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Rights and concessions


General information

By using this website you implicitly agree to all terms of this legal notice. The authors ("Authors") of VTrain ("software", "program") reserve the right to change the terms of this Legal Notice at any time by posting the changes online. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified.

Some of the services offered on this website are managed by third parties. Examples include the VTrain Forum, the counters that appear on the bottom of some pages on this website, and the payment agents and resellers you can access from this website. The use of any of these services implies your acceptance of the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy of the respective service provider as published on their website.

Should any provisions of these terms be legally invalid or unenforceable, all other provisions shall remain in force.

The term "documentation" shall refer to all files found on this website.

Privacy policy

The VTrain project is not in the business of product placement or intensive marketing. We want our relationship with you to be completely transparent.

Anonymous web statistics

The servers of our webspace provider and of the websites linked to from our website may automatically collect certain data conveyed by your browser. These data may include:

  • Access time
  • IP address
  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system
  • Name of downloaded file
  • Referrer URL
  • Search strings (if accessed from a search engine)

This information alone does not identify you personally. However, we cannot control the storage or deletion of these data.


Our website uses certain services that may store cookies on your system. Cookies are small files that allow websites to recognize earlier visitors. They can make your web experience convenient, but they may also compromise your privacy. To protect yourself, you may want to disable them. For example, here is how you can Disable third party cookies in Firefox-

The services used on our website potentially storing and reading cookies on your system include:

Personally identifiable information

The data contained in any private communication we receive from you will be stored in a machine-readable format. Anyway, such data will be accessible only for the purpose they were destined for, and exclusively to the staff entrusted with the pertaining task.
Your personal data will never be shared with anybody else. Nevertheless, in case your email address is unobtainable, we may publish your initials and the name of your town on our website.

Of course, you can access, update or delete your personal information collected by us.

By purchasing licenses for our software from any of our payment agents or resellers, you implicitly authorize them to share your personal details (not your banking details) with us. We need this information to send your registration key to you.

Mailing list

You will never be spammed indiscriminately by us. The only e-mails you may receive from us are notifications of major updates in some of our software products -- and that makes fairly few times a year.

Most users appreciate that news. Anyway, if you consider our e-mails invade your privacy, please read this note:

When we receive any kind of query regarding this website, the sender may be automatically added to our mailing list. If you do not want this to happen in your case, please state so clearly in your message.

Of course, you can request unsubscription at any time, simply by sending us an e-mail:
Request removal from the VTrain mailing list

Or, reversely, you can

Request inclusion in the VTrain mailing list (free)

Spam & Spoofing

Spammers are increasingly forging mail headers in their unsolicited commercial mail and/or virus-speading mail.

If you happen to receive such a message purporting to come from our domain, we want to reassure that the sender address has been spoofed.

You can verify that the message did not come from our server by simply opening a "raw view" for the message. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to track the actual sender of such messages.

Website use

Downloading flashcard Decks

You may download flashcard Decks for
free from our VTrain Vocabulary Database and use them for any not-for-profit purpose, subject to the following conditions:

By downloading any flashcard Decks from the VTrain Vocabulary Database, you agree to respect the copyrights of the respective copyright holders, not to distribute modified copies of copyrighted material without the written permission of the copyright holders, and not to remove any copyright notice from the flashcard Decks -- even if you download the Decks for private use only.
If you fail to comply with any of these conditions, permission to use or store the Decks from the VTrain Education Database will terminate immediately, and you will have to remove all copies from your computer.

Using the Forum (message board)

Any communication or material that you post on any public area of the site (Forum, message board) including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary information.

Mass-posting to the VTrain Forum and spamming its users are prohibited. Anyway, notice that the Authors cannot prevent such abuse completely. For this reason, if you want to mention an email address in a posting, you are commended to prevent spam bots from detecting the address properly. For example, you could mask the address
user@domain.com  as 

The contents of the messages appearing in the VTrain Forum are the sole responsibility of the users that post them and should not necessarily be relied upon. The Authors of VTrain shall not be liable for nor do endorse any such contents.

The Authors reserve the right, but accept no obligation, to monitor, edit and translate the contents of the messages posted to the VTrain Forum, to change the position of any messages within the Forum and to remove any material from it. The Authors may take such measures at any time, at their sole discretion and without explanation.

Acquiring licenses

Contractual obligations

By using our software or ordering licenses of our software, you agree to be bound by this Legal Notice and by the License Agreement shipped with the software.

Methods of acquisition

You may acquire the right to use the software either by being presented with it by the authors or by purchasing such right. A donation does not generate a purchase, and an ulterior grant of a right of use of the software does not constitute consideration.

Completion of contract

All orders are subject to confirmation by us. There shall be a binding contract only after we send a written declaration of acceptance of the customer's order, or after we have delivered the goods ordered. The confirmation generated automatically by our system shall not constitute such declaration of acceptance.

Parties to the contract

The licenses for our software and related services may be sold either by the Authors through a payment agent (e.g. PayPal) or by one of our authorized resellers (e.g. by Share-It!). If you buy from a reseller, the following terms apply:

  • Your sole contractual partner is the reseller.
  • The Terms and Conditions of Trade of the reseller apply, and they are displayed during the order process. Please contact the corresponding reseller directly for details.

Returns & Refunds

Applicable law

In Germany, distance sales to "consumers", as defined in article § 13 BGB (German Civil Code), that is, individuals acting as end customers, are regulated by articles §§ 312b ff. BGB and the BGB-InfoV (Ordinance on Information Duties as an Annex to the German Civil Code), based on European Directive 97/7/EC on distance sales.

