An Introduction to Ideacracy’s Terms of Service
Welcome to Ideacracy! Here is a quick summary of the highlights of our Terms of Service:
Our mission is to create and use information for social impact. The Ideacracy platform offers a place to find and post content and connect with people on the world's biggest social issues. This empowers people to learn from each other, work together and make positive social impact.
You own the content that you post; you also grant us and other users of the Ideacracy platform certain rights and license to use it. The details of these licenses are described in section 3(c) below.
You are responsible for the content that you post. This includes ensuring that you have the rights needed for you to post that content and that your content does not violate the legal rights of another party (for example, defamation) or any applicable laws.
You can repost content from Ideacracy elsewhere, provided that you attribute the content back to the Ideacracy platform and respect the rights of the original poster, including any "not for reproduction" designation.
We do not endorse or verify content posted by users. Our content and materials are provided to you "as is," without any guarantees. You are solely responsible for your own use of the Ideacracy platform. Posts from lawyers, doctors, and other professionals should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice for your specific situation.
We are responsive to complaints. If you think someone has violated your intellectual property rights, other laws, or Ideacracy's policies, you can contact us at .
We are pleased that you want to join the Ideacracy platform and encourage you to read the full Terms of Service.
Ideacracy Terms of Service
Last Updated: October 9, 2019
Welcome to Ideacracy! Ideacracy is a platform to find and post content and connect with people on the world's biggest social issues.
These terms of service ("Terms of Service") sets forth the agreement ("Agreement") between you and Ideacracy Inc. ("Ideacracy", "we" or "us"). It governs your use of the mobile services, web site, and any software provided on or in connection with Ideacracy (collectively, the "Ideacracy Platform").
Please make sure to read it, because, by using the Ideacracy Platform, you consent to these terms.
1. The Mission of the Ideacracy Platform
Ideacracy's mission is to create and use information for social impact. The Ideacracy Platform is a place to find and post content and connect with people on the world's biggest social issues. This empowers people to learn from each other, work together and make positive social impact.
2. Using the Ideacracy Platform
a. Who Can Use It. Use of the Ideacracy Platform by anyone under 13 years of age is prohibited. You represent that you are at least the age of majority in the jurisdiction where you live or, if you are not, your parent or legal guardian must consent to this Terms of Service and affirm that they accept this Agreement on your behalf and bear responsibility for your use.
d. Termination. You may close your account at any time by going to account settings and deleting your account. We may terminate or suspend your Ideacracy account if you violate any Ideacracy policy or for any other reason.
e. Changes to the Ideacracy Platform. We are always trying to improve your experience on the Ideacracy Platform. We may need to add or change features and may do so without notice to you.
f. Feedback. We welcome your feedback and suggestions about how to improve the Ideacracy Platform. Feel free to submit feedback at . By submitting feedback, you agree to grant us the right, at our discretion, to use, disclose and otherwise exploit the feedback, in whole or part, freely and without compensation to you.
3. Your Content
a. Definition of Your Content. The Ideacracy Platform enables you to add posts, texts, photos, videos, links, and files to share with others. All material that you upload, publish or display to others via the Ideacracy Platform will be referred to collectively as "Your Content". You acknowledge and agree that, as part of using the Ideacracy Platform, Your Content may be viewed by the general public.
b. Ownership. You, or your licensors, as applicable, retain ownership of the copyright and other intellectual property in Your Content, subject to the non-exclusive rights granted to us below.
c. License and Permission to Use Your Content.
i. By submitting, posting, or displaying Your Content on the Ideacracy Platform, you grant Ideacracy a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty free, fully paid up, transferable, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, create derivative works from, publish, transmit, store, display and distribute, translate, communicate and make available to the public, and otherwise use Your Content in connection with the operation or use of the Ideacracy Platform or the promotion, advertising or marketing of the Ideacracy Platform or our business partners, in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). You agree that this license includes the right for Ideacracy to make Your Content available to other companies, organizations, business partners, or individuals who collaborate with Ideacracy for the syndication, broadcast, communication and making available to the public, distribution or publication of Your Content on the Ideacracy Platform or through other media or distribution methods. This license also includes the right for other users of the Ideacracy Platform to use, copy, reproduce, adapt, modify, create derivative works from, publish, transmit, display, and distribute, communicate and make available to the public Your Content, subject to our Terms of Service.
