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|What is Kutaki no Mura?|
|Kutaki no Mura is an online discussion board which focuses on the Bujinkan martial arts of Hatsumi Masaaki (Noda City, Japan). Anyone is free to participate, no matter the degree of experience you may have or the martial art (if any) that you may have experience in. Discussion is kept Bujinkan-centred, however.
We are fortunate to have many experienced and knowledgeable people at Kutaki, so most questions receive prompt responses and the "signal-to-noise ratio" is quite favorable.
Registration is free and email addresses and other personal information are not shared with other parties in any form.
|Effective: April 30, 2008
The Kutaki no Mura website administration ("Kutaki") is committed to protecting the privacy of users of the Kutaki.org site. We intend to give you as much control as possible over your personal information, including registration data. As part of the normal operation of the Kutaki.org site, we collect information from you. This Privacy Statement describes the information we collect about you and how that information may be used.
Information Gathered through the Kutaki.org site:
Kutaki will track the domains from which people visit the Kutaki.org site in order to gain aggregate data that may be analyzed for trends and statistics. Subject to the provisions of this Privacy Statement, Kutaki may use accumulated aggregate data for several purposes including, but not limited to, marketing analysis, evaluation of Kutaki's services, and planning.
Currently, Kutaki uses personal information as a basis for notifications to users. Generally, the user names, email addresses, and any additional information that a user may choose to post are publicly available on the Kutaki.org site. When users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information that may contain Registration Data or otherwise post personal information in conjunction with content subject to a license, such personal information necessarily will be disclosed subject to the terms of the applicable license. An example of such a disclosure includes, but is not limited to, a user's disclosure of personal information as part of a message posted to a public message forum.
Kutaki may conduct surveys or other studies of its user base and usage for planning purposes. Participation in such surveys is at the user's option, but Kutaki does reserve the right to conduct mandatory surveys in the future. With respect to information collected from such surveys or studies, and in the event that responses are to be publicly disclosed, users will be notified at the time they take the survey and Kutaki will disclose only aggregate information regarding its users and not personal information identifying any specific individual. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in cases where surveys allow users to submit written comments, and where Kutaki advises users of the possibility of such disclosure at the time they take the survey, Kutaki reserves the right to disclose text information provided by any user through such a survey, provided that no personal information identifying that user is disclosed. Circumstances under which Kutaki would publicly disclose aggregate information include, but are not limited to, sharing survey results with the site population, providing data to Kutaki advertisers on user preferences and/or demographics, planning, and publicizing overall usage data in press communications.
Other Notification: Kutaki may use user-provided e-mail addresses to contact users on an individual basis. At no time, unless such disclosure is required by law, a governmental agency, or specifically authorized by the user, will Kutaki disclose individual user personal information to unrelated third parties that is not publicly available.
Links with other sites:
The Kutaki.org site contains links to other websites, whether owned or controlled by Kutaki affiliates, or unrelated third parties. Please note that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from those of the Kutaki.org site. Kutaki is responsible neither for the privacy policies and practices of any linked website, nor any software or hardware failure occuring as a result of visiting those websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any website you may visit.
Choice "Opt-in" Emails: Users may "opt-in" to receive site notifications, newsletters, or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an "opt-in" list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.
Profile Display: In some cases, users' personal information may be publicly available through a user's profile display. In such cases, users have the option to opt out of publicly displaying their personal information, including e-mail addresses. Users may also enlist this technique when posing comments on the Kutaki.org site. In cases where site profiles allow users to display optional information publicly, such entry and display is at the user's discretion and may be changed at any time by the user. To prevent abuse, users' real names are the only piece of personally-identifiable information required that is viewable by other users.
On the Kutaki.org site, users can view their data on their personal profile page. Users are permitted to update their personal information directly through Kutaki.
To secure site integrity, Kutaki employs measures, including but not limited to security audits, use of encryption tools and software, and other reasonable security measures and procedures.
Internal access to users' private and nonpublic personal information is restricted to site administrators and individuals on a need-to-know basis.
In the event that Kutaki becomes aware that site security is compromised or nonpublic user information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to external security attacks, Kutaki shall take reasonable measures which it deems appropriate, including but not limited to internal investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding other provisions of this Privacy Statement.
