Blank Street Terms of Service
1. Acceptance of Terms; Modification of Terms
The website located at https://www.blankstreet.com/ (the “Site”) is a copyrighted work belonging to Blank Street Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”, “Blank Street”, “us”, “our”, or “we”). Certain features of the Site may be subject to additional guidelines, terms, or rules, which will be posted on the Site in connection with such features. All such additional terms, guidelines, and rules are incorporated by reference into these Terms of Service.
THESE TERMS REQUIRE THE USE OF ARBITRATION (SECTION 15) ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR CLASS ACTIONS, AND ALSO LIMIT THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO YOU IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE.
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS TO ACCESS AND USE THE PLATFORM; PROVIDED, IF YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF THIRTEEN (13) AND EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD (OR ANY GREATER AGE REQUIRED TO BE DEEMED TO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF MAJORITY UNDER THE APPLICABLE LAW OF THE STATE OR JURISDICTION OF YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE) YOU MAY ONLY ACCESS AND USE THE PLATFORM WITH THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN, AND YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT TO US THAT YOU HAVE SUCH PERMISSION AND THAT YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN HAS REVIEWED AND DISCUSSED THESE TERMS OF SERVICE WITH YOU. SINCE CERTAIN CONTENT MADE AVAILABLE ON THE PLATFORM MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR MINORS, WE RECOMMEND THAT PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS WHO PERMIT THEIR CHILD TO ACCESS AND USE THE PLATFORM TO SUPERVISE SUCH CHILD’S ACTIVITY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY ENGAGEMENT WITH ANY OTHER USER THEREON.
Blank Street may change or amend these Terms of Service at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. We encourage you to review these Terms of Service carefully and to check these Terms of Service periodically for any updates or changes. While we make reasonable efforts to provide accurate and timely information about Blank Street on the Platform, you should not assume that the information is always up to date or that the Platform contains all the relevant information available about Blank Street. You agree that we may provide notices, disclosures and amendments to these Terms by electronic means, including by changing these Terms by posting revisions on the Platform.
Blank Street may, from time to time, release new versions of the Platform, or release/introduce new tools, products, services, functionalities, and/or features for the Platform, which will be subject to these Terms of Service, and any additional terms of service as may apply to such additional versions, tools, products, services, functionalities, or features.
IF ANY PROVISION OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR ANY FUTURE CHANGES ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, DO NOT USE OR CONTINUE TO USE THE PLATFORM AND DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE PLATFORM SHALL CONSTITUTE YOUR ACCEPTANCE AND AGREEMENT TO SUCH CHANGE.
2. Platform License
Blank Street hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, royalty-free, non-transferable, non-assignable, non-sublicensable, right and license to access and make personal use of the Platform and the Platform Content (defined below) solely as permitted by the tools, products, services, functionalities and/or features made available to Users of the Platform, subject in all respects to these Terms of Service, and not for redistribution of any kind (the “Platform License”). This Platform License does not include any resale or commercial use of (i) the Platform, (ii) any Registration Data (defined below), (iii) any content, materials, information, text, data, copyrights, Trademarks, logos, designs, insignia, images, photos, musical compositions, sound recordings, screenshots, videos, chats, posts, graphics, identifying marks, Site/App pages, software, and other original works of authorship and/or intellectual property uploaded to, or incorporated into, the Platform by or on behalf of Blank Street (collectively, “Platform Content”), which Platform Content is and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Blank Street (or the applicable third-party licensor thereof).
As between any User and Blank Street, Blank Street retains all right, title and interest in and to the Platform, throughout the world, in perpetuity, including, without limitation, (i) all text, graphics, typefaces, formatting, graphs, designs, editorial content, HTML, look and feel, software, and data, (ii) all business processes, procedures, methods, and techniques used in the Platform, (iii) all other materials and content uploaded or incorporated into the Platform, including, without limitation, all Platform Content, (iv) all associated trade secret rights and other intellectual property and proprietary rights recognized anywhere in the world; and (v) the coordination, selection, arrangement and enhancement of such Platform IP as a Collective Work under the United States Copyright Act, as amended (collectively, “Platform IP”), and nothing contained herein shall be construed as creating or granting to any User any right, title or interest in and to such Platform IP other than the express license granted therein pursuant to these Terms of Service. Platform IP is protected in all forms, media and technologies now known or hereinafter developed as well as by the domestic and international laws of copyright, trademarks, patents, and other proprietary rights and laws
The Company trademarks, service marks, and logos (the “Company Trademarks”) used and displayed on the Platform are Blank Street’s registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks. Other product and service names located on the Service may be trademarks or service marks owned by third parties (the “Third-Party Trademarks,” and, collectively with the Company Trademarks, the “Trademarks”). Except as otherwise permitted by law, you may not use the Trademarks in any manner not expressly permitted by these Terms of Service (including, for the avoidance of doubt, all other provisions incorporated by reference in these Terms of Service), including but not limited to uses which would disparage the Company or the applicable third-party, Blank Street’s or a third party’s products or services (including, without limitation, the Platform), or in any manner (using commercially reasonable judgment) that may damage any goodwill in the Trademarks. Additionally, you may not use any Trademarks as part of a link to or from the Platform without Blank Street’s prior express written consent. All goodwill generated from the use of any Trademark will inure solely to the benefit of Blank Street or the applicable third-party owner thereof.
