Terms & conditions
A. Account terms
You must be a human. Accounts registered by “bots” or other automated methods are not permitted.
You are responsible for all content posted or otherwise made available by you in connection with the service (“content”).
Users have a non-transferable, non-exclusive license to access this site, to view information contained at this site, and to use the service. You agree not to use the site for any unlawful purpose. Additionally, you will not in any way access, use, or copy any portion of the site, the service or its features to directly or indirectly develop, promote, distribute, sell or support any product or service that is competitive with our products and services or to disparage us or our products or services.
You agree not to rent, retransmit, disclose, publish, sell, assign, lease, sub license, market, or transfer the site or any portion thereof or use it in any manner not expressly authorized by the terms. You agree not to copy, reverse engineer, translate, port, modify or make derivative works of any portion of the site. Tampering with the site or the service, misrepresenting the identity or age of a user, using buying agents or conducting fraudulent activities on the site or through the service are prohibited.
B. Ownership and intellectual property
We own the site, the service and all components of those items and all intellectual property rights associated with them. Users have a non-transferable, non-exclusive license to access this site, to view information contained at this site, and to interact with the site. You retain rights to your content and your submission. By submitting any material including content to any public area of the site (including, but not limited to, blog, user commenting, social media), you automatically grant Our World In Focus a limited use license:
Copyright & Usage:
You retain all copyright rights to your submitted images.
Our World In Focus does not claim any copyright rights related to submitted images.
By submitting images to any Our World In Focus contest, you grant Our World In Focus permission to use your image for:
Display on our website, newsletter and social media feeds. (full credit given).
All logos and trademarks appearing on the site are the property of their respective owners.
During the term of this agreement, you hereby agree that we shall have the right, but not the obligation, to include your organization name and logo as a customer who uses the service on the site and in other materials promoting the service. We will remove your name and logo if requested.
We respect the intellectual property of others, and require that our users do the same. If you believe that your intellectual property has been copied and/or provided to us in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our designated agent with the information specified below, in writing. Please do not use this procedure for any other purpose. Please include the following information:
An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed and a description of where such work is located on the site;
Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Our designated agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached by writing or email us at the address below.
C. Data & Use Personal Information
We strive to maintain accurate and current data, but because of the methods in which data is received and derived, we cannot guarantee accuracy and completeness of the content.
Our data is supplied through recorded media and through the internet. In cases where data is received through the internet, we cannot guarantee that the source servers or our servers will be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to supply current data. Therefore, the data is provided as reference only and the service must not employed in operational use. Caution and discretion is advised.
Our servers may experience planned or unplanned down time and may not be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
D. Use of the service and site
The services may only be used for lawful purposes. The transmission, distribution, retrieval or storage of any data or other material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, data or other material which:
Infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property right.
Constitutes an illegal threat made against any person or organization.
Violates export control laws or regulations.
Is obscene, pornographic, indecent, or defamatory.
Constitutes an attempt to defraud others.
Neither the site nor the service may be used in a manner which purposely alters or forges any user’s identity. Users may not engage, without limitation, in the following activities:
Sending any message or transmitting any electronic communication using a name or address other than user’s own for purposes of deception.
Impersonating someone else by altering user’s source ip address or by using forged headers or other identity information.
Fraudulently concealing, forging or otherwise falsifying user’s identity in connection with any use of the web site(s) or services.
Neither the site nor the services may be used to violate system or network security; such behavior may result in criminal or civil liability. No user may engage, without limitation, in the following activities:
Gaining unauthorized access to, or attempting to compromise the normal functioning, operation or security of any network, system, computing facility, equipment, data or information.
Engaging in any activities that may interfere with the ability of others to access or use the site, the services or the internet (i.e., denial of service attacks).
Monitoring any data, information or communications on any network or system not owned by user without authorization.
Gaining unauthorized access to the user accounts or passwords of other users of any system.
Attempting to intercept, redirect or otherwise interfere with communications intended for others.
Intentionally transmitting files or messages containing computer viruses or propagating worms, trojan horses, or “spyware” programs.
Neither the site nor the services may be used to distribute electronic mail in an improper or illegal manner. Users may not engage, without limitation, in the following activities:
Transmitting unsolicited mass or commercial e-mail (i.e., spamming) for any purpose.
Enlisting a third party to transmit unsolicited mass or commercial e-mail on the user’s behalf.
Collecting responses from unsolicited mass or commercial e-mail, or advertising any website or the user’s identity in such e-mail.
Transmitting a large amount of e-mail to a recipient with the intent to disable their system (i.e., mailbombing).
Using another party’s electronic mail server to relay e-mail without express permission.
Any e-mail message containing informational or commercial content is considered unsolicited unless it is sent to a recipient who expressly requested receipt of such e-mail via an “opt-in” process. It is each user’s responsibility to prove that the recipient explicitly requested inclusion on an e-mail list by direct action, preferably with evidence of confirmation by the recipient (i.e. “double opt-in”). In the absence of positive, verifiable proof to the contrary, we will consider a complaint by an e-mail recipient to be de-facto proof that the recipient did not request the e-mail about which a complaint was generated.
We utilize a third party to provide hosting for the service. All access to the services will be subject to the terms and conditions required by the hosting provider (“hosting provider terms”).
We utilize a third party to provide image storage software for the service. All access to this service will be subject to the terms and conditions required by the platform provider found at www.google.com
You agree to indemnify and hold us, our subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, cost, expense, claim, or demand, including without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, due or relating to or arising out of your use of the site or services and/or arising from a breach of the terms and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in the terms and/or arising out of or relating to any content that you post.
