Last Modified July 13th, 2019
Pixsle Terms of Service
(If you live in the United States)
Effective: February 18, 2019
We’ve drafted these Terms of Service (which we call the “Terms”) so you’ll know the rules that govern our relationship with you. Although we have tried our best to strip the legalese from the Terms, there are places where these Terms may still read like a traditional contract. There’s a good reason for that: These Terms do indeed form a legally binding contract between you and Pixsle. So please read them carefully.
By using Pixsle or any of our other products or services that link to these Terms (we refer to these simply as the “Services”), you agree to the Terms. Of course, if you don’t agree with them, then don’t use the Services.
ARBITRATION NOTICE: THESE TERMS CONTAIN AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE A LITTLE LATER ON. EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DISPUTES MENTIONED IN THAT ARBITRATION CLAUSE, YOU AND PIXSLE AGREE THAT DISPUTES BETWEEN US WILL BE RESOLVED BY MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION, AND YOU AND PIXSLE WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION.
1. who can use the services
No one under 18 is allowed to create an account or use the Services. We may offer additional Services with additional terms that may require you to be even older to use them. So please read all terms carefully.
By using the Services, you state that:
– You can form a binding contract with Pixsle
– You are not a person who is barred from receiving the Services under the laws of the United States or any other applicable jurisdiction—including, for example, that you do not appear on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or face any other similar prohibition.
– You are not a convicted sex offender.
– You will comply with these Terms and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules, and regulations.
2. rights we grant you
Pixsle grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, nonexclusive, revocable, and non-sublicensable license to access and use the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of letting you use and enjoy the Services’ benefits in a way that these Terms and our usage policies allow.
Any software that we provide you may automatically download and install upgrades, updates, or other new features. You may be able to adjust these automatic downloads through your device’s settings.
You may not copy, modify, distribute, sell, or lease any part of our Services, nor may you reverse engineer or attempt to extract the source code of that software, unless laws prohibit these restrictions or you have our written permission to do so.
3. Rights you grant us
Many of our Services let you manage, share, and download content. When you do that, you retain whatever ownership rights in that content you had to begin with. But you grant us a license to use that content.
We consider Saved photos as “Public Content.” For all content you save from a photographer, you grant Pixsle and our affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, and distribute that content. This license is for the limited purpose of operating, developing, providing, promoting, and improving the Services and researching and developing new ones.
Because Saved Content was inherently captured in a public setting, the license you grant us for this content is broad. In addition to granting us the rights mentioned in the previous paragraph, you also grant us a perpetual license to create derivative works from, promote, exhibit, broadcast, syndicate, sublicense, publicly perform, and publicly display Saved Content in any form and in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). To the extent it’s necessary, when you appear in photographs captured by Pixsle photographers, you also grant Pixsle, our affiliates, and our business partners the unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use your name, likeness, and voice, including in connection with commercial or sponsored content. This means, among other things, that you will not be entitled to any compensation from Pixsle, our affiliates, or our business partners if your name, likeness, or voice is conveyed through the Services, either on the Pixsle application or on one of our business partner’s platforms.
While we’re not required to do so, we may access, review, screen, and delete your photographs at any time and for any reason, including to provide and develop the Services or if we think your content violates these Terms.
The Services may contain advertisements. In consideration for Pixsle letting you access and use the Services, you agree that we, our affiliates, and our third-party partners may place advertising on the Services. Because the Services contain content that you and other users provide us, advertising may sometimes appear near your content.
We always love to hear from our users. But if you provide feedback or suggestions, just know that we can use them without compensating you, and without any restriction or obligation to you.
4. the content of others
Photographs captured by Pixsle Photographers, whether that content is posted publicly or sent privately is the sole responsibility of the person or organization that submitted it. Although Pixsle reserves the right to review or remove all photographs that appears on the Services, we do not necessarily review all of it. So we cannot—and do not—take responsibility for any content that others provide through the Services.
6. respecting other people’s rights
Pixsle respects the rights of others. And so should you. You therefore may not use the Services, or enable anyone else to use the Services, in a manner that:
– Violates or infringes someone else’s rights of publicity, privacy, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual-property right.
– Bullies, harasses, or intimidates.
– Spams or solicits our users.
You must also respect Pixsle’s rights and Terms. You may not do any of the following (or enable anyone else to do so):
– Copy, archive, download, upload, distribute, syndicate, broadcast, perform, display, make available, or otherwise use any portion of the Services or the content on the Services except as set forth in these Terms.
– Use the Services, any tools provided by the Services, or any content on the Services for any commercial purposes without our consent.
In short: You may not use the Services or the content on the Services in ways that are not authorized by these Terms. Nor may you help anyone else in doing so.
We try hard to keep our Services a safe place for all users. But we can’t guarantee it. That’s where you come in. By using the Services, you agree that:
– You will not use the Services for any purpose that is illegal or prohibited in these Terms. – You will not use any robot, spider, crawler, scraper, or other automated means or interface to access the Services or extract other user’s information.
– You will not use or develop any third-party applications that interact with the Services or other users’ content or information without our written consent.
