER YOUR Paltalk ACCOUNT. TO DELETE ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCOUNTS, PLEASE CLICK ON When you register for Paltalk, you will choose a username or nickname and an account (Paltalk User Identification ("UID")) will be created for you. You may not select a nickname, which violates any copyright, third party's trademark right or other proprietary right or a name, which Paltalk deems in its sole discretion to be profane, offensive or in any other way unacceptable. Paltalk reserves the right to delete any profane, offensive or unacceptable nicknames and/or to require you to change your nickname. You are entirely liable for all activities conducted through your Account and the nickname registered to your Account. You may allow another person, including a minor (13 - 18 years of age), to use your Account and nickname subject to your supervision; provided however, you shall remain liable for any such use of your Account by another person. In consideration for your use of the Paltalk software, you agree to (a) provide true, accurate and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration forms (such information being the "Registration Data"), (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate and complete and (c) notify Paltalk of any unauthorized use of your account, password or other breach of security.

NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE AND THIS AGREEMENT. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

TERMS OF USE. You, and anyone you authorize to use your Account, may not engage in conduct which is unlawful or which inhibits another user from enjoying Paltalk or which Paltalk in its sole discretion determines to be unacceptable. Even if you have paid to subscribe to any of the Paltalk services, Paltalk reserves the right to terminate ALL of your Accounts if, in its sole discretion, it determines that through ANY of your accounts or nicknames, whether paid or free, you have engaged in any prohibited or unacceptable conduct. Please be advised that if you have paid to subscribe to any of the Paltalk services, your subscription fee WILL NOT be refunded (either in whole or in part) if your accounts is, or your accounts are, terminated or suspended, even if the termination is a result of unacceptable conduct through a free account or nickname. Without assuming the responsibility therefor, Paltalk reserves the right to restrict conduct and/or take measures against conduct, which Paltalk deems in its sole discretion to be harmful or offensive to other users is unacceptable for any reason or no reason whatsoever or otherwise detracts from the Paltalk service or adversely affects Paltalk, its business or software in any manner whatsoever. Without limiting the foregoing, examples of unacceptable conduct include: (a) threatening, harassing, or intimidating another user, (b) transmitting any unlawful, threatening, abusive, profane, offensive, defamatory, or hateful text or voice communication or Images or other material, or any racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material, or any material that violates or infringes the intellectual property or privacy or publicity or other rights of any other party; (c) using any obscene or offensive alias; impersonating another user, including, without limitation, a Paltalk employee, administrator or representative; (d) disparaging the Paltalk service, Paltalk or its representatives, administrators or employees or solicitation; (e) posting or transmitting any advertising, promotional materials or other forms of solicitation to other users; (f) permitting language, text or images that are inappropriate to the room you host or abusing your right to take action against participants in your room or (g) disrupting the normal operation of any chat room or otherwise acting in a manner that negatively impacts other users or is inconsistent with the rating of a room or attempting, soliciting or abetting another to do of any of the above. In addition, examples of unacceptable conduct include, but not be limited to, hacking the Software, stealing the account or nickname of another user, sending a Trojan, worm, time bomb, cancelbot, or other disabling device or other harmful component intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information or attempting, soliciting or abetting any of the above. Failure by Paltalk to address unacceptable or otherwise prohibited behavior on any occasion shall not constitute a waiver by Paltalk with respect to any similar behavior in the future. Without assuming the responsibility therefor, Paltalk also reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict the group activity of known or suspected hate group or other similar organization. Unless you subscribe to the No Banner service, use of the Paltalk software may include advertisements of various forms, which are necessary for Paltalk to provide the service. You further understand and agree that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other material ("Content") is provided by, and the responsibility of the person that provided that Content and that Paltalk is not responsible for such Content. Paltalk does not administer Commercial Rooms or other rooms and is not responsible for the content of Commercial or other rooms, unless specifically denoted. Paltalk expresses no views as to the content of any room and is not responsible for any activities taking place therein. To the extent that you participate in any activity on Paltalk, you do so at your own risk.

If another Paltalk user attempts to send or sends you a video, graphic or other image or other visual depiction (an "Image" or "Images") and you do not know the user, the image sent by the user may be inappropriate for the rating of the Paltalk web-room you are in. Accordingly, you should use your judgment before agreeing to accept an Image. You hereby agree that your acceptance of such Images is at your own risk and you waive all rights of any kind whatsoever in law, equity or otherwise worldwide, and all claims that you could possibly ever assert throughout the world against Paltalk Parties (hereinafter defined) arising out of, or relating to your acceptance of Images.

