WebComics Terms of Service

WebComics Services ("WebComics","Services") are provided by Sidewalk Group. ("We" ,"Our", "WebComics") to you ("User" or "Users").


Your Acceptance

1.By using the WebComics mobile app, website, or any other WebComics Media product or service provided to you by WebComics Media (collectively the "Services"), you signify your agreement to (1) these terms and conditions (the "Terms of Service") and (2) our Privacy Policy.

2.Although we will attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Terms of Service, you should periodically review the most up to date version (found at http://api.webcomicsapp.com/api/disclaimer/index). WebComics Media may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms of Service at any time. Modifications and revisions will take effect 7 days after they have been posted. Nothing in these Terms of Service shall be deemed to confer any third party rights.

3.If you are using our Services on behalf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify WebComics Media and its officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees.


Service

1.These Terms of Service apply to all users of WebComics Media's Services, including users who are also contributors of Content to the Service. "Content" includes the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, audiovisual combinations, interactive features and other Content you may view on, access through, or contribute to the Service. The Service includes all aspects of any WebComics Media product, including but not limited to software and services offered via the WebComics app, WebComics website (such as the WebComics Forum), Share, Subscribe, RSS and Embed features, Dashboard and other applications.

2.The Service may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by WebComics Media. WebComics Media has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. In addition, WebComics Media will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By using the Service, you expressly relieve WebComics Media from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.

3.Accordingly, we encourage you to be aware when you leave a WebComics Media Service and to read the terms and conditions and other policies of each other website that you visit.


WebComics Media User Accounts

1.In order to access some features of WebComics Media Services, (for example: Uploading content and using the "Creator Dashboard") you will have to create a WebComics Media user account. You may never use another's user account without permission. When creating your user account, you must provide accurate and complete information. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify WebComics Media immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

2.Although WebComics Media will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of WebComics Media or others due to such unauthorized use.


Ability to Accept Terms of Service

1.You affirm that you are 13 years of age or older, and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service.

2.In any case, you affirm that you are 13 or older, as the Service is not intended for people under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service. There are tons of other fantastic websites for you.


General Use of the Service

WebComics Media hereby grants you permission to access and use their Services as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:

1.You do not alter or modify any part of the Service.

2.If you use the Embed feature on your website, you may not modify, build upon, or block any portion or functionality of the Embed feature, including but not limited to links back to the WebComics website.

3.If you use the WebComics Media Uploader, you agree that it may automatically download and install updates from time to time from WebComics Media. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Uploader and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit WebComics Media to deliver these to you) immediately as part of your use of the Uploader.

4.You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, "robots," "spiders," or "offline readers," that accesses the Service in a manner that attempts to forge the presence of a user accessing the site for the purpose of artificially increasing "pageviews," "subscribers," or "likes" or other elements that contribute to a series popularity or advancement within any programs that WebComics Media offers to users.

5.Notwithstanding the foregoing, WebComics Media grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy Content from the site for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the Content, but not caches or archives of such Content. WebComics Media reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases.

6.You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including user account names, from the Service, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Service (e.g., comments, posting) for any commercial solicitation purposes.

7.In your use of the Service, you will comply with all applicable laws.

8.WebComics Media reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time.


Your Content and Conduct

1.As a WebComics Media product account holder you may submit Content to certain WebComics Media Services, including comics, images, animated gifs, links and user comments. You understand that WebComics Media does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Content you submit.

2.You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on a WebComics Media Service.

3.You hereby affirm, represent, and warrant that you (1) own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish Content you submit and publish through the Service; and (2) all such Content are original works of authorship on your part and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity.

4.You further agree that Content you submit to a WebComics Media Service will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the Content or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the Content and to grant WebComics Media all of the license rights granted herein.

5.You further agree that you will not submit to the Service any Content or other material that is contrary to the WebComics Media Content and Community Guidelines, currently found at http://api.webcomicsapp.com/api/disclaimer/serverIndex, which may be updated from time to time, or contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.

