Terms of Service
Effective Date: 5/10/2016
Last Modified: November 18, 2019
YOUR USE OF OUR WEBSITE, YOUR REGISTRATION ON OUR WEBSITE AND/OR YOUR PROVISION TO US OF ANY CONTENT OR PERSONAL INFORMATION CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE PRIVACY AND INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY all as amended from time to time. DO NOT USE THE WEBSITE OR PROVIDE CONTENT OR PERSONAL INFORMATION IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS.
We may change these Terms from time to time and any modifications will be effective when we post them. We will take steps to notify users of any changes, however, you are responsible for reviewing any modified terms. Your continued use of the Website following any changes means you accept and agree to any changes.
While Organization will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Website is available at all times, Organization does not guarantee, represent, or warrant that provision of the Website will be uninterrupted or error-free, and Organization does not guarantee that users will be able to access or use all of the features at all times.
The Organization may change, suspend, or discontinue any (or all) aspects of the Website at any time, including the availability of any related feature or project. The Organization may also impose limits on the use of or access to certain features or portions of the Website, or restrict your access to any part, or all, of the Website, in all cases without notice or liability.
1. SERVICE ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to use the Website, you must meet the following criteria and do hereby represent and warrant that you:
- are 13 years of age or older;
- are not currently restricted or prohibited from using the Website;
- assent to and accept these Terms.
- have full power and authority to agree to these Terms and in doing so do not and will not violate any other agreement to which you are a party;
- understand that using the Website will expose you to content and commentary from a variety of sources and that the Organization is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such content and commentary;
- understand that the Website is provided to you AS IS;
- understand that the Organization does not endorse, promote, or advocate a specific position with respect to the information and content set forth in and available on the Website; and
- will not violate any rights of the Organization or any third party, including intellectual property rights such as, but not limited to, patent, copyright, or trademark rights.
2. LICENSING OF CONTENT; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
By submitting or posting content through or in connection with the Website, you are representing that you are the owner of such material or have authorization to distribute it. To the fullest extent permissible, you hereby grant the Organization a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non- exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, perform, display, distribute, and publish any such content for the purposes of promoting, expanding, or improving the Website.
The Website contains, and may contain, copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information of the Organization including, but not limited to, software, photos, graphics, data, and images. The Website may also contain copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information licensed by, or otherwise made available to, the Organization from third party content suppliers. You agree not to unlawfully modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works of, or in any way exploit, in whole or in part, any copyrighted material or trademarks included on the Website. Except as otherwise expressly permitted by these Terms, no posting, copying, downloading, uploading, transmission, retransmission, distribution, redistribution, publication, republication, decompilation, disassembling, reverse engineering, modification, or commercial exploitation of any Website material is permitted without the express permission of Organization or applicable owner. In the event of any copying, redistribution, or publication of copyrighted material as permitted by these Terms, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark, legend, or copyright notice shall be made.
3. TRADEMARK INFORMATION
The ASPCA logo, and other Organization trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Organization. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of their respective owners. You are granted no right or license in any of the aforesaid trademarks, and you further agree that you shall not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary notices (including trademark and copyright notices) that may be affixed to or contained within the Website.
4. ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY GUIDELINES
Your use of the Website must conform to the requirements of the law, respect the rights of other Website users and third parties and current standards for online participation and usage— this includes (but is not limited to) following the rules of any Internet Service Provider, any other online services, these Terms, and all applicable laws.
The Organization reserves the right to terminate or restrict your access to the Website at any time, with or without cause for any reason. Events that are likely to trigger such measures by the Organization include, but are not limited to, any breach of these Terms by you, your infringement of the Organization’s or others’ intellectual property, or any other circumstances which, in the Organization’s sole discretion, merit such measures.
Inappropriate conduct falls into a number of categories, some of which are discussed below, although the categories listed are not exclusive.
5. ILLEGAL, TORTIOUS, AND PROHIBITED CONDUCT
The Website may be used only for lawful and proper purposes. Posting, transmitting, promoting, using, distributing, or storing content that could subject the Organization or other Website users to any legal liability, whether in tort or otherwise, or that is in violation of any applicable law or regulation, or is otherwise contrary to commonly accepted community standards, is prohibited, including information and material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements, or other intellectual property rights, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes a threat, or violates export control laws.
