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ImproveVias Terms of Use

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by Zachary Adam Zell on June 21st, 2014, 2:22 am PDT. This Ivia has been viewed 3,625 times. Last improved on September 5th, 2014, 6:21 pm PDT.

ImproveVia Terms of Use

These Terms of Use ("Terms") govern your use of ImproveVia, LLC. ("ImproveVia") web sites or services ("Services") referencing these Terms. You can't use our Services unless you agree to them, so please read them carefully. Before using any of the Services, you are required to read, understand and agree to these terms. You may only access the Services after reading and accepting these Terms of Use.

SOURCE: http://www.improvevia.com/Credit - Van Truong

1. Your Agreement With ImproveVia.

1.1 Choice of Law. Your relationship is with ImproveVia, a United States company, and you agree to be bound by the laws of California and the laws of the United States.

1.2 You agree that ImproveVia can use the data you provide to us in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference.

2. Your Profile

2.1 The profile you create on ImproveVia will become part of ImproveVia and except for the content and information that you license to us is owned by ImproveVia. However, between you and others, your account belongs to you. You agree to:

  1. Keep your password secure and confidential;
  2. Do not permit others to use your account;
  3. Do not use other’s accounts;
  4. Do not sell, trade, or transfer your ImproveVia account to another party
  5. Do not charge anyone for access to any portion of ImproveVia, or any information therein. Further, you are responsible for anything that happens through your account until you close down your account or prove that your account security was compromised due to no fault of your own. To close your ImproveVia account, send an email to our administrator at christian.hupfeld@improvevia.com

3. Your Content.

3.1 Ownership:   You retain all rights and ownership in your content.  ImproveVia does not claim any ownership rights in your content. 

3.2 License to Your Content.  Even though we don’t claim ownership of your content, we do need certain licenses to your content in order to operate and enable the Services.  When you upload or submit content to our Services, you grant ImproveVia (and our parents and affiliates) a worldwide license to communicate, distribute, host, make modifications or derivative works (solely for the purpose of better showcase your work), publicly display, publicly perform, publish, reproduce, store, and use such content.  The license granted by you is for the only purpose of operating, marketing, promoting, and improving our Services.  We will attribute to you if we incorporate your content into an ImproveVia feature or into promotional or marketing materials.

3.3 Accessing and Sharing Your Content.  By submitting your content to our Services, you also give other ImproveVia users the right to share your content via various social medial platforms integrated with ImproveVia.  We may offer you ways to access and remove your content.  Our Service may also provide ways for you to limit the scope of use and access and other user’s access and use of your content.  You are responsible for determining the limitations that are placed on your content and for applying the appropriate level of access to your content.  We do not monitor or control what others do with your content.  It’s your responsibility to let other users know how your content may be shared and adjust the setting related to accessing and sharing your content accordingly.

3.4 Termination of License.  You may terminate this license at any time by removing your content from the Services.  However, you agree that ImproveVia may retain and use copies of your content for archival or backup purposes and for the investigation purpose mentioned later.

3.5 Feedback:   You have no obligation to provide ImproveVia with ideas, suggestions or proposals (“Feedback”).    If you submit Feedback to ImproveVia, we may use it for any purpose without compensation to you and have no obligation to keep your Feedback confidential. 

4. Who Can Use Our Services?

4.1 Service Eligibility:  You can only use our Services if you are over 13 years old, it is legal for you to use our Services, and you are legally capable of entering into a binding contract.

4.2 International Users:   Pages describing the Services are accessible from around the world but this does not mean all Services or service features are available in your country, or that user-generated content available via the Services is legal in your country.   ImproveVia may block access to certain Services (or certain service features or content) in certain countries.    It is your responsibility to make sure your use of the Services is legal in the country where you live.  Services are not available in all languages.

5. Account Information.

5.1 You may need to create an account with us in order to use our Services.  It is your responsibility to keep your log-in credentials secure and you are responsible to ImproveVia for all activities that occur via your account.  Unless ImproveVia expressly allows you the right to create and manage account information as an account administrator for a company or as part of a team account, you may not use another person’s Account Information.

6. User Conduct.

6.1 Don’t Abuse The Services: Please don’t use the Services to do anything unlawful, infringing, disruptive, harmful, threatening, abusive, tortious, defamatory, libelous, lewd, profane, obscene, hateful or otherwise objectionable.  While you are free to promote your Work on ImproveVia, do not spam other users via messaging or project comments.  Don’t phish or collect other people’s information without their consent.  Don’t frame our Services or our website without our approval.  Don’t copy or imitate our design, layout, or look-and-feel of the Service.  Only use our Service to post your own work.  Don’t use the Services as a generic image hosting service such as for banner advertisements, etc. If ImproveVia decides that your conduct violates the Terms of Use or our Community Etiquette, which are incorporated here by reference, we may remove your content or disable your use of the Services at any time, with or without notice to you. 

6.2 Impersonation.  We require that you (and you agree to) use your real name in your profile.  If we in good faith believe that you have created an account impersonating another person, we may, in our sole discretion and after an internal investigation, either transfer your account to the person who you are pretending to be or terminate your account with no liability to you. 

