Terms of Service
Thank you for registering on grou.ps, an online service for creating your own Social Networks.
These terms of service covers your use of the grou.ps service for creating and enjoying Social Networks on the grou.ps Platform.
By registering with grou.ps, creating, or using Social Networks built on grou.ps, Inc. ("grou.ps" or "us"), you are agreeing to these terms of service ("Terms of Service" or "Terms").
Description & Definitions
grou.ps offers a platform for creating your own Social Networks ("Platform"). Our lawyers want us to define some other terms as well, so here it goes:
Social Networks or Networks
Are comprised of Code and Content. Networks are created by Users or by us and provided, through the use of the grou.ps Platform, for Users to connect with other Users online. Social Networks include features such as User profiles, friends, comments, recommendations, forums, photo sharing, video sharing, reviews, ratings, people matching, and events, among others.
Are people who register on grou.ps to create, find, visit, use, and contribute to one or more Networks, which can include posting Content or responding to Content.
Are Users who have created a Network on the grou.ps Platform.
Is the source code (e.g., HTML or PHP code) used to provide the functionality behind Social Networks on the grou.ps Platform. Code may be contributed by us, developed by a User, provided by another User, or any combination of the three. Public Code is Code that all Users may copy, modify, and use in other Networks. Private Code is Code for a Network that Users (other than the Network Creator of that Network) are not allowed to view, copy, or modify; the applicable Network Creator may, through a premium service, designate the Network's Code as Private Code.
Means any work of authorship (other than the Code and the user interface of a Social Network), including User profiles, comments, recommendations, forums, photos, videos, sounds, images, text, files, listings, postings, messages, or other materials posted on or transmitted through the grou.ps Platform or through any Network. Users upload Content to Social Networks. Social Networks, in turn, control Content. If the Network Creator designates the Network as private, any Content submitted to that Network will be deemed to be Private Content. Private Content is licensed for use only within the Network into which it is posted. Public Content is available in the Network in which it is posted, other Networks.
Are descriptions (words or phrases) you can assign to Content. You can assign as many Tags to Content as you like. You can also add, edit, and delete Tags that you've assigned.
grou.ps Platform Services
Unlimited Use Policy
grou.ps operates a fair use policy on all accounts with unlimited bandwidth and storage. With certain plans, you may transfer unlimited data inside your network for certain types of content including html, pictures and video. Videos, photos and files linked to from another website (hot-linked) are not included in your unlimited plan. If hot-linked traffic exceeds traffic inside your network then limits may be placed on your account. In the unlikely event that the traffic to your network starts to affect the performance of other parts of the platform then we may also need to migrate you to your own dedicated servers which may involve extra cost. We will endeavour to immediately contact you if we have limit or restrict your account in any way.
Ownership of Code and Content
grou.ps does not claim any ownership rights in the Content or the Code you provide. You, as the Network Creator, own the Code you develop ("your Code"). You also own the Content you create and upload ("your Content"). After posting your Content or your Code, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content or Code, and you continue to have the right to use and license your Content and your Code in any way you choose.
grou.ps reserves the right to delete any Content without prior notice. Content related to the competitor companies of grou.ps is strictly prohibited.
These Terms of Service includes a number of licenses that are necessary for grou.ps to make your Network and your Content available through the grou.ps Platform. For example, without the right to modify Content, grou.ps would not be able to format Content to meet technical requirements, and without the right to publicly perform or publicly display Content, grou.ps could not make the Content available for other Users to view.
Licenses to Code
We allow Code to be posted and used in Social Networks under a "grou.ps Code License" (which means the grou.ps Public Code License or the grou.ps Private Code License, as applicable) or under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL, but not the GPL), as described below. When you post Code to grou.ps, you may designate such Code, in the Code comments, as governed by the grou.ps Code License or the LGPL.
grou.ps may, but is not obligated to, review any Code to determine whether such Code is designated with the correct license, and grou.ps may change the comments for such Code (or any subpart of such Code) if grou.ps believes its designation is incorrect.
Unless the Code you post is third party Code and is governed by the LGPL (based on, for example, comments in the Code), the applicable grou.ps Code License will apply to the Code you post on grou.ps.
Public Code Licenses
Subject to the next paragraph, if you add Code to a Network for which you have not added the Private Code premium service called "Remove grou.ps Promotion Links" (i.e., Public Code), you grant grou.ps and other Users on the grou.ps Platform a worldwide, fully sub-licensable, fully paid-up and royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and create derivative works of that Public Code ("grou.ps Public Code License").
If a Public Code component you post is third-party Code (in whole or in part) and is governed by the LGPL, you grant grou.ps and other Users on the grou.ps Platform a license to such Public Code under the LGPL.
