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Terms and Conditions

This agreement sets out the terms and conditions ('Terms and Conditions') applicable to members of the service operated by C-Byte Company, Inc. Applicants (referred to as 'members') must agree to the following Terms and Conditions. In the event a member breaches or otherwise fails to comply with any provision of these Terms and Conditions then in addition to any other remedy available to C-Byte, C-Byte may terminate the participation of such member in the service and/or may withhold any payments relating to participation in the service due to such member from C-Byte.

Eligibility Requirements

C-Byte shall have absolute discretion as to whether or not it accepts a particular applicant or site for participation in the service.

Removal From Network

C-Byte reserves the right to terminate the participation of any member or site without reason but expressly including any member site that C-Byte judges to be in violation of the Terms and Conditions.

Members in violation of C-Byte's Terms and Conditions will be immediately deactivated. C-Byte may deactivate members with no prior notification. Members found in violation of the Terms and Conditions will not receive any credit or payment from C-Byte. Members that are terminated by C-Byte on any basis other than violation of these Terms and Conditions will be entitled to receive any payment due from C-Byte.

Referral Commissions

The referral commission paid out will be the one listed on the Referrals page (http://www.c-byte.us.com/projects/referrals.html). If the commission rate is changed, it will only affect referrals made after the new commission was announced. You may not refer yourself, nor sign up for multiple accounts to collect referral fees. You may also not partner with any other C-Byte user to share/transfer the commission made from your own account, or else both parties will be kicked from the service without payment. C-Byte reserves the right to delay or cancel sending affiliate earnings if we believe the referred user will not pay the fees they were charged, since affiliate commissions are based on those fees.

Payments

C-Byte will typically print and mail cheques if the member requests it AND their account balance is equal to or greater than $30. This also applies to payments made through the PayPal service. All amounts are stated in and all payments will be made in US funds. C-Byte reserves the right to suspend a withdrawal if the source of the funds is suspected to be fraudulent. Any funds received from an account having made a fraudulent deposit (e.g. stolen credit card) will be reversed immediately. If in a fraudulent payment situation a withdrawal has already been processed, you will be expected to return the funds to your C-Byte account or face account termination.

As previously stated, any member site that C-Byte removes from the service due to violation of the Terms and Conditions will receive no credit or payment.

Copyrights

No copyright material can be posted on C-Byte. This includes scripts which are sold by the author. Only posting sections of these scripts, as examples, will be permitted. A "section" being no more than 10% of the script's contents. This is meant to protect the author's rights.

Modifications

C-Byte reserves the right to change the member Terms and Conditions at any time. It is the member's responsibility to check these Terms and Conditions from time to time for such changes. In the event C-Byte offers any additional or replacement services then this agreement shall apply to such services in the absence of any new agreement specific to such services which is entered into between the parties.

Ownership

Members agree that all information contained on a website operated by C-Byte, and all information compiled by C-Byte through operation of the affiliate program, is the proprietary information of C-Byte. Personal information provided by members to C-Byte will be kept confidential and will not be distributed to any third party.

EMail Addresses

Members agree not to post their e-mail address on the site, except in the "e-mail" field of the signup form, or when asked by C-Byte at any other time. There should be no need to give anyone your e-mail address. It is automatically provided if you choose a programmer (or you are the programmer chosen for) a project, and before that time you can use the message board to communicate. This does not only apply to e-mail addresses, but to all methods of communication, including phone, ICQ, AIM, MSN Messenger, etc... See "Avoiding Commissions" below for the reason.

Providing Contact Information

You are prohibited from making direct contact with another member, unless it's for a project you (a programmer) have been picked for, or you (a webmaster) have picked a programmer for. This includes giving out your e-mail address, ICQ number, phone number, or any other method of contact outside of this site. C-Byte provides you with message boards, which should be sufficient for pre-project planning. The only exception to this is on "Featured" projects. If a project has the "Featured" graphic on it, that means the webmaster has paid a flat fee in advance, and you ARE allowed to provide contact information in the message board. Note that the C-Byte system does not distinguish between featured and non-featured message board posts, so you will still get a warning when submitting an e-mail address, even if the project is featured.

Avoiding Commissions

You are strictly prohibited from attempting to negotiate the fee for a project with another member directly (outside of C-Byte) after that project has been created/opened and before that project has been closed (basically, during an ongoing project). But this also applies to any project that was closed without a programmer being chosen, and then contacting them about the project anyway. Both parties are responsible for notifying C-Byte if the payment amount increases (above the bid amount) after the project is closed. Receiving/paying a larger amount than the original project bid, without notifying us, will be considered an attempt to avoid the commissions. We believe our commissions are very fair and justified for the service we provide, therefore we will absolutely not tolerate any of this activity on C-Byte.

Bidding

Programmers can only place bids that equal the total amount of money they are requesting for the project. You cannot post an hourly bid or any other abnormal type of bid. This applies to webmasters too. Webmasters cannot create projects that directly or indirectly require programmers to place hourly or other abnormal bids. The only exception, for both webmasters and programmers, is when the project is featured. See featured project information at http://www.c-byte.us.com/projects/featured.html.

Featured Projects

The following conditions are here to prevent abuse of the "Featured project" feature on C-Byte. The maximum amount of money a programmer can receive for a Featured project, through the C-Byte system, without being charged a fee, is $2,500. Any amount received above $2,500 will be subject to the regular fee of 5%. Note that this condition only applies to money received with the C-Byte system; you can receive more than $2,500 for a single Featured project, without being charged a fee, if the payment is made outside of C-Byte. If this condition applies to a payment you received on C-Byte, you must notify us of the amount so that we can apply a 5% fee to the amount above $2,500. Failure to notify us could result in temporary account suspension.

Advertising

You are prohibited from advertising your website on C-Byte. Any URL posted in a bid, project description, or the message board, must relate to a project on C-Byte. An example of a permissible URL: your portfolio or resumpage.

The Role of C-Byte

C-Byte functions as a venue to connect webmasters and programmers in a virtual marketplace. As a neutral facilitator, C-Byte is not directly involved in the actual transactions between users of the Site. As a result, C-Byte has no control over the truth, accuracy, quality, legality, or safety of postings made by users. Because verifying the identity of a user on the Internet is difficult, C-Byte cannot and does not confirm the identity of users. C-Byte also does not confirm nor verify the qualifications, background, or abilities of users. Therefore, We recommend that You be careful and exercise common sense and good judgment when dealing with any member on the Site. You are enouraged to review our Project Guidelines before taking part in a project. If you are unsatisifed with another member, the most C-Byte can do is refund the project commission you have been charged by us. We cannot refund the money you have sent to someone, we are not responsible for your transactions.

AND FINALLY...

We thank you for choosing the c-byte.us.com service and we look forward to a mutually successful business relationship.



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