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OZY HOUSE RULES

Terms of Service (“Terms”)
Ozy Media: Last Modified: 9/15/2013

1. GENERAL

1.1 If you choose to use the Ozy.com/Ozymandias.com website (the “Site”), Ozy’s mobile sites and applications, other downloads, and current or future features such as an RSS feed or an API (collectively, the “Services”), you will be agreeing to abide by these Terms between you and Ozy Media, Inc. (“Ozy”, “us” or “we”).  You may use the Services only if you have the power to form a legal contract with Ozy. If you are using the Services on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to these Terms for that organization and promising that you have the authority to bind that organization to these Terms.

1.2 We may revise these Terms occasionally and the most current version will always be posted on the Site. If a revision, in our sole discretion, is material we will notify you using the email address you have associated with your Ozy account. By continuing to access or use the Services after revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Services.

1.3 Ozy will strive to provide you with a consistent, efficient, and pleasant user experience. From time to time, however, we may need to alter, add, or remove certain features or functionality of the Services without notice. We may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Services at any time, including the availability of any Services feature, database, or content. We may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Services without notice or liability.

1.4  ALL CAPS.  Some provisions in these terms are required to be particularly clear and conspicuous.  To make sure we are in compliance with our legal obligations to you, we need to present certain provisions in ALL CAPS.

2. Eligibility

The Services are not available to persons under the age of 13. This is important enough for us to capitalize it.  BY REMAINING ON THE WEBSITE, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OF AGE.

Ozy Accounts are not available to persons under the age of 18 or under the applicable state age of majority. BY REGISTERING AN ACCOUNT, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE OR THE APPLICABLE STATE AGE OF MAJORITY. Minors may use the Services only if a parent or legal guardian grants the minor permission and assumes the responsibilities of these Terms. 

3. Create An Ozy Account and Keep it Secure

To use some aspects of the Services, you may be asked to create a user account (“Ozy Account”), including a valid email address and password of your choice that you will use to access the Services either through a web browser or mobile application. Each Ozy Account is for one user only. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Ozy Account and password and for restricting access to your device, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur in your Ozy Account. You agree that the information you provide when creating your Ozy Account will be true, accurate, current, and complete, including your email address. You also agree that you will keep this information accurate and up-to-date at all times. If you have reason to believe that your Ozy Account is no longer secure (e.g., in the event of a loss, theft or unauthorized disclosure or use of your account ID, password, or any credit or debit card number), then you agree to immediately notify Ozy.  The information you provide will be subject to Ozy’s Privacy Policy.  Please notify help@ozymandias.com of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your Ozy Account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or other information.

4. CONTENT

4.1 The Services are owned and operated by Ozy. The visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, computer code (including source code and object code), news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, infographics, audio clips and video clips services, and all other elements of the Services (collectively, the “Content”), excluding third-party content and user-generated content, are owned by Ozy and protected by United States intellectual property laws, including copyright, trade dress, and/or trademark laws, international conventions, and all other applicable laws. These Terms do not grant you any rights to use the Ozy trademarks, logos, domain names, or other brand features. While we appreciate user feedback, please understand that we may use any feedback, comments, or suggestions you provide without any obligation to you. The technology we use to provide the Services is protected by the intellectual property laws of both the United States and foreign countries. The Services are intended for your personal, noncommercial use. You will abide by all copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Services. 

4.2 The Services and the Content are protected by copyright pursuant to U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not reproduce, modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, (except as provided in Section 4.3 of these Terms), create new works from, display, distribute, or perform, or in any way exploit, any of the Content or the Services.

4.3 You may download or copy the Content and other downloadable items from the Services for personal use only, as long as you maintain all copyright and other notices contained therein. Copying or storing of any Content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without prior written consent from Ozy or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice or other attribution contained in the Content.

4.4 The Content and the Services are owned by or licensed to Ozy, or otherwise lawfully used. Certain Content may come from third parties, and Ozy will not be liable for any inaccuracies, delays, errors, or omissions in any such third-party content, or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part of such content, or for any damages arising from such content.