If Kutaki becomes aware that a user's personal information provided to Kutaki has been disclosed in a manner not in accordance with this Privacy Statement, Kutaki shall make reasonable efforts to notify the affected user, as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed, to the extent that Kutaki knows this information.
Updates to the Privacy Statement:
To update the Privacy Statement, we will post both the changed version and its effective date at this address
No Guarantees For Factors Beyond Kutaki's Control:
While this Privacy Statement expresses Kutaki's standards for maintenance of private data, it is not in a position to guarantee that the standards will always be met. There may be factors beyond Kutaki's control (e.g., "script kiddies", "crackers and other malcontents") that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, Kutaki disclaims any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.
|Terms of Service|
|Terms And Conditions Of Use
- Effective: April 30, 2008
1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
The Kutaki no Mura website ("Kutaki"), comprised of the internet site www.kutaki.org, provides the information and services on the the Kutaki website to you, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance, without modification, of the terms and conditions of use ("Terms") contained herein. Your use of the the Kutaki website constitutes agreement with such Terms.
Before using the Kutaki website, please carefully read this agreement relating to your use of the Kutaki website. By using the Kutaki website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use the Kutaki website.
Kutaki administration reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms periodically. Such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement to the website unless provided otherwise. Your continued use of the the Kutaki website following the posting of changes to these Terms will mean that you accept those changes.
Use of the Kutaki website constitutes full acceptance of and agreement to the Terms; if a user does not accept Kutaki's Terms, he or she is not granted rights to use the Kutaki website as defined herein, and should refrain from accessing the Kutaki website.
To update these Terms, Kutaki administration will post both the changed version and its effective date at http://www.kutaki.org/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=2#q22.
Kutaki administration reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any or all the Kutaki website (or any part thereof). Kutaki administration shall not be liable to any user or other third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance except as expressly provided herein.
2. NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHBIITED USE
By using the Kutaki website, you warrant to Kutaki administration that you will not use the Kutaki website, or any of the content obtained from the Kutaki website, for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. If you violate any of these Terms, your permission to use the Kutaki website automatically terminates.
3. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
The Kutaki website is owned and operated by Kutaki administration for the purpose of providing a platform for discussion and networking by practitioners and others interested in Bujinkan martial arts (the "Purpose"). The Kutaki website provides technology, news, tools (such as the Event Calendar), products and education for the martial art community as well as the user base of the Kutaki website system.
4. REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS
When requested, each Kutaki user must: (1) personally provide true, accurate, current and complete information on the Kutaki Site's registration form (collectively, the "Registration Data") and (2) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data as necessary to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If, after investigation, Kutaki administration has reasonable grounds to suspect that any user's information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Kutaki administration may suspend or terminate that user's account and prohibit any and all current or future use of the the Kutaki website (or any portion thereof) by that user other than as expressly provided herein.
Each user will receive passwords and account designations upon completing certain Kutaki Site registration processes and is wholly responsible for maintaining the confidentiality thereof and wholly liable for all activities occurring thereunder. Kutaki administration cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from a user's failure to comply with this Section 4, including any loss or damage arising from any user's failure to: (1) immediately notify Kutaki administration of any unauthorized use of his or her password or account or any other breach of security; and (2) ensure that he or she exits from his or her account at the end of each session.
All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or any other materials whatsoever (collectively, "Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that the user, and not Kutaki administration, is entirely responsible for all Content that he or she uploads, posts, emails or otherwise transmits via the the Kutaki website. No user shall transmit Content or otherwise conduct or participate in any activities on the Kutaki website that, in the judgment of Kutaki administration, is likely to be prohibited by law in any applicable jurisdiction, including laws governing the transmission of obscenity, or the permissible uses of intellectual property.
Content on the Kutaki website should never conflict with the Purpose of promoting and supporting the Kutaki Project and the Kutaki community.
Kutaki administration reserves the right to refuse or delete any Content of which it becomes aware and reasonably deems not to fulfill the Purpose. In addition, Kutaki administration shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or delete any Content that it reasonably considers to violate the Terms or be otherwise illegal. Kutaki administration, in its sole and absolute discretion, may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or judicial or governmental mandate or as reasonably determined useful by Kutaki administration to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the Kutaki website's users and the public. Kutaki administration does not control the Content posted to the the Kutaki website and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Under no circumstances will Kutaki administration be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, liability for any errors or omissions in any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Kutaki website.
