Skout, Inc. ("Skout" or "we") operates Skout.com, which is an online service that allows Members of the required age 18 years or older to create unique personal profiles online in order to find and communicate with new friends. The services offered by Skout include any Skout-branded URL (the "Skout Website"), the Skout instant messaging service, the Skout iPhone and Android applications (including BoyAhoy and Flurv), Skout mobile services, and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by Skout in connection with Skout's business (collectively, the "Skout Services").
Skout may modify this Agreement from time to time and such modification shall be effective upon posting by Skout on the Skout Website. Your continued use of the Skout Services after Skout posts a revised Agreement signifies your acceptance of the revised Agreement. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes.
Please choose carefully the information you post on or through the Skout Services and that you provide to other Users. Your Skout profile may not include any form of Prohibited Content, as outlined in Section 8 below. Despite this prohibition, information, materials, products or services provided by other Skout Members (for instance, in their profile) may, in whole or in part, be unauthorized, impermissible or otherwise violate this Agreement, and Skout assumes no responsibility or liability for this material. If you become aware of m isuse of the Skout Services by any person, please notify Skout by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Skout reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post or remove any posting (including private messages) by you, or to deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Skout Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability. Skout expressly reserves the right to remove your profile and/or deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Skout Services if Skout determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated this Agreement or pose a threat to Skout and/or its Users.
Eligibility. Use of the Skout Services and registration to be a Member for the Skout Services ("Membership") is void where prohibited. By using the Skout Services, you represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (c) you are 18 years of age or older; and (d) your use of the Skout Services does not violate any applicable law or regulation. Your profile may be deleted and your Membership may be terminated without warning, if we believe that you are under 18 years of age, if we believe that you are under 18 years of age and you represent yourself as 18 or older, or if we believe you are over 18 and represent yourself as under 18.
Term. This Agreement, and any posted revision to this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect while you use the Skout Services or are a Member. You may terminate your Membership at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Skout website or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Skout may terminate your Membership at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability. Even after Membership is terminated, this Agreement will remain in effect, including Sections 5-17.
Fees. You acknowledge that Skout reserves the right to charge for any portion of the Skout Services and to change its fees (if any) from time to time in its discretion. If Skout terminates your Membership because you have breached the Agreement, you shall not be entitled to the refund of any unused portion of fees or payments (if any).
Password. When you sign up to become a Member, you will also be asked to choose a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree not to use the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or to disclose your password to any third party. You agree to notify Skout immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password. You are solely responsible for any and all use of your account.
Use by Members. The Skout Services are for the personal use of Members and may be used for promotional purposes as well, but direct commercial endeavors may only be used if they are specifically endorsed or authorized by Skout. Skout reserves the right to remove commercial content in its sole discretion. Illegal and/or unauthorized use of the Skout Services, including collecting usernames, user id numbers, and/or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email or unauthorized framing of or linking to the Skout Website, or employing third party promotional sites or software to promote profiles for money, is prohibited. Commercial advertisements, affiliate links, and other forms of unauthorized solicitation may be removed from Member profiles without notice or explanation and may result in termination of Membership privileges. Skout reserves the right to take appropriate legal action for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Skout Services.
Proprietary Rights in Content on Skout.
Skout does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you post on or through the Skout Services . After posting your Content to the Skout Services, you continue to retain any such rights that you may have in your Content, subject to the limited license herein. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Skout Services, you hereby grant to Skout a limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on or through the Skout Services, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Skout Website in any media formats and through any media channels. After you remove your Content from the Skout Website we will cease distribution as soon as practicable, and at such time when distribution ceases, the license will terminate.
The license you grant to Skout is non-exclusive (meaning you are free to license your Content to anyone else in addition to Skout), fully-paid and royalty-free (meaning that Skout is not required to pay you for the use on the Skout Services of the Content that you post), sublicensable (so that Skout is able to use its affiliates, subcontractors and other partners such as Internet content delivery networks and wireless carriers to provide the Skout Services), and worldwide (because the Internet and the Skout Services are global in reach).
You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Skout Services or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this Section 6, and (ii) the posting of your Content on or through the Skout Services does not violate the privacy rights, Terms of Service, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity. In the instance of a Terms of Service violation, you agree to relinquish all rights to any Content you have posted; Skout then becomes the sole owner of your Content. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person or entity by reason of any Content posted by you on or through the Skout Services.
The Skout Services contain Content of Skout ("Skout Content"). Skout Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and Skout owns and retains all rights in the Skout Content and the Skout Services. Skout hereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable license to reproduce and display the Skout Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the Skout Website and using the Skout Services.
The Skout Services contain Content of Users and other Skout licensors. Except as provided within this Agreement, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through the Skout Services.
Skout performs technical functions necessary to offer the Skout Services, including but not limited to transcoding and/or reformatting Content to allow its use throughout the Skout Services.
SKOUT DOES NOT CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.