Your violation of this Platform License may result in infringement of intellectual property and contractual rights of Blank Street, other Users of the Platform, or other third parties, which is prohibited by law and could result in substantial civil and criminal penalties.
3. Additional Platform License Rules
In return for the Platform License granted to you herein, you acknowledge and agree that we may generate revenues, increase goodwill, or otherwise increase the value of Blank Street from your use of the Platform, including, by way of example and not limitation, through the sale of advertising, sponsorships, promotions, and usage data, and you will have no right to share in any such revenue, goodwill or value whatsoever.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, you acknowledge and agree that: (i) the Platform License does not grant you, and you do not obtain, any copyright or other interest in and to any Platform Content or other Platform IP; and (ii) the Platform License does not grant you any copyright or other interest in and to any third party intellectual property rights. Additionally, any uses of any Platform Content or intellectual property by you that are not expressly authorized under these Terms of Service are subject to all rights of the applicable copyright owners thereof in law and in equity, and all rights are expressly reserved by such applicable copyright owners thereof.
4. User Accounts; Registration Data
While you may always browse the public-facing portions of the Platform without registering with us, in order to enjoy the full benefits of the Platform, each User must register for and create an Account.
You agree to create only one (1) unique Account and that you shall be the sole authorized user of your Account. As part of the registration process, Users will be asked to submit certain information such as their name, email address, phone number, birthday, profile name, picture, etc., and to create an Account login password (collectively, “Registration Data”). Alternatively, we may permit you to register for an Account using your Facebook, Instagram, or other available and integrated social media plug-in credentials. You agree and represent that all Registration Data you provide to us will be and remain at all times true, accurate, current and complete. Blank Street may from time to time modify or add to the Registration Data information fields required to create an Account, and you agree to promptly complete any such additional or modified information fields when and as requested by Blank Street. In some cases, you will also need to update your Account and/or operating system settings to allow us to access your address book/contacts and enable the geolocation and camera/microphone functions. You must make sure that your Account profile name complies with these Terms of Service. Your registration with us is subject to our confirmation and will become valid when we either confirm your registration or activate your Account.
5.Payment and Billing
Payment and Billing. When you make purchases through the Platform, you must provide and maintain valid payment information (e.g., credit card number) in connection with your Account with us or with your third-party mobile application provider (e.g., Apple Store or Google Play Store). You represent and warrant that you are authorized to use the payment method you use via the Platform to make any purchase. You authorize us (or the provider of any subscription to which you subscribe) to charge your payment method for the total amount of your purchase (including any applicable taxes). Your order may be suspended or cancelled for any reason, including if the payment method cannot be verified, is invalid or is otherwise not acceptable.
Payment Processing for Purchases.Payment processing services for any purchases made via the Platform are currently provided by Block, Inc. Square Capital, LLC, and/or Square Financial Services, Inc. (“Square”) and are subject to Square’s General Terms of Service (the “Square Services Agreement”). By agreeing to these Terms and continuing to operate an Account, you agree to be bound by the Square Services Agreement, as the same may be modified by Square from time to time. As a condition of Blank Street enabling payment processing services through Square, you agree to provide Blank Street with accurate and complete information about you and/or your business, as applicable, and you authorize us to share such information and transaction details related to your use of the payment processing services provided by Square. For clarity, Square serves as our provider solely for processing payments in U.S. dollars in connection with purchases made by Users on the Platform.
Pricing and Taxes. All prices are shown in U.S. dollars and do not include applicable taxes, unless we or the subscription provider states otherwise. You are responsible for any sales, use, value-added or other governmental taxes, fees or duties due with respect to your order. We or the applicable User making the purchased items available on the Platform may collect applicable taxes if we or such User determines there is a duty to collect them.
