Terms of Service

Last Updated on March 9, 2009

These terms apply to your use of the www.hotelfoo.com website (the "Site"). By accessing, browsing, crawling, scraping or in any way using the Site, you agree to these terms, our privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy"), and all other guidelines or policies referenced herein (collectively, the "Terms of Service"). Please read the Terms of Service carefully. Your use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Service. Do not use the Site if you are unwilling or unable to be bound by the Terms of Service.

  1. Definitions.

    1. A "user" is anyone who accesses, browses, crawls, scrapes, or in any way uses the Site. The terms "you" and "your" refer to you, as a user of the Site. The terms "we", "us", and "HotelFoo" refer to StarFoo LLC, a Nevada LLC.

    2. "Content" means text, images, photos, audio, video, and all other forms of data or communication. "Your Content" means Content that you submit, post, or transmit to, or using, the Site, such as the business ratings, reviews, compliments, information that you display as part of your account profile, invitations, or other commentary that you may submit, post, or transmit to, or using, the Site. Your Content does not include the information that you submit in order to create an account on the Site. "User Content" means Content that users submit, post, or transmit to, or using, the Site. "HotelFoo Content" means Content that is created by HotelFoo and made available on the Site. "Third Party Content" means Content that is made available on the Site by parties other than HotelFoo or the users, such as content from data providers. "Site Content" means all of the Content that is made available on the Site, including Your Content, User Content, Third Party Content, and HotelFoo Content.

  2. Eligibility.

    If you use the Site on behalf of a company, entity, or organization, you must be an authorized representative with the authority to bind it to the Terms of Service (which authority you hereby exercise).

  3. Changes to the Terms of Service.

    The Terms of Service may be modified by HotelFoo at any time. When changes are made, we will notify you by making the revised version available on this webpage and will indicate at the top of this page the date that revisions were last made. You should revisit these Terms of Service on a regular basis as revised versions will be binding on you. Any such modification will be effective upon HotelFoo's posting of new Terms of Service. Your continued use of the Site after any posted modification to the Terms of Service indicates your acceptance of the modification.

  4. User Accounts.

    To use some of the features on the Site, you may be required to create an account and provide information about yourself to us. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password. You are also responsible for all activities that occur in connection with your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account. We reserve the right to close your account at any time for any or no reason.

    1. Your account is for your personal, non-commercial use only, and may be used to submit, post, and transmit reviews, ratings, messages, compliments, invitations, commentary, photographs, and other types of User Content. In creating an Account, we ask that you provide complete and accurate information about yourself in order to bolster your credibility as a contributor to the Site, though you may opt instead to provide information that does not make you personally identifiable. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may not impersonate someone else (e.g., adopt the identity of a celebrity or your next-door neighbor), provide an email address other than your own, or create multiple Personal Accounts.

  5. Use of the Site.

    1. Subject to the restrictions in these Terms of Service, HotelFoo grants you permission to use the Site, including the ability to: (a) search for hotel listings and cities, (b) read, write, and share reviews about hotels, (c) vote on reviews, and (f) invite people you know to register with HotelFoo.

    2. You will be exposed to User Content and Third Party Content on the Site. You understand that such content may be offensive, indecent, inaccurate, objectionable, or otherwise inappropriate. HotelFoo does not endorse User Content or Third Party Content, and cannot vouch for its accuracy.

  6. Restrictions on Use.

    You agree that you will not:

    1. use the Site to threaten, stalk, defraud, incite, harass, or advocate the harassment of another person, or otherwise interfere with another user's use of the Site;

    2. use the Site to transmit or post spam, chain letters, contests, junk email, pyramid schemes, surveys, or other mass messaging, whether commercial in nature or not;

    3. use the Site for promotional or commercial purposes, except as expressly permitted by HotelFoo;

    4. use the Site in a manner that may create a conflict of interest, such as trading reviews with other business owners or writing or soliciting shill reviews;

    5. use the Site for keyword spamming or to otherwise attempt to manipulate search results;

    6. use the Site to promote bigotry or discrimination against protected classes;

    7. use the Site to violate any third-party right, including any breach of confidence, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right;

    8. use the Site to transmit or post pornography or illegal content;

    9. use the Site to solicit personal information from minors or to harm or threaten to cause harm to minors;

    10. use the Site in violation of the Terms of Service or any applicable law;

    11. modify, adapt, appropriate, reproduce, distribute, translate, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display, sell, trade, or in any way exploit the Site or Site Content (other than Your Content), except as expressly authorized by HotelFoo;

    12. reverse engineer any portion of the Site, except as may be permitted under the law;

    13. remove or modify any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice on the Site or on any materials printed or copied off of the Site;

    14. record, process, or mine information about other users;

    15. use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve, scrape, or index the Site or any Site Content;

    16. access, retrieve or index the Site to construct or populate a searchable database of business reviews;

    17. reformat or frame any portion of the Site;

    18. take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on HotelFoo's technology infrastructure;

    19. attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, user accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Site through hacking, password mining or any other means; use the Site or any Site Content to transmit any computer viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other items of a destructive nature (collectively, "Viruses"); use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Site, or otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site; make excessive traffic demands; use the Site to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes; disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise cause harm to, the Site or Site Content; remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with any security-related features of the Site, features that prevent or restrict the use or copying of Site Content, or features that enforce limitations on the use of the Site.

