Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions

The ORIENTED websites at the domain address http:///www.oriented.com, http:///www.oriented.org, http://www.orientedhappyhours.com, and all other websites under the Company's control (herein known as "Sites") are legally owned and operated by ORIENTED.COM, Inc. (herein known as "Company"). The content of each of the Sites (herein known as "Site Content") includes but is not limited to information, communications, software, proprietary software, text, videos, graphics, music, sounds, and other material found on all of the pages of the Sites, including but not limited to business directories, event calendars, job postings, as well as any information posted by Site visitors to any area of the Sites.

These Terms & Conditions (herein known as the "Terms") constitute the entire agreement between you and the Company and govern your use of the Sites and the Site Content, and your participation at Company events, superceding any prior agreements between you and the Company. Any violation of these Terms will not be tolerated and will warrant any and all legal consequences as stated in these Terms or provided by applicable law. By visiting or using the Sites, you understand and agree that the Sites and the services provided on or by them are provided "AS IS", and that the Company does not assume responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user-provided content, communications, or personalization settings. The Company's Sites, product offerings, services, site design and functionality, and Terms may change without notice, and your continued use of the Sites automatically means that you accept those changes.

The Company makes no claims that the Site Content when used, viewed or downloaded will not be in violation of applicable law in any jurisdiction. Access to any or all of the Site Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. When you use the Sites, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.


The Site Content is protected under copyright, trademark and other laws of multiple jurisdictions. All Site Content is the property of the Company or its content suppliers or clients. The compilation (meaning the collection, arrangement and assembly) of all content on the Sites is the exclusive property of the Company and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Unauthorized use of the Site Content may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. You must retain all copyright, trademark, service-mark and other proprietary notices contained in the original Site Content on any copy you make of the Site Content. You may not sell or modify the Site Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, distribute, or otherwise use the Site Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose that is not authorized by the Company. The use of the Site Content on any other web site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is prohibited. You shall not copy or adapt the HTML code that the Company creates to generate any Site Content or the pages making up any Site. This is also protected by the Company's copyright.

By using the Sites or any Site Content, you are agreeing that under no circumstances will the Company, its officers, directors, employees, contractors, consultants, volunteers, event organizers, agents, representatives or other third party affiliates (collectively, "Company Affiliates"), or any advertiser listed, be responsible for (1) any information contained on or omitted from the Sites, (2) any person's reliance on any such information, whether or not the information is correct, current or complete, (3) the consequences of any action you or any other person takes or fails to take, whether or not based on information provided by or as a result of the use of the Sites. Further, the Company accepts no responsibility for (4) any person's satisfaction with any Site advertiser, whether relating to the advertiser's competence, diligence, or otherwise, or (5) the results of any advice given by or representation from the Company or any Company Affiliate, or from any Site advertiser, author, or visitor. The Company and Company Affiliates assume no liability or responsibility for damage or injury to persons or property arising from any use of any product, information, idea, or instruction contained in the Site Content.

The Sites act as a venue for users to post information. The Company does not screen or censor the listings offered. You understand that all Site Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from which such Site Content originated, and that the Company does not assume any responsibility for the consequences of any Site Content you post, or that is posted by others, or that arises from your use of the Sites. The Company does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any of the Site Content regardless of origination nor does it endorse any opinions, reviews, or other Site Content posted by users. This means that you, and not the Company, are solely responsible for the consequences of posting that Site Content. ANY RELIANCE ON SITE CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Links and Banners

The Sites contain links to third-party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and do not imply any endorsement by the Company of the linked sites, their content or owners. Links include but are not limited to graphic and text advertisements on the Sites.

The Company is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and neither endorses nor makes any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party websites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. Your use of third-party websites is subject to the terms & conditions of use for such sites. You further acknowledge and agree that neither the Company nor any Company Affiliate shall be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your use of or reliance on any content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

Rights to Materials

Although the Company does not claim ownership of content that its users post, you agree that any content which you post on the Sites is considered to be non-confidential, and you automatically grant -- or warrant that the owner of such content has expressly granted -- the Company a royalty-free, paid-up, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, delete, translate, distribute, perform, and display such content (in whole or part) worldwide for any purpose and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any intellectual property rights that may exist in such content.

