LINE TODAY Terms and Conditions of Use

 

The LINE TODAY Terms and Conditions of Use (the "Terms and Conditions") set forth the terms between LINE Corporation ("LINE") and users ("You", “Yourself”, or “Your” depending on the context) of any services or features of the LINE TODAY provided by LINE (the "Service"), including, but not limited to providing news articles and user posting or uploading contents(“UGC”) including, but not limited to videos and articles or any posts via LINE TODAY Official Account, Timeline functions, and More Tab functions within the internet communication services operated by LINE under the brand name "LINE" and its related services (collectively, "LINE Services"), and/or via Mobile web version and PC websites of LINE TODAY.

 

 

1. Consent to the Terms and Conditions

 

1.1. You may use the Service only in accordance with the provisions of the Terms and Conditions, without modification. You may not use the Service unless you validly and irrevocably consent to the Terms and Conditions.

 

1.2. By consenting to the Terms and Conditions, You represent and warrant that You are of the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which You reside. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if You are the parent or legal guardian of minor between the ages of 13 and the legal age of majority, You may allow the minor to use Your account for the Service solely under Your supervision and only in accordance with the Terms and Conditions. In such case, You are liable for any acts committed by the minor. If You use the Service on behalf of, or for the purposes of, a business enterprise, then that business enterprise shall also be deemed to have consented to the Terms and Conditions, thereby concluding a valid and irrevocable agreement between LINE and the business enterprise.

 

1.3. By actually using the Service, You are deemed to have read and understood the Terms and Conditions, and have validly and irrevocably consented to the Terms and Conditions. If You do not wish to bind Yourself to the Terms and Conditions, do not access or use the Service or access any materials therefrom.

 

1.4. If there are any documents pertaining to the Service and provided or uploaded by LINE, such as "agreements", "guidelines", and "policies" (“Separate Terms and Conditions”) for the Service, You shall also comply with the provisions of the Separate Terms and Conditions as well as the Terms and Conditions.

 

2. Modification of the Terms and Conditions

LINE may modify the Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions at any time deemed necessary by LINE and without providing prior notice to You. The modified Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions become effective upon their posting on an appropriate location within the website operated by LINE. By continuing to use the Service after a change to the Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions, You are deemed to have validly and irrevocably consented to the modified Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions. Notifications regarding the modification to Terms and Conditions may not be provided individually to You. You are encouraged to refer to the current version of the Terms and Conditions on a regular basis when using the Service.

 

3. Account

 

3.1 In order to use, in part or in whole, the Service and/or any features and functions of the Service, You may need to separately register for LINE Services. Please refer and consent to the LINE Terms and Conditions of Use for use of LINE Services.

 

3.2 For matters not referred to within the Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions (including, but not limited to Restrictions, User Responsibility, and Notification and Contact), LINE Terms and Conditions of Use, in addition to the Terms and Conditions or Separate Terms and Conditions, apply for the use of the Service.

3.3 LINE may suspend or delete a User's Account and UGC account, if the User is materially violating, or has materially violated, these Terms and Conditions, or if the quality or transmission of Services is endangered by the User’s conduct.

 

3.4. LINE reserves the right to delete any Account that has been inactive for a period of a year or more, upon 30 days’ prior notice to the User.

 

3.5. If LINE has deleted your Account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, your right to use the Service expires with immediate effect. A deleted Account cannot be retrieved even if you have accidentally deleted the Account, and the LINE to be aware of this.

 

3.6. Each Account in the Service is for the exclusive use of each user. You may not transfer or lend your Accounts to any third party nor may their Accounts be inherited by any third party.

4. Intellectual Property

 

4.1 All of the content elements displayed and/or downloadable on LINE TODAY, as part of Contents under LINE Terms and Conditions of Use, including, but not limited to photographic images, graphic images, text, captions, video, audio-visual files, digital files and software (collectively, the "News Content”), and all of the features on LINE TODAY, including the LINE TODAY’s designs, trade dress, logos, pages, audio and/or video material, text, data, information, software, data compilations, digital downloads, icons, html code, xml code and products or services obtained from LINE TODAY (together with the News Content, collectively, the "Elements") is the exclusive property of LINE or its licensors including the users who post or uploaded contents under Section 6 of this Terms and Conditions (The same shall apply hereunder) . The Elements are protected by national and international laws, including copyright, trademark, trade dress and other intellectual property laws. Any News Content accessed or downloaded by You (whether or not such access or download was authorized) transfers no right, title or interest in or to such News Content or any intellectual property rights therein. All right, title and interest in and to such News Content shall remain the exclusive property of LINE and/or its licensors. No News Content may be used, copied, displayed, transmitted or otherwise exploited via any means except as expressly permitted herein. LINE hereby expressly reserves all rights in relation to the LINE TODAY and Elements not expressly granted herein.

