Last updated: January 2012
This is a contract between you and
Microsoft Corporation. This contract sometimes refers to Microsoft as "we,"
"us" or "our." This contract applies to any Microsoft Pex for fun Web sites
(and their successor sites), services (including research/pre-release services)
and software, including all updates, support, and content that display or link
to this contract and that you use while this contract is in force. This contract
refers to all of these as the "service." You represent that you are at least
18 years of age or have attained the age of majority where you live, and that
all information you supply is true and correct.
If you are not at least 18 years old or have not attained the age of majority where you live,
you may only use the service with your legal guardian’s permission.
Your use of the service may be
subject to posted notices or codes of conduct. All such notices and codes of
conduct are incorporated by reference into this contract.
Microsoft has no obligation to monitor this service.
However, Microsoft reserves the right to review materials posted to the service
and to remove any materials in its sole discretion.
Microsoft reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the services at any time
without notice for any reason whatsoever.
You may use the service only if you agree
to these terms. If you do not agree, do not use the service. This contract
limits our liability and disclaims warranties for the service to the maximum
extent permitted by law. Please read each section of the contract carefully.
1. When You May Use the Services
Some services may require you to create an account to use the service. If so,
you may start using the service as soon as you have finished the sign–up
process. Some parts of the service may not be available right away while we
configure them for your use.
2. Personal and Non-Commercial Use of the Service
The services are provided to you for testing, evaluation, teaching, academic research,
public demonstrations, personal experimentation and providing feedback to Microsoft.
They may not be used in production or for any commercial purposes.
Examples of commercial purposes include running business operations, licensing, leasing,
or selling the services, or any other activity which purpose is to procure a commercial
gain to you or others.
3. How You May Use the Service
In using the service, you must
obey all applicable laws, rules and
obey any codes of conduct or other
notices we provide,
obey the Microsoft Anti-Spam Policy
keep any service account password
promptly notify us if you learn of a
security breach related to the service.
4. How You May Not Use the Service
using the service, you may not
engage in, facilitate, or further
use the service in any way that harms the service,
Microsoft, or its customers, advertisers, affiliates, resellers, distributors and/or vendors or any customer of ours or customers.
defame, abuse, harm, threaten, harass or otherwise violate the legal rights of another person, organization or Microsoft.
use the service in any way that harms
Microsoft or its advertisers, affiliates, resellers, distributors and/or
vendors or any customer of ours or customer of our advertisers,
affiliates, resellers, distributors or vendors,;
use any portion of the service as a
destination linked from any unsolicited bulk messages or unsolicited
commercial messages ("spam");
publish, post, upload, distribute or
disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or
upload, or otherwise make available,
files that contain images, photographs, software or other material
protected by intellectual property laws, including, by way of example, and
not as limitation, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or
publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received
all necessary consent to do the same;
use any automated process or service
to access and/or use the service (such as a BOT, a spider, periodic
caching of information stored by Microsoft or "meta-searching");
use any unauthorized means to modify
or reroute, or attempt to modify or reroute, the service;
damage, disable, overburden, or
impair the service (or the network(s) connected to the service) or
interfere with anyone’s use and enjoyment of the service; or
resell or redistribute the service,
or any part of the service.
5. You Are Responsible For Your Service Account
Some content and features of the Pex for fun Web Site may be accessed only if you log in using a valid Windows Live ID account.
You may be able to save personal information about your activities on the Pex for fun site,
such as a nickname, statistics about your participation in challenges and puzzles, or challenges you create.
You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Live ID password and account.
Only you may use your service account. You
are responsible for all activity that takes place with your service account.
You may not authorize any third party to access and/or use the service on your
behalf except where Microsoft provides a mechanism for third parties to access
the service on your behalf.
6. How We May Change This Contract
Microsoft may change this contract at any time without notice. If you do not
stop using the service, your continued use of the service will be under the
7. If We Cancel the Service
We may change the service at any time and for any reason.
may cancel or suspend your service at any time. Our cancellation or suspension
may be without cause and/or without notice. Upon service cancellation, your
right to use the service stops immediately. Once the service is cancelled or suspended, any data
you have stored on the service might not be available to you later.
You are responsible for taking necessary steps to back up your data.
8. Your Content
You may be able to submit content for use
in connection with
the service. You understand that Microsoft does not control or endorse the
content that you and others post or provide on the service. Except for material
that we license to you, we do not claim ownership of the content you post or
provide on the service.
The service may include public areas
available to the general public and shared areas available to others you or
Microsoft have selected. If you share content with others on the service, in
either public or shared areas, then you understand that others with whom you
have shared content may use that content.
You understand that Microsoft may need and
you hereby authorize Microsoft to use, modify, copy, distribute and display
content posted on the service to the extent necessary to provide the service and conduct research.
storing and retrieving the content;
making the content available to you
and to those members of the public who have access;
making content available to academic researchers in order to collaborate with Microsoft for research purposes;
conforming to connecting networks'
technical requirements; and
conforming to the limitations and
terms of the service.
