Our Terms Of Service
Welcome to The Great Canadian Grid! The following agreement describes the terms on which The GCG offers you access to its
By using this site you are agreeing to be bound by the current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.
This team can be found in world or on the
forums by these names or by their surname counterparts.
This list is current and represents authorized and verified founders, employees
or otherwise authorized agents of The Great Canadian Grid
Roderick MacDougall (a.k.a. Roddie Macchi ) - Founder/Owner
Terry Ford (a.k.a. Butch Arnold) - Tech Support
Services - The GCG Grid Servers, Web Sites to include forums
Banned - Removed from and prohibited from further use of the services
Land Ownership - Rights and privileges to geographical areas of The GCG.
Ownership defined as firsthand account fee payments directly to The Great Canadian Grid.
Land Rental - Rights and privileges to geographical areas of The GCG.
Rental - defined as firsthand fee payments to Land Owners of The GCG.
Skybox - A dwelling structure placed in an altitude not normally viewable on public access.
You - A registered user account with The Great Canadian Grid.
Us - The GCG (Great Canadian Grid)
Tier 1 - General The GCG duties,
DMCA investigations, Griefing control
Tier 2 - Technical Staff, Region restarts, Grid takedowns/restarts etc.
CS - Customer Support system
PG - No nudity allowed (shop owners for
skins or transparent clothes will need to have minimal coverage over nude
areas), mild violence allowed, mild language allowed, minimal suggestive themes.
Mature - nudity allowed ( hard sexual images not allowed or pornographic material).
Adult - all sexual, pornographic and images allowed including all hardcore activities.
SERVICES AND CONTENT
The GCG is a multi-user virtual world
experience, tailored for the over 18 years of age user.
By using The GCG services you agree to these terms and certify that you are over 18 years of age.
User accounts found to be fraudulent in this certification by any
means, will be removed and banned from further use of the services.
- The GCG is a service provider meaning
among other things that we do not necessarily control various aspects of the
environment. You acknowledge that The GCG is a service provider and
understand that various user content does not necessarily reflect the opinion
nor stance of The GCG as a service provider.
- The GCG will not as a rule regulate the
communications either in text or interaction of users barring conduct outlined
in these terms. Harassment in any shape or form will not be tolerated however,
and reports should be made to customer service with applicable chat logs. The
onus of proof will bear on the user and not The GCG. See more under Dispute
- Content available in world may be provided
by users and not The GCG. As such, you acknowledge that content creators
maintain certain rights and privileges in their respective content. You accept
full responsibility for use of provided content and remain liable for unlawful
usage. If a content provider reports a DMCA violation to The GCG, such
instances will be investigated and if warranted, removed from public access.
Offending accounts will be banned from use of the services. The GCG will not as
a rule, police or pre-screen user content.
- Content sold for profit in world, that is
given away freely in another grid, by a different creator, is not allowed. This
is a violation of the original creators copyright (unless duly documented by
original copyright holder), and as such, The GCG reserves the right to
fully remove any and all instances from the grid (inventory, contents, or any
instance thereof). The GCG assumes no responsibility nor liability for
reimbursement of these items. The GCG abides by the Digital Millenium
Copyright Act (DMCA). As such, any DMCA filed with The GCG will be result
in that content being removed. In cases where items are removed from the entire
grid (inventory, contents of prims, or any instance thereof), The GCG
shall bear no liability nor assume any responsibility for reimbursement of these
items. The GCG currency named MC (Maple Currency) is fictional and will maintain an exchange
rate for future cash out options. The GCG reserves the right to charge a
nominal fee for purchase of The GCG currency.
- The GCG currency named MC (Maple Currency) is the property name of The GCG but is handled by PODEX L.L.C. & GLOEBIT L.L.C.
and all monies related to the GCG's MC is the liability of PODEX L.L.C., & GLOEBIT L.L.C. we assume no responsibility or liablilities
whatsoever for the currency in place now. All support will need to be handled through PODEX L.L.C. & GLOEBIT L.L.C.