Licenses to Content and Transferability
License from You
Your Content remains yours but it is transferable. We claim no ownership interest in the Content you provide on Networks running on the grou.ps Platform. However, we also want to encourage sharing of Content between Users and Networks across the grou.ps Platform. To this end, by uploading Content to a Network in which the Content is designated as Public Content, you grant to grou.ps and all other Users a nonexclusive license to reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display such Content on the condition that the Content is attributed in a manner specified by its author, if at all (a "Public Content License").
If you upload Content to a Network in which the Content is designated as Private Content, you grant to grou.ps and all other Users of that Network a nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display such Content on that Network (including any RSS feeds and other distribution that is part of such Network) (a "Private Content License").
Unless you expressly state alternative applicable license terms in connection with your Content submission, the Public Content License will apply by default to Public Content and the Private Content License will apply by default to Private Content.
We should also mention that you are responsible for making sure that you have all rights in the Content you post that are necessary for you to grant everyone either the Public Content License or the Private Content License. (We'll cover this in more detail later.)
grou.ps reserves the rights to transfer the administrator rights as well as the ownership of the Network to a 3rd party without the approval or consent of the Network Founder. Having stated that, grou.ps also reserves the rights to change the administrator of inactive Networks(Networks that are below a certain amount of activity and member count) without prior notice.
Lastly, if a Network is deleted, the Content associated with that Network may also be deleted at the discretion of the Network Creator. We would encourage you to be sure you are comfortable with this possibility before contributing Content to a Network. Note that grou.ps may decide not to delete your Network upon your request - only Networks without content and member are likely to be deleted.
License from grou.ps
grou.ps grants to you a Creative Commons Attribution License to the Content made available by grou.ps for which grou.ps owns the copyrights. In the event of a conflict between the Creative Commons Attribution License and these Terms, these Terms will control. grou.ps does not grant you any rights to another User's Code or Content.
License to use the grou.ps Platform
During the term of these Terms, grou.ps grants you a limited, revocable license to use the software underlying and enabling the grou.ps Platform as required for your use of the Social Networks built on top of it, subject to the terms and conditions of these Terms.
Code and Content
You agree to comply with the license and restrictions applicable to each item of Code or Content you post, copy, access, or use.
You agree that all the intellectual property in the grou.ps Platform, other than the Code and Content you provide, are owned by grou.ps or the applicable User(s). Except as expressly permitted under these Terms, you agree not to:
a. Modify, distribute, or create derivative works based on the grou.ps Platform.
b. Run, rent, lease, loan, or sell access to the grou.ps Platform.
c. Decompile, reverse engineer, or copy the grou.ps Platform or any Network for which the source code is not provided to you or Code that is marked as Private Code; and
d. Reproduce or distribute any Private Content or Private Code outside the applicable Network.
grou.ps, the grou.ps Platform and other related graphics, our logo and sub-logos, grou.ps marks, and trade names used on the grou.ps Platform are the trademarks of grou.ps and may not be used without permission. Other trademarks, grou.ps Platform marks, and trade names that may appear on grou.ps are the property of their respective owners.
Accounts, Passwords, and Security
You must be a registered User to create Networks on the grou.ps Platform. Networks and their Network Creators, in turn, determine whether Users need to be registered with grou.ps to contribute Content in that Network. That is up to the discretion of the Network Creator. As a User, you are responsible for keeping your password secure. Names of Social Networks and grou.ps IDs are non-transferable. You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your grou.ps ID.
Content and Interaction
You agree to comply with the license and restrictions applicable to each item of Code or Content you post, copy, access, or use.
Content from other Users or advertisers is made available to you through Social Networks and the grou.ps Platform. Because grou.ps does not control such Content, you agree that grou.ps is not responsible for any such Content, including advertising and information about third party products or services.
Your interactions with other Users on the grou.ps Platform, 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 User. Like with any web-based interaction, we suggest that you use caution and good judgment.
You release grou.ps, its officers, employees, agents and successors from claims, demands and damages of every kind or nature arising out of or related to: (i) any disputes with other Users, and/or (ii) the grou.ps Platform.
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."
Support and Performance
grou.ps provides documentation to assist Network Creators in creating and enhancing their Network(s). As a Network Creator, you are responsible for implementing and maintaining all support for your Network(s). This includes, if you've customized the Code yourself, fixing bugs your Users might find and tell you about.
To enable a great experience for all Users on the grou.ps Platform, you, as a Network Creator, must ensure your Network(s) don't unduly degrade the performance of the grou.ps Platform. If your Network(s) exceed the quotas and limitations set by grou.ps (e.g., API calls or bandwidth) or otherwise degrade performance of the grou.ps Platform or other services in any way, we may suspend your Network(s) at our sole discretion.
