republic of change terms of service

 

Effective Date: August 2, 2015

We’ll try to make this as painless and straightforward as possible.

This is a contract (“Terms”) between you and Greenster Inc. (“Republic of Change,” “we,” or “us”), applicable when you use our sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content provided by Republic of Change, globally, in existence now or in the future (“Republic of Change Services”).

These terms are a binding agreement

Even if your eyes normally glaze over the word “Terms,” it’s a good idea to read this agreement carefully before you use Republic of Change. For one thing, we want your feedback and suggestions on how to do things better. (We’d really like to hear from you: email your input weare@republicofchange.com.) For another, by using Republic of Change Services, you agree to be bound by everything in these Terms. If you don’t agree to the Terms, please don’t use Republic of Change.

Your content

You own the rights to the content you agree to post on Republic of Change. We don’t claim ownership over any of it. However, by posting or transferring or agreeing to post content to Republic of Change, you give us permission to use your content solely to do the things we need to do to provide Republic of Change Services, including, without limitation, storing, displaying, reproducing, and distributing your content. This may include promoting your content with partner companies or services for broader broadcast, distribution, or publication.

We will never sell your content to third parties without your explicit permission.

By publishing or agreeing to publish on Republic of Change, you agree to allow others to view your content.

We may pre-screen user content and reserve the right (though no obligation) to refuse or remove any content you post or transfer to Republic of Change Services for any reason.

You can request to have your content deleted from Republic of Change at any time, though there may be a delay in removing it from public view due to operational requirements. We retain, but do not publicly display, backup copies of your deleted content on our servers for 30 days after you delete your account. If you content is deleted, it may be permanently unrecoverable.

You’re responsible for the content you submit to Republic of Change and assume all risks associated with it, including anyone else’s reliance on its accuracy, or claims relating to intellectual property or other legal rights. By submitting, you represent that you own or have the necessary rights to post the content on Republic of Change, and that doing so doesn’t conflict with any other licenses you’ve granted.

Our content

The look and feel of Republic of Change Services are copyright Greenster Inc. All rights reserved. You may not duplicate, copy, or reuse any portion of the HTML/CSS, JavaScipt, logos, or visual design elements without express written permission from Republic of Change unless otherwise permitted by law.

We may modify these Terms at any time

We can change these Terms at any time. If the changes are material, we’ll let you know by email or posting a notice on the site before the changes go into effect. The notice will designate a reasonable amount of time (the “Notice Period”) after which the new terms will go into effect for all users. If you don’t agree to the new terms, please delete your account within the Notice Period. If you do not delete your account within the Notice Period, your content and use of the site will be subject to the new terms going forward.

We may modify our Services at any time

We do our best to provide you a reliable and evolving service, but we may change, terminate, or restrict access to any aspect of the service, at any time, without notice.

Privacy

When you use Republic of Change Services, you consent to the collection and use of information as detailed in our Privacy Policy. If you’re outside Canada or the United States, you consent to the transfer, storage, and processing of your information—including but not limited to the content you posted or transferred to the site and any personal information—to and within Canada or the United States and other countries.

Children must have parental consent

Republic of Change is only for people 13 years old and over. If you’re under 13, you must have parental consent to use Republic of Change Services. If we learn a child under 13 is using Republic of Change Services without parental consent, we will terminate the child’s account.

Security and Responsible Disclosures

We take security very seriously, and are always on the lookout for opportunities to make our service better. If you are a security researcher and discover a vulnerability in one of our products, we would love to discuss your findings and would be grateful for your report. You may not destroy or degrade the performance of our products and services, or violate the privacy and integrity of user accounts and data. As long as your research stays within the bounds of these criteria, we welcome the dialogue. To report a vulnerability, please email us at weare@republicofchange.com.

Our rules

We need a few ground rules. Not many. In fact, they can pretty much be summed up as: Don’t pee in the pool (metaphorically).

Things You Shouldn’t Do

Don’t threaten violence against anyone.

We think free expression deserves a lot of leeway. So, we generally think the best response to hateful speech is more speech, not censorship. Still, we reserve the right to take down hateful slurs, which tend to silence others while adding little if anything.

