This is a human-readable summary of the Terms of Use.

Disclaimer: This summary is not a part of the Terms of Use and is not a legal document. It is simply a handy reference for understanding the full terms. Think of it as the user-friendly interface to the legal language of our Terms of Use.

 

Part of our mission is to:

  • Empower and Engage people around the world to collect and develop the largest hiking guide  and either publish it under a free license or dedicate it to the public domain.
  • Disseminate this content effectively and globally, free of charge.

You are free to:

  • Read and Print our hikes, trails, articles and other media free of charge.
  • Share and Reuse our articles and other media under free and open licenses.
  • Contribute To and Edit our content.

Under the following conditions:

  • Responsibility ? You take responsibility for your edits (since we only host your content).
  • Civility ? You support a civil environment and do not harass other users.
  • Lawful Behavior ? You do not violate copyright or other laws.
  • No Harm ? You do not harm our technology infrastructure.
  • Terms of Use ? You adhere to the below Terms of Use.

With the understanding that:

  • You License Freely Your Contributions ? you must license your contributions and edits to our sites or Projects under a free and open license.
  • No Professional Advice ? the content of articles and other projects is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

 

Our Terms of Use

Welcome to Trail Wiki (?we? or ?us?), is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to create the largest online trail guide in the world and engage people around the world to collect and develop content under a free license, and to disseminate it effectively and globally, free of charge.

To support our vibrant community, we provide the essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the development of Trail Wiki. We strives to be the most advanced online Trail Guide in the world not just a website but an online application for both trail users and trail organizations alike.  .

We welcome you (?you? or the ?user?) as a reader, editor, author, or contributor of Trail Wiki, and we encourage you to join the Trail Wiki community. Before you participate, however, we ask that you please read and agree to the following Terms of Use (?Terms of Use?).

Overview

These Terms of Use tell you about our public services at Trail Wiki, our relationship to you as a user, and the rights and responsibilities that guide us both. We want you to know that we host an incredible quantity of educational and informational content, all of which is contributed and made possible by users like yourself. Generally we do not contribute, monitor, or delete content (with the rare exception of policies like these Terms of Use or legal compliance for DMCA notices). This means that editorial control is in the hands of you and your fellow users who create and manage the content. We merely host this content.

The community ? the network of users who are constantly building Trail Wiki ? are the principal means through which the goals of the mission are achieved. The community contributes to and helps govern our site. The community undertakes the critical function of creating and enforcing policies for Trail Wiki.

You are welcome to join as a contributor, editor, or author, but you should follow the policies that govern Trail Wiki. Because we are dedicated to making content freely accessible to the public, we generally require that all content you contribute is available under a free license or in the public domain.

Please be aware that you are legally responsible for all of your contributions, edits, and re-use of Trail Wiki content under the laws of the United States of America and other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content). This means it is important that you use caution when posting content. In light of this responsibility, we have some rules about what you cannot post, most of which is either for your own protection or for the protection of other users like yourself. Please keep in mind that the content we host is for general informational purposes only, so if you need expert advice for a particular question (such as survival, medical, legal, or financial issues), you should seek the help of a licensed or qualified professional. We also include other important notices and disclaimers, so please read these Terms of Use in their entirety.

1. Our Service

Trail Wiki is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free multilingual content, and to hosting the full content of wiki-based Projects for the public free of charge.

2. Privacy Policy

We ask that you review the terms of our Privacy Policy, so that you are aware of how we collect and use your information. Because our services are used by people all over the world, personal information that we collect may be stored and processed in the United States of America or any other country in which we or our agents maintain facilities. By using our services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside your country.

 

3. CONTENT

 

 

4. Refraining from Certain Activities

Trail Wiki only exist because of the vibrant community of users like you who collaborate to write, edit, and curate the content. We happily welcome your participation in this community. We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions aimed at furthering the mission of the shared Project.

Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:

Harassing and Abusing Others

  • Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism; and
  • Transmitting chain mail, junk mail, or spam to other users.

Violating the Privacy of Others

  • Infringing the privacy rights of others under the laws of the United States of America or other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content);
  • Soliciting personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose not explicitly approved by the Wikimedia Foundation; and
  • Soliciting personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose or violating any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors.

Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud

  • Intentionally or knowingly posting content that constitutes libel or defamation;
  • With the intent to deceive, posting content that is false or inaccurate;
  • Attempting to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive; and
  • Engaging in fraud.

