Terms of Use

​-Modified February of 2017-

Membership Terms of Use

​The Epoch is a subsidiary of Category Five Ministries, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. With all of The Epoch <a href=”https://theepoch.org/about/the-epoch-verticals/” target=”_blank”>Verticals</a> and their corresponding sites, we trust that our resources are being used for legal, respectful and generally trustworthy purposes. While using any of these resources, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. This policy is updated based on the date provided above. The Epoch has full right to modify these terms based on our discretion. If you do not agree to any of the terms, provided herein, please do not participate on The Epoch sites.[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-color: hsl(0, 0%, 90%);border-top-width: 1px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”mtn”]The Epoch’s Role[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]<h5>Scope of Terms</h5>

By visiting or accessing any of The Epoch sites — including TheEpoch.com, all The Epoch social media pages, and or any sites created and managed by Category Five Ministries — you agree to be bound by our: Terms of Use, <a href=”https://theepoch.org/about/the-epoch-policies-terms-and-conditions/the-epoch-usage-policy/” target=”_blank”>Resource Usage Policy</a>, <a href=”https://theepoch.org/about/the-epoch-policies-terms-and-conditions/privacy-policy/” target=”_blank”>Privacy Policy</a> and <a href=”https://theepoch.org/about/the-epoch-policies-terms-and-conditions/community-guidelines/” target=”_blank”>Community Guidelines</a>, pertaining to your use of any Content provided, accessed or distributed by any of The Epoch platforms (“Content”). You must be at least 13 years of age to create a membership account. If you are under the age of 13, you may not create an account but you are welcome to access any non-member resources available.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>The Epoch as Service Provider</h5>

The Epoch resources contain many links to third party providers and to Content that is uploaded by other organizations, including videos, audio recordings, images, descriptions, links and other Content. The Epoch is not responsible or liable to these third party sites and you should review any terms of use when entering those sites or viewing their content.[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-color: hsl(0, 0%, 90%);border-top-width: 1px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”mtn”]Interacting with The Epoch sites and resources[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]<h5>The Epoch Culture Accounts</h5>

In some areas of The Epoch, you may be required to create a Culture Account, access information and or upload data to help use the The Epoch site or application. These accounts are only available for individuals that are 13 and older. If you create an account, you are required to provide complete and accurate information. If you have created an account and do not wish to access The Epoch content, you may follow the user instructions applicable for that site or resource and or ask us to manually deactivate your account. In case you have created a password, you should keep this confidential at all times. All The Epoch sites must be used based on our guidelines and policies and if The Epoch determines in its sole discretion that you are not using the site in the way it was intended, we have the right to deactivate your Culture Account at any time.

By becoming a Culture member of The Epoch, you authorize us to charge your credit card or other account that you have designated. Monthly, annual and other periodic or renewal fees will be charged at the then current rate plus applicable tax. All fees are charged in US Dollars (USD). Fees may vary based on currency exchange rates. Customers may also be charged additional credit card fees for currency conversion from non-USD currencies to USD. The membership fee will be billed at the beginning of your membership period or expiration of your free trial period, if any. You will have fifteen (15) calendar days after the auto-renewal of any annual membership to cancel and receive a full refund of your annual membership fee. Your membership will continue in effect unless and until you cancel your membership or your membership is otherwise terminated or suspended. You may cancel your membership at any time by logging into your account on The Epoch or <a href=”https://theepoch.org/contact/” target=”_blank”>contacting us</a> at. You have the right to cancel your membership without fee or penalty at any time. If you cancel your membership, cancellation will be effective at the end of the current billing period. After cancellation, you will have continued access to The Epoch for the remainder of that period, but you will not receive a refund, unless otherwise stated at the time of cancellation.

On certain occasions, The Epoch may offer free trials of its services. If we offer you a free trial, the specific terms of the free trial will be stated in the marketing material describing the free trial. If you do not cancel your membership within the free trial period, we will begin charging your payment card membership fees once your free trial period ends. You may cancel your membership anytime by logging into your account or <a href=”https://theepoch.org/contact/” target=”_blank”>contacting us</a>.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Posting Content</h5>

You represent and warrant that any material you post to The Epoch, does not infringe an another party’s intellectual property rights or any federal, state, or local and country law that may apply regarding the posting of material. You also agree that any Content you post will not infringe on any third party right — including copyright, trademark, patent, right of publicity or other intellectual property right, and will not slander, defame, libel or invade the right of privacy or publicity of any other person. If you submit any Content to The Epoch (translations, questions, comments or otherwise) you understand and agree that it may be used by The Epoch for any reason throughout the world without requirement or consent. You agree that you provide a license for The Epoch to use your Content worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free and perpetual non-revocable license for The Epoch to use in whatever way The Epoch deems appropriate throughout the world in whole or in part, in any media platforms available now or developed in the future. You are required to follow and be familiar with the <a href=”https://theepoch.org/about/the-epoch-policies-terms-and-conditions/community-guidelines/”>Community Guidelines</a>. If you post material or misuse The Epoch in a way that infringes on another party’s intellectual property rights, or these policies, you understand that we may remove the posting and that you agree to indemnify The Epoch based on the indemnification provided below.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Your Use of Content</h5>

In addition to the general herein, the following restrictions and conditions apply specifically to your use of Content.