- The GCG also establishes that the MC's
has zero (0) external value. The GCG further establishes that
any service designed to transfer MC's into or out of it's service may result in
account termination. This includes, but not limited to: ATM machines designed to
transfer MC's out of The GCG into other currency, people or accounts created to
transfer MC's out of The GCG into other currency, or any other system deemed by
The GCG staff to be accommodating such transfers. In world services are
subject to scheduled and unscheduled interruptions. Various system updates and
upgrades will be applied when needed. The GCG reserves the right to interrupt
services with or without user notification. When practical all attempts will be
made to notify the user base. You agree that The GCG will not be liable for any
service interruptions required, and you will not be entitled to any refunds of
- This is alpha software and to expect downtime and dataloss is expected especially during upgrades and maintenance.
- Avatars by the surname of Macchi are
founders, family, or otherwise authorized agents of The GCG. No other
surname is recognized as an authority nor an agent of any allowable permissions.
The GCG avatars are as such, indemnified by you from any harm or allegations
performed in this authoritative capacity.
- Land and Ownership of such is pursuant to
agreements and payment between you and The GCG. Fees and structure are
outlined in further documents on the GCG website. Mainland and Private
Island Ownership are available for varying pricing structures.
- Prices go up as well as economy and wages, plus rentals on equipment etc., everything eventually goes up. This is a no brainer.
- Price increases may change at any given time. They may also go down ;)
ACCOUNT REGISTRATION AND REQUIREMENTS
You must create an account with The GCG to utilize
the services. You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information as
asked by the registration process. The GCG reserves the right to terminate
accounts found to not be true and accurate. Forum registration is not required
but highly recommended and encouraged. Help build your community!
- You must use an account name that is not
offensive, demeaning or infringing. You must select a secure password and
protect it accordingly.
- The GCG may suspend or terminate your
account at any time deemed appropriate. You agree that you are not obligated any
refund of fees paid if this should occur. You are forwarded the right to appeal
and a dispute resolution investigation will occur.
- You are responsible for your own Internet
access. The GCG is not an Internet Service Provider. You remain responsible for
any fees incurred utilizing the Internet to connect to the The GCG services.
- You must be over the age of 18 years to use
the services provided by The GCG. And reserves the right directly or
through third parties, to make any inquiries we consider necessary to validate
your registration data. User accounts found to not be over the age of 18 years
will be banned.
- By accepting this agreement you represent
that you are an adult 18 years of age or older.
- By accepting this agreement you understand
that The GCG is bound to the laws of Canada.
- Anything considered a misdemeanor or higher
will not be acceptable on the grid. Advacation of acts, or public displays, such
as but not limited to: child abuse, sexual abuse, child pornography,
etc. can lead to suspension, banning, termination of account, reclamation of
lands with no refund or reimbursement of any funds.
LICENSE TERMS AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL
You retain copyright and other intellectual
property rights with respect to content you create in world to the extent that
you have such rights under applicable law.
- The GCG retains ownership of the account
and related data, regardless of intellectual property rights you may have in
content you create or otherwise own. Even though The GCG retains this right,
your intellectual property will not be used without prior permission and or
licensing to The GCG.
- Under no circumstances do we give out or load .oars, .iars, etc. to you outside of the GCG.
- This is not only for creators protection but our own as well. The GCG supports content creators and encourages full creativity to enhance and grow the community. As stated before however, The GCG will not police nor pre-screen content. The onus is on the creator to provide proof of infringement. See more in Dispute Resolution.
- You will comply with the processes of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act regarding copyright infringement claims covered
under such Act.
- The GCG staff identified have full and complete authority to handle disputes and offending content
removal. Furthermore, you acknowledge that people
are human and mistakes can/will be made. Proper complaint reporting will be
utilized and investigated. Pursuant to the Community Standards.
FAIR USE AND ABUSE
Obvious griefing activities will not be tolerated. These include but are not
limited to, Excessive malicious scripts, player versus player activity in a sim
not flagged, overload of avatar prim attachments, automated prim replication
- Copybot is simply and absolutely not
allowed. Any proof of use in in world will result in permanent banning from
The GCG services.
- The GCG reserves the right to further
advance this area of the TOS.
Intolerance is not tolerated.
