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Guidelines

1. Terms & Definitions

1.1 Game Server - A game server shall be defined as a network server running a program that acts as a hub for clients to connect to for the purpose of interaction. For the purposes of clarification, PBBans will only allow streaming from dedicated servers and not from LAN or personal computers.

1.2 Streaming Game Admin (SGA) - A SGA shall be defined as an individual operating a game server with full ftp access and control of said game server. This applies to those that rent, own, or lease a game server. The SGA coordinates with the PBBans Staff to have their game servers configuration updated to establish streaming to PBBans.

1.3 Streaming - The term streaming is the secure method of gathering unaltered PunkBusterTM logs from your server in real time using the software and functions of PunkBusterTM. These logs will automatically be parsed by PBBans exclusive system tools to generate our bans lists for the games that are supported by PunkBusterTM. Once the logs have been parsed they are stored in the PBBans archives.

1.4 Hub Streaming - This is the method of streaming logs using the unique PBBans Hub. The Hub performs "live" processing of streamed PunkBusterTM logs and introduces new features as streaming to multiple anti-cheat sites, live banning of cheaters, live ban list updates and live ban removal. The Hub is exclusive to PBBans and utilizes software created by EvenBalance known as pbucon and is PBBans preferred method of streaming.

1.5 Repository Streaming - This method of streaming is also used by PBBans. While it is still a viable method of streaming, it does not allow for live banning of players and any updates to the game servers ban list or configuration must be done manually. This system should be considered for use as a secondary to the Hub method of streaming.

1.6 Master Player Index (MPI) - The MPI is PBBans exclusive system that is used by admin to verify the status of player GUIDs in the database. One of the main purposes of this system is to show whether or not a GUID has been caught and added to the MBI. This tool gathers its data from the parsing of PB logs streamed by contributing SGAs.

1.7 Master Ban Index (MBI) - The MBI is the term used for the list we compile of banned player GUIDs. The MBI is automatically generated from cheats that are found in PB logs that are streamed to PBBans, from SGA submitted screenshot and demo catches, and other manual entries. The MBI is publically accessible and fully customizable. The catches made by PB (i.e., the multihack, aimbot, etc) as well as those from PB SS and demos will make up the base MBI file. MBI users are still welcome to use the optional catches from sources such as our MD5tool and CVAR catches lists. Users may also merge ban lists from other anti-cheat sites or your own local bans to form a single bans file. Once the list is generated, it should be uploaded to the server's PB folder.

1.8 Master Config Index (MCI) - The MCI is PBBans method to enhance the capabilities of PunkBusterTM. It is used to detect yet undetected cheats (public, private, and custom ones). This system of detection is distributed exclusively for PBBans SGAs use. Redistribution or publishing in any form only with PBBans explicit permission. If an SGA is found to be in violation of this, their account can be downgraded or terminated without notice.

2. Services

2.1 PBBans shall make available various tools and information that will assist you to operate as clean a game server as possible. These services may be made for public or private server use.

2.2 It is unacceptable to "sub-let" our services or tools for money or services without PBBans Staff express consent.

2.3 PBBans makes no guarantees as to the continuous availability of the services or any specific feature they offered. PBBans reserves the right to change the services or any of its features at any time with or without notice.

3. Registration Requirements

3.1 Registration at PBBans is available to all individuals. Members who use the services we provide are assumed to have met these requirements. If it is found that you do not meet said requirements your account and all benefits and access to and and/or all PBBans services will be terminated without notice.

3.2 In order to be granted higher access privileges, you must be a registered game admin with full ftp access to your server(s). By accepting this Agreement, you represent that you meet this requirement.

3.3 You agree to provide PBBans with accurate and up to date information including a complete roster of your clan/group (if needed), a list of your server admin with ftp access, game server IP addresses, clan/group tag, clan/group website address, and game affiliation. All changes to this information must be reported to PBBans within 7 days of there change.

3.4 By completing your registration at PBBans, you hereby accept this agreement. You also agree that you are responsible for all information you post or submit to PBBans with your account until you cancel your account with PBBans.

4. Ban Submission Requirements

4.1 Participating admin who would like to have their bans added to the MBI shall agree to stream their game server logs to the PBBans for use with our tools and services and verification that bans submitted have not been falsified in any way. Using the methods EvenBalance and PBBans provide for you to do so.

4.2 Submissions of screenshots and demo catches by participating SGA will not be accepted unless your server is currently streaming to PBBans. This is a mandatory and necessary precaution to ensure that the screenshots and demos being submitted have not been altered in any way.

4.3 You agree that all bans that have been provided to the PBBans (both streamed and manual submissions) have in no way been altered by you in any fashion. If it is found that you have altered any ban submissions you have submitted to PBBans, your account and all benefits and access to any and/or all PBBans services will be terminated without notice.

5. Fees

5.1 There are no fees of any type associated with PBBans or use of our resources or tools we provide for server admin.

5.2 All funds received by PBBans are donations to support the continued operation of the website.

6. Use of the Services

6.1 PBBans may remove or refuse to post any information or materials, in whole or in part, which are unacceptable, undesirable or in violation of this agreement.

