Terms of Use

Updated February 28, 2012

The gist:

We (the folks at Visual Potluck) run a web site called visualpotluck.com and would love for you to use it. Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what you post to the site as possible and encourage you to express yourself freely. However, be responsible in what you submit. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear on your site or get linked to from your site (things like spam, viruses, or hate content).

Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the visualpotluck.com website and all content, services and products available at or through the website. The Website is owned and operated by Visual Potluck (“Visual Potluck”). The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Visual Potluck’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by Visual Potluck (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Visual Potluck, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

  1. Your VisualPotluck.com Account and Site.

    If you create an account on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the Website. You must not describe or assign content to your account in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and Visual Potluck may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause Visual Potluck liability. You must immediately notify Visual Potluck of any unauthorized uses of your account or any other breaches of security. Visual Potluck will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
  2. Responsibility of Contributors.

    If you operate an account, comment on a post, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software.

    By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
    • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
    • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
    • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
    • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
    • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
    • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
    • your account is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
    • your account is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your account’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
    • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Visual Potluck or otherwise.
    By submitting Content or allowing the use of your content to Visual Potluck for inclusion on the Website, you grant Visual Potluck a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the Website. If you would like to delete Content, Visual Potluck will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

    Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Visual Potluck has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Visual Potluck's sole discretion (I) refuse or remove any content that, in Visual Potluck’s reasonable opinion, violates any Visual Potluck policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Visual Potluck’s sole discretion. Visual Potluck will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
  3. Responsibility of Website Visitors.

    Visual Potluck has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Visual Potluck does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Visual Potluck disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
  4. Content Posted on Other Websites.

    We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which visualpotluck.com links, and that link to visualpotluck.com. Visual Potluck does not have any control over those non-visualpotluck websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-visualpotluck website or webpage, Visual Potluck does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Visual Potluck disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-visualpotluck websites and webpages.
  5. Copyright Infringement.

    As Visual Potluck asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by visualpotluck.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Visual Potluck
  6. Intellectual Property.

    This Agreement does not transfer from Visual Potluck to you any Visual Potluck or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Visual Potluck. Visual Potluck, visualpotluck.com, the Visual Potluck and visualpotluck.com logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with visualpotluck.com, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Visual Potluck or Visual Potluck’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Visual Potluck or third-party trademarks.
  7. Advertisements.

    Visual Potluck reserves the right to display advertisements on your account and on the Website.
  8. Changes.

    Visual Potluck reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Visual Potluck may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
  9. Termination.

    Visual Potluck may 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 you wish to terminate this Agreement or your visualpotluck.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have a VIP Services account, such account can only be terminated by Visual Potluck if you materially breach this Agreement and fail to cure such breach within thirty (30) days from Visual Potluck’s notice to you thereof; provided that, Visual Potluck can terminate the Website immediately as part of a general shut down of our service. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
  10. Disclaimer of Warranties.

    The Website is provided “as is”. Visual Potluck and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Visual Potluck nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. If you’re actually reading this, here’s a treat. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.
  11. Limitation of Liability.

    In no event will Visual Potluck, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Visual Potluck under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Visual Potluck shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
  12. General Representation and Warranty.

    You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Visual Potluck Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  13. Indemnification.

    You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Visual Potluck, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
  14. Miscellaneous.

    This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Visual Potluck and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Visual Potluck, or by the posting by Visual Potluck of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of California, U.S.A.
  15. This Privacy Policy was crafted from WordPress.com(s) version, which is available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license.