ii. Once you post, you may edit or delete your post at any time from public display. However, we may not be able to control removal of the answer from display on syndicated channels or other previously distributed methods outside of Ideacracy. Ideacracy may remove suspected spam from your posts. Once you post a comment, it may be deleted by other Users (if in relation to their post) or by Ideacracy at any time. The right for Ideacracy to copy, display, transmit, publish, perform, distribute, store, modify, and otherwise use anything post, and sublicense those rights to others, is perpetual and irrevocable, to the maximum extent permitted by law, except as otherwise specified in this Agreement.
iii. You acknowledge and agree that Ideacracy may preserve Your Content and may also disclose Your Content and related information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process, applicable laws or government requests; (b) enforce these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any of Your Content violates the rights of third parties; (d) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Ideacracy, its users, or the public.
iv. You understand that we may modify, adapt, or create derivative works from Your Content in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks, devices, service providers, and in various media. We also may remove or refuse to publish Your Content, in whole or part, at any time.
v. You further give us the permission and authority to act as your nonexclusive agent to take enforcement action against any unauthorized use by third-parties of any of Your Content outside of the Ideacracy Platform or in violation of our Terms of Service.
d. Your Responsibilities for Your Content. By posting Your Content on the Ideacracy Platform, you represent and warrant to us that: i) you have the ownership rights, or you have obtained all needed licenses or permissions from any necessary parties, to use Your Content and grant us the rights to use Your Content as provided for under this Agreement, and ii) that posting Your Content violates no intellectual property or personal right of others or any applicable law or regulation. You accept full responsibility for avoiding infringement of the intellectual property or personal rights of others or violation of laws and regulations in connection with Your Content. You agree to pay all royalties, fees, and any other monies owed to any person by reason of Your Content.
4. Our Content and Materials
a. Definition of Our Content and Materials. All intellectual property in or related to the Ideacracy Platform (specifically including, but not limited to our software, the Ideacracy marks, the Ideacracy logo, but excluding Your Content) is the property of Ideacracy Inc., or its subsidiaries and affiliates, or content posted by other Ideacracy users licensed to us (collectively "Our Content and Materials").
b. Data. All data Ideacracy collects ("Data") about use of the Ideacracy Platform by you or others is the property of Ideacracy Inc., its subsidiaries, and affiliates. For clarity, Data does not include Your Content and is separate from Our Content and Materials.
c. Our License to You.
i. We grant you a limited, non-exclusive license to use and access Our Content and Materials and Data as made available to you on the Ideacracy Platform in connection with your use of the Ideacracy Platform, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
ii. Ideacracy gives you a worldwide, royalty-free, revocable, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to re-post Our Content and Materials anywhere on the web provided that: (a) the content in question was added to the Ideacracy Platform after October 9, 2019; (b) the user who created the content has not explicitly marked the content as not for reproduction on the Ideacracy Platform; (c) you do not modify the content; (d) you attribute Ideacracy by name in readable text and with a human and machine-followable link (an HTML <a> anchor tag) linking back to the page displaying the original source of the content on every page that contains Our Content and Materials; (e) upon request, either by Ideacracy or a user, you remove the user's name from content which the user has subsequently made private; (f) upon request, either by Ideacracy or by a user who contributed to the content, you make a reasonable effort to update a particular piece of content to the latest version on the Ideacracy Platform; and (g) upon request, either by Ideacracy or by a user who contributed to the content, you make a reasonable attempt to delete content that has been deleted or marked as not for reproduction on the Ideacracy Platform; (h) you don’t republish more than a small portion of Our Content and Materials. In exercising these rights, you may not implicitly or explicitly assert any connection with, sponsorship or endorsement by Ideacracy, or any Ideacracy user, without separate, express prior written permission from us.