You understand that the technical processing and transmission of content may involve (a) transmissions over various networks, (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices and (c) potential third party interception out of the Company's control, and that all the risks associated therewith are solely yours.

Copyright Restrictions

By using the Sites, you acknowledge that, notwithstanding that the Company permits access to the Site Content, your unauthorized use of the Site Content may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. Modification, publication, transmission, participation in the transfer or sale of, reproduction, creation of derivative works from, distribution, performance, display, incorporation into another web site, mirroring this site or in any other way exploiting any of the Site Content, in whole or in part, without explicit written permission from the Company and the author(s) of the Site Content, is strictly prohibited. Further, none of the Site Content may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, reproduced, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, re-transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photo-reproduction, recordation or otherwise), resold or redistributed without the prior written consent of the Company. Violations of the Company's intellectual property rights will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of applicable law.

Limited excerpts of the data may be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use and only under the explicit condition that each such copy contains a copyright notice as follows:

Copyright (c) 2000-2014, ORIENTED.COM, Inc. All rights reserved.


Testimonials posted to the ORIENTED.COM website are for the purpose of sharing positive experiences. The Company reserves the right to post or remove any testimonial that is submitted to us at its discretion.

By submitting your Testimonial to post on the ORIENTED.COM website, you give the Company permission to reprint or use the Testimonial in connection with our business. You also are agreeing to the following:

  1. The reprint or use of the Testimonial will be at the Company's sole discretion and without compensation
  2. The Company may use the Testimonial with or without any pseudo (pen) name credit
  3. The Company's right to use the Testimonial is perpetual and may be assigned by the Company
  4. The Company may use the Testimonial locally, regionally, nationally or globally and such use may be made in any media, information or communication platform (including Internet advertising) currently in use or later developed, and
  5. You and not someone else composed and posted the Testimonial
Other than your pseudo (pen) name, which we may or may not use, your personal contact information will not be disclosed in connection with our reprint or use of your Testimonial.

User Obligations

Use of the Sites may require you to obtain a username and password to access your account on the Sites. In return for our enabling and allowing you to be a user, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself when necessary or as prompted by a Site's registration forms, and (b) maintain and promptly update your data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If the Company has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, the Company has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the products and services provided (or any portion thereof).

User Conduct

By using the Sites, you agree that the following actions shall constitute a material breach of these Terms:

  1. Posting Site Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or harms minors in any way;
  2. Posting Site Content that is in any way related to child pornography;
  3. Harassing, degrading, intimidating or posting material that is hateful toward any individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  4. Impersonating any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Company employee, volunteer, or affiliate, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with any person or entity;
  5. Posting Site Content that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent;
  6. Posting Site Content that is false, inaccurate, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, or constitutes "bait and switch";
  7. Posting Site Content that may be in violation of the "Public Pledge of Self Regulation and Professional Ethics for China Internet Industry" of the Internet Society of China, as revised on July 19, 2002, and as may be amended from time to time (herein known as the "Public Pledge");
  8. Violating any person's intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or other personal rights;
  9. Infringing upon any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or posting Site Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
  10. Posting Site Content that constitutes or contains unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, links to commercial services or websites, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," or any other form of solicitation;
  11. Advertising for sale or any other purpose weapons or explosives; controlled substances (including but not limited to) tobacco products, illegal drugs; stolen or counterfeit items; goods or services that do not in fact exist; items that violate or infringe upon the rights of others; any items you do not have the right to sell; or any dangerous items;
  12. Disrupting, interfering with or damaging (or threatening to disrupt, interfere with, or damage) the Company's Sites, business activities, operations, reputation, goodwill, customers and/or customer relations, or the ability of the Company's customers to effectively use the Sites;
  13. Disrupting the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to the Sites, or that otherwise negatively affects other users' ability to use the Sites;
  14. Using misleading email addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of content transmitted through the Sites;
  15. Contacting anyone who has asked not to be contacted;
  16. "Stalking" or otherwise harassing anyone;
  17. Collecting personal data about other users for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  18. Revising or deleting any material posted by another person or entity;
  19. Using any device, software or routine to interfere or attempting to interfere with the proper operation of any Site or activity being conducted on any Site;
  20. Taking any action which imposes an unreasonably or disproportionately large load on any Site's infrastructure;
  21. Attempting to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of any Site;
  22. Aggrevating, copying or duplicating in any manner any of the Site Content or information available from any Site;
  23. Using automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from the Sites or to navigate or search any Site, other than the search engine and search agents available from the Company on such Site and other than generally available third party web browsers (e.g., Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Explorer, etc.).
In addition, failure to cooperate with the Company in correcting or preventing violations of these Terms is in itself a violation of these Terms.

