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Mariposta Terms of Service

Summary: We (the intrepid crew at essence5) run a web publishing service called Mariposta and are thrilled that you're considering using it. We offer 14-day free trials for all new accounts, and currently we offer two affordable subscription plans to use Mariposta on-going: a Starter plan that features all the great functionality available in the free trial, and a Pro plan with more advanced features such as custom domain support, integration with Google analytics and webmaster tools, and additional content capacity. Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what goes on your profile and in post collections as possible and encourage you to express yourself freely. However, be responsible in what you publish. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear on your profile or in your posts collections or get linked to from your profile or post collections (things like spam, viruses, obscene material, or hate content).

If you find another Mariposta account that you believe violates our terms of service, please contact us right away.

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Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the Mariposta website and all content, services and products available at or through the website. The Website is owned and operated by essence5. The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Mariposta's Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by essence5 (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. 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 and conditions are considered an offer by essence5, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

1. Your Mariposta Account and Profile. If you create a profile on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and profile, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the profile and post collections. You must not describe or assign keywords to your profile or post collections in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and essence5 may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause essence5 liability. You must immediately notify essence5 of any unauthorized uses of your profile, your account or any other breaches of security. essence5 will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.

2. Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a profile, comment on a post collection, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

  1. the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  2. if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
  3. you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  4. the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  5. the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  6. the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  7. your profile or post collection is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
  8. your profile or post collection is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or Service. For example, your profile or post collection’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or Service other than your own; and
  9. you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by essence5 or otherwise.

By submitting Content to essence5 for inclusion on your Website, you grant essence5 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 your profile and post collections. If you delete Content, essence5 will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, essence5 has the right (though not the obligation) to, in essence5’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in essence5’s reasonable opinion, violates any essence5 policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in essence5’s sole discretion. essence5 will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

3. Payment and Renewal.

  1. General Terms.
    Paid subscription plans are available on the Website. By selecting a Subscription Plan you agree to pay essence5 the monthly or annual subscription fees indicated for that service. Payments will be charged on a pre-pay basis on the day you sign up for a Subscription Plan and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual subscription period as indicated. Subscription fees are not refundable.
  2. Automatic Renewal.
    Unless you notify essence5 before the end of the applicable subscription period that you want to cancel your Subscription Plan, your Subscription Plan will automatically renew and you authorize us to collect the then-applicable annual or monthly subscription fee for the service using any credit card or other payment mechanism we have on record for you. Subscription Plans can be modified (aka billing name, card on file, etc.) or canceled at any time by contacting Mariposta support.

4. Support. Paid subscription plans include access to priority email support. “Email support” means the ability to make requests for technical support assistance by email at any time (with reasonable efforts by essence5 to respond within one business day) concerning the use of the Service. “Priority” means that support for customers with a paid subscription plan takes priority over support for trial accounts.

5. Responsibility of Website Visitors. essence5 has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, essence5 does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. essence5 disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.

6. Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which Mariposta.com links, and that link to Mariposta.com. essence5 does not have any control over those non-Mariposta websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Mariposta website or webpage, essence5 does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. essence5 disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Mariposta websites and webpages.

7. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As essence5 asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Mariposta.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify essence5 in accordance with essence5’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) policy. essence5 will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. essence5 will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of essence5 or others. In the case of such termination, essence5 will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to essence5.

8. Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from essence5 to you any essence5 or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with essence5. essence5, Mariposta, Mariposta.com, the Mariposta logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with Mariposta, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of essence5 or essence5’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any essence5 or third-party trademarks.

9. Attribution. essence5 reserves the right to display attribution links such as ‘Powered by Mariposta’ in your profile or post collection. Attributions may not be removed regardless of upgrades purchased.

10. Changes. essence5 reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. essence5 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 be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

11. Termination. essence5 may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time only if you materially breach this Agreement and fail to cure such breach within thirty (30) days from essence5’s notice to you thereof; provided that, essence5 can terminate the Website immediately as part of a general shut down of our service. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Mariposta.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website and, if applicable, cancel your subscription plan. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, Companyship provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

12. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is”. essence5 and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither essence5 nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.

13. Limitation of Liability. In no event will essence5, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to essence5 under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. essence5 shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

14. General Representation and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Mariposta Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

15. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless essence5, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

16. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between essence5 and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of essence5, or by the posting by essence5 of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of California, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in Sonoma County, California. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in Santa Rosa, California, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; essence5 may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.

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Last Updated: October 29, 2012; first version
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