Terms of Service
Last Revised: January 3, 2012
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY. BY ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEB SITE OR THE SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND ALL TERMS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THIS WEB SITE OR ANY CONTENT OR SERVICES RELATED THERETO.
I. WEB SITE TERMS OF SERVICE
Welcome to ShutterGuides, an online community and collection of online services that enables users to find and share photography locations using GPS technology, digital images and text, and communicate with other users ("ShutterGuides" or the "Service"). The Service is operated by ShutterGuides LLC ("Company,” "we," or "us") and is accessed through the company web sites located at shutterguides.com (the "Web Sites") or through mobile devices. Company provides the Web Sites and the Service to you subject to the following Terms of Service ("TOS").
You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time at http://www.shutterguides.com/tos/. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to update or revise these TOS. Please check the TOS periodically for changes. Any changes or modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the revisions on the Web Sites, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications. Your continued use of this site following the posting of any changes to the TOS constitutes acceptance of those changes. Therefore, you should frequently review the TOS and applicable policies to understand the terms and conditions that apply to your use of the Web Sites. If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the Site.
In addition, when using particular Company owned or operated services or Company software, you shall be subject to any license terms, posted guidelines or rules applicable to such software or services, which may be posted from time to time. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOS.
You must be thirteen years of age or older to register as a member of ShutterGuides or use the Web Sites, and by registering you represent and warrant that you are at least 13 years of age. Membership in ShutterGuides is void where prohibited. Company reserves the right to terminate your membership for any reason, or no reason, at any time.
User Content and Conduct
The Service includes GPS data, pictures, text, data, information, guides, messages, and other content and materials that is posted by its users (the "User Content"). Company does not claim ownership of User Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service, except as specifically provided otherwise on the Web Sites. However, you grant Company a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sub-licensable, royalty-free and non-exclusive license(s) to distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform, publicly display and otherwise use in any manner or media such User Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such User Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.
You are solely responsible for any User Content you post. By using the Web Sites, you acknowledge and agree that Company does not select, approve, endorse, or otherwise sanction any User Content posted by you or other users and that Company will not be responsible nor liable for such User Content or for any loss or damage that you have incurred as a result of the use of such User Content. In addition, Company is not liable for any mistakes, omissions, falsehoods, defamation, slander, libel, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter. Your use of any User Content is at your own risk. Although Company does not control and has no obligation to review, screen, edit or monitor any of the User Content posted on the Web Sites, Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without any notice to you or other users, to remove, screen, edit, delete, disable access to or refuse any User Content posted on the Web Sites for any reason whatsoever or for no reason.
You acknowledge and agree that ShutterGuides and the Web Sites are available for your personal, non-commercial use only. You represent and warrant that you have the full right and authority to post the User Content you post to the Web Sites and that such User Content is accurate and not misleading, will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, or intellectual property or rights of privacy or publicity, and will not violate the TOS or cause injury to any person or entity. You acknowledge and agree not to collect personal information from other users, by manual or automated means, for any purpose, including sending unsolicited communication. Your use of the Web Sites is limited to uses that will not damage, impair, or overburden the Web Sites. You acknowledge and agree not to use or attempt to use another member's account without authorization from Company. You also acknowledge and agree not to post User Content that:
- promotes racism, bigotry, or hatred towards groups or individuals, or that Company deems to be inappropriate;
- is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable
- harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
- contains or implies personal identifying information of a third party, including, but not limited to, name, email address, phone number, or home address;
- displays obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind;
- contains any form of solicitation, including, but not limited to, unsolicited mass mailings or 'spamming';
- contains software viruses or any computer code designed to interfere with the functionality of the Web Sites or other users' communications equipment;
- solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users or members;
- contains any private or personal information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers;
- is intended to deceive users or members into dangerous or unlawful activity or that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate any third party rights, or otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law;
- impersonates any person or entity, misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity or creates or attempts to create a false identity on the Web Sites;
- contains or displays copyright or trademark materials, or other proprietary materials owned by others.