- Any text or actions related to the
marginalization of any race, gender, sexual preference or affiliation will not
be tolerated. Again, disputes will rely on the onus of proof bearing with the
claimant. The GCG is an adult environment. That said, there will likely be
content of an 'adult' nature available. Any content and/or interaction of an
'adult' nature (sexual, violent or pornographic) must remain enclosed. i.e. not
in full view in the environment.
- Any and all advertising and/or displaying for other grids is forbidden. Support the grid you're on!
- While The GCG is an adult environment,
sexual child play is strictly forbidden. Any evidence of such shall immediately
render the offenders accounts and alternates as banned. The GCG shall not
be liable for any form of reimbursement.
- The GCG's mainlands are a community standard,
as such, ad farms will not be tolerated. Violation will result in ads being
removed and/or region reclamation. Plus Any type of advertisement for other grids will be removed.
- Harassment in any form or fashion will not
be tolerated and can/will be banned if continued. Onus of proof lies with the claimant but, will be dealt with
accordingly. Flame wars, outright attacks and defamation are forbidden.
- Any land bought or sold with The GCG shall take up to 48 hrs to be delivered by which the LM of the
sim will then be delivered to you the customer by way of IM.
- Dissemination of information relating to
another persons real life identity (including but not limited to links, names,
addresses, etc) without their consent is forbidden. Violators may be subject to
RELEASES, DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY,
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNIFICATION
In no event shall The GCG or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without
limitation to, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business
interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on
The GCG's site, even if The GCG or GCG's authorized representative has
been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because
some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or
limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these
limitations may not apply to you.
- Any and all assets taken out by means of Hypergrid off the GC Grid excludes the GCG of all liablities & legalities.
- You release The GCG from your claims
relating to other users. The GCG has the right but not the obligation to
resolve disputes between users.
Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in
order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and
Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the
purposes for which information is being collected.
- We will collect and use of personal
information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by
us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the
individual concerned or as required by law.
- We will only retain personal information as
long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
- We will collect personal information by
lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of
the individual concerned.
- Personal data should be relevant to the
purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those
purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
- We will protect personal information by
reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized
access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
- We will make readily available to customers
information about our policies and practices relating to the management of
- We will not share, sell, rent, or otherwise
disclose your personal information to anyone, for any reason other than as
required by law through subpoena or court order, or to assist in criminal
justice proceedings, where necessary.
- We are committed to conducting our business
in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality
of personal information is protected and maintained.
The GCG does not exercise editorial control over the content of
The GCG, and will make no specific efforts to review the textures, objects,
sounds or other content created within The GCG. Additionally, The GCG does not
certify nor endorse the operation of in-world games, vending machines, or retail
locations; refunds must be requested from the owners of these objects.
Any and all ATMs of Podex
is only for owners of that region unless arrangement has been made between the owner of that
region and their partner. ATM's of PODEX can only be constructed on a region that is owned by the owner of that region.
No ATM shall be constructed on anyone elses region or GCG regions unless given proper authority to do so.
The GCG is in no way responsible of any monies in and out of the GCG or any ATM
owned by Podex or residents of GCG as everything is handled by Podex L.L.C.
While users may choose to play in world with more than one account, specifically or consistently
using an alternate account to harass other users or violate the community
standards is not acceptable. Alternate accounts are generally treated as
separate from a user's principal account, but misuse of alternate accounts can
and will result in disciplinary action on the principal account. Disputes of all natures in world,
The GCG acknowledges that there will be disputes of varying nature. This is human.
The GCG will not police nor prescreen content, text nor interaction. Any
dispute raised between users will be investigated if brought to our attention.
The onus of proof will always lie with the claimant. The GCG will not be
responsible for maintaining nor perusing chat logs on a regular basis. That
said, you as the user will be responsible for providing said chat logs and/or
screenshots. The GCG will pull applicable chat logs from the database to
compare and inspect. The GCG does not guarantee that any chat logs will be
available in an archived manner at any time. Again, common sense will prevail.
The GCG will not delete an account once it has
been activated. If you do not wish to be in The GCG do not activate it.
However any harassment or griefing amongst anyone inside the GCG
your account can be banned.
This service is provided and maintained by The GCG.
The GCG maintains the rights and provisions accorded by Canadian Law in regards to online data and
information providers. All rights, privileges and occurrences are governed by
firstly Canada law and secondly by the laws and regulations of Canada.