These regulations do not necessarily apply to businesspersons.

Limitations to the right of cancellation

When a software product is sold on data carrying media, the customer's right of cancellation shall expire prematurely if the supplied media are unsealed by the consumer, as envisaged by article 312d paragraph 4 number 2 BGB (German Civil Code).

Furthermore, the sending of the registration key for a software or, at least, the receipt of goods by the customer, is legally equivalent to unsealing data carrying media. Therefore, registration keys are not suitable for return due to their nature (article 312d paragraph 4 number 1 BGB).

Right of cancellation

As a consumer, you may cancel the contract within two weeks (if you receive this information only after completion of contract, within one month) without the need to state a reason. You can exercise this right either by sending us a cancellation notice (e.g. by letter or by email) or, in contracts for the supply of goods, by returning the goods.

The period of cancellation shall commence with the receipt of this right of cancellation information in written form, however no earlier than the addressee receives the goods (or, in the case of repeated delivery of similar goods, no earlier than the receipt of the first partial shipment), and no earlier than we have fulfilled our information duties envisaged by article 312c paragraph 2 BGB (German Civil Code), article 1 paragraphs 1, 2, and 4 BGB-InfoV (Ordinance on Information Duties as an Annex to the German Civil Code), as well as our duties envisaged by article 312e paragraph 2 sentence 1 BGB and article 3 BGB-InfoV. To meet the cancellation deadline, timely mailing of the cancellation notice shall suffice. The cancellation notice should be addressed to:


Effects of cancellation

In case of a valid cancellation, the goods or payments rendered by each party shall be returned, and any profit drawn (such as interest) shall be turned over. If you cannot return the received goods in whole or in part or if you can only return them in a deteriorated condition, you may be liable for compensation for the loss of value. This is not applicable if the deterioration of surrendered goods is exclusively owed to a simple physical inspection the way it is normally done in a retail store.

You can avoid the liability for the loss of value that may occur while using the goods for their intended purpose, by not treating them as being fully owned by you and by refraining from doing anything that may reduce their value.

Goods that are transportable as postal items shall be returned at our risk. You shall bear the cost of the return if the shipped goods match the ordered goods and either the price of the goods to be returned does not exceed 40 euro, or their price is higher and neither it nor a partial payment provided for in the contract has been settled at the time of cancellation. In all other cases, you can return the goods at our cost. Goods which are not transportable as postal items will be picked up at your location.

Any obligations to refund payments shall be fulfilled within 30 calendar days. On your side, this period shall commence when you dispatch the cancellation note; on our side, with the receipt.

Rights and concessions

Copyright notice

All rights over the contents of the installation file of VTrain, over the website of VTrain, and over the files that can be downloaded from it are reserved.
No part of the VTrain project is related in any way to any company. The project has been developed by Paul Rädle and Rafael Barranco-Droege whilst acting outside their capacity as an employee.
In all contexts, the word "we" refers to the free cooperation of individuals, and does not imply the existence of a for-profit company.

Remote linking to the VTrain website

Anyone may link to the HTML pages belonging to the VTrain website, provided that the target URL is not masked by an HTML frame. Linking to other filetypes on the VTrain website without crediting their origin is expressly prohibited.

Software distribution

Exact copies of the installation file of the cost-free version of our software may be distributed by any means by anyone, provided that:

  • No costs other than distribution costs shall be charged to the recipient.
  • This software shall not be bundled or sold along with any other software.
  • This software shall be identified clearly as cost-free.
  • The distributor shall not publish or transfer any mechanism that makes it possible to use the program beyond the trial period, without the prior written permission of the authors.

We reserve the right to deny this permission at any time to any distributor that fails to comply or stops complying with any of these terms.

It is expressly prohibited to distribute our software with files or text files modified, added, or omitted. Decompilation and reverse engineering of any other kind, as well as creating derivative works based upon this program are expressly prohibited. Lending and hiring of this program are also prohibited.


No warranties

No liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on the VTrain website can be accepted by the Authors of VTrain.
The files you can download from the VTrain website have been checked for viruses, but no guarantee is given. Check all downloaded files for viruses with an up-to-date antivirus program.

Third parties

None of the corporations or organizations or individuals mentioned in the documentation sanctions, sponsors, or approves VTrain, the accompanying files, or the VTrain website.

Third-party products and web links are mentioned in the documentation as a convenience and for informational purposes only, and their presence should not be construed as an endorsement or an approval by the authors of VTrain of any of the products, services, or opinions of the respective corporation or organization or individual. Specifically,

  • Use any third-party product at your own risk.
  • The authors of VTrain take no responsibility for the content of third-party Internet sites. The responsibility for third-party sites lies exclusively with their editors.

On the other hand, nothing should be inferred from the presence or absence of a product or a website in a listing.


The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., on this website, even if the former are not identified specifically, is not to be taken as a sign that such names may accordingly be used freely by anyone, nor that such a use is endorsed by the Authors.

Political correctness

We have tried to use non-discriminating language wherever possible. Thus, you will sometimes find expressions such as "(s)he" for he/she, "their" as an alternate for her/his, "them" for her/him, "salesperson" instead of "salesman", etc. :-)

    Updated: 2017 January 10       Copyright © 1999-2017 by The authors. All rights reserved.
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