Be advised that this Agreement contains disclaimers of warranties and limitations on liability that may be applicable to you.
USERS AND PURCHASERS OF MAINFRAME TOKENS MUST BE MADE AWARE OF CERTAIN ILLUSTRATIVE RISK FACTORS AS SET OUT IN APPENDIX A.
Notice Regarding Dispute Resolution: This Agreement contains provisions that govern how claims you and the Company have against each other are resolved (see Section 7 ( Limitation of Liability ), Section 10 ( Dispute Resolution ), and Section 11 ( Choice of Law and Forum ) below). It also contains an agreement to arbitrate, which will, with limited exception, require you to submit claims you have against us to binding and final arbitration, unless you opt-out of the agreement to arbitrate in accordance with Section 10(c). Unless you opt-out: (A) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against the Company on an individual basis, not as part of any class or representative action or proceeding and (B) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.
Changes to this Agreement
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Limitation of Liability
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Arbitration. The parties shall use their best efforts to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement directly through good-faith negotiations, which shall be a precondition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration. Except for disputes relating to the Company’s intellectual property (such as trademarks, trade dress, domain names, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents) or if you opt out of this agreement to arbitrate, all claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement and your access and use of the Site shall be finally settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with the provisions of its Commercial Arbitration Rules and of its supplementary procedures for consumer-related disputes, excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class actions. The arbitrator, and not any court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve all disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including, but not limited to, any claim that all or any part of this Agreement is void or voidable. The arbitrator shall be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in a court; provided, however, that the arbitrator will not have authority to award damages, remedies, or awards that conflict with this Agreement. The arbitrator’s award shall be binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the extent the filing fee for the arbitration exceeds the cost of filing a lawsuit, the Company will pay the additional cost. You and the Company hereby expressly waive trial by jury. You also agree not to participate in claims brought in a private attorney general or representative capacity, or consolidated claims involving another person’s account, if the Company is a party to the proceeding. This dispute resolution provision will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act.
The parties understand that, absent this mandatory provision, they would have the right to sue in court and have a jury trial. They further understand that, in some instances, the costs of arbitration could exceed the costs of litigation and that the right to discovery may be more limited in arbitration than in court.
Class-Action Waiver. The parties further agree that any arbitration shall be conducted in their individual capacities only, and not as a class action or other representative action. If any court or arbitrator determines that the class-action waiver set forth in this section is void or unenforceable for any reason, or that an arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the arbitration provision set forth above shall be deemed null and void in its entirety and the parties shall be deemed not to have agreed to arbitrate disputes.
Exception—Litigation of Small-Claims-Court Claims. Notwithstanding the parties’ decision to resolve all disputes through arbitration, either party may also seek relief in a small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of that court’s jurisdiction.
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Choice of Law and Forum
This Agreement and your relationship with the Company Parties shall be governed by, and construed and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Subject to Section 10, the parties irrevocably consent to bring any action to enforce this Agreement in the federal or state courts located in Utah County, Utah and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal or state courts located in Utah County, Utah.
If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining provisions will nevertheless remain in full force and effect, and such provision will be reformed in a manner to effectuate the original intent of the parties as closely as possible and remain enforceable. If such reformation is not possible in a manner that is enforceable, then such term will be severed from the remaining terms, and the remaining terms will remain in effect. This is the entire Agreement between you and us relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements between you and us with respect to such subject matter. This Agreement may not be changed, waived, or modified except by a written instrument signed by the Company. If any employee of the Company offers to modify this Agreement, he or she is not acting as an agent for the Company or speaking on the Company’s behalf. You may not rely, and should not act in reliance on, any statement or communication from an employee of the Company or anyone else purporting to act on the Company’s behalf. This Agreement is between you and the Company; there are no third-party beneficiaries. You may not access the Site if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer, or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement. Neither this Agreement nor any right, obligation, or remedy hereunder is assignable, transferable, delegable, or sublicensable by you except with the Company’s prior written consent, and any attempted assignment, transfer, delegation, or sublicense shall be null and void. The Company may assign, transfer, or delegate this Agreement or any right or obligation or remedy hereunder in its sole discretion. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. Except as explicitly stated otherwise, legal notices shall be served on the Company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notice to you shall be deemed given 24 hours after the e-mail is sent. Any heading, caption, or section title contained in this Agreement is inserted only as a matter of convenience, and in no way defines or explains any section or provision hereof.
