smart USA Insider Terms of Service (updated January 2, 2013)
smart USA Insider is an official forum for smart owners and smart enthusiasts. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC will provide general "do-it-yourself" technical assistance, respond to complaints or product inquiries on this website when appropriate. These inquiries will be at Mercedes-Benz USA's discretion and will be based upon the most current information available at the time . For an immediate response to vehicle technical questions, product issues, or any complaints, please contact customer service by email or phone at 1.800.smart.USA (762.7887), or contact your local smart center directly.
This site includes official Mercedes-Benz USA information, as well as contributions from our members. In an effort to preserve the smart image, we strongly encourage optimism and a courteous dialogue. To further these standards we ask our owners and enthusiasts to refrain from posting any content that:
• Is illegal content, pornographic, obscene, harmful, threatening, abusive,
harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or harms minors in any way;
• "Stalks", harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals;
• "Spams" other members;
• Is off topic from the theme of the conversation (to change the subject, please go to another topic area or create a new one)
• Shows nudity;
• Uses copyrighted material that you do not have rights to;
• Attempts to sell any unofficial and/or unauthorized smart vehicle accessories, parts or merchandise, including, without limitation, a personal sale, a sale as an unauthorized vendor or links to other sites or e-mail addresses concerning the sale of unofficial and/or unauthorized smart vehicle accessories, parts or merchandise
• Attempts to sell your vehicle or Reservation, including, without limitation, a personal sale, a sale as an unauthorized vendor or links to other sites or e-mail addresses concerning the sale of your vehicle or Reservation.
smart USA Insider Administrators reserve the right to remove any posts, photos, videos, profiles or members that violate these terms or if they offend us or other members. Repeated violations may result in your removal from the site.
You must be over the age of 15 to join smart USA insider.
The views expressed by members of smart USA Insider, smart centers and smart center employees in blog posts, photos and videos, except those from Mercedes-Benz USA employees acting in an official capacity, do not represent the views of Mercedes-Benz USA.
Ning Terms of Service
Last Updated: January 5, 2009
Thank you for using Ning, Inc. ("Ning", "we" or "us")! Ning provides a software platform (the "Ning Platform") that enables you to create, join or browse Social Networks (as defined below) built on the Ning Platform. We also provide a set of services that will enhance your experience as a member of Social Networks on the Ning Platform.
These Terms of Service, including any Guidelines and future modifications (collectively the "Terms of Service" or "Agreement") govern your use of the Ning Platform and is a legal contract between you and Ning.
By registering with us or using or browsing the Ning Platform, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to these terms, you can stop using the Ning Platform at any time.
The Ning Platform is not directed to children younger than 13 and is offered only to users 13 years of age or older. If you are under 13 years old, please do not use the Ning Platform. Any person who provides their personal information through the Ning Platform represents to us that they are 13 years of age or older.
You represent that you are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, representations and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service. If you are using or creating a Social Network on the Ning Platform as a representative of a company or legal entity, (i) you represent that you have the authority to enter into this Agreement on behalf of that company or entity, and (ii) you agree that the terms "you" and "your" in this Agreement refers to your company or legal entity.
"Content" means (i) any work of authorship in a Social Network, including, comments, recommendations, forums, photos, videos, music, sounds, images, text, files, listings, logos, trademarks, postings, messages, tags and other content added to or submitted with any of the foregoing; or (ii) other materials posted on or transmitted through any Social Network or the Ning Platform. "Your Content" is any Content that you submit to a Social Network or the Ning Platform, either as a Ning Member, Network Member or Network Creator (all as defined below). If you are a Network Creator, Your Content includes the name, logo, trademark, brand features and other Content that you (and not the Network Members of Your Social Network(s) make available). Content does not include Network Code or Platform Code.
"Embeddable Widget" means any embeddable application provided and hosted by Ning that allows for the viewing or playing of audio, photos, video, text and other material on third party websites or services, including the Ning Network Badge, Ning Member Badge, Photo Slideshow and Ning Videos.
"Members" means both Network Members and Ning Members.
"Network Creator" is a Ning Member who creates and operates one or more Social Networks on the Ning Platform. A Network Creator is by definition a Network Member of each of his or her Social Networks.
"Network Members" are Ning Members who have also registered with a particular Social Network on the Ning Platform using their Ning ID. "Your Network Members" are Network Members who have registered with Your Social Network.
"Network Member Data" means data provided by or collected from a Network Member by a Network Creator for a particular Social Network, such as profile data, including certain items of registration information (e.g. email addresses), answers to Social Network profile questions, forum posts, and statistical information about Content contributed. Network Member Data does not include the Ning ID or any Ning Member Data.