iii. We may terminate our license to you at any time for any reason. We have the right but not the obligation to refuse to distribute any content on the Ideacracy Platform or to remove content. Except for the rights and license granted in these terms, we reserve all other rights and grant no other rights or licenses, implied or otherwise.
d. Permitted uses. If you operate a search engine, web crawler, bot, scraping tool, data mining tool, bulk downloading tool, wget utility, or similar data gathering or extraction tool, you may access the Ideacracy Platform, subject to the following additional rules: i) you must use a descriptive user agent header; ii) you must follow robots.txt at all times; iii) your access must not adversely affect any aspect of the Ideacracy Platform’s functioning; and iv) you must make it clear how to contact you, either in your user agent string, or on your website if you have one.
e. No Endorsement or Verification. Please note that the Ideacracy Platform contains access to third-party content, products and services, and it offers interactions with third parties. Participation or availability on the Ideacracy Platform does not amount to endorsement or verification by us. We make no warranties or representations about the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any content posted on the Ideacracy Platform by anyone.
f. Ownership. You acknowledge and agree that Our Content and Materials remain the property of Ideacracy's users or Ideacracy. The content, information and services made available on the Ideacracy Platform are protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and other laws, and you acknowledge that these rights are valid and enforceable.
5. Integrated Service Provider
6. More About Certain Offerings on the Ideacracy Platform
b. Advertisements. The Ideacracy Platform may include advertisements, which may be targeted to content or information on the Ideacracy Platform, queries made through the Ideacracy Platform, or other information, in an effort to make them relevant to you. The types and extent of advertising by Ideacracy are subject to change. In consideration for Ideacracy granting you access to and use of the Ideacracy Platform, you agree that Ideacracy and its third party providers and partners may place such advertising on the Ideacracy Platform. If you wish to become an advertiser, you will be required to enter into separate and supplemental terms with us about providing advertising services on the Ideacracy Platform.
c. Legal, Medical & Other Professional Contributors. Some users who post content are members of legal, medical, and other licensed professions (collectively, "Professional Contributors"). Content posted by Professional Contributors should not be relied on as a substitute for advice from a professional that is appropriate for your specific situation. Ethics rules differ by state or location, and it is the responsibility of Professional Contributors to determine and provide disclaimers appropriate for their profession and the content provided.
d. Buttons, Links and Widgets. You have permission to use Ideacracy's buttons, links, and widgets, subject to these Terms of Service (including the disclaimers and limitations of liability) and provided that: (a) your use of such buttons, links and widgets link only to the Ideacracy Platform; (b) you will not modify such buttons, links, or widgets or associated code in any manner; and (c) you will not use any such buttons, links, or widgets in any manner which implies or suggests that Ideacracy endorses, sponsors, or recommends the website on which such buttons, links and widgets are used.
e. Web resources and third-party services. The Ideacracy Platform may also offer you the opportunity to visit links to other websites or to engage with third-party products or services. You assume all risk arising out of your use of such websites or resources.
f. Services that Require Separate Agreement. Certain features or services may require that you enter into a separate and supplemental written agreement prior to use.
7. Reporting Violations of Your Intellectual Property Rights, Ideacracy Policies, or Applicable Laws and Regulations
If you believe that content violates your intellectual property rights, Ideacracy policies or applicable laws and regulations, please contact . We have no obligation to delete content that you personally may find objectionable or offensive. We endeavor to respond promptly to requests for content removal, consistent with our policies and applicable law.
8. DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY SINCE IT LIMITS THE LIABILITY OF IDEACRACY ENTITIES TO YOU.
"IDEACRACY ENTITIES" MEANS IDEACRACY INC., AND ANY SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, RELATED COMPANIES, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS AND PARTNERS, AND THE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH OF THEM. EACH PROVISION BELOW APPLIES TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
a. WE ARE PROVIDING YOU THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM, ALONG WITH OUR CONTENT AND MATERIALS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS, ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, IDEACRACY ENTITIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, TITLE, ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE SERVICE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR TRADE USEAGE.
b. IDEACRACY MAKES NO PROMISES WITH RESPECT TO, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR: (i) CONTENT POSTED BY ANY USER OR THIRD PARTY; (ii) ANY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITE, THIRD-PARTY PRODUCT, OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE LISTED ON OR ACCESSIBLE TO YOU THROUGH THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM, INCLUDING AN INTEGRATED SERVICE PROVIDER OR PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTOR; (iii) THE QUALITY OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY YOU ENCOUNTER IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM; OR (iv) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT. IDEACRACY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT: (a) THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (b) THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (c) THE RESULTS OR INFORMATION THAT YOU MAY OBTAIN FROM THE USE OF THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM, A PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTOR, OR ANY OTHER USER WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; OR (d) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED OR PURCHASED BY YOU THROUGH THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM WILL BE SATISFACTORY.
c. YOU AGREE THAT TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IDEACRACY ENTITIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IDEACRACY ENTITIES SPECIFICALLY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, REPUTATIONAL HARM, OR LOSS OF DATA (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR SUCH DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM.
d. YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM IS TO STOP USING THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM.
e. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, IDEACRACY’S MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES THAT YOU SUFFER IN CONNECTION WITH THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM OR THIS AGREEMENT IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID TO IDEACRACY IN CONNECTION WITH THE IDEACRACY PLATFORM IN THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY.
f. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES. AS A RESULT, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN WHOLE OR IN PART, AND THE FOREGOING SECTIONS 8(c), 8(d), AND 8(e) WILL NOT APPLY TO A RESIDENT OF NEW JERSEY, TO THE EXTENT DAMAGES TO SUCH NEW JERSEY RESIDENT ARE THE RESULT OF IDEACRACY’S NEGLIGENT, FRAUDULENT, RECKLESS, OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT.
You agree to release, indemnify, and defend Ideacracy Entities from all third-party claims and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to: i) your use of the Ideacracy Platform, ii) Your Content, iii) your conduct or interactions with other users of the Ideacracy Platform, or iv) your breach of any part of this Agreement. We will promptly notify you of any such claim and will provide you (at your expense) with reasonable assistance in defending the claim. You will allow us to participate in the defense and will not settle any such claim without our prior written consent. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you. In that event, you will have no further obligation to defend us in that matter.
10. Dispute Resolution
This Agreement and any action arising out of your use of the Ideacracy Platform will be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to or application of its conflict of law provisions or your state or country of residence. Unless submitted to arbitration as set forth in the following paragraph, all claims, legal proceedings or litigation arising in connection with your use of the Ideacracy Platform will be brought solely in New York, New York, and you consent to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum.
For any claim (excluding claims for injunctive or other equitable relief) under this Agreement where the total amount of the award sought is less than $10,000 USD, the party requesting relief may elect to resolve the dispute through binding non-appearance-based arbitration. The party electing such arbitration will initiate the arbitration through an established alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") provider mutually agreed upon by the parties. The ADR provider and the parties must comply with the following rules: a) the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or be solely based on written submissions, as selected by the party initiating the arbitration; b) the arbitration will not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties; and c) any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
11. General Terms
b. Governing Law and Jurisdiction. You agree that Ideacracy is operated in the United States and will be deemed to be solely based in New York and a passive service for purposes of jurisdictional analysis. For any claims for which arbitration is inapplicable, you agree that such claims will be brought in federal or state court in New York, New York and governed by laws of the state of New York and federal law, without regard to any conflict of law provisions.
