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Welcome! Snowdrift.coop is a nonprofit cooperative with a mission to fund and otherwise support public goods projects.
We welcome you to participate in the community. But first, please read and agree to the following Terms of Service.
We've tried to make our terms as ethical and transparent as possible. To that end, we include a non-binding summary table below and non-binding "short version" introductions for each terms section. Please contact us if you have any questions or see room for improvements.
|Section||What can you find there?|
|A. Definitions||Key words and phrases used within these terms.|
|B. Account Terms||The basic requirements of having an Account on Snowdrift.coop.|
|C. Acceptable Use||The basic rules you must follow when using your Snowdrift.coop Account.|
|D. Copyright Licensing and Using Content from Snowdrift.coop||We use free/libre/open licenses for content at Snowdrift.coop.|
|E. User-Submitted Content||Content you post on Snowdrift.coop must be compatible with our free/libre/open licensing.|
|F. Copyright & DMCA Policy||This section talks about how we handle claims of copyright infringement on Snowdrift.coop.|
|G. Crowdmatching, Pledging, and Financial Transactions||This section describes how our fundraising system works and how we handle financial transactions.|
|H. Projects||We have a few specific rules for Projects listed at Snowdrift.coop.|
|I. Volunteers||Basic legal requirements to volunteer at Snowdrift.coop|
|J. Cancellation and Termination||You may cancel this agreement and close your Account at any time.|
|K. Legal Communications with Snowdrift.coop||How we send and recieve legal notices.|
|L. Disclaimer of Warranties||We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service.|
|M. Limitation of Liability||We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement.|
|N. Release and Indemnification||You will not hold us liable if your use of the service leads to legal action against you.|
|O. Changes to these Terms of Service||We may modify this agreement, but we will give you 30 days' notice of changes that affect your rights.|
|P. Miscellaneous||Further details and legal boilerplate for terms like this.|
Effective date: September 10, 2018
Short version: We use certain terms with specific meanings throughout the agreement.
Short version: To create a User Account, you must be a human age 13 or over; you must provide a valid email address; and you may not have more than one Account. You alone are responsible for your Account and for keeping it secure.
Subject to these Terms, you retain ultimate administrative control over your User Account and the Content within it.
You must provide a valid email address in order to complete the signup process. Any other information requested, such as your real name, is optional (but some additional information may be needed to engage in certain activities, such as pledging financial support to Projects).
We have a few simple rules for User Accounts on Snowdrift.coop's Service.
You are responsible for the security of your Account while you use our Service.
In some situations, third parties' terms may apply to your use of Snowdrift.coop. For example, you must connect your account to a payment service in order to donate or to receive donations. Please be aware that while these Terms are our full agreement with you, other parties' terms govern their relationships with you.
Short version: Snowdrift.coop supports a wide variety of projects from all over the world, bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and interests. We expect everyone to work together in good faith, following these terms and our other community rules. The following Acceptable Use Policy defines some of what content you can post and your conduct on the service.
Your use of the Website and Service must not violate any applicable laws, including copyright or trademark laws, export control laws, or other laws in your jurisdiction. You are responsible for making sure that your use of the Service is in compliance with laws and any applicable regulations.
You agree that you will not under any circumstances upload, post, host, or transmit any content that:
We welcome your participation in this community and encourage you to stay civil and constructive in your interactions with others and to make contributions aimed at furthering our mission.
In addition to the restrictions specified here in these Terms, we enforce a more thorough Code of Conduct on our forum and any other community spaces.
While using Snowdrift.coop, you agree that you will not under any circumstances:
You must not access Snowdrift.coop's Services in ways that exceed your authorization unless the following conditions are met:
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 without Snowdrift.coop's express written permission (noting that the public licensing under which we publish on our software and multimedia publications constitutes such permission, following the terms of the relevant licenses).
Scraping refers to extracting data from our Website via an automated process, such as a bot or webcrawler. You may scrape the website for the following reasons:
You may not scrape Snowdrift.coop for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of selling Snowdrift.coop users' personal information.
If we determine your bandwidth usage to be significantly excessive in relation to other Users, we reserve the right to take technical measures to reduce your bandwidth consumption and to suspend your Account if necessary.
Short version: You can use, modify, and share most anything from the Website as long as you follow the applicable FLO license requirements (giving credit, keeping terms for others). There's just a few exceptions such as Trademarks.