"Ning ID" is an account you create with Ning which includes a name, email address, date of birth and password. When you register as a Network Member on one or more Social Networks on the Ning Platform, you use the email address and password portion of your Ning ID to authenticate with each such Social Network. Additionally, each Social Network of which you become a Network Member will have access to your date of birth, email address and name as stored in your Ning ID and this information will be pre-populated into both Your Ning Profile (as defined below) and Your My Profile (as defined below) upon sign-up.
"Ning Members" are Users who complete a registration process with Ning and obtain a Ning ID. Ning Members may also (but are not required to) become Network Members.
"Ning Member Data" is data collected from Users by Ning, including the data collected for the Ning ID and any data provided in Your Ning Profile (as defined below). Ning Member Data does not include Network Member Data.
"Ning Member Services" are the services provided by Ning to Network Members. Ning Member Services include, but aren't limited to: Network Member registration, Network Member sign in and authentication, a message center, friends, contact management (including the ability to import contacts from third-party email services), and a set of Social Network membership management services, including a listing of the Social Networks to which a particular Network Member belongs and management of friends across those Social Networks. Ning Member Services do not include any services that Network Creators provide to their Network Members.
"Ning Profile" means information that, if you are a Ning Member, you have provided to Ning that is aggregated by Ning into a master profile. Your Ning Profile is separate from any profile that you create on a particular Social Network ("My Profile") and enables you to keep track of friends and messages across all Social Networks. "Your Ning Profile" is a Ning Profile created by you on the Ning Platform.
"Ning Technology" means the past, present and future content of the Ning Platform, including all software in any format (including the Platform Code and Network Code), Embeddable Widgets, hardware, products, processes, algorithms, user interfaces, know-how, techniques, organization, designs, text, images, photographs, illustrations, audio or video material, artwork, graphic material, podcasts, advertising copy, databases, proprietary information, all copyrightable or otherwise legally protectible elements of the Ning Platform and all other tangible or intangible materials related to, displayed, performed or distributed on the Ning Platform and the Ning Platform itself, including, the selection, sequence, and "look and feel" and arrangement of items on the Ning Platform, and all Ning Marks (as defined below), domain names, patents, and other intellectual property. Ning Technology does not include Your Content or Your Code.
"Platform Code" means the proprietary portion of the Ning Platform that is used to interpret the Network Code and other services available on the Ning Platform.
"Premium Services" are services provided by Ning to Network Creators for a fee.
"Social Networks" consist of Network Code and other Content and are web applications running on top of the Ning Platform. Social Networks are created by Network Creators and are provided for Network Members of that Social Network to interact and connect with other Network Members. Social Network features may include Network Member profiles, friends, invitations, discussion forums, photo sharing, video sharing, music and podcast sharing, events, latest activity streams, RSS feeds, pages, ratings, reviews, and recommendations, among others. If you are a Network Creator, "Your Social Network" is a Social Network created and operated by you on the Ning Platform.
"Third Party Software" means software that is licensed to you by third parties, including software that is subject to so-called "open source" licenses, which means any software licenses approved as open source licenses by the Open Source Initiative or any substantially similar licenses, including any license that, as a condition of distribution of the software licensed under such license, requires that the distributor make the software available in source code format, and including the GNU General Public License.
"Users" are all end users of the Ning Platform, and include you, any unregistered users, all Ning Members, all Network Members, all Network Creators and all Third Party Application Developers.
"Your Code" means any script, code, or other computer software uploaded by you to the Ning Platform.
The Ning Platform is designed to give Network Creators and Network Members the freedom to create and control their own Social Networks. Creating Social Networks on the Ning Platform is free. A Social Network initially comes with 10GB of storage and 100GB of bandwidth; although such storage and bandwidth limits may be changed from time to time. Subject to this Agreement, as a Network Creator, you control your Social Network and own all of Your Code and Your Content. Ning does not claim any ownership rights in Your Code or any of Your Content. There are two types of data provided by or collected from Network Members – Network Member Data and Ning Member Data. Network Creators and their designated administrators have access to both the Network Member Data uploaded or collected on their Social Network(s) and the Ning Member Data.
There are two primary ways that we support the Ning Platform: through advertising and Premium Services. As a Network Creator, you can purchase one or more Premium Services from us. The categories and prices of our Premium Services are described here and are subject to change from time to time ("Premium Services Policies"). Ning may choose to temporarily change the fees for the Premium Services for promotional or new services, and such changes are immediately effective when Ning posts the temporary promotional event or new service on the Ning Platform. Any changes to fees for Premium Services that are not temporary or promotional will be effective thirty (30) days after we provide you with notice by posting such changes on the Ning Platform. The changes shall only apply prospectively to the Premium Services you've purchased. Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars.