6.3 Tell Us If You See Others Abusing The Services:   Please report any problematic behavior or content you see on our Services by clicking the “Report/Flag” button and telling us about it. 

7. Use of Our Services.

7.1 Certain Services and ImproveVia Materials may be available only if you have paid a fee or have provided certain account information.  As used in these Terms, “ImproveVia Materials” means any materials or software provided by ImproveVia under these Terms, which may include materials that you or other users share through the Services.

7.2 Unless otherwise stated in a separate agreement, we are not responsible for (a) the loss, corruption, or damage to your content, (b) the deletion or accuracy of your content, or (c) the security, privacy, or communications related to your content.

7.3 We may create limits on the use of Services or ImproveVia Materials, including limitation on file size and storage space.  ImproveVia may require you to delete your content until you are within certain storage space limits.

7.4 We may include links to websites or services that we do not operate.  We have no control over and are not responsible for the content appearing on these websites or services.

7.5 For use of the Job Listing Service, don’t post any listings that point to specific work contests or other opportunities that solicit customized and unpaid creative work from creative professionals.  Any such postings may be removed without refund.

7.6 User-Generated Content.  As you know, we host user-generated content from our users.  If you access our Service, you may come across content that you may find offensive or upsetting.  You agree that if the content at issue meets the Community Guidelines, your sole remedy is to simply stop viewing the content that bothers you.   If the content violates the Community Guidelines, you agree your sole remedy is to tell us by clicking on the ‘Report/Flag” button that is available on every Ivia, comment, and profile.

8. Investigations.

8.1 We don’t review all content uploaded to the Services but we may use available technologies or processes to screen for certain types of illegal content (for example, child pornography) or other abusive content or behavior (for example, patterns of activity that indicate spam or phishing, or dissemination of sensitive material).  

8.2 ImproveVia may access or disclose information about you, or your use of a service, (a) when it is required by law (such as when we receive a valid subpoena or search warrant); (b) to respond to your requests for customer service support; or (c) where we, in our discretion, think it is necessary to protect the rights, property or personal safety of ImproveVia, our users, or the public.

9. ImproveVia’s Materials.

9.1 ImproveVia Materials.  The Services and any trademarks, logo, sample code, software, and other content and assets (“ImproveVia Materials”) that ImproveVia provides to you as part of the Service are protected by intellectual property rights.  Using our Services does not give you ownership of any such intellectual property rights.  You may not use content accessible from our Service unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law.  You are not permitted to use ImproveVia’s trademarks and logos related to the Services without our prior consent.  Do not remove, obscure, or alter any text or proprietary notices contained in the ImproveVia Materials.  You cannot use the ImproveVia Materials to construct any kind of database.

9.2 Software.  If we make certain software available to you as part of the Service, then the software may be subject to a separate license agreement. If the software is a pre-release version, then the pre-release software is provided to you AS-IS and you are not permitted use the software for any commercial or production purposes (unless we have given you specific written permission stating otherwise).  If no such separate license agreement is available, then ImproveVia grants you a personal, non-transferrable, non-sublicensable license to use the software solely for the purpose of allowing you to use the Services in the manner permitted in these Terms.  You may not copy, modify, distribute, sell, or lease any part of the Services or the software, nor may you reverse engineer or decompile the software unless laws prohibit these restrictions and you have made written request to us first.  The software may automatically download and install updates from ImproveVia.  These updates are designed to improve and enhance the Services and may take the form of bug fixes, new Software modules, and completely new versions.  You agree to receive such updates (and permit ImproveVia to deliver these updates to you without your knowledge) as part of your use of the Services.

10. Your Warranty and Indemnification Obligations.

10.1 You represent and warrant that you own all intellectual property rights (or have obtained all necessary permissions) to your content and have the right to grant us the license stated in Section 2.2 above.

10.2 You also represent and warrant that your content will not violate or infringe any intellectual property right or other proprietary right, including the right of publicity or privacy, of any person or entity.

10.3 You agree to indemnify and hold ImproveVia and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, co-branders or other partners, and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, due to or arising out of your content, your use of the Services or ImproveVia Materials, your violation of the Terms, or your violation of any rights of another.

11. Our Disclaimer of Warranties.

11.1 You acknowledge and agree that by accessing or using the Services, you may be exposed to materials from others that you may consider offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, and agree to accept that risk.  Views expressed on our website or through our Services do not necessarily reflect our views.  We do not support or endorse certain content posted by you or other users.  Certain content from others may be incorrectly labeled, rated, or categorized.

11.2 Although we do what we can to provide security measures to protect your content, we are not liable for any damages resulting from the disclosure of your content.

11.3 Disclaimer of Warranties: YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE SERVICES AND IMPROVEVIA MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE. FOR EXAMPLE, WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (a) THE SERVICES OR MATERIALS WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR WILL BE CONSTANTLY AVAILABLE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (b) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE, SERVICES, OR MATERIALS WILL BE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE, OR RELIABLE; OR THAT (c) ANY ERRORS OR DEFECTS IN THE SITE, SERVICES, OR MATERIALS WILL BE CORRECTED.