Any request for information or subpoenas should be directed to the
appropriate authorities as well as the staff of The GCG.
In the event a court of law
finds one or several parts of this document contravenes the law, those and only
those portions shall become null and void; the rest of the document remains in
Canada Online Gambling Laws
Canadians using gambling services spend over $11.3 billion dollars every year. Canada is home to several premier gambling software developers such as Cryptologic, yet the legality of gambling in Canada remains rather ambiguous. Customers looking to play online poker, slots, table games or bingo have no need to fear about being detained for illegal activity. However, it is still advised that every prospective gambler in Canada understand the legislature pertaining to online gambling as best they can before placing any form of wager.
Criminal Code of Canada
Gambling of any sort was initially prohibited by the Canadian Criminal Code in 1892. It banned both profitable and charitable forms of gambling in all provinces of Canada. However, the gambling industry has greatly changed since then and so has the public’s perception of gambling. In 1969, the Canadian government took the first step towards relaxing the prohibition on gambling by exempting all forms of gambling done for charitable purposes only. The purpose of this exemption was to give provinces control over the creation of lotteries in order to fund social programs. The most significant use of this exemption was performed by the province of Quebec, who utilized provincial lotteries to fund the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics.
Gambling Crown Corporations
Gambling crown corporations are designated entities established by the provincial government to regulate all gambling activity. The very first two were created in 1970 by the government of Quebec to regulate horse racing and lotteries. Other regions including Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia quickly followed suit, creating their own corporations to supervise gambling. Now, every province has its own crown corporation that oversees all online gambling aspects including casino, poker and bingo wagering.
Gambling Rules Based on Provinces
The popularity of province-regulated lotteries has allowed every Canadian province to regulate gambling activity within their own territory. The overreaching status of online gambling, according to the Canadian government, is that it is still illegal. However, the difficulties of determining jurisdiction rights in modern day online gambling, where Canadian gamblers can play at offshore gambling sites, have forced the Canadian government to give each province the right to determine the legality of specific gambling formats.
Provinces Prohibiting Gambling
The 1985 amendment to the Canadian Criminal Code that allows certain forms of computerized gambling is the origin of online gambling legalization. The amendment gave each province the right to regulate slots games and other computerized forms of gambling. This also effectively gave the provinces the ability to regulate casino-style online games such as video poker, slots and table games.
Most Canadian provinces have taken advantage of the amendment by legalizing gambling activity on all casino-style gaming. This means that Canadian players are legally able to engage in slots, video poker, Blackjack and other common games found in established casino sites. However, residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will not be able to legally participate in common online casino-style gaming. These provinces have made it illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Video Lottery Terminals
The provinces of Ontario and British Columbia do allow gambling on certain casino-style games but still prohibit the use of video lottery terminals. The 1985 amendment regarding computerized gambling makes a distinction between ordinary slot machines and video lottery terminals.
Slot machines are classified as having individual random number generators. Comparatively, video lottery terminals are defined as machines linked to a central computer that uses a random number generator to produce results that are similar to a virtual bingo game. Each lottery terminal that is part of a central computer network receives a randomized set of numbers.
The central computer uses its random number generator to draw a specific number that is relayed to each terminal. The terminal checks if the number drawn by the center computer corresponds to any of the numbers in their randomized set. The terminal will then perform a specific action that may improve or reduce the chances of the gambler receiving a payout.
Ontario and British Columbia do allow gamblers to play online slot machines but prohibit the use of video lottery terminals. Most Canadian gamblers do not have to worry because slots games are much more common compared to video lottery terminal systems.
Running a Gambling Service
The majority of Canadian provinces allow their residents to gamble at common casinos, sportsbooks and poker sites but do not allow their residents to actively operate a gambling service. The Canadian Criminal Code still makes it illegal to operate any form of common betting house – including an online gambling site. All provinces currently adhere to this prohibition.
However, this has not stopped the Khanawake reserve in Quebec from offering server space to online gambling sites. The Khanawake reserve has its own regulatory gaming commission that gives gambling sites the ability tap into the North American gambling population. The Khanawake reserve still falls under the jurisdiction of Quebec, where it is illegal to operate a gambling service. The reserve has yet to be charged by the provincial government and is a hub for many top gambling sites that cater to the North American market.