4.5 The Services and/or the Site may contain links to third-party websites or resources. Ozy does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, the related content, products, or services. You are solely responsible for your use of any such websites or resources.

4.6 Fees. The Services are free of charge.  You are responsible, however, for any telephone, data plan, internet, broadband, or other service charges incurred as a result of using or accessing the Services and agree that you will be solely responsible for all disputes with any telephone company or internet service provider related to such charges.

4.7 Software and Updates. Some use of the Services may require you to download a mobile application or other software (“Software”). Ozy hereby grants you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable license to use the Software, solely to access the Services. Your license to use the Software is automatically revoked if you violate these Terms in a manner that implicates our intellectual property rights. We reserve all rights not expressly granted in these Terms. You must not reverse engineer or decompile the Software, nor attempt to do so, nor assist anyone else to do so. Ozy may update the Software on your device automatically when a new version is available.

5. USER-GENERATED CONTENT

5.1 You must not upload to or otherwise publish on the Services any defamatory, libelous, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material.
You agree that you will not threaten or verbally abuse other users, use defamatory language, or deliberately disrupt discussions with repetitive messages, meaningless messages, or “spam.”

Ozy wants to cultivate an online community in which users feel welcome and safe. Accordingly, you agree not to use language that abuses or discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference/identity, age, disability, or other such traits. Hate speech of any kind is grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Services.

Ozy also wants to foster vigorous, active and respectful debate through the Services. As such personal attacks are a direct violation of these Terms and are grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Services.

5.2 You acknowledge that any submissions you make to Ozy (i.e., user-generated content including comments, forum messages, reviews, text, video, audio, and photographs, as well as computer code and applications) (each, a “Submission”) may be removed, edited, modified, published, transmitted, and displayed by Ozy, and you waive any rights of approval or other rights related to Ozy’s alteration or modification of the Submission. Submissions made to Ozy may also eventually be included made available for republishing through other formats, including RSS feeds.

5.3 You may only use the Services for noncommercial purposes. You will not, without the express approval of Ozy, distribute or otherwise publish any Submission containing any solicitation of funds, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services.

5.4 You grant Ozy a perpetual, nonexclusive, world-wide, royalty free, sub-licensable license to the Submissions, which includes without limitation, the right for Ozy or any third party it designates, to use, copy, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, modify and adapt (including without limitation the right to adapt to streaming, downloading, broadcast, mobile, digital, thumbnail, scanning or other technologies) in any form or media now known or hereinafter developed (“Media”), any Submission posted by you on or to the Services or any other website or platform owned or operated by Ozy, including any Submission posted on or to the Services through a third party.  By making a Submission, you are consenting to its display and publication on the Site and in the Services and for related online and offline promotional uses.

5.5 While Ozy does not and cannot review every Submission, and is not responsible for the content of Submissions, Ozy reserves the right to delete, move, or edit Submissions that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise in violation of these Terms.

6. ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

You agree not to misuse or attempt to misuse the Services, and will use the Services only in a manner consistent with these Terms.  By using the Services you agree not to:

  • rent, lease, loan, sell, resell, sublicense, distribute or otherwise transfer your Ozy Account or any of your rights granted by Ozy under these Terms;
  • impersonate any person or entity, falsely claim an affiliation with any person or entity, access the Ozy Accounts of others without permission, forge another person’s digital signature, misrepresent the source, identity, or content of information transmitted via the Services, or perform any other similar fraudulent activity;
  • use the Services for any illegal purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law, including, without limitation, laws governing intellectual property and other proprietary rights, and data protection and privacy;
  • defame, harass, abuse, threaten or defraud Ozy users or third parties, or collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about Ozy users or third parties without their explicit consent;
  • remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Services;
  • reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Services or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation;
  • modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based on the Services or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation;
  • access the Services through any automated means, including “robots,” “spiders,” “scrapers,” or “offline readers”;
  • introduce viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs that interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment related to the Services;
  • damage, disable, overburden, impair, interfere with, disrupt, or gain unauthorized access to the Services, including Ozy’s or its agents’ servers, computer networks, or third-party Ozy Accounts, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
  • encourage or facilitate conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability;
  • interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Services;
  • intentionally interfere with or damage operation of the Services or any user’s enjoyment of it, by any means, including uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code;
  • attempt to do any of the foregoing.

