Last Updated October 12, 2015
If you do not accept and agree to all provisions of the TOU, now or in the future, you may reject the TOU by immediately terminating all access and use of Flaggpole, in which case any continuing access or use of Flaggpole is unauthorized.
You are also required to comply with, and to ensure compliance with, all laws, ordinances and regulations applicable to your activities on Flaggpole.
The TOU grant you a limited, revocable, nonexclusive license to access Flaggpole and use Flaggpole, in whole or in part, including but not limited to Flaggpole intellectual property therein, solely in compliance with the TOU.
FLAGGPOLE ® is a registered trademarks of Flaggpole, Inc. and is protected by United States and international laws. The TOU do not authorize you to us FLAGGPOLE ® or any similar or related marks (including, for example and without limitation, for any use pertaining to classified advertising, Internet advertising, social networks, online forums, online communication services or any similar or related use, or any other use that is likely to cause confusion on the part of, to cause mistake by or to deceive the public as to any affiliation, connection, association, origin, sponsorship, approval or endorsement by or with Flaggpole.
Flaggpole has the right, but not the obligation, to regulate content (which includes but is not limited to postings, text, code, images, video, binary files, ads, accounts, account information, flags, emails, messages and any other user communications (“content”)) posted to, stored on or transmitted via Flaggpole by any user (or any other third party in any manner); to regulate conduct (including but not limited to any authorized or unauthorized access to or use of Flaggpole) by any user (or any other third party in any manner); and to enforce the TOU, for any reason and in any manner or by any means that Flaggpole, in its sole discretion, deems necessary or appropriate (including but not limited to automated and manual screening, blocking, filtering, exclusion from index pages, exclusion from search results, requiring the use of an application programming interface (API), requiring the use of a bulk posting interface, authorization, verification, and the deletion and/or termination of content, accounts and/or all or any use or access). Flaggpole may, in its sole discretion and without notice, start, stop or modify any regulation or enforcement measures at any time. Flaggpole action or inaction to regulate content or conduct or to enforce against any potential violation of the TOU by any user (or any other third party) does not waive Flaggpole’s right to implement or not implement regulation or enforcement measures with respect to any subsequent or similar content, conduct or potential TOU violation.
You also understand and agree that any action or inaction by Flaggpole or any of its directors, officers, stockholders, employees, consultants, agents or representatives (collectively, “Company Representatives”) to prevent, restrict, redress or regulate content, or to implement other enforcement measures against any content, conduct or potential TOU violation is undertaken voluntarily and in good faith, and you expressly agree that neither the Company nor any Company Representative shall be liable to you or anyone else for any action or inaction to prevent, restrict, redress, or regulate content, or to implement other enforcement measures against any content, conduct or potential violation of the TOU.
Although Company Representatives may moderate content, conduct and TOU compliance on Flaggpole at the Company’s discretion, Company Representatives have no authority to make binding commitments, promises or representations to anyone that they or anyone else on behalf of Flaggpole will “take care” of any alleged problem or complaint, or that they or anyone else on behalf of Flaggpole will otherwise stop, cure or prevent any problem, content, conduct or purported TOU violation from occurring or recurring. Accordingly, you further agree that any representation (written or verbal) by any Company Representative (or by anyone else acting on behalf of Flaggpole or by anyone purportedly acting on behalf of Flaggpole) that Flaggpole (including but not limited to any Company Representative, anyone else acting on behalf of Flaggpole, or anyone purportedly acting on behalf of Flaggpole) would or would not prevent, restrict, redress or regulate content (including, without limitation, screen, block, moderate, review, remove, terminate, delete, edit or otherwise stop, cure or exclude any content), or to implement other enforcement measures against any content, conduct or potential or purported TOU violation is superseded by this provision and is nonbinding and unenforceable. Specifically, you agree that the Company, Company Representatives and anyone else authorized to act on behalf of Flaggpole shall in no circumstance be liable as a result of any representation that the Company, a Company Representative or anyone else on behalf of Flaggpole would or would not restrict or redress any content, conduct or potential or purported TOU violation. This paragraph may not be modified, waived or released except by a written agreement, dated and signed by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and dated and signed by the individual or entity to whom the modification, waiver or release is granted.