You are responsible for paying all fees and applicable taxes associated with the Premium Services in a timely manner with a valid payment method. You authorize Ning to charge your credit card, charge card, debit card, PayPal, or financial institution account (herein "Payment Method") for all charges to your accounts with Ning. Your Payment Method will be charged the current fee for the Premium Service you choose on the date that you click on the "Purchase" button in the ordering process. Today, we only offer recurring payments. You agree that Ning may automatically charge the fee to your Payment Method at the beginning of each recurring period. For example, if you choose a Premium Service with a monthly plan, you will be billed every month on the anniversary date of the date you clicked the "Purchase" button. Additionally, we may offer a pre-pay payment option for payment of Premium Services ("Pre-Payment Plan"). If you opt for Pre-Payment plan, your Payment Method will be charged the then-current fee for that Premium Service at the commencement of each renewal period.
You acknowledge and agree that any credit card and related billing and payment information that you provide to Ning may be shared by Ning with companies who work on Ning's behalf, such as payment processors and/or credit agencies, solely for the purpose of checking credit, effecting payment to Ning and servicing your account. The terms of your payment will be based on your chosen Payment Method and may be determined by agreements between you and the financial institution providing such Payment Method. You agree to pay Ning all charges incurred under your account for any Premium Service in which you or anyone else who uses your account (including children, family and friends) enroll in accordance with this Agreement and any applicable Premium Services policies. If your Payment Method fails or your account is past due, (a) you agree to pay all amounts due on your account upon demand, (b) Ning may collect fees owed using other collection mechanisms (this includes charging other payment methods on file with us) and (c) Ning reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your Premium Services or your account with Ning, including deletion of your Social Network from the Ning Platform.
Except as may be set forth in applicable Premium Service Policies or Section 27 (Termination), any fees charged to your account are non-refundable. You agree to submit any disputes regarding any charge to your account in writing to Ning within sixty (60) days of such charge, otherwise such dispute will be waived and such charge will be final and not subject to challenge. Refunds (if any) made pursuant to such dispute, are at the discretion of Ning.
You are responsible for paying any governmental taxes imposed on your use of the Ning Platform, including, but not limited to, sales, use, or value added taxes. If requested, you will promptly furnish to Ning the applicable receipts and/or certificates regarding such remittances as soon as reasonably practicable. To the extent that Ning is obligated to collect such taxes, the applicable tax will be added to your billing account.
You own Your Code. Ning does not claim any ownership rights in Your Code. If you upload any of Your Code to the Ning Platform, subject to the licenses granted by you herein, you continue to have the right to use and license Your Code in any way you choose (and you are responsible for protecting those rights as appropriate). You may only upload Your Code to the Ning Platform, for use on Your Social Network, provided that Your Code complies with the terms of this Agreement. At any point, you can take Your Code from Your Social Network and cancel your account and Ning shall not retain any license rights, except as provided below.
You hereby grant Ning a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable, sublicenseable, royalty-free right and license to access, use, reproduce, store, modify, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform and create derivative works of Your Code (a) for the purpose of operating and making Your Social Network available on the Ning Platform and in all current and future media in which the Ning Platform may now or hereafter be distributed or transmitted; or (b) for our internal business purposes. Additionally, you hereby grant Ning a non-exclusive, world-wide, transferable, irrevocable, sublicenseable royalty-free right and license to continue using, reproducing, archiving, caching, creating derivative works, publicly displaying and performing in perpetuity, any of Your Code that is incorporated into the Ning Platform, provided that Ning shall not use or distribute Your Code on a stand alone basis. The foregoing license does not limit Ning's rights under any third party or open source license in which Your Code is licensed.
You are responsible for making sure that you have all rights in Your Code you upload or use and all rights that are necessary for you to grant the foregoing licenses to Your Code. You are solely responsible for ensuring that Your Code is compatible with any Ning Technology. Ning disclaims any liability or responsibility for any unauthorized use of Your Code by third parties or Users of Your Social Network and is not responsible for protecting Your Code.
Ning does not claim any ownership rights in Your Content. After posting Your Content, you continue to retain ownership of Your Content, and you continue to have the right to use and license Your Content in any way you choose. The Content that you upload to any Social Network needs to comply with the terms of this Agreement. At any point, you can take Your Content from Your Social Network and cancel your account and Ning does not retain any license rights except as provided below.
You hereby grant Ning, during the course of your usage of the Ning Platform, a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable and transferable right and license to (i) use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display Your Content (a) for the sole purpose of operating and making Your Content available on the Ning Platform and in all current and future media in which the Ning Platform may now or hereafter be distributed or transmitted or (b) for our internal business purposes; and (ii) disclose metrics regarding Your Content on an aggregated basis for advertising, marketing and business development purposes. If you wish to grant Users or the general public additional licenses to Your Content, please include the license terms with Your Content. Without limiting the foregoing, Ning reserves the right to retain copies of Content for archival purposes after termination of the Agreement.
