Terms of Service BlueGreen Masters
BGM reserves the right to modify these TOS at any time without advance notice. Any changes to these TOS will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the BGM site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified TOS and all of the changes. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these TOS.
Any version of these TOS in a language other than English is provided for convenience and you understand and agree that the English language version will control if there is any conflict.
THESE TOS ARE ORGANIZED AS FOLLOWS:
RULES FOR ONLINE CONDUCT
You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the BGM site and for your User Postings. “User Postings” means all content submitted, posted, published, or distributed on the BGM site by you or other users of the BGM site, including but not limited to all forum posts, wiki edits, notes, questions, comments, videos, and file uploads. You agree that you will use the BGM site in compliance with these Agreements, and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence, and all United States export control laws.
As a condition of your use of the BGM site, you will not use the BGM site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any BGM server or the network(s) connected to any BGM server or to interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the BGM site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the BGM site, other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to any BGM server through hacking, password mining, or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information stored on the BGM site, its servers, or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the BGM site. If you are a registered user, you will not share your password or let anyone else access or compromise your account.
Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, or otherwise download in bulk, any BGM site content, including but not limited to a list or directory of users on the system, User Postings or user information, online textbooks, course materials, or trademarks and logos. You agree not to misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the BGM site (although you are welcome and encouraged to use an anonymous username in the forums and to act in a manner that keeps your identity concealed).
STRICTLY PROHIBITED ITEMS
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE BGM Sites:
- Content that defames, harasses or threatens others;
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
- Content that infringes another’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
- Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
- Content related to partisan political activities;
- Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware, or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property; and
- Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others (this list, collectively, “Strictly Prohibited Items”).
You may not submit, post, publish, share, or otherwise distribute any of the above Strictly Prohibited Items on or via the BGM sites.
In order to create a user account, you must provide your full name, an email address, your country or region of residence, a public username, and a user password. You agree that you will never divulge or share access or access information for your user account with any third party for any reason. In setting up your user account, you may be prompted to enter additional optional information (e.g., your year of birth). You represent that all information provided by you is accurate and current. You agree to maintain and update your information to keep it accurate and current.
YOUR RIGHT TO USE CONTENT ON THE BGMSITE
Unless indicated as being in the public domain, the content on the BGM site is protected by European and foreign copyright laws. Unless otherwise expressly stated on the BGM site, the texts, exams, video, images, and other instructional materials provided with the courses offered on the BGM site are for your personal use in connection with those courses only. We aim to make much of the BGM course content available under more open license terms that will help create a vibrant ecosystem of contributors and further BGM’s goal of making education accessible and affordable to the world.
Certain reference documents, digital textbooks, articles, and other information on the BGM site are used with the permission of third parties, and use of that information is subject to certain rules and conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using the BGM Site, you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions.
You agree to retain all copyright and other notices on any content you obtain from the BGM site. All rights in the BGM site and its content, if not expressly granted, are reserved.
Use for Personalization and Pedagogical Improvements.
User Postings Representations and Warranties.
By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you affirm, represent, and warrant
(1) that you have the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and/or permissions to reproduce and publish the User Postings and to authorize BGM and its users to reproduce, modify, publish, and otherwise use and distribute your User Postings in a manner consistent with the licenses granted by you below, and
(2) that neither your submission of your User Postings nor the exercise of the licenses granted below will infringe or violate the rights of any third party. You, and not BGM, are solely responsible for your User Postings and the consequences of posting or publishing them.
License Grant to BGM.
By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to BGM a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, sub licensable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute, redistribute, relicense, and otherwise use, make available, and exploit your User Postings, in whole or in part, in any form and in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).
License Grant to BGM Users.
By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to each user of the BGM site a non-exclusive license to access and use your User Postings in connection with their use of the BGM site for their own personal purposes.
CERTIFICATES AND OTHER PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Professional Education Courses & Certificates.
BGM and the Members may offer ID Verified Certificates of Achievement for courses (a “Verified Certificate”) or certificates for programs for learners who, in the Members’ judgment, have satisfactorily demonstrated mastery of the course or program material. Certificates will be issued by BGM under the name of the underlying Member(s) from where the course or program originated, like the Association of International Seafood Professionals (AISP), etc. The decision whether a certificate will be awarded to a given student will be solely within the discretion of the awarding Member.
Acceptable forms of photo ID’s are:
- Government or State-issued driver’s license
- State, National or Province ID card
In order to be accepted by BGM, your photo ID must:
- Contain your full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents, and spaces);
- Contain a relatively current photograph of yourself;
- Be an original document; photocopied documents cannot be accepted; and
- Be current and valid; expired documents cannot be accepted.
Unfortunately, if you do not possess a photo ID meeting the criteria described above, BGM is unable to provide you with a Verified Certificate at this time.
Courses, certificates and other purchases, credits, on the BGM site are not eligible for a refund.
No Other Enrollment.
You will not be an applicant for admission to, or enrolled in, any degree or other credit- or credential-bearing program of the Participants as a result of registering for or completing a course or program provided by such Participants through BGM. You will not be entitled to use any of the resources of the Participants beyond the online courses or programs provided on the BGM site, nor will you be eligible to receive student privileges or benefits provided to students enrolled in degree or other credit- or credential-bearing programs of the Member.
Use of BGM, University, and Other Participants Names, Trademarks, and Service Marks.
The “BGM,” “school”, “Association”, “University” names, logos and seals are trademarks (“Trademarks”) of the respective entities. Likewise, the names, logos, and seals of the other Members are Trademarks owned by the respective Member. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, without the owner’s prior written consent. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in the owner’s sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by the owner.
