Terms & Conditions

Definitions

Parties
The terms “You” and “your” refer to individuals who use the website https://thehelpfulhippo.com. A “user” is someone who accesses, browses, crawls, scrapes, or utilizes the site in any way. The terms “We,” “us,” and “our” refer to Robert Joyner, the owner and operator of the website https://thehelpfulhippo.com.

Content

When we mention “Content,” we are referring to various forms of data or communication found on the site, such as text, images, photos, audio, video, and location data. “Your Content” refers to the information that you submit or transmit to the site, including ratings, reviews, questions/answers, messages, and any other information intended for public display on the site. On the other hand, “User Content” refers to the content submitted or transmitted by other users on the site. The Helpful Hippo pertains to the content that we create and make available on the site. Lastly, “Third Party Content” refers to content originating from sources other than The Helpful Hippo or its users, which is made accessible on the site. Overall, “Site Content” encompasses all the content made available on the site, including Your Content, User Content, Third Party Content, and The Helpful Hippo Content.

Terms

By accessing this website, you agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions of Use for the website, as well as all relevant laws and regulations. You also acknowledge that you are responsible for complying with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are not permitted to use or access this site. The content on this website is protected by copyright and trademark laws.

Additionally, you confirm and guarantee that you will not use the Site to promote a business, commercial venture, event, or engage in any other commercial activities. Furthermore, you agree not to assist, encourage, or enable others to do so.

Use License

The use of the materials (information or software) found on the The Helpful Hippo website is permitted under a license for temporary, personal, and non-commercial viewing. It is important to note that this license does not transfer ownership, but rather grants permission for limited use. There are certain restrictions that apply to this license, including the prohibition of modifying or copying the materials. Additionally, the materials cannot be used for any commercial purpose or displayed in a public setting, whether commercial or non-commercial. It is also forbidden to attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on The Helpful Hippo website, as well as remove any copyright or proprietary notations from the materials. Transferring the materials to another person or mirroring them on another server is also strictly prohibited.

Failure to comply with any of these restrictions will result in the automatic termination of this license, which can be enforced by The Helpful Hippo at any time. Once this license is terminated, whether due to a violation or the termination of your viewing of the materials, you are required to destroy any downloaded materials in your possession, regardless of whether they are in electronic or printed format.

Disclaimer

The content on the The Helpful Hippo website is provided “as is”. The Helpful Hippo does not provide any warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and rejects all other warranties, including implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Furthermore, The Helpful Hippo does not guarantee or make any representations regarding the accuracy, probable outcomes, or reliability of the utilization of the content on its website or in connection with such content or on any linked sites.

Limitations

In no circumstance shall The Helpful Hippo or its suppliers be held responsible for any damages (including, but not limited to, data loss or loss of profit, or resulting from business interruption) arising from the utilization or inability to use the content on The Helpful Hippo website, even if The Helpful Hippo or an authorized representative of The Helpful Hippo has been notified orally or in writing about the potential for such damages. It is important to note that these limitations may not be applicable to you due to certain jurisdictions not permitting limitations on implied warranties or restrictions on liability for consequential or incidental damages.

Revisions and ErrataThe materials presented on The Helpful Hippo website may contain technical, typographical, or photographic errors. While The Helpful Hippo strives to ensure accuracy, completeness, and currentness of the materials, it cannot guarantee that all information is error-free. The Helpful Hippo reserves the right to make changes to the materials on its website at any time without prior notice. However, The Helpful Hippo does not make any commitment to update the materials to reflect changes in circumstances or new information.

Links

The Helpful Hippo has not assessed all of the websites linked to its online platform and cannot be held responsible for the content found on any of these linked sites. The inclusion of any hyperlink does not imply endorsement by The Helpful Hippo of the website in question. The use of any linked website is solely at the user’s own risk.

Modifications to Terms of Use

The Helpful Hippo retains the right to modify these terms of use for its website at any given time, without prior notice. By utilizing this website, you are acknowledging and agreeing to be bound by the most recent version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Applicable Governing Law
Any claim or dispute relating to The Helpful Hippo website shall be governed by the laws of the State of Virginia, irrespective of any conflicting legal provisions.

General Website Expectations

The Helpful Hippo aims to assist visitors in making well-informed choices regarding online business opportunities. The information provided on this website is contributed by external individuals, many of whom may choose to remain anonymous. Occasionally, these contributors may publish reviews or make statements that are false, misleading, or completely inaccurate. It is important to note that The Helpful Hippo does not endorse or take responsibility for any opinions, advice, information, or statements made or displayed on the website by third parties.