If Ozy reasonably believes that you are violating any of these prohibitions or are otherwise violating these Terms, we may terminate your Ozy Account and block or restrict your access to the Site and any applications. If we terminate your Ozy Account, you agree to immediately stop accessing or using the Services, and you agree not to circumvent, avoid, or bypass such restrictions, or otherwise restore or attempt to restore such access or use.  Ozy reserves the right to exercise whatever lawful means it deems necessary to prevent unauthorized use of the Services, including technological barriers, IP mapping, and directly contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) regarding such unauthorized use.

7.  Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Some areas of the Website are public.  Any content posted on the Site must respect the intellectual property rights of others.  You must not post or otherwise add (“Post”) infringing content to the Site or through the Services.  If you Post content that contains any intellectual property, including audio/visual works, literary works, musical works, sound recordings, and or other intellectual property, you must be the owner of such intellectual property or have all required rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to use such intellectual property on or in connection with the Services.  In addition to being grounds for removal of your Posting, termination of your Account, and any other remedy Ozy may have against you, your failure to own or obtain such rights may subject you to civil and/or criminal liability.
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe any content submitted to and hosted on the Site infringes your copyrights, then you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing Ozy’s Designated Copyright Agent with the following information in writing:

(i) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

(ii) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works on the Website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works on the Website;

(iii) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Ozy to locate the material;

(iv) information reasonably sufficient to permit Ozy to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

(v) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (for example, “I am under the good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted content that is identified herein is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”); and

(vi) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed (for example, “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner, of the copyright(s) that is/are allegedly infringed by the aforementioned content.”).
Please consult your legal counsel (or see 17 U.S.C. § 512) to confirm these requirements and your compliance therewith.  It is Ozy’s policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA.  In addition, Ozy will promptly terminate without notice the Accounts of users that are determined by Ozy to be “repeat infringers.”  If Ozy receives more than three takedown notices regarding a user’s Postings, then that user will be considered a repeat infringer and that user’s Account will be terminated.

Ozy’s Designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications and counter-notifications of claimed infringement can be reached as follows: Attention: Copyright Agent, 444 Castro St. Ste 303, Mountain View CA, 94041 or by email at copyright@ozymandias.com.  For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the Designated Copyright Agent.  Any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support or other communications should be directed to Ozy support through help@ozymandias.com.  You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.  Please note that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.

DMCA Counter-Notifications
If you believe that your Posting that was removed  is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to law, to submit the Posting to the Site, then you may send a counter notification containing the following information to Ozy’s Designated Copyright Agent at the address listed above:

(i) Your physical or electronic signature

(ii) Identification of the Posting that was removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled;

(iii) A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that your Posting was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the Posting to be removed or disabled; and

(iv) Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in San Francisco County, California, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter notice is received by the Designated Copyright Agent, then Ozy may send a copy of the counter notice to the original complaining party informing that person or entity that Ozy may restore the removed Posting or cease disabling access to it in ten business days.  Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the person submitting the Posting, the removed Posting may be replaced, or access to it restored, in ten to fourteen business days or more after receipt of the counter notice, at Ozy’s sole discretion.

8. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

8.1 You represent and warrant that no materials of any kind submitted through your account will (i) infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary rights. You hereby indemnify, defend and hold harmless Ozy and all officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, affiliates, licensors, and licensees (collectively, “Indemnified Parties”) from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you, or any user of your account, of these Terms or the foregoing representations and warranties. You will cooperate as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. Ozy reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.