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CERTAIN RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH MAINFRAME TOKENS (“MFT”)
Risk of Losing Access to MFT tokens As a Result of Loss of Private Key(s), Custodial Error or Purchaser Error
A private key, or a combination of private keys, is necessary to access a digital wallet or vault containing a purchaser’s MFT tokens. As a result, such private key(s) are necessary in order to control, sell and otherwise dispose of the MFT tokens stored in such digital wallet or vault. The loss of the private key(s) needed to access such digital wallet or vault containing a purchaser’s MFT tokens will result in such purchaser’s effective loss of such MFT tokens. Furthermore, any third-party that gains access to such private key(s), including by gaining access to login credentials of a digital wallet or vault service that a purchaser uses, may be able to misappropriate a purchaser’s MFT tokens. Any errors or malfunctions with respect to the digital wallet or vault a purchaser uses to receive and store MFT tokens, including such purchaser’s failure to properly maintain or use such digital wallet or vault, could also result in such purchaser’s effective loss of MFT tokens. Additionally, a purchaser’s failure to precisely follow the procedures for buying and receiving MFT tokens, including, for instance, providing the wrong wallet or vault address for receiving MFT tokens, could result in such purchaser’s effective loss of MFT tokens.
Risks Associated with the Ethereum Protocol
MFT tokens are based on the Ethereum protocol. As such, any malfunction, unintended function, unexpected functioning, forking, breakdown or abandonment in the Ethereum protocol, or any attack on the Ethereum protocol, could cause MFT tokens to malfunction or function in an unexpected or unintended manner, including, but not limited to, impacting your ability to transfer or securely hold MFT tokens. Such impact could adversely affect the value of MFT tokens. Ether, the native token of the Ethereum protocol, could itself decline in value, which could negatively affect the functioning of MFT tokens. Furthermore, advances in cryptography or other technical advances, such as the development of quantum computing, could present risks to MFT tokens by rendering ineffective the cryptographic consensus mechanism that underpins the Ethereum protocol. For more information on the Ethereum protocol, see http://www.ethereum.org.
Risk of a Decrease in the Value of Bitcoin, Ether and Other Currencies
The Mainframe Group intends to use the proceeds from the sale of MFT tokens to fund development of the Mainframe platform as discussed in the whitepaper. The proceeds of the sale of MFT tokens will be received/held in USD, bitcoin and ether, and may, at the Mainframe Group’s discretion, be converted into other cryptographic or fiat currencies. If the value of USD, bitcoin, ether or other currencies decreases during or after the token sale, the value of proceeds received by the Mainframe Group will decrease and the Mainframe Group may not be able to fund development on the intended scale, or at all.
Risk of Hacking and Security Weaknesses
Hackers and other malicious groups or organizations may attempt to interfere with the functioning and ownership of MFT tokens in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, undertaking malware attacks, denial of service attacks, consensus-based attacks, Sybil attacks, smurfing and spoofing. Furthermore, because MFT tokens are based on open-source software, there is a risk that a third-party or a member of the Mainframe Group team could intentionally or unintentionally introduce weaknesses into MFT tokens which could in turn be exploited by such groups. It may be difficult for the Mainframe Group to maintain or develop MFT tokens to address emerging issues or malicious programs that develop adequately or in a timely manner, and Mainframe Group may not have adequate resources to do so. Such events could result in a loss of trust in the security and operation of MFT tokens, which could materially adversely affect the value of MFT tokens and the ownership thereof.
Risk of Theft of Funds Raised in the Token Generation Event
The Mainframe Group will make every effort to ensure that the funds received from the MFT token sale will be securely held. Notwithstanding such security measures, there is no assurance that there will be no theft of the cryptocurrencies as a result of hacks, sophisticated cyber-attacks, distributed denials of service or errors, vulnerabilities or defects on the Mainframe Group website, in the smart contract(s) on which the escrow wallet and the MFT token sale relies, on Ethereum or any other blockchain, or otherwise.
Such events may include, for example, flaws in programming or source code leading to exploitation or abuse thereof. In such event, even if the MFT token sale is completed, the Mainframe Group may not be able to receive the cryptocurrencies raised. In such case, the Mainframe platform and any associated plans might be temporarily or permanently curtailed. As such, distributed MFT tokens may hold little worth or value.
Risk of Mining Attacks
As with other decentralized cryptographic tokens and cryptocurrencies, the blockchain used for the MFT token application is susceptible to mining attacks, including, but not limited to, double-spend attacks, majority mining power attacks, selfish-mining attacks and race condition attacks. Any successful attacks present a risk to MFT tokens and holders thereof, and to the expected proper execution and sequencing of Ethereum contract computations. Despite the efforts of the Mainframe Group, the risk of known or novel mining attacks persists, and the Mainframe Group may not be able to protect against such attacks. If successful, such attacks could materially adversely affect the value of MFT tokens and the ownership thereof.
Risk of Unfavorable Regulatory Intervention in One or More Jurisdictions
Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies are relatively recent technologies which have developed rapidly and have been rolled out into numerous applications. This evolution has presented novel issues in terms of the classification, regulation and control of these technologies. As a result, it is often unclear what, if any, regulatory regime is applicable to blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies.