 

4.2 For the protection of LINE and its licensors, News Content may use electronic measures to protect LINE TODAY and the Elements. You agree not to, nor attempt to, disable or interfere with any such measures. Any circumvention or interference with such measures may result in civil and criminal penalties.

 

4.3 If You are to make printed copy of any item of News Content for personal, non-commercial use, solely to the extent permitted under applicable laws and regulation, You must not remove or cause to be removed any copyright, trademark, watermark or other proprietary notices or visual marks or logos from the News Content. You may not archive or retain any News Content without the express prior written consent of LINE.

 

5. Use of the LINE TODAY

 

5.1 LINE TODAY and Elements are intended solely for users of LINE TODAY. Any and all access to LINE TODAY is provided to You at LINE's sole discretion. You agree that LINE shall not be liable to You or any third party for any termination of Your access to LINE TODAY. LINE reserves the right to modify, update, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of or access to LINE TODAY (or any portion of LINE TODAY) at any time and without notice or liability.

 

5.2 When using the Service through LINE Services, LINE may notify preferred new News Content, follow-up news to viewed News Content, and/or extra News Contents using push message function. Such function for push messaging extra News Contents by default is set as “ON”, but You may switch this function to “OFF” through setting of the Service.

 

5.3 You may, as part of the functions and features of the Service, share News Contents to Your social media accounts, such as LINE Services, Facebook, and Twitter. LINE disclaims all responsibility for the propriety of You using such sharing function, and also for Your using such social media accounts in accordance with the terms and conditions or other regulations or the like, if any, set forth by the service providers of such social media services. Such service providers of social media services bear all responsibility for their own social media services. In addition, You agree that LINE shall not be liable to You or any third party for any continuation, suspension, or termination of such sharing function. LINE reserves the right to modify, update, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of the sharing function at any time and without notice or liability. Unless explicitly permitted under the Terms and Conditions, You may not share, reproduce, and/or distribute News Content without LINE’s permission using any functions other than the sharing function referred to in this paragraph.

 

5.4 You may not (i) deep link or employ software or any automatic device, technology or algorithm, to "crawl", "scrape", search or monitor LINE TODAY and/or retrieve or copy News Content or related information; (ii) violate the mechanical restrictions of LINE TODAY, or bypass other measures employed to prevent or limit access to LINE TODAY or Elements by hacking or other means; (iii) copy, redirect, or exploit LINE TODAY or any Elements; (iv) probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of LINE TODAY or of the network supporting LINE TODAY, or seek information on visitors to LINE TODAY or personal information of LINE’s users; (v) use or upload to LINE TODAY any device, software or routine that would interfere with the proper functioning of LINE TODAY, or any transaction conducted via LINE TODAY; (vi) copy, modify, or display LINE’s name, logo, trademarks or service marks, text, or graphic images in any way, or include LINE’s names or trademarks or service marks or any LINE executive's name, or any variation of any of the foregoing, as a meta-tag, hidden textual element, or any other indicator that may create an impression of affiliation, sponsorship, or endorsement; (vii) use devices (including software) that are designed to provide repeated automated access to LINE TODAY, other than those made generally available by LINE, or probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network related in any way to LINE TODAY, without proper authorization from or by LINE; (viii) engage in any unlawful or illegal activities in connection with the use of LINE TODAY; or (ix) frame LINE TODAY or Elements using "framing" or any other similar technology.

 

5.5 LINE does not claim that LINE TODAY and/or any Elements are appropriate or available for use in specific countries where You choose to use the Service. If You choose to access LINE, You do so at Your own initiative and will be solely responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws.

 

6. User posting

 

6.1 You may post or upload article, video and other posts (“Your Contents”) on the LINE TODAY. You have to sign up for UGC account registering relevant information required in UGC platform of LINE TODAY for posting or uploading. You grant LINE to permit to show your username, profile photo, and other information you provided us next to or in connection with Your Contents.

 

6.2.Viewers may comment or vote on Your Contents, subject to compliance with these Terms and Conditions at all times.

 

6.3.If Users wish to back-up the whole or part of any Your Contents, they shall be entirely responsible for such back-ups. LINE shall not undertake the obligation of backing-up any of the Contents.

 

6.4 Posting or uploading Your Contents on the LINE TODAY, you grant LINE and its parent company and affiliated companies a non-exclusive, royalty -free, fully paid up, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide, license to host, use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, create derivative works of Your Contents.

