Open Museum Terms of Service
Revised April 11, 2010
Welcome to OpenMuseum.org (“Open Museum”). Open Museum is a joint venture of Heritance Corporation, a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization (“Heritance”), and Zirgoflex L3C, a Vermont social venture with designated low-profit aims ("Zirgoflex"). Open Museum is a not-for-profit website and associated service that permits the creation and presentation of non-commercial, participatory exhibits. Heritance and Zirgoflex (“Providers”) make OpenMuseum.org (“Website”) available to the public and provide support services (“Service”) to Open Museum users.
The Terms of Service ( “Agreement”) contains important information regarding your rights, obligations and restrictions in connection with your use of the Website and Service. By visiting or using the Website, you accept and agree to be bound by the Agreement whether or not you register as an Open Museum member (“Member”). If you do not agree to this Agreement, you may not use Open Museum and you may not register as a Member.
The Service offered by Providers includes the Website and any other Service provided by Providers or Providers’ affiliates from time to time in connection with the Website. The Terms of Service apply to all Services and all uses of the Website.
To use this Service, you understand and agree to the following: (a) as part of the registration process, you must submit your name, a password, and a valid email address; (b) you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and all uses of your account -- whether or not you've authorized such use; (c) you agree to notify Providers immediately of any unauthorized use of your account; and (d) you are at least 13 years of age. Providers will not be held liable for any loss or damage for non-compliance. Providers reserve the right to refuse the Service to any user.
In addition, you understand and agree that Providers will use aggregated data collected from you and other users for statistical and analytical reporting purposes. You understand, and agree that, unless expressly stated, Providers in no way controls, verifies, or endorses any of the member-contributed content contained on or in the Website, including links, events, messages, posts and member profiles.
In order to use some of the Services on the Website you will have to register with the Website as a Member. As part of the registration process, you agree to: (a) provide certain limited information about you as prompted to do so by the Service (such information to be current, complete and accurate); and (b) maintain and update this information as required to keep it current, complete and accurate. The information requested upon original sign-up shall be referred to as registration data ("Registration Data"). Providers reserve the right to delete accounts created by users who appropriate the name, likeness, email address, or other personally identifiable information of another individual.
You must be thirteen (13) years of age or older to register as a Member of Open Museum or use the Website or Service. By using the Website or registering for the Service, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen (13) years of age or older and that you have the right, authority, and capacity to agree to, and abide by, this Agreement. Zirgoflex reserves the right to cancel the account of and delete the profile and any content or information posted by any user under the age of thirteen (13).
Membership in Open Museum is void where prohibited by law.
Term and Termination
Prohibited Uses by Members
Illegal and/or unauthorized uses of the Website, including collecting names, and/or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email, making offers and/or promoting goods or services for sale, and unauthorized framing of or linking to the Website will be investigated, and appropriate legal action will be taken, including, without limitation, civil, criminal, and injunctive redress and Member account termination.
Proprietary Rights in Content on Open Museum
Providers own and retain all proprietary rights in the Website and our Service. The Website contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information of Providers, its licensors and its Members. Except for that information which is in the public domain or made explicitly available for fair use or for which you have been given written permission, you may not copy, modify, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any such proprietary information.
Content Posted by Members on the Website
You are solely responsible for the content that you publish or display (hereinafter "Post") on the Website or transmit to other Members, including but not limited to photos, profiles, messages, comments, text, information, music, and videos ("Member Content").
You represent, warrant and agree that no materials of any kind submitted by you or otherwise posted or shared by you through the Service will violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights or contain libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful material, or violate any other laws or regulations.
You understand and agree that Providers may, but are not obligated to, review and delete any Member Content that, in the sole judgment of Providers, violate this Agreement or which might be offensive, illegal, or that might violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of Providers’, OpenMuseum.org's Members or users, or the public, without notice. Providers assume no responsibility for monitoring the content posted on the Website by Members, or the conduct of its Members.
Your profile must describe you, an individual person. Examples of inappropriate profiles include, but are not limited to, profiles that purport to represent a real individual who is not you.
You retain all ownership rights in your Member Content.. Open Museum does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Openmuseum.org website. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on Open Museum, you grant Open Museum the following worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable: With respect to text, photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on Open Museum, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Open Museum site solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Open Museum site and will terminate at the time you remove or Open Museum removes such Content from the Open Museum website. With respect to this same content, the license to publish, or cause to be published, thumbnail images and brief text snippets as parts of links back to the original Open Museum content on social networking and social bookmarking sites (hereinafter "Link Sharing Sites") and in email announcements to Open Museum members informing them of content hosted on Open Museum. The right to publish thumbnails and snippets will terminate at the time you remove, or Open Museum removes, such content, however Open Museum is not obliged to removed, or seek to cause to remove, those links from the aforementioned Sharing Sites
You may not republish other member's Member Content outside of OpenMuseum.org without their permission, except for the use of thumbnail images and short text snippets on Link Sharing Sites directly associated with links back to the content on Open Museum.
The following is a partial list of the kind of content that is illegal or prohibited on the Website. Providers reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action in its sole discretion against anyone who violates this provision including, without limitation, removing the offending communication from the Website and terminating the membership of such violators and reporting you to law enforcement authorities. It includes content that:
- is patently offensive to the online community, such as content that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
- harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
- involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters" or unsolicited mass mailing or "spamming";
- promotes information that you know is false, misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
- contains restricted or password-only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
- displays pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind;
- provides material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, or solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
- provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses or would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international laws;
- solicits passwords or personally-identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
- engages in commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising and pyramid schemes; and
- impersonates any person or entity, or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with any person or entity;
- contains the private information of any third party including without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers;
- contains in the sole judgment of Providers, matter that is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Website or which may expose Open Museum or its Members or users to any harm or liability of any type.
