Effective Date: December 7, 2017
Material Terms: As provided in greater detail in this TOU (and without limiting the express language of this TOU), you acknowledge the following:
the Site is provided “as is” without warranties of any kind and ’s liability to you is limited; and
we will resolve disputes arising under this TOU through binding arbitration. BY ACCEPTING THIS TOU, AS PROVIDED IN GREATER DETAIL IN SECTION 7 OF THIS TOU, YOU AND ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.
General Terms and Conditions.
Description and Definitions. The Site provides you with general information about our products and services. While you always may view the public-facing portions of the Site without registering an account with us, you must register such an account to enjoy the full benefits and functionalities of the Site (“Account”). As used herein, (i) “Content” means any text, image, photograph, audiovisual work, sound recording, musical work (including when embodied in a sound recording or audiovisual work) and/or any other work subject to protection under the laws of the United States or any foreign jurisdiction, including, without limitation, patent, trademark, trade secret and/or copyright laws; (ii) “Content Poster” means any user of the Site who Posts Content; (iii) “General Visitor” means any user of the Site who does not Post any Content; and (iv) “Post” means to submit or otherwise transmit to the Site.
Changes to this TOU. You understand and agree that may change this TOU at any time without prior notice. will endeavor to provide you with prior notice of any material changes. You may read a current, effective copy of this TOU at any time by selecting the appropriate link on the Site. The revised TOU will become effective at the time of posting on the Site, and your use of the Site after such time will constitute your acceptance of the revised TOU. If any change to this TOU is not acceptable to you, then your sole remedy is to stop using the Site. Notwithstanding the preceding sentences of this Section 1.b, no revisions to this TOU will apply to any dispute between you and that arose prior to the effective date of those revisions.
Consideration. currently provides you with free access to the Site as a General Visitor. In return for enjoying this free access, you acknowledge and agree that may generate revenues, increase goodwill or otherwise increase the value of from your use of the Site, and you will have no right to share in any such revenues, goodwill or value whatsoever.
Jurisdictional Issues. The Site is controlled and operated by from its offices in the State of California. makes no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate, lawful or available for use in any locations other than the United States of America. Those who choose to access or use the Site from locations outside the United States of America do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
Eligibility. THE SITE IS NOT FOR PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 13 OR FOR ANY USERS PREVIOUSLY SUSPENDED OR REMOVED FROM THE SITE BY . IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE, THEN YOU MUST NOT USE OR ACCESS THE SITE AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER. Furthermore, by using the Site, you affirm that either you are at least 18 years of age or have been authorized to use the Site by your parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age.
Intellectual Property Rights.
License. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with this TOU, hereby grants you a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, royalty-free and worldwide right and license to access and use the Site as a General Visitor solely for informational purposes and in strict compliance with the provisions of this TOU.
Content. The content that provides to you on the Site, including, without limitation, any text, graphics, software, interactive features, information or other materials, is protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights and owned by or its licensors (collectively, the “ Content”). Moreover, or its licensors own all design rights, database and compilation rights and other intellectual property rights in and to the Site, in each case whether registered or unregistered, and any related goodwill.
Marks. The trademarks, service marks, and logos (collectively, the “ Trademarks”) used and displayed on the Site are ’s registered and/or unregistered trademarks or service marks. Any other product and service names located on the Site may be trademarks or service marks owned by third parties (collectively with the Trademarks, the “Trademarks”). Except as otherwise permitted by law, you may not use the Trademarks to disparage or the applicable third party, ’s or a third party’s products or services, or in any manner (using commercially reasonable judgment) that may damage any goodwill in the Trademarks. You may not use any Trademarks as part of a link to or from any website without ’s prior express written consent. All goodwill generated from the use of any Trademark will inure solely to ’s benefit.
Restrictions. hereby reserves all rights not expressly granted to you in this Section 2. Accordingly, nothing in this TOU or on the Site will be construed as granting to you, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any additional license rights in and to the Site or any Content or Trademarks located or displayed on or within the Site.
Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright or Other Intellectual Property Infringements
Respect of Third Party Rights. respects the intellectual property of others and takes the protection of intellectual property very seriously, and we ask our Content Posters to do the same. Infringing activity will not be tolerated on the Site.
