Terms of Service
Cargo is currently in development. You understand and agree that the Service may still contain software bugs, suffer disruptions and may not operate as intended or designated. Your use of the Service at this stage signifies your understanding of and agreement to participate in the Service’s development.
1. Acceptance of Terms
Welcome to Cargo’s Publishing Platform (the “Service”). Your use of the Service is subject to these Terms of Service (”TOS”). Cargo reserves the right to update and change the TOS from time to time without notice or acceptance by you. The TOS will also be applicable to the use of the Service on a trial basis. By using the Service, you signify your irrevocable acceptance of this TOS.
2. Description of Service
The Service is web-based and allows users that register for an account on the Service (an “Account Holder”) to create and update an online web site on cargo.site and cargocollective.com. Once registered with the Service, each Account Holder receives his or her own Web Site to post “Content” (as such term is defined in Section 7). Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new Cargo tools and resources, shall be subject to the TOS. In order to use the Service, you must obtain access to the World Wide Web, either directly or through devices that access web-based content, and pay any service fees associated with such access. In addition, you must provide all equipment necessary to make such connection to the World Wide Web, including a computer and modem or other access device. You also understand and agree that the service may include certain communications from Cargo, such as service announcements, administrative messages and the Cargo Newsletter, and that these communications are considered part of Cargo membership and you will be able to opt out of receiving them. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interfaces that are provided by Cargo for use in accessing the Service.
In order to use the Service, you must have a valid Cargo ID. To be an Account Holder with your own web site, you must provide Cargo with a valid email address and other information (”Registration Data”). As an Account Holder, you will choose a password and account designation for your web sites during the Service’s registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify Cargo in writing of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Cargo cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 3. In consideration of use of the Service, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service’s registration form, and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Cargo has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Cargo has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof). Users under 13 years of age are prohibited from using the Service.
4. Cancellation and Termination
If you cancel the Service, your cancellation will take effect immediately. After cancellation, you will no longer have access to your Web site and all information contained therein may be deleted by Cargo. Cargo accepts no liability for such deleted information or content.
You agree Cargo, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, and/or account, and remove and discard any Content within the Service (including, but not limited to your web site if you are an Account Holder), for any reason, including and without limitation, the lack of use, or if Cargo believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. Any contracts, verbal or written or assumed, in conjunction with your deleted web site (as applicable) and all its parts, at Cargo’s discretion, will be terminated as well. Cargo may also in its sole discretion and at any time, discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that Cargo may immediately deactivate or delete your web site, as applicable, and all related information and files. Cargo reserves the right to bar any further access to such files or the Service. You agree that Cargo shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service.
If you collect, process or store the Personal Data of individuals in the European Union, the state of California and/or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the ‘Cargo Data Processing Agreement — Users’ also applies and forms part of these terms."
6. Ownership of Website Account and Security
You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and web site, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the web site. You agree to immediately notify Cargo in writing of any unauthorized uses of the account or any other breaches of security. Cargo cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation. You acknowledge and agree that under no circumstances will Cargo be liable, in any way, for any acts or omissions by an Account Holder or a Guest, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
7. Content and Conduct Rules and Obligations
You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, goods, products, services or other materials (”Content”) are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. You, and not Cargo, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. Cargo neither controls or reviews the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.
You warrant that you are either (a) the copyright owner of your Content, (b) the joint copyright holder of your Content or (c) have the legal and valid permission to use any third-party’s copyrighted work contained in your content.
You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will Cargo be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service. You acknowledge that Cargo does not pre-screen Content, but that Cargo and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse, move or delete any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, Cargo and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable in Cargo's sole discretion. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by Cargo or submitted to Cargo. You acknowledge and agree that Cargo may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOS; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Cargo, its users and the public.
You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
Should Content be found or reported to be in violation with, but not limited to, the following terms, it will be in Cargo’s sole discretion as to what action should be taken.
