BlogsRelease Terms of Service


These terms of service are the full and final agreement between Blog Release Ltd. [under formation], a limited liability corporation whose principal place of business is P.o.B 96, Netanya (“BlogsRelease”) and yourself,

 

We are glad that you chose to participate in BlogsRelease's activities and to be a part of the BlogsRelease community. Please take the time to fully read these terms as they constitute a binding agreement between BlogsConnections and yourself.

 

We, at BlogsRelease acknowledge that reading legal documents may be quite exhausting, and have set up this preamble and summary, which are here solely for convenience. Please take into attention that this is just a summary of the rights and responsibilities, and that you need to read the full agreement.

 

First of all, BlogsRelease is a social platform which allows bloggers and press relation professionals to interact and exchange information.

 

BlogsRelease serves as a platform to exchange information, and is by no means liable for it. If you publish any information through its service, you will be the one liable.

 

You cannot publish spam, illegal content or anything disturbing; if you do so, you may be blocked, suspended or even face legal charges.

 

Please use this system responsibly, don't spam, don't make false statements and don't use BlogsRelease services to harm others.

 

Please take into consideration, that BlogsRelease does not make any promise that your press releases will be published by any bloggers, or that you may receive any relevant press releases if you are a blogger.

 

Also, no matter what, BlogsConnections shall never, but never, be liable for any damage.


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And now for the legal part:

 

  1. Eligibility and Registration:

    1. Who is eligible to participate? In order to use some of the Services, you will be required to register and open User Account(s), where different accounts may be used for different services. When signing up for a User Account and when using each of the services, You hereby undertake to comply with the following stipulations, as well as any other reasonable orders by BlogsRelease, as you may be instructed from time to time.

      1. Bloggers: In order to register as a blogger, you need to provide BlogsRelease with your real name; BlogsRelease' real name policy is required so that in any case you breach these terms, it can actually address and approach you.

        1. Authentication of Email: In order to activate your account, BlogsRelease may send you an email with an activation link. Such link shall allow BlogsRelease to verify that you are the person who holds this account and that you are not an impersonator.

        2. Authenticating the ownership of a blog: When registering to the service, and in order to authenticate your ownership of your blog, you shall be required to either store a file on your server or add HTML tags to your template so that we can authenticate your ownership.

      2. Brand Representative: In order to post content on BlogsRelease' website and to publish content through the services, you shall be required to register as a Brand Representative. In such case, BlogsRelease shall require additional verification steps, such as validating your domain or sending you an actual postcard to verify your real address.

        1. Authentication of Email: In order to activate your account, BlogsRelease may send you an email with an activation link. Such link shall allow BlogsRelease to verify that you are the person who holds this account and that you are not an impersonator.

        2. Ownership of Trademarks: You represent and warrant that you are either the owner of the person who is entitled to license and use the trademarks, tradenames and brand names of the brands you promote through the services.

    2. Additional Terms: You are eligible to enter into these Terms of Service and: (i) were not prohibited by any authorized authority, judicial order to law into entering in any agreement; (ii) are over 18 years of age or obtained consent to enter into these Terms of Service from your parent or guardian; (iii) were not previously prohibited by BlogsRelease from using Services or held another User Account; (iv) do not reside in and proscribed state or member of any proscribed organization; and (v) have all proper authorization, if you are acting on behalf of a corporation, into entering into these Terms of Service.

    3. Security and Integrity of Accounts: You shall, at all times, maintain the secrecy and confidentiality of your user name and password and shall not disclose and transfer it to any 3rd party. Please note that if you forget your password, you shall receive a reset link, and BlogsRelease shall never send you your password or request it by electronic mail.

    4. Terminating Your Account: BlogsRelease may, at any time, for no reason and for any reason at all, terminate your account if it believes that your use of the Services is against the nature or spirit of these terms of service, or that it infringes on any 3rd party's rights.

  2. Brand Services: BlogsRelease' brand services are the services BlogsRelease may provide you from time to time. Please note that BlogsRelease may add services or redact service, and may withhold services from a specific user for any cause.

    1. Press Release (Text Only): BlogsRelease shall avail you with an interface to create and distribute press releases to selected groups of Bloggers, as registered and identified by BlogsConnections.

    2. Press Release (With Rich Media): BlogsRelease shall also avail you with an interface to create and distribute press releases that include rich content, such as video, audio, media and images to selected groups of Bloggers, as registered and identified by BlogsRelease.

    3. Distribution of Press Releases: Press Releases sent through the services may be displayed to the public, and not only to BlogsRelease' users, and may be displayed for a limited time or for unlimited time.

    4. Webinar: BlogsRelease may avail you to an interactive interface to old an on-line webinar or press conference to selected groups of Bloggers, where you may schedule an event, invite Bloggers to attend and manage the event, including posting of questions and answers.

    5. Promote Item on Main Page / Search Results: BlogsRelease may also allow you, against payment, to promote your press releases and/or webinars throughout the services.

    6. Storing and Uploading Files: BlogsRelease may also avail you to the option to store and retain rich media attached by you to your press releases.

    7. Edit My Profile: BlogsRelease may allow you to edit your personal profile, including adding a profile picture, professional links and/or other information.

    8. Newsletters & Promotional Mails: BlogsRelease may send you, from time to time, newsletters and other promotional offers, where you may opt-out from these newsletters and offers.

  3. Blogger Services: BlogsRelease' Blogger services are the services that BlogsRelease provide bloggers from time to time which allow Bloggers to obtain and reach information provided and published by Brands. Please note that BlogsRelease may add services or redact service, and may withhold services from a specific user for any cause.

    1. Newsletters / Item Digest: Upon registration to the Services, BlogsRelease shall commence sending you a periodical newsletter which shall contain a digest of relevant information which are adequate with your interests. You may opt-out of such newsletters at any time.

    2. Search Press Releases: BlogsRelease shall avail you to an interface to search and locate relevant press releases and publications by brands.

    3. Search Events: BlogsRelease shall avail you to an interface to search and locate relevant events and webinars.

    4. Calendar: BlogsRelease shall present you with an event calendar, providing you with information about upcoming events.

    5. Edit My Profile: BlogsRelease may allow you to edit your personal profile, including adding a profile picture, professional links and/or other information.
       

      6. Press card: BlogsRelease may issue you a blogger card, where you acknowledge that such card is not an official document and does not grant you any rights.

      7.Payment: BlogsRelease may reward you on performing certain actions, such as writing blog posts or other activities. In such cases, the reward shall be sent to your PayPal account and shall be dependent on receiving the funds from the Brands. The payment shall be made according to the payment schedule set by BlogsRelease and only when they accumulate over a minimal paymeny.


       

  4. Payment: By using the BlogsRelease services, you agree to BlogsRelease' pricing policy, as presented from time to time.

    1. Per Press Release Fee: BlogsRelease may charge you  with a one time fee to publish your press release.
      4.2 Per Press Review Fee: BlogsRelease  may charge you with a fee for each review posted on your event or item.
      4.3 Per Press View Fee: BlogsRelease may charge you with a fee for each of your invites or pages viewed by users,
      according to the number of views.

    2. Promotion: BlogsRelease may charge you a one time fee to promote your Press Release or to publish it, where certain features of such promotions may be charged separately.

    3. Per Event Fee: BlogsRelease may charge you a fee to hold your webinar or event, where such fee may be based on the number of participants, duration, or any other feature which BlogsRelease may decide.

    4. Monthly Fee or Subscriptions: BlogsRelease may charge you a monthly or other periodical fee for your subscription to the services. Where all payments according to shall be made by a credit card or paypal for purchase of subscription, personalized service or content. By agreeing to pay or committing to subscribe, you shall be billed on a periodical basis until otherwise terminated by yourself or BlogsRelease.

    5. VAT: Unless otherwise specified, Value added tax shall be added to all payments if required by law.

    6. Taxes: Apart from VAT, each party shall bear all its taxes, duties, levies and other expenses relating to the services.

    7. Refunds: As the services are intangible goods, and are also tailored to your needs, BlogsRelease shall by no mean, cause or reason issue any refund, rebate, discount, credit or other form of payment to You, should you decide to annul, cancel or void your subscription or services.

    8. How to pay: Payments shall be made up-front and by PayPal or credit card.

  5. User Generated Content Policy:  By either providing BlogsConnections with textual material or by using The BlogsRelease' Services to create textual or other content, You hereby accept BlogsRelease' User Generated Policy as set forth. You acknowledge that any violation of the Contribution Policy may cause termination of Your Service, removal of Your content or contribution and legal action by both BlogsRelease and the person whose rights were infringed. For the purpose of this Policy, the term Contribution shall refer to: (i) images and/or text used in creating user generated content; (ii) images retrieved from 3rd parties in such postings; (iii) description, text and information processed through Service; (iv) submissions made through Service.

    1. Copyright License: You hereby grant BlogsRelease an irrevocable, permanent, unlimited, world-wide, royalty-free, sublicensable, non-exclusive license to use Your Contribution and to allow Users to view Your Contributions, repost it, and otherwise amend it and republish it, including creating derivative works, both according to the functionality of Service and through or other 3rd party services.

    2. Model and Trademark Release: You hereby grant BlogsRelease the permission to use and display Your Contribution and Your Brand's Name in order to endorse BlogsRelease. You also grant BlogsConnections and its users the right to use any of the said trademarks in relation to any publications made by them based on your Contributions.

    3. Offensive Content: You hereby warrant that Your Contribution are not offensive and do not infringe the right of any 3rd party, including, but not only:

      1. Intellectual Property Infringing: Your Contribution does not infringe any 3rd party copyright, design, patent, trademark, trade secrets or any other intellectual property rights. Moreover, you have all the relevant authority to provide such permissions to the users of BlogsRelease, where if you are a PR Agency, for example, your clients allowed you to use BlogsRelease and to allow bloggers to use the images and trademarks in their blog posts.

      2. Pornography: Your Contribution does not contain any text, image or depiction including nudity, profanity, sexual activity, sexual innuendos, sexually offensive or otherwise obscene.

      3. Slanderous: Your Contribution does not slander, defame or otherwise harm the good name of others.

      4. Hate Speech and Racist: Your Contribution does not include any hate speech or racist opinions, as well as does not incite others for violent acts against persons solely in regards to their inclusion of a specific groups.

      5. Scams: Your Contribution is not used to initiate any scam, market manipulation, pyramid scheme, phishing or otherwise any use which may be used to extract goods and/or money from others, including any virtual property.

    4. Warranty: You hereby warrant that You are either the sole proprietor or a designated licensee of any Contribution You process through service and that no other party's rights are infringed or violated by using Contribution and Service. You moreover warrant that that no legal claim, dispute or lawsuit was filed against You or threatened against You for publishing Contribution.

    5. Notice and Takedown Mechanism: In order to protect Your rights, BlogsConnections has set up this Notice and Takedown Mechanism to help You protect Your Contributions and to ensure that no unauthorized use is made.

      1. Prescreen and Moderation: You acknowledge that BlogsRelease cannot pre-screen all Contributions, but that it shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any Contribution or User Account that is available via the Service. BlogsRelease shall have the right to remove any Contribution or User Account that violates these Terms of Service or is otherwise objectionable.

      2. Disclosure of Content: : You acknowledge and agree that BlogsRelease may preserve Contribution and may also disclose Contribution 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 these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any Contribution violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of BlogsRelease, its Users, and the public. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Contribution, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

      3. Harmless: You agree and warrant to hold BlogsRelease and its users harmless and to immediately indemnify BlogsConnections or its users for any claim of copyright infringement, trademark dilution or patent infringement for any use of Contribution according to these Terms of Service. You also agree to indemnify BlogsRelease and/or  its users for any 3rd party lawsuit for Copyright infringement due to their use of Contribution made available by You.

      4. Cease and Desist: BlogsRelease values others Your Rights, and therefore shall comply with all state regulations regarding 3rd party rights. Should you encounter any Contribution which you believe to be in violation of any of Your rights, good name or copyrights, Please file an infringement complaint to our Content officer: copyright@blogsrelease.com; Our officer shall examine your complaint and shall forward it to the User who published said Contribution for his answer, if possible. Should Your complaint be false, harassing or in order to prevent legal use of Service, you shall bear all liability to compensate the User which you reported as infringing and/or BlogsRelease. In your complaint you will be required to inform us with: (i) a written statement regarding what Contribution infringes your rights and proof that You hold those rights; (ii) what is the exact URL of the Contribution; (iii) notification that you believe that the use made by the Contribution is not considered fair-use, criticism, consumer protest or any other protected speech.

      5. Moderation: Pursuant to any Cease and Desist notification, and promptly thereafter, BlogsRelease will moderate the Content and review your request; BlogsRelease shall notify the User who posted the Content on Your complaint, including Your information and request his response, if possible.

      6. Removal or Restoration: Should the User who posted the content fail to respond within 96 hours, BlogsRelease shall remove the Content; had he responded, BlogsRelease will inspect his response and had there any material questions of fact or law arise, BlogsRelease shall forward his personal information directly to You so you could commence litigation over You complaint.

    6. Indemnification:You hereby warrant and agree to hold BlogsRelease harmless and to indemnify it for any damage, loss, expense, legal expense or cost incurred as a result of (i) Your posting of any Contribution in direct violation of this User Generated Content Policy, including any false representation; OR (ii) any claim, complaint or notification filed maliciously or negligently against any User where no such claim had any legal standing.

  6. Privacy Policy: In order to protect your privacy and make sure you understand exactly what information is stored about you, BlogsRelease has set up this Privacy Policy.

    1. What Personal Information Does BlogsRelease Store? BlogsRelease stores all the personal information you provided it, and only personal information you provided it. It will not combine, resell or otherwise merge it with other personal information. Such personal information may include your contact information, email, name, blog address, physical address, your interests, the brands you represent or follow, or other information you shall provide it.

    2. What Non-Personal Information Does BlogsRelease Store?  BlogsConnections also retains some non-personally identifiable information, such as your approximate geolocation, IP address and other behavioral information relating to your use of the services. Moreover, when you use the services, BlogsRelease may store a cookie on your computer to identify you.

    3. How is the Information Processed? BlogsRelease processes both non-personal information and personal information in the same way: it creates statistical and profiling information in order to allow Brands to be in better contact with Bloggers and provide them with statistics relating to their campaign's effectiveness.

    4. Who has access to the information? Apart from BlogsConnections' employees and contractors, who are under strict confidentiality and data-protection obligations, no other 3rd party has access to your personal information. However, as stated, Brands may receive statistical, non-personally identifiable, aggregated, information.

    5. Can I review The Information? Yes. You can review all the information stored about you by viewing “my profile” through the services.

    6. Can I remove the information? Yes, you can request to remove all personal information by sending an email to privacy@blogsrelease.com

    7. Can BlogsRelease Contact me? Yes. By registering you agree to receive BlogsRelease' periodical messages and promotional material. If you wish to opt-out of them, you may do so at any time.

    8. What to do if you feel your privacy was invaded? If you feel that your privacy was invaded, please contact BlogsRelease directly at privacy@blogsrelease.com and BlogsRelease' privacy officer shall investigate and post its report promptly.

  7. Support: The support for the service is provided on an as-is, as-available basis through electronic mail. As the service is still in beta and testing stages, some problems may occur, and BlogsRelease shall employ reasonable steps to correct them.

  8. Warranty and Liability:

    1. No Warranty: BlogsRelease does not warrant for Service and supplies it on an “as-is” and “as-available” basis. Your Use of Service is at your own risk and under your liability. BlogsRelease makes no warranty that (i) the Service will meet your requirements, including providing you with any relevant information or reaching a relevant audience and (ii) the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free and (iii) the results that may be obtained from the Use of the Service will be accurate or reliable and (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by You through Service will meet your expectations, or (v) any errors in the Service will be corrected.

    2. No Liability: For no case and for no reason shall BlogsRelease be held liable for any damage, direct or indirect, consequential, exemplary, physical or special, to You, any User or any 3rd party due to its misperformance of duties herein. BlogsRelease provides Service on an AS-IS basis and shall not be held liable, to the extent permitted by law, by any case of misconduct, negligence, gross negligence, malice or any other mean, to any damages or loss of property, including damages to: virtual property, reputation and business reputation, User Account information including login information, loss of profit, loss of good name, all resulting from the use or inability to use Services rendered by BlogsRelease.

  9. Amendments: BlogsRelease may amend, from time to time, these Terms of Service and may, or may not, notify you as these amendments are made. Should you decide that any amendment in these Terms of Service does not constitute as your understanding with BlogsConnections, you may, at your own will, terminate these Terms of Service and terminate your User Account. All Contributions you created shall remain stored on Service and shall be used according to BlogsRelease' Policies and amended terms of service. In no case will these Terms of Service have any retroactive change nor would they apply on Your conduct without your consent, therefore you undertake to examine, from time to time, any amendments in these Terms of Service.

  10. Termination: BlogsRelease may, at its sole discretion, terminate these Terms of Service, Service or any other service rendered by it due to any reason, for any User, including You, or with no reason at all or for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if BlogsRelease believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the understandings or spirit of the Terms of Service. BlogsRelease 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 these Terms of Service may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that BlogsRelease may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service. Further, you agree that BlogsRelease shall not be liable to you or any 3rd party for any termination of your access to the Service.

  11. 3rd Party Advertisements and Links: BlogsRelease may, at its own discretion and for its causes, include within Service any links for 3rd party websites, advertisements or links for applications (3rd Party Content). BlogsRelease does not warrant for 3rd Party Content or availability thereof nor does it endorse it. BlogsRelease shall not be held, or claimed to be held, liable for any 3rd Party Content, its legality or illegality, its adequacy with regulations and its quality.

  12. Entire Agreement, Waiver: These Terms of Service constitute the entire understandings between parties and will only be amended in writing. No waiver to perform any BlogsRelease' rights under this agreement shall constitute amendments of it.

  13. Governing Laws, Jurisdiction, No Class Action: These Terms shall be solely governed by the laws of the state of Israel, including their statutes regarding conflict of laws and may be solely brought to the competent courts of the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa District. You undertake not to initiate any class action, for any reason, against BlogsRelease and to claim your damages only according to this agreement.
     

    Last updated September 25, 2012.

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