You hereby agree that if Your Content is removed from any Social Network due to a violation of these Terms, including in response to any valid DMCA (as defined below) take down notice or because such Content contains illegal images, Ning shall have the right to use, reproduce and exploit Your Content in any manner without restriction, including in response to any subpoena or other judicial or administrative order, to assist government enforcement agencies or otherwise required by law and to protect the rights, property or safety of Ning, any individual, or the general public.
You are responsible for making sure that you have all rights in Your Content, including the rights necessary for you to grant the foregoing licenses to Your Content. You are solely responsible for Your Content. You understand that whether or not Your Content is published or marked private by you, Ning does not guarantee any confidentiality or privacy with respect to any of Your Content. You agree not to include any advertising in any of Your Content unless you purchase the Premium Service to run your own advertising on Your Social Network.
Additionally, you understand and agree that Your Content that is displayed on the Ning Platform may continue to appear on the Ning Platform, even after you have terminated your Ning Member or Network Member account or terminated these Terms of Service, as portions of Your Content may have been incorporated into Member profiles, RSS feeds or other features.
In addition to the rights, licenses and privileges referred to above, you agree that Ning, in its sole discretion, may use and refer to your trademarks, service marks, trade names, image, character, logos, domain names and other distinctive brand features or identification in marketing materials, financial reports, presentations, website materials, customer lists and other media now known or hereafter discovered in connection with the marketing, advertising and promotion of the Ning Platform, and any products, goods, features, capabilities and/or services associated with the Ning Platform.
As a Network Creator or Network Member you acknowledge that Ning and its designees reserve the right, but shall have no obligation, to pre-screen, filter, remove, refuse to accept, post, display, or transmit any Content through or on any Social Network or the Ning Platform in whole or in part at any time for any reason or no reason with or without notice and with no liability of any kind.
If a Social Network is removed from the Ning Platform, the Content associated with that Social Network may also be deleted at the discretion of the Network Creator or Ning. We encourage you to be sure you are comfortable with this possibility before contributing Your Content to a Social Network. You should be aware that Ning is not required and may not keep back-up copies of Content (including Your Content) on the Ning Platform once the Social Network or Content is deleted. Additionally, Ning makes no guarantee, either during or after the term of this Agreement, that Your Content will be safely stored on the Ning Platform and you should independently back-up Your Content.
During and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Ning hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, freely revocable license to access and use the Ning Platform solely to enable your use of the Ning Member Services and Ning Network Creator Services. For clarity, aside from the foregoing limited license, you acknowledge that you shall acquire no rights in the Platform Code or Network Code.
You agree that, as between you and Ning, all the intellectual property rights in the Ning Platform, which does not include Your Content or Your Code, are owned by Ning or its licensors.
During and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Ning hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, freely revocable license to incorporate Embeddable Widgets into other third party websites or your own personal websites. The foregoing license shall terminate immediately upon expiration or termination of this Agreement or removal of Your Social Network from the Ning Platform by Ning or you and you agree to immediately stop using such Embeddable Widget.
Except as expressly permitted under this Agreement, you agree not to, nor will you allow any third party (whether or not for your benefit) to:
You agree that Ning may be independently developing software, content and other products or services that may be similar to Your Code and Your Content and nothing in the Agreement will be construed as restricting or preventing Ning from creating or fully exploiting such software, content and other items, without any obligation to you.
You may from time to time elect, in your sole discretion, to provide suggestions, comments, improvements, ideas, recommendations or other feedback or materials to us related to Your Social Network or the Ning Platform (including the Network Code and Platform Code), including, on the Ning blog, Network Creators Forum or on the Ning Open Social Directory ("Feedback"). If you elect to provide us any such Feedback, you hereby assign all ownership in and to such Feedback to us, and acknowledge that we will be entitled to use and implement any such Feedback in any manner without restriction, and without any obligation of confidentiality, attribution or compensation to you. To the extent the foregoing is deemed ineffective, you also hereby grant Ning a nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sublicensable, royalty free, fully paid up license to use and otherwise exploit Feedback.
Ning trademarks, logos, images, service marks, trade names and other distinctive branding features used on the Ning Platform "Ning Marks" are the trademarks of Ning and may not be used without permission. Ning is not granting you a license under any intellectual property right to the Ning Marks. Other trademarks, logos, and trade names that may appear on the Ning Platform are the property of their respective owners.
You agree that, as between you and Ning, Ning owns all right, title and interest, including, all intellectual property rights, in and to the Ning Technology. Additionally, there are two types of data provided by or collected from Network Members – Network Member Data and Ning Member Data. If you are a Network Creator or an administrator designated by a Network Creator ("Administrator"), you agree that, as between Ning and you, Ning owns all right, title and interest, including, all intellectual property rights, in and to the Ning Member Data. You shall not acquire any right, title or interest therein, except for the limited rights expressly set forth in this Agreement. Any rights not expressly granted herein, are reserved to Ning. You agree to abide by all copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any part of the Ning Platform. You must not alter, delete, or conceal any copyright, trademark, patent, or other notices contained on the Ning Platform, including notices on any Ning Technology you download, transmit, display, print or reproduce from or using the Ning Platform.
