TERMS OF SERVICE
This website is operated by Socio Lit LLC. Throughout the site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Socio Lit. Socio Lit offers this website, including all information, tools and services available from this site to you, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance of all terms, conditions, policies and notices stated here.
By accessing our website (“Site”), using the Socio Lit services or software, and/or purchasing a Subscription (as defined herein), you engage in our “Service” and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”, “Terms”), including those additional terms and conditions and policies referenced herein and/or available by hyperlink. These Terms of Service apply to all users of the site, including without limitation users who are browsers, vendors, customers, merchants, and/ or contributors of content. Please read these Terms of Service carefully.
If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the website or use any services. If these Terms of Service are considered an offer, acceptance is expressly limited to these Terms of Service.
Any new features or tools which are added to the current store or site shall also be subject to the Terms of Service. You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time on this page. We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and/or changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.
SECTION 1 - AGE REQUIREMENTS AND PERMISSIONS
You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service. If you are under 18, you represent that you have your parent or guardian’s permission to use the Service. Please have them read this Agreement with you. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a user under the age of 18, by allowing your child to use the Service, you are subject to the terms of this Agreement and responsible for your child’s activity on the Service.
You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorized purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).
You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.
A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.
SECTION 2 - GENERAL CONDITIONS
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
You understand that your content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit card information is always encrypted during transfer over networks.
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service or any contact on the website through which the service is provided, without express written permission by us.
The headings used in this agreement are included for convenience only and will not limit or otherwise affect these Terms.
SECTION 3 - ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND TIMELINESS OF INFORMATION
We are not responsible if information made available on this site is not accurate, complete or current. The material on this site is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting primary, more accurate, more complete or more timely sources of information. Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk.
This site may contain certain historical information. Historical information, necessarily, is not current and is provided for your reference only. We reserve the right to modify the contents of this site at any time, but we have no obligation to update any information on our site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to our site.
SECTION 4 - ACCOUNTS
In order to use certain features of the Site or Services, you must register for an account with Company (“Account”) and provide certain information about yourself as prompted by the Site registration form. You represent and warrant that: (a) all required registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; and (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account. You agree to immediately notify Company of any unauthorized use, or suspected unauthorized use of your Account or any other breach of security. Company cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above requirements.
SECTION 5 - PAYMENT TERMS
For each Subscription you order on the Site, you agree to pay the applicable price as of the time you submitted your subscription (“Membership Fee”), and any applicable Taxes (defined below). If you order a subscription to a Product (with a monthly term) that auto-renews (“Subscription”), then you agree to pay the applicable Fee and Taxes upon each auto-renewal date, until you terminate your Subscription in accordance with the directions on the Site. Your next billing date will be displayed in your Account page for each of your active Subscriptions (“Renews on” date). We reserve the right to change the timing of our billing, in particular, if your Payment Method has not successfully settled, there are unforeseen delays that hinder our ability to post blogs or there are changes to your Account or Subscriptions. Please also note that if your Subscription includes a discounted Product Price for a promotional period, once the promotional period expires, your Subscription will renew at the full Product Price. As such, if you purchase a Subscription, until such time as you terminate your Subscription in accordance with the directions on this site, you hereby authorize, agree and assent to the Company automatically billing your credit card submitted as part of the order process for such amounts that are due. You will be solely responsible for payment of all taxes (other than taxes based on Company’s income), fees, duties, and other governmental charges. All payments are non-refundable (except as expressly set forth in this document). Without limiting other remedies, we reserve the right to charge a late fee on all past due payments equivalent to the lesser of one and a half percent (1.5%) per month on the unpaid balance or the highest rate allowed by law. You agree to pay for all collection costs, attorneys’ fees, and court costs incurred in the collection of past due amounts.
SECTION 6 - CANCELLATION POLICY
You can cancel your subscription at anytime. Cancel by 11:59 PM PST on the 30th of the month if you do not wish to receive the following month’s blog. To cancel, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and/or email address of the account. If you email to cancel between your renewal on the 1st of the month and 11:59 PM PST on that same day, you are eligible for a full refund of your renewal. If you email to cancel after 11:59 PM PST on the 1st of the month, you are ineligible for a refund for that month’s blog and will receive that month’s blog.
SECTION 7 - MODIFICATIONS TO THE SERVICE AND PRICES
We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part or content thereof) without notice at any time. We will not modify the price of your automatically renewing subscription without providing you with adequate notice and receiving your acceptance of the price change.
We shall not be liable to you or to any third-party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
SECTION 8 - OPTIONAL TOOLS
We may provide you with access to third-party tools over which we neither monitor nor have any control or input.
You acknowledge and agree that we provide access to such tools ”as is” and “as available” without any warranties, representations or conditions of any kind and without any endorsement. We shall have no liability whatsoever arising from or relating to your use of optional third-party tools.
Any use by you of optional tools offered through the site is entirely at your own risk and discretion and you should ensure that you are familiar with and approve of the terms on which tools are provided by the relevant third-party provider(s).