Skout may reject, refuse to post or delete any Content for any or no reason, including Content that in the sole judgment of Skout violates this Agreement or which may be offensive, illegal or violate the rights of any person or entity, or harm or threaten the safety of any person or entity. Skout assumes no responsibility for monitoring the Skout Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time Skout chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor the Skout Services, Skout nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the Content, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of the User submitting any such Content.
You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on or through any of the Skout Services, and any material or information that you transmit to other Members and for your interactions with other Users.
Content/Activity Prohibited. The following are examples of the kind of Content that is illegal or prohibited to post on or through the Skout Services. Skout reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Skout sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, removing the offending Content from the Skout Services and terminating the Membership of such violators. Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to, Content that, in the sole discretion of Skout:
is patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;
contains nudity, excessive violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website;
solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
publicly posts information that poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person;
constitutes or promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
constitutes or promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files;
involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming";
contains restricted or password only access pages or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other Users;
involves commercial activities and/or sales without prior written consent from Skout such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes;
includes a photograph or video of another person that you have posted without that person's consent;
for band, comedy, filmmaker and other profiles, uses sexually suggestive imagery or any other unfair, misleading or deceptive Content intended to draw traffic to the profile; or
violates the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.
The following are examples of the kind of activity that is illegal or prohibited on the Skout Website and through your use of the Skout Services. Skout reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Skout's sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, reporting you to law enforcement authorities. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to:
criminal or tortious activity, including child pornography, fraud, trafficking in obscene material, drug dealing, gambling, harassment, stalking, spamming, spimming, sending of viruses or other harmful files, copyright infringement, patent infringement, or theft of trade secrets;
advertising to, or solicitation of, any Member to buy or sell any products or services through the unauthorized or impermissible use of the Skout Services. You may not transmit any chain letters or junk email to other Members. In order to protect our Members from such advertising or solicitation, Skout reserves the right to restrict the number of emails which a Member may send to other Members in any 24-hour period to a number which Skout deems appropriate in its sole discretion. If you breach this Agreement and send unsolicited bulk email, instant messages or other unauthorized commercial communications of any kind through the Skout Services, you acknowledge that you will have caused substantial harm to Skout, but that the amount of such harm would be extremely difficult to ascertain. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, you agree to pay Skout $50 for each such unsolicited email or other unauthorized commercial communication you send through the Skout Services;
circumventing or modifying, attempting to circumvent or modify, or encouraging or assisting any other person in circumventing or modifying any security technology or software that is part of the Skout Services;
activity that involves the use of viruses, bots, worms, or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of or access to a computer or a computer network;
covering or obscuring any banner advertisements on your personal profile page, or any Skout page via HTML/CSS or any other means;
any automated use of the system, such as, but not limited to, using scripts to add friends or send comments or messages;
interfering with, disrupting, or creating an undue burden on the Skout Services or the networks or services connected to the Skout Services;
impersonating or attempting to impersonate another Member, person or entity;
for band, comedy, filmmaker and other profiles containing a Skout player, copying the code for your Skout Player and embedding it (or directing others to embed it) anywhere other than your band profile on Skout;
using the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or disclosing your password to any third party or permitting any third party to access your account;
selling or otherwise transferring your profile;
using any information obtained from the Skout Services in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person or entity, or attempting to do the same;
displaying an unauthorized commercial advertisement on your profile, or accepting payment or anything of value from a third person in exchange for your performing any commercial activity through the unauthorized or impermissible use of the Skout Services on behalf of that person, such as placing commercial content on your profile, posting blogs or bulletins with a commercial purpose, selecting a profile with a commercial purpose as a member of your hotlist, or sending private messages with a commercial purpose; or
using the Skout Services in a manner inconsistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
Protecting Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property. Skout respects the intellectual property of others, and requires
that our users do the same. You may not upload, embed, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that
infringes any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights of any person or entity. Skout has
the right to terminate the Membership of infringers.
If you believe your work has been copied and posted on or through the Skout Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send a Skout Copyright Agent a notification of claimed infringement with all of the following information: (a) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (b) identification of the claimed infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on the Skout Services (providing the URL(s) of the claimed infringing material satisfies this requirement); (c) information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address; (d) a 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; (e) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or a uthorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and (f) your physical or electronic signature. Skout's Copyright Agent for notification of claimed infringement can be reached electronically by e-mailing email@example.com. Skout provides certain tools and technologies to help facilitate copyright owners' control over their copyrighted works.
Member Disputes. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Skout Members. Skout reserves the right, but has no obligation, to become involved in any way with disputes between you and other Members.
Disclaimers. Skout is not responsible for and makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the User Content or the accuracy and reliability of the User Content posted on or through the Skout Services, whether caused by Users of the Skout Services or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Skout Services and such User Content does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Skout. Profiles and third party applications created and posted by Members on the Skout Website may contain links to other websites. Skout is not responsible for the content, accuracy or opinions expressed on such websites, and such websites are not necessarily investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by Skout. Inclusion of any linked website on the Skout Services does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked website by Skout. When you access these third party sites, you do so at your own risk. Skout takes no responsibility for third party advertisements or third party applications that are posted on or through the Skout Services, nor does it take any responsibility for the goods or services provided by its advertisers. Skout is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any User of the Skout Services. Skout 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, any User or Member communication. Skout 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 any email or players due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any of the Skout Services or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Users or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials in connection with the Skout Services. Under no circumstances shall Skout be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the Skout Services, attendance at a Skout event, from any User Content posted on or through the Skout Services, or from the conduct of any Users of the Skout Services, whether online or offline. The Skout Services are provided "AS-IS" and as available and Skout expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Skout cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the Skout Services.
