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Legal & Privacy Policy


This agreement was written in English (US).  Please note that Section 16 contains certain changes to the general terms for users outside the United States.
Date of Last Revision: March  ____, 2010

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities ("Statement") derives from the Snare It, and governs our relationship with users and others who interact with Snare It. By using or accessing Snare It, you agree to this Statement.

  1. Privacy
  2. Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our Privacy Policy to make important disclosures about how you can use Snare It to share with others and how we collect and can use your content and information. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy, and to use it to help make informed decisions.

  3. Sharing Your Content and Information
    1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos ("IP content"), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Snare It ("IP License"). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
    2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
    3. When you add an application and use Platform, your content and information is shared with the application. We require applications to respect your privacy settings, but your agreement with that application will control how the application can use the content and information you share. (To learn more about Platform, read our About Platform page.)
    4. When you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, it means that everyone, including people off of Snare It, will have access to that information and we may not have control over what they do with it.
    5. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Snare It, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

  4. You own all of the content and information you post on Snare It, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  5. Safety
    1. You will not send or otherwise post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Snare It.
    2. You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access Snare It, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.
    3. You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on Snare It.
    4. You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
    5. You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
    6. You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
    7. You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
    8. You will not develop or operate a third party application containing, or advertise or otherwise market alcohol-related or other mature content without appropriate age-based restrictions.
    9. You will not offer any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes ("promotion") on Snare It without our prior written consent. If we consent, you take full responsibility for the promotion, and will follow our Promotions Guidelines and all applicable laws.
    10. You will not use Snare It to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
    11. You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of Snare It, such as a denial of service attack.
    12. You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement.

  6. We do our best to keep Snare It safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to do that, which includes the following commitments:

  7. Registration and Account Security
    1. You will not provide any false personal information on Snare It, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
    2. You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).
    3. You will not use Snare It if you are under 13.
    4. You will not use Snare It if you are a convicted sex offender.
    5. You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
    6. You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
    7. You will not transfer your account to anyone without first getting our written permission.
    8. If you select a username for your account we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user's actual name).

  8. Snare It users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:

  9. Protecting Other People's Rights
    1. You will not post content or take any action on Snare It that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
    2. We can remove any content or information you post on Snare It if we believe that it violates this Statement.
    3. We will provide you with tools to help you protect your intellectual property rights. To learn more, visit our How to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement page.
    4. If we remove your content for infringing someone else's copyright, and you believe we removed it by mistake, we will provide you with an opportunity to appeal.
    5. If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account when appropriate.
    6. You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Snare It, the Snare It and ______________________), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission.
    7. If you collect information from users, you will: obtain their consent, make it clear you (and not Snare It) are the one collecting their information, and post a privacy policy explaining what information you collect and how you will use it.
    8. You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on Snare It.
    9. You will not send email invitations to non-users without their consent.

  10. We respect other people's rights, and expect you to do the same.

  11. Mobile
    1. We currently provide our mobile services for free, but please be aware that your carrier's normal rates and fees, such as text messaging fees, will still apply.
    2. In the event you change or deactivate your mobile telephone number, you will update your account information on Snare It within 48 hours to ensure that your messages are not sent to the person who acquires your old number.
  12. Payments
  13. If you make a payment on Snare It or use Snare It Credits, you agree to our Payments Terms.

  14. Special Provisions Applicable to Share Links
    1. We give you permission to use Snare It's Share Link button so that users can post links or content from your website on Snare It.
    2. You give us permission to use such links and content on Snare It.
    3. You will not place a Share Link button on any page containing content that would violate this Statement if posted on Snare It.

