Terms of Use

This page states the terms and conditions under which you may use this service.

1. General Use Restrictions

The NZVWG ("New Zealand Virtual World Grid" comprising the simulators, websites and other services hosted at each site, the Universities and other entities that host and maintain those sites) simulator, websites and network (collectively the "Services") are to be used for the User's (meaning a user that uses the provided Services, or is authorized by NZVWG administrators to use the Services) internal use and benefit only. The User will not circumvent any security, protection, encryption or otherwise gain access to Services for which the User has not been expressly granted the appropriate rights of access.

Use of profane language, abusive behaviour, sexual comments and other offensive or inappropriate behaviour by the User will not be permitted.

The User will not use the Services for or knowingly transmit to the NZVWG or upload to any NZVWG site or network any illegal, improper or unacceptable material or use them for illegal, improper or unacceptable practices including without limitation copyrighted materials, the dissemination of any defamatory, fraudulent, infringing, abusive, lewd, obscene or pornographic material, viruses, trojan horses, time bombs, worms, or other harmful code designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the function of any software, hardware or communications equipment, unsolicited mass email or other internet based advertising campaigns, privacy breaches, denial of use attacks, spoofing, or impersonation.

2. Users

Users must be authorised to use the Services by NZVWG administrators, and a User using the Services by virtue of being an employee, consultant or independent contractor of a User entity, must also be authorised by that entity. Users must maintain and protect the confidentiality of any password(s), and are responsible to ensure that the passwords are effective. Users shall advise an NZVWG administrator immediately if they discover that their password has been compromised via the contact at the bottom of the page.

3. User Submissions

NZVWG services include the ability for clients to contribute content to NZVWG sites. If your account is used to submit, post, or add content to NZVWG sites, (collectively, "User Submissions"), you agree to accept sole responsibility for those User Submissions, including the information, statements, facts, and material contained in any form or medium (e.g. code, text, audio, video, and photographic) therein.

By using NZVWG services, you agree that none of your User Submissions will:

  • infringe on the intellectual property, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or other rights of others
  • contain false statements or misrepresentations that could damage NZVWG or any third party
  • include obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexually explicit, sexually oriented, profane, or embarrassing material, as determined by NZVWG in its sole discretion
  • be illegal or otherwise objectionable
  • contain the personal information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit card numbers
  • include commercial advertisements or solicitations
  • purport to or actually provide legal or professional advice

Because NZVWG sites are available to the public we cannot guarantee that User Submissions on NZVWG sites will remain confidential. Unless specifically stated within the body of the User Submission it will be considered to be covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Although you are solely responsible for the content you provide and we do not have a policy of reviewing or monitoring User Submissions, if NZVWG becomes aware of User Submissions that violate these Terms of Service or that we believe to be otherwise objectionable, we may reject or delete them, or take other action, without notice to you and in our sole discretion.

If you believe that any User Submissions appear to violate these Terms of Service, or if you believe any other user is engaged in illegal, harassing, or objectionable behavior, please contact us.

4. Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information

Information which is disclosed visually, orally or in tangible form (whether by document, electronic media or other form) shall not be considered Confidential Information unless it is clearly marked as Confidential Information. Information whether disclosed orally, visually or in tangible form (whether by document, electronic media or other form) shall not be considered Confidential Information if such information is actually non-confidential, including but not limited to:

  • It was in the public domain at the time of communication to the Receiving Party or is later placed in the public domain by the Disclosing Party
  • It entered the public domain through no fault of the Receiving Party subsequent to the time of disclosure hereunder to the Receiving Party
  • It was in the Receiving Party's possession free of any obligation of confidence prior to disclosure hereunder
  • It was developed by employees or agents of the Receiving Party independently of and without reference to any Confidential Information

The Receiving Party shall not disclose, publish or communicate the Confidential Information to any third party without the prior written consent of the Disclosing Party.

5. Term

While essentially unlimited NZVWG may terminate a User's access at any time if the User or the entity violates the terms of use or subscription or any other agreement with NZVWG. User access may be cancelled without notice after a prolonged period of inactivity or as part of regular auditing. User access may be cancelled if the purpose of the access, project or attendance at the affiliated institution expires.

6. Privacy

You acknowledge, consent and agree that NZVWG may access, preserve and disclose your account information and content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce these Terms; (iii) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; or (v) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of NZVWG, its users and the public.

7. Changes

NZVWG may change or discontinue any aspect of its Services at any time, including content or features. NZVWG also reserves the right to change the terms and conditions applicable to use of the Services. Use of the Services after such changes shall be deemed to be acceptance by User of such changes.

8. Accuracy of Information and Warranty

NZVWG does not warrant the completeness, timeliness or accuracy of any information contained in the Services. NZVWG does not provide legal, accounting or other professional advice, nor should any advice from NZVWG be construed as such. We encourage you to seek professional advice whenever necessary.

NZVWG expressly excludes and disclaims all express or implied conditions, representations and warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, to the extent allowable by law.

Although NZVWG takes reasonable steps to screen Services for infection by viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code manifesting contaminating or destructive properties before making the Services available, NZVWG cannot guarantee that any Service will be free of infection.

The User assumes sole responsibility for the selection of the Services to achieve its intended results. The opinions expressed in the Services are subject to change without notice.

9. Limitation of Liability

In no event is NZVWG liable for any direct, special, indirect, consequential, incidental, punitive or other damages however caused, whether in contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, operation of law or otherwise, (including without limitation damages for lost profits, business interruption or loss arising out of the use of or inability to use the Services, or any information provided in the Services, or claims attributable to errors, omissions or other inaccuracies in the Service or interpretations thereof), even if NZVWG has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The User acknowledges that NZVWG provided the Services to it in reliance on the limitations of liability and disclaimers of warranties and damages set forth herein, and that the same form a fundamental and essential basis of the bargain between the parties. They shall apply even if the contract between the User and NZVWG is found to have failed in its fundamental or essential purpose or has been fundamentally breached.

10. Links to Third-Party Sites

Any third party sites that are linked to the Services are not under NZVWG control. NZVWG is not responsible for anything on the linked sites, including without limitation any content, links to other sites, any changes to those sites, or any policies those sites may have. NZVWG provides and allows links as a convenience only and such links do not imply any endorsement by NZVWG of those sites. NZVWG does not endorse third party products or services.

11. Governing Law

This site and agreement is governed by the laws of the New Zealand. Any legal action against NZVWG shall take place in the courts of New Zealand. The parties attorn to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand.

12. Local Usage Guidelines and Restrictions

Beyond the terms herein Users of the local NZVWG site are assumed to have read and be bound by any local usage policies belonging to the hosting institution. The University of Otago usage guidelines and policy can be read at this address:

University of Otago Policies and Regulations

Of special note are:

Internet Usage Policy, Intellectual Property Rights Policy

13. Contact Information

The contact for this NZVWG site ("Otago University Portal") is the Technical Support Group of the Information Science Department.

Email: tsg@infoscience.otago.ac.nz

Phone: 6434798095