Acceptable Use and Conduct
At the risk of sounding repetitive, you are solely responsible for your conduct, Networks, Code, and Content on the grou.ps Platform.
You also agree not to post or make available any Code or Content for which you don't have sufficient rights to grant the licenses above. Among other things, this means that you may not include Code or Content from third parties that is subject to license terms that are incompatible with the licenses you grant under these Terms, such as GPL.
You also agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available any Network, Code, or Content that:
• Is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or harms minors in any way
• Harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals
• Impersonates a grou.ps employee or User or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity
• Includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent
• Is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, or constitutes "bait and switch"
• Infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships
• Creates, sends, or enables anything that constitutes or contains "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any advertisement that you are prohibited by law from sending
• Constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation if (1) posted in Content; or (2) emailed to Users who have requested not to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests
• Advertises any illegal services or the sale of any items the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by applicable law, including without limitation items the sale of which is prohibited or regulated by applicable law
• Contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment
• Disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to the grou.ps Platform, or that otherwise negatively affects other Users' ability to use the grou.ps Platform
• Employs misleading email or IP addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of Content transmitted through the grou.ps Platform
Additionally, you agree not to:
• "Stalk" or otherwise harass anyone
• Collect Personal Data about other Users for commercial or unlawful purposes
• Use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from Social Networks and the grou.ps Platform - except for Internet search engines (e.g. Google) and non-commercial public archives (e.g. archive.org) that comply with our robots.txt file, or "well-behaved" web services/RSS/Atom clients. We reserve the right to define what we mean by "well-behaved"
• Post non-local or otherwise irrelevant Content, repeatedly post the same or similar Content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on grou.ps's infrastructure
• Attempt to gain unauthorized access to grou.ps's computer systems or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the grou.ps Platform
• Develop, invoke, or utilize any code to disrupt, diminish the quality of, interfere with the performance of, or impair the functionality of the grou.ps Platform or any Network
Privacy and Spam
You agree to comply with all applicable laws with respect to
ii. email communications, including without limitation CAN-SPAM, applicable state laws, and applicable laws in non-U.S. jurisdictions.
grou.ps Platform Policies
grou.ps may establish general polices and limits concerning use of the grou.ps Platform ("grou.ps 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 (as a Network Creator) and to Users on your behalf by grou.ps, the maximum number of times and duration for which you may access the grou.ps Platform or Social Networks in a given period of time, the maximum bandwidth used by your Apps or Content, and the maximum CPU power used by your Social Networks or Content. grou.ps reserves the right to log off or deactivate User accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time.
The grou.ps Platform Policies today limit the number of Social Networks a Network Creator can create to ten (10), each with a quota limit of 5GB (gigabytes) for Public Content, 500MB (megabytes) for Private Content, 10MB (megabytes) for the File System, and 100GB (gigabytes) per month of network bandwidth.
Copyright Infringement by Users
You, as a Network Creator, agree to promptly address any copyright owner's written notice (including any notices forwarded to you by grou.ps) that specified Content provided by User of a Network that you control infringes that third party's copyrights, provided that the notice substantially complies with the requirements in the grou.ps DMCA notice page. If you do not promptly remove the Content specified in the notice, grou.ps may remove the Content without any liability to you or to the User that posted such Content.
grou.ps maintains and enforces a policy of terminating the accounts of Users who are repeat copyright infringers.
Your Account Term
These Terms of Service commence upon your acceptance of these Terms and continues until terminated. These Terms will automatically terminate if grou.ps decides, in its sole discretion, to discontinue the grou.ps Platform.
If you purchase any services (including our Extra Services, such as Valet Build, Remote Authentication, Pay Wall, and others) that we offer for a fee, either on a one-time or subscription basis (“Premium Services”), you agree to grou.ps storing your payment card information. You also agree to pay the applicable fees for the Premium Services (including, without limitation, periodic fees for premium accounts) as they become due plus all related taxes, and to reimburse us for all collection costs and interest for any overdue amounts. Your obligation to pay fees continues through the date you cancel your subscription to the Premium Services. All fees and charges are nonrefundable and there are no refunds or credits for partially used periods. Your grou.ps subscription will be automatically extended for successive renewal periods of the same duration as the subscription term originally selected, at the then-current non-promotional subscription rate. To change or resign your subscription at any time, go to Account Settings. If you resign, you may use your subscription until the end of your then-current subscription term; your subscription will not be renewed after your then-current term expires. However, you won't be eligible for a prorated refund of any portion of the subscription fee paid for the then-current subscription period. You also acknowledge that grou.ps’s Premium Services are subject to this Agreement and any additional terms related to the provision of the Premium Service. In the event you fail to pay any amount under the Agreement when due or otherwise violate any of the terms set forth in this Agreement, in addition to any other remedies available at law or in equity, grou.ps will have the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately suspend your use and access to the Premium Services. Upon suspension of your access to the Premium Services, you will forfeit ownership of the Network and grou.ps reserves the right to transfer ownership to the first user to reclaim the Network.