If you are a Network Creator, Ning provides documentation to assist you in creating and enhancing Your Social Network(s). You are responsible for implementing and maintaining all support for Your Social Network(s), including answering questions from Your Network Members. This includes, if you've customized the Network Code yourself (only as authorized by Ning), fixing bugs that Network Members might find and tell you about.
On free Social Networks, we have the exclusive right to sell, run and/or serve third-party advertising on your Social Network. If you are a Network Creator, you agree not to include any advertising for anything other than Your Social Network, including ads served via an ad-server service like Google AdSense, in any Social Network, any of Your Code, or Content you provide on Ning. If you pay the Premium Service fees to run your own ads, however, you may include third-party advertisements or sponsorships on Your Social Network. If you run your own ads, Ning will have the option, which we may exercise on notice to you, to offer and display, in partnership with you, all or some of such advertisements on Your Social Network. Ning may establish general policies and guidelines surrounding the running of your own ads ("Advertising Policies"). Any such Advertising Policies are part of this Agreement and are subject to change from time to time.
YOU AGREE THAT NING WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SORT INCURRED AS THE RESULT OF ANY INTERACTIONS OR DEALINGS WITH ADVERTISERS OR AS THE RESULT OF THE PRESENCE OF SUCH ADVERTISERS ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK.
Content from other Members or advertisers, including, information about third party products and services and any Third Party Applications, is made available to you through Social Networks ("Third Party Content") on the Ning Platform. The inclusion of Third Party Content on the Ning Platform does not imply our affiliation or endorsement of such Third Party Content. Because we do not control Third Party Content, you agree that we are not responsible for any such Third Party Content, including the accuracy, integrity, quality, legality, usefulness, safety or intellectual property rights of or relating to such Third Party Content, it is the sole responsibility of the person from which such Third Party Content originated, and Ning has no obligation to monitor such Third Party Content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Ning or its designees reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to pre-screen, filter, remove, refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any Third Party Content (including on any Social Network) in whole or part at any time for any reason or no reason with or without notice and with no liability of any kind. You are solely responsible (and assume all liability and risk) for determining whether or not such Third Party Content is appropriate or acceptable to you. You understand that by using the Ning Platform you may be exposed to Third Party Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable, and that you use the Ning Platform at your own risk.
Additionally, Ning or third parties may provide hyperlinks on Social Networks, or any other form of link or redirection of your connection to other sites ("Third Party Sites"). These Third Party Sites are in no way integrated into the Ning Platform and the inclusion of any link on a Social Network does not imply Ning's affiliation or endorsement of the linked site, their business practices (including their privacy policies) or any information therein. Ning expressly disclaims responsibility for, the accuracy, quality, legality, nature, availability or reliability of Third Party Sites linked to by or through the Ning Platform. ACCESS AND USE OF THIRD PARTY SITES, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, MATERIAL, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON THIRD PARTY SITES OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THIRD PARTY SITES, IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
You hereby represent and warrant to Ning that: (a) you will comply with all applicable local, state, national and international laws (including the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003), rules, and regulations in connection with your use of the Ning Platform including your promotional or other activities off the Ning Platform that relate to Your Social Network; (b) you have the right to grant to Ning the rights granted herein and you own or have all necessary rights, title and interest in and to Your Code and Your Content; (c) Your Code and Your Content does not and will not (i) infringe, violate or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral rights, privacy rights, rights of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right, or (ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any person; and (d) none of Your Code, Your Content or Your Social Network contains any viruses, Trojan horses, trap doors, back doors, Easter eggs, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that may potentially damage or interfere with the Ning Platform, or intercept or expropriate any system data or personal information from the Ning Platform.
You are solely responsible for your conduct, Your Social Networks, Your Code, and Your Content on the Ning Platform. We want to keep the Social Networks on Ning safe and fun for everyone and the use of the Ning Platform for unlawful or harmful activities is not allowed. In defining "safe and fun," you specifically agree that:
You will not post, email or make available any Content to Users or use the Ning Platform:
Additionally, you agree not to:
You agree not to authorize or encourage any third party to use the Ning Platform or any of Your Social Networks (and Your Social Networks will not be designed) to facilitate any of the foregoing prohibited conduct. You also agree to immediately notify Ning in the event of an actual or threatened claim that you have violated any of the covenants and agreements contained in this Agreement.