The Company also has the right in its sole discretion to limit, modify, interrupt, suspend or discontinue all or any portions of Flaggpole at any time without notice. The Company and Company Representatives shall not be liable for any such limitations, modifications, interruptions, suspensions or discontinuance, or any purported losses, harm or damages arising from or related thereto.
3. CONTENT AND CONDUCT
Flaggpole does not control, is not responsible for and makes no representations or warranties with respect to any user content. You are solely responsible for your access to, use of and/or reliance on any user content. You must conduct any necessary, appropriate, prudent or judicious investigation, inquiry, research and due diligence with respect to any user content.
You are also responsible for any content that you post or transmit and, if you create an account, you are responsible for all content posted or transmitted through or by use of your account.
Content prohibited from Flaggpole includes but is not limited to: (1) illegal content; (2) content in facilitation of the creation, advertising, distribution, provision or receipt of illegal goods or services; (3) offensive content (including, without limitation, defamatory, threatening, hateful or pornographic content); (4) content that discloses another’s personal, confidential or proprietary information; (5) false or fraudulent content (including but not limited to false, fraudulent or misleading responses to user ads transmitted via Flaggpole); (6) malicious content (including, without limitation, malware or spyware); (7) content that offers, promotes, advertises, or provides links to posting or auto-posting products or services, account creation or auto-creation products or services, flagging or auto-flagging products or services, bulk telephone numbers, or any other product or service that if utilized with respect to Flaggpole would violate these TOU or Flaggpole’s other legal rights; and (8) content that offers, promotes, advertises or provides links to unsolicited products or services. Other content prohibitions are set forth in guidelines for particular categories or services on Flaggpole and all such prohibitions are expressly incorporated into these TOU as stated in section 1 above.
You automatically grant and assign to Flaggpole, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant and assign to Flaggpole, a perpetual, irrevocable, unlimited, fully paid, fully sub-licensable (through multiple tiers), worldwide license to copy, perform, display, distribute, prepare derivative works from (including, without limitation, incorporating into other works) and otherwise use any content that you post. You also expressly grant and assign to Flaggpole all rights and causes of action to prohibit and enforce against any unauthorized copying, performance, display, distribution, use or exploitation of, or creation of derivative works from, any content that you post (including but not limited to any unauthorized downloading, extraction, harvesting, collection or aggregation of content that you post).
You agree to indemnify and hold Flaggpole and Company Representatives harmless from and against any third-party claim, cause of action, demand or damages related to or arising out of: (a) content that you post or transmit (including but not limited to content that a third-party deems defamatory or otherwise harmful or offensive); (b) activity that occurs through or by use of your account (including, without limitation, all content posted or transmitted); (c) your use of or reliance on any user content; and (d) your violation of the TOU. This indemnification obligation includes payment of any attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Flaggpole or Company Representatives.
Flaggpole does not control, is not responsible for and makes no representations or warranties with respect to any user or user conduct. You are solely responsible for your interaction with or reliance on any user or user conduct. You must perform any necessary, appropriate, prudent or judicious investigation, inquiry, research and due diligence with respect to any user or user conduct.
You are also responsible for your own conduct and activities on, through or related to Flaggpole, and, if you create an account on Flaggpole, you are responsible for all conduct or activities on, through or by use of your account.
You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and Company Representatives harmless from and against any third-party claim, cause of action, demand or damages related to or arising out of your own conduct or activities on, through or related to Flaggpole or Flaggpole, and related to or arising out of any conduct or activities on, through or by use of your Flaggpole account, if any. This indemnification obligation includes payment of any attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Flaggpole or Company Representatives.
4. POSTING AND ACCOUNTS
This section 4 applies to all uses and users of Flaggpole, unless Flaggpole has specifically authorized an exception to a particular term for a particular user in a written agreement. Flaggpole has sole and absolute discretion to authorize or deny any exception or exceptions to the terms in this section 4.
Users may not circumvent any technological measure implemented by Flaggpole to restrict the manner in which content may be posted on Flaggpole or to regulate the manner in which content (including but not limited to email) may be transmitted to other users. This prohibition includes, without limitation, a ban on the use of multiple email addresses (created via an email address generator or otherwise); the use of multiple IP addresses (via proxy servers, modem toggling, or otherwise); CAPTCHA circumvention, automation or outsourcing; multiple and/or fraudulent Flaggpole accounts, including phone-verified accounts; URL shortening, obfuscation or redirection; use of multiple phone lines or phone forwarding for verification; and content obfuscation via HTML techniques, printing text on images, inserting random text or content “spinning.”