You understand that sharing content that
violates others' copyrights and other intellectual property rights violates
this contract. You represent and warrant that you have all the rights necessary
for you to grant the rights in this section and that the use and publication of
the content does not breach any law. We will not pay you for your content. We
may refuse to publish your content and may remove your content from the service
at any time.
You're responsible for backing up the data that you store on the service.
If your service is suspended or canceled, we may permanently delete your data from our servers.
We have no obligation to return data to you after the service is suspended or canceled.
If data is stored with an expiration date, we may also delete the data as of that date.
Data that is deleted may be irretrievable.
9. Links to Third-party Web Sites
The service may
contain links to third-party Web sites. These third-party Web sites are not
under Microsoft’s control. If Microsoft has included these links in the service,
we provide them to you as a convenience only. The inclusion of these links is
not an endorsement by Microsoft of any third-party Web site, service or
product. Microsoft reserves the right to disable links to any third-party Web
site that you or other customers post on the service.
Click here for the full Pex for fun privacy statement.
On this Site, we do not collect information that personally identifies you or allows us to contact you.
In order to
provide you the service, we may collect certain information about service
performance, your machine and your service use. We may automatically upload
this information from your machine. This data will not personally identify you.
collected through our services may be stored and processed in the United States
or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries or
service providers maintain facilities. By using a service, you consent to any
such transfer of information outside of your country. Microsoft abides by the
safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding
the collection, use and retention of data from the European Union, the European
Economic Area, and Switzerland.
service is a private computer network that Microsoft operates for the benefit
of itself and its customers. Microsoft retains the right to block or otherwise
prevent delivery of any type of email or other communication to or from the
service as part of our efforts to protect the service, protect our customers or
stop you from breaching this contract. These means may hinder or break your use
of the service or the software.
If you use or receive software from us as part of the service ("software")
its use is governed by one of two sets of license terms (the "license terms").
If you're presented with a license for the software,
the terms of that license apply;
if no license is presented to you, the terms of this contract apply.
Microsoft reserves all other rights to the software not expressly granted by Microsoft under the license terms,
whether by implication, estoppel or otherwise.
We may automatically check your version of
the software. We may automatically download upgrades to the software to your
device to update, enhance and further develop the service.
Unless we notify
you otherwise, your license to use the software will end on the date your
service ends, and you must promptly uninstall the software. We may disable the
software after the date the service ends.
You will not disassemble,
decompile, or reverse engineer any software included in the service, except and
only to the extent that the law expressly permits this activity.
The software is subject to United States
export laws and regulations. You must comply with all domestic and
international export laws and regulations that apply to the software. These
laws include restrictions on destinations, end users and end use. For
additional information, see www.microsoft.com/exporting.
12. Materials that Microsoft Licenses to You
You may have
access to information on the service such as white papers, knowledge-base
articles, datasheets and FAQs ("documents"). You may use the
documents only for informational purposes. You may not copy, distribute,
modify or make derivative works of the documents. Educational institutions
that are officially accredited under local law may download and copy the
documents for distribution only in the classroom.
grant to use documents provided with the service does not include a
license to the design or layout of the service or any Microsoft owned,
operated, licensed or controlled Web site. You should not copy or
retransmit any logo, graphic, sound or image from the service, unless
Microsoft expressly permits it. Microsoft and its suppliers do not warrant
or guarantee that the documents are accurate and suitable for your
purposes. Their inclusion with the service is not an endorsement of them
by Microsoft. Nothing available from the service is intended to be
professional advice, including but not limited to, investment, tax or
13. Microsoft Authentication Network
We may provide you with credentials on our
authentication network to use with the service. You are solely responsible for
any dealings with third parties (including advertisers) who use our
authentication network, including the delivery of and payment for goods. This
contract applies to you whenever you use the credentials you obtained with the
service. When you use our authentication network to gain access to any site,
the terms and conditions for that site, if different from this contract, may
for each site that you visit. We may cancel or suspend your access to our
authentication network for inactivity, which we define as failing to sign in to
our authentication network for an extended period, as determined by us. If we
cancel your credentials, your right to use our authentication network
If you give us feedback, you give
Microsoft, without charge, the right to use, share and commercialize your
feedback in any way and for any purpose. You also give to third parties,
without charge, any patent rights needed for their products, technologies and
services to use or interface with any specific parts of a Microsoft site,
software or service that includes the feedback. You will not give feedback that
is subject to a license that requires Microsoft to license its software or
documentation to third parties because we include your feedback in them. These
rights survive this contract.
15. Our Notices to You; Your Notices to Us
This contract is in electronic form. We
have the right to send you information about the services in electronic form.
There may be information about the services that the law requires us to send to
you. We may send this information to you in electronic form.
We may provide required information to you
by e-mail at the e-mail address you
specified when you signed up for the service, or
by access to a Microsoft web site
that will be designated in an e-mail notice sent to you at the time the
information is available; or
by access to a Microsoft web site
that will be generally designated in advance for this purpose.
Notices provided to you via e-mail will be
deemed given and received on the transmission date of the e-mail.
As long as you can
access and use the service, you have the necessary software and hardware to
receive these notices. If you do not consent to receive notices electronically,
you must stop using the service.