8.2 Ozy does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, statement, or other information displayed, uploaded, or distributed through the Services by any user, information provider, or any other person or entity. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, memorandum, or information will be at your own risk. THE SERVICES AND ALL DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

 

9. FEES AND PAYMENTS

Ozy reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to any or all portion of the Services. In no event, however, will you be charged for access to the Services unless we obtain your prior agreement to pay such charges. Thus, if at any time we require a fee for portions of the Services that are now free, we will give you advance notice of such fees. You may cancel your Ozy Account at any time. All new fees, if any, will be posted prominently on the Site and in other appropriate locations on the Services. You will pay all fees and charges incurred through your account at the rates in effect for the billing period in which such fees and charges are incurred, including, but not limited to charges for any digital products or services offered for sale through the Services by us or by any other vendor or service provider. All fees and charges will be billed to and paid for by you. You will pay all applicable taxes relating to use of the Services through your account.

 

10. COMMUNICATION WITH OZY

10.1 By providing your personal information to us when you set up your Ozy Account, you grant Ozy, its assigns, and certain third-party vendors permission to contact you at the email address associated with your account to provide you with information about products and services. To stop receiving our marketing emails, you may follow the opt-out procedures in our marketing emails.

10.2 Ozy reserves the right to send electronic mail to you for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to the Services.

10.3 Ozy reserves the right to disclose information about your usage and demographics, provided that it will not reveal your personal identity in connection with the disclosure of such information. Advertisers and/or licensees on our website may collect and share personal information about you only if you indicate your acceptance. For more information please read our Privacy Policy

10.4 Ozy may contact you via e-mail regarding your participation in user surveys, or asking for feedback on current Services or prospective products and services. This information will be used to improve the Services and better understand Ozy’s users. Any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

11. TERMINATION

You can stop using the Services at any time. Ozy reserves the right to suspend or end the Services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. For example, we may suspend or terminate your use if you are not complying with these Terms, or use the Services in any way that would cause us legal liability or disrupt others’ use of the Services.  You may terminate your Ozy Account at any time through your account settings or by e-mailing us at help@ozymandias.com. Upon termination, we may send you an automated confirmation via e-mail that the cancellation was processed, and we will suspend your access to features of the Services that require an Ozy Account Ozy may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Services for any reason, including, without limitation, breach or assignment of these Terms.

12. REMEDIES

Your only remedy with respect to any dissatisfaction with (i) the Services, (ii) any provision in these Terms, or (iii) any policy or practice of Ozy in operating the Services is to discontinue use of the Services and terminate your Ozy Account.

13.  THE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE “AS-IS”

OZY, AND ITS AFFILIATES, PARTNERS, AND SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, STATUTORY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM OZY OR THROUGH THE SERVICES WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN.


YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES, AND ANY INFORMATION, THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE, CONTENT, SERVICES, OR APPLICATIONS MADE AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH OR THROUGH THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

OZY, ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, AFFILIATES, AND PARTNERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS AND DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE CORRECTED. OZY, ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, AFFILIATES, AND PARTNERS DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR ANY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES IN TERMS OF CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN INFORMATION, MATERIALS, OR DATA THROUGH THE SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR DEVICE) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH SERVICES, MATERIAL OR DATA.

14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL OZY, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR (A) ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL (INCLUDING LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS, OR PROFITS) DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT OZY HAS BEEN WARNED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE; (B) AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE SERVICES MORE THAN THE GREATER OF $50 OR THE AMOUNTS PAID BY YOU TO OZY FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS OF THE SERVICES.

CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF YOU RESIDE IS SUCH A JURISDICTION, SOME OR ALL OF THE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS IN THESE TERMS OF SWERVICE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS. THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF WARRANTIES, REMEDIES OR LIABILITY CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT SUCH LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS ARE PERMITTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE JURISDICTION APPLICABLE TO YOU.

YOU AND OZY AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

15. INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold Ozy, its affiliated companies, contractors, employees, agents and its third-party suppliers, licensors, and partners harmless from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of your use or misuse of the Services, any violation by you of these Terms, or any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by you herein. Ozy reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify Ozy, and you agree to cooperate with Ozy’s defense of these claims. Ozy will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action, or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.

16. ARBITRATION

In the interest of resolving disputes between you and Ozy in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and Ozy agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with these Terms will be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement with you to arbitrate disputes includes all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of these Terms, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, you and Ozy are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.