Account Security

When the particular service you use on any Site requires you to register, you will receive a password and account designation upon completing the registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your information, username and password. You agree to (a) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session, and (b) immediately notify the Company of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. You are responsible for all uses of your username, password and account, whether or not authorized by you. The Company cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these instructions.

Account Termination

You agree that the Company, in its sole discretion and without notice, may terminate your username, password, account, membership (or any part thereof) or use of the Sites, block your email and/or IP address, and delete any Site Content, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if the Company believes that you have violated these Terms or acted inconsistently with the spirit of them.

You acknowledge and agree that any termination of your access to the Sites may be effected without notice, that you will not attempt to access the Sites after said termination, and that the Company may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Sites. Further, you agree that neither the Company nor any Company Affiliate shall be liable to you or any third party for any damages whatsoever as a direct or indirect result of the termination of your access to the Sites, and that under no circumstance shall the Company be obligated to make any refunds as per the section, "All Sales Final".

Dealings with Advertisers, Organizations and Other Users

Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers, organizations or other users found on or through the Sites, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser, organization or other user. You agree that neither the Company nor any Company Affiliate shall be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers, organizations or other users on the Sites.

The Company is not involved in the actual transaction between you and advertisers or other users. As a result, the Company has no control over the quality, safety or legality of the content posted, the truth or accuracy of the content, or the ability of advertisers, organizations or other users to fulfill your expectations. In addition, note that there are risks, including but not limited to the risk of physical harm, of dealing with strangers, foreign nationals, underage persons or people acting under false pretenses. You assume all risks associated with dealing with other users with whom you come in contact through any of the Sites. The Company generally does not control the information provided by other users which is made available through any of the Sites. By its very nature, other people's information may be offensive, harmful or inaccurate, and in some cases will be mislabeled or deceptively labeled. We expect that you will use caution and common sense when using any of the Sites. In cases where you feel threatened or believe someone else is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.

All Sales Final

All sales are final once the Company receives payment for its products and services. Under no circumstance shall the Company be obligated to refund any amounts paid, especially if such content or user account is edited or removed because it is deemed by the Company (in its sole discretion) to be a violation of these Terms. The Company may also, in it sole discretion and at any time, discontinue providing its products and services, or any part thereof, with or without notice.

Company Rights, Limitations, and Disclaimers

While the Company does not pre-screen content, the Company and its designees reserve the right (but not the obligation), at any time and at its sole discretion and without notice, to take the following actions:

  1. Modify content or discontinue operations of the Sites or offline events (or any part thereof). Neither the Company nor any Company Affiliate shall be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of its Sites, products and services.
  2. Deny Site access to users for any reason
  3. Monitor, edit, move, remove, record, or refuse any content or listings that are published on the Sites, regardless of whether such Content violates these Terms
  4. Monitor, edit, or disclose any type of information in its possession, including, without limitation, information about users, their Internet transmissions and their Site activities, if required in the course of normal operation and maintenance of the Sites, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) comply with the law or comply with the legal processes served; (b) protect and defend the rights, property, or personal safety of the Company, its Site users and the public; (c) respond to claims that any Site Content violates the rights of third parties, or (d) enforce these Terms. The Company has no obligation to notify any person, including the user about whom information is sought, that the Company has provided the information.
Though not a signatory, the Company intends to adhere to the Public Pledge. Thus, you agree that the Company shall have the unfettered right to remove or edit any postings or listings which the Company deems (in its sole discretion) may be in violation of the Public Pledge, which prohibits the posting or dissemination of "pernicious information that may jeopardize state security and disrupt social stability" in China or that violates Chinese law.


Limitations of Online Services

To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, the Company disclaims all warranties expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, in relation to the Sites, the Site Content, its use, the results of such use, links and linked sites. Without limiting the foregoing, the Company specifically disclaims any warranty (a) that the functionality will be uninterrupted or error-free, (b) that defects will be corrected, (c) that there are no viruses or other harmful components, or (d) that the security methods employed will be sufficient, or (e) that the Sites or Site Content are correct, accurate, or reliable.

You acknowledge that the Company may establish limits concerning use of the Sites, including the maximum number of days that Site Content will be retained by the Sites, the maximum number and size of postings or other content that may be transmitted or stored on the Sites, and the frequency with which you may access the Sites. You agree that the Company has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any content maintained on the Sites, nor will the Company assume responsibility for any damages resulting from such deletion or failure. You also agree to assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction resulting from the above occurrences.

Limitations of Offline Services

You acknowledge that because many Company events are organized by volunteers, from time to time they are placed on hold during organizer turnover while new organizers are recruited. Just because the Company currently holdd events in the cities listed here does not mean that the Company will always hold events in those cities in perpetuity. For this reason and other reasons, events may be cancelled, delayed, or changed without notice.

Limitations of Liability

Under no circumstances shall the Company or any Company Affiliate be liable for any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to any compensatory, direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, lost profits, loss of use, loss of data, loss of income or profit, loss of or damage to property, personal injury, claims of third parties, or other losses of any kind or character arising during or in connection with or in participation in Company events - including but not limited to ORIENTED Happy Hours and ORIENTED Dialogue & Exchange events - even if the Company has been advised of the possibility of such damages or losses, or the use or inability to use the Sites or the Site Content whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not the Company or a Company Affiliate has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

User authentication on the Internet is difficult, so the Company cannot and does not confirm that each user is who they claim to be. Because the Company does not and cannot be involved in user-to-user dealings or control the behavior of participants on any of the Sites, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release the Company and all Company Affiliates from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential, direct and indirect) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor."


The Company does not warrant that the service is completely error free or will operate without packet loss or interruption, nor does the Company warrant any connection to or any transmission over the internet. You hereby agree to be responsible for payment of all applicable charges, including but not limited to those related to the use or misuse of your account or credit card by an unauthorized third party, or any error, accidental use or loss.


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Company and all Company Affiliates harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, legal and/or accounting fees resulting from, or alleged to result from, your use of the Sites, Site Content, or your participation at Company events. The Company shall provide notice to you promptly of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall reasonably cooperate with you, at your expense, in your defense of any such claim, suit or proceeding.


You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with the Company and/or the Sites, or in any way relating to your use of the Sites, resides in the courts of Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving the Company or Company Affiliates. The laws of Hong Kong SAR shall govern the interpretation and construction of these Terms.

The failure of the Company to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Sites or the Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.


Thank you for your cooperation with these Terms & Conditions, last updated on October 14, 2014. We hope you find the ORIENTED.COM Sites helpful and convenient to use! Questions or comments regarding the legalities of this Site should be mailed to:

Legal Affairs Dept.
P.O. Box 1705
San Mateo, CA 94401, U.S.