Media Wiki:Terms of Use

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AntiSpoofing Wiki ("we" or "us") is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally, free of charge.

To support our vibrant community, we provide essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the development of wiki Project which serves this mission. We strive to create and maintain educational and informational content from the Projects available on the internet free of charge, in perpetuity.

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

Overview

The Terms of Use will inform you of our public services at the AntiSpoofing Wiki, our relationship to you as a user, and the rights and responsibilities that govern both parties. We want you to know that we host a large quantity of educational and informational content, all of which is contributed and made possible by users like yourself. We generally do not contribute, monitor, or delete content (with the rare exception of policies like these Terms of Use or legal compliance for DMCA notices). In other words, the editorial control of Antispoofing Wiki is in the hands of its users who create and manage the content. The site administrators merely serve as the host and moderators of this content.

The community – the network of users who are constantly building and using the site – are the principal means through which the goals of the mission are achieved. The community contributes towards building and governing our site. The community also undertakes the critical function of creating and enforcing policies.

You are welcome to join as a contributor, editor, or author, provided that you follow the policies. Project edition has a team of contributors, editors and authors who work together to create and manage content. You are welcome to join these teams and work with them to improve the Project. Since 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 AntiSpoofing Wiki content under the laws of the United States of America and other applicable laws (which may include laws of the country where you reside or from where you view or edit the content). Therefore, it is important that you use caution when posting content. In light of this responsibility, Antispoofing Wiki has some rules about content that cannot be post in order to protect you, the user and other contributors. Please keep in mind that the content we host is for general informational purposes only and if you require expert advice for a particular question, you should seek the help of a licensed or qualified professional. The following document also includes additional important notices and disclaimers, so kindly read the Terms of Use in their entirety.

Our Services

The AntiSpoofing Wiki is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free content, and to hosting the full content of this wiki-based Project for the public, free of charge. Our role is to host the largest collaboratively edited reference Project in the world, dedicated to anti-spoofing. However, we act only as a hosting service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational the framework that allows our users to build the AntiSpoofing Wiki Project by contributing and editing content themselves. Because of our unique role, there are certain things you should be aware of when considering our relationship to you, the Project, and the other users:

  1. We do not take an editorial role: Because the AntiSpoofing Wiki is collaboratively edited, all of the content that we host is provided by users like yourself, and we do not take an editorial role. This means that we generally do not monitor or edit the content of the Project website, and we do not take any responsibility for this content. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our service, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community content. Instead, we simply provide access to the content that your fellow users have contributed and edited.
  2. You are responsible for your own actions: You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions on AntiSpoofing Wiki, so for your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. For clarity, applicable law includes primarily the laws of the United States of America. Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn editors and contributors that in case of a liability, authorities may seek to apply laws of other countries to you as well, including local laws where you live or where you view or edit content. WMF generally cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.

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.

Content We Host

  1. You may find some material objectionable or erroneous: Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered by fellow users, you may encounter material that you find offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you view the content without any judgement and report any fact that you deem misleading, misreported or abusive.
  2. Our content is for general informational purposes only: Although we host a large amount of information that pertains to anti-spoofing, this content is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. In case you require assistance in a specialized problem, please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area instead of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained in AntiSpoofing Wiki.

Refraining from Certain Activities

AntiSpoofing Wiki only exists 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 advancing the mission of the shared Project.

Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules while 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 site. These activities include:

Harassing and Abusing Others
  • Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism.
  • 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 AntiSpoofing Wiki.
  • Soliciting personally identifiable information of anyone under the age of 18 for illegal purposes 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.
  • Posting content that is false or inaccurate, with the intent to deceive or defame.
  • 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.
  • 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 obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law.
  • 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 viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm the site or its user's technical infrastructure or system.
  • Engaging in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the service and have not been approved by the AntiSpoofing Wiki community.
  • Disrupting the services by placing an undue burden on a Project website or the networks or servers connected with a Project website.
  • Disrupting the services by inundating any of the Project's website with communications or other traffic that does not suggest 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.
  • 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 AntiSpoofing Wiki developers (or fix it yourself)
    • 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
  • a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions
Applicable law, or community and AntiSpoofing Wiki policies and guidelines, such as those addressing conflicts of interest, may further limit paid contributions or require more detailed disclosure.
We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.

Password Security

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

Trademarks

Although the site allows freedoms for re-use of the content on the Project website, it is important that, at the AntiSpoofing 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 AntiSpoofing Wiki trademarks belong to the AntiSpoofing 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 (will be provided on request).

Licensing of Content

To promote free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to the Project are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works. In keeping with our goal of providing free information to the widest possible audience, we require that, when necessary, all submitted content be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.

As an editor or writer, you must agree to the following licensing requirements:

a. Text to which you hold the copyright: When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it under:

(Re-users may comply with either license or both.)

The only exception is if the Project edition or feature requires a different license. In that case, you agree to license any text you contribute under that particular license.

b. Attribution: Attribution is an important part of these licenses. We consider it giving credit where credit is due – to authors like yourself. When you contribute text, you agree to be attributed in any of the following fashions:

  • Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article to which you contributed (since each article has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
  • Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
  • Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).