Ning may establish general polices and limits concerning use of the Ning Platform ("Ning Platform Policies"), including (and without limitation) the maximum number of days that Social Networks and uploaded Content will be retained, the maximum number of and size of Content files and objects (including email messages), the maximum disk space allotted to you or Your Social Network(s), the maximum number of times and duration for which you may access the Ning Platform or Social Networks in a given period of time, the maximum bandwidth used by Your Social Network(s) or Content, and the maximum CPU power used by Your Social Networks or Content. The current Ning Platform Policies are part of this Agreement.
It is Ning's policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). For more information, please go to Ning's DMCA Notification Guidelines. Ning may remove any allegedly infringing Network Code or Content without any liability to you.
Ning will promptly terminate without notice any Member's (including, for clarity, Network Member's or Network Creator's) access to the Ning Platform, including access to any Social Network, in appropriate circumstances where the Member is a "repeat infringer" of copyrights. Generally, Ning will consider a Member a repeat infringer if it has received more than two third-party notices of alleged infringement concerning Content or Network Code posted by that Member anywhere on the Ning Platform. Ning, however, reserves the right to identify and terminate Members under any circumstances it deems appropriate, including after only a single instance of allegedly infringing behavior by that Member. Additionally, if a Network Creator continues to allow its Network Member's to post Content that is subject to notices of alleged copyright infringement, the Network may (at Ning's sole discretion) be disabled.
Additionally, if you are a Network Creator, you agree to: promptly (and in any event in no more than 24 hours) address (including removing or disabling access to the allegedly infringing content for valid DMCA take down notices) any copyright owner's written notice (including any notices forwarded to you by Ning) that specified Content or Network Code posted on Your Social Network infringes that third-party's rights (including copyrights), provided that the notice substantially complies with the requirements in the DMCA. If you receive a counter-notice from the applicable Member that substantially complies with the requirements of the DMCA instructing you to replace the allegedly infringing Content or Network Code, you agree to replace or cease disabling access to the Content or Network Code not less than ten (10) and no more than fourteen (14) days after receiving the counter notice, provided that the complaining party has not notified you that it has filed an action against the Member regarding the alleged infringement. You also agree to forward a copy of the counter notice to Ning. Ning strongly recommends that you consult with a legal professional to confirm your obligations under the DMCA. Ning is not providing legal advice to you and nothing in this Agreement is legal advice nor guarantees your compliance with applicable law or regulation. You are solely responsible and liable for complying with all applicable laws, including copyright and privacy laws in connection with Your Social Network.
You must clearly communicate on Your Social Network that Your Social Network uses Ning ID authentication (including, on each page on Your Social Network on which information is collected for purposes of Ning ID authentication) and that each of Your Network Members will be sharing the data they provide to you with Ning. This is for clarity and to ensure Your Network Members are aware of this relationship.
You acknowledge that Ning may receive requests from Users or persons authorized to act on behalf of such Users to modify or delete personally identifiable information relating to such Users on Your Social Network. Accordingly, you agree that, within 24 hours of any email request by Ning, you will: (a) delete all Network Member Data and other personally identifiable information in your possession or control relating to a particular User as specified by Ning; and (b) confirm such deletion in email notice to Ning.
Ning is not required to keep back-up copies of Network Member Data on the Ning Platform once the Social Network or Network Member Data is deleted. Ning makes no guarantee that Network Member Data will be safely stored on the Ning Platform. To be safe, you should independently back-up Network Member Data.
To enable a great experience for all Users on the Ning Platform, if you are a Network Creator, you agree to ensure each Social Network you create or manage does not degrade the performance of the Ning Platform. If your Social Network(s) exceed the quotas and limitations set by Ning (e.g., storage or bandwidth) as set forth in the Ning Platform Policies or otherwise degrades performance of the Ning Platform or other services in any way, we may suspend your Social Network(s) at our sole discretion and without notice.
You agree not to harvest any email addresses from Social Networks or the Ning Platform for the purpose of sending email in violation of applicable law or otherwise violate the "Acceptable Use and Conduct" provisions of this Agreement.
You also agree not to knowingly collect any information from, or develop any Social Networks that are targeted at children under the age of 13.
You acknowledge that Ning may terminate the account of any Member (including Your Social Network Members) in accordance with these Terms of Service.
Your Social Network shall not be designed or implemented in a way that, as determined by Ning in its sole discretion, might mislead a User into believing that: (i) he or she is interacting directly with Ning when interacting with Your Social Network, or (ii) any of Your Social Network was created by or are endorsed by Ning. Because we want you to have as much freedom over your Social Network as possible, Ning takes no responsibility for any Content located in Your Social Network and Ning has no obligation to monitor such Content or Your Social Network.