Errors.In the event of an error, we reserve the right to correct the error and revise your order accordingly (which includes charging the correct price) or to cancel the order and refund any amount charged.
6. Public Information; Interactions with other Users
You acknowledge and agree that certain information that you provide in connection with the registration of your Account and other Account data may automatically become publicly viewable by all Users of the Platform.
You are strictly prohibited from submitting through the Platform in any manner or otherwise providing us with any “sensitive information,” (which includes, for example, personal information specifying medical or health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, or trade union membership) and, should we discover that you have done so, we will remove it immediately and reserves the right to ban you from the Platform. None of the foregoing shall obligate us to actively screen the information that you provide.
The Platform may in the future enable additional User interaction features such as to the ability to communicate and interact with other Users, to direct message other Users, public forums/message boards, and other interactive community-based functionalities. You are solely responsible for all of your interactions with, on or through the Platform and other Users. In your interactions with other Users, you agree to conduct yourself professionally, civilly and respectfully at all times and in no event will you harass, solicit, stalk, maliciously target, or otherwise make hurtful, defamatory, or derogatory comments towards, or engage in malicious conduct against, any other User. You acknowledge and agree that in using the Platform, Blank Street will not be responsible for the actions of any Users with respect to any other User, and that Blank Street does not actively monitor or police the specific interactions between Users of the Platform and other Users (and has no obligation to do so). You hereby release, disclaim and hold Blank Street harmless from and against any and all liability resulting from a User’s interaction with, or conduct towards, any other User (whether online or offline). Notwithstanding the foregoing, Blank Street reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion, what constitutes harassment, mischief, or unacceptable conduct with or towards other Users, and where that has occurred, and may in its sole discretion, partially or completely deny, suspend or terminate access to the Platform to any User that it determines has engaged in such behavior.
7. Third-Party Communications and Third-party Content
Blank Street disclaims all liability for any communications directed to you from any third-party directly or indirectly in connection with the Platform (“Third-Party Communications”) that you may receive, and any actions you may take or refrain from taking as a result of any Third-Party Communications. You are solely responsible for assessing and verifying the identity and trustworthiness of the source and content of any Third-Party Communications. Blank Street assumes no responsibility for verifying, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, the identity or trustworthiness of the source or content of any Third-Party Communications.
The Platform may include third-party content or links (such as hyperlinks) to third-party websites, products or services (including external websites that are framed by the Platform as well as any advertisements displayed in connection therewith) that are not owned or controlled by Blank Street (collectively, “Third-Party Content”). They are provided as an information service, for reference and convenience only. Blank Street does not control any such Third-Party Content and is not responsible for their (i) availability or accuracy, or (ii) content, advertising, or products or services. Inclusion of any Third-Party Content on the Platform does not constitute or indicate Blank Street’s endorsement thereof and the Company shall not be liable or responsible for any Third-Party Content transmitted through the Platform. You shall be subject to any additional terms and conditions of use, guidelines or rules applicable to any Third-Party Content that you access through the Platform (“Third-Party Terms”). All such Third-Party Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms of Service. You acknowledge and agree that Blank Street will not and cannot censor or edit any Third-Party Content and that you shall assume the sole responsibility for and risk associated with your use of Third-Party Content, including compliance with the terms and conditions of use, privacy policies, or practices associated therewith. Accordingly, Blank Street encourages you to be aware when you leave the Platform and to read the terms and conditions of use and privacy policies associated with any Third-Party Content.
By using the Platform, you expressly relieve and hold Blank Street harmless from any and all liability arising from your use of any Third-Party Communications and Third-Party Content, including any loss or damage incurred as a result of any dealings between you and any third parties, or as the result of the presence of such Third-Party Content on the Platform or the failure of such Third-Party Content to function as intended. It is your responsibility to evaluate the content and usefulness of the information obtained from Third-party Content.
8.Limitations on Platform Use
The Platform and Platform Content may not be used, modified, reproduced, duplicated, copied, published, distributed, downloaded, sold, resold, transformed, redesigned, reconfigured, retransmitted, or otherwise exploited by you for any purpose except as facilitated by the tools, products, services, functionalities and/or features made available to Users of the Platform, or without the express prior written consent of Blank Street and/or the applicable third-party owner thereof, in each instance.
With limiting the foregoing, while using the Platform, you may not conduct any of the following activities:
• Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, bully, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as, but not limited to, rights of privacy and publicity) of Blank Street or other Users, or use information learned from the Platform to otherwise defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, bully, intimidate or mislead, or otherwise violate the legal rights of Blank Street or any other User outside of the Platform.