Deactivating Your Account
You may deactivate your grou.ps account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on grou.ps.
grou.ps has the right (at its sole discretion) to delete or deactivate your account, block your email or IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of the grou.ps Platform or any Network, or remove and discard any Code or Content within any Network, without notice and for any reason.
If grou.ps terminates your membership in the Service because you have breached this Agreement, you will not be entitled to any refund of unused subscription fees.
Effects of Deactivating An Account
Upon deactivating your account, these Terms terminates and your access rights to the grou.ps Platform will immediately cease to exist. The Code for the Network(s) associated with your account will be deactivated; however, as previously mentioned, Code may remain on the grou.ps Platform in other Social Networks that made a copy of your Public Code. For Content you wish to delete from the grou.ps Platform, you can delete it by going to each of the Social Networks to which you've contributed. grou.ps is not responsible for deleting Content on your behalf. Note that, even if Code or Content is deleted from grou.ps's active servers, it may remain in archives. grou.ps will have no obligation to refund any fees paid for Premium Services.
The provisions under the following headings will survive termination of thses Terms for any reason: Licenses from You (under heading "Licenses to Code"), License from You (under heading "Licenses to Content"), Content and Interaction, Acceptable Use and Conduct, Privacy and Spam, Disclaimer of Warranties, Indemnity, and Limitation of Liability.
Changes to grou.ps and the grou.ps Platform
grou.ps reserves the right at any time (and from time to time) to modify, suspend, or discontinue providing the grou.ps Platform or any part thereof with or without notice. grou.ps will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the grou.ps Platform.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOUR USE OF THE grou.ps PLATFORM, AND ALL CODE AND CONTENT, ARE AT YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK. THE grou.ps PLATFORM AND ALL CODE AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. grou.ps AND EACH USER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS 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, SYSTEM INTEGRATION, QUIET ENJOYMENT, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER grou.ps NOR ANY USER MAKES ANY WARRANTY THAT THE grou.ps PLATFORM, OR AND CODE OR CONTENT WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless grou.ps, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, from and against any claim, demand, loss, damage, cost, or liability (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to
a. any Code or Content you submit, post, transmit, or make available through the grou.ps Platform;
b. your use or misuse of the grou.ps Platform;
c. your connection to the grou.ps Platform;
d. your violation of these Terms; or
e. your violation of any rights (including intellectual property rights) of a third party.
Limitation of Liability
YOU AGREE THAT grou.ps SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR (A) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF grou.ps HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE grou.ps PLATFORM OR ANY CODE OR CONTENT, (ii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSION OF DATA; AND (iii) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY (INCLUDING ANOTHER USER) IN THE grou.ps PLATFORM OR ANY CODE OR CONTENT; OR (B) FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS IN EXCESS OF THE GREATER OF (i) $100 AND (ii) THE TOTAL AMOUNTS PAID TO grou.ps BY YOU IN THE THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE INITIAL NOTICE OF ANY CLAIM.
Updates to Terms of Service
These Terms may be updated or changed by grou.ps from time to time upon grou.ps's posting of the amended Terms on this page. If you do not agree to changes to the Terms, you must notify grou.ps to terminate your account.
In addition to these Terms, you will comply with all policies applicable to grou.ps and the grou.ps Platform, which policies are (i) either posted in the grou.ps Platform or provided to you and (ii) incorporated by reference into these Terms.
The failure of grou.ps to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms 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 these Terms of Service remain in full force and effect. Your grou.ps account is non-transferable. You may not delegate your duties under these Terms or assign these Terms, in whole or in part.
Any unauthorized use of any grou.ps computer system is a violation of these Terms and certain federal and state laws, including without limitation the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. S 1030 et seq.), Section 502 of the California Penal Code and Section 17538.45 of the California Business and Professions Code. Such violations may subject the unauthorized user and his or her agents to civil and criminal penalties.
The other Users of the grou.ps Platform are intended third party beneficiaries of your obligations under these Terms.
grou.ps may assign these Terms to any successor or purchaser of grou.ps or all or substantially all of its assets.
Any dispute between the parties arising out of these Terms shall be settled by arbitration utilizing the dispute resolution procedures of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in San Francisco, CA. You hereby waive any right to a jury trial of any such dispute.
These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any conflict of laws principles that may provide the application of the law of another jurisdiction.
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