TERMS AND PRIVACY POLICY

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

We collect information from authors when they join us after being approved. The author can choose which information to be publicly visible on their profile. We also collect information when you visit our site, via cookies and via web stats programs. We collect technical information such as your IP address, Web browser, and other information. Certain information about you will be shared with Google and other partners.

WHAT DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION FOR?

  • Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
  • To personalize your experience.
  • To improve our website.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • To target ads to your interests, browsing history or profile.
  • To keep track of the usage and user experience
  • To give the audience a brief background about the authors.
  • For marketing purposes.
  • We may share to third parties for marketing or other business purposes without your consent.

HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION?

We implement web security measures to maintain the safety of information we collect. These measures are not totally secure, however, and security breaches, hacks, etc. are common on the Internet. We are not responsible for the security of the information when it is possessed by any third party.

DO WE DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION TO OUTSIDE PARTIES?

We may disclose your information to third parties when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety. Visitor information may also be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other business purposes.

THIRD PARTY LINKS

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.

CHILDREN ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT

Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older unless stated otherwise, we will not be held liable for a user that ignores our restrictions. Certain content might sound explicit with the aim to give sexual education and not to serve erotic content as we have zero tolerance for content that is erotic or explicit without the aim to educate or pass a moral lesson.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright is a legal right that seeks to protect original works of authorship (ex: books, music, film, art). Generally, copyright protects original expression such as words or images. It does not protect facts and ideas, although it may protect the original words or images used to describe an idea. Copyright also doesn’t protect things like names, titles and slogans; however, another legal right called a trademark might protect those. In most countries, copyright is a legal right that protects original works of authorship. Typically, if you create one of those works, you obtain a copyright from the moment you create it. Remember, only original works are eligible for copyright protection. To be original enough for copyright protection, a work needs to be created by the author themselves, and must have some minimal amount of creativity. Generally, things like names, titles, slogans or short phrases aren’t considered to be original enough for copyright protection. For example, the symbol “+” is likely not subject to copyright, but a painting full of shapes and colors arranged in a unique pattern is likely protected under copyright. Copyright doesn’t generally protect facts or ideas, but it may protect the original words or images that express a fact or idea. This means that you may be able to express the same idea or fact as another author, as long as you don’t copy that author’s way of expressing that idea or fact. For example, a playwright may not be able to copyright the idea of a man waking up to repeat the same day over and over again, but the script for a play or movie expressing that idea could be subject to copyright.

MARKET STORE

Stories on the market store are property of Visionary Writings. They are exclusive to only Visionary Writings and cannot be published, distributed or used anywhere else without the permission of Visionary Writings with the author. Extraction or using of copyrighted intellectual content on the Market store without the permission of Visionary Writings and the author is prohibited. In the event of such occurring and persisting after a warning is given out, we will be forced to take legal action as the content is protected by intellectual property laws of Visionary Writings. If unauthorized usage of the content belonging to Visionary Writings or the authors is spotted, please report it to info@visionarywritings.com

COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT WITH VISIONARY WRITINGS

The moment you submit an application form with us or ask for your stories to be published via social media or email, you agree on giving Visionary Writings a full publishing right, through the Visionary Writings platform and social media. Giving us publishing right means you may not ask for your content to be removed from the platform. An author will still have %100 ownership of their own content that is published and on the Visionary Writings website. This means an author may also publish their content elsewhere. If you see an infringement of your intellectual property rights in Visionary Writings, you can always email us at info@visionarywritings.com

HOW DO I REPORT PLAGIARISM

If you believe someone is infringing your copyright, you can report it to us by emailing us at info@visionarywritings.com . Please be sure to include a complete copyright claim in your report. Before you submit a report of copyright infringement, you may want to send a message to the person who published the content. You may be able to resolve the issue without contacting Visionary Writings. Remember, only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may file a report of copyright infringement. If you believe something on Visionary Writings infringes someone else’s copyright, you may want to let the rights owner know. Please note that we regularly provide the rights owner’s name, your email address and the details of your report to the person who submitted the content you are reporting. In the case that you are an authorized representative submitting a report, we provide the name of the organization or client that owns the right in question. You may wish to provide a valid generic business or professional email address for this reason. Before you submit a report, please consider whether the content you want to report may be a permissible use of your copyright or trademark . If you’re not sure whether the content you’re reporting infringes your legal rights, because it may be a fair use or otherwise, you may want to seek legal guidance. Please note that submitting a report of intellectual property infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences. Intentionally submitting misleading or otherwise fraudulent reports of copyright or trademark infringement may lead to Visionary Writings taking action, including termination of your account.

HOW TO GET VISIONARY WRITINGS TO PROTECT MY WORK AS A LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE

Since Visionary Writings does not own any of the content on the website, by law we cannot lay charges on your behalf. However we can have an agreement on the author to have a certain ownership to their content so it can also be Visionary Writings property. To do so you can email us at info@visionarywritings.com

ABUSE ON VISIONARY WRITINGS PLATFORM

You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user. You will not comment content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.(unless it’s educational) You will not use Visionary Writings to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory. On this platform you are not allowed to harass, threaten, embarrass, swear at, sexually harass or abuse any other participants. If you’re an author of this platform, you are not allowed to belittle, or make negative comparisons to other authors on our platform. By doing this you may be banned from this platform. We may take action any time if someone is abused or harassed on this platform. Reporting something doesn’t guarantee that it will be removed because it may not violate our policies. Please note, the number of reports does not impact whether something will be removed. We never remove content simply because it has been reported a number of times.

ABUSE ON FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

Visionary Writings is limited to take any actions such as a reader harassing one of the Visionary Writings authors on a different platform. Any harassment done on a different platform are binded by that platforms terms and conditions. Using Facebook’s platform, we are forced to follow their terms and conditions. If you’re an author and you’re being harassed on other platforms, please contact them or read through their terms and conditions to be advised.

DISPUTE

You will resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute (claim) you have with us arising out of or relating to this Statement, and you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating all such claims. The laws of South Africa will govern this Statement, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to conflict of law provisions. If anyone brings a claim against us related to your actions, content or information on Visionary Writings, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to such claim. Although we provide rules for user conduct, we do not control or direct users’ actions on Visionary Writings and are not responsible for the content or information users transmit or share on Visionary. We are not responsible for any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content or information you may encounter on Visionary Writings. We are not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of Visionary Writings.

YOUR CONSENT

By using our site, you consent to our online privacy policy.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 21 June 2017. If you have any questions, contact us at info@visionarywritings.com.