 

6.5 LINE may modify, adapt, or create derivative works from Your Contents at its sole discretion. LINE also may remove or block to publish or delete Your Contents, without written notice to you, in whole or part, at any time at LINE's sole discretion.

 

6.6 When you post or upload Your Contents on the Service, you represent and warrant to LINE that: i) you have the ownership rights, or you have obtained all needed licenses or permissions from any necessary parties, to use Your Contents and grant us the rights to use Your Contents as provided for under this Terms and Conditions, and ii) that Your Contents violates no intellectual property or right of others or any applicable law or regulation.You accept full responsibility for avoiding infringement of the intellectual property or personal rights of others or violation of laws and regulations in connection with Your Contents.

 

6.7 You shall not post or upload in any of the following items:

(a) that violate, or promote or encourage the violation of, any applicable law, court verdicts, resolutions or orders, or administrative measures that are legally binding;

(b)that may hinder public order or customs;

(c) that infringe, impair or defame: (i) any person’s intellectual property rights (such as copyrights, trademarks and patents); (ii) any persons’ image rights; (iii) any person’s privacy or data protection rights; or (iv) any other rights of the Company and/or a third party granted by applicable law;

(d) that includes any Contents : (i)immoral substance; (ii) violent or sexual expressions; (iii)gambling materials; (iv)offensive or defamatory contents; (v)extortion and coercion materials; (vi)false and misleading contents that causes viewers' losses in an electronic transaction; (vii)information that is intended to incite hate and conflicts between social groups based on ethnicity, religion, gender, race and inter-groups; (viii) lese-majeste contents (ix)insult government, president, vice president;(x)porn- text, illustration, voice, video, cartoon, or in any other form that is obscene and violating norm of decency in the society;

(e) expressions that induce or encourage (i)suicide, (ii)self-harm, suicide or drug abuse; or (iii) anti-social expressions that include anti-social content and lead to the discomfort of others;

(f)  that lead to the misrepresentation of the Company and/or any third party, or intentionally spread false information;

(g) that made for the purpose of meeting other Users outside of the Service, or matchmaking;

(h) such as: (i) using the Service or any Contents for sales, marketing, advertisement, soliciting or other commercial purposes (except for those explicitly approved by LINE in writing and in advance); (ii) using the Service for the purpose of sexual conduct or obscene acts; (iii) using the Service for the purpose of meeting a person for sexual encounters

(i) that benefit, or involve collaboration with, anti-social groups;

(j) that are related to religious activities, or invitations to certain religious groups;

(K) that illegally or improperly lead to the collection, disclosure, or provision of other's personal information, registered information, User history, or the like;

(l) that aid or encourage any breach of these Terms and Conditions or any Separate Terms and Conditions;

(m) any other activities that are inappropriate.

6.8 If LINE has reason to believe, that You have violated applicable laws or provisions in these Terms and Conditions Your Contents, then LINE reserves the right to remove Your Contents from the Service, and/or forfeit User’s Account and/or UGC account. In particular, LINE may delete Your Contents upon prior notice to You provided You agree that LINE has a sole discretion on whether LINE will give such notice to You or not.

6.9 If Your Account is deleted (either voluntarily or involuntarily), or if LINE has deleted the Your Account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, Your right to use the Service expires with immediate effect. You will not be able to retrieve Your Contents. If You want all of Your Contents be deleted, please contact https://contact.line.me to make the inquiry, otherwise, Your Contents will be deleted, but not immediately.

 

7. Privacy

 

7.1. LINE places its highest priority on the privacy of You. LINE exercises its utmost care and attention regarding security measures for the secure management of information received from You.

7.2. LINE follows the provisions of the LINE Privacy Policy regarding the handling of personal information.

 

8. Confidentiality

In the course of using this LINE TODAY, You may receive certain pricing, technical, marketing or other confidential information. "Confidential information" includes any information that is either designated as confidential by LINE or that, under the circumstances surrounding its disclosure, a reasonable person would conclude is confidential. You acknowledge that such confidential information constitutes valuable trade secrets of LINE and is proprietary to LINE. You agree that You will maintain the confidentiality of all such confidential information and that You shall not use or disclose such confidential information without the prior written consent of LINE.

 

9. Disclaimers and Limitations on Liability

 

9.1 LINE TODAY AND THE ELEMENTS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, LINE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO LINE TODAY, THE ELEMENTS AND ANY OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH LINE TODAY, WHETHER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES (1) OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE; (2) OF NON-INFRINGEMENT AND TITLE; (3) THAT ANY USE OF LINE TODAY WILL BE FREE FROM ANY INTERRUPTIONS, DELAYS, INACCURACIES, SERVER DOWN-TIME, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS; (4) THAT LINE TODAY WILL BE SECURE, OR FREE OF VIRUSES, WORMS OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; (5) THAT LINE TODAY AND/OR THE ELEMENTS WILL SATISFY YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS; AND (6) THAT INFORMATION, DATA OR MATERIALS PRESENTED OR DISPLAYED ON LINE TODAY ARE CORRECT, ACCURATE OR RELIABLE.