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  <li>The Content on the resource, and the trademarks, service marks and logos (“Marks”) on the resource, are owned by or licensed to The Epoch, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law.</li>

  <li>Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the resource and as permitted under these Terms of Use. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by The Epoch on the resource for that Content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of The Epoch or the respective licensors of the Content. The Epoch and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.</li>

  <li>You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Service or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Service or the Content therein.</li>

  <li>You understand that when using the Service, you will be exposed to Content from a variety of sources, and that The Epoch is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such Content. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to Content that is inaccurate, offensive, 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 The Epoch with respect thereto, and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Epoch, its owners, operators, affiliates, licensors, and licensees to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of the resource.</li>

</ul>[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-color: hsl(0, 0%, 90%);border-top-width: 1px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”mtn”]Copyright issues and licenses[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]<h5>DMCA Notice</h5>

The Epoch sites post Content from around the world that has been generated by other parties. While The Epoch strives to ensure all ideas posted are credible, based on facts and do not infringe on other people’s intellectual property rights, there may be an occasion that Content is provided by other parties, and/or may include content that infringes on the copyright another third party. If this happens, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on any of The Epoch sites infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by The Epoch sites infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send The Epoch a notice requesting the material be removed or access to it blocked.

The notice must include the following information:

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  <li>Your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address</li>

  <li>Sufficient detail identifying the copyrighted work alleged to have been infringed</li>

  <li>Identification of the material that you claim to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to allow The Epoch to locate the material on the Site</li>

  <li>A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law such as “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.”</li>

  <li>A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed such as “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”</li>

  <li>An electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that is allegedly infringed</li>

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All claims of copyright infringement should be emailed to <a href=”mailto:dmca@theepoch.org”>dmca@theepoch.org</a>.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>License to third party Content</h5>

The Epoch displays certain Content via the YouTube embed player on The Epoch’s platforms. Any Content that is provided by YouTube is subject to their terms of use and license requirements. Please review their terms of use that apply for license and usage terms. Unless otherwise indicated on the website, audio and video files, transcripts and/or information about a speaker, are licensed via Creative Commons license (CC BY — NC — ND 4.0 International), which means that certain Content may be used for personal and/or educational purposes as long as the license terms and The Epoch Usage Policy are followed. Except as provided in the Usage Policy, you agree not to distribute any Content without The Epoch’s prior written authorization, unless The Epoch makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered from The Epoch sites and resources.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Podcasts and Downloadable Audio</h5>

Any MP3, MP4 audio files and XML files that are developed by The Epoch or co-produced by The Epoch as a podcast or audio download provided via a The Epoch platform, or third party platform are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights to podcasts and audio downloads are as defined by the hosting provider, TheEpoch.com, and/or the applicable terms through a subscription or via a third party hosting provider. However in all instances The Epoch podcasts and audio downloads are available for personal, noncommercial use only.

Unless otherwise indicated, you may only use the podcast or audio download for personal, noncommercial purposes, provided that:

The Epoch podcasts and audio downloads may only be used for personal, non-commercial use within the terms listed.

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  <li>You do not modify or delete any of the Content nor individual audio files</li>

  <li>You do not redistribute the audio files made available as part of the podcast</li>

  <li>The use or display does not suggest that The Epoch promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, products or services</li>

  <li>Audio files made available for download are not to be reproduced, edited, re-transmitted, or in any way repurposed without prior consent from The Epoch</li>

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The Epoch reserves the right to discontinue providing podcasts and audio downloads and to require that you cease accessing or using the podcasts or any elements of the podcast at any time for any reason.[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-color: hsl(0, 0%, 90%);border-top-width: 1px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”mtn”]Legal risk and responsibilities[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]<h5>No Warranties</h5>

All Content (including but not limited to: animations, videos, transcripts, podcasts etc.) is made available AS IS and THe Epoch does not offer any warranty of any kind, or that the Content will be accurate, complete, or error-free. The Epoch is not liable for the usage of, implementation of, impact from, or communication of the ideas presented in any Content.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Release and Indemnity</h5>

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND/OR LIABILITY AGAINST TED ARISING FROM CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF The Epoch. YOU ALSO AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS The Epoch, ITS PARENT ORGANIZATION, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND THIRD PARTY LICENSORS, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DAMAGES, OBLIGATIONS, LOSSES, LIABILITIES, (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEY’S FEES) ARISING FROM: (I) YOUR USE OF AND ACCESS TO THE The Epoch CONTENT AND USE OF The Epoch SITES; (II) YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY TERM OF THESE TERMS OF USE; (III) AND YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY THIRD PARTY RIGHT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COPYRIGHT, PROPERTY, OR PRIVACY RIGHT.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Limitation of Liability</h5>

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL The Epoch OR ITS PARENT ORGANIZATION, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, PARTNERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE ACCESS OF, USE OR INABILITY TO USE The Epoch CONTENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF OR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, NON-DELIVERY OF INFORMATION, DISCLOSURE OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE.[/cs_text][cs_text]<h5>Entire Agreement</h5>

These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between users and the The Epoch resources, governed by the laws of the State of Michigan without regard to conflict of laws principles. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Grand Traverse, Michigan. Any headings or summaries provided on this page are used for reference purposes only and do not serve any legal effect. By accessing The Epoch resources, The Epoch sites and Content, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions herein.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

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