By accessing the website, you acknowledge that you may come across content that you find harmful, offensive, threatening, indecent, or objectionable. You also acknowledge and understand that The Helpful Hippo shall not be held liable to you for such content, which may include explicit language or other potentially offensive material.

Prohibited Content

Users of the The Helpful Hippo website are strictly prohibited from sharing content or information that is illegal, deceptive (including, but not limited to, reviews originating from the same IP address or email address), menacing, abusive, slanderous, defamatory, explicit, or in any way objectionable. This includes content that contains derogatory remarks based on race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Additionally, any material lacking relevance or constructive value, or that crosses the line into obscenity or repugnance, is strictly forbidden.

It is also strictly prohibited for users to post any proprietary information, trade secrets, or confidential data. Users are not allowed to promote advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, investment opportunities, or any other form of unsolicited commercial communication (unless specifically authorized by us). Engaging in spamming or flooding activities is also strictly forbidden.

While we are not obliged to do so, The Helpful Hippo has the ability to monitor the reviews that are posted on our website. We also reserve the right to delete any sections or entire posts that violate the rules outlined above. This includes messages or topics that are unrelated to the specific page where they are posted, advertisements, recruitment or other commercial messages, and any other content that The Helpful Hippo deems inappropriate at its sole discretion. If you come across a message that you believe violates our policies, please contact The Helpful Hippo right away so that we can review and potentially remove it. The Helpful Hippo also reserves the right to disclose such materials and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to third parties in order to properly operate our website, protect ourselves, our partners, and our visitors, as well as to comply with legal obligations or requests from governmental authorities.
If you believe that a review has been wrongly identified as unacceptable content, please contact The Helpful Hippo immediately to report the issue.

Materials Ownership and Rights of Use

By submitting content or materials, you are granting The Helpful Hippo an exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple layers of sublicensees), worldwide right and license to utilize, sell, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works from, and otherwise exploit such content and materials without any limitations. Additionally, you authorize The Helpful Hippo, its affiliates, and sublicensees to use your name and/or user name in connection with the content. It is important to note that all content and materials you provide must be original work created by you and should not be based on or derived from the proprietary information or items of any third party. Moreover, you agree not to impersonate any individual or communicate under a false or unauthorized name. In the event of any claims arising from the content or materials you provide, you will be responsible for defending and indemnifying The Helpful Hippo and its affiliates.

You have the option to provide The Helpful Hippo with feedback regarding the functionality and performance of the website. This can include identifying any potential errors, improvements, modifications, bug fixes, or enhancements (“Feedback”). If you suggest any Feedback, whether through evaluation or any other means, you are granting The Helpful Hippo a nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use, sell, sublicense, reproduce, distribute, perform, display, prepare derivative works from, and exploit all such Feedback and materials for any purpose without limitations. Additionally, The Helpful Hippo has the right to disclose the Feedback to third parties in any manner and can sublicense it to any third party in any form without restrictions.

Your Responsibilities Regarding Content

The responsibility for Your Content lies solely with you, and once it is published, it cannot be retracted. You bear all the risks associated with Your Content, including the reliance placed on its quality, accuracy, or reliability by others, as well as any disclosure of personally identifiable information contained within it. You affirm that you either own the rights to Your Content or possess the necessary permissions to use and authorize its use as outlined here. You are prohibited from suggesting that Your Content is sponsored or endorsed by The Helpful Hippo in any way.

By publishing Your Content, you may expose yourself to potential legal repercussions. For instance, if Your Content contains false information, deliberate deception, or defamatory statements; infringes upon the rights of third parties, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, moral rights, privacy rights, rights of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights; includes unlawful materials such as hate speech or pornography; exploits or causes harm to minors; or encourages the violation of any law or regulation, you may be held liable.

Content on Website

The Helpful Hippo reserves the right to publish information sourced from the public domain, which includes public websites, government documents, as well as print and online publications. Any information submitted to The Helpful Hippo may also be published at our discretion. If you believe that any content is inaccurate or has been mistakenly removed, please reach out to us to file an appeal.

User Accounts

It is strictly prohibited to impersonate someone else, such as adopting the identity of a celebrity or a neighbor. You are only allowed to create and use an account for yourself, using your own email address. Creating multiple accounts is also not permitted. If you choose to use a pseudonym, please be aware that others may still be able to identify you through various means. For instance, if you include identifying information in your reviews, use the same account details on other websites, or allow other websites to share information about you with The Helpful Hippo.