Even though all of this is strictly prohibited, there is a small chance that you might become exposed to such items from other Members or Member Content. Open Museum and its Providers are not responsible for the content that Members submit and you hereby waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against Open Museum and its Providers related to such exposure.
You must use the Service in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
You may not engage in advertising to, or solicitation of, other Members to buy or sell any commercial products or commercial services through the Service. Although Providers cannot monitor the conduct of its Members off the Website, it is also a violation of these rules to use any information obtained from the Service in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person, or in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any Member without their prior explicit consent.
You may not solicit a member to perform an online transfer of an object which is not legitimately in your physical possession.
If you believe that any Member Content or other material on the Website infringes upon any copyright that you own or control, you may submit a notification to Providers pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Designated Copyright Agent with the following information in writing: (1) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest that is allegedly infringed; (2) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (3) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website; (4) your address, telephone number, and email address; (5) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (6) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Please send your notification to the attention of our Designated Copyright Agent to receive notification of infringement claims at:
PO Box 1564
Norwich, VT 05055
Termination of Repeat Infringers
Providers in appropriate circumstances and at Providers’ sole discretion, will terminate Members who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Providers may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Website, the Service and/or terminate the memberships of any Members who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Members or third parties. Providers reserves the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members or third parties.
Links to Third Party Sites
Any links included within the Website that take users out of the Website are not owned by or under the control of Providers and Providers assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party website. Use of such third party sites shall be at your own risk and is subject to the policies and procedures of the owner of such site. We encourage you to read those policies and know your rights.
Transactions with Organizations or Individuals
Providers shall not be liable for your interactions with any organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Service. This includes, but is not limited to, payment and delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings. These dealings are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals. You agree that Providers are not responsible for any damage or loss incurred as a result of any such dealings. Providers are under no obligation to become involved in disputes between participants on the site, or between participants on the site and any third party. In the event of a dispute, you release Providers, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, damages and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and our Service.
Providers are not responsible or liable in any manner for any Member Content posted on the Website or in connection with the Service, whether caused by users of the Website, Members or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Service. Although Providers provide rules for Member conduct and postings, we do not control and are not responsible for what Members post on the Website and are not responsible for any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content you may encounter on the Service, the Website or in connection with any Member Content.
Providers are not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Website or Member of the Service. Providers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, user or Member communications.
Providers are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website or combination thereof, including injury or damage to users and/or Members or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in connection with the Web and/or in connection with the Service.
Under no circumstances will Providers be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from anyone's use of the Website or the Service, any content posted on the Website, including Member Content, or transmitted to Members, or any interactions between users of the Website, whether online or offline.
THE WEBSITE AND THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND PROVIDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. PROVIDERS CANNOT GUARANTEE AND DOES NOT PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF THE WEBSITE AND/OR THE SERVICE. The Service may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by Member or user from Providers or through or from the Service shall create any warranty not expressly stated herein.
Limitation on Liability
EXCEPT IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE SUCH PROVISIONS ARE RESTRICTED, IN NO EVENT WILL PROVIDERS OR ANY OF ITS CORPORATE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, OR EMPLOYEES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING ALSO LOST PROFITS AND LOST DATA ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR THE OPENMUSEUM.ORG SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS ACCESSED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, EVEN IF PROVIDERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, PROVIDERS’ LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO PROVIDERS FOR THE SERVICE DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP.
If there is any dispute about or involving this Agreement, the Website and/or the Service between you and Providers, you agree that the dispute will be governed by the laws of the State of Vermont without regard to its conflict of law rules. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service or Providers will be filed only in the state or federal courts in and for Windsor County, Vermont, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Providers, its corporate parents and subsidiaries, officers, members, directors, employees and agents with respect to any and all costs, claims, demands, investigations, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs and expenses, including attorneys' fees arising out of or in connection with any Member Content, your use of the Service or Website, your conduct in connection with the Services or Website or with other users or Members of the Services or the Website, or any breach of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Providers retain the exclusive right to settle, compromise and pay any and all claims, demands, proceedings, suits, actions or causes of actions which are brought against Providers herein under the terms and provisions of this Section and in no event shall you settle any such claim without Providers’ prior written approval.
General Practices Regarding Use and Storage
You acknowledge that Providers may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service including, without limitation, the maximum number of days that messages or other uploaded content will be retained by the Service, the maximum number of messages that may be sent from or received by an account on the Service, the maximum size of any message that may be sent from or received by an account on the Service, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on Website’s servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the Service in a given period of time.
You agree that Providers have no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You acknowledge that Providers reserve the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that Providers reserve the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time.
Preservation of Materials
You acknowledge and agree that Providers may preserve any materials submitted or posted by you (including emails, profiles, postings, comments or other content) and may disclose such material if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (1) comply with legal process; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims that any material violates the rights of third parties; or (4) in our sole judgment, protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Providers, its Members, employees or the public.
The terms and provisions of this Agreement shall not be interpreted as creating an agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchisor-franchisee relationship between Providers and any user of the Service. A Member may not bind or obligate Providers without Providers’ prior written consent.
Special Admonitions for International Use
As a consequence of the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding user conduct on the Internet and acceptable content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between you and Providers regarding the use of the Website and/or the Service. The failure of Providers to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Providers without restriction. Please contact us with any questions regarding this Agreement. Open Museum is a service mark of Heritance Corporation (a US 501(c)3 non-profit) and Zirgoflex L3C.
Please contact us with any questions regarding this Agreement.
Open Museum is a service mark of Zirgoflex L3C and Heritance 501c3.