• Interact with other Users to communicate or distribute information, that is defamatory, profane, infringing, obscene, pornographic, unlawful (e.g., drug use or other criminal activity), offensive and/or harmful, including, but not limited to, content that advocates, endorses, condones or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any individual or group of individuals.
• Interact with other Users in a manner that makes a political message for or against any person, party, political belief or issue, or religion, or that is harshly critical of any author, artist, contributor, or copyright owner of any content or materials embodied therein.
• Publish or make available, or request or solicit other Users to publish or make available, any personal contact or location information (e.g., phone number, e-mail address, physical address, third-party platform social media handles, location information, etc.), whether via any public or User interaction features and functionalities available on the Platform as described in Section 6 above.
• Solicit or induce, or attempt to solicit or induce, other Users on the Platform to take any actions that could be harmful to such Users or any other person or property, or that otherwise would violate any applicable laws.
• Use the Platform for any purpose in violation of applicable local, state, national, or international law.• Use or otherwise export or re-export the Platform or any portion thereof or the Platform Content in violation of the export control laws and regulations of the United States of America or European Union.
• Upload files that contain software or other material, that violates the intellectual property rights (or rights of privacy or publicity) of any third-party or for which you have not obtained the necessary rights or permissions to use accordingly.
• Upload files that contain software or other material, that features any person that has not given you express permission to include such person in such files and who has not granted you all rights necessary or required for you to upload such files, including, without limitation, such person’s name, image, voice, likeness, biographical material, and any other right of publicity/privacy held by such person in connection with such files.
• Upload files that contain software or other material, that features any person under the age of eighteen (18) (or any greater age required to be deemed to have reached the age of majority under the applicable law of the state or jurisdiction of such person’s primary residence) without first obtaining written permission from such person’s parent or legal guardian, and which written permission grants you all rights necessary or required for you to upload such files, including, without limitation, such person’s name, image, voice, likeness, biographical material, and any other right of publicity/privacy held by such person in connection with such files.
• Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, corrupted files, malware, spyware, bugs, or any other similar software that may damage or infiltrate the operation of any other User’s computer.
• Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose through the Platform, or otherwise post commercial advertisements, affiliate links, and other forms of solicitation, without our prior written consent in each instance (and Blank Street may remove from the Platform without notice to you at any time).
• Conduct or forward surveys, sweepstakes, contests, pyramid schemes, or chain letters.
• Impersonate another person or User or knowingly allow any other person or entity to use your identification or account to post or view comments on, or otherwise utilize, the Platform.
• Download any file posted by another User that a User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed through the Platform.
• Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying the Platform.
• Imply or state that any statements you make are endorsed by Blank Street or any other User, without the prior written consent of Blank Street or such User.
• Use a robot, spider, manual and/or automatic processes, or devices to data-mine, data-crawl, scrape or index the Platform in any manner.
• Hack or interfere with the Platform, its servers or any connected networks.
• Adapt, alter, license, sublicense or translate the Platform for your own personal or commercial use.
• Remove or alter, visually or otherwise, any copyrights, trademarks or proprietary marks and rights owned by us or any other User.• Use the Platform to collect Registration Data by electronic or other means.
• Use the Platform in a manner which is false or misleading (directly or by omission or failure to update information) or for the purpose of accessing or otherwise obtaining Blank Street’s trade secret information for public disclosure or other purposes.
• Direct message any User who has asked you not to do so.
• Use, transfer, distribute or dispose of Platform IP in any manner that could compete with the business of the Company.
• Cause or induce any third-party to engage in the restricted activities above
.The License granted to you in these Terms of Service terminates automatically upon any unauthorized use of the Platform and the Company will take appropriate investigative and legal action for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Platform. You acknowledge that violation of any of the above restrictions may subject you to third-party claims and none of the rights granted to you in these Terms of Service may be raised as a defense against any third-party claims arising from any such violation.
If you learn of any User who has violated these Terms of Service and any of the Platform usage restrictions set forth above, please email us at email@example.com or inform us through the applicable reporting functionality offered via the Platform. Blank Street may, but is not obligated to, take any of the actions set forth in Section 10 below against Users who violate any of the above restrictions.
9. Representations and Warranties.
You represent and warrant that that you have the right, authority and capacity to enter into, and to be bound by, these Terms of Service and to abide by the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service, and that you will so abide.