Repeat Infringer Policy. ’s intellectual property policy is to (i) remove or disable access to material that believes in good faith, upon notice from an intellectual property owner or his or her agent, is infringing the intellectual property of a third party by being made available on the Site; and (ii) remove any Content Posted by “repeat infringers.” considers a “repeat infringer” to be any Content Poster for whom has received more than two takedown notices compliant with the provisions of 17 U.S.C. § 512 with respect to such user. has discretion, however, to terminate the Account of any Content Poster after receipt of a single notification of claimed infringement or upon ’s own determination.
Procedure for Reporting Claimed Infringement. If you believe that any content made available on or through the Site has been used or exploited in a manner that infringes an intellectual property right you own or control, then please promptly send a “Notification of Claimed Infringement” containing the following information to the Designated Agent identified below. Your Notification of Claimed Infringement may be shared by with the Content Poster alleged to have infringed a right you own or control, and you hereby consent to making such disclosure. Your communication must include substantially the following:
You should consult with your own lawyer and/or see 17 U.S.C. § 512 to confirm your obligations to provide a valid notice of claimed infringement.
Designated Agent Contact Information. ’s designated agent for receipt of Notifications of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) can be contacted at:Via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgVia U.S. Mail: 9935 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Counter Notification. If you receive a notification from that material you Posted has been the subject of a Notification of Claimed Infringement, then you will have the right to provide with what is called a “Counter Notification.” To be effective, a Counter Notification must be in writing, provided to ’s Designated Agent through one of the methods identified in Section 3.d above and include substantially the following information:
You should consult a lawyer or see 17 U.S.C. § 512 to confirm your obligations to provide a valid Counter Notification under the Copyright Act.
Reposting of Content Subject to a Counter Notification. If you submit a Counter Notification to in response to a Notification of Claimed Infringement, then will promptly provide the person who provided the Notification of Claimed Infringement with a copy of your Counter Notification and inform that person that will replace the removed Content or cease disabling access to it in 10 business days, and will replace the removed Content and cease disabling access to it not less than 10, nor more than 14, business days following receipt of the Counter Notification, unless ’s Designated Agent receives notice from the party that submitted the Notification of Claimed Infringement that such person has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the Content Poster from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on ’s system or network.
False Notifications of Claimed Infringement or Counter Notifications. The Copyright Act provides that:[a]ny person who knowingly materially misrepresents under [Section 512 of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512)] (1) that material or activity is infringing, or (2) that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, will be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of  relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.17 U.S.C. § 512(f). reserves the right to seek damages from any party that submits a Notification of Claimed Infringement or Counter Notification in violation of the law.For clarity, and notwithstanding anything in this Section 3 to the contrary, in its sole discretion may (but has no obligation to) disclose publicly any and all Notices of Claimed Infringement and Counter Notifications.
Restrictions on Use of the Site.
Without limiting any other terms of this TOU, when using the Site, you agree not to (and not to attempt to):
The Site may contain links to other websites or other online properties that are not owned or controlled by (collectively, “External Sites”). The content of External Sites is not developed or provided by . is not responsible for the content of any External Sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of any materials on External Sites. You should contact the site administrator or Webmaster for External Sites if you have any concerns regarding content located on those External Sites. You should take precautions when downloading files from all websites to protect your devices from viruses and other destructive programs. If you decide to access any External Sites, then you do so at your own risk. Further, you will be solely responsible for compliance with any terms of service or similar terms imposed by any External Site in connection with your use of External Sites.
While our own staff works to develop and evaluate our own product ideas and features, we pride ourselves on paying close attention to the interests, feedback, comments, and suggestions we receive from the user community. If you choose to contribute by sending or our employees any ideas for products, services, features, modifications, enhancements, content, refinements, technologies, content offerings (such as audio, visual, games, or other types of content), promotions, strategies, product/feature names, or any related documentation, artwork, computer code, diagrams, or other materials (collectively “Feedback”), then regardless of what your accompanying communication may say, the following terms will apply, so that future misunderstandings can be avoided. Accordingly, by sending Feedback to , you agree that:
General. In the interest of resolving disputes between you and in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and agree that any dispute arising out of or in any way related to this TOU or your use of the Site will be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. This agreement to arbitrate disputes includes all claims arising out of or in any way related to this TOU or your use of the Site, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether a claim arises during or after the termination of this TOU. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THIS TOU, YOU AND ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION AND THAT THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO AND GOVERNED BY THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT.