  15. If you include our Share Link button on your website, the following additional terms apply to you:

  16. Special Provisions Applicable to Developers/Operators of Applications and Websites
    1. You are responsible for your application and its content and all uses you make of Platform. This includes ensuring your application or use of Platform meets our Developer Principles and Policies and our Advertising Guidelines.
    2. Your access to and use of data you receive from Snare It, will be limited as follows:
      1. You will only request data you need to operate your application.
      2. You will only use the data you receive for your application, and will only use it in connection with Snare It.
      3. You will have a privacy policy or otherwise make it clear to users what user data you are going to use and how you will use, display, or share that data.
      4. You will not use, display, or share a user's data in a manner inconsistent with the user's privacy settings.
      5. You will delete all data you received from us relating to any user who deauthorizes, disconnects, or otherwise disassociates from your application unless otherwise permitted in our Developer Principles and Policies.
      6. You will delete all data you received from Snare It if we disable your application or ask you to do so.
      7. We can require you to update any data you have received from us.
      8. We can limit your access to data.
      9. You will not transfer the data you receive from us (or enable that data to be transferred) without our prior consent.
    3. You will not give us information that you independently collect from a user or a user's content without that user's consent.
    4. You will make it easy for users to remove or disconnect from your application.
    5. You will make it easy for users to contact you. We can also share your email address with users.
    6. You will provide customer support for your application.
    7. You will not show third party ads or web search boxes on Snare It user profiles or Pages.
    8. We give you all rights necessary to use the code, APIs (along with all data received), or tools we provide to you, but only in connection with your application.
    9. You will not sell, transfer, or sublicense our code, APIs, or tools to anyone.
    10. You will not misrepresent your relationship with Snare It to others.
    11. You may use the logos we make available to developers or issue a press release or other public statement so long as you follow our Developer Principles and Policies.
    12. We can issue a press release describing our relationship with you.
    13. You will comply with all applicable laws. In particular you will (if applicable):
      1. have a policy for removing infringing content and terminating repeat infringers that complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
      2. comply with the Video Privacy Protection Act ("VPPA"), and will obtain any opt-in consent necessary from users so that user data subject to the VPPA may be shared on Snare It.  You represent that any disclosure to us will not be incidental to the ordinary course of your business.
    14. We do not guarantee that Platform will always be free.
    15. You give us all rights necessary to enable your application to work with Snare It, including the right to incorporate content you provide to us into streams, profiles, and user action stories.
    16. You give us the right to link to or frame your application and place content, including ads, around your application.
    17. We can analyze your application, content, and data for any purpose, including commercial (such as for targeting the delivery of advertisements and indexing content for search).
    18. To ensure your application is safe for users, we can audit it.
    19. We can create applications that offer similar features and services to, or otherwise compete with, your application.

  17. If you are a developer or operator of a Platform application or website, the following additional terms apply to you:

  18. About Advertisements on Snare It
    1. You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial or sponsored content served by us. You give us permission to use your name and profile picture in connection with that content, subject to the limits you place.
    2. We do not give your content or information to advertisers without your consent.
    3. You understand that we may not always identify paid services and communications as such.

  19. Our goal is to deliver ads that are not only valuable to advertisers, but also valuable to you. In order to do that, you agree to the following:

  20. Special Provisions Applicable to Advertisers
    1. When you place an Order, you will tell us the type of advertising you want to buy, the amount you want to spend, and your bid. If we accept your Order, we will deliver your ads as inventory becomes available.
    2. You will pay for your Orders in accordance with our Payments Terms. The amount you owe will be calculated based on our tracking mechanisms.
    3. Your ads will comply with our Advertising Guidelines.
    4. We will determine the size, placement, and positioning of your ads.
    5. We do not guarantee the activity that your ads will receive, such as the number of clicks you will get.
    6. We cannot control how people interact with your ads, and are not responsible for click fraud or other improper actions that affect the cost of running ads.  We do, however, have systems to detect and filter certain suspicious activity, learn more here.
    7. You can cancel your Order at any time through our online portal, but it may take up to 24 hours before the ad stops running.
    8. Our license to run your ad will end when we have completed your Order. You understand, however, that if users have interacted with your ads, your ads may remain until the users delete it.
    9. We can use your ads and related content and information for marketing or promotional purposes.
    10. You will not issue any press release or make public statements about your relationship with Snare It without written permission.
    11. We may reject or remove any ad for any reason.
      1. You warrant that you have the legal authority to bind the advertiser to this Statement.
      2. You agree that if the advertiser you represent violates this Statement, we may hold you responsible for that violation.