16. No Warranty
We provide the service "as-is," "with all
faults" and "as available." Microsoft makes no guarantee about the reliability,
accuracy or timeliness of information available from the service
We and our affiliates, resellers,
distributors and vendors (collectively, the "Microsoft Parties") give no
express warranties, guarantees or conditions. You bear the risk of using it.
You may have additional consumer rights under your local laws that this
contract cannot change. We exclude any implied warranties or conditions
including those of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose,
workmanlike effort, and non-infringement.
17. Liability Limitation
Microsoft will not be liable to you for
any damages related to the services, including direct, consequential, lost
profits, special, indirect or incidental damages, to the maximum extent the law
This limitation applies to anything
content (including code) on third
party Internet sites, third party programs or third party conduct,
viruses or other disabling features that
affect your access to or use of the service,
incompatibility between the service
and other services, software and hardware,
delays or failures you may have in
initiating, conducting or completing any transmissions or transactions in
connection with the service in an accurate or timely manner, and
claims for breach of contract, breach
of warranty, guarantee or condition, strict liability, negligence, or
It also applies even if
this remedy does not fully compensate
you for any losses, or fails of its essential purpose, or
Microsoft knew or should have known
about the possibility of the damages.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply to you. They also may not apply to you because your
province or country may not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental,
consequential or other damages.
18. Applicable Law and Place for Resolving Disputes
Washington state law governs the interpretation
of this contract and applies to claims for breach of it, regardless of conflict
of laws principles. All other claims, including claims regarding consumer
protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort, will be subject to the
laws of your state of residence in the United States, or if you live outside
the United States, the laws of the country to which we direct your service. You
and we irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state
or federal courts in King County, Washington, USA for all disputes arising out
of or relating to this contract.
19. Contract Interpretation
All parts of this contract apply to the
maximum extent permitted by law. A court may hold that we cannot enforce a part
of this contract as written. If this happens, then that part will be replaced
with terms that most closely match the intent of the part that we cannot
enforce. The rest of this contract will not change. This contract, together
with any codes of conduct and other notices we provide, is the entire contract
between Microsoft and you regarding the service. It supersedes any other
contract or statements related to the service. If you have confidentiality
obligations related to the service, those obligations remain in force (for
example, you may have been a tester for a pre-release version of a service).
The section titles in the contract do not limit the other terms of this
Microsoft may assign this contract, in
whole or part, at any time without notice to you. You may not assign this
contract, or any part of it, to any other party. Any attempt to do so is void.
You may not transfer to anyone else, either temporarily or permanently, any
rights to use the service or any part of the service.
21. Force Majeure
Microsoft will not be liable for any loss
or damage or be deemed to be in breach of this contract due to any event or
circumstance beyond its reasonable control, including, war, invasion,
electrical shortages, terrorist attacks, earthquakes or acts of God.
All contents of the service are Copyright
© 2013 Microsoft Corporation and/or its suppliers, One Microsoft Way, Redmond,
Washington 98052-6399 U.S.A. All rights reserved.
Please respect the rights of artists and creators.
Content such as music, photos and video may be protected by copyright. People
appearing in content may have a right to control use of their image. You may
not share other people’s content unless you own the rights, have permission
from the owner, or such sharing is otherwise legal.
Microsoft is a registered trademark of
Microsoft Corporation. Trademark information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/intellectualproperty/trademarks/default.mspx. Any rights not
expressly granted are reserved.
Notices and Procedures for Making Claims
of Copyright Infringement
Under Title 17, United States Code,
Section 512 (c) (2), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be
sent to our Designated Agent. All inquiries not relevant to the following
procedure will not receive a response. See Notice and Procedure for Making
Claims of Copyright Infringement. See Notice and Procedure for Making Claims
of Copyright Infringement at
Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy
MICROSOFT OR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES DO NOT
ACCEPT OR CONSIDER UNSOLICITED IDEAS, INCLUDING IDEAS FOR NEW ADVERTISING
CAMPAIGNS, NEW PROMOTIONS, NEW MERCHANDISE OR TECHNOLOGIES, PROCESSES,
MATERIALS, MARKETING PLANS, OR NEW MERCHANDISE NAMES. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY
ORIGINAL CREATIVE ARTWORK, SAMPLES, DEMOS, OR OTHER WORKS. THE SOLE PURPOSE OF
THIS POLICY IS TO AVOID POTENTIAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS OR DISPUTES WHEN
MICROSOFT'S MERCHANDISE OR MARKETING STRATEGIES MIGHT SEEM SIMILAR TO IDEAS
SUBMITTED TO MICROSOFT. SO, PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR UNSOLICITED IDEAS TO
MICROSOFT OR ANYONE AT MICROSOFT. IF, DESPITE OUR REQUEST THAT YOU NOT SEND US
YOUR IDEAS AND MATERIALS, YOU STILL SEND THEM, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT MICROSOFT
MAKES NO ASSURANCES THAT YOUR IDEAS AND MATERIALS WILL BE TREATED AS
CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETARY.
Customer support is not offered for the
service, unless provided otherwise in this contract or the materials we publish
in connection with a particular service specify that it includes customer