– You will not use the Services in a way that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect, or inhibit other users from fully enjoying the Services, or that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the functioning of the Services.
– You will not use or attempt to use another user’s account, username, or password without their permission.
– You will not solicit login credentials from another user.
– You will not upload viruses or other malicious code or otherwise compromise the security of the Services.
– You will not attempt to circumvent any content-filtering techniques we employ, or attempt to access areas or features of the Services that you are not authorized to access.
– You will not probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of our Services or any system or network.
– You will not encourage or promote any activity that violates these Terms.
We also care about your safety while using our Services. So do not use our Services in a way that would distract you from obeying traffic or safety laws. For example, never use Pixsle and drive. And never put yourself or others in harm’s way just to capture a photograph.
8. your account
You are responsible for any activity that occurs in your Pixsle account. So it’s important that you keep your account secure. One way to do that is to select a strong password that you don’t use for any other account.
By using the Services, you agree that, in addition to exercising common sense:
– You will not create an account using a falsified name.
– You will not create an account using another person’s facial data, including photos of anyone else other than yourself. Your account must be of you and you only.
– You will not create more than one account for yourself.
– You will not create another account if we have already disabled your account, unless you have our written permission to do so.
– You will not buy, sell, rent, or lease access to your Pixsle account, a Pixsle username, or a friend link without our written permission.
– You will not share your password.
– You will not log in or attempt to access the Services through unauthorized third-party applications or clients.
We reserve the right to delete any accounts that do not adhere to the above terms at our discretion.
If you think that someone has gained access to your account, please immediately reach out to Pixsle support through firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Saved photos
Your Saved Photos are stored on our data-storage service that makes it easier for you to access. By agreeing to these Terms, you automatically enable this Service. Saved Photos will remain stored on our data-storage service for as long as you maintain your Pixsle account.
Your Saved Photos might become unavailable for any number of reasons, including things like an operational glitch or a decision on our end to terminate your account. Since we can’t promise that your content will always be available, we recommend keeping a separate copy of your content. We try our best to maintain optimal server functions, but cannot guarantee User’s photos will be saved in the event of a server error. Therefore, we recommend User’s download any photo they wish to save on their local device. Pixsle is not responsible for any lost photos as result of server errors or any technological malfunction.
We make no promise that your Saved Photos will be able to accommodate your precise storage needs. We reserve the right to set storage limits for Saved Photos, and we may change these limits from time to time at our sole discretion. And just as with our other Services, Saved Photos may take up space on your device and may incur mobile data charges.
10. data charges and mobile phones
You are responsible for any mobile charges that you may incur for using our Services, including text-messaging and data charges. If you’re unsure what those charges may be, you should ask your service provider before using the Services.
11. third party services
If you use a service, feature, or functionality that is operated by a third party and made available through our Services (including Services we jointly offer with the third party), each party’s terms will govern the respective party’s relationship with you. Pixsle is not responsible or liable for a third party’s terms or actions taken under the third party’s terms.
12. Modifying the Services and Termination
We’re relentlessly improving our Services and creating new ones all the time. That means we may add or remove features, products, or functionalities, and we may also suspend or stop the Services altogether. We may take any of these actions at any time, and when we do, we may not provide you with any notice beforehand.
While we hope you remain a lifelong Pixsle User, you can terminate these Terms at any time and for any reason by deleting your account. Pixsle may also terminate these Terms with you at any time, for any reason, and without advanced notice. That means that we may stop providing you with any Services, or impose new or additional limits on your ability to use our Services. For example, we may deactivate your account due to prolonged inactivity, and we may reclaim your username at any time for any reason.
You agree, to the extent permitted by law, to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Pixsle, our affiliates, directors, officers, stockholders, employees, licensors, and agents from and against any and all complaints, charges, claims, damages, losses, costs, liabilities, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) due to, arising out of, or relating in any way to: (a) your access to or use of the Services; (b) your content; and (c) your breach of these Terms.
We try to keep the Services up and running and free of annoyances. But we make no promises that we will succeed.
THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN ADDITION, WHILE PIXSLE ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE A GOOD USER EXPERIENCE, WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT: (A) THE SERVICES WILL ALWAYS BE SECURE, ERROR-FREE, OR TIMELY; (B) THE SERVICES WILL ALWAYS FUNCTION WITHOUT DELAYS, DISRUPTIONS, OR IMPERFECTIONS; OR (C) THAT ANY CONTENT, USER CONTENT, OR INFORMATION YOU OBTAIN ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES WILL BE TIMELY OR ACCURATE.
PIXSLE TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ANY CONTENT THAT YOU, ANOTHER USER, OR A THIRD PARTY UPLOADS, SAVES, RECEIVES, OR STORES ON OR THROUGH OUR SERVICES. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO CONTENT THAT MIGHT BE OFFENSIVE, ILLEGAL, MISLEADING, OR OTHERWISE INAPPROPRIATE, NONE OF WHICH PIXSLE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR.
15. Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, PIXSLE AND OUR MANAGING MEMBERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, AGENTS, AND SUPPLIERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR MULTIPLE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM: (A) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (B) THE CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES; OR (C) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT, EVEN IF PIXSLE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL PIXSLE’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE SERVICES EXCEED THE GREATER OF $100 USD OR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID PIXSLE, IF ANY, IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.