We won’t tolerate bullying, harassment, public shaming, or posting private or confidential information about others. This includes:

  • Content that shame specific individuals, including images or altered images
  • Content with altered or unaltered copies of private communications posted without the explicit consent of a party to the communication
  • Content with non-public, personal information intended to target, blackmail, or harass people
  • Repeated personally insulting notes, responses or story requests
  • Intimate or explicit images taken or posted without the subject’s explicit consent

Don’t post anything relating to minors that is sexual or violent. Don’t bully or harass minors.

Don’t spam. Don’t use deceptive tags or links or otherwise mislead others about what you’ve posted. Don’t embed malicious code in your posts. Don’t use deception to generate revenue or traffic.

Don’t register accounts or post content automatically, systematically, or programmatically.

Respect the copyrights and trademarks of others. Unless you’re authorized to use someone else’s copyrighted or trademarked work (either expressly or by legal exceptions and limitations like fair use), don’t do it. It’s our policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement under our Terms of Service and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Don’t impersonate someone else to deceive people. Parody and ridicule are fine, but make clear that that’s what you’re doing.

No porn. There are other places to post it. You know where they are.

Don’t post content that violates others’ privacy, including personally identifying or confidential information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or non-public contact information.

Don’t use Republic of Change to engage in phishing or fraud.

Don’t promote or glorify self-harm, such as cutting, eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, and suicide.

If it looks like you’ve violated these policies, we may send you an email and ask you to explain what you’re up to and why. Because, hey, we know context is important, and we want to understand the big picture. If you don’t adequately explain yourself or fix the problem, we may suspend or block your account or remove your content. We care a lot about fairness and do our best to act that way. But we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason, particularly to protect our services, infrastructure, users, or community. We reserve the right to enforce, or not enforce, these policies at our sole discretion. These policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act in any particular manner.

If you have questions or feedback, let us know. Like everything on Republic of Change, it is open to discussion.

DMCA copyright policy

Republic of Change deals with copyright infringement on Republic of Change Services in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We have a policy of terminating repeat copyright infringers in appropriate circumstances.

The contact information for Medium’s Designated Agent for receipt of notices of claimed infringement is here:

Greenster Inc. 210-128 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 1G8 Attn: Copyright Agent Email: weare@republicofchange.com.

INTERLUDE

You’re doing great, Dear Reader of these Terms. Let’s rest a moment, shall we? You’ve earned it. So far, so good, right? Everything pretty clear? Well, don’t get too comfortable. Now’s the time to activate the full Galactic Armada of your legal vocabulary comprehension and ALL CAPS READING SKILLS. What follows are several sections of heavily lawyered-up provisions that we would love to express in a more human-readable, less legal manner. But their form and substance has evolved over time, often via brutal, hand-to-hand litigation or not-to-be-ignored authoritative rulings from courts and interpretations by agencies. This gives us little flexibility in the wording, at least if we want to avoid being laughed out of court in some Doomsday scenario that neither of us even wants to think about. So these following provisions are important, you should read them carefully, and we apologize for the excruciating lawyerly patois.

Miscellaneous lawyerly provisions (please read these carefully)

1. YOU USE THE REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.

2. REPUBLIC OF CHANGE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT (I) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, (II) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, ABSOLUTELY SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (III) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, OR (IV) ANY ERRORS IN THE REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED.

3. YOU UNDERSTAND AND EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, 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 REPUBLIC OF CHANGE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (I) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (II) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (IV) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; (V) OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES.

4. THE FAILURE OF REPUBLIC OF CHANGE TO EXERCISE OR ENFORCE ANY RIGHT OR PROVISION OF THESE TERMS SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THAT RIGHT OR PROVISION. THE TERMS AND OUR PRIVACY POLICY CONSTITUTE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND REPUBLIC OF CHANGE AND GOVERN YOUR USE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES, SUPERSEDING ANY PRIOR AGREEMENTS BETWEEN YOU AND REPUBLIC OF CHANGE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY PRIOR VERSIONS OF THE TERMS). YOU AGREE THAT THESE TERMS AND YOUR USE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHANGE SERVICES ARE GOVERNED UNDER BRITISH COLUMBIA LAW. BEFORE RESORTING TO COURTS, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO TRY TO WORK IT OUT.

We’d love to hear your questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy. If you have any suggestions for us, feel free to let us know weare@republicofchange.com.

The End.