с. Importing text: You may import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, but in such case you must warrant that the text is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA 3.0 license (or, as explained above, another license when exceptionally required by the Project edition or feature)("CC BY-SA"). Content available only under GFDL is not permissible. You agree that, if you import text under a CC BY-SA license that requires attribution, you must credit the author(s) in a reasonable fashion. Where such credit is commonly given through page histories (such as AntiSpoofing Wiki-internal copying), it is sufficient to give attribution in the edit summary, which is recorded in the page history, when importing the text. The attribution requirements are sometimes too intrusive for particular circumstances (regardless of the license), and there may be instances where the AntiSpoofing Wiki community decides that imported text cannot be used for that reason.

d. Non-text media: Non-text media on the Project is available under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution.

e. No revocation of license: Except in circumstances consistent with your license, you agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under these Terms of Use for text content or non-text media contributed to the AntiSpoofing Wiki Project or features, even if you terminate use of our services.

f. Public domain content: Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United States of America as well as the laws of any other countries as required by the specific Project edition. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.

g. Re-use: Re-use of content that we host is welcome, though exceptions exist for content contributed under "fair use" or similar exemptions under copyright law. Any re-use must comply with the underlying license(s). When you re-use or re-distribute a text page developed by the AntiSpoofing Wiki community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:

  1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages that you are re-using (since each page has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
  2. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
  3. Through a list of all authors (please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).

If the text content was imported from another source, it is possible that the content is licensed under a compatible CC BY-SA license but not GFDL (as described in "Importing text," above). In that case, you agree to comply with the compatible CC BY-SA license and do not have the option to re-license it under GFDL. To determine the license that applies to the content that you seek to re-use or re-distribute, you should review the page footer, page history, and discussion page.

In addition, please be aware that text that originated from external sources and was imported into a Project may be under a license that attaches additional attribution requirements. Users agree to indicate these additional attribution requirements clearly. Depending on the Project, such requirements may appear for example in a banner or other notations pointing out that some or all of the content was originally published elsewhere. Where there are such visible notations, re-users should preserve them.

For any non-text media, you agree to comply with whatever license under which the work has been made available (which can be discovered by clicking on the work and looking at the licensing section on its description page or reviewing an applicable source page for that work). When re-using any content that we host, you agree to comply with the relevant attribution requirements as they pertain to the underlying license or licenses.

h. Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from a Project website, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later (or, as explained above, another license when exceptionally required by the specific Project edition or feature).

When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from a Project website, you agree to license the modified or added content in accordance with the relevant license under which the work has been made available.

With both text content and non-text media, you agree to clearly indicate that the original work has been modified. If you are re-using text content in a wiki, it is sufficient to indicate in the page history that you made a change to the imported text. For each copy or modified version that you distribute, you agree to include a licensing notice stating which license the work is released under, along with either a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or a copy of the license itself.

DMCA Compliance

The AntiSpoofing 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.

However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. In such cases, we strongly encourage users to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA takedown demand is invalid or improper. For more information on what to do if you think a DMCA notice has been improperly filed, you may wish to consult the Chilling Effects website.

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

Third-party Websites and Resources

You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the Project contains 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.

Management of Website

The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies. At AntiSpoofing 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 Project 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).
  • Manage otherwise the Project website in a manner designed to facilitate their 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 the Project, 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 the same Project, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, the AntiSpoofing 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 AntiSpoofing Wiki community and its members may also take action when so allowed by the AntiSpoofing Wiki policies, including but not limited to warning, investigating, blocking, or banning users who violate these policies.

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

Resolutions and Project Policies

The AntiSpoofing Wiki releases official policies from time to time. Upon their release, you agree to abide by them as applicable.

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 AntiSpoofing Wiki community or its members (as described in Section "Management of Website") 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 the Project. 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.

Disputes and Jurisdiction

We hope that no serious disagreements arise involving you, but, in the event there is a dispute, we encourage you to seek resolution through the dispute resolution procedures or mechanisms provided by the AntiSpoofing Wiki. If you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in a state or federal court located in New York City. You also agree that the laws of the New York City and, to the extent applicable, the laws of the United States of America will govern these Terms of Use, as well as any legal claim that might arise between you and us (without reference to conflict of laws principles). You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, the courts located in New York City, in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or these Terms of Use.

To ensure that disputes are dealt with soon after they arise, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you might have arising out of or related to use of our services or these Terms of Use must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations or, if earlier, one (1) year after the pertinent facts underlying such claim or cause of action could have been discovered with reasonable diligence (or be forever barred).

Disclaimers

At the AntiSpoofing Wiki, we do our best to provide educational and informational content to a wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.

We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.

Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.

Limitation on Liability

The AntiSpoofing 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.

Modifications to these Terms of Use

Just as the AntiSpoofing Wiki community's input is essential for the growth and maintenance of the Project, we believe that community input is essential for these Terms of Use to properly serve our users. It is also essential for a fair contract. Therefore, we will provide these Terms of Use, as well as any substantial future revisions of these Terms of Use, to the community for comment at least thirty (30) days before the end of the comment period.

We ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of these Terms of Use. Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Use become official following the notice and review period constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Use on your part. For the protection of the AntiSpoofing Wiki and other users like yourself, if you do not agree with our Terms of Use, you cannot use our services.

Other Terms

These Terms of Use do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, the AntiSpoofing Wiki. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, these Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between these Terms of Use and a signed written agreement between you and us, the signed agreement will take precedence.

You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Use, by email, regular mail, or postings on Project website.

If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Use, it is not a waiver of that provision.

You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the AntiSpoofing Wiki.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Terms of Use, we (the AntiSpoofing Wiki) and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any free license that is employed on the Project when such free license is authorized by these Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use were written in English (U.S.). While we hope that translations of these Terms of Use are accurate, in the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.

Thank You!

We appreciate your taking the time to read these Terms of Use, and we are very happy to have you contributing to the Project and using our services. Through your contributions, you are helping to build something really big – that is not just an important collection of a collaboratively edited reference Project that provides education and information to millions who might otherwise lack access, but also a vibrant community of like-minded and engaged peers, focused on a very noble goal.


These Terms of Use went into effect on December 16, 2021.

In the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.