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Code of Conduct

Welcome to The Lotus Council’s online community (“Community”)! The Lotus Council’s online communities are presented for the purpose of connecting The Lotus Council members, sharing information, and creating a peer-to-peer forum for the discussion of issues relating to Magic: The Gathering topics.

By joining our community, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules, terms and conditions set forth below in this Community Access Agreement. This Community Access Agreement governs your participation in, and use of, the Community.  The rules, terms and conditions set forth below in this Community Access Agreement (collectively referred to as the “Rules”) apply to all members of the Community (participants, you, or users) and constitute a binding, legal agreement between you, The Lotus Council, and its agents and assigns.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important Rules. If you have questions, please reach out via email. To preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate participation in the Community for anyone who violates these Rules.


Community participants must adhere to the following rules:

  1. The Lotus Council has made the Community available to participants for the purpose of providing a forum for the discussion of issues relating to Magic: The Gathering topics.

  2. Information posted on the Community will not be treated as confidential and, therefore, you should not disclose any confidential, proprietary, or sensitive business or other information. In fact, since any information posted on the Community may be downloaded, reproduced, and disseminated without the knowledge of user(s), users must use extreme care when posting or sending such information. 

  3. Users acknowledge and agree that they (i) will not have any copyright or other property rights in or to information that they (or others) post on the Community; (ii) specifically waive any such property rights; and (iii) hereby grant all users a license to use (including the right to publish) all information posted by them on the Community.

  4. Users should exercise both common sense and courtesy in the messages they transmit on the Community and may not use the Community to transmit defamatory, obscene, and otherwise offensive communications.   

  5. Users may not post or distribute files, articles or other information subject to trademark, copyright, or other proprietary rights, except with the express consent of the owner of the rights.

  6. Users are prohibited from posting commercial messages or promotions, advertising, or selling goods or services.

  7. Users must respect the security of the Community and may not attempt to gain access or provide access to areas private to The Lotus Council or the Community.

  8. Users are prohibited from using the Community for any purpose that may be illegal.  For example, the Community may not be used to solicit or disseminate information having to do with, or to conduct any activity relating to, illegal drugs, pornography, gambling, spreading computer viruses, software infringement, trafficking in credit card codes, price-fixing, illegal boycotts, or other crimes.

  9. Posting unofficial leaks of cards from unreleased Magic sets is strictly forbidden.

  10. The Lotus Council will deny access to the Community to any individual who has not agreed to the terms of these Rules and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (i) remove any postings or other content that is not consistent with these Rules or otherwise not in the best interests of  The Lotus Council; and (ii) suspend or terminate access to the Community for violations of these Rules or for otherwise acting in a manner contrary to the interests of The Lotus Council.


The views expressed on the Community are those of the individual contributors. They do not and should not be construed as representing the views of The Lotus Council. The Lotus Council makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information posted on the Community, whether posted by The Lotus Council or any third party, and The Lotus Council assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the use or misuse of such information for any purpose. The Lotus Council disclaims any responsibility to maintain copies of any information posted on the Community or to assure that such information is deleted. Unless specifically stated otherwise, The Lotus Council does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, advice, guidance, product, process, service or organization presented or mentioned on the Community, and information from the Community should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement.  NEVERTHELESS, THE LOTUS COUNCIL RETAINS THE RIGHT TO MONITOR POSTED INFORMATION AND REMOVE MESSAGES OR MATERIALS THAT IT BELIEVES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF THESE RULES OR ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE LOTUS COUNCIL.


The Rules include a legally binding release, waiver, discharge, and covenant not to sue (collectively, Release), made voluntarily by you, on your own behalf, and on behalf of your heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, and assigns (collectively, Releasor, or you) to The Lotus Council.

As the Releasor, you fully recognize that The Lotus Council does not require you to participate in or utilize the Community. With informed consent, and for valuable consideration received, including access to the Community, as the Releasor, you agree to assume and take on yourself all of the risks and responsibilities in any way arising from or associated with the Community and any materials, information, guidance, or advice contained or posted on or to the Community, and you release The Lotus Council and its affiliates, members, committees, board, officers, directors, legal representatives, employees, agents, administrators, assigns, and contractors (collectively, Releasees), from any and all claims, demands, suits, judgments, damages, actions, and liabilities of every name and nature whatsoever, whenever occurring, whether known or unknown, contingent or fixed, at law or in equity, that you may suffer at any time arising from or in connection with the Community, your acts or omissions, or information you transmit in connection with your participation in an use of the Community, and the materials, information, guidance, or advice contained on the Community, including any injury or harm to others (collectively, Liabilities), and you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Releasees harmless from and against any and all Liabilities.

As the Releasor, you recognize that this Release means that you are giving up, among other things, all rights to sue Releasees for injuries, damages, or losses that you may incur. You also understand that this Release binds your heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, and assigns, as well as yourself.

Choice of Law

​These Rules shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, exclusive of its choice of law or conflict of laws provisions.  In addition, users consent to be subject to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the state courts located in Sacramento County, California or the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, whichever has jurisdiction, and waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such court in the event of any dispute between the parties.


​The Lotus Council reserves the right to modify or change the terms of these Rules as it determines from time to time in the best interests of The Lotus Council, provided that all Community users are notified prior to any such change. Use of the Community constitutes the user’s continuing agreement to be bound by these Rules, as amended from time to time.

Acceptance of Rules

​By joining the Community, you (i) represent and warrant that you have read these Rules, including, without limitation the terms of the Release set forth above; (ii) fully understand the terms of these Rules (including, without limitation, the Release included herein) and acknowledge that you have had the opportunity to review these Rules (including, without limitation, the terms of the Release) with an attorney of your choosing if you so desire; and (iii) agree to be legally bound by the terms of these Rules.

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