We may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall also be subject to these Terms of Service.
SECTION 9 - THIRD-PARTY LINKS
Certain content, products and services available via our Service may include materials from third-parties.
Third-party links on this site may direct you to third-party websites that are not affiliated with us. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating the content or accuracy and we do not warrant and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, or for any other materials, products, or services of third-parties.
We are not liable for any harm or damages related to the purchase or use of goods, services, resources, content, or any other transactions made in connection with any third-party websites. Please review carefully the third-party's policies and practices and make sure you understand them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, claims, concerns, or questions regarding third-party products should be directed to the third-party.
SECTION 10 - USER ACCOUNTS, USER COMMENTS, FEEDBACK AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
Some areas of the Service may allow Site users (“Users”) to upload, publish, display, link to or otherwise make available reviews, comments, questions, highlights, insights, trivia, quotes, worksheets, and other information ("User Content"). You are solely responsible for your User Content. You agree not to post User Content that is illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights (including publicity rights), or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable, and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam" or unsolicited commercial electronic messages. You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of content.
Socio Lit reserves the right to, but has no obligation to, monitor, reject and/or remove any User Content at any time. For example, Socio Lit may, but is not obligated to, reject and/or remove any User Content that Socio Lit believes, in its sole discretion, violates these provisions.
You hereby represent that you are the owner of all the copyright rights with respect to, or that you have the legal right to post and will comply with applicable laws in posting (including properly crediting and attributing content, when applicable), your User Content; if the owner, you retain all intellectual property rights in and to any User Content you post, upload or otherwise make available through the Services. In all cases, you hereby represent that you have the power to grant the license granted below.
Socio Lit takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content that you or any other Users or third parties post or send over the Service. You understand and agree that any loss or damage of any kind that occurs as a result of the use of any User Content that you post is solely your responsibility. Socio Lit is not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User Content. You understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree that Socio Lit shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of such User Content. Socio Lit may provide tools for you to remove some User Content, but does not guarantee that all User Content will be removable.
Except as limited below, by posting any User Content to the Service, you expressly grant to Socio Lit a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, reproduce, adapt, publish, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of the User Content.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have verified in our Service as an author or illustrator of a book and post any User Content to the Service for your own book that is an image (“Creator User Content”), you expressly grant to Socio Lit a non-exclusive, limited, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, reproduce, adapt, publish, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of the Creator User Content. This license granted by you continues for a commercially reasonable period of time after you remove or delete your Creator User Content from the Service. You understand and agree, however, that Socio Lit may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of the Creator User Content that have been removed or deleted.
If you select a username or similar identifier for your account, we may change it if we believe it is appropriate or necessary (for example, if it infringes someone's intellectual property or impersonates another user). You can't attempt to buy, sell, or transfer any aspect of your account (including your username) or solicit, collect, or use login credentials or badges of other users. You can't use a domain name or URL in your username without our prior written consent.
We may make available to users of the Services unofficial, voluntary positions. We are not responsible for actions taken by volunteers, and we reserve the right to revoke or limit a user’s ability to hold a voluntary position at any time and for any reason or no reason, including for a breach of these Terms. Volunteers are not Socio Lit employees or representatives of the company. Volunteers may not perform actions in return for any form of compensation or favor from third parties, and we reserve the right, but have no obligation, to overturn any action or decision of a volunteer.
SECTION 11 - OUR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
Except for your User Content, the Service and all materials therein or transferred thereby, including, without limitation, software, images, text, graphics, illustrations, logos, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, photographs, audio, videos, music, and User Content (the "Socio Lit Content"), and all intellectual property rights related thereto, are the exclusive property of Socio Lit and its licensors. Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license in or under any such intellectual property rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any materials or content accessible on the Service. Use of the Socio Lit Content or materials on the Service for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.
You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments or ideas about the Service, including without limitation about how to improve the Service or our products ("Ideas"). By submitting any Idea, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous and without restriction and will not place Socio Lit under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Idea without any compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Idea on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Socio Lit does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Socio Lit, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.
SECTION 12 - PERSONAL INFORMATION
SECTION 13 - ACCESSIBILITY POLICY
We are committed to providing access to all individuals, with or without disabilities, seeking information on our site.
We strive to make our website as accessible and usable as possible. We do this by following Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C, the web's governing body).
Section 508 is a legal requirement and WCAG is a set of checkpoints and guidelines that help ensure that websites are designed and written properly. For example:
Images have alternative text (so if you can't see the image you can still read the text).
Color contrast between the foreground and background is sufficiently strong.
Headings are correctly used (they're not just ordinary text made to look big and bold).
Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no links that just say "Click here" or "More...").
Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries.
We are committed to providing access to all individuals—with or without disabilities. If you have a problem using our site, please contact us and provide the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We'll attempt to provide the information you're seeking.