Exceptions. Notwithstanding Section 7.a above, nothing in this TOU will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit the right of either party to: (i) bring an individual action in small claims court; (ii) pursue an enforcement action through the applicable federal, state, or local agency if that action is available; (iii) seek injunctive relief in aid of arbitration from a court of competent jurisdiction; or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address an intellectual property infringement claim.
Arbitrator. Any arbitration between you and will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act and the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as modified by this TOU, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting . The arbitrator has exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, or enforceability of this binding arbitration agreement.
Notice; Process. A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other party by U.S. Mail (“Notice”). ’s address for Notice is: 9935 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, Attn: Chief Executive Officer. The Notice must: (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). The parties will make good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if the parties do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or must not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any. If the dispute is finally resolved through arbitration in your favor with a monetary award that exceeds the last written settlement amount offered by prior to selection of an arbitrator, will pay you the highest of the following: (A) the amount awarded by the arbitrator, if any; (B) the last written settlement amount offered by in settlement of the dispute prior to the arbitrator’s award; or (C) $15,000.
Fees. If you commence arbitration in accordance with this TOU, will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for more than $15,000 or as set forth below, in which case the payment of any fees will be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearing will take place at a location to be agreed upon in Los Angeles County, California, but if the claim is for $15,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted: (i) solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephone hearing; or (iii) by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In that case, you agree to reimburse for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator must issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. Each party agrees that such written decision, and information exchanged during arbitration, will be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to enforce or permit limited judicial review of the award. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.
No Class Actions. YOU AND AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
Modifications to this Arbitration Provision. Except as otherwise provided in this TOU, if makes any future change to this arbitration provision, other than a change to ’s address for Notice, you may reject the change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to ’s address for Notice, in which case this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the changes you rejected, will continue to govern any disputes between you and .
Enforceability. If Section REF _Ref472695778 \w \h 7.f above is found to be unenforceable or if the entirety of this Section 7 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 7 will be null and void.
Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties.
THE TERMS OF THIS SECTION 8 APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW:
Third Party Disputes.
ANY DISPUTE YOU HAVE WITH ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS DIRECTLY BETWEEN YOU AND SUCH THIRD PARTY. ACCORDINGLY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY RELEASE THE PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND DAMAGES (ACTUAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL) OF EVERY KIND AND NATURE, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH DISPUTES.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Parties from and against any claims, actions, or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from (a) your breach of this TOU; or (b) your access to, use, or misuse of the Content, Trademarks or the Site. will provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding. reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter which is subject to indemnification under this Section at your sole expense if believes that you are unwilling or incapable of defending ’s interests. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting ’s defense of such matter at your sole expense.
Term and Termination of the TOU.
Term. As between you and , the term of this TOU commences as of your first use of the Site and continues until the termination of this TOU by either you or .
Termination. You may terminate this TOU by sending written notification to at email@example.com and terminating your use of the Site. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Site or to terminate this TOU at any time without prior notice or liability if you breach any provision of this TOU or violate the rights of any third party on or through the Site. reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Site at any time without prior notice or liability. Sections 1(b)-(c), 1(e)-(f), 2(b)-2(d), 3-13 and all defined terms used therein will survive the termination of this TOU indefinitely.
Consent to Electronic Communications.
This TOU is governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and as a result of this TOU or use of the Site. If any provision of this TOU is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this TOU, which will remain in full force and effect. Failure of to act on or enforce any provision of this TOU will not be construed as a waiver of that provision or any other provision in this TOU. No waiver will be effective against unless made in writing, and no such waiver will be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance. Except as expressly agreed by and you in writing, this TOU constitutes the entire agreement between you and with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all previous or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter herein. The Section headings are provided merely for convenience and will not be given any legal import. This TOU will inure to the benefit of our successors and assigns. You may not assign this TOU or any of the rights or licenses granted hereunder without the prior express written consent of . may assign this TOU, including all its rights hereunder, without restriction.
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