User Access

In order to utilize or access the Site, you must be at least 18 years old and possess the necessary authority and capability to agree to these Terms. If you are a competitor of ours or have been previously banned from the Site or had your account closed, you are prohibited from accessing or using the Site.
Privacy

You affirm that you have thoroughly read and comprehended our Privacy Policy. Please note that we may disclose your information to third parties if we reasonably believe that such disclosure is necessary to: (i) address suspected illegal activities; (ii) enforce our Terms and Privacy Policy; (iii) comply with legal proceedings or governmental inquiries, including but not limited to search warrants, subpoenas, statutes, judicial proceedings, or other lawful processes served upon us; or (iv) safeguard our rights, reputation, property, or the rights, reputation, and property of our users, affiliates, or the general public. By using the Site outside of the United States, you consent to the transfer and processing of your personal data in the United States.

User Reviews

The online business courses and communities on our website rely on user-generated reviews to provide valuable insights and experiences. We encourage individuals to share their thoughts and opinions about products, services, or vendors they have encountered. These user reviews, known as “User Reviews,” serve as a platform for users to express their viewpoints.

It is important to note that the opinions expressed in User Reviews are solely those of the reviewers and do not reflect our own views as the website operator. We act as facilitators, offering a space for users to share their feedback. We do not endorse or validate the accuracy of the content in these reviews.

To promote transparency and honesty, we occasionally offer nominal incentives, such as gift cards or charitable donations, as a token of appreciation for submitting honest reviews. Whether a review is positive or negative, we value the authenticity and integrity of the feedback. When an incentive has been provided to a reviewer, we clearly indicate this on our website.

While users have the option to post their reviews anonymously, our moderation team ensures that each review is verified before it is published. Although personal information may not be shared publicly, our team confirms the identity of the reviewer to maintain credibility and accountability.

We believe that User Reviews play a vital role in helping others make informed decisions. By providing a platform for users to share their experiences, we aim to foster an environment of transparency and authenticity within our online business community.

User Reviews are published in their original form without any edits or modifications that alter their intended meaning. However, we may make minor corrections such as fixing typos. Additionally, we take precautions to hide sensitive information, such as personally identifiable details or confidential contract terms that are not meant for public disclosure. If a review fails to meet our standards in any other way, we reserve the right to either not publish the review in its entirety or remove it.

If you wish to update your review for a particular course, please submit a new review specifically for that course. Once the new review is published, the previous review will be deleted, provided that it was submitted using the same verified email address. Please note that we do not offer any incentives for updating a review within one year of the original submission.

If you have already received a reward or if we have made a charitable donation on your behalf for a review you submitted about a specific product, service, or vendor on The Helpful Hippo, that review cannot be deleted. However, if your opinion has changed, you are welcome to submit a new review to replace the original one.

Copyright and Trademark Disputes

At The Helpful Hippo, we have a strict policy against any form of copyright and trademark infringement. If you believe that someone has violated your copyright and/or trademark rights, we encourage you to contact us immediately. Please provide us with the specific URL(s) where you believe the infringement has taken place.

Suggestions and Improvements

We highly value the input and ideas from our readers! If you have any suggestions, feedback, or proposals to share with us, we would love to hear from you. By submitting your ideas, suggestions, documents, or proposals (“Feedback”), you acknowledge and agree that: (i) your Feedback does not contain any confidential or proprietary information from third parties; (ii) we have no obligation of confidentiality, whether express or implied, regarding your Feedback; (iii) there is a possibility that we may already be considering or developing something similar to your Feedback; and (iv) you grant us an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use, modify, create derivative works from, publish, distribute, and sublicense your Feedback. Additionally, you hereby waive any moral rights associated with your Feedback and agree not to assert any claims against The Helpful Hippo or its users in relation to moral rights.

Termination

You have the option to end the Terms whenever you want by closing your account, ceasing your usage of the Site, and notifying The Helpful Hippo of your decision to terminate. Please refer to our Privacy Policy (located at the bottom of this page) for details on what happens to your account upon termination.
We reserve the right to close your account, restrict your access to certain parts of the Site, or completely ban you from using the Site, without any explanation or liability. Any of these actions may result in you being unable to access your account, the Site, Your Content, Site Content, or any other associated information.
Should these Terms be terminated, either by you or by us, Sections 1, 5, 6, and 10-14 will remain in full force and effect. This includes our ability to utilize Your Content as outlined in Section 5.

Disclaimers and Liability Limitations

The liability of interactive computer services, such as The Helpful Hippo, for their involvement in the publication of third-party content, including consumer reviews, is restricted under the federal Communications Decency Act (47 U.S. Code § 230).