Each user, by using the Kutaki website, may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Each user must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.
6. LICENSING AND OTHER TERMS APPLYING TO CONTENT POSTED ON THE KUTAKI WEBSITE:
With respect to text or data entered into and stored by publicly-accessible site features such as forums and comments ("Kutaki Public Content"), the submitting user retains ownership of such Kutaki Public Content; with respect to publicly-available statistical content which is generated by the site to monitor and display content activity, such content is owned by Kutaki administration. In each such case, the submitting user grants Kutaki administration the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, all subject to the terms of any applicable license.
With respect to content posted to private areas of the Kutaki website (e.g., private messages), the submitting user may grant to Kutaki administration rights and licenses as the submitting user deems appropriate.
Content located on any Kutaki-hosted subdomain which is subject to the sole editorial control of the owner or licensee of such subdomain, shall be subject to the appropriate license applicable to such Content, or to such other licensing arrangements as may be approved by Kutaki administration as applicable to such Content.
7. NO RESALE OF SERVICE
You agree not to sell, resell, or offer for any commercial purposes, any portion of the the Kutaki website, use of the the Kutaki website, or access to the the Kutaki website.
8. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE
Kutaki administration may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the the Kutaki website. While Kutaki administration will use reasonable efforts to back up site data and make such data available in the event of loss or deletion, Kutaki administration has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the Kutaki Site. Kutaki administration reserves the right to mark as "inactive" and archive accounts and/or Content that are inactive for an extended period of time. Kutaki administration reserves the right to change these general practices at any time, in its sole discretion, with notice to users and the public as described in Section 1 above.
Kutaki administration may terminate a user's account at their absolute discretion and for any reason. Kutaki administration is especially likely to terminate for reasons that include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) violation of these Terms; (2) abuse of site resources or attempt to gain unauthorized entry to the site or site resources; (3) use of an Kutaki site in a manner inconsistent with the purpose; (4) a user's request for such termination; or (4) as required by law, regulation, court or governing agency order.
Kutaki administration's termination of any user's access to any or all the Kutaki website may be effected without notice and, on such termination, Kutaki administration may immediately deactivate or delete user's account and/or bar any further access to such files. Kutaki administration shall not be liable to any user or other third party for any termination of that user's access or account hereunder. In addition, a user's request for termination will result in deactivation but not necessarily deletion of the account. Kutaki administration reserves the right to delete, or not delete, a user's account at Kutaki administration's sole discretion, as well as to delete, or not delete, content at Kutaki administration's sole discretion.
Kutaki administration, registered Kutaki users, or a third party may provide links to other websites. Kutaki administration exercises no control whatsoever over such other websites and web-based resources and is not responsible or liable for the availability thereof or the Content, advertising, products or other materials thereon. Kutaki administration shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss incurred or suffered by any user in connection therewith. Your access and use of linked websites, including information, material, products and services therein, is solely at your own risk.
The Kutaki website's Privacy Statement is applicable only when you are on the Kutaki Site. Once you choose to link to another website, you should read that website's privacy statement before disclosing any personal information.
11. INDEMNITY; DISCLAIMER; LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
Each user shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Kutaki administration, and its affiliates and their respective officers, employees and agents, and each of Kutaki administration's website partners, from any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, and liabilities including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of that user's acts or omissions, including claims arising out of that user's use of the the Kutaki website; his or her submission, posting or transmission of Content or his or her violation of the Terms.