  21. You can target your specific audience by buying ads on Snare It or our publisher network. The following additional terms apply to you if you place an order through our online advertising portal ("Order"):

    If you are placing ads on someone else's behalf, we need to make sure you have permission to place those ads, including the following:

  22. Special Provisions Applicable to Pages
    1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
    2. You may only administer a Snare It Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
    3. Pages can only post content and information under the "everyone" setting.
    4. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
    5. If you use a Fan Box widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
    6. You may not place a Fan Box widget in an advertisement.
    7. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
    8. If you display advertising on your Page, Section 11 of this Statement also applies to you.
    9. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
    10. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws.  For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.
  23. Amendments
    1. We can change this Statement if we provide you notice (by posting the change on the Snare It Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment To get notice of any future changes to this Statement, visit our Snare It Site Governance Page and become a fan.
    2. For changes to sections 7, 8, 9, and 11 (sections relating to payments, application developers, website operators, and advertisers), we will give you a minimum of three days notice. For all other changes we will give you a minimum of seven days notice. All such comments must be made on the Snare It Site Governance Page.
    3. If more than 7,000 users comment on the proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives. The vote shall be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
    4. We can make changes for legal or administrative reasons upon notice without opportunity to comment.
  24. Termination
  25. If you violate the letter or spirit of this Statement, or otherwise create possible legal exposure for us, we can stop providing all or part of Snare It to you. We will notify you by email or at the next time you attempt to access your account. You may also delete your account or disable your application at any time. In all such cases, this Statement shall terminate, but the following provisions will still apply: 2.2, 2.4, 3-5, 8.2, 9.1-9.3, 9.9, 9.10, 9.13, 9.15.1, 9.18, 10.3, 11.2, 11.5, 11.6, 11.9, 11.9, 11.12, 11.13, and 14-18.

  26. Disputes
    1. You will resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute ("claim") you have with us arising out of or relating to this Statement or Snare It exclusively in a state or federal court located in Santa Clara County. The laws of the State of California will govern this Statement, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Santa Clara County, California for the purpose of litigating all such claims.
    2. If anyone brings a claim against us related to your actions, content or information on Snare It, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to such claim.
    3. WE TRY TO KEEP SNARE IT UP, BUG-FREE, AND SAFE, BUT YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE ARE PROVIDING SNARE IT "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT SNARE IT WILL BE SAFE OR SECURE. SNARE IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS, CONTENT, INFORMATION, OR DATA OF THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU RELEASE US, OUR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE §1542, WHICH SAYS: "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR." WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS STATEMENT OR SNARE IT, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THIS STATEMENT OR SNARE IT WILL NOT EXCEED THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) OR THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID US IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, SNARE IT'S LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
  27. Special Provisions Applicable to Users Outside the United States
    1. You consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
    2. If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, or are on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals you will not engage in commercial activities on Snare It (such as advertising or payments) or operate a Platform application or website.

  28. We strive to create a global community with consistent standards for everyone, but we also strive to respect local laws. The following provisions apply to users outside the United States:

  29. Definitions
    1. By "Snare It" we mean the features and services we make available, including through (a) our website at www.Snare It.com and any other Snare It branded or co-branded websites (including sub-domains, international versions, widgets, and mobile versions); (b) our Platform; and (c) other media, software (such as a toolbar), devices, or networks now existing or later developed.
    2. By "us," "we" and "our" we mean Snare It, Inc., or if you are outside of the United States, Snare It Ireland Limited.
    3. By "Platform" we mean a set of APIs and services that enable applications, developers, operators or services, including Connect and RSS feeds, to retrieve data from Snare It or provide data to us.
    4. By "information" we mean facts and other information about you, including actions you take.
    5. By "content" we mean anything you post on Snare It that would not be included in the definition of "information."
    6. By "data" we mean content and information that third parties can retrieve from Snare It or provide to Snare It through Platform.
    7. By "post" we mean post on Snare It or otherwise make available to us (such as by using an application).
    8. By "use" we mean use, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works of.
    9. By "active registered user" we mean a user who has logged into Snare It at least once in the previous 30 days.
    10. By "application" we mean any application or website (including Connect sites) that uses or accesses Platform, as well as anything else that receives data.
  30. Other
    1. This Statement makes up the entire agreement between the parties regarding Snare It, and supersedes any prior agreements.
    2. If any portion of this Statement is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect.
    3. If we fail to enforce any of this Statement, it will not be considered a waiver.
    4. Any amendment to or waiver of this Statement must be made in writing and signed by us.
    5. You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under this Statement to anyone else without our consent.
    6. All of our rights and obligations under this Statement are freely assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.
    7. Nothing in this Statement shall prevent us from complying with the law.
    8. This Statement does not confer any third party beneficiary rights.