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Welcome to the User Agreement for Outcry.com (“Outcry”, the "Company", "We" or "Us"). This User Agreement describes the terms on which you may access and use our services. All access to the Site and use of our services is under a limited license which may be terminated as set forth herein. In order to become an Outcry user, you must read and accept all of the terms and conditions of this agreement and the Privacy Policy. In the event of any inconsistency between the Outcry Privacy Policy and this User Agreement, the User Agreement shall control. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits. If you do not agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, you may not use nor access our services.

We reserve the right to amend, change or modify this User Agreement at any time, and without prior notice to Users, by posting amended terms on this website. Your continued use of the Outcry service indicates your acceptance of the amended User Agreement.

Description of Services

Outcry.com is an online service that enables Users to connect to others who care about the same political and social causes, share ideas about how to best address the issues they care about, and engage with politicians and organizations working to advance those causes (the "Services").

Restrictions on Use

Use of the Service is void where prohibited by law, regulation or rule and any use or attempted use in violation of any applicable law, regulation or rule is strictly prohibited. This Site is intended solely for Users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and any registration by, use of or access to the Site by anyone under 13 is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Use. By using the Service or the Site, you represent and warrant that you are 13 or older and that you agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you violate any of these terms in this User Agreement or circumvent (or attempt to circumvent) any security or technological measure of our Site, your limited license to access and use the Site and related content automatically terminate. We may terminate your use of the Site and delete any content or information that you have posted on the Site and/or prohibit you from using or accessing the Service or the Site (or any portion, aspect or feature of the Service or the Site) for any reason, at any time in our sole and absolute discretion, with or without notice. [Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, if you are in a jurisdiction in which the minimum age permissible by law to use the Service is greater than 13, all references to 13 in this section shall instead be replaced with the minimum age permitted in your jurisdiction.]

As required by the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Outcry hereby notifies you that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to content that may be harmful to minors.

Registration Data & Account Security

In consideration of your use of the Site, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms on the Site ("Registration Data"); (b) maintain the security of your password and identification; (c) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data, and any other information you provide to us, to keep it accurate, current and complete; and (d) be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account.

Copyright Policy

Content on the Site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Users of the Outcry.com website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free perpetual license to the rest of the world for any use, for their content, information and submissions to Outcry.com under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content excludes blog posts written by the Company, which may be freely excerpted with attribution but cannot be republished in full without the Company's prior written permission.

User Conduct

You understand the Service and the Site are available for your personal, non-commercial use only. You represent and warrant to the Company and agree that no materials of any kind submitted through your account or otherwise posted or shared by you through the Service or Site 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. You further agree not to harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of Users from the Service or the Site by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications. Additionally, you agree not to use automated scripts to collect information from the Service or the Site or for any other purpose.

You further agree that you may not use the Service or the Site in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Site, the Company or other Users. In addition, you agree not to use the Service or the Site to:

  • post any item encouraging, condoning or glamorizing under-age drinking, drunk-driving, or excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying the Site;
  • post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation, any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, nation, or international law;
  • post or transmit comments containing harassing or offensive language;
  • post or transmit any information, software, or other material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right holder;
  • post or transmit any information, software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component;
  • post or transmit content that encourages or provides instructional activities about illegal activities;
  • post, transmit, or in any way exploit any information, software, or other material for commercial purposes or which contains advertising;
  • solicit other Users to join, become members of, or contribute money to any online service or organization, advocate or attempt to get users to join in legal or illegal schemes or plan or participate in scams involving other Users; and/or
  • impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your professional or other affiliation with any person or entity.

This list is provided for example only, and should not be considered a complete list of the unacceptable behaviors or/or uses of the Site. By accessing the Site, you agree to comply with all laws, rules and regulations (including local) regarding online conduct and acceptable content.

User Content Posted on the Site

You are solely responsible for the photos, profiles, messages, notes, text, information, music, video, advertisements and other content that you upload, publish or display (hereinafter, "post") on or through the Service or the Site, or transmit to or share with other Users (collectively the "User Content"). You understand and agree that the Company may, but is not obligated to, review and delete or remove (without notice) any User Content in its sole discretion, including without limitation User Content that in the sole and absolute judgment of the Company violate this Agreement or which might be offensive, illegal, or that might violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of Users or others.

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license to the world, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, during the time period permitted by law, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time.

Links to Other Websites and Content

The Site contains (or you may be sent through the Site or the Services) links to other web sites ("Third Party Sites") as well as articles, photographs, text, graphics, pictures, designs, music, sound, video, information, software and other content belonging to or originating from third parties (the "Third Party Content"). Such Third Party Sites and Third Party Content are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by us, and we are not responsible for any Third Party Sites accessed through the Site or any Third Party Content posted on the Site, including without limitation the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability or policies of or contained in the Third Party Sites or the Third Party Content. Inclusion of or linking to any Third Party Site or any Third Party Content does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by us. If you decide to leave the Site and access the Third Party Sites, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site.

User Disputes

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Users. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Users.

Privacy

We care about the privacy of our Users. Click here to view the Company’s Privacy Policy. By using the Site or the Service, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

Disclaimers

The Company is not responsible or liable in any manner for any User Content or Third Party Content posted on the Site or in connection with the Service, whether posted or caused by Users of the Site or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Site or the Service. Although we provide rules for User conduct and postings, we do not control and are not responsible for what Users post on the Site and are not responsible for any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content you may encounter on the Site or in connection with any User Content or Third Party Content. The Company is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any User of the Site or Service.