G. Disclaimer of warranty; limitation of liability
You expressly agree that use of the site and the service is at your sole risk. Neither we, our affiliates nor any of our respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors warrant that the site or the service will be uninterrupted or error free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of the site or the service, or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information, service or merchandise provided through the site or the service. The site and the service is provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, other than those warranties which are implied by and incapable of exclusion, restriction or modification under applicable law. Additionally, there are no warranties as to the results obtained from the use of the site or the service. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, inaccuracy, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of this site, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior (including strict liability), negligence, or under any other cause of action. You specifically acknowledge that neither we nor our suppliers are not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other users or third-parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with you. In no event will we, our suppliers or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing the site or the content included therein, be liable in contract, in tort (including for its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential or similar damages, including, without limitation, lost profits or revenues, loss of use or similar economic loss, arising out of the use of or inability to use the site. You hereby acknowledge that the provisions of this section shall apply to all use of and content on the site. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses and causes of action whether in contract, tort (including its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) exceed the greater of (a) the amount paid by you for accessing this site and the service and (b) $500.
H. Third party links
The content on the site does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of our company or its officers. Profiles and third party applications created and posted by users on the site may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or opinions expressed on such websites, and such websites are not necessarily investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by us. Inclusion of any linked website on the site does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked website by us. When you access these third party sites, you do so at your own risk. We take no responsibility for third party advertisements or third party applications that are posted on or through the site, nor do we take any responsibility for the goods or services provided by its advertisers. We are not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the site including, without limitation, any content posted by any user.
We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content and usage of the site (including discussion spaces, chat rooms and forums), to, among other things, determine compliance with these conditions of use and any operating rules established by us and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. We also have the right and sole discretion to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the site. Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to remove any material that we in our sole discretion, finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable.
J. Spyware and viruses
We assume no responsibility, and will not be liable for any damages to, or for any spyware or viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the site.
We retain the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to use of the site, the services or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, without limitation, adding fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by any means including, without limitation, posting on the site, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means. Any use of the site or the service by you after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance of such changes, modifications, additions or deletions. Each time you use the site you should visit and review the then current terms that apply to your transactions and use of this site.
L. Applicable law
Those who access or use the service from all jurisdictions, domestic and foreign, do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of that jurisdiction, including, but not limited to those related to creating and participating in contests, drawings, and sweepstakes.
In connection with user submissions, you agree that you will not: (a) submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant us all of the license rights granted herein; (b) publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage us or any third-party; (c) submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, harmful to children, in violation of any third party’s rights or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate; (d) post advertisements or solicitations of business; (e) submit or transmit any viruses, worms, time bombs, trojan horses and other harmful or malicious code, files, scripts, agents or programs; (f) violates our acceptable use policy; (g) or impersonate another person. We do not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the website or the services, and we will remove all content and user submissions if properly notified that such content or user submission infringes another’s intellectual property rights. You acknowledge that we and our designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse or remove content and user submissions without prior notice. We also reserve the right to terminate a user’s access to the website and services, if they are determined to be a repeat infringer. A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice and/or has had a user submission removed from the website and/or the services more than twice. We also reserve the right to decide whether content or a user submission is appropriate and complies with these terms of service for violations other than copyright infringement and violations of intellectual property law, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscene or defamatory material, or excessive length. We may remove such user submissions and/or terminate a user’s access for uploading such material in violation of these terms of service at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.
The terms will be construed, and their performance enforced, under the laws of Minnesota without reference to choice of law principles. Any dispute relating to the terms or the site may be litigated only in a court having jurisdiction and venue in Hennepin county, Minnesota for state court causes of action and in the district of Minnesota for federal court causes of action. The united nations convention on contracts for the international sale of goods does not apply to the terms. Each party waives any objection (on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction, forum non conveniens or otherwise) to the exercise of such jurisdiction over it by any such courts. We may assign the terms, in whole or in part, to a related entity or to a third party.
Each of the parties hereby knowingly, voluntarily and intentionally waives any right it may have to a trial by jury in respect of any litigation (including but not limited to any claims, counterclaims, cross-claims, or third party claims) arising out of, under or in connection with this agreement. Further, each party hereto certifies that no representative or agent of either party has represented, expressly or otherwise, that such party would not in the event of such litigation, seek to enforce this waiver of right to jury trial provision. Each of the parties acknowledges that this section is a material inducement for the other party entering into the terms.
Software and other materials from this site and the service may also be subject to united states export control laws which prohibit the export of certain technical data and software to certain countries. You agree to comply with all applicable export laws.
Any business associates identified on this site are independent of us. The business associates are not our joint venturers or partners.
All federal, state, and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prize packages are the sole responsibility of the winners. U.S. winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the cash amount or approximate retail value (ARV) of a prize, if applicable. Winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form and IRS Form W9. Return of any prize and/or prize notification as undeliverable or failure of any Entrant to comply with any Official Rules may result in disqualification.
Prizes shall be awarded (mailed or electronically sent) to contest winners within 60 days after applicable contest closure. Prizes will be sent electronically and/or via postal service to countries that allow shipments and cash transactions originating from the United States. Contest organizers are not liable for prize awards held in customs, lost in transit, or refused by country/state/city/local authorities.
Image entries that have won a contest on Our World In Focus in the past are not eligible to be winners for subsequent future contests.