You agree that you will not:
- upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy (up to, but not excluding any address, email, phone number, or any other contact information without the written consent of the owner of such information), hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
- harm minors in any way;
impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Cargo official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
- upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
- upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary rights of any party;
- upload, post, or transmit unsolicited commercial email or “spam”. This includes unethical marketing, advertising, or any other practice that is in any way connected with “spam”, such as (a) sending mass email to recipients who haven't requested email from you or with a fake return address, (b) promoting a site with inappropriate links, titles, descriptions, or (c) promoting your site by posting multiple submissions in public forums that are identical;
- upload, post or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
- interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;
- intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
- “stalk” or otherwise harass another;
- promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, without limitation, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons or incendiary devices;
- offer for sale or sell any item, good or service that (a) violates any applicable federal, state, or local law or regulation, (b) you do not have full power and authority under all relevant laws and regulations to offer and sell, including all necessary licenses and authorizations, or (c) Cargo determines, in its sole discretion, is inappropriate for sale through the Service provided by Cargo;
- use the Service as a forwarding service to another website;
- solicit passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
- exceed the scope of the Service that you have signed up for; for example, accessing and using the tools that you do not have a right to use, or deleting, adding to, or otherwise changing other peoples comments or content;
- make any automated use of the system.
- exploit people in a sexual or violent manner; or
- include nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter not suitable for a public forum or contains a link to an adult website;
If any user is reported to be in violation with the letter or spirit of these terms, Cargo retains the right to terminate such account at any time without further warning. Cargo also reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Cargo’s discretion, violates this provision, including, without limitation, reporting such person to the law enforcement authorities.
Some of the features on the Service require payment of fees. If you elect to sign up for these Services, you shall pay all applicable fees, as described on the Service in connection with such features selected by you. Cargo reserves the right to change its prices and at any time. You authorize Cargo directly or through third parties, to make any inquiries it considers necessary to validate your account and financial information.
All fees are exclusive of all taxes, levies, or duties imposed by taxing authorities, and you shall be responsible for payment of all such taxes, levies, or duties, excluding only United States (federal or state) taxes. You agree to pay for any such taxes that might be applicable to your use of the Service and payments made by you herein.
Downgrading your Cargo account may cause the loss of content, features, or capacity of your account. Cargo does not accept any liability for such loss. Cargo does not have a refund policy.
The Services include features to enable you to provide or sell products and services to, or otherwise collect payments from, your End Users (such activities are referred to herein as “Commerce”). Cargo is not a party to and is not liable in any way for Your Commerce. You hereby agree that you are solely responsible for Your Commerce, and compliance with any laws or regulations related thereto, including without limitation the following:
Taxes. You agree that you, and not Cargo, are solely responsible for: (a) all Taxes and fees associated with Your Commerce, including without limitation any Taxes related to the purchase or sale of products or services in connection therewith; (b) collecting, reporting and remitting required Taxes to relevant government authorities; and (c) informing your End Users of required Taxes, and providing them with invoices as required by law. You also agree that any tax estimates, reporting or related materials that Cargo may provide via the Services are for illustration purposes only, and you agree that you shall not rely on them to comply with your tax or other obligations, as Cargo is giving no representations or guarantees of the accuracy of any such estimates and related materials.
Fulfillment and Delivery. You agree that you, and not Cargo, are solely responsible for fulfilling and delivering your products and services to your End Users.
Claims and Warranties. You agree that you, and not Cargo, are solely responsible for any claims or warranties you make in connection with Your Commerce.
Customer Service. You agree that you, and not Cargo, are solely responsible for your responses to any comments or complaints related to Your Commerce, including without limitation, any issues related to payments, promotions, refunds or chargebacks. You agree to provide accurate and complete contact information on your Commerce Sites so that your End Users can directly submit comments or complaints to you.
Commerce Restrictions. You agree not offer or sell any products or services which, in our sole discretion: (a) may be deemed hazardous, counterfeit, stolen, fraudulent, offensive or abusive; (b) are prohibited for sale, distribution or use; or (c) otherwise fail to comply with any applicable laws or regulations, including without limitation with respect to intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights, consumer protection, product safety or trade regulations, or export controls, regulations or sanctions.
Commerce Suspensions. Cargo may, at any time and in our sole discretion, and without any notice to you, suspend, disable access to or remove your Account, Your Sites or Your Commerce, without any liability by Cargo to you or to any End Users, including without limitation for any loss of profits, revenue, data, goodwill or other intangible losses (except where prohibited by law). For example, Cargo may suspend Your Commerce if you’re violating this Agreement.
Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and reimburse Cargo for any cost and expenses, including legal expenses, directly caused by your breach of Cargo’s Terms and Conditions, including without limitation, those related to Commerce.
Commerce Payment Processor. In order to accept payments from your End Users in connection with Your Commerce, Cargo integrates with Stripe. Your relationship with Stripe is governed by Stripe’s terms and policies.
10. Domain Services
This section explains how Cargo provides our domain services. Note that your domain registrations are also subject to agreements with third parties, including ICANN and our third party registrar partners.