6.WebComics Media does not endorse any Content submitted to the Service by any user or other licensor, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and WebComics Media expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content. WebComics Media does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the Service, and WebComics Media will remove all Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. WebComics Media reserves the right to remove Content without prior notice.


Content and Community Guidelines

1. Here are a few common-sense rules:

a.Respect copyright: Only upload things that you made or have permission to use. You are responsible for all activity associated with your account, including any content you post.

b.Give constructive criticism: Feedback can be a valuable tool, and when done with respect can be a great way to make friends and help others improve. Share your opinion in a constructive (rather than destructive) way, and remember to focus on the content rather than the person who created it.

c.Don’t be a bully: Be a buddy. We will not tolerate participating in or encouraging abusive, demeaning, or threatening behavior within the community. Don't ask your friends or subscribers to pile on, and don't mobilize your social media followers to harass or stalk someone on Tapas or elsewhere.

d.Protect privacy: Don’t share someone's personal details without permission. This includes real names, private conversations, photos, phone numbers, home or email addresses, or other sensitive information that may compromise their safety.

2.Some examples of strictly prohibited content include:

a.Dangerous content that we consider to encourage injurious or illegal activities, or which incite others to commit acts of violence, destruction, or self-harm.

b.Hateful content that promotes or encourages hate, violence, or discrimination against a person or group based on things like race, creed, cultural or ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

c.Malicious content which exposes users to harmful software or websites. You are responsible for the safety and validity of outgoing links you post.


Licensing

WebComics Media does not claim ownership rights of your Content. Your Content belongs to you and WebComics Media does not restrict you from using your Content for any purpose unless stated in additional terms for other programs or offerings WebComics Media may provide.

1.For the purpose of enabling WebComics Media to make your Content available on our platforms, you hereby grant WebComics Media an ongoing, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license and right to utilize Content that you publish through our platforms for the commercial purpose of digital publication on our website, through mobile devices, through digital sharing methods and through other digital means currently existing or not yet invented.

2.If you agreed to participate in one or more of WebComics Media's Programs defined herein the document, you may be compensated for Content published using one or more of our platforms. WebComics Media does not claim ownership right in your Content when you participate in our WebComics Media Programs.

3.WebComics Media will not sell or redistribute your Content to third party licensees unless you give us permission to do so. Advertisements on WebComics Media platforms from direct advertisers or third parties may be served with Content. In a case where WebComics Media offers an opportunity for Content owners to potentially benefit from compensation outside of WebComics Media platforms, such as licensing for merchandising, publication through non-WebComics Media channels, making a movie or other licensing opportunities, a separate agreement with the third party and your full consent would be required.

4.In order to promote, publicize, market and further the success of your Content and WebComics Media as a whole, you hereby grant WebComics Media an ongoing, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license and right, but not obligation, to utilize Content that you publish on a WebComics Media platform, or give to WebComics Media, and your user persona including, but not limited to, your name, likeness, and biographical information for promotional purposes. Examples include, but are not limited to, sending samples of Content for use by the press, posting Content to social channels, or printing samples of Content for distribution at conventions.


WebComics Media Programs

1.Ad Revenue Program

a. We use direct advertisers or third-party advertising companies to serve ads when users visit our website. These companies may use information (except for your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

2.Virtual Currency and Purchases

a.While viewing content on one or more of WebComics Media's platforms, you may have the opportunity to visit an in-app or online store. From there you may have the opportunity to use an online "currency" to license a variety of virtual goods such as episodes of a story. You may also be awarded virtual Coins or other currency to use for virtual "shopping." These currencies have no "real world" value, but may be exchanged by you for designated items. Certain items have an expiration date, while others have no expiration date. Each item that you obtain using virtual currency will be included in your account until the earlier of that item's expiration date, your account's expiration or termination date, or such date when the platform is discontinued. REGARDLESS OF THE CONSIDERATION OFFERED OR PAID IN EXCHANGE FOR VIRTUAL CURRENCY, YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY OWNERSHIP RIGHTS IN THE ITEMS OBTAINED WITH VIRTUAL CURRENCY. WebComics Media no liability for loss of your items from your account, provided we will use reasonable efforts to replace such items under certain circumstances in our reasonable discretion. We have no obligation or responsibility to and will not reimburse you for any item or any experience lost due to your violations of this and any other rules, policies, notices and/or agreements. Price and availability of the items are subject to change without notice. You agree that you cannot and have no right to sell or otherwise transfer any of the items, virtual currency or any other content or information included in any WebComics Media platform, in whole or in part, to any third person or entity whatsoever in return for anything of value (including "real" money) or otherwise. You acknowledge that any virtual currency you receive on any of WebComics Media's platforms is not "real" currency or any type of real world financial instrument. Furthermore it is not redeemable for any sum of money from WebComics Media at any time.