You represent and warrant that: (i) all Registration Data and other information that you submit onto the Platform, is true, accurate, current and complete; (ii) that you are the sole owner of all right, title and interest in, or have obtained all necessary rights and licenses from the applicable third-party owner of information you submit or upload onto the Platform to grant Blank Street the rights set forth herein, free and clear any of further payment or attribution requirements; and (iii) that such information, when used for the purposes in which it is submitted onto the Platform, does not infringe upon the rights of any third-party, including, without limitation, contract rights, intellectual property rights, propriety rights and rights of publicity/privacy. You acknowledge and agree that you shall be solely responsible for all Registration Data and other information that you post, upload, link to, publish, exchange, or display onto the Platform and that Blank Street reserves the right to reject, refuse to post, edit, modify, remove all or a portion of any such Registration Data or other information from the Platform that Blank Street determines, in its sole discretion, does not comply with these Terms of Service, or for any other reason, without notice or liability to you.
You represent and warrant that any Registration Data and other information that you upload to the Platform: (i) will not be fraudulent or involve the sale of counterfeit or stolen items; (ii) will not violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising); (iii) will not be defamatory, libelous, unlawfully threatening, or unlawfully harassing; (iv) will not be obscene or contain child pornography or be harmful to minors; (v) will not contain any viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information; and (vi) will not create liability for Blank Street or cause Blank Street to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its Internet service providers (ISPs) or other partners or suppliers.
10. Unlawful Activity; Suspension and/or Termination of Platform Access
We reserve the right to investigate complaints or reported violations of the Terms of Service and to take any action we deem appropriate, including, but not limited to, reporting any suspected unlawful activity to law enforcement officials, regulators, or other third parties and disclosing any information necessary or appropriate to such persons or entities relating to Users’ Account, profile name, e-mail addresses, usage history, IP addresses, and traffic information.
We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion and without notice or liability to you, to disable your Account, suspend or terminate your use of, or access to, the Platform (either in whole or in part), or remove, block, hide or otherwise delete any content that you upload to the Platform, at any time for any reason with any conditions, including, but not limited to, if we believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with these Terms of Service or any applicable law or that you have engaged in conduct that we determine to be inappropriate or unacceptable in our sole discretion, including, without limitation, any violation of the restrictions set forth in Section 8 hereof. We may also disable your Account, suspend or terminate your access to the Platform, or remove, block, hide or otherwise delete any content you upload to the Platform, if you file any claim against Blank Street or file any claim that involves the Platform. We also reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to seek and obtain any other remedies available to us pursuant to any applicable laws and regulations or at equity as a result of your breach of these Terms of Service or any other act or omission by you that gives rise to a claim by Blank Street, and our disabling of your Account, our suspension or termination of your use of, or access to, the Platform, or our removal, blocking, hiding, or deletion of any of your content, shall be without prejudice to, and shall not be deemed a waiver of, the foregoing. If we terminate, limit, or suspend your right to use the Platform, you are prohibited, without our prior written consent, from registering and creating a new Account under your name, a fake or borrowed name, or the name of any third-party, even if you may be acting on behalf of the third-party. In the event your right to use the Platform terminated, limited, or suspended, these Terms of Service will remain in effect and enforceable against you.
You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by deleting your Account and ceasing all use of the Platform. Please note that, deleting the Platform from your computer or mobile device will not delete your Account, and any content that you have previously uploaded will remain on the Platform. If you wish to delete your Account, please login to your Account on the Site or click the Account profile icon in the App, and once inside your Account profile, select "Delete Account".
Notwithstanding the foregoing, all sections of these Terms of Service which by their nature should survive the expiration or termination shall continue in full force and effect subsequent to and notwithstanding the expiration or termination of these Terms of Service.
11. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
If you believe any material available via the Site infringes a copyright you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent. You can contact our Designated Agent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3) for the requirements of a proper notification. You should note that if you knowingly misrepresent in your notification that the material or activity is infringing, you will be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by us or the alleged infringer as the result of our relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing.
If a notice of copyright infringement has been filed against material posted by you on the Site, you may make a counter-notification with our Designated Agent listed above, provided that such counter-notification complies with the requirements of 17 U.S.C. §512(g)(3). If Blank Street receives a valid counter-notification, it may reinstate the removed or disabled material in accordance with the DMCA.
In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, Blank Street has also adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and in our sole discretion, Users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Blank Street may also, in its sole discretion, limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any Users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
12. Trademark and other Intellectual Property Infringement
You agree not to display or use in any manner any (i) trademark, service mark, logo, design, insignia, trade dress, slogan, or other brand features, either registered under the laws of the United States or any other country or jurisdiction, or unregistered and existing at common law, belonging to Blank Street or any third-party, or (ii) any text, image, video, or other item of content, that violates any other intellectual property right of any third-party, including, without limitation, any right of privacy or publicity, unless you obtain Blank Street’s or such third-party’s prior written permission.