EACH USER'S USE OF THE KUTAKI WEBSITE IS AT HIS OR HER SOLE RISK. THE KUTAKI WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TIMELINESS, DELETION, MIS-DELIVERY OR FAILURE TO STORE ANY USER COMMUNICATIONS OR PERSONALIZATION SETTINGS. EACH USER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO HIS OR HER COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SPECIFICALLY, KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE KUTAKI WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICE THEREON WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) ANY USER ACCESS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE QUALITY OF ANY CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED BY ANY USER WILL MEET HIS OR HER EXPECTATIONS, AND (iv) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. EXCLUDING ONLY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF KUTAKI'S ADMINISTRATION'S GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT, KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM ANY USER'S USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY KUTAKI SITE OR SERVICES THEREON; THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES; UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE THE KUTAKI WEBSITE; OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE KUTAKI WEBSITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION'S TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO ANY USER OR OTHER PARTY UNDER THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR OTHERWISE EXCEED $1,000.00. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE DEEMED TO CREATE AN AGENCY, PARTNERSHIP, JOINT VENTURE, EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER OR FRANCHISOR-FRANCHISEE RELATIONSHIP OF ANY KIND BETWEEN KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION AND ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY NOR DO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE EXTEND RIGHTS TO ANY THIRD PARTY. AS NOTED ABOVE, KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT AND CANNOT CONTROL THE ACTIONS OF KUTAKI SITE USERS, VISITORS OR LINKED THIRD PARTIES. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT ANY MALFEASANCE THAT COMES TO OUR ATTENTION TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE CONTINUOUS UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE ACCESS TO THE KUTAKI WEBSITE. OPERATION OF THE KUTAKI WEBSITE MAY BE SUBJECT TO INTERFERENCE FROM NUMEROUS FACTORS OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL. FURTHER, SCHEDULED AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS REQUIRED AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE WORK MAY TEMPORARILY INTERRUPT SERVICES OR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE. THE DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY APPLY, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY THE FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF OR USE OF ANY ASSET, WHETHER ARISING OUT OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOUR, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER COURSE OF ACTION BY KUTAKI ADMINISTRATION.
Kutaki administration respects the intellectual property rights of others, and requires that the people who use the the Kutaki website do the same. It is our policy to respond promptly to claims of intellectual property misuse.
If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing us with the following information in writing:
(1) the electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
(2) identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
(3) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit Kutaki administration to locate the material, including the full URL.
(4) your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
(5) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
(6) a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
If Kutaki administration receives such a claim, Kutaki administration reserves the right to refuse or delete Content as described under Section 5 hereto, or to terminate a user's account in accordance with Section 9.
After receiving a claim of infringement, Kutaki administration will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions. Upon receipt of such a notice Kutaki administration will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity, and will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is claimed to be infringing. Kutaki administration will take reasonable steps to expeditiously notify the subscriber that it has removed or disabled access to such material.
Upon receipt of a proper counter notification, Kutaki administration will promptly provide the person who provided the initial notification of claimed infringement with a copy of the counter notification and inform that person that it will replace the removed material or cease disabling access to it in ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days. Additionally, Kutaki administration will replace the removed material and cease disabling access to it ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days following receipt of the counter notice.
You may provide us with a counter notification by providing the following information in writing:
(1) your physical or electronic signature;
(2) identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled, including the full URL;
(3) a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
(4) your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Kutaki administration may be found and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the initial notification of infringement.
13. GENERAL INFORMATION
The Terms constitute the entire agreement between each user and Kutaki administration and govern each user's use of the Kutaki website, superseding any prior agreements. Each user may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when that user uses affiliate services, third party content or third party software. The Terms and the relationship between each user and Kutaki administration shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions and each party shall submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Santa Clara, California. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.
Please report any violations of the Terms to Kutaki Administration using the "Contact Us" form on the Kutaki website.</div>
|Where does the name "Kutaki no Mura come from?"|
|Ku = 9
Taki = Waterfall[s]
no = possessive, " 's "
Mura = Village
Together, Kutaki no Mura means "Village of 9 Waterfalls."
The idea for the forum name came from the comparison of a waterfall to the Bujinkan ryu-ha ("schools", "traditions", "lineages"). When you look at a waterfall, its always there, the same waterfall. But the actual water flowing through it is changing every time.
The ryu-ha themselves continue to change over time, flowing down through history. Even though we often see them as being the same on a surface level, they are always evolving, changing, and adapting. You can look at a waterfall twice and although it is the same waterfall in one sense, in another sense it is never the same waterfall - the water which comprises it changes from one moment to the next. There are many things that could enter the comparison here, such as Sensei's "Keep Going!", the concept of Banpen Fugyo, and others.
The idea of an online village conveys a sense of community. It reminds us of what we have in common with other Bujinkan practitioners, and it is hoped that holding this in mind will help Kutaki members to treat each other with courtesy and respect.
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