The legality of online gambling in Canada will likely remain ambiguous for decades to come. The ultimate bottom line for Canadian gamblers is that the legality of online gambling is regulated by each province. Most gamblers will be able to legally participate in online gambling but should check to make sure that the province in which they reside allows their preferred form of online gambling.
You rent land from GCG, it is therefore up to you to abide by Canadian Laws. We cannot police everyone.
The GCG though does not endorse nor participate in any type of Gambling for monetary prizes.
Please note that under Section 512(f), any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability and prosecution according to the Laws of Canada and are mirrored here from The U.S.A.
FRAUD AND MISREPRESENTATION LAW
Fraud is using deceit or dishonest means for the purpose of depriving another of money, property or a legal right.
There are several different types of "fraud" as defined by the Criminal Code. However, in general, "Fraud and/or Deceit" occur when an individual, entity, uses false and important facts to convince a "victim" to rely on those facts. When the victim reasonably relies on those facts and was harmed by the "deceit" or the "deception" - we have what is defined as intentional fraud.
Permissive fraud stems from a promise that is important to in a given matter, but one that the entity, person, or individual never intends to do, and thus never performs that obligatory promise. They do this to induce the "victim" to rely on that promise, and when the victim does so, he or she can reasonably be "harmed" or "damaged" by those false promises.
Constructive fraud, is a type of fraudulent act that is often referred to as negligent misrepresentation. This occurs when an entity or individual misrepresents to the "victim" that an material important fact is true - but it's actually false. The entity or individual may have honestly believed that the false misrepresentation was true, yet the they had no reasonable grounds for believing the representation was true when they made it, and that individual or entity intends for the "victim" to rely on that mis-information, and the "victim" does.. then they too have been harmed by a false representation that they either knew, or should have know was actually "true."
Civil fraud, deceit and misrepresentation are part of Civil Code Sections 1709, 1710 and 1572 and 1573. You must plead FRAUD specifically, flat out right to the point. Stansfield v. Starkey (1990) 220 Cal.App.3d 59, 74; Nagy v. Nagy (1989) 210 Cal.App.3d 1262, 1268)
You must prove each element of a "fraud claim" factually and specifically. (Hall v. Department of Adoptions (1975) 47 Cal.App.3d 898, 904; Cooper v. Equity General Insurance (1990) 219 Cal.App.3d 1252, 1262.)
To obtain damages for these infringements, you must PROVE each of the following ELEMENTS:
1. the actual misrepresentation 2. knowledge that either it was known to be a misrepresentation, or the party "SHOULD HAVE KNOWN" that it was misrepresentation 3,. An intention to defraud (mostly showing how the organization, entity or individual attempted to "induce" reliance on the false information, 4. justifiable reliance on that information to the degree that "you" the "victim" relied upon it in whole or part and finally 5. the resulting damage done by the misrepresentation.
However, it's important to note, that "misrepresentation" can be verbal, written or even "implied" by conduct. (Thrifty-Tel, Inc. v. Bezenek (1996) 46 Cal.App.4th 1559, 1567.)
“…false representations made recklessly and without regard for their truth in order to induce action by another are the equivalent of misrepresentations knowingly and intentionally uttered.” (Yellow Creek Logging Corp. v. Dare (1963) 216 Cal.App.2d 50, 55.)
U.S.C 17 § 512(f) provides for penalties for the deliberate misrepresentation of "alleged" copyright or trademark infringements, even when the party making that said complain "believes it to be true" but "SHOULD HAVE KNOWN" that it was not. Ooops, error, does occur, and these aren't considered "deliberate misrepresentations" but errors. When license counsel makes "error" outside of "good faith" and what is an obvious and deliberate attempt to silence and infringe upon "FAIR USE" (U.S.C. 17 § 107) by "party" who "SHOULD HAVE KNOWN" better.. we still have a cause of action for a tort claim.
*Also Please Note*
All activity on The Great Canadian Grid and this site www.greatcanadiangrid.ca and
Rules of DMCA & TOS are governed by the laws of Canada.