Terms Of Service
Terms of Service
We (the folks at TheSietch.org) run a service called MySietch and would love for you to use it. Our basic service is free. Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what goes on your blog as possible and encourages you to express yourself freely. However, be responsible in what you blog. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear on your blog or get linked to from your blog (things like spam, viruses, hate content, etc). Please make sure you read through the list and the rest of the terms and agree with them before you get started.
Terms of Service:
1. Your MySietch Account and Site.
If you create a blog on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog. You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and The Sietch may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause The Sietch liability. You must immediately notify The Sietch of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account or any other breaches of security. The Sietch will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions. The Sietch may from time to time set storage limits for your blog, or take any other measures The Sietch considers appropriate to manage the Website. The Sietch will advise you of any such change, and may do so in any reasonable manner. If you exceed the storage limits, The Sietch may require you to reduce the storage you are using. The Sietch may also from time to time change its policies on offering commercial content or displaying advertising, and it may do this without notice.
2. Responsibility of Contributors.
If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
* the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
* if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
* you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
* the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
* the Content is not spam, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
* the Content is not obscene, libelous, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party; and
* you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by The Sietch or otherwise.
By submitting Content to MySietch for inclusion on your Website, you grant The Sietch a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, The Sietch will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.
Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, The Sietch has the right (though not the obligation) to, in The Sietch’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in The Sietch’s reasonable opinion, violates any The Sietch policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in The Sietch’s sole discretion. The Sietch will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
3. Fees and Payment.
At this time all services are free.
4. Responsibility of Website Visitors.
The Sietch has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, The Sietch does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. The Sietch disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
5. Content Posted on Other Websites.
We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which TheSietch.org links, and that link to TheSietch.org. The Sietch does not have any control over those non-MySietch websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-MySietch website or webpage, The Sietch does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Sietch disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-MySietch websites and webpages.
6. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.
As The Sietch asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by TheSietch.org violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify The Sietch in accordance with The Sietch’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) Policy. The Sietch will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of The Sietch or others, The Sietch may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website. In the case of such termination, The Sietch will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to The Sietch.
The Sietch, MySietch, TheSietch.org, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with TheSietch.org, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Sietch or The Sietch’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any The Sietch or third-party trademarks.
The Website, including without limitation all content there available and these Terms and Conditions, may be changed at the sole discretion of The Sietch and without notice. You are bound by any such updates or changes, including but not limited to those affecting these Terms and Conditions, and so should periodically review these Terms and Conditions.
9. Limitation of warranties of The Sietch, its suppliers and its licensors.
Except as otherwise expressly stated, all content posted to or available from the Website is provided “as is”, and The Sietch, its suppliers and its licensors make no representations or warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement of proprietary rights. You understand and agree that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk, and that The Sietch, its suppliers and its licensors will have no liability or responsibility for any damage to your computer system or data that results from the download or use of such content or services. If you’re actually reading this, here’s a treat. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above may not apply to you.
10. Limitation of liability of The Sietch, its suppliers and its licensors.
Except as otherwise expressly stated, in no event will The Sietch, its suppliers or its licensors be liable to you or any other party for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or exemplary damages, regardless of the basis or nature of the claim, resulting from any use of the Website, or the contents thereof or of any hyperlinked website including without limitation any lost profits, business interruption, loss of data or otherwise, even if The Sietch, its suppliers or its licensors were expressly advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event will the aggregate liability for any and all of your claims against The Sietch, its suppliers and its licensors arising out of or related to use of the Website, or the contents thereof or of any hyperlinked website exceed the amounts actually paid by you to The Sietch during the 12-month period prior to the date a claim is made. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for certain incidental or consequential damages, so some of the above limitations may not apply to you. The parties agree that this Section 11 represents a reasonable allocation of risk.
11. General Representation and Warranty.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Sietch, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to out of your violation of any representation or warranty contained in these Terms and Conditions.
These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between The Sietch and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of The Sietch, or by the posting by The Sietch of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, these Terms and Conditions, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of Massachusetts, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts. If any part of these Terms and Conditions is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of these Terms and Conditions or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under these Terms and Conditions to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms; The Sietch may assign its rights under these Terms and Conditions without condition. These Terms and Conditions will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.