Examples of prohibited conduct are:
- Pretending to be anyone you are not—you may not impersonate or misrepresent yourself as another person (including celebrities), another user, a Organization employee, or a civic or government leader;
- Using false statements to get, or to attempt to get, private information from other Website or Internet users;
- Engaging in copyright infringement or other intellectual property infringement, or disclosing trade secret or confidential information in violation of a confidentiality or nondisclosure agreement;
- Posting or communicating obscene content;
- Planning illegal activity, such as building a bomb or counterfeiting money; or
- Advertising a lottery, ammunition, firearms, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug-related paraphernalia.
The Organization reserves the right to cooperate with law enforcement authorities, including complying with warrants, court orders, and subpoenas. In addition, the Organization reserves the right to comply with any civil court orders and/or subpoenas. If the Organization decides to investigate or resolve possible misuse involving you or anything you do on or with the Website, the Organization is entitled, except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, to disclose any information about you in the Organization’s possession in connection with your use of the Website and anything you do with the Website to law enforcement or other government officials, as the Organization in its sole discretion believes to be necessary or appropriate. By your acceptance of these Terms and your use of the Website, you authorize the Organization to take any such actions.
6. OBJECTIONABLE CONDUCT AND CONTENT
To the extent the Website may allow a user to in any way supply or post content to the Website the Organization reserves the right to remove content if the Organization becomes aware of any content that, in the Organization’s judgment, does not conform to these Terms. The Organization may warn you about the violation of these Terms, but we reserve the right not to do so. At all times, the Organization reserves the right to terminate or restrict, with or without notice, access to or use of the Website for violation these Terms.
Examples of objectionable conduct and content that violate the Organization’s acceptable use policy include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Harassing, threatening, or embarrassing another Website user, including unsolicited commercial communications;
- Stalking another Website user (i.e., “cyberstalking”);
- Transmitting, storing, or facilitating distribution of content that is harmful, abusive, violent, racially or ethnically offensive, lewd, vulgar or (in a reasonable person’s view) objectionable;
- If you are an adult, requesting personal or other information from a minor (any person under the age of 18 or such other age as local law defines as a minor) who is not personally known to you, including but not limited to any of the following: full name or last name, home address, zip/postal code, telephone number, picture, or the names of the minor’s school, church, athletic team, or friends;or
- Posting content that defames, abuses, or threatens physical harm to others or yourself.
Please remember that these are only guidelines and the above examples are non-exclusive and in no way limit the Organization’s discretion.
THE FOUNDATION RESERVES THE RIGHT (SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW), IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO MONITOR ALL WEBSITE FEATURES, PROJECTS, AND CONTENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATING VIOLATIONS OF THESE TERMS.
When the Organization becomes aware of possible violations, the Organization may initiate an investigation, which may include gathering information from any user involved, any third party, and any complaining party. During the investigation, the Organization may suspend or terminate any or all of a user’s access to or use of the Website and/or remove involved or related content. If the Organization believes, in its sole discretion, that a violation of these Terms has occurred, it may take responsive action, including but not limited to permanent removal of illegal or inappropriate content, warnings, and the suspension or termination of Website use or access. If, as a result of any such investigation, the Organization believes that any criminal activity has occurred, the Organization reserves the right to refer the matter to, and to cooperate with, any and all appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Certain content, components, or features of the Website may include materials from third parties and/or hyperlinks to other websites, resources, or content. Because the Organization may have no control over such third party sites and/or materials, you acknowledge and agree that the Organization is not responsible for the availability of such sites or resources, does not endorse or warrant the accuracy of any such sites or resources, and shall in no way be liable or responsible for any content, advertising, products, or materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the Organization shall not be responsible or liable in any way for any damages you incur or allege to have incurred, either directly or indirectly, as a result of your use and/or reliance upon any such content, advertising, products, or materials on or available from such sites or resources.
9. INDEMNITY AND WAIVER
As a user of the Website, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organization, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, owners and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, expenses, and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs) made by any third party (“Claims”) due to or arising out of your acts or omissions (including Claims arising out of your use of the Website), your submission, posting, or transmission of content on the Website, and/or your violation of these Terms.