It is expressly prohibited for any third party to post content to Flaggpole on behalf of another. Users must post content only on their own behalf, and may not permit, enable, induce or encourage any third party to post content for them.
It is expressly prohibited to post content to Flaggpole using any automated means. Users must post all content personally and manually through all steps of the posting process. It is also expressly prohibited for any user to develop, offer, market, sell, distribute or provide an automated means to perform any step of the posting process (in whole or in part). Any user who develops, offers, markets, sells, distributes or provides an automated means to perform any step of the posting process (in whole or in part) shall be responsible and liable to Flaggpole for each instance of access to Flaggpole (by any user or other third party) using that automated means.
Affiliate marketing is expressly prohibited on Flaggpole. Users may not post content or communicate with any Flaggpole user for purposes of affiliate marketing or in connection with any affiliate marketing system, scheme or program in any manner or under any circumstance.
A user may maintain and use no more than one account, including a telephone or phone-verified account (“PVA”), to post content. A user specifically may not create or use additional accounts for the purpose of circumventing technological restrictions (security measures) in the posting process or otherwise for posting content in violation of the TOU.
A user may create an account, including a PVA, only on his/her own behalf. A user must not permit, enable, induce or encourage others to create accounts or PVAs for him/her. The creation of accounts or PVAs for others is expressly prohibited.
A user must only use his/her own account or PVA, and may not use any account or PVA of another.
The purchase and sale of accounts, including but not limited to PVAs, is expressly prohibited.
A user must create his/her account or PVA personally and manually and may not create accounts or PVAs by any automated means. Without limitation, this includes the obligation that the user personally and manually solves any CAPTCHA challenge in the account creation process. Further, a user must create any PVA using his/her own valid telephone number. The creation of a PVA using a telephone number that is not the user’s own, a telephonic forwarding service or system, or a temporary/disposable telephone number or service is expressly prohibited. The circumvention of any technological restriction or security measure in the account creation or PVA creation process is also expressly prohibited.
5. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS AND ACTIVITIES
This section 5 applies to all uses and users of Flaggpole, unless Flaggpole has specifically authorized an exception to a particular term for a particular user in a written agreement. Flaggpole has sole and absolute discretion to authorize or deny any exception or exceptions to the terms in this section 5.
To maintain the integrity and functionality of Flaggpole for its users, access to Flaggpole and/or activities related to Flaggpole that are harmful to, inconsistent with or disruptive of Flaggpole and/or its users’ beneficial use and enjoyment of Flaggpole are expressly unauthorized and prohibited. For example, without limitation:
The collection of Flaggpole users’ personal information (including but not limited to email addresses, IP addresses and telephone numbers) is not allowed for any purpose.
Any copying, aggregation, display, distribution, performance or derivative use of Flaggpole or any content posted on Flaggpole whether done directly or through intermediaries (including but not limited to by means of spiders, robots, crawlers, scrapers, framing, iframes or RSS feeds) is prohibited. As a limited exception, general purpose Internet search engines and noncommercial public archives will be entitled to access Flaggpole without individual written agreements executed with Flaggpole that specifically authorize an exception to this prohibition if, in all cases and individual instances: (a) they provide a direct hyperlink to the relevant Flaggpole website, service, forum or content; (b) they access Flaggpole from a stable IP address using an easily identifiable agent; and (c) they comply with Flaggpole’s robots.txt file; provided however, that Flaggpole may terminate this limited exception as to any search engine or public archive (or any person or entity relying on this provision to access Flaggpole without their own written agreement executed with Flaggpole), at any time and in its sole discretion, upon written notice, including, without limitation, by email notice.
Any access to or use of Flaggpole to design, develop, test, update, operate, modify, maintain, support, market, advertise, distribute or otherwise make available any program, application or service (including, without limitation, any device, technology, product, computer program, mobile device application, website, or mechanical or personal service) that enables or provides access to, use of, operation of or interoperation with Flaggpole (including, without limitation, to access content, post content, cross-post content, re-post content, respond or reply to content, verify content, transmit content, create accounts, verify accounts, use accounts, circumvent and/or automate technological security measures or restrictions, or flag content) is prohibited. This prohibition specifically applies but is not limited to software, programs, applications and services for use or operation on or by any computer and/or any electronic, wireless and/or mobile device, technology or product that exists now or in the future.