 

9.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL LINE OR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, PARTNERS, LICENSORS, AGENTS OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES, BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, INCOME, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR USE OF LINE TODAY OR THE ELEMENTS. YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING OR REPAIRS ARISING FROM USE OF LINE TODAY.

 

9.3 Your access, post, or uploading to LINE TODAY or any Element is at Your own risk. You shall be solely responsible for any damage to Your computer systems or loss of data that results from the accessing of any Elements. LINE shall not be responsible or liable for any damage caused by theft, systems failure, communications line failure or other occurrences beyond the control of LINE.

9.4 LINE disclaims all representations and warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness and/or reliability of the News Content or any data or metadata appurtenant thereof. You assume all risk and responsibility relying on such information. LINE also disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness and/or reliability of any search feature provided by LINE TODAY and/or any search results. For any inquiries, comments, claims or the like regarding and/or related to the contents of the News Content, You must contact the licensors providing such News Content directly; LINE disclaims any responsibility for the contents of the News Content, and/or for responding to any of the inquiries, comments, claims or the like from You regarding and/or related to the content of the News Content.

 

9.5 LINE TODAY may from time to time contain links or pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. These links do not imply endorsement by LINE of the products or services offered by such third party Internet sites. LINE does not operate or control in any way any information, products or services on these third-party sites and LINE expressly disclaims any responsibility for such third party sites, which are provided for Your convenience on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, express or implied. You hereby waive any and all claims against LINE regarding the inclusion of links to third party Internet sites or the use thereof.

 

10. Potentially Offensive Material

LINE TODAY contains an extensive archive of news and historical News Content. Accordingly, certain News Content may describe or depict persons, institutions or events that reflect social attitudes, beliefs and circumstances of a particular place and/or time that may be viewed as insensitive, offensive or inappropriate by You, or the community in or to which You intend to publish, transmit, display or broadcast such News Content. LINE shall not be liable or responsible to You, or any other person or entity with respect to such News Content.

 

11. Indemnification

You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless LINE and its officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives from and against any and all claims, actions, proceedings, suits, liabilities, damages, settlements, penalties, fines, losses, or expenses, including attorneys' fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with its access, posting, or uploading to Your use of LINE TODAY or any Elements in violation or breach or alleged violation or breach of the Terms and Conditions, Separate Terms and Conditions, and/or LINE Terms and Conditions of Use, Your violation, alleged violation or misappropriation of any intellectual property right (including trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets) or non-proprietary rights of a third party (including defamation, libel, violation of privacy or publicity) or any other applicable laws or regulations.

 

12. Severability

If any provision of the Terms and Conditions, Separate Terms and Conditions, and/or LINE Terms and Conditions of Use is deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from the Terms and Conditions, Separate Terms and Conditions, and/or LINE Terms and Conditions of Use and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. The affected provision shall be modified to the extent necessary to make it lawful, not void or enforceable, as the case may be, in such a manner as comes closest to preserving the intentions of such provision.

 

13. No Waiver

The failure of LINE at any time to require performance by You of any provision of the Terms and Conditions and/or Separate Terms and Conditions shall in no way affect the right of LINE to enforce the such provision, nor shall the waiver of any breach by You of any provision herein constitute a waiver of any succeeding breach or the provision itself.

 

14. Translation, Jurisdiction, and Disputes

 

14.1 Where the Company has provided Users with a translation of the English language version of the Terms and Conditions ("English Version"), the English Version will govern the relationship between Users and LINE. In the event of a contradiction between the English Version and a translation, the provisions in the English Version shall take precedence over any other translation.

 

14.2 The Terms and Conditions and Separate Terms and Conditions will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Tokyo Court. You agree not to bring any of action relating to the use of LINE TODAY or the interpretation to the Terms and Conditions and Separate Terms and Conditions in any court in any jurisdiction other than the Tokyo Court. LINE shall have the right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the Terms of Use.

 

14.3 In any dispute between You and LINE where LINE prevails, LINE shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney fees, court costs, disbursements, and other legal expenses.

 

15. Contact

If You have any question, comments, or would like to report any contents, You may reach out to https://contact.line.me.

 

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Updated: September 21st, 2018

Established: June 14th, 2016