Reseller Services. Cargo works with third party registrars to provide you with domain services. When you register a domain name, or renew or transfer an existing domain name, via the Services, you become bound by the relevant registrar’s terms and conditions, which are incorporated by reference into this Agreement. Currently, the registrar for the Services is Tucows Inc., and all registrations and renewals via the Services are subject to the Tucows Terms and Conditions, under which Cargo is the “Reseller.”
ICANN. Your use of Cargo’s domain services is subject to the policies, including without limitation the dispute resolution policies, of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). Your rights and responsibilities as a domain name registrant under ICANN’s 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement are summarized here. You can learn more about domain name registration in general here.
Transfers, Renewals And Refunds. You may not transfer a domain name for the first sixty (60) days following registration. There are no refunds on domain purchases.
11. Additional Software
With respect to any additional software that may be made available by Cargo in connection with the Service, if you elect to download or access such additional software or third party Content made available to through the Service, you understand that you may have to agree to additional terms and conditions before you use such software or third party Content.
You also agree that the use of any third party software or Content obtained through the Service does not transfer to you any rights, title or interest in or to the software or such Content, and that you will not use any Content made available to you through the software or the Service except as expressly authorized under that third party provider’s terms of service or license. For greater certainty, by downloading software or Content made available through the Service, you are deemed to agree to the terms of service or license agreement posted on the Service, the terms of which are incorporated by reference herein for the benefit of such third party providers. If you do not agree to the terms of service or license agreement, do not download the software or Content.
12. International Use
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
13. Content Submitted
Cargo does not claim ownership of the Content you place on your Cargo web site. By submitting Content to Cargo for inclusion on your Cargo web site, you grant Cargo a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the Service. This license exists only for as long as you continue to be a Cargo customer and shall be terminated at the time your Web site is terminated.
You acknowledge that Cargo does not pre-screen Content, but that Cargo and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, Cargo and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.
You understand and agree that the Service may include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary for Cargo to provide the Service. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that Cargo shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the Service.
The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because Cargo has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Cargo is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Cargo shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
You agree to indemnify and hold Cargo, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, director’s, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your Content, your use of the Service, your Guests activities, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another, whether you are a registered user or not. The user is solely responsible for his or her actions when using the Service, including, but not limited to, costs incurred for Internet access.
16. RESALE OF SERVICEYou agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without the express written permission by Cargo.
17. General Practices Regarding Use and Storage
You acknowledge that Cargo may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service and may modify such practices and limits from time to time without notice to you.
18. Modifications to Service
Cargo reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice at any time. You agree that Cargo shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
19. Cargo’s Proprietary Rights
You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (”Software”) contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the Service or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by Cargo or advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service or the Software, in whole or in part.
20. Disclaimer of Warranties
You expressly understand and agree that:
(a) Your use of the service is at your sole risk. the Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Cargo expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
(b) Cargo will make reasonable efforts to maintain the Service, however, Cargo is not responsible for any damage, loss of data, customer information or vendor data, revenue, or other harm to business arising out of delays, misdelivery or nondelivery of information, restriction or loss of access, bugs or other errors, unauthorized use due to your sharing of access to the Service, or other interaction with the Service. You are responsible for maintaining and backing-up your data and information that may reside on the Service. Cargo does not warrant that (i) the Service will meet your specific requirements, (ii) the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service will be accurate or reliable, (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the Service will meet your expectations, and (v) any errors in the software will be corrected.
(c) Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.
(d) No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained through or from the Service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in the TOS.
21. Limitation of Liability
You expressly understand and agree that Cargo shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if Cargo has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the Service; (ii) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the Service; (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the Service; or (v) any other matter relating to the Service.
22. Exclusions and Limitations
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. accordingly, some of the above limitations of sections 18 and 19 may not apply to you.
23. U.S. Government Restricted Rights
The materials on the Service are provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS.” Use, duplication, or disclosure by the U.S. Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in applicable laws and regulations. Use of the materials by the U.S. Government constitutes acknowledgment of Cargo’s proprietary rights in them.
Notices to you may be made via either email or regular mail. The Service may also provide notices of changes to the TOS or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Service. The TOS and the relationship between you and Cargo shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Cargo agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Los Angeles, California. The failure of Cargo to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The TOS constitutes the entire agreement between you and Cargo and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Cargo (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the TOS). You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate or other Cargo services, third-party content or third-party software. If any provision of the TOS or incorporated documents are found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
If you have any questions regarding these terms, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org