If you access Flaggpole or copy, display, distribute, perform or create derivative works from Flaggpole webpages or other Flaggpole intellectual property in violation of the TOU or for purposes inconsistent with the TOU, your access, copying, display, distribution, performance or derivative work is unauthorized. Circumvention of any technological restriction or security measure on Flaggpole or any provision of the TOU that restricts content, conduct, accounts or access is expressly prohibited. For purposes of this paragraph, you agree that cached copies of Flaggpole webpages on your computer or computer server constitute “copies” under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101. For purposes of this paragraph, you further agree that CAPTCHAs and telephone verification are “technological measures” that effectively control access to copyright-protected components and rights of Flaggpole pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 1201.
Any effort to decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer all or any part of Flaggpole in order to identify, acquire, copy or emulate any source code or object code is expressly prohibited.
Any activities (including but not limited to posting voluminous content) that are inconsistent with use of Flaggpole in compliance with the TOU or that may impair or interfere with the integrity, functionality, performance, usefulness, usability, signal-to-noise ratio or quality of all or any part of Flaggpole in any manner are expressly prohibited.
Any attempt (whether or not successful) to engage in, or to enable, induce, encourage, cause or assist anyone else to engage in, any of the above unauthorized and prohibited access and activities is also expressly prohibited and is a violation of the TOU.
6. USER COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSACTIONS, INTERACTIONS, DISPUTES AND RELATIONS
The Company and Company Representatives are not parties to, have no involvement or interest in, make no representations or warranties as to, and have no responsibility or liability with respect to any communications, transactions, interactions, disputes or any relations whatsoever between you and any other user, person or organization (“your interactions with others”). You must conduct any necessary, appropriate, prudent or judicious investigation, inquiry, research or due diligence with respect to your interactions with others.
You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and Company Representatives harmless from and against any third-party claim, cause of action, demand or damages related to or arising out of your interactions with others. This indemnification obligation includes payment of any attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the Company or Company Representatives.
Flaggpole may charge a fee to post content or for other features, products, services or licenses. You are responsible to Flaggpole for any fees applicable to content that you post or other features, products, services or licenses you purchase or that are purchased through your account. You authorize Flaggpole, or its designated payment processor, to charge your specified credit card, debit card or other payment method for such fees.
Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in United States dollars and all charges will be made in United States dollars. Any applicable sales or other taxes are additional to the stated fee. Currency exchange settlements and foreign transaction fees are based on your agreement with your credit card or other payment method provider.
Except as required by law, all fees are nonrefundable, including, without limitation, in situations where paid posts are removed by Flaggpole or by community flagging. Payments and purchases may not be canceled by the user, except as required by law. However, Flaggpole reserves the right to refuse or terminate any purchase or attempted purchase at any time in its sole discretion. You understand and agree that if you authorize a payment transaction with your credit card, debit card or other payment method, but your charge is rejected for any reason, there may be a hold on your use of that transaction amount for several days.
YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF AND RELIANCE ON FLAGGPOLE AND CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. FLAGGPOLE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WEBSITES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES, FORUMS AND CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH THE WEBSITES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND FORUMS) IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” OR “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.
ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS) ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, FLAGGPOLE ALSO DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES FOR OR WITH RESPECT TO: (a) THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY AND PERFORMANCE OF FLAGGPOLE AND CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE; (b) COMPUTER WORMS, VIRUSES, SPYWARE, ADWARE AND ANY OTHER MALWARE, MALICIOUS CODE OR HARMFUL CONTENT OR COMPONENTS ACCESSED, RECEIVED OR DISSEMINATED THROUGH, RELATED TO OR AS A RESULT OF FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE; (c) ANY TRANSACTIONS OR POTENTIAL TRANSACTIONS, GOODS OR SERVICES PROMISED OR EXCHANGED, INFORMATION OR ADVICE OFFERED OR EXCHANGED, OR OTHER CONTENT, INTERACTIONS, REPRESENTATIONS OR COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH, RELATED TO OR AS A RESULT OF USE OF FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ACCESSED THROUGH ANY LINKS ON FLAGGPOLE OR IN CONTENT).