In addition, you should be aware that if you elect to publish, distribute, disseminate or otherwise make available (hereinafter "Publish") an Image or speak to or send a text message to another user or users ("Chat"), such user or another user may be able to capture, reproduce and/or download the Images and/or Chat and redistribute it (or them) in undesired and/or unexpected forms, manners and/or venues and to persons or entities to whom or which you do not wish the Images or Chat to be distributed. Accordingly, you should not Publish any Images or Chat, unless you are prepared to have the Images or Chat disseminated to a wide audience and to persons and/or entities whom or which you might not want to see the Images or hear the Chat.

You hereby agree that your Publishing of such Images or Chat is at your own risk and you waive all rights of any kind whatsoever in law, equity or otherwise worldwide, and all claims that you could possibly ever assert throughout the world against Paltalk Parties (hereinafter defined) arising out of, or relating to your Publication of such Images or Chat.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, it shall be a breach of the Terms of Service for a Paltalk user to capture any Image or Chat that is Published on Paltalk without the express written consent of (i) the person Publishing the Images or Chat and (ii) the person whose image is Published (if such person is different from the Publisher). No user or other party shall be deemed to be a third party beneficiary of the Terms of Service.

PICTURES Please follow the following guidelines when submitting a picture. Paltalk strives to make the best possible user experience for all of its members, and this includes allowing users to express themselves in their own unique ways.

Paltalk allows you to submit up to 10 pictures of yourself, including one primary picture and 9 secondary pictures. Primary pictures will be the first picture that a user sees, and will be the only picture that non-paying members see. All primary pictures will be screened by Paltalk within 48 hours after submission, and you will be notified when it is approved or rejected. Primary pictures will not be displayed until they’re approved by Paltalk.

All pictures must follow the below guidelines:

  • Cannot be blank or of poor quality.
  • Cannot be copyrighted, can’t contain the image of a celebrity.
  • Cannot be construed as harassing.
  • Cannot contain impersonations.
  • Cannot contain excessive violence.
  • No nudity.
  • No profanity or offensive language.
  • Nothing pornographic.
  • Nothing obscene or indecent.
  • Cannot be sexually graphic (no intercourse, bodily fluids, sexual activity, masturbation).
  • Picture can be no greater than 100K in file size.
  • Picture must be of the submitter, must only display the submitter, and must clearly display their face (if you wish to express yourself in a creative way, display your artwork, show you with your friends, etc., feel free to do so in all other pictures).
  • Picture cannot contain text or contact information.

NO SOLICITATION; NO DENIGRATION. As a condition to your use of Paltalk, you agree that you will not either directly or indirectly (a) solicit, cause, or assist in soliciting or causing, any employee, officer, director, agent, administrator, palhelp, consultant or any other person that is employed by, consults for, volunteers for, represents or assists Paltalk (each a "Representative") to (i) terminate, suspend, discontinue or end such Representative's employment, consultancy and/or other relationship with Paltalk, or (ii) become employed by, or work or consult for any other entity or person, (b) make any negative, denigrating or defamatory statement(s) or comment(s) about Paltalk or any Representative, or otherwise engage in any conduct or action that might tarnish the image, reputation, ability or character of Paltalk or any Representative, or otherwise tarnish or dilute any of Paltalk's trade or service marks and/or its goodwill; or (c) solicit or cause any existing customer or client of Paltalk to cease using, and/or any potential customer or client of Paltalk not to use any Paltalk products and/or services and/or to use any software and/or other product(s) and/or services that are competitive with Paltalk's products and/or services; (d) aid, abet or authorize any person or entity to engage in any of the foregoing.

ROOM RATINGS. Group Chat Rooms are "rated" in order to enable users to determine what language and images are appropriate and may be expected. The ratings are guidelines that are enforced by the administrators of each chat room, and are not to be regarded as an assurance that the content will be safe or acceptable to you or anyone under eighteen (18) years of age. For example, in a "G-Rated Room," no foul language is permitted, nor are pictures involving adult themes (nudity or violence, for example). In an "R-Rated Room," some offensive language and content may occur; accordingly, you must be at least eighteen (18) years old to participate. In an "A-Rated Room," you should expect offensive language and content and you must be at least eighteen (18) years old to participate in such a room. Paltalk is not liable for any assumptions that you make when entering any given chat room or for any inappropriately rated chat rooms and you assume all risk in joining any chat room or permitting anyone under eighteen (18) years old to join any chat room.