Limitation on Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL SKOUT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SKOUT SERVICES, EVEN IF SKOUT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, SKOUT'S 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 SKOUT FOR THE SKOUT SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP.
U.S. Export Controls. Software available in connection with the Skout Services (the "Software") is further subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from the Skout Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk.
Disputes. The Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Skout agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of California to resolve any dispute arising out of the Agreement or the Skout Services. EACH OF THE PARTIES HEREBY KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY CLAIMS, COUNTERCLAIMS, CROSS-CLAIMS, OR THIRD PARTY CLAIMS) ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT. FURTHER, EACH PARTY HERETO CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE OR AGENT OF EITHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH PARTY WOULD NOT IN THE EVENT OF SUCH LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THIS WAIVER OF RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL PROVISION. EACH OF THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THIS SECTION IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT FOR THE OTHER PARTY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT.
Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold Skout, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Skout Services in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement and/or any Content that you post on or through the Skout Services.
Other. This Agreement is accepted upon your use of the Skout Website or any of the Skout Services and is further affirmed by you becoming a Member. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Skout regarding the use of the Skout Services. The failure of Skout to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Skout is a trademark of Skout, Inc. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this Agreement.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED ABOVE. I UNDERSTAND THAT SKOUT DOES NOT CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ITS MEMBERS.
The Skout Website is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect PII from children under 13 years of age.
General. When Skout collects PII from you it is because you are voluntarily submitting Registration PII to us in order to register as a Member of Skout. Skout may also collect PII from you from other parties or websites if you choose to participate in Skout Services activities like sweepstakes, contests, and surveys, because you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with content or suggestions you submit to Skout for review and profile creation or registration.
In addition, Skout collects other non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve the Skout Services, track usage, and for security purposes.
Skout Members may also choose to provide or store non-PII information in their profiles, including but not limited to date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively "Profile Information"). The Profile Information in a Member's profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.
Skout Members can change their Registration PII and Profile Information at any time and can control how Visitors, other Members and Skout communicate with them by controlling their account settings, available within the "Edit Profile" portion of their Skout profile.
You can program your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies. However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on the Skout Services.
Some of the advertisements that appear on Skout Services may also be delivered to you by third party Internet advertising companies. These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect non-PII about your visit to or use of Skout Services, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address.
Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on the Skout Services. Third party applications are small bits of software, often with interactivity, that can be installed into Members' profiles or shared with other Users. However, Skout does not control the third party developers, and cannot dictate their actions. When a Member engages with a third party application, that Member is interacting with the third party developer, not with Skout. Skout encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party's application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting.
In order to locate other Skout Members that you may already know in the physical world, Skout allows Users to search for Members using Registration PII (i.e., full name or email address). Skout also allows Users to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members (i.e., schools and/or companies where Users may have attended or worked). Skout may also enable Members to publicly display some Registration PII as an element of their Profile Information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under "Edit Profile." Search engines may index the portion of a Member's profile (including the Profile Information it contains) that is publicly displayed.
If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from Skout, Skout may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to the Skout Services, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from Skout, you can change your profile settings under "Account Settings," or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
Skout employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII. Skout may share your PII with those who help us manage or provide Skout Services' information activities (for example, message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.
These outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your PII to provide Skout with a specific service and not for any other purpose. Skout may also provide your PII to a third party in those instances where you have chosen to receive certain information and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII. Skout also may share your PII with Affiliated Companies if it has a business reason to do so.
As described in "Notice" above, Skout may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the Skout Website, or may work with outside companies to do so. Your non-PII and/or Profile Information may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. Skout prohibits these companies from sharing your non-PII and/or Profile Information with any third party or from using it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream, number of page views calculated by pixel tags, and aggregated demographic information may also be shared with Skout advertisers and business partners.
There may be instances when Skout may access or disclose PII, Profile Information or non-PII without providing you a choice in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of Skout, our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of the Skout Services or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process. In addition, if Skout sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, Skout may transfer your PII to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
When a Member who is located in the European Union chooses to post Profile Information that will be publicly disclosed, that Member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws. Skout is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for Member-posted information.
Skout uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and credit card information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, Skout uses reasonable methods to make sure that PII is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.
Whenever possible, Skout Members may review the Registration PII we maintain about them in our records. We will take reasonable steps to correct any PII a Member informs us is incorrect. If you are a Member, you can view and change your Registration PII, Member preferences and Profile Information by logging into your account and accessing features such as "Edit Profile" and "Account Settings."
If you ask Skout to stop using your PII, Skout will honor that request while retaining any record of your PII that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state or local law.