As the popularity of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, as well as the aggregate capitalization of cryptocurrencies, have grown, blockchain technologies have come under the scrutiny of various regulatory bodies around the world, and U.S. federal and state agencies have begun to take interest in, and in some cases initiated efforts to regulate, their use and operation.
In light of this evolving technological and legal landscape, the regulation of tokens (including MFT tokens), token offerings, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and cryptocurrency exchanges is likely to continue to evolve rapidly, to vary significantly among international, U.S. federal, state and local jurisdictions and regulatory bodies, and to be subject to significant uncertainty. Going forward, various legislative, executive and regulatory bodies in the United States and in other countries could adopt laws, regulations or guidance, or take other actions, which could materially negatively impact the functioning, use or legality of MFT tokens. For example, regulatory inquiries or actions, including the imposition of licensing requirements or restrictions on the use, sale, or possession of digital tokens such as MFT tokens, could impede, limit or terminate the development of the tokens.
Furthermore, any failure by the Mainframe Group, purchasers of MFT tokens or related parties to comply with any laws, rules, and regulations, some of which may not yet exist yet or may be subject to uncertain or varying interpretation, and which may be subject to change, could result in a variety of adverse consequences for such parties, including civil penalties and fines.
At the state level in the United States, some state regulators such as the New York Department of Financial Services have created new regulatory frameworks to directly address cryptocurrencies. Some other state regulators, such as in Texas, have published guidance on how such states’ existing regulatory regimes apply to cryptocurrencies. Yet other states, such as New Hampshire, North Carolina and Washington, have amended their state statutes to explicitly apply existing licensing regimes to cryptocurrencies.
At the federal level in the United States, the treatment of cryptocurrencies under the law continues to evolve as well. The Department of the Treasury, the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) have all published guidance on the treatment of cryptocurrencies. The Internal Revenue Service released guidance treating cryptocurrencies as property that is not currency for U.S. federal income tax purposes, although there is no indication yet whether courts or other U.S. federal or state regulators will follow this classification. Various U.S. federal and state agencies have instituted enforcement actions against those violating their interpretation of existing laws.
The regulation of the use of blockchain assets other than as currency is also uncertain. The CFTC has publicly taken the position that certain blockchain assets are commodities, and the SEC has issued statements, including a public report and a cease-and-desist order, stating that U.S. federal securities laws require treating some non-currency blockchain assets as securities. To the extent that a domestic governmental or quasi-governmental agency exerts regulatory authority over blockchain networks or assets, such regulation could extend to MFT tokens, which could have a material adverse effect on the Mainframe Group, the value of the tokens and holders of tokens.
In other countries, the regulatory landscape of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies is also uncertain and varied. Various non-U.S. jurisdictions could, in the near future, adopt laws, regulations or directives that affect MFT tokens. Such laws, regulations or directives may conflict with those of the United States or may directly and negatively impact the Mainframe Group’s business. The effect of any future regulatory change is impossible to predict, and could have a material adverse effect on the Mainframe Group, the value of the tokens and holders tokens.
New or changing laws and regulations, or interpretations of existing laws and regulations, in the United States and other jurisdictions, could also materially adversely affect the value of currencies into which MFT tokens may be exchanged, the liquidity of the tokens, the ability to access marketplaces or exchanges to trade the tokens and the structure, use and transferability of the tokens. The Mainframe Group may choose to cease operations in a particular jurisdiction in the event that regulatory actions, or changes to law or regulation, make it illegal to operate in such jurisdiction, or commercially undesirable to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to operate in such jurisdiction.
Risks Inherent in the Interoperable Nature of Cryptographic Tokens
Cryptographic tokens, especially those built on the ERC-20 standard, such as MFT tokens, are generally tradable on exchanges or through direct peer-to-peer trading protocols that are not currently regulated by any governmental authority in a manner that traditional stock or equity interests are regulated. Therefore, purchasers of MFT tokens are not afforded any of the protections of laws or regulations that purchasers of traditional shares or equity would enjoy. Additionally, the Mainframe Group has included transfer restrictions as a condition for the purchase of any MFT tokens, but, due to the interoperability of ERC-20 tokens, such as MFT tokens, the Mainframe Group may not be able to effectively enforce such restrictions and may be unable to prevent the negative consequences of unauthorized MFT token transfers and potentially subject the Mainframe Group to regulatory fines, actions or registration requirements.
