(Note, we’ve decided to make these terms of service available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use, just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you – make sure to thank the team at Automattic.com as they spent a lot of money and time on these terms so other people don’t need to do the same.)
Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using our Services. By accessing or using any part of our services, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access or use any of our services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Leverage Networks, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.
Our Services are not directed to children younger than 13, and access and use of our Services is only offered to users 13 years of age or older. If you are under 13 years old, please do not register to use our Services. Any person who registers as a user or provides their personal information to our Services represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
Use of our Services requires a thesystemsthinker.com account. You agree to provide us with complete and accurate information when you register for an account. You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your username. You are responsible for keeping your password secure.
- Your thesystemsthinker.com Account. If you create an account on thesystemsthinker.com, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with your account. You must immediately notify Leverage Networks of any unauthorized uses of your account, or any other breaches of security. Leverage Networks will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
- Responsibility of Contributors. If you comment, post material or post links to thesystemsthinker.com, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available (any such material, “Content”), you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that your content does not violate these terms. By submitting Content to Leverage Networks for inclusion on the website, you grant Leverage Networks a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing, and promoting your blog. This license allows Leverage Networks to make publicly-posted content available to third parties selected by Leverage Networks so that these third parties can analyze and distribute (but not publicly display) your content through their services. If you delete Content, Leverage Networks will use reasonable efforts to remove it from thesystemsthinker.com, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Leverage Networks has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Leverage Networks’s sole discretion, (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Leverage Networks’s reasonable opinion, violates any Leverage Networks policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of thesystemsthinker.com to any individual or entity for any reason. Leverage Networks will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
2. Responsibility of Visitors.
Leverage Networks has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to our Services, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating our Services, Leverage Networks does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Our Services may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. Our Services may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Leverage Networks disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of our Services, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
3. Content Posted on Other Websites.
We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which thesystemsthinker.com links, and that link to thesystemsthinker.com. Leverage Networks does not have any control over those non-thesystemsthinker.com websites, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-thesystemsthinker.com website, Leverage Networks does not represent or imply that it endorses such website. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Leverage Networks disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-thesystemsthinker.com websites and webpages.
4. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.
As Leverage Networks asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by thesystemsthinker.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Leverage Networks in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Leverage Networks will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Leverage Networks will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Leverage Networks or others. In the case of such termination, Leverage Networks will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Leverage Networks.
5. Intellectual Property.
This Agreement does not transfer from Leverage Networks to you any Leverage Networks or third party intellectual property, and all right, title, and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Leverage Networks. Leverage Networks, thesystemsthinker.com, The Systems Thinker logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with thesystemsthinker.com or our Services, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Leverage Networks or Leverage Networks’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with our Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of our Services grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Leverage Networks or third-party trademarks.
We are constantly updating our Services, and that means sometimes we have to change the legal terms under which our Services are offered. If we make changes that are material, we will let you know by posting on our blog, or by sending you an email or other communication before the changes take effect. The notice will designate a reasonable period of time after which the new terms will take effect. If you disagree with our changes, then you should stop using our Services within the designated notice period. Your continued use of our Services will be subject to the new terms. However, any dispute that arose before the changes shall be governed by the Terms (including the binding individual arbitration clause) that were in place when the dispute arose.
Leverage Networks may terminate your access to all or any part of our Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your thesystemsthinker.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using our Services. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
8. Disclaimer of Warranties.
Our Services are provided “as is.” Leverage Networks and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Leverage Networks nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that our Services will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, our Services at your own discretion and risk.
9. Limitation of Liability.
In no event will Leverage Networks, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Leverage Networks under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Leverage Networks shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
10. General Representation and Warranty.
11. US Economic Sanctions.
You expressly represent and warrant that your use of our Services and or associated services and products is not contrary to applicable U.S. Sanctions. Such use is prohibited, and Leverage Networks reserve the right to terminate accounts or access of those in the event of a breach of this condition.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Leverage Networks, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of our Services, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
These Terms of Service were originally written in English (US). We may translate these terms into other languages. In the event of a conflict between a translated version of these Terms of Service and the English version, the English version will control.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Leverage Networks and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Leverage Networks, or by the posting by Leverage Networks of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of our Services will be governed by the laws of the state of California, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County, California. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in San Francisco, California, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Leverage Networks may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.
- October 8, 2015: Initial publication