All Trademarks not owned by BGM or the Members that appear on the BGM site or on or through the services made available on or through the BGM site, if any, are the property of their respective owners.
Nothing contained on the BGM site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the BGM site without the written permission of the owner of the applicable Trademark.
Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the BGM site should contact BGM designated copyright agent at [email protected] and at BlueGreen Masters, World Trade Center -The Hague, 2595AM The Hague, The Netherlands.
Notification must include:
- Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
- Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).
- A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY / LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES
THE BGM SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE BGM SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, EXCEPT INSOFAR AS ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES MAY NOT BE DISCLAIMED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
BGM AND THE BGM PARTICIPANTS (AS HEREINAFTER DEFINED) DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE BGM SITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THE BGM SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE COURSES OR CONTENT PROVIDED WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. BGM AND THE BGM PARTICIPANTS ALSO MAKE NO WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR QUALITY OF THE BGM SITE OR ANY COURSES OR CONTENT, OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR COURSES OR CONTENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. “BGM PARTICIPANTS” MEANS AISP, MEMBERS, THE ENTITIES PROVIDING INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR SERVICES FOR THE BGM SITE, THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS, AND THEIR STAFFS.
User Postings Disclaimer.
You understand that when using the BGM site you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources and that neither BGM nor the BGM Participants are responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, reliability or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Postings that are inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent or objectionable and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against BGM or any of the BGM Participants with respect thereto. Neither BGM nor any of the BGM Participants endorse any User Postings or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein. Neither BGM nor any of the BGM Participants have any obligation to monitor any User Postings or any other user communications through the BGM Site.
However, BGM reserves the right to review User Postings and to exercise its sole discretion to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any User Posting at any time and for any reason, or to allow the BGM Participants to do so. Without limiting the foregoing, upon receiving notice from a user or a content owner that a User Posting allegedly does not conform to these TOS, BGM may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove the User Posting, which it reserves the right to do at any time and without notice.
Links to Other Websites.
The BGM site may include hyperlinks to websites maintained or controlled by others. BGM and the BGM Participants are not responsible for and do not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at these websites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER BGM NOR ANY OF THE BGM PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY’S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE BGM SITE, OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE BGMSITE, OR YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE BGM SITE, WHETHER YOUR CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY OR OTHER LAW.
IN PARTICULAR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER BGM NOR ANY OF THE BGM PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT BGM OR ANY OF THE BGMPARTICIPANTS HAS BEEN NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE AT FAULT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA).
CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
You agree to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify BGM and the BGM Participants, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, faculty, students, fellows, governing board members, agents, volunteers and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions, or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the BGM site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs, and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, BGM or the applicable BGM Participant will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit, or action.
Termination Rights; Discontinuation of Courses and Content.
You agree that BGM, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the BGM site or your participation in it, for any reason or no reason, upon notice to you. It is BGM policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the accounts of users of the BGM site who are repeat copyright infringers. BGM and the BGM Participants reserve the right at any time in their sole discretion to cancel, delay, reschedule or alter the format of any course offered through BGM, or to cease providing any part or all of the BGM site content or related services, and you agree that neither BGM nor any of the BGM Participants will have any liability to you for such an action. If you no longer desire to participate in the BGM Site, you may terminate your participation at any time. The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate upon any termination of your right to use the BGM Site, but the other provisions of the Agreements will survive any such termination.
The Agreements constitute the entire agreement between you and BGM with respect to your use of the BGM Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and BGM regarding your use of the BGM Site.
Waiver and Severability.
The failure of BGM to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Agreements shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Agreements is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of the Agreements shall remain in full force and effect.
Choice of Law/Forum Selection.
You agree that the Agreements and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to the Agreements or any content or service obtained from or through the BGM site will be governed by the laws of The Netherlands. You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in The Netherlands. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of those court over you for this purpose, and you waive and agree not to assert any objection to such proceedings in this court (including any defense or objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).
January 1, 2020.
By enrolling in a course on BGM, you are joining a special worldwide community of learners. The aspiration of BGM is to provide anyone with an internet connection access to courses from the best universities and institutions in the world and to provide our students the best educational experience internet technology enables. You are a part of the community that will help BGM achieve this goal. BGM depends upon your motivation to learn the material and to do so with honesty, functional, vocational and academic integrity. In order to participate in BMG, you must agree to the Honor Code below and any additional terms specific to a course or program. This Honor Code, and any additional terms, will be posted on each course website.
HONOR CODE PLEDGE
By enrolling in an BGM course or program, I agree that I will:
- Complete all tests and assignments on my own, unless collaboration on an assignment is explicitly permitted.
- Maintain only one user account and not let anyone else use my username and/or password.
- Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
- Not post answers to problems that are being used to assess student performance.
If you are found in violation of the Terms of Service or Honor Code, you may be subject to one or more of the following actions:
- Receiving a zero or no credit for an assignment;
- Having any certificate earned in the course or program withheld or revoked;
- Being unenrolled from a course or program; or
- Termination of your use of the BGM site.
- Additional actions may be taken at the sole discretion of BGM and BGM Participants course providers.
No refunds will be issued in the case of any corrective action for such violations.
Honor Code violations will be determined at the sole discretion of BGM Members. You will be notified if a determination has been made that you have violated this Honor Code and you will be informed of the corresponding action to be taken as a result of the violation.
CHANGING THE HONOR CODE
Please note that we review and may make changes to this Honor Code from time to time. Any changes to this Honor Code will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the BGM site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Honor Code and any changes contained therein. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of this Honor Code.
January 1, 2020.