THESE DISCLAIMERS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Some jurisdictions do not allow disclaimer of implied warranties. In such jurisdictions, some of the foregoing disclaimers as to implied warranties may not apply.
9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
THE COMPANY AND THE COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES SHALL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR ANY ACCESS TO, USE OF OR RELIANCE ON FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE BY YOU OR ANYONE ELSE, OR FOR ANY TRANSACTIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, INTERACTIONS, DISPUTES OR RELATIONS BETWEEN YOU AND ANY OTHER PERSON OR ORGANIZATION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LIABILITY FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AS WELL AS FOR ANY HARM, INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCURRED BY YOU OR ANYONE ELSE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, STATUTORY, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, EVEN IF THE COMPANY OR ANY COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES). THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY APPLIES REGARDLESS OF, BUT IS NOT RESTRICTED TO, WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY, HARM, INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES AROSE FROM AUTHORIZED OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE; ANY INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE; OR ANY REMOVAL, DELETION, LIMITATION, MODIFICATION, INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, DISCONTINUANCE OR TERMINATION OF FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE.
THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY TRANSACTIONS OR POTENTIAL TRANSACTIONS, GOODS OR SERVICES PROMISED OR EXCHANGED, INFORMATION OR ADVICE OFFERED OR EXCHANGED, OR OTHER CONTENT, INTERACTIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS OR RELATIONS THROUGH, RELATED TO OR AS A RESULT OF FLAGGPOLE OR CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LINKS ON FLAGGPOLE AND LINKS IN CONTENT ACCESSED THROUGH FLAGGPOLE).
You hereby release the Company and each of the Company Representatives, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, predecessors, assigns, heirs, service providers and suppliers, from all claims, demands and damages of every kind and nature, known and unknown, direct and indirect, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to Flaggpole or content accessed through Flaggpole, or any interactions with others arising out of or related to Flaggpole or content accessed through Flaggpole, and you expressly waive the provisions of any law in any applicable jurisdiction, which provides that 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.
THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
10. NOTIFICATION OF CLAIMS OF INFRINGEMENT
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement or that your intellectual property rights (including trademark rights) have been otherwise violated, please contact Flaggpole customer service.
11. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
You acknowledge and agree that any violation or breach of the TOU may cause Flaggpole immediate and irreparable harm and damages; consequently, notwithstanding any other provision of the TOU or other applicable legal requirements, Flaggpole has the right to, and may in its discretion, immediately obtain preliminary injunctive relief (including, without limitation, temporary restraining orders) and seek permanent injunctive relief regarding any violation or breach of the TOU. In addition to any and all other remedies available to Flaggpole in law or in equity, Flaggpole may seek specific performance of any term in the TOU, including but not limited to by preliminary or permanent injunction.v
In addition to any injunctive relief, you agree to pay to Flaggpole the total amount of all actual damages (including but not limited to direct, indirect, consequential and incidental damages) caused by any violation of the TOU for which you bear responsibility; EXCEPT you acknowledge that, for certain TOU violations, actual damages would be extremely difficult or impossible to quantify. Consequently, for such TOU violations, you agree to pay liquidated damages to Flaggpole.
Furthermore you agree that the amounts of liquidated damages described therein are reasonable estimates of Flaggpole’s damages for such violations, and that liquidated damages for violations of the TOU are and will be cumulative.
These TOU constitute the entire agreement between you and Flaggpole and supersede any prior written or oral agreement. Other than the Company Representatives (who are expressly included as named third-party beneficiaries of the TOU), there are no third-party beneficiaries to the TOU.
Any and all claims, causes of action or disputes (regardless of theory) between you and Flaggpole arising out of or related to the TOU, Flaggpole or content accessed through Flaggpole shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to conflict or choice of law principles. You and Flaggpole agree that any such claims, causes of action or disputes shall be brought exclusively in courts located in Delaware, and you and Flaggpole agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. You further agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, you must file any such claim or cause of action within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. If any provision of the TOU is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, all other provisions of the TOU shall remain in full force and effect.