6.2 All information posted or submitted to PBBans becomes the property of PBBans. PBBans reserves the right to maintain, archive, or delete this information.

6.3 Information posted in the Private areas of the PBBans forums shall not be copied and posted outside of PBBans without the consent of the PBBans Staff.

6.4 Information generated by the Master Player Index (MPI) shall not be posted in a public area unless the Enable Public View option is enabled to protect the identiy of clean players.

6.5 Information generated by the Master Config Index (MCI) shall not be posted in a public area without the consent of the PBBans Staff.

6.6 This also includes any "future" expansions to PBBans private services.

6.7 PBBans allows all ban information to be downloaded freely by anyone wishing to utilize our ban information. PBBans reserves the right to block any automated processing that 1) utilizes ban information without providing credit to PBBans as the source, 2) floods our server resources with excessive requests. This includes RSS, XML and pbbans.dat banlists. Prefixes for pbbans.dat may not be edited and must remain in the [PBBans:92338 09.28.2008] format when included in any file available to the public.

7. No Warranties Provided by PBBans

7.1 Except for certain services specifically identified as being offered by PBBans, PBBans does not control any information, products or services on the Internet and except for such PBBans identified content, all merchandise, information and services offered, made available, or accessible on the Internet are by third parties who are not affiliated with PBBans.

7.2 You assume full responsibility and risk for use of the service and the internet by you and your authorized users. The service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. PBBans does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error-free or that any information, software or other material accessible via the service is free of viruses, worms, trojan horses, or other harmful components. PBBans makes no express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements including, but not limited to, warranties of title, non-infringement or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose regarding any merchandise, information or service provided through PBBans or on the internet generally. No advice or information given by PBBans, their employees, affiliates or contractors shall create a warranty.

7.3 PBBans shall not be liable for any costs or damages arising directly or indirectly from use of the service. It is solely your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of all opinions, advice, services, and other information, and the quality and merchantability of all merchandise provided through the service or on the internet generally.

8. Your Remedies

8.1 If you are dissatisfied with the services or any of its terms, conditions, rules, policies, guidelines, or practices, your sole and exclusive remedy is to terminate this Agreement and discontinue using the services and tools provided by canceling your account with PBBans.

8.2 Under no circumstances shall PBBans, their employees, affiliates or contractors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages that result in any way from any: use of your account or the service or your inability to use the service; access of the internet or any part thereof; or, your reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the service or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation or transmission, or any failure of performance.

9. Indemnity

9.1 You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold PBBans and its affiliates harmless from any and all liabilities, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys fees, related to or arising from: any violation of this Agreement by you or those who access the services through your account; and the use of the services or the Internet and the placement or transmission of any message, information, software, or other materials on the Internet by you or by those who have access to the services through your account.

10. Term of Agreement

10.1 This Agreement is effective upon the first use of the services through your account.

11. Termination of Agreement

11.1 You may terminate this Agreement by using only the methods outlined in Section 12.

11.2 PBBans may terminate this Agreement at any time without cause or without notice; or, immediately upon notice of you, or any person who has access to the services through your account, commit a material breach of this Agreement, including but not limited to a breach of any obligation imposed under Section 4.

11.3 Upon termination of this Agreement all rights granted to you and your authorized users under this Agreement shall immediately cease and terminate; and, you must destroy or return to PBBans all copies of software and documentation that you received from PBBans.

11.4 Termination of this Agreement does not release you from the obligation to pay all accrued charges under this Agreement.

11.5 PBBans right to enforce the provisions of Sections 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13 shall survive termination of this Agreement.

11.6 If your forum account is set to SGA or higher and you are found to have copied posts and reposted them outside of PBBans, this is a violation of paragraph 6.2 and your forum level access will be lowered to member with no questions asked.

12. Notice

12.1 You may change or cancel your PBBans account only by talking to a PBBans Staff member. You must provide your game server IP(s) and reason for cancellation.

12.2 PBBans may provide notice to you by the following methods: Electronic mail (email) addressed to your email account; general posting to PBBans website at www.pbbans.com. All notices or other communications to you shall be deemed effective on the first (1st) calendar day following the date of electronic mailing or posting.

13. Miscellaneous

13.1 PBBans failure to enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver.

13.2 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of the federal courts with respect to all disputes arising out of this Agreement, your use of the services or otherwise between you and PBBans. Any cause of action you may have with respect to the services must be commenced within 3 (three) months after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred.

13.3 Any action at law, suit in equity, or other judicial proceeding concerning, relating to, arising from, or touching upon in any way, no matter how remotely, the contract for services between you and PBBans and/or your use of and/or PBBans provision of systems and services there under, shall be brought and litigated, if at all, only in the court system of the United States Of America. In such event, you acknowledge the right of the specified court to assert personal jurisdiction in any such action over you and waive and release now and forever any defense to that assertion of jurisdiction that might otherwise exist.

13.4 Neither this Agreement, nor any of your rights or obligations arising hereunder, shall be transferable by you to any third party without PBBans prior written consent.

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