b.WebComics Media thanks you for supporting our services. Without your purchases and participation WebComics Media would not be able to provide you the services we have build and improved upon since 2012. That said, your purchases and trust are very important to us and we want your experience to be the best it can be.

c. In most instances WebComics Media does not own the content we license to our readers. That being the case there may be times when content you have paid to be able to view is removed from our platform by the content owners before you have had a chance to view it. If this happens, and if you have made a purchase to view content that is removed within 7 days of your purchase, please contact [email protected] with the subject CONTENT REMOVED BEFORE VIEWED and we will work with you to exchange your unlocked, unread episodes for WebComics Coins.


Termination

1.You have the right to opt out of the Services at anytime by removing your Content or by sending a written notification with the subject line "Opt Out Notice" to WebComics Media via email at [email protected]

2.Users, who violate these Terms of Service, tamper with the operation of any program, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to WebComics Media, the program or any other users (in each case as determined by WebComics Media's sole discretion) are subject to suspension or cancellation of their user account(s) along with their ability to submit requests for payment.

3.WebComics Media will terminate a user's access to the Service if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be a repeat infringer.

4.WebComics Media reserves the right to decide whether Content violates these Terms of Service for reasons other than copyright infringement, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, or excessive length. WebComics Media may at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, remove such Content and/or terminate a user's account for submitting such material in violation of these Terms of Service.


Copyright Violations

1. If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing the following information by mail to 1603 Wanghai Road,Plan Ⅱ of Sofeware Park,Siming District,Xiamen City,Fujian Province,China or by email with the subject line "Copyright" to [email protected] in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):

a.A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

b.Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

c.Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;

d.Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;

e.A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

f.A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section your DMCA notice may not be valid.


Warranties and Disclaimers

1.Other than as expressly set out in these terms or in additional terms, WebComics Media will not make any specific promises about the Service. For example, WebComics Media will not make any commitments about the content within the service, the specific function of the Service or their reliability, availability, or ability to meet your needs. WebComics Media provides the Service AS IS.

2. Some jurisdictions provide for certain warranties, like the implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all warranties.


Indemnification

You release WebComics Media and any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with any WebComics Media Service (including, without limitation, participation in the membership) or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any benefits (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. Some jurisdictions do not allow (i) the exclusion of implied warranties on applicable statutory rights; and in the case of the countries of the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain, (ii) limitations on a contracting party's liability with regards to damages or death caused due to its negligence or intentional misconduct, so the above exclusions and limitations may not apply in some cases.


Limitation of Liability

1.The Service will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States. Members agree to be bound by these Terms of Service and by the decisions of WebComics Media, which are final. WebComics Media reserves the right to suspend or cancel user accounts and any benefits should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond our control affect the administration, security or proper handling of the benefits or WebComics Media otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the program as planned. In case of bankruptcy, WebComics Media reserves the right to deny all benefits and obligations that it may have.

2.When permitted by law, WebComics Media will not be responsible for lost profits, revenues, or data, financial losses or indirect, special, consequential, exemplary, or punitive damages.

3.To the extent permitted by law, the total liability of WebComics Media, for any claim under these terms, including any implied warranties, is limited to the amount you paid us to use the Service (or, if we choose, to supply you the Service again).

4.In all cases, WebComics Media will not be liable for any loss or damage that is not reasonably foreseeable.

5.In case of any conflict or inconsistency, further agreements between you and WebComics Media supersede these Terms of Service.

For questions about these Terms of Service, send an e-mail to [email protected]