The information you post to the Web Sites, including but not limited to guides, spots, and comments is displayed to the public in general. Users must exercise care and due diligence in disclosing personal information.
Any use of the Web Sites or the Service in violation of the foregoing violates the TOS and may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Web Sites and the Service. Enforcement of the user content or conduct rules set forth in this TOS is solely at Company's discretion, and failure to enforce such rules in some instances does not constitute a waiver of our right to enforce such rules in other instances. In addition, these rules do not create any private right of action on the part of any third party or any reasonable expectation that the Web Sites will not contain any content that is prohibited by such rules.
You agree to indemnify and hold Company and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of User Content you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.
Member Interaction and Disputes
You acknowledge and agree that your interaction with persons, individuals, other users, organizations, and other entities found on or through ShutterGuides are solely between you and other persons, individuals, other members, organizations, and other entities. You acknowledge and agree that Company will not be liable, responsible, or otherwise legally accountable to you or to any third party for any loss or damage of any sort that you or any third party have incurred from your interaction with such persons, individuals, other users, organizations, and other entities found on or through the Web Sites. In case of a dispute between users of ShutterGuides or other participants of the Web Sites, or between users and any third party, you acknowledge and agree that Company is not liable, responsible, or otherwise legally accountable for such dispute nor is Company under any obligation to become involved in such disputes. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other ShutterGuides users. Company reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other users.
By using ShutterGuides, you acknowledge and agree that the Web Sites may contain links to other websites ("Linked Sites"), which may change from time to time. You also acknowledge and agree that such Linked Sites are independently owned and operated, and that their content is not controlled by Company. You also acknowledge and agree that Company is neither responsible nor liable for the content, accuracy, or opinions expressed and contained within Linked Sites nor for any loss or damage that you may incur by any materials contained within Linked Sites. Company does not monitor, investigate, nor check these Linked Sites for accuracy. Company makes no claims nor warrants the truthfulness, legitimacy, completeness, or validity of the materials contained in such Linked Sites. Inclusion of the Linked Sites does not imply approval or endorsement of the materials contained in Linked Sites by Company. Your use of these Linked Sites will always be at your own risk and responsibility.
Proprietary Rights; License to Use Web Sites
Unless otherwise indicated in the Web Sites, the Web Sites and all content and other materials on the Web Sites, including, without limitation, the Company logo, and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, other files and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, the "Site Materials") are the proprietary property of Company or its licensors or users and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.
You are granted a limited, non-sublicensable license to access and use the Web Sites and electronically copy, (except where prohibited without a license) and print to hard copy portions of the Site Materials for your informational, non-commercial and personal use only Such license is subject to the TOS and does not include: (a) any resale or commercial use of the Site or the Site Materials therein; (b) the collection and use of any product listings, pictures or descriptions; (c) the distribution, public performance or public display of any Site Materials, (d) modifying or otherwise making any derivative uses of the Site and the Site Materials, or any portion thereof; (e) use of any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; (f) downloading (other than the page caching) of any portion of the Site, the Site Materials or any information contained therein, except as expressly permitted on the Site; or (g) any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than for its intended purpose. Any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than as specifically authorized herein, without the prior written permission of Company, is strictly prohibited and will violate the TOS and terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including without limitation copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in the TOS shall be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.
Repeat Infringer Policy
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, Company has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Company's sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Company may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
If you believe that anything on the Site infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement using the controls set up on that page.
ShutterGuides, ShutterGuides LLC, the Company logo and any other product or service name or slogan contained in the Web Sites are trademarks of Company and its suppliers or licensors, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Company or the applicable trademark holder. You may not use any metatags or any other "hidden text" utilizing "Company" or any other name, trademark or product or service name of Company without our prior written permission. In addition, the look and feel of the Web Sites, including all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, is the service mark, trademark and/or trade dress of Company and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned in the Web Sites are the property of their respective owners. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by us.