Notwithstanding the paragraph immediately above, you and Ozy agree that nothing herein will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our right to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv)  file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims not otherwise precluded by these Terms.
Any arbitration between you and Ozy will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), subject to any modification by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting Ozy at arbitration@ozymandias.com.

A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other party by certified mail or nationally recognized overnight courier (signature required), or, in the event that we do not have a current physical address on file for you, by email (“Notice”). Ozy’s address for Notice is: 444 Castro St. Ste. 303, Mountain View, CA, 94041; claims@ozymandias.com. The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Ozy may commence an arbitration proceeding.

Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon in San Francisco County, California, provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance-based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator will issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.

YOU AND OZY AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and Ozy agree otherwise, you will not request the arbitrator or court to consolidate more than one person’s claims, or to otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.

17. MISCELLANEOUS
These Terms will be governed by California law except for its conflicts of law principles. All claims arising out of or relating to these Terms, if not subject to arbitration as provided herein, must be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of San Francisco County, California, and both you and Ozy consent to venue and personal jurisdiction there.  You agree that the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (or any statutory implementation of it) and the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods will not apply with respect to these Terms or your relationship with Ozy. These Terms constitute the entire and exclusive agreement between you and Ozy with respect to the Services, and supersede and replace any other agreements, terms and conditions applicable to the Services. Upon termination of these Terms, any provision which, by its nature or express terms should survive, will survive such termination or expiration. These Terms create no third party beneficiary rights. Ozy’s failure to enforce a provision is not a waiver of its right to do so later. If a provision is found unenforceable the remaining provisions of the Agreement will remain in full effect and an enforceable term will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible. You may not assign any of your rights in these Terms, and any such attempt is void, but Ozy may assign its rights to any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with the Services. Ozy and you are not legal partners or agents; instead, our relationship is that of independent contractors.  The heading references herein are for convenience purposes only, do not constitute a part of these Terms, and will not be deemed to limit or affect any of the provisions hereof.

PRIVACY POLICY

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for Ozy.com. The Ozy Services may contain links to other websites for your convenience and information. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites.

This Privacy Policy, covers the following:

  • Information do we gather about you
  • What we do with the information we gather about you
  • Sharing of the information we gather
  • Ozy’s email policy
  • Changing or updating your personal information
  • Email opt-out policy
  • Protection of your information
  • Compliance with legal process
  • Children’s Guidelines
  • Your California Privacy Rights
 

INFORMATION DO WE GATHER ABOUT YOU

The information Ozy gathers falls into two categories: 1) personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for any Services, enter a contest, or provide your e-mail address and 2) non-personal information collected through technology, including tracking information collected when you utilize the Services.

Registration Information.  Registration for Ozy Services may require that you supply certain personal information, including a unique e-mail address and demographic information (e.g., zip code, age, gender) to register.

Billing and Credit Card Information.  To enable payment on the Ozy services, we may collect and store name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information and other billing information. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction, such as fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments.

User Generated Content.  We offer you opportunities to post content and engage in public activities through the Services. “Public activities” are any actions you take through the Services that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, ratings or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by Ozy for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all Media. If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other Service users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums, and Ozy has no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your public activities.

When you share or recommend any Ozy Content to your Facebook profile or other social media profile, that action is governed by Facebook’s privacy policy or the privacy policy of the applicable social media platform.

If you have registered for an Ozy Account, we may track and aggregate your public activities on the Services. By choosing to participate in public activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via the Services. Also, public activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs, and made available to other websites via other formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other websites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your public activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not Ozy.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers.  Ozy may collect personal information from you in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is also being collected by a third party other than Ozy, we may notify you at the same time. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research.  Ozy may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected through the Services, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in response to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Special Events and Promotions.  We often receive information regarding readers who may attend Ozy conferences, events and promotions from sign-in and registration lists. Unless we indicate otherwise at the time we collect the information, we may use such information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Information Collected by Us Using Technology.  We use various Internet technologies to manage Ozy Services and track use of the Services. Non-personal information that we collect using these technologies may be combined with other information about you.