12. Our Limitation of Liability.

12.1 Limitation of Liability: IN NO EVENT SHALL IMPROVEVIA, AND IMPROVEVIA’S LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES WHATSOEVER. 

12.2 IMPROVEVIA AFFILIATES’ AGGREGATE LIABILITY UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO US $100 OR THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY, WHICHEVER IS LARGER.

12.3 THE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS IN THIS SECTION APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN YOUR JURISDICTION.

13. Settling Disputes With ImproveVia.

13.1 Any dispute you have with ImproveVia must be resolved by you in a court located in Sonoma, California, unless otherwise agreed in writing. You agree to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Sonoma County, California and the Northern District of California.

13.2 Disclaimer:   You and ImproveVia each disclaim the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.   We both agree it does not apply to the Services.

14. Termination.

14.1 You can stop using our Services at any time. 

14.2 We may add, modify, or remove features or functionalities, and we may suspend or stop a Service.  We may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time.

14.3 Any fees that you paid prior to termination are not refundable.  Termination of your account does not relieve you of any payment obligations.

14.4 If the Service is terminated or discontinued, then we will make reasonable effort to notify you and provide an opportunity to retrieve your content.  If your group administrator terminates your access to a Service, then you may no longer be able to access content that you or other members of the group have posted to a shared workgroup or shared workspace.  You may, however, still access your content stored on your account.

15. Notices

15.1 Notice to ImproveVia.  Unless the Terms or Additional Terms say otherwise, you must send any notices to: ImproveVia LLC · P.O. Box 191 · Cotati, CA 94931

15.2 Notice to You:   ImproveVia will give notices to you either via email, regular mail, text message, postings on or within the Services, or other means reasonable for the type of notice provided.

16. Notification of Copyright Infringement.

16.1 We respect the intellectual property rights of others and we expect our users to do the same.  ImproveVia will respond to clear notices of copyright infringement consistent with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). 

16.2 Notifying Us of Copyright Infringement:   If you believe the Services are hosting content that infringes your copyright, please let us know by filling out the form that you will find here.   If you would prefer to submit a notice to in writing to ImproveVia LLC · P.O. Box 191 · Cotati, CA 94931, it must contain all of the following:

  1. A description of the copyrighted work(s) you believe are infringed;
  2. The exact location (URL) where the infringing material resides on the Service;
  3. Contact information so that we can reach you, such as email address, your physical address and telephone number;
  4. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the Material identified in your notice in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  5. A statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
  6. Your signature
  7. Before you file an infringement notice, please carefully consider whether or not the use of copyrighted material at issue is protected by the “fair use” doctrine, as you could be liable for costs and attorneys’ fees should you file a takedown notice where there is no infringing use.   Please also check to make sure you haven’t authorized the use at issue (for example, whether you have given a creative professional who prepared materials for your company the right to use those materials as examples of his or her past work).    If you are unsure whether a use of your copyrighted material constitutes infringement, please contact an attorney.  You may also wish to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright website (www.copyright.gov) or at the Chilling Effects website (www.chillingeffects.org).

16.3 If you believe access to your content was disabled or removed by ImproveVia as a result of an improper copyright infringement notice, please send our Copyright Agent (contact information below) a written counter-notice that contains all of the following:

  1. A description of the work improperly removed, along with your user name and the location where that work resided on the Service;
  2. Contact information so that we can reach you, such as email address, your physical address and telephone number;
  3. A statement under penalty of perjury, signed by you, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification;
  4. A statement that you consent to jurisdiction of the Federal District court for the district where you reside (or of Sonoma County, California if you reside outside of the United Sates) and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under DMCA subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
  5. Before you file a counter-notice, please carefully consider whether or not your use of the copyrighted material at issue is infringing, as you could be liable for costs and attorneys’ fees in the event that a court decides your counter-notice misrepresented that the material was removed by mistake.  If you are unsure whether use of the material at issue constitutes infringement, please contact an attorney. In addition, you may wish to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright website (www.copyright.gov) or at the Chilling Effects.

17. About these Terms.

17.1 Export Control.  You acknowledge that the Service and ImproveVia Material, and your use and handling of the Service and ImproveVia Material, are subject to U.S. and international laws, restrictions, and regulations that may govern the import, export, and use of the Service and ImproveVia Material.  You agree to comply with all such laws, restrictions, and regulations.

17.2 English Version. The English version of this agreement will be the version used when interpreting or construing this agreement.

17.3 Severability:  If a court finds any section of the Terms or Additional Terms invalid or unenforceable, the rest of the Terms or Additional Terms still apply.

17.4 No Waiver:   If we don’t enforce (or we delay enforcement) of the Terms or Additional Terms against you, we haven’t waived our enforcement rights.

17.5 Assignment or Transfer:  You can’t assign or transfer your rights or obligations under this agreement to someone else without ImproveVia’s written permission.   We can transfer our rights and obligations to you (if we are acquired by or merge with another company, sell one of the Services, or otherwise) without your permission.

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Zachary Adam Zell
Petaluma, California, United States
Founder and CEO at ImproveVia
Sonoma State University

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