Risk that a Liquid Market for MFT Tokens May not Develop
MFT tokens are not listed on any cryptocurrency exchange. The Mainframe Group may seek to list the tokens on one or more cryptocurrency exchanges, but there is no guarantee that such listing will be successful or will be maintained. Furthermore, even if such approval is granted by a cryptocurrency exchange, there is no assurance that an active or liquid trading market for MFT tokens will develop, or if developed, will be sustained after the MFT tokens have been made available for trading on such cryptocurrency exchange. There is also no assurance that the market price of the MFT tokens will not decline below the original purchase price. The purchase price may not be indicative of the market price of MFT tokens after they have been made available for trading on a cryptocurrency exchange. Any expectation that the value of the MFT tokens will increase is purely speculative.
MFT tokens are not currency issued by any central bank or national, supra-national or quasi-national organization, nor are they backed by any hard assets or other credit. The Mainframe Group is not responsible for, [nor does it pursue], the circulation and trading of MFT tokens on the market. Trading of MFT tokens will merely depend on the consensus on its value between the relevant market participants. No one is obliged to purchase any MFT tokens from any holder of the MFT tokens, including the purchasers, nor does anyone guarantee the liquidity or market price of MFT tokens to any extent at any time.
Furthermore, MFT tokens may not be freely resold unless pursuant to an applicable exemption to purchasers who are citizens or permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China, Singapore, the United States or any other jurisdiction where the purchase of MFT tokens may be in violation of applicable laws. Accordingly, the Mainframe Group cannot ensure that there will be any demand or market for MFT tokens, or that the purchase price is indicative of the market price of MFT tokens after they have been made available for trading on a cryptocurrency exchange.
Risks Associated with Cryptocurrency Exchanges
Cryptocurrency exchanges on which MFT tokens may trade may be relatively new and largely unregulated and may therefore be more exposed to fraud and failure than established regulated exchanges. To the extent that the cryptocurrency exchanges representing a substantial portion of the volume in MFT token trading are involved in fraud or experience security failures or other operational issues, such cryptocurrency exchange failures may result in a reduction in the price and can adversely affect the value of the tokens. A lack of stability in cryptocurrency exchanges and the closure or temporary shutdown of cryptocurrency exchanges due to fraud, business failure, hackers or malware, or government-mandated regulation may result in greater volatility in the price of the tokens.
Risks Related to Future Sales or Issuance of MFT tokens
Any future sale or issuance of the MFT tokens would increase the supply of MFT tokens in the market and this may result in a downward price pressure on the MFT tokens. The sale or distribution of a significant number of MFT tokens outside of the token generation event (including but not limited to the sales of MFT tokens undertaken after the completion of the pre-sale and issuance of MFT tokens to persons other than purchasers for purposes outlined in the whitepaper), or the perception that such further sales or issuance may occur, could adversely affect the trading price of MFT tokens.
Risks Related to Token Taxation
The tax characterization of MFT tokens in the United States and elsewhere is uncertain. Purchasers of the tokens must seek their own tax advice in connection with purchasing, holding and selling the tokens, which may result in adverse tax consequences, including withholding taxes, increased income tax liability and additional tax reporting requirements. Purchasers of the tokens should consult with and must rely upon the advice of their own professional tax advisors with respect to the U.S. and non-U.S. tax treatment of their receipt, purchase, holding and sale of the tokens.
Risk of Negative Publicity
Negative publicity involving the Mainframe Group, MFT tokens, or any of the key personnel of the Mainframe Group, regulation of cryptocurrencies in the U.S. or worldwide, may materially and adversely affect the market perception or market price of the MFT token, whether or not it is justified.
Risk of Personal Information Disclosure
The Mainframe Group may determine, in its sole discretion, that it is necessary to obtain certain information about a purchaser of MFT tokens in order to comply with applicable law or regulation in connection with selling MFT tokens to such purchaser. A purchaser may be asked to provide such information upon request, and the Mainframe Group may refuse to sell MFT tokens to such purchaser until they provide the requested information and the Mainframe Group has determined that it is permissible to sell MFT tokens to them under applicable law or regulation. The Mainframe Group will take reasonable measures to ensure that any such disclosed personal information is maintained confidentially and/or destroyed as applicable, but where such information is transmitted or stored electronically, there is a risk of its unintentional disclosure to third parties as a result of hacking, accidental disclosure or disclosure demanded by governmental authorities.
Risk of Uninsured Losses
Unlike bank accounts or accounts at certain other financial institutions, MFT tokens are uninsured as a store of value unless a purchaser specifically obtains private insurance to insure them. Thus, in the event of loss or loss of value of MFT tokens, there is no public insurer, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or private insurance arranged by the Mainframe Group, to offer recourse to a purchaser of MFT tokens.
Cryptographic tokens are a new and untested technology. In addition to the risks discussed here there are risks that the Mainframe Group cannot anticipate. Further risks may materialize as unanticipated combinations or variations of the aforementioned risks, or yet unforeseen risks, develop. Such risks could have unanticipated consequences, including a material adverse impact on the value of MFT tokens or the ownership thereof.