Terms of Service

Introduction; Your Agreement to the Terms

GeoChat is a project of and operated by InSTEDD, an independent and international 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation incorporated in California, USA, whose principal place of business is at 400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 120, Palo Alto, California 94301, USA. Your use of the GeoChat service is subject to InSTEDD’s terms of service (the “Universal Terms” available at http://www.instedd.org/termsconditions including the privacy policy available at http://www.instedd.org/privacystatement). Your use of GeoChat is subject to the additional terms and conditions set out in this document (the “Additional Terms”). By using GeoChat, you are agreeing to be bound by the Universal Terms and the Additional Terms (collectively, the “Terms”). If there is any contradiction between the Additional Terms and the Universal Terms, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence.

Eligibility

GeoChat is not available to persons under the age of 13 or to any users previously suspended or removed from GeoChat by InSTEDD. BY USING GEOCHAT, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY SUSPENDED OR REMOVED FROM GEOCHAT. IF YOU ARE USING GEOCHAT ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY, ENTITY, OR ORGANIZATION (COLLECTIVELY, "ORGANIZATION") THEN YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU: (I) ARE AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THAT ORGANIZATION WITH THE AUTHORITY TO BIND SUCH ORGANIZATION TO THESE TERMS; (II) HAVE READ THE FOREGOING TERMS; (III) UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS, AND (IV) AGREE TO THESE TERMS ON BEHALF OF SUCH ORGANIZATION.

Your Content

You may choose to post short messages on GeoChat which may consist of information, data, text, pictures, links, or other content and which may automatically include the poster’s name, username, phone number, time of posting, and location of posting (“Content”).

You agree that you are solely responsible for (and InSTEDD has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any Content that you create, transmit, or display while using GeoChat and for the consequences of your actions (including any loss or damage which InSTEDD may suffer) by doing so.

Content License from You

You retain your copyright and any other rights you already hold in your Content. By submitting, posting, or displaying your Content through GeoChat, you hereby grant to InSTEDD a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), assignable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute your Content in any media formats and through any media channels.

You hereby grant to each user that is a member of each group to which you post Content a limited, royalty-free, fully paid-up, non-exclusive, personal license to access, use, copy, distribute, and modify your Content in the manner contemplated by the Terms and GeoChat.

Who Has Access to Your Content?

Each message sent on GeoChat is posted to a group and made accessible to all members of the group. A group’s privacy settings control group membership and access to Content as set forth below (the “Privacy Settings”). You may choose to join one or more groups on GeoChat. Before posting Content to a group, be aware of the group’s Privacy Settings and who can or will be able to access your Content, which may include your name, username, phone number, time of posting, and location of posting. GeoChat is not responsible for your disclosure of your own private information in your Content or any use thereof by authorized members consistent with these Terms.

Group Privacy Settings

The group administrator sets the group’s Privacy Settings. You will be notified of any changes to the Privacy Settings of groups of which you are a member.

  • Group does not require approval to join. If a group does not require approval to join, any GeoChat user may join the group. The group administrator may change the Privacy Settings to require approval to join the group.
  • Group requires approval to join. If a group requires approval to join, the group administrator must approve each new member of the group. The group administrator may change the Privacy Settings to allow GeoChat users to join without approval.
  • Group entries are not anonymous. If group entries are not anonymous, personal information including the names, usernames, and phone numbers of the message posters may be displayed with the messages. The group administrator may change the Privacy Settings to make group entries anonymous.
  • Group entries are anonymous. If group entries are anonymous, personal information including the names, usernames, and phone numbers of the message posters are not displayed and are not accessible. The group administrator cannot change the Privacy Settings to make group entries non-anonymous.

Additionally, the group administrator may grant access to Content posted to the group via a password-protected data feed that is available to GeoChat users and non-GeoChat users.

Content of Others

You understand that when using GeoChat you will be exposed to user Content or other content from a variety of sources, and that InSTEDD is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such user Content and other content. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to user Content and other content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against InSTEDD with respect thereto. InSTEDD does not endorse any user Content and other content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and InSTEDD expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with user Content and other content.

You understand that all user Content which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, GeoChat are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated.

Account

In order to use GeoChat, you must create an account. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and for restricting access to your account, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account.

Use of Twitter Service

GeoChat currently allows you to use the services of Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) in conjunction with GeoChat. You acknowledge and agree that InSTEDD is not responsible for the availability of Twitter and does not endorse any advertising, products, or other materials on or available through Twitter. Any information you provide to Twitter and any messages you send or receive through Twitter are subject to Twitter’s terms of service, privacy policies, and security practices, and we advise you to become familiar such terms, policies, and practices before using Twitter.

Software Installation

You may choose to install software provided to you by InSTEDD as part of the GeoChat services (the “Software”). InSTEDD gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the Software. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of GeoChat as provided by InSTEDD, in the manner permitted by the Terms.

You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by InSTEDD, in writing.

Unless InSTEDD has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the Software, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the Software, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the Software.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

It is InSTEDD’s policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For more information, please see InSTEDD’s copyright policies available in InSTEDD’s terms of service available at http://www.instedd.org/termsconditions. InSTEDD reserves the right to terminate without notice your access to GeoChat if you are determined by InSTEDD to be a “repeat infringer.” In addition, InSTEDD accommodates and does not interfere with standard technical measures used by copyright owners to protect their materials.

Privacy and Your Personal Information

For information about InSTEDD’s data protection practices, please read InSTEDD’s privacy policy available at http://www.instedd.org/privacystatement. This policy explains how InSTEDD treats your personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the Services.

You agree to the use of your data in accordance with InSTEDD’s privacy policies. If you are an international visitor or user of our Services, please refer to our privacy policy section titled “International Visitors and Customers,” as referenced above.

Use of GeoChat by Children

We encourage parents to take an active interest in their children's use of the Internet. We do not intend to collect information from children who are under 13 years of age. If you are under 13, you may not register for GeoChat, and you should not provide personal information on GeoChat. If you are the parent of a child under the age of 13 and believe we may have your child’s personal information, please contact us at the email address or postal mail address listed in InSTEDD’s privacy policy available at http://www.instedd.org/privacystatement to request the removal of your child’s information.

Changes to the Terms

InSTEDD may make changes to the Universal Terms or Additional Terms from time to time. When these changes are made, InSTEDD will make any new Universal Terms available at http://www.instedd.org/termsconditions and any new Additional Terms available at this page on our website.

You understand and agree that if you use GeoChat after the date on which the Universal Terms or Additional Terms have changed, InSTEDD will treat your use as acceptance of the updated Universal Terms or Additional Terms.