c. Use Outside of the United States. Ideacracy expressly disclaims any representation or warranty that the Ideacracy Platform complies with all applicable laws and regulations outside of the United States. If you use the Ideacracy Platform outside of the United States, you expressly understand and agree that you are responsible for determining compliance with different laws, regulations, or customs that may apply in connection with your use of the Ideacracy Platform.
d. Export. Ideacracy software is subject to United States export controls. No software for Ideacracy may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of any applicable laws or regulations. You represent that you are not (1) located in a country that is subject to a U.S. government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. government as a "terrorist supporting" country, and (2) listed on any U.S. government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
e. Applications and Mobile Devices. If you access the Ideacracy Platform through an Ideacracy application, you acknowledge that this Agreement is between you and Ideacracy only, and not with another application service provider or application platform provider (such as Apple Inc. or Google Inc.), which may provide you the application subject to its own terms. To the extent you access the Ideacracy Platform through a mobile device, your wireless carrier’s standard charges, data rates, and other fees may apply.
f. Survival. The following provisions will survive expiration or termination of this Agreement: Section 2(d)(Termination), 2(g)(Feedback), Section 3(Your Content), Section 4(a)-(b) and (d)-(f)(Our Content and Materials), Section 8 (Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability), Section 9 (Indemnification), Section 10 (Dispute Resolution), and Section 11 (General Terms).
h. Government End Users. Any Ideacracy software and related documentation are "Commercial Items," as that term is deﬁned at 48 C.F.R. §2.101, consisting of "Commercial Computer Software" and "Commercial Computer Software Documentation," as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. §12.212 or 48 C.F.R. §227.7202 (as applicable). Consistent with 48 C.F.R. §12.212 or 48 C.F.R. §227.7202-1 through 227.7202-4 (as applicable), the Commercial Computer Software and Commercial Computer Software Documentation are being licensed to U.S. government end users: (i) only as Commercial Items; and (ii) with only those rights as are granted to all other end users pursuant to this Agreement.
i. Assignment. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement (or any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement) without our prior written consent; any attempted assignment or transfer without complying with the foregoing will be void. We may freely assign or transfer this Agreement. This Agreement inures to the benefit of and is binding upon the parties and their respective legal representatives, successors, and assigns.
j. Electronic Communications. You consent to receive communications from us by email in accordance with this Agreement and applicable law. You acknowledge and agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically will satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
k. Entire Agreement/ Severability. This Agreement supersedes all prior terms, agreements, discussions and writings regarding the Ideacracy Platform and constitutes the entire agreement between you and us regarding the Ideacracy Platform (except as to services that require separate written agreement with us, in addition to this Agreement). If any provision in this Agreement is found to be unenforceable, then that provision will not affect the enforceability of the remaining provisions of the Agreement, which will remain in full force and effect.
l. Interpretation. In construing or interpreting the terms of this Agreement: (i) the headings in this Agreement are for convenience only, and are not to be considered, and (ii) no presumption is to operate in either party’s favor as a result of its counsel’s role in drafting this Agreement.
m. Notices. All notices permitted or required under this Agreement, unless specified otherwise in this Agreement, must be sent in writing as follows in order to be valid: (i) if to you, by us via email to the address associated with your account, and (ii) if to us, by you via . Notices will be deemed given (a) if to you, when emailed, and (b) if to us, on receipt by us.
n. Relationship. This Agreement does not create a joint venture, agency, partnership, or other form of joint enterprise between you and us. Except as expressly provided herein, neither party has the right, power, or authority to create any obligation or duty, express or implied, on behalf of the other.
o. Waiver. No waiver of any terms will be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Our failure to assert a right or provision under this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
p. Further Assurances. You agree to execute a hard copy of this Agreement and any other documents, and to take any actions at our expense that we may request to confirm and effect the intent of this Agreement and any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement.
q. Contact. Feel free to contact us through with any questions about these terms.
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