Limitation of Service
You acknowledge and agree that Company may establish limits concerning the use of the Web Sites, including but not limited to the maximum amount of saved User Content. You acknowledge and agree that Company has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any User Content that you transmitted to the Web Sites. You acknowledge and agree that Company reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue ShutterGuides or the Web Sites at any time for any reason with or without notice and that Company will not be liable, responsible, or otherwise legally accountable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of ShutterGuides or the Web Sites.
Termination of Service
You acknowledge and agree that Company, in its sole control and discretion, has the right to edit, delete, or deactivate your account, block your IP address, or otherwise interfere, restrict, or terminate your access to parts or all of the Web Sites immediately and without notice or liability to Company for any reason or for no reason. You also acknowledge and agree that Company may change, suspend, or discontinue any and all aspects of the Web Sites at any time, without notice, including the availability of any feature or User Content. You also acknowledge and agree that Company shall not be liable to you or any third party for any such interference and termination of your access to the Web Sites. Company assumes no responsibility and will not be liable for network hardware or other technical failure that may affect or disable any user's computer system which arises from the use of the Web Sites.
Routes and Measurements
The Web Sites utilizes maps and images from Google, Inc. by permission. All route measurements provided by the Web Sites are approximate and do not represent absolute measurements, either in metric (km) or English (miles) units. You acknowledge and agree that all measurements of routes that you create or view when using the Web Sites are approximate. You also acknowledge and agree that the routes you create or view when using the Web Sites may not be accurate, safe, or free of physical obstacles, that routes might be blocked or otherwise dangerous, or that some areas may not be open to the public or may be hazardous. You acknowledge and agree that Company is not liable or responsible and makes no recommendations or warranties as to your health and safety, or for any mishap or accident you may incur from using ShutterGuides or the Web Sites. Company disclaims any express or implied warranties for the security, reliability, timeliness, accuracy, or performance of the Web Sites and its Contents.
Third Party Content
Company may provide third party content on the Web Sites and may provide links to Web pages and content of third parties (collectively the "Third Party Content") as a service to those interested in this information. Company does not monitor or have any control over any Third Party Content or third party Web Sites. Company does not endorse or adopt any Third Party Content and can make no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. Company does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any information contained therein and undertakes no responsibility to update or review any Third Party Content. Users use such Third Party Content contained therein at their own risk.
Advertisements and Promotions; Third-Party Products and Services
Company may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Web Sites or may otherwise provide information about or links to third-party products or services on the Web Sites. Your business dealings or correspondence with, or participation in promotions of, such third parties, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and such third party. Company is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or promotions or as the result of the presence of such non-Company advertisers or third party information on the Web Sites.
Registration Data; Account Security
In consideration of your use of the Web Sites, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms on the Site ("Registration Data"); (b) maintain the security and confidentiality of your password and identification; (c) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data, and any other information you provide to Company, to keep it accurate, current and complete; and (d) accept all risks of unauthorized access to the Registration Data and any other information you provide to Company.
By using ShutterGuides and the Web Sites in planning physical activity, you attest and verify that you are physically fit and have sufficiently trained to visit locations. You also attest and acknowledge that your physical condition has been verified by a licensed medical doctor. You, the user, for yourself, your heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, successors and assigns, waive and release any and all rights, claims or courses of action you have or may have against Company, its agents, employees, officers, directors, successors and assigns, and representatives that may arise as a result of your use of ShutterGuides and the Web Sites.
General Disclaimer; Limitation of Liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE USE OF SHUTTERGUIDES AND THE WEB SITES IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THAT THE WEB SITES AND THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT MATERIALS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR ITS SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY, ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITES, THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT OR THE SITE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE WEB SITES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES CASED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITES OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR EMAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF COMPANY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE EXCEED ANY COMPENSATION YOU PAY, IF ANY, TO COMPANY FOR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE WEB SITES.
Governing Law; Jurisdiction
These Terms of Service shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the State of California and the United States of America, without regard to any conflict of law principles to the contrary. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to the Site or the Service shall be filed only in the state and federal courts located in Santa Clara County, California and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service.