Blank Street reserves the right to remove any Platform Content that allegedly infringes another party’s trademark, service mark or other intellectual property right. Blank Street will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, Users who are repeat infringers of another party’s trademark or service mark. Notices to Blank Street regarding any such alleged infringement should be directed to Blank Street via email at: email@example.com and shall include such supporting documentation and information sufficient or reasonably requested by Blank Street in order to verify the veracity of such allegation.
Blank Street does not provide a counter-notice or appeal mechanisms for claims of trademark infringement and disclaims any liability for claims you might make regarding mistaken or misidentified trademark infringement notice and takedown requests.
13. Advertising/Sponsorships on Platform
The Platform may contain advertising and sponsorships. Advertisers and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the Platform is accurate and complies with applicable laws, including, without limitation, FTC and FCC rules, regulations and guidelines, with respect to product/service endorsements and paid sponsorships/advertisements. Blank Street will not be responsible for the illegality of or any error or inaccuracy in advertisers’ or sponsors’ materials or for the acts or omissions of advertisers and sponsors.
14. Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability
You hereby release and forever discharge Blank Street, its members, managers, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, partners in promotions or other business, or any of such parties respective agents, employees, officers, directors, managers, members, vendors, third party licensors, corporate partners, participants successors and assigns (collectively, the “Company Parties”) from, and hereby waive and relinquish, each and every past, present and future dispute, claim, controversy, demand, right, obligation, liability, action and cause of action of every kind and nature (including personal injuries, death, and property damage), that has arisen or arises directly or indirectly out of, or that relates directly or indirectly to, the Platform (including any interactions with, or act or omission of, other Users of the Platform or any third party links, advertisements or other content). TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE, YOU HEREBY WAIVE THE PROTECTIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ANY ANALOGOUS LAW IN ANY OTHER APPLICABLE JURISDICTION) WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. BLANK STREET MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY, CURRENTNESS, COMPLETENESS OR RELIABILITY OF ANY PLATFORM CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THE PLATFORM OR THIRD-PARTY CONTENT LINKED TO THE PLATFORM AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE PLATFORM, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN. BLANK STREET DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD-PARTY THROUGH THE PLATFORM OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING AND BLANK STREET WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, OTHER THAN AS PROVIDED HEREIN. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER BLANK STREET NOR ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT ACCESS TO THE PLATFORM WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR THAT THE PLATFORM WILL BE ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED OR THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE ACCESSIBLE; NOR DO THEY MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE PLATFORM, OR AS TO THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS OR CONTENT OF ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE PLATFORM. NEITHER BLANK STREET NOR ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE, OF ANY USER. NEITHER BLANK STREET NOR ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT THE PLATFORM IS FREE FROM VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. BLANK STREET AND ITS AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS CANNOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY YOU WILL NOT BE MISAPPROPRIATED, INTERCEPTED, DELETED, DESTROYED OR USED BY OTHERS.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT BLANK STREET IS ONLY WILLING TO PROVIDE THE PLATFORM IF YOU AGREE TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OF OUR LIABILITY TO YOU AND THIRD PARTIES. THEREFORE, YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD COMPANY PARTIES LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, SUITS, CLAIMS, AND/OR CONTROVERSIES (COLLECTIVELY, “LIABILITIES”) THAT HAVE ARISEN OR MAY ARISE, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, RELATING TO YOUR OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PLATFORM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITIES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONDUCT, ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY USER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION STALKING, HARASSMENT THAT IS SEXUAL OR OTHERWISE, ACTS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY), ANY DISPUTE WITH ANY USER, ANY INSTRUCTION, ADVICE, ACT, OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY BLANK STREET OR ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS AND ANY DESTRUCTION OF YOUR INFORMATION.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY COMPANY PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PLATFORM, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THE SAME. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING EXCLUSIONS, IT IS DETERMINED THAT ANY COMPANY PARTY IS LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY, WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00).
