Version 0.3 effective December 1, 2016
We envision a Free, Libre, Open World where everyone has equal access to non-rival resources of all kinds; where everyone is empowered to realize and share their additions to our common cultural heritage; where everyone can freely participate in the ongoing development of science and technology; and where there is respect for liberty, privacy, and human dignity for all. — Our Vision Statement
Snowdrift.coop (“we” or “us”), is a nonprofit social welfare organization whose mission is to empower and engage people to create and develop public goods under a free license or assigned to the public domain, and to sustainably support Free/Libre/Open (FLO) projects and affiliated team members.
If you are under 13 years old, you may not register an account because we must follow the rules set by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Have a parent or guardian contact us and we can determine whether there are ways to still allow you to participate.
Snowdrift.coop does not hold funds but only instructs third-party payment processors on how to charge and distribute funds between patrons and projects. Once you register a payment source with a processor and make a pledge, you authorize us to have the processor charge funds for the monthly donations to projects, unless and until you withdraw your pledge. You may withdraw pledges or cancel your account at any time
Please be aware that you are legally responsible for all of your actions in connection with Snowdrift.coop projects under the laws of the United States of America and any other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or use our service). In light of this responsibility, we have some behavioral standards including rules on what you cannot post, most of which protect either you or other users.
Snowdrift.coop is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development, and distribution of FLO works, and to helping FLO projects maintain a sustainable economy for their work. Our role is to help the public support these projects by providing a system for recurring financial transactions to pool funds for long-term development. However, we act only as a support service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational framework that allows our users to build projects by contributing funds and labor. Because of our unique role, there are a couple of things you should be aware of concerning our relationship to you, the projects, and the other users:
Any implemented processor from our list of supported services can be used to deposit funds to your Snowdrift.coop account. Donations to projects at Snowdrift.coop are non-refundable.
Once you make a pledge, you authorize us to apply a monthly charge up to your set budget limit based on your pledges to various projects.
The projects hosted by Snowdrift.coop exist because of the support of our vibrant community of users like you. We welcome your participation in this community and encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others, to act in good faith, and to make contributions aimed at furthering our shared mission. For the most detailed, plain English explanations of what constitutes violating behavior, please refer to our Code of Conduct and user Honor Policy.
The Snowdrift.coop Board of Directors releases official policy resolutions from time to time. Some of these policies may be mandatory for a particular project, and, when they are, you agree to abide by them as applicable.
Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:
Harassing and abusing others
Violating the privacy of others
Engaging in false statements, impersonation, or fraud
Misusing our services for other illegal purposes
Engaging in disruptive and illegal misuse of facilities
We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.
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 agree to the following licensing requirements:
Snowdrift.coop wants to ensure that the content that we support can be re-used by others without fear of liability or infringement. In order to provide that assurance, our policy is to respond to notices compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users of our system and network who are repeat infringers.
However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. We strongly encourage users to have a defense plan prepared if their content involves material used under a copyright exemption (Teaching Copyright can help you determine if an exemption applies), and to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA notice is invalid or improper. For more information on what to do if you believe a DMCA notice to be improper, you may consult the Chilling Effects website.
If you are the owner of content that is being used on one of the projects without your permission, you may request removal of the content under the DMCA. To make such a request, please contact us.
Alternatively, any user with copyright concerns about specific content may make an investigation request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. We also have more information available on how the community handles violations.
The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies and Snowdrift.coop rarely intervenes in project-internal decisions. In an unusual case, the need may arise or the community may ask us to address a user who has engaged in significant project disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation, to:
The Snowdrift.coop community and its members may also take action when so allowed by Honor Code or Bylaws policies applicable to the specific project, including but not limited to warning, investigating, blocking, or banning users who violate those policies. You agree to comply with the final decisions of dispute resolution bodies that are established by the community for the specific project (such as arbitration committees); these decisions may include sanctions as set out by the policy of the specific project.
If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable policies), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of using public materials. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings.
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Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk. You will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
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Snowdrift.coop will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.