Last Updated: December 13 2017
Welcome to the Kinecosystem.org (the “Foundation”, “we”, “us” or “our”) website (“Site”). The Kin Ecosystem Foundation acts as the governance body for the Kin Ecosystem.
The Site is not intended for use by anyone under the age of 13. If you are not yet legally considered an adult where you live (known as the age of majority), you may only use the Services if your parent or guardian agrees to these Terms on your behalf. By using the Site, you represent and warrant that you (a) are 13 years of age or older, (b) have not been previously suspended or removed from the Site, or engaged in any activity that could result in suspension or removal from the Site, and (c) have full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and in so doing will not violate any other agreement to which you are a party.
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Unless otherwise indicated in writing by us, the Site and all content and other materials contained therein, including, without limitation, the Kin logo and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, sound files, other files and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, “Content”) are the proprietary property of the Foundation or our affiliates, licensors or users, as applicable, and are protected by Canadian, U.S., and international copyright laws.
You are hereby granted a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, nonsublicensable license to access and use the Site and Content. However, such license is subject to this Agreement and does not include any right to (a) sell, resell or use commercially the Site or Content, (b) distribute, publicly perform or publicly display any Content, (c) modify or otherwise make any derivative uses of the Site or Content, or any portion thereof, (d) use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods, (e) download (other than page caching) any portion of the Site or Content, except as expressly permitted by us, and (f) use the Site or Content other than for their intended purposes. Any use of the Site or Content other than as specifically authorized herein, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws, including, without limitation, copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes. Unless explicitly stated by us, nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as conferring any right or license to any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights of the Foundation or any third party, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Site and Content may include software components provided by the Foundation or its affiliates or a third party that are subject to separate license terms, in which case those license terms will govern such software components.
The Kin logo and any product or service names, logos or slogans that may appear on the Site are trademarks of the Foundation or our affiliates and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. You may not use any metatags or other “hidden text” utilizing “Kin” or any other name, trademark or product or service name of the Foundation or our affiliates without our prior written permission. In addition, the look and feel of the Site, including, without limitation, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, constitute the service mark, trademark, or trade dress of the Foundation and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned on the Site are the property of their respective owners and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the permission of the applicable trademark holder. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information by name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by the Foundation.
You are granted a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable right to create a text hyperlink to the Site for noncommercial purposes, provided that such link does not portray the Foundation or our affiliates or any of our products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner, and provided further that the linking site does not contain any adult or illegal material or any material that is offensive, harassing, or otherwise objectionable. This limited right may be revoked at any time. You may not use a Kin logo or other proprietary graphic of the Foundation to link to the Site or Content without our express written permission. Further, you may not use, frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any Foundation trademark, logo or other proprietary information, including the images found on the Site, the content of any text or the layout or design of any page, or form contained on a page, on the Site without our express written consent.
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The Foundation makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites accessible by hyperlink from the Site or of websites linking to the Site (“Third-Party Sites and/or Services”). Such Third-Party Sites and/or Services are not under our control, and we are not responsible for the contents of any Third-Party Sites and/or Services, any link contained in Third Party Sites and/or Services, or any review, changes or updates to such Third Party Sites and/or Services. We provide these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply our affiliation, endorsement or adoption of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave our Site, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any Third-Party Sites and/or Services to which you navigate from our Site.
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The Foundation is not responsible for sustained casualties due to vulnerability or any kind of failure, abnormal behavior of software (contract). The Foundation is not responsible for casualties due to late report by developers or representatives (or no report at all) of any issues.
Nothing in this Agreement shall exclude or limit liability of either party for fraud, death or bodily injury caused by negligence, violation of laws, or any other activity that cannot be limited or excluded by legitimate means.
SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED TERMS IN CONTRACTS WITH CONSUMERS, SO SOME OR ALL OF THE DISCLAIMERS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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We reserve the right to change any and all Content and to modify, suspend or stop providing access to the Site or Content (or any features or functionality of the Site) at any time without notice and without obligation or liability to you.
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TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE KIN ECOSYSTEM FOUNDATION OR ANY OF THE OTHER KIN PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR FOR LOSS OF REVENUE, INCOME OR PROFITS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, LOSS OR DIMINUTION IN VALUE OF ASSETS OR SECURITIES, OR DAMAGES FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE ACCESS OR USE OF THE SITES, CONTENT OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY ANY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE FOUNDATION, OR FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES OR EMAILS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THE FOUNDATION’S RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SYSTEMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SIMPLE NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY (EVEN IF THE