Device Information. We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access Ozy Services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

Cookies, Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies. In providing the Ozy Services, we may use “cookies,” Web beacons, HTML5 local storage and other similar technologies to manage access to and use of the Services, recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You may not be able to access certain aspects of the Services, including portions of the Site, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

Analytics Technologies. Ozy may hire third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of Ozy users.
Google Analytics tracks and analyzes non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers on Ozy.com. All data collected by Google Analytics on our behalf is owned and used by us. For more information about how Google Analytics collects data, please read their privacy policy at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

IP Addresses. Ozy may log Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our websites and mobile applications.


Log Files and Your Reading History. Ozy may automatically log certain usage information about your use of the Services, including a reading history of the pages you view on the Site.

We may use this information in order to provide you with customized recommendations on the Site based on your viewing history. We also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of our websites and mobile applications.


Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology.  Some of the services and advertisements included in the Services, including on the Site, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our website users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of the Ozy Services. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other websites.
We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.
Your access to our websites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.


WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER ABOUT YOU

Providing the Services You Request.  We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of the Services, fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and message boards.

Statistical Analysis.  We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of the Services, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We use this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

Customizing Your Experience. We may use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We may also use this information to customize certain features of Ozy to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access Ozy, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services. 

Relevant Advertising.  We may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on Ozy Services to be targeted to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We disclose information to third parties only in aggregate or de-identified form.

E-Mail Newsletters. Ozy will periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by Ozy and its advertisers. In addition, Ozy will send PDB and/or Daily Dose emails to those who subscribe. 


SHARING OF THE INFORMATION WE GATHER

Ozy Media.  If you have registered to use the Services, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission, unless otherwise specified in this Privacy Policy.

We also share information about our audience in aggregate or de-identified form. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict Ozy’s use of aggregated or de-identified information in any way.

In the future, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, we may include your information among the transferred assets.

Service Providers.  We may contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for Ozy and the Services, and they may not share, resell or use the data for their own direct marketing purposes.

We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the “Compliance with legal process” section of this policy.)

E-MAIL POLICY

Account and Service-Related E-Mail. Ozy reserves the right to send you e-mail relating to your account status. This includes order confirmations, renewal/expiration notices, notices of credit-card problems, other transactional e-mails and notifications about major changes to Ozy Services and/or to our Privacy Policy. If you have registered for online discussions or other services, you may receive e-mail specific to your participation in those activities.

E-Mail Newsletters. Ozy offers two e-mail newsletters and may offer more in the future. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter. 

Survey E-Mail. We may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in user surveys, asking for feedback on Ozy.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve Ozy Services, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

HTML E-Mail. When you sign up to receive e-mail from us, you will receive an HTML (with images) format. As such, we may place a one-pixel gif to determine whether or not readers viewed the e-mail. This process does not leave any information on your computer, nor does it collect information from your computer. Ozy may share this data with others in aggregate only.

E-Mails From You. If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We may use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

Content Sharing Features. Ozy may provide features in the Services that allow you to e-mail links to articles (or other Content) or post Content to social media platforms, such as Facebook. The e-mail addresses or other information that you supply in connection with such features are saved for your convenience for future Content you may wish to share; these addresses are not used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with any third parties.

E-MAIL OPT-OUT POLICY

E-Mail Promotions.  If, at any time, you prefer not to receive e-mail marketing information from us, simply follow the unsubscribe options at the bottom of each e-mail. 

Protection of Your Information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative controls to protect the information. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.

Other Information

Compliance With Legal Process.  We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of Ozy Services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Children’s Guidelines and COPPA Compliance. Ozy does not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13. If you are the parent of guardian of a child under the age of 13, and you believe that Ozy may have inadvertently collected personal information about your child, please contact Ozy immediately at help@ozymandias.com.

Your California Privacy Rights.  Under the California “Shine The Light” law, California residents may opt-out of Ozy’s disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. You may choose to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by submitting a request in writing to 444 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041 or by e-mailing us at help@ozymandias.com. You should note that this opt-out does not prohibit disclosures made for non-marketing purposes.

Changes to This Policy.  This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If we make a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this page thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via the e-mail address associated with the user’s Ozy Account.