You acknowledge that Ning also reserves the right to remove, preserve, and disclose any information or Content on any Social Network (including Ning ID and Network Member Data) or account it deems necessary or appropriate to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (b) enforce this Agreement, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues, (d) respond to User support requests, (e) protect the rights, property, or safety of Ning, its Users, and the general public, or (f) investigate or defend ourselves against third-party claims or allegations.
You need to register and create a Ning ID in order to become a Ning Member, Network Member or Network Creator on the Ning Platform. You are responsible for keeping your Ning ID password secure. Ning IDs are non-transferable. You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your Ning ID. Ning reserves the right to log off or deactivate Member accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time.
When you create Your Social Network, Ning gives you the flexibility to choose your own subdomain for Your Social Network (e.g.," developer" in the example: http://developer.ning.com) ("Network Subdomain"). You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under Your Social Network's Subdomain. Ning maintains ownership of your Network Subdomain and grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, freely revocable, license solely to use the Network Subdomain on the Ning Platform.
You may not use anyone else's account, Ning ID or Network Subdomain at any time, without the permission of the account holder. You should never give out your password to another individual or entity. Ning will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your Ning ID, Network Subdomain, or password, either with or without your knowledge. However, you may be held liable for losses incurred by Ning or another party due to someone else using your Ning ID, Network Subdomain, or password. In other words, please be careful with your identity and passwords.
YOUR USE OF THE NING PLATFORM, AND ALL NETWORK CODE, PLATFORM CODE, THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE, NON-NING CODE, AND CONTENT (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CONTENT), ARE AT YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK. THE NING PLATFORM AND ALL NETWORK CODE, PLATFORM CODE, THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE, NON-NING CODE AND CONTENT (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CONTENT) ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. NING AND ITS SUCCESSORS, AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, PARTNERS AND AGENTS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, PERFORMANCE, SYSTEM INTEGRATION, QUIET ENJOYMENT, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. NING AND ITS SUCCESSORS, AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, PARTNERS AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY THAT THE NING PLATFORM, OR ANY NETWORK CODE, PLATFORM CODE, THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE, NON-NING CODE OR CONTENT (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CONTENT) WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE NING PLATFORM OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THE NING PLATFORM AVAILABLE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. NING MAKES NO GUARANTEE REGARDING (A) THE AMOUNT, TIMING AND DELIVERY OF ANY CLICKS OR IMPRESSIONS WITH RESPECT TO ANY CONTENT (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CONTENT) OR ADVERTISING ON THE NING PLATFORM OR YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK (B) THE VOLUME AND QUALITY OF ANY TRAFFIC TO YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK OR (C) THE COMPATIBILITY OF YOUR CODE OR ANY NON-NING CODE WITH ANY NING TECHNOLOGY.
ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE NING PLATFORM IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM NING OR ITS SUCCESSORS, AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, PARTNERS OR AGENTS, OR THROUGH OR FROM THE NING PLATFORM SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Ning, and its successors, subsidiaries, affiliates, co-branders, contractors, employees, all third-party advertisers, technology providers, service providers or other partners, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees and representatives, from and against any third party claim, demand, loss, damage, cost, or liability (including, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to:
Ning reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. You agree not to settle any matter without the prior written consent of Ning. Ning will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.
Your interactions with other Users, including payment and delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and the other User. Like with any web-based interaction, we suggest that you use caution and good judgment. If there is a dispute between you and any third party (including any Network Member or Network Creator), Ning is under no obligation to become involved.
You release Ning, its officers, employees, agents and successors from claims, demands and damages of every kind or nature arising out of or related to any disputes with other Users. If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor." And, if you are not a California resident, you waive any applicable state statutes of a similar effect.
YOU AGREE THAT, UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL NING OR ITS SUCCESSORS, AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, PARTNERS OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR (A) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, COST OF COVER, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF NING HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE NING PLATFORM; OR (B) ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT (IN THE AGGREGATE FOR ALL POTENTIAL CLAIMS BY YOU) IN EXCESS OF THE GREATER OF (i) $100 AND (ii) THE TOTAL AMOUNTS PAID TO NING BY YOU IN THE TWELVE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE INITIAL NOTICE OF ANY CLAIM.
THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SOLD OR PROVIDED ON ANY THIRD PARTY SITES OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY ANY THIRD PARTIES OTHER THAN NING (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY APPLICATION DEVELOPERS) AND RECEIVED BY YOU THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE NING PLATFORM OR RECEIVED BY YOU ON ANY THIRD PARTY SITES.
CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF YOU RESIDE IN SUCH A JURISDICTION, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS. THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF WARRANTIES, REMEDIES OR LIABILITY CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT SUCH LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS ARE PERMITTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE JURISDICTION IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED.
Ning reserves the right at any time (and from time to time) to modify, suspend, or discontinue providing the Ning Platform or any part thereof with or without notice. Ning will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Ning Platform.