SECTION 14- PROHIBITED USES
In addition to other prohibitions as set forth in the Terms of Service, you are prohibited from using the site or its content: (a) for any unlawful purpose; (b) to solicit others to perform or participate in any unlawful acts; (c) to violate any international, federal, provincial or state regulations, rules, laws, or local ordinances; (d) to infringe upon or violate our intellectual property rights or the intellectual property rights of others; (e) to harass, abuse, insult, harm, defame, slander, disparage, intimidate, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, or disability; (f) to submit false or misleading information; (g) to cause or encourage any inaccurate measurements or manipulate any Site metrics or the Service in in any manner by (i) using any bot, script or other automated process, (ii) providing or accepting any form of compensation (financial or otherwise), or (iii) any other means; (h) to upload or transmit viruses or any other type of malicious code that will or may be used in any way that will affect the functionality or operation of the Service or of any related website, other websites, or the Internet; (i) to collect or track the personal information of others; (j) to spam, phish, pharm, or pretext; (k) for any obscene or immoral purpose; or (l) to interfere with or circumvent the security features of the Service or any related website, other websites, or the Internet.
You are also prohibited from any resale, commercial, or derivative use of any part of the site or its content; any collection and use of any reviews or other information included on the site unless expressly permitted by our written consent, provided that our editorial book reviews may be used in book marketing efforts if Socio Lit is credited for the review; or any use of data mining, bots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools on any part of the site.
We reserve the right to terminate your use of the Service or any related website for violating any of the prohibited uses.
SECTION 15 - COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS
If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and is accessible via the Service, please send us the following information:
An electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
A description of the material that is claimed to be infringing and where it is located on the Service;
Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or law; and
A statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information is accurate, and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
Socio Lit Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site can be reached as follows:
Copyright Agent Attn: DMCA Notice Socio Lit 16811 Centerfield Way, Olney, MD 20832 Email: email@example.com Telephone: (301) 300-6003
Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying Socio Lit and its affiliates that your copyrighted material has been infringed.
SECTION 16 - DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, SOCIO LIT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOCIO LIT DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE, INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR OTHER SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE, SOCIO LIT’S SERVERS OR SERVERS UTILIZED BY SOCIO LIT OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SENT FROM SOCIO LIT ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE, REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT YOUR USE OF OUR SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE AND ALL PRODUCTS, CONTENT, MATERIALS, INFORMATION, AND SERVICES (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) DELIVERED TO YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE (EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY STATED BY US) PROVIDED 'AS IS' AND 'AS AVAILABLE' FOR YOUR USE, WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, DURABILITY, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU AGREE THAT FROM TIME TO TIME WE MAY REMOVE THE SERVICE FOR INDEFINITE PERIODS OF TIME OR CANCEL THE SERVICE AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU. SOCIO LIT MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE, OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR OTHER SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING.
IN NO CASE SHALL SOCIO LIT, OUR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MANAGING MEMBERS, MEMBERS, PRINCIPALS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, INTERNS, SUPPLIERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS, CLAIM, OR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, LOST REVENUE, LOST SAVINGS, LOSS OF DATA, REPLACEMENT COSTS, OR ANY SIMILAR DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF ANY OF THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCTS PROCURED USING THE SERVICE, OR FOR ANY OTHER CLAIM RELATED IN ANY WAY TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT (OR PRODUCT) POSTED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SERVICE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THEIR POSSIBILITY. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES OR JURISDICTIONS, OUR LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
SECTION 17 - INDEMNIFICATION
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Socio Lit and its subsidiaries, agents, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Service, including any data or content transmitted or received by you; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy, publicity rights or intellectual property rights; (iv) your violation of any law, rule or regulation of the United States or any other country; (v) any claim or damages that arise as a result of any of your User Content or any that are submitted via your account; or (vi) any other party’s access and use of the Service with your unique username, password or other appropriate security code.
SECTION 18 - SEVERABILITY
In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms of Service. Such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions.
SECTION 19 - TERMINATION
The obligations and liabilities of the parties incurred prior to the termination date shall survive the termination of this agreement for all purposes.
These Terms of Service are effective unless and until terminated by either you or us. You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by notifying us that you no longer wish to use our Services, or when you cease using our site.
If in our sole judgment you fail, or we suspect that you have failed, to comply with any term or provision of these Terms of Service, we also may terminate this agreement at any time without notice and you will remain liable for all amounts due up to and including the date of termination; and/or accordingly may deny you access to our Services (or any part thereof).
SECTION 20 - ENTIRE AGREEMENT
The failure of us to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
These Terms of Service and any policies or operating rules posted by us on this site or in respect to the Service constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and us and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior or contemporaneous agreements, communications and proposals, whether oral or written, between you and us (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service).
Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Terms of Service shall not be construed against the drafting party.
SECTION 21 - GOVERNING LAW
These Terms of Service and any separate agreements whereby we provide you Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, United States.
SECTION 22 - CHANGES TO TERMS OF SERVICE
You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time at this page.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check our website periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to our website or the Service following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Service constitutes acceptance of those changes.
SECTION 23 - CONTACT INFORMATION
Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.