YOU FURTHER AGREE (TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW) TO WAIVE ANY CLAIMS YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST THE RELEASED PARTIES, HOLD THE RELEASED PARTIES HARMLESS, AND INDEMNIFY THE RELEASED PARTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO ANY ACTION TAKEN AS PART OF AN INVESTIGATION OF A SUSPECTED VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS OR AS A RESULT OF ITS FINDING OR DECISION THAT A VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS HAS OCCURRED. THIS MEANS THAT YOU CANNOT SUE ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES OR RECOVER ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER FROM ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES AS A RESULT OF ITS DECISION TO REMOVE MATERIAL FROM THE WEBSITE, TO WARN YOU, TO SUSPEND OR TERMINATE YOUR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE, OR TO TAKE ANY OTHER ACTION DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF A SUSPECTED VIOLATION OR AS A RESULT OF THE FOUNDATION’S CONCLUSION THAT A VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS HAS OCCURRED. THESE WAIVER AND INDEMNITY PROVISIONS APPLY TO ALL VIOLATIONS DESCRIBED IN OR CONTEMPLATED BY THESE TERMS.
10. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; LIABILITY LIMITATIONS
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. AS SUCH, TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS ARE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SOME OF THE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS SET FORTH BELOW MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE IS UNDERTAKEN AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” FOR YOUR USE, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON- INFRINGEMENT.
THE RELEASED PARTIES DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, OR OTHER MATERIAL ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ERROR- FREE, COMPLETE OR ACCURATE, OR FREE OF VIRUSES, “WORMS,” “TROJAN HORSES,” OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
IN NO CASE SHALL ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES 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, COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF ARNALL FAMILY FOUNDATION HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (I) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE; (II) ANY CHANGES MADE TO THE WEBSITE OR ANY TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT CESSATION OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY PART THEREOF; (III) THE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (IV) THE DELETION OF, CORRUPTION OF, OR FAILURE TO STORE AND/OR SEND OR RECEIVE YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE; (V) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE WEBSITE; AND (VI) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE WEBSITE OR USE THEREOF. THE RELEASED PARTIES DO NOT ENDORSE, WARRANT, OR GUARANTEE ANY THIRD- PARTY PROJECT OR SERVICE OFFERED THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND ANY THIRD PARTIES THROUGH THE WEBSITE. YOU HEREBY RELEASE THE ORGANIZATION FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITY, AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THESE LIABILITY LIMITATIONS.
11. LEGAL PRINCIPLES
If any part of these Terms is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. Any claim or cause of action by you arising out of or related to use of the Website or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. Except as required by applicable non-U.S. local or national law, the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, excluding its conflicts of law rules, govern these Terms and your use of the Website. Your conduct and use of the Website may be subject to other local, state, national (U.S. and non-U.S.), and international laws. You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or dispute with the Organization regarding the Website or relating to the Terms shall be brought and/or reside exclusively in either the federal or state courts for New York County, New York. You further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the New York courts in connection with any such dispute, including any claim involving the Released Parties.
12. NOTICE REGARDING COPYRIGHT AGENT
The Organization respects the intellectual property rights of others and requests that Website users do the same. Anyone who believes that their work has been infringed under copyright law may provide a notice containing the following:
- An electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Organization to locate the material;
- The address, telephone number, and, if available, an e-mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
- A representation that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- A representation that the information in the notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Such notices should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By allowing such notices, the Organization makes no representation that is bound by or subject to laws applicable to internet service providers, including, but not limited to, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
13. COMPLIANCE WITH LAW
By using the Website you represent that you are at least 18 years of age and you further agree to comply with any and all applicable laws, codes, or regulations governing your use of the Website. If you are located outside the U.S., then you are responsible for complying with any local laws in your jurisdiction that might impact your right to use the Website, and you represent that you have complied with any regulations or registration procedures required by applicable law to make the Terms enforceable.
14. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the Organization regarding your use of the Website. The headings to the sections of the Terms are used for convenience only and shall have no substantive meaning or impact on the interpretation of these Terms.