Acceptable Use

Effective as of July 27, 2022

This Acceptable Use Policy (the “Policy”) constitutes is a legally binding adjunct of our Terms and Conditions (the “Legal Terms”) and should be read in conjunction with them. Our Legal Terms are accessible at https://leadstart.org/terms. If you do not agree with these Legal Terms, you are advised against accessing our Services. Any continued usage of our Services implies you understand and agreement to these Legal Terms. We urge you to carefully review this Policy. It governs all aspects of our Services as outlined in the “Legal Terms,” including, but not limited to:

  • The utilization of any services provided (as defined under “Legal Terms”).
  • Interaction with and the use of various forms, materials, consent tools, comments, posts, and all other types of content available through the Services (collectively referred to as “Content”).
  • Any material that you contribute to the Services, including uploads, posts, reviews, disclosures, ratings, comments, and similar activities in any related interactive services (“Contributions”).

About Us
Leadstart Media, Inc. (“Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is a registered entity in the state of Georgia, United States, with our headquarters located at 235 Peachtree Street Northeast, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30303. Our operations are the website [https://leadstart.org](https://leadstart.org) (the “Site”), the mobile application named Leadstart Media (the “App”), and other associated products and services that reference or link to this Policy, collectively referred to as the “Services.”

Service Usage Guidelines
As a user of our Services, you are obliged to comply with this Policy and all applicable laws. Your use of our Services implies your acceptance of these terms, and you are prohibited from engaging in certain activities, including but not limited to:

  • Extracting data or content from our Services systematically to create or compile, directly or indirectly, any collection, compilation, database, or directory without our express written consent.
  • Making unauthorized use of our Services, such as harvesting usernames and/or email addresses of users for unsolicited email, or creating user accounts through automated means or under false pretenses.
  • Circumventing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with security-related features of the Services, or those that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content, or enforce limitations on the use of the Services and its content.
  • Engaging in unauthorized framing of, or linking to, the Services.
  • Deceiving, defrauding, or misleading us and other users, particularly in attempts to gather sensitive account information like passwords.
  • Misusing our support services, including submitting false reports of abuse or misconduct.
  • Employing automated methods to use the Services, such as scripts for sending messages, or using data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.
  • Interfering with, disrupting, or overburdening the Services or any related networks.
  • Impersonating another user or person, or using someone else’s username.
  • Utilizing information obtained from the Services to harass, abuse, or harm another person.
  • Using the Services for any competitive or commercial endeavors without authorization.
  • Deciphering, decompiling, disassembling, or reverse engineering any part of the Services’ software, except as allowed by law.
  • Bypassing any measures designed to prevent or restrict access to the Services, or any part of the Services.
  • Harassing, intimidating, or threatening our employees or agents involved in providing any part of the Services.
  • Removing copyright or other proprietary rights notices from any content.
  • Copying or adapting the Services’ software, such as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or other code.
  • Uploading or transmitting viruses, Trojan horses, or other harmful material that disrupts the smooth functioning of the Services.
  • Using passive or active information collection or transmission mechanisms like clear gifs, web bugs, cookies, or other similar devices in an unauthorized manner.
  • Employing any automated system, including spiders, robots, or offline readers, that access the Services in a manner that sends more request messages to the Services’ servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period using a conventional online web browser, except as a result of standard search engine or browser usage.
  • Disparaging, tarnishing, or otherwise harming, in our opinion, us and/or the Services.
  • Engaging in any manner with the Services that conflicts with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Utilizing a buying or purchasing agent to make transactions on the Services.
  • Selling or transferring your profile.

For subscribers of our Services, it’s important to understand and acknowledge that, unless expressly permitted, you may not:

  • Engage in any utilization of the Services, such as modification, copying, redistribution, publication, display, performance, or retransmission, other than as expressly allowed by this Policy, without prior written consent from Leadstart Media, Inc.
  • Attempt to reconstruct or discover any source code or algorithms of the Services by any means.
  • Provide or make available the Services to any third party.
  • Intercept any data not intended for you.
  • Damage, reveal, or alter any user’s data or any other hardware, software, or information belonging to another person or entity.

