Kongregate is anonline free-gamingplatform, that isself-proclaimedas “one of thebest gameportals”(Kongregate, 2011a). Image ‘Coaster Racer’ shared by Melhores Jogo (2010)
At any one time, over 56,000 users could be playing any of the 49,000+ free games! Screen capture by J. Peucker (Kongregate, 2011d)
At Kongregate (2011a) you can ... a. Play-for-free any of the 49,000+ games b. Join its online community c. Earn badges and challenge friendsd. Upload your own flash created games (and make money)
And registration is easy ... You can register in less than a minute and you “agree to adhere to our Terms of Service” (Kongregate, 2011b)
But you must beat least 13 yearsold (Kongregate2011c). Image ‘Baby Bearded Dragon’ shared by Brenbot (2008)
Screen capture by J. Peucker (Kongregate, 2011e)
But how manyactually read andunderstand it?And if you did, itwould definitely takelonger than a minuteto register. Screen capture by J. Peucker (Kongregate, 2011e)
What do the terms mean?Image ‘Dictionary’ shared by enter (2005)
ContentThis section is about the site – not your user-added content, such as discussion forumscontent and online active chats.Basically, as a member, everything you see(games, icons, images etc.) belongs toKongregate and its third-party licensors.
Just because you can play the games ...does NOT mean you OWN the game! Image ‘ Streetart’ shared by Karl and Foto (2011)
As a member, youcannot sell any of thegames or other sitecontent to anyone(not even your bestfriend – or enemy) Image ‘...ever!’ shared by Gwen Harlow (2005)
Posting User ContentThis section is about you, and what you can do on the Kongregate site as a member. Screen capture by J. Peucker (Kongregate, 2011g)
Subject toKongregate’s“Terms”, you may beable to ...Chat with others andsubmittext, files, images, photos, videos, sounds,and more Image ‘Internet’ shared by Deepakgajjar (2009)
BUT..... Be careful what you do and how you do it!Image ‘warning sign icon’ shared by The People from the Tango Project (2007)
Your ‘Freedom of Expression’ is limited. By creating an account, you automaticallyagree to play nice with all the other users.
Therefore, if you post any content that is ...“unlawful, harmful, tortuous, defamatory, libellous, obscene, invasive of the privacy of anotherperson, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, racist, infringing, or otherwise objectionable orinappropriate” (Kongregate, 2011c)... then your account may be deleted and youwill lose access to the site.
Other user content limitations include ...Image ‘Joshua Tree National Park: Climber on Driving Limitations (5.8) on BillboardButtress at Indian Cove’ shared by Jarek Tuszynski (2008)
No Violations ofThird Party Rights –DON’T uploadcontent that is NOTyours! Image ‘No Legal Threats’ shared by Audriusa (2006)
No viruses,No corrupting files, and ...No cheats Image ‘Game cheats’ shared by Bousure (2010)
Do not share your account with others, eithertemporarily or permanently Image ‘Sharing’ shared by Andy Woo (2006)
The Kongregate team are not gods.They usually do not pre-approve postings.If you are being abusive in any way, othermembers can report you (and you really don’twant that to happen) so, again ... play nice withothers.If you happen to see others abusing the“Terms”, you can report them.
“YOU are responsible for YOUR User Content” (Kongregate, 2011c).Image ‘Danity Kane’ shared by NYCAuthor (2006)
Nothing isPRIVATE Image ‘Private’ by synx508 (2009)
The nature of this Site is interactive and public (Kongregate, 2011c).Image ‘Interactive urban media public game’ by Aram Bartholl (2006)
“Any materials, ideas or othercommunications you transmit in any manner and for any reason will not be treated as confidential or proprietary” (Kongregate, 2011c).
As a member, you retain ownershipto everything you post and you canstill use your OWN content in anyway that you choose.
However, as a member, you authorise Kongregate to publish your content anywhere, and any timeImage ‘Crystal Clear App Icon’ by Everaldo whilst your content isCoelho and YellowIcon (2007) shared by Pngbot online.
As long as....the content published does not violatethe “Terms” nor does it “violate theprivacy rights, publicityrights, copyrights, contract rights or anyother rights of any person”(Kongregate, 2011c).
You retain the right todelete your own contentat any time.
Account Termination/No Ownership of Account You have NO ownerships rights to your account. Your account and your content may be deleted at any time... without notice ... especially if you violate their “Terms”. Kongregate is not liable for any loss of your content
So .... Play niceand have FUN! Image ‘Boombot - Completed Level 50’ shared by Andy Baio (2008)
ReferencesAudriusa. (2006). No Legal Threats. [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:No_legal_threats.pngBaio, A. (2008). Boombot - Completed Level 50. [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/waxpancake/2793366769/Bartholl, A. (2006). Interactive urban media public game [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/241608120/Bousure. (2010). Game cheats. [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/30430801@N06/4394862346/Brenbot. (2008). Baby Bearded Dragon. [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/brenbot/2721079251/Coelho, E.& YellowIcon. (2007). Crystal Clear App Icon. Shared by Pngbot. [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crystal_Clear_app_Internet_Connection_Tools.png
Tuszynski, J. (2008). Joshua Tree National Park: Climber on Driving Limitations (5.8) on Billboard Buttress at Indian Cove. [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joshua_Tree_-_Driving_Limitations.jpgWoo, A. (2006). Sharing. [Image] Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/wooandy/220929743/