HOSTING A CHAT ROOM. In accordance with the Terms of Service, you have the ability to create your own room on Paltalk. If you are the host of a room and another user is not behaving in a manner that is consistent with the Terms of Service as applicable to your room, you (and certain people authorized by you), have various options to address such behavior. By "RIGHT CLICKING" on the name of the person that is not behaving appropriately, you will see a menu of choices, including: (a) removing that person's ability to speak ("Remove Mic"), (b) removing that person from your room ("Bounce"), and (c) alerting Paltalk personnel ("Alert Admin of Misconduct"). In addition, you can add the user to your PalList, RIGHT CLICK on the user's name and click on "Block User," which will prevent the user from contacting you (except if you are in a group with that User). When creating your own room, more information will be available to you.

LAW ENFORCEMENT. Paltalk will fully cooperate with law enforcement in investigating or requesting information with respect to suspected criminal or other activity and, notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, may release your name and other information to the appropriate authorities for that purpose, with or without a subpoena. In addition, Paltalk has the right, but not the obligation, to initiate its own review of the conduct of any user, either independently or as a result of a complaint by a third party user. Any investigation undertaken by Paltalk would include all steps that Paltalk deems appropriate in its sole discretion and the results of any such investigation could be disclosed to one or more appropriate parties.

TERMINATION OF ACCOUNT. In the event that you engage in conduct prohibited by this Agreement, or otherwise commit any other breach of this Agreement, then ANY of the following may occur: you may be issued a warning; your access to online chat groups may be suspended or use of your account may be temporarily or permanently blocked; other action may also be taken against you. Please be advised that if you have paid to subscribe to any of the Paltalk services, your subscription fee will not be refunded (either in whole or in part) if your account is terminated or suspended.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL Paltalk OR ITS AFFILIATES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES (COLLECTIVELY "Paltalk PARTIES") OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION OR DATA, OR ANY OTHER INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SOFTWARE, THE LICENSE OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF Paltalk HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD Paltalk PARTIES HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSS, COST, DAMAGE AND EXPENSE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COURT COSTS, ARISING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM YOUR USE OF THE Paltalk SOFTWARE AND/OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR COVENANT CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT.

U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS: The Software is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1)(ii) of the Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software clause at DFARS 252.227-7013 or subparagraphs (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer Software - Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is A.V.M. Software, Inc., 213 West 35th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001.

GOVERNING LAW; AMENDMENTS. In enforcing, interpreting and for all other purposes, this Agreement will be governed by the substantive laws of the State of New York and in the event of a dispute arising hereunder, you agree to be bound by the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in the State of New York, City of New York, Borough of Manhattan. If a court determines any remedy provided to you under this Agreement has failed of its essential purpose, the limitations of liability and exclusion of damages and warranties above shall not be affected and remain in full force and effect. This Agreement may not be modified except to the extent of a written agreement to do so by an authorized representative of Paltalk. Paltalk reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement from time to time without notice to you, by posting the most current version of the Agreement on its website. In addition to the terms of this Agreement, you shall also be bound by the terms of any posted rules or guidelines applicable to your use of the Paltalk software.

CONSOLIDATION; CREDITORS RIGHTS. In the event of a merger, sale of assets or other corporate transaction involving Paltalk or in the event of a bankruptcy, insolvency or other action involving creditors of Paltalk or under other similar or related circumstances, Paltalk reserves the right to disclose and/or sell information about you and your Account. In the event Paltalk ceases its operations for a period of thirty (30) or more continuous days, you may file a claim for a refund of a prorated portion of your subscription premium, provided however, that you must file any claim within sixty (60) days of the first day on which Paltalk’s service was first terminated (the “Claim Period”). In the event you fail to submit a claim with the Claim Period, you will not be entitled to a refund.

PRIVACY POLICY. Paltalk's Privacy Policy can be found on the website www.paltalk.com.

In the event you believe that a user has sent inappropriate images of a minor or has solicited a minor, please click on www.cybertipline.com, which is affiliated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (telephone 1-800-843-5678).

OTHER REFERENCE SITES:

General Information:

Get net wise! Common sense guidelines.
http://www.getnetwise.org/
10 golden rules of online safety. (not just for kids)
http://www.worldkids.net/school/safety/internet/internet.htm
Learn about parenting and keep your kids safe on the net.
http://www.safekids.com/
Anti-Child porn information.
http://www.antichildporn.org/

 


Legal issues:

Child Online Privacy Protection Act. (coppa)
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm
Child Online Privacy Protection Rule
http://www.ftc.gov/os/1999/9910/64fr59888.htm
Child internet protection act.
http://www.aclu.org/court/acluvrenoII_pi_order.html

 


Child safety information sites:

FBI child safety information
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguide.htm
Operation Blue Ridge Thunder
http://www.blueridgethunder.com/
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
http://www.missingkids.com/ (telephone 1-800-843-5678)