Community/Forum Guidelines

At Leadstart Media, Inc., our objective is to provide a supportive environment where community members feel free to participate in discussions and comment on posts. This goal cannot be achieve solely by us; it requires the collective effort of our entire community to preserve the integrity of this platform.

To guide our community interactions, we have established ten fundamental guidelines:

  1. Constructive Engagement: We encourage members to partake in constructive discussions, share encouraging experiences, and extend assistance whenever feasible.
  2. Zero Tolerance for Bullying or Harassment: Every community member is entitled to a safe environment. Thus, any form of intimidation, threats, or demeaning remarks will not be tolerated.
  3. Embrace and Respect Diversity: The strength of our community lies in its diversity. It is imperative to respect differing opinions, backgrounds, and experiences.
  4. Uphold Authenticity: Authentic interactions and postings are key to fostering trust within our community. We encourage members to remain genuine in their engagements.
  5. Prioritize Understanding: In responding to comments or posts, endeavor first to understand the other person’s perspective. Asking clarifying questions can deepen connections and prevent misunderstandings.
  6. Relevance: Contributions should remain pertinent to the topic or theme under discussion, ensuring conversations remain focused and valuable.
  7. Personal Identifiable Information (PPI): Exercise caution when sharing personal or sensitive information, remembering that this is a public platform.
  8. Adhere to Legal Standards: Promoting or engaging in illegal activities or content is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate action.
  9. Professional Communication: While open dialogue is encouraged, it is essential to communicate with courtesy and respect, particularly during disagreements or debates. Our aim is to create a welcoming space for all participants.
  10. Report Inappropriate Behavior: Should you encounter any behavior that does not align with our community principles, please do not hesitate to notify us. Please report any concerns to [email protected].

Your adherence to these guidelines is greatly appreciated and important for us to in maintain the quality and integrity of our community.

Professional Standards for Community Engagement and Contributions

By adhering to the guidelines we have set forth, you play a important role in maintaining a welcoming environment for all members of our community. Together, we strive to cultivate a community that we can all take pride in being a part of.

Contributions Defined

In the context of this Policy, “Contributions” refer to:

  1. Any data, information, software, text, code, music, scripts, sound, graphics, photos, videos, tags, messages, interactive features, or other materials that you post, share, upload, submit, or otherwise provide on or through the Services.
  2. Any other content, materials, or data you provide to Leadstart Media, Inc. or use in conjunction with the Services.

Certain areas of the Services may permit users to upload, transmit, or post Contributions. While we reserve the right to review or moderate Contributions on the Services, we do not assume any obligation to do so and explicitly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from any user’s violation of this Policy. We encourage you to report any Contribution that you believe violates this Policy. However, the determination of whether a Contribution breaches this Policy lies within our sole discretion.

You warrant and affirm that:

  • You are the creator and owner of, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, releases, and permissions to authorize us and other users of the Services to use your Contributions as contemplated by the Services and this Policy.
  • Your Contributions comply with applicable laws and are original, true, and reflective of your opinions or factual claims.
  • Your Contributions do not infringe upon the proprietary rights, including but not limited to copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, or moral rights of any third party.
  • You have obtained the necessary consent, release, and/or permission of each identifiable individual in your Contributions for the use of their name or likeness in the manner contemplated by the Services and this Policy.

Additionally, you agree not to post, transmit, or upload any Contribution that:

  • Violates any applicable laws, regulations, court orders, contractual obligations, this Policy, our Legal Terms, legal duties, or that promotes or facilitates fraud or illegal activities.
  • Is defamatory, obscene, offensive, hateful, insulting, intimidating, bullying, abusive, or threatening to any individual or group.
  • Is false, inaccurate, or misleading.
  • Contains or relates to child sexual abuse material, violates laws concerning child pornography, or otherwise compromises the protection of minors.
  • Solicits personal information from anyone under 18 or exploits individuals under 18 in sexual or violent manners.
  • Promotes or incites violence, advocates for the violent overthrow of any government, or threatens physical harm against anyone.
  • Is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, harassing, libelous, slanderous, contains sexually explicit material, or is otherwise objectionable as determined by us.
  • Discriminates based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Bullies, intimidates, humiliates, or insults any individual.
  • Promotes, facilitates, or assists in acts of terrorism.
  • Infringes upon or assists others in infringing upon a third party’s intellectual property or publicity/privacy rights.
  • Is deceitful, misrepresents identity or affiliation, or misleads anyone regarding your relationship with us or implies unauthorized endorsements.
  • Contains unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, pyramid schemes, chain letters, spam, mass mailings, or other forms of unsolicited solicitation.
  • Misrepresents identity or source of the Contribution.