16. Arbitration, Class-Action Waiver, and Jury Waiver
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THEY REQUIRE YOU AND PIXSLE TO AGREE TO RESOLVE ALL DISPUTES BETWEEN US THROUGH BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION.
a. Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. You and Pixsle agree that all claims and disputes (whether contract, tort, or otherwise), including all statutory claims and disputes, arising out of or relating to these Terms or the use of the Services that cannot be resolved in small claims court will be resolved by binding arbitration on an individual basis, except that you and Pixsle are not required to arbitrate any dispute in which either party seeks equitable relief for the alleged unlawful use of copyrights, trademarks, trade names, logos, trade secrets, or patents. To be clear: The phrase “all claims and disputes” also includes claims and disputes that arose between us before the effective date of these Terms.
b. Arbitration Rules. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this dispute-resolution provision. Arbitration will be initiated through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and will be governed by the AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules, available here as of the date of these Terms, or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. If the AAA is not available to arbitrate, the parties will select an alternative arbitral forum. The rules of the arbitral forum will govern all aspects of this arbitration, except to the extent those rules conflict with these Terms. The arbitration will be conducted by a single neutral arbitrator. Any claims or disputes where the total amount sought is less than $10,000 USD may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount sought is $10,000 USD or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the arbitral forum’s rules. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
c. Additional Rules for Non-appearance Arbitration. If non-appearance arbitration is elected, the arbitration will be conducted by telephone, online, written submissions, or any combination of the three; the specific manner will be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration. The arbitration will not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless the parties mutually agree otherwise.
d. Fees. If you choose to arbitrate with Pixsle, you will not have to pay any fees to do so. That is because Pixsle will reimburse you for your filing fee and the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules provide that any hearing fees and arbitrator compensation are our responsibility. To the extent another arbitral forum is selected, Pixsle will pay that forum’s fees as well.
e. Authority of the Arbitrator. The arbitrator will decide the jurisdiction of the arbitrator and the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Pixsle The dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator will have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim or dispute. The arbitrator will have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under law, the arbitral forum’s rules, and the Terms. The arbitrator will issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and Pixsle
f. Waiver of Jury Trial. YOU AND PIXSLE WAIVE ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY. You and Pixsle are instead electing to have claims and disputes resolved by arbitration. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient, and less costly than rules applicable in court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In any litigation between you and Pixsle over whether to vacate or enforce an arbitration award, YOU AND PIXSLE WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, and elect instead to have the dispute be resolved by a judge.
g. Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS. CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER. If, however, this waiver of class or consolidated actions is deemed invalid or unenforceable, neither you nor we are entitled to arbitration; instead all claims and disputes will be resolved in a court as set forth in Section 18.
h. Right to Waive. Any rights and limitations set forth in this arbitration agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted. Such waiver will not waive or affect any other portion of this arbitration agreement.
i. Opt-out. You may opt out of this arbitration agreement. If you do so, neither you nor Pixsle can force the other to arbitrate. To opt out, you must notify Pixsle in writing no later than 30 days after first becoming subject to this arbitration agreement. Your notice must include your name and address, your Pixsle username and the email address you used to set up your Pixsle account (if you have one), and an unequivocal statement that you want to opt out of this arbitration agreement. You must email the opt-out notice to email@example.com.
j. Small Claims Court. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either you or Pixsle may bring an individual action in small claims court.
k. Arbitration Agreement Survival. This arbitration agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Pixsle.
17. Exclusive Venue
To the extent that these Terms allow you or Pixsle to initiate litigation in a court, both you and Pixsle agree that all claims and disputes (whether contract, tort, or otherwise), including statutory claims and disputes, arising out of or relating to the Terms or the use of the Services will be litigated exclusively in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. If, however, that court would lack original jurisdiction over the litigation, then all such claims and disputes will be litigated exclusively in the Supreme Court of Michigan. You and Pixsle consent to the personal jurisdiction of both courts.
18. Choice of Law
Except to the extent they are preempted by U.S. federal law, the laws of California, other than its conflict-of-laws principles, govern these Terms and any claims and disputes (whether contract, tort, or otherwise) arising out of or relating to these Terms or their subject matter.
If any provision of these Terms is found unenforceable, then that provision will be severed from these Terms and not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
20. Additional Terms for Specific Services
Given the breadth of our Services, we sometimes need to craft additional terms and conditions for specific Services. Those additional terms and conditions, which will be available with the relevant Services, then become part of your agreement with us if you use those Services. If any part of those additional terms and conditions conflicts with these Terms, the additional terms and conditions will prevail.
21. Final Terms
– These Terms (together with any additional terms applicable to specific Services you use) make up the entire agreement between you and Pixsle, and supersede any prior agreements.
– These Terms do not create or confer any third-party beneficiary rights.
– If we do not enforce a provision in these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver.
– We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.
– You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms without our consent.
Pixsle welcomes comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions. Please contact us by visiting firstname.lastname@example.org.