15. Dispute Resolution
Please read this Arbitration Agreement carefully. It is part of your contract with Blank Street and affects your rights. It contains procedures for MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION AND A CLASS ACTION WAIVER.
a.Applicability of Arbitration Agreement.All claims and disputes (excluding claims for injunctive or other equitable relief as set forth below) in connection with the Terms or the use of any product or service provided by Blank Street that cannot be resolved informally or in small claims court shall be resolved by binding arbitration on an individual basis under the terms of this Arbitration Agreement. Unless otherwise agreed to, all arbitration proceedings shall be held in English. This Arbitration Agreement applies to you and Blank Street, and to any subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or goods provided under the Terms of Service.
b.Notice Requirement and Informal Dispute Resolution.Before either party may seek arbitration, the party must first send to the other party a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”) describing the nature and basis of the claim or dispute, and the requested relief. A Notice to the Company should be sent to: Blank Street Inc., 225 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, Attn: Customer Support, firstname.lastname@example.org. After the Notice is received, you and the Company may attempt to resolve the claim or dispute informally. If you and the Company do not resolve the claim or dispute within thirty (30) days after the Notice is received, either party may begin an arbitration proceeding. The amount of any settlement offer made by any party may not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator has determined the amount of the award, if any, to which either party is entitled.
c.Arbitration Rules. Arbitration shall be initiated through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), an established alternative dispute resolution provider (“ADR Provider”) that offers arbitration as set forth in this section. If AAA is not available to arbitrate, the parties shall agree to select an alternative ADR Provider. The rules of the ADR Provider shall govern all aspects of the arbitration, including but not limited to the method of initiating and/or demanding arbitration, except to the extent such rules are in conflict with the Terms of Service. The AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules (“Arbitration Rules”) governing the arbitration are available online at www.adr.org or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator. Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the Arbitration Rules. Any hearing will be held in a location within 100 miles of your residence, unless you reside outside of the United States, and unless the parties agree otherwise. If you reside outside of the U.S., the arbitrator shall give the parties reasonable notice of the date, time and place of any oral hearings. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If the arbitrator grants you an award that is greater than the last settlement offer that the Company made to you prior to the initiation of arbitration, the Company will pay you the greater of the award or $2,500.00. Each party shall bear its own costs (including attorney’s fees) and disbursements arising out of the arbitration and shall pay an equal share of the fees and costs of the ADR Provider.
d.Additional Rules for Non-Appearance Based Arbitration.If non-appearance based arbitration is elected, the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or based solely on written submissions;
the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration. The arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
e.Time Limits. If you or Blank Street pursue arbitration, the arbitration action must be initiated and/or demanded within the statute of limitations (i.e., the legal deadline for filing a claim) and within any deadline imposed under the AAA Rules for the pertinent claim.
f.Authority of Arbitrator.If arbitration is initiated, the arbitrator will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Blank Street, and the dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages, and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the AAA Rules, and the Terms. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and Blank Street.
g.Waiver of Jury Trial. THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in a court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and the Company in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND BLANK STREET WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.
h.Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER.
i.Confidentiality. All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, including but not limited to the award of the arbitrator and compliance therewith, shall be strictly confidential. The parties agree to maintain confidentiality unless otherwise required by law. This paragraph shall not prevent a party from submitting to a court of law any information necessary to enforce this Agreement, to enforce an arbitration award, or to seek injunctive or equitable relief.
j.Severability. If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
k.Right to Waive. Any or all of the rights and limitations set forth in this Arbitration Agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted. Such waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of this Arbitration Agreement.
l.Survival of Agreement.This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Blank Street.
m.Small Claims Court.Notwithstanding the foregoing, either you or Blank Street may bring an individual action in small claims court.
n.Emergency Equitable Relief. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may seek emergency equitable relief before a state or federal court in order to maintain the status quo pending arbitration. A request for interim measures shall not be deemed a waiver of any other rights or obligations under this Arbitration Agreement.
o.Claims Not Subject to Arbitration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, claims of defamation, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and infringement or misappropriation of the other party’s patent, copyright, trademark or trade secrets shall not be subject to this Arbitration Agreement.
p.Courts. In any circumstances where the foregoing Arbitration Agreement permits the parties to litigate in court, the parties hereby agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within New York for such purpose.
q.If any part of this agreement to arbitrate is deemed invalid or inapplicable, you irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent allowed by law, any claims to recover punitive or exemplary damages and any right to pursue any claims on a class, mass, consolidated, or other combined basis.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company Parties from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of or in connection with any claim, action, or proceeding brought by a third-party based on: (i) your use of, or inability to use, the Platform; (ii) any breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or obligation of yours under these Terms of Service; (iii) any Registration Data or content posted by you onto the Platform; (iv) your violation of any applicable law or regulation; or (v) your violation of any third-party right, including, but not limited to, any intellectual property right. Blank Street shall promptly notify you of any such claim, and you shall assume control of the defense of such claim upon the Company’s request. Blank Street reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to your indemnification. You will not, in any event, settle any claim or matter without the written consent of Blank Street.