The Site and the Service may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. Company assumes 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 communications. The Company is 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 Site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to Users 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 the Company be responsible for any loss or damage, including any loss or damage to any User Content or personal injury or death, resulting from anyone's use of the Site or the Service, any User Content or Third Party Content posted on or through the Site or the Service or transmitted to Users, or any interactions between Users of the Site, whether online or offline.

THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND THE SITE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND THE COMPANY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE COMPANY CANNOT GUARANTEE AND DOES NOT PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF THE SITE AND/OR THE SERVICE. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT CONTENT OR MATERIALS ON THE SITE ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE SITE OR ITS SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION IN THE USE AND DOWNLOADING OF ANY SUCH CONTENT OR MATERIALS AND USE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED SOFTWARE TO DETECT AND DISINFECT VIRUSES.

Company reserves the right to change any and all content contained in the Site and any Services offered through the Site at any time without notice. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by Company.

In connection with your subscription (if applicable), you will be asked to provide customary billing information such as name, billing address and credit card information and the amount of your subscription. You hereby authorize the collection of such amount by Outcry’s third party online payment processor. You are subject to terms and conditions governing use of that third party’s service and that third party’s personal information collection practices (as described in greater detail on the sponsorship webpage). Please review such terms and conditions and privacy policy before purchasing a subscription. Once your subscription transaction is complete, you will receive an email summarizing your confirmed subscription.

Limitation on Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL COMPANY OR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST DATA ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICE, INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR ANY OF THE SITE CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE, EVEN IF THE COMPANY IS AWARE OR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, CAUSED; ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE; ERROR; OMISSION; INTERRUPTION; DELETION; DEFECT; DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION; COMPUTER VIRUS; FILE CORRUPTION; COMMUNICATION-LINE FAILURE; NETWORK OR SYSTEM OUTAGE; OR THEFT, DESTRUCTION, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF ANY RECORD. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, THE COMPANY'S AGGREGATE 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 COMPANY FOR THE SERVICE DURING THE MOST RECENT TWELVE (12) MONTHS, BUT IN NO CASE WILL THE COMPANY'S LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED $1000. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IF NO FEES ARE PAID TO COMPANY FOR THE SERVICE, YOU SHALL BE LIMITED TO INJUNCTIVE RELIEF ONLY, UNLESS OTHERWISE PERMITTED BY LAW, AND SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO DAMAGES OF ANY KIND FROM COMPANY, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, members, contractors, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or related to (i) any material posted or otherwise provided by you that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy, (ii) your use of the Site, including any intentional or unintentional error, mistake, or misrepresentation made by you in connection with your use of the Site, (iii) any non-compliance or violation by you with the terms and conditions of this User Agreement, or (v) any claims brought by persons or entities arising from or related to your access and use of the Site, including information obtained through any offered services, sell sheets or brochures.

Governing Law & Venue and Jurisdiction

By visiting or using the Site and/or the Service, you agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern this User Agreement and the Privacy Policy and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and the Company or any of our affiliates. With respect to any disputes or claims not subject to arbitration (as set forth below), you agree not to commence or prosecute any action in connection therewith other than in the state and federal courts of Virginia, and you hereby consent to, and waive all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens with respect to, venue and jurisdiction in the state and federal courts of Virginia.

Arbitration

YOU AND COMPANY AGREE THAT THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE FORUM AND REMEDY FOR ANY AND ALL DISPUTES AND CLAIMS RELATING IN ANY WAY TO OR ARISING OUT OF THIS USER AGREEMENT, THE SITE AND/OR THE SERVICE (INCLUDING YOUR VISIT TO OR USE OF THE SITE AND/OR THE SERVICE) SHALL BE FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION, except that a party may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief where no adequate remedy at law is available and in the jurisdictions provided in this User Agreement for such disputes.

Arbitration under this Agreement shall be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (the "AAA") under its Commercial Arbitration Rules and the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes for disputes involving consumer matters (the "AAA Consumer Rules") (collectively the "AAA Rules"). The location of the arbitration shall be in Fairfax, Virginia and the allocation of costs and fees for such arbitration shall be in favor of the prevailing party and subject to the limitations provided for in the AAA Consumer Rules (for consumer disputes). The arbitrator's award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction as provided for in this User Agreement.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, NO ARBITRATION OR CLAIM UNDER THESE TERMS OF USE SHALL BE JOINED TO ANY OTHER ARBITRATION OR CLAIM, INCLUDING ANY ARBITRATION OR CLAIM INVOLVING ANY OTHER CURRENT OR FORMER USER OF THE SERVICE, AND NO CLASS ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE PERMITTED. In no event shall any claim, action or proceeding by you related in any way to the Site and/or the Service (including your visit to or use of the Site and/or the Service) be instituted more than two (2) years after the cause of action arose.

Submissions

You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the Site or the Service ("Submissions"), provided by you to Company are non-confidential and shall become the sole property of Company. Company shall own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these Submissions for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

Miscellaneous

This User Agreement (as amended as set forth herein) and the Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and Company regarding the use of the Site and/or the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Company relating to your use of the Site or the Service. The failure of Company to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this User Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision in that or any other instance. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. If any provision herein shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the other terms herein and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.