1. Requirements for use
To be able to access the website, you only need a working Internet connection. Commenting on individual pieces of information requires registration, which involves setting up an account.
2.1 Users who would like to set up an account must provide the information requested in the registration form (e-mail address, user name, password) completely and truthfully. They will then receive a confirmation e-mail that contains a confirmation link. Clicking on this link will take them to an account confirmation page with a message indicating that the registration was successful. They will then be able to log in.
2.2 We may reject a registration without stating a reason why; in this case, the data transmitted in the registration form will be deleted.
3.1 We may modify, update, suspend, and temporarily or permanently shut down our website and the information offered on it at any time without notice. The use of the website and the information contained on it requires an Internet connection, for which you are responsible.
4. Copyright and trademark rights
4.1 The information published on the website – that is, in particular, text, photographs, illustrations, videos, and other content – is subject to German copyright protection and may only be used by you for your own personal purposes. You are not permitted to allow their use by a third party. If website content is provided via hyperlinks, the link may not be included if the site it links to offers discriminatory, racist, or pornographic content; content that promotes violence; and/or content that is otherwise legally prohibited.
4.2 The provisions of paragraph 4.1 apply analogously for our trademark rights, particularly Berlin TXL - The Urban Tech Republic and Berlin TXL – Schumacher Quartier and TXL.
5. User obligations
5.1 When you set up an account, which may only be used by you, you must provide all requested personal data (in particular, your e-mail address) completely and accurately. Accounts set up by others may only be used with their consent. In particular, users are not permitted to pretend to be someone else when they create a user name; to create a user name that is insulting, vulgar, illegal, or protected by a brand or other trademark right; or to give their access details to third parties.
5.2 They are responsible for all activities that are carried out using their account information. This also applies if their user name is used by a third party. The access details must be protected against access by third parties. If you suspect that third parties have become aware of your access details, you must change the access details immediately and inform us of this.
5.3 Your personal information must be kept up to date.
5.4 You must use the application in such a way that our website is not overloaded. Our security measures may not be modified for this purpose. We must not be exposed to electronic attacks (in particular, viruses, Trojans, hacking attempts, or brute-force attacks). The use of computer programs for automatically reading data (e.g. crawlers or robots) is also prohibited.
6. Comment function
6.1 You must be registered in order to use the comment function (see paragraph 2). After you register, you must log in using the data stored there (e-mail address, password). You can then write a comment.
6.2 You can comment on the content and comments on our website in various places. You grant us a basic nonexclusive right, not restricted by time or place, to publish and use the content of these comments on our site and on the websites of our partners. In addition, you grant us the right to edit, shorten, and, in particular, remove content that infringes on rights from individual comments. The grant of such rights extends to the use of the comments in print publications as well as the right to sublicense the comments in the framework of these usage rights to third parties.
6.4 Any form of commercial use of the comment section, in particular for advertising purposes, whether for yourself or for third parties is prohibited.
6.5 Hyperlinks may only be included in the comment within the framework of permitted content pursuant to paragraph 6.
6.7 You also undertake to release us from all claims by third parties as a result of violations committed by you in the comment section. This release includes the costs incurred by us for our legal defense and applies on first request. Any further claims remain unaffected.
7. User liability
7.1 A breach of the user obligations or other third-party rights may result in the immediate deletion of your account. We have sole discretion regarding such deletion; the mere suspicion of a breach shall suffice. Once a user’s account has been deleted, the individual may not register again.
8. Liability conditions
8.1 If there are no provisions to the contrary, the legal liability rules shall apply.
8.2 The website and its content are provided as is with any defects they may contain. We assume no warranty or guarantee for the completeness, security, quality, accuracy, accessibility, and/or reliability of the website and its content. The use of the website and its content is at your own risk, and in particular, we shall not compensate any damages that result from your trust in the completeness, security, quality, accuracy, accessibility, and/or reliability of the website and its content.
8.3 We strive to keep the website functioning without any errors to the greatest extent possible. However, we cannot guarantee that it will be available and accessible at all times.
8.4 The limitation of liability shall not apply if the damage incurred by you is the result of intentional or gross negligence caused by us. The same shall apply for injury to life, body, or health. In the event of simple negligence, we shall only be liable in the event of a violation of a contractual obligation. Liability pursuant to the German Product Liability Act (ProdHaftG) for fraudulently concealed defects or liability assumed in the framework of a guarantee that has been provided shall remain unaffected.
9. Data protection
9.1 You confirm that you have read and understood our data protection information.
11. Cancellation/deletion of the account
11.1 The account may be canceled/deleted at any time. To do so, you must access your profile via the profile link in the footer. You will see a “Delete profile” button below the form fields, which you can use to delete your profile.
11.2 Your comments will remain visible even after the account is canceled and deleted. The usage rights that have been granted remain unaffected by cancellation.
12.2 The place of performance is Berlin.
Updated: January 2016