Prohibited use of our Services includes offering, presenting, promoting, selling, giving away, or making available goods or services involving:

  • Items that encourage illegal activities.
  • Controlled substances, narcotics, steroids, drug paraphernalia, and certain dangerous items.
  • Firearms, ammunition, or specific firearm parts or accessories.
  • Certain sexually oriented materials or services.
  • Items not yet in the seller’s possession.
  • Stolen goods, fraudulent products, or services.
  • Transactions requiring pre-approval without obtaining such approval.

Review and Ratings

When contributing a review or rating, you also agree that:

  • Your experience with the goods, services, or software being reviewed is firsthand.
  • Your Contribution accurately reflects your experience.
  • You have no affiliation with competitors when posting negative reviews or any connection to the product or service if posting positive reviews.
  • You refrain from making conclusions about the legality of conduct.
  • You avoid posting any false or misleading statements.
  • You do not organize campaigns to influence others to post reviews, whether positive or negative.

Your compliance with these guidelines ensures a trustworthy and respectful environment for all users of our Services.

Reporting a Breach of This Policy

Leadstart Media, Inc. maintains the right, but not the obligation, to review or moderate Contributions on the Services. We expressly disclaim liability for any loss or damage resulting from a breach of this Policy by any of our users. If you believe that any Content or Contribution violates this Policy or infringes upon any third-party intellectual property rights, we encourage you to inform us immediately. Please contact us at 1-800-390-7856, email [email protected], or use the contact details provided at the end of this document. For issues specifically related to copyright infringement, refer to our Legal Terms at [leadstart.org/terms](https://leadstart.org/terms). We will conduct a reasonable assessment to determine if a content or Contribution violates this Policy.

Consequences of Breaching This Policy

The repercussions of violating our Policy can vary, depending on the severity and the user’s history with the Services. In some cases, a warning may be issued, or the infringing Contribution removed. However, for serious or repeated violations, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to our Services, disable your account, and, where necessary, involve law enforcement or initiate legal proceedings, especially in situations posing a risk to individuals or public safety. We disclaim liability for any actions taken in response to breaches of this Policy.

Complaints and Removal of Legitimate Content

If you believe that content or Contributions have been mistakenly removed or blocked, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this document for a prompt review of our decision. The content or Contribution may remain inaccessible during this review process. If a breach of our guidelines is detected, your posts or comments will be subject to moderation, requiring approval before visibility. This is a temporary measure, and normal posting privileges will be restored once the issue is resolved. However, repeated offenses may lead to account suspension or removal, and persistent issues could result in restricted access. Additionally, we advise familiarizing yourself with the basic rules of Disqus also the community guidelines of Discord:

  • https://help.disqus.com/en/articles/1717116-basic-rules-for-disqus
  • https://discord.com/guidelines

Disclaimer

Leadstart Media, Inc. is not obliged to monitor users’ activities and disclaims responsibility for any misuse of the Services. We hold no responsibility for user-generated or other content or Contributions created, maintained, stored, transmitted, or accessible on or through the Services, nor are we obligated to exercise editorial control over such materials. If we become aware of any content or Contribution that does not align with this Policy, we may remove such content, block the user’s account, and report the breach to law enforcement or the appropriate regulatory authority. Unless specified otherwise in this Policy, Leadstart Media, Inc. disclaims any obligation towards individuals not in an agreement with us for the use of the Services.

Contact Information

For any inquiries, comments, or to report problematic Content or Contributions, you can reach us at:

Phone: 1-800-390-7856
Email: [email protected]