We may amend, modify, change, add or remove portions of this Agreement or any Guidelines at any time without notice to you by posting a revised version on www.ning.com or elsewhere on the Ning Platform. The revised version will be effective at the time we post it. Please check this Agreement and any Guidelines periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Ning Platform after posting of the changes constitutes your binding acceptance of such changes. We last modified this Agreement on the date stated above. However, if the revised version includes a material change, it will be effective for an existing User (including Ning Member, Network Member or Network Creator) on the earlier of (a) the date you accept it, and (b) 30 days after the material changes are initially posted to www.ning.com or elsewhere on the Ning Platform. The revised version will apply to you immediately if you are a User who registers or first uses the Ning Platform on or after the posting of the revised version.
This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless and until your account is terminated as provided herein. You may terminate your membership within any Social Network on the Ning Platform at any time and for any or no reason by following the instructions on the "My Settings" page while logged in to a Social Network. Additionally, you may terminate your Ning ID account and end your use of the Ning Platform at any time and for no reason by following the directions here or contacting us at email@example.com or at the address set forth below in the "Contacting Ning" Section.
Ning has the right (at its sole discretion) for any reason to (i) delete, disable or deactivate your account, block your email or IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of the Ning Platform or any Social Network, (ii) remove and discard any Network Code or Content within any Social Network or anywhere on the Ning Platform or (iii) shut down a Social Network, with or without notice, and with no liability of any kind to you.
If you terminate your account, we will have no obligation to refund you any fees you may have paid except as may be required by applicable law.
Upon deactivating your account, this Agreement terminates and you will no longer have a right to access your account, Your Code, Your Content, Your Network Member Data or Your Social Network(s). Ning will not have any obligation to assist you in migrating your data, Your Content, Your Network Member Data, Your Code or Your Social Network(s) off of the Ning Platform and Ning does not keep any back-up of any of Your Content or Your Network Member Data. Ning is not responsible for deleting Your Code, Network Code or Content on your behalf. Note that, even if Your Code, Network Code or Content is deleted from Ning's active servers, it may remain in our archives (but we have no obligation to archive or back-up Your Code or such Network Code or Content), and subject to the licenses set forth in this Agreement.
The following Sections will survive termination of these Terms of Service for any reason: Sections 1, 3, 4-9, 13-24, 27-33.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to conflict of law principles. The provisions of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods and the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, however designated, are excluded and shall not apply to this Agreement or any transactions hereunder.
You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts and federal courts located within Santa Clara County, California for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes.
The parties are independent contractors with respect to each other. This Agreement does not constitute and shall not be construed as constituting a partnership or joint venture among the parties hereto, or an employee-employer relationship. You agree that Ning has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. Neither party shall have any right, power or authority to enter into any agreement for or on behalf of, or incur any obligation or liability of, or to otherwise bind, the other party.
You agree to comply with all applicable export and reexport control laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce, trade and economic sanctions maintained by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") maintained by the Department of State. Specifically, you agree that you shall not -- directly or indirectly -- sell, export, reexport, transfer, divert, or otherwise dispose of any products, software, or technology (including products derived from or based on such software or technology) received from Ning under this Agreement to any destination, entity, or person prohibited by the laws or regulations of the United States, without obtaining prior authorization from the competent government authorities as required by those laws and regulations. You agree to indemnify, to the fullest extent permitted by law, Ning from and against any fines or penalties that may arise as a result of your breach of this provision. This export control clause shall survive termination or cancellation of this Agreement.
The parties specifically disavow any desire or intention to create a "third party" beneficiary contract, and specifically declare that no person, except for the parties and their permitted assigns, shall have any rights hereunder nor any right of enforcement hereof.
The failure of Ning to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should try to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement remain in full force and effect.
You may not delegate your duties under this Agreement or assign this Agreement or your Ning accounts or Ning IDs, in whole or in part, provided, however, that you may assign this Agreement in connection with any merger (including by operation of law), consolidation, reorganization, or sale of all or substantially all of its related assets or similar transaction. Ning may assign any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without consent, including, in connection with any merger (including by operation of law), consolidation, reorganization, or sale of all or substantially all of its related assets or similar transaction. This Agreement shall be binding on the parties' permitted assignees, transferees and successors.
The terms "including" and "includes" shall be deemed to be followed by the statement "without limitation" and neither of these terms shall be construed to limit any word or statement it follows to the specific or similar terms or matters immediately following it.
Ning may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to this Agreement or any of Ning's terms and conditions, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Ning Platform. Notice will be deemed given twenty-four (24) hours after email is sent, unless Ning has previously been notified that the email address is invalid. Notices not pertaining to any amendments to this Agreement or any Guidelines (such as notices relating to technical changes to the Ning Platform) are deemed given two (2) days following the initial posting.
You may contact Ning in the following ways:
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