Committing Infringement

  • Infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law.

Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes

  • Posting child pornography or any other content that violates applicable law concerning child pornography;
  • Posting or trafficking in obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law; and
  • Using the services in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable law.

Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities

  • Posting or distributing content that contains any viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm our technical infrastructure or system or that of our users;
  • Engaging in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the services and have not been approved by the Trail Wiki community;
  • Disrupting the services by placing an undue burden on the website or the networks or servers connected with a Project website;
  • Disrupting the services by inundating the Project website with communications or other traffic that suggests no serious intent to use the Project website for its stated purpose;
  • Knowingly accessing, tampering with, or using any of our non-public areas in our computer systems without authorization; and
  • Probing, scanning, or testing the vulnerability of any of our technical systems or networks unless all the following conditions are met:
  • such actions do not unduly abuse or disrupt our technical systems or networks;
  • such actions are not for personal gain (except for credit for your work);
  • you report any vulnerabilities to Trail Wiki developers (or fix it yourself); and
  • you do not undertake such actions with malicious or destructive intent.

Paid contributions without disclosure

  • These Terms of Use prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:
  • a statement on your user page,
  • a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
  • a statement in the revision log message accompanying any paid contributions.
  • Applicable law, policies and guidelines, such as those addressing conflicts of interest, may further limit paid contributions or require more detailed disclosure.
  • The Trail Wiki community may adopt an alternative paid contribution disclosure policy. If the community adopts an alternative disclosure policy, you may comply with that policy instead of the requirements in this section when contributing to the Project. An alternative paid contribution policy will only supersede these requirements if it is approved by the Project community and listed in the alternative disclosure policy page.

We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.

5. Password Security

You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.

6. Trademarks

Although you have considerable freedoms for re-use of the content on the Project website, it is important that, at Trail Wiki, we protect our trademark rights so that we can protect our users from fraudulent impersonators. Because of this, we ask that you please respect our trademarks. All Trail Wiki trademarks belong to the Trail Wiki, and any use of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, or domain names must be in compliance with these Terms of Use and in compliance with our Trademark Policy.

7. Licensing of Content

 

8. DCMA Compliance

Trail Wiki wants to ensure that the content that we host can be re-used by other users without fear of liability and that it is not infringing the proprietary rights of others. In fairness to our users, as well as to other creators and copyright holders, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system and network who are repeat infringers.

If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on Trail Wiki without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please email us at legal@trailwiki.org.

9. Third-party Websites and Resources

You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the Project contain links to third-party websites and resources, we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.

10. Management of Website

The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies applying to Trail Wiki. At Trail Wiki, we rarely intervene in community decisions about policy and its enforcement. In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:

  • Investigate your use of the service (a) to determine whether a violation of these Terms of Use, or other applicable law or policy has occurred, or (b) to comply with any applicable law, legal process, or appropriate governmental request;
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
  • Refuse, disable, or restrict access to the contribution of any user who violates these Terms of Use;
  • Ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access for actions violating these Terms of Use, including repeat copyright infringement;
  • Take legal action against users who violate these Terms of Use (including reports to law enforcement authorities); and
  • Manage otherwise Trail Wiki in a manner designed to facilitate proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.

In the interests of our users and Trail Wiki, in the extreme circumstance that any individual has had his or her account or access blocked under this provision, he or she is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to Trail Wiki, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, Trail Wiki itself will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating these Terms of Use or community policies.

The Trail Wiki community and its members may also take action when so allowed by the community or Trail Wiki policies, including but not limited to warning, investigating, blocking, or banning users who violate those policies. You agree to comply with the final decisions of dispute resolution bodies that are established by the community.

The blocking of an account or access or the banning of a user under this provision shall be in accordance with Section 12 of these Terms of Use.

11. Termination

Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to the Project, you can stop using our services any time. In certain (hopefully unlikely) circumstances it may be necessary for either ourselves or the Trail Wiki community or its members (as described in Section 10) to terminate part or all of our services, terminate these Terms of Use, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable policies), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on Trail Wiki. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. We reserve the right to suspend or end the services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Even after your use and participation are banned, blocked or otherwise suspended, these Terms of Use will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions, including Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9-15, and 17.

 

12. Limitation on Liability

Trail Wiki will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

13. Modifications to these Terms of Use

17. Other Terms

 

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