17. Platform Access Requirements; Updates and Maintenance
Access to and use of the Platform requires a compatible mobile device/web browser and internet connection. It also requires that we have access to your device identifier and location information. Although we are working to ensure that the Platform is compatible across various devices, we cannot guarantee that the Platform will work with all devices.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your computer or mobile device complies with the requirements for accessibility. Your use of the Platform may vary in functionality, availability and quality depending on the type of the device and the operating system that you use and Blank Street accepts no responsibility for any lack of functionality that is due to your equipment (including your device, internet connection, operating system or settings and software).
It is your responsibility to pay for all costs and expenses that you may incur while using the Platform (including, but not limited to, all telephone call or line charges or Internet data service access charges).
Your access to the Platform may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of Blank Street’s control including, but not limited to, telecommunications and/or wireless network service disruptions, computer or mobile device viruses and bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, and server, equipment or software defects. Blank Street is not responsible and will have no liability for any failures of the Internet or any data or telecommunications equipment, system or network used in connection with the Platform. In addition, perfect security does not exist on the Internet; Blank Street cannot and does not guarantee that any Registration Data or other personally identifiable information submitted to the Platform and selected by you to remain private (as applicable) will not become public under any circumstances.
Blank Street may in the future update the Platform for repair or maintenance purposes or to change any tools, products, services, functionalities, or features thereof (an “Update”). Blank Street shall not be liable to any User in any way as a result of any temporary or permanent suspension of the Platform or any tools, products, services, functionalities, or features thereof arising from or in connection with an Update. Furthermore, Blank Street is under no obligation to undergo an Update of the Platform to the extent any Platform Content and/or other tool, product, service, functionality, or feature thereof is out of date. The terms of the License granted to you hereunder shall apply in full to any Update. Following an Update, you may not be able to use the Platform until you have downloaded the latest version and accepted any new terms.
19. Governing Law and Jurisdiction; Time Period for Disputes
The Terms of Service are governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York, without reference to principles of conflicts of laws, and any action arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in New York County, New York and you hereby consent and submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such action.
You agree that regardless of any applicable statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to your use of the Platform or these Terms of Service must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever and fully barred.
Blank Street may freely assign, sub-contract and/or otherwise transfer any or all of its rights and/or obligations under these Terms of Service to any company, firm or person. You may not transfer your rights or obligations under these Terms of Service to anyone else.
21. Waiver and Severability of Terms; Entire Agreement
22. Open Source Software
The Platform contains certain open source software. Each item of open source software is subject to its own applicable license terms.
23. Electronic Communications; Feedback
The communications between you and Blank Street use electronic means, whether you use the Site or send us emails, or whether Blank Street posts notices on the Site or communicates with you via email. For contractual purposes, you (a) consent to receive communications from Blank Street in an electronic form; and (b) agree that all terms and conditions, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that Blank Street provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if it were required to be in a hardcopy writing. The foregoing does not affect your non-waivable rights.
If you choose to contribute by sending us or our employees, agents or representatives any ideas for products, services, features, modifications, enhancements, content, refinements, technologies, content offerings (such as audio, visual, games, or other types of content), promotions, strategies, or product/feature names, or any related documentation, artwork, computer code, diagrams, or other materials (collectively, “Feedback”), then regardless of what your accompanying communication may say, the following terms will apply, so that future misunderstandings can be avoided. By sending us Feedback, you agree that: (i) Blank Street has no obligation to review, consider, or implement your Feedback, or to return to you all or part of any Feedback for any reason; (ii) Feedback is provided on a non-confidential basis, and Blank Street is not under any obligation to keep any Feedback you send confidential or to refrain from using or disclosing it in any way; and (iii) you irrevocably grant Blank Street a perpetual and unlimited permission to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, modify, publicly perform (including on a through-to-the-audience basis), communicate to the public, make available, publicly display, and otherwise use and exploit the Feedback and derivatives thereof for any purpose and without restriction, free of charge and without attribution of any kind, including by making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing, and promoting commercial products and services that incorporate or embody Feedback, whether in whole or in part, and whether as provided or as modified.
24. Company Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these Terms of Service, we encourage you to contact us in writing at the address set forth below:
Blank Street Inc.
225 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Attn: Customer Support