  7. Permission to Use Your Content.

    1. You grant HotelFoo the irrevocable right to use Your Content for any purpose, including but not limited to the right to reformat it, edit it, publish it, associate it with your account name, incorporate it into other works, create derivative works from it, distribute it, promote it, and license these same rights to third parties for use in connection with other media platforms ("Other Media").

    2. You grant the Site's users and the users of any Other Media the irrevocable right to access Your Content in connection with their use of the Site and any Other Media.

    3. You irrevocably waive, and cause to be waived, any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to Your Content.

  8. Responsibility for Your Content.

    1. You are solely responsible for Your Content. You assume all risks associated with use of Your Content, including any reliance on its accuracy, completeness or usefulness by others, or any disclosure by you of information in Your Content that makes you personally identifiable. You represent that you own, or have the necessary permissions to use, and authorize the use of Your Content as described herein. You may not imply that Your Content is in any way sponsored or endorsed by HotelFoo.

    2. Because you alone are responsible for Your Content (and not HotelFoo), you may expose yourself to liability if, for example, Your Content violates a third party's rights, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; contains material that is false, intentionally misleading, or defamatory; contains material that is unlawful, including illegal hate speech or pornography; exploits or otherwise harms minors; or violates or advocates the violation of any law or regulation.

  9. Use of Content.

    1. HotelFoo may or may not use User Content in its sole discretion. For example, we may choose not to publish User Content if we believe it violates the Terms of Service. In addition, please note that we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of Your Content, nor do we guarantee any confidentiality with respect to Your Content.

    2. HotelFoo and its licensees may display advertisements and other information adjacent to or included with Your Content on the Site and Other Media. You are not entitled to any compensation for such advertisements. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising are subject to change without specific notice to you.

  10. Content Feeds

    HotelFoo makes some of the Site Content (the "Feed Content") available via Real Simple Syndication feeds (the "Feeds"). You may access and use the Feeds in order to display Feed Content on your personal computer, website, or blog, provided that (a) your use of the Feeds is for personal, non-commercial purposes only, (b) your display of the Feed Content links back to the relevant pages on the Site and attributes HotelFoo as the source of the Feed Content, (c) your use or display of the Feed Content does not suggest that HotelFoo promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, web sites, products or services, (d) you do not redistribute the Feed Content, and (f) your use of the Feeds does not overburden HotelFoo's systems. HotelFoo reserves all rights in the Feed Content and may terminate the Feeds at any time.

  11. Site Availability.

    HotelFoo reserves the right (but is under no obligation) to modify, update, or discontinue the Site at its sole discretion, at any time, for any or no reason, and without notice or liability.

  12. Unauthorized Access.

    HotelFoo reserves the right to exercise whatever lawful means it deems necessary to prevent unauthorized access to or use of the Site, including, but not limited to, technological barriers, IP mapping, and contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) regarding such unauthorized use.

  13. Investigations.

    HotelFoo is under no obligation to monitor the Site or Site Content. However, we reserve the right to investigate possible violations of the Terms of Service, block users from the Site, and refer matters to law enforcement authorities for further investigation. HotelFoo may disclose information to third parties, including Your Content, in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

  14. Feedback.

    1. Dissatisfaction. If you are dissatisfied with the Site, please let us know by providing feedback through email. Your input is valuable to us. Your only other remedy with respect to any dissatisfaction with (i) the Site, (ii) the Terms of Service, (iii) any policy or practice of HotelFoo in operating the Site, or (iv) any content or information transmitted through the Site, is to terminate the Terms of Service and close your account.

    2. Suggestions and Improvements. By sending us any ideas, suggestions, documents and/or proposals ("Feedback"), you agree that (i) your Feedback does not contain the confidential or proprietary information of third parties, (ii) we are under no obligation of confidentiality, express or implied, with respect to the Feedback, (iii) we may have something similar to the Feedback already under consideration or in development, and (iv) you grant us an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use, modify, publish, distribute and sublicense the Feedback.

  15. Termination

    1. HotelFoo may terminate or suspend your account or ability to use the Site, in whole or in part, at HotelFoo's sole discretion, for any or no reason, and without notice or liability of any kind. For example, we may terminate or suspend your account or ability to use the Site if you breach the Terms of Service or are suspected of involvement in illegal activity. Any such termination or suspension could prevent you from accessing your account, the Site, Your Content, Site Content, or any other related information.

    2. You may terminate the Terms of Service at any time by closing your account, discontinuing your use of any and all parts of the Site, and providing HotelFoo with a notice of termination with the subject line "Close my account".

    3. In the event of any termination, whether by you or us, Sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 21 of the Terms of Service will continue in full force and effect, including HotelFoo's rights with respect to Your Content, as detailed in Section 7.

  16. Ownership.

    HotelFoo owns the HotelFoo Content, including but not limited to visual interfaces, interactive features, graphics, design, compilation, computer code, products, software, aggregate user review ratings, and all other elements and components of the Site excluding User Content and Third Party Content. HotelFoo also owns the copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names, and other intellectual and proprietary rights throughout the world (the "IP Rights") associated with the HotelFoo Content and the Site, which are protected by copyright, trade dress, patent, trademark laws and all other applicable intellectual and proprietary rights and laws. As such, you may not modify, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display or in any way exploit, any of the HotelFoo Content in whole or in part except as expressly authorized by HotelFoo. Except as expressly and unambiguously provided herein, HotelFoo does not grant you any express or implied rights, and all rights in and to the Site and the HotelFoo Content are retained by HotelFoo.

  17. Warranties, Disclaimers, and Limitations of Liability.

    1. THE SITE AND ALL SITE CONTENT IS MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. HOTELFOO MAKES NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, STATUTORY OR IMPLIED AS TO (1) THE OPERATION AND FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SITE, (2) THE ACCURACY, INTEGRITY, COMPLETENESS, QUALITY, LEGALITY, USEFULNESS, SAFETY, AND IP RIGHTS OF ANY OF THE SITE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ACCURACY OF BUSINESS REVIEWS AND BUSINESS INFORMATION LISTED ON THE SITE, AND (3) THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SITE OR SITE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES SOLD BY BUSINESSES LISTED ON THE SITE. HOTELFOO FURTHER DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, STATUTORY, OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, DURABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, THAT YOU OBTAIN FROM HOTELFOO OR THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR CONDITION NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN.

    2. HOTELFOO DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY (A) INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, RELIANCE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, (B) LOSS OF PROFITS, (C) BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, (D) LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO REPUTATION OF HOTELFOO OR ANY THIRD PARTY, OR (E) LOSS OF INFORMATION OR DATA.

    3. HOTELFOO FURTHER DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT. YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY LOSS OF DATA OR DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUSES THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED TO YOUR COMPUTER IN THE COURSE OF USING THE SITE.

    4. HOTELFOO ALSO DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OR DEALINGS WITH ANY OF THE BUSINESSES, ADVERTISERS, OR USERS ON THE SITE. YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OR DEALINGS WITH SUCH BUSINESSES, ADVERTISERS, AND USERS ARE SOLELY BETWEEN YOU AND THEM, THOUGH HOTELFOO RESERVES THE RIGHT (BUT HAS NO OBLIGATION) TO MONITOR DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND THEM.

    5. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, OR LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY MAY LAST, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU RESIDE IN SUCH A JURISDICTION, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

    6. HOTELFOO'S MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSES WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION (WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES DUE TO NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, MISREPRESENTATION OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON), WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF (I) THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO HOTELFOO IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY OR (II) US$100.00.

  18. Indemnity.

    You agree to indemnify and hold HotelFoo, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, any related companies, suppliers, licensors and partners, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them harmless, including costs, liabilities and legal fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of (i) your access to or use of the Site, (ii) your violation of the Terms of Service, or (iii) the infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. HotelFoo reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. You agree not to settle any matter without the prior written consent of HotelFoo. HotelFoo will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.

  19. Third Parties.

    1. The Site may include links to other websites (each, a "Third Party Site"). HotelFoo does not control or endorse any Third Party Site, and you agree that HotelFoo is not responsible for the availability or contents of such Third Party Sites.

    2. The Site's mapping feature is powered by Google Inc. Your use of the mapping feature is governed by Google Inc.'s terms of use located at http://maps.google.com/help/terms_maps.html (or such other URL as may be updated by Google Inc.).

  20. Miscellaneous.

    1. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of the Terms of Service, and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind HotelFoo in any respect whatsoever.

    2. HotelFoo may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Service by email, regular mail or postings on the Site.

    3. Except as otherwise stated in Section 19 above, nothing herein is intended, nor will be deemed, to confer rights or remedies upon any third party.

    4. The Terms of Service contain the entire agreement between you and HotelFoo regarding the use of the Site, and supersede any prior agreement between you and HotelFoo on such subject matter. The parties acknowledge that no reliance is placed on any representation made but not expressly contained in these Terms of Service.

    5. The failure of HotelFoo to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

    6. If any provision of the Terms of Service is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms of Service shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

    7. The Terms of Service are not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by you except with HotelFoo's prior written consent, but may be assigned or transferred by HotelFoo without restriction. Any assignment attempted to be made in violation of the Terms of Service shall be void.

    8. The section titles in the Terms of Service are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

  21. Contact and Violations.

    Please contact us with any questions regarding the Terms of Service. Please report any violations of the Terms of Service to our legal department through email.

  22. Marks.

    HotelFoo and the HotelFoo logo are proprietary service marks of StarFoo LLC.