Most public writings and images at Snowdrift.coop are free to use and share under CC BY-SA (with attribution credit simply to "Snowdrift.coop"), with the following exceptions and qualifications:
Short version: Other than Trademarks or unambiguous cases of Fair Use, Content submitted to Snowdrift.coop in public contexts must be compatible with the free/libre/open licensing that we use (CC BY-SA primarily). Users are responsible for submitting within their legal rights and retain any copyrights and moral rights within the free/libre/open license terms. We have the right to remove content as needed.
As per our mission to grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to projects are required to grant general permissions to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works.
You may create or upload User-Submitted Content while using the Service. You are solely responsible for the content of, and for any harm resulting from, any User-Submitted Content that you post, upload, link to or otherwise make available via the Service, regardless of the form of that Content. We are not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User-Submitted Content.
We do not pre-screen User-Submitted Content, but we have the right (though not the obligation) to refuse or remove any User-Submitted Content that, in our sole discretion, violates any Snowdrift.coop terms or policies.
You agree to only submit Content if you have all necessary legal rights to submit it and follow these requirements:
Please note that these licenses allow commercial uses of your contributions (as long as such uses are compliant with all other terms of these licenses).
User Submitted Content in private contexts (such as in forum messages or in restricted categories of the forum) only uses the above licensing if explicitly specified.
Short version: We follow standard legal procedures in handling copyright infringement allegations and aim to inform everyone of their rights.
If you believe that Content anywhere on Snowdrift.coop infringes on a copyright you hold, we encourage you to first reach out informally via one of the methods on our contact page.
To take action under Section 512(c) of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, follow our DMCA Guide and the connected DMCA Takedown Notice Guide Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, the Accounts of repeat infringers.
Short version: Crowdmatching involves many Patrons agreeing to donate by matching each other. You participate by pledging to various Projects listed at Snowdrift.coop, and we then bill you monthly through a connected payment service. We combine charges to reduce fees. You can remove pledges at any time, but previous donations are non-refundable.
At Snowdrift.coop, we offer a fundraising service called "Crowdmatching". It calculates donation levels using a base amount (denominated in U.S. Dollars) multiplied by the number of Patrons to a Project.
To participate in Crowdmatching, you must connect your Account with an approved third-party payment service, accepting their independent terms. By connecting a payment service, you authorize us to have that service charge you on behalf of Projects to which you Pledge your support.
You can Pledge to support any number of Projects among those listed on the Website.
By clicking the Pledge button for any specific Project, you:
Donations to Projects are billed on a monthly basis and are non-refundable.
You are responsible for all fees, including taxes, associated with your use of the Service. If you do not participate in Crowdmatching, you are not required to provide payment information.
In order to reduce third-party payment processing fees, we may combine donations to multiple projects and sometimes multiple months of donations into single charges, processed in arrears.
Your Account includes a setting for a budget limit. If your combined Pledges grow to be higher than your budget limit, Pledges may be suspended (one at a time). You may also manually cancel any Pledges at any time through your Account dashboard on the Website.
When a Pledge is suspended or cancelled, we will no longer include you in the count of Patrons to that Project and will not bill you for any new donations to that Project. We may still process any outstanding, delayed bills from previous months.
Short version: Snowdrift.coop will only include listings for Projects that publish free/libre/open public goods and meet our other specific requirements. Donations through Crowdmatching come directly from patrons via a supported third-party payment service.
To register a Project for listing at Snowdrift.coop, you must meet all of our Project Requirements
Once accepted for listing, a Project will be in good standing and able to accept fundraising after connecting the Project with an account at a supported third-party payment service. Snowdrift.coop does not hold or handle any funds for any other Project. We only instruct an independent payment service (through their API) on when and how much to charge Patrons and which Projects should receive the donations.
Each Project must have at least one User Account designated as an owner. An "owner" of a Project created under these Terms has access to administrative controls for the Project's listing. If you are an owner of a Project under these Terms, we consider you responsible for the actions that are performed on or through that Project.
In case of any violation of our requirements or community norms, we reserve the right to remove any Project from listing at Snowdrift.coop or to temporarily suspend fundraising for any Project.
Any Project may request to be unlisted or fully removed at any time.
When we remove a Project, we will retain historic information for our records.
Short version: We welcome volunteers to help develop and run the Website as long as they accept some basic responsibilities.
Volunteers assist with many aspects of our Service, including but not limited to providing technical support, creating Content, performing site administration duties, providing expert advice, research, technical writing, reviewing, categorizing, and other duties as necessary.
If you volunteer, you agree that:
Short version: You may close your Account at any time through an email request. If you do, we'll delete or otherwise anonymize your information as much as we can legally and technically. Also, while we have the right to unilaterally terminate Accounts or refuse service, we will only do so with great care and hope the need never arises.
You can request that We cancel your Account by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from the same email as the Account (or with adequate proof of Account ownership). Within 30 days of recieving your cancellation request, we will remove all data and Content associated with your Account and cancel any active Pledges, with the following exceptions:
We have the right to suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If we cancel your Account, you may not open a new Account without our explicit permission. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
All provisions of this Agreement which, by their nature, should survive termination will survive termination — including, without limitation: ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
Short version: We send legal communications to you via electronic methods. We have separate instructions for sending legal communications to us.
For contractual purposes, you (1) consent to receive communications from us in an electronic form via the email address you have submitted or via the Service; and (2) agree that all Terms of Service, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that those communications would satisfy if they were on paper. This section does not affect your non-waivable rights.
In any situation where notice is required by contract or any law or regulation, communications made through email or our community forum will not constitute legal notice to Snowdrift.coop or any of its officers, employees, agents, or representatives. Legal notices must be in writing and served on Snowdrift.coop's legal agent.
Short version: We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service.
Snowdrift.coop provides the Website and the Service “as is” and “as available,” without warranty of any kind. Without limiting this, we expressly disclaim all warranties, whether express, implied or statutory, regarding the Website and the Service including without limitation any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, security, accuracy and non-infringement.
Snowdrift.coop does not warrant that the Service will meet your requirements; that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; that the information provided through the Service is accurate, reliable or correct; that any defects or errors will be corrected; that the Service will be available at any particular time or location; or that the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, information, content or other material obtained from the Service.
Short version: This section limits our obligations to you. We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement.
You understand and agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for any loss of profits, use, goodwill, or data, or for any incidental, indirect, special, consequential or exemplary damages, however arising, that result from:
Our liability is limited whether or not we have been informed of the possibility of such damages, and even if a remedy set forth in this Agreement is found to have failed of its essential purpose. We will have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond our reasonable control.
Short version: You are responsible for your use of the service. If you harm someone else or get into a dispute with someone else, we have no legal obligation to get involved (but we may still offer to help if we have the capacity to do so).
If you have a dispute with one or more Users, you agree to release Snowdrift.coop from any and all claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
You agree to indemnify us, defend us, and hold us harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website and the Service, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement, provided that Snowdrift.coop (1) promptly gives you written notice of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding; (2) gives you sole control of the defense and settlement of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding (provided that you may not settle any claim, demand, suit or proceeding unless the settlement unconditionally releases Snowdrift.coop of all liability); and (3) provides to you all reasonable assistance, at your expense.
Short version: We want our users to be informed of important changes to our terms, but we don't want to bother you every time we fix a typo. While we may modify this agreement at any time, we will notify users of any changes that affect your rights. When feasible, we will also offer a comment period before updates are set.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to amend these Terms of Service at any time and will update these Terms of Service in the event of any such amendments. We will notify our Users of material changes to this Agreement at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our Website. For non-material modifications, your continued use of the Website constitutes agreement to our revisions of these Terms of Service. You can view all changes to these Terms in the history view of our git repository.
We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part of it) with or without notice.
Except to the extent applicable law provides otherwise, this Agreement between you and Snowdrift.coop and any access to or use of the Website or the Service are governed by the federal laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of Michigan, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You and Snowdrift.coop agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in the City and County of Grosse Point Park, Michigan.
Throughout this Agreement, each section includes titles and brief summaries of the following terms and conditions. We have also included images of some short comic strips to bring levity and break up the dense legal text. These section titles, brief summaries, and images are not legally binding.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion of the Agreement will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent. The remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. Any failure on the part of Snowdrift.coop to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not be considered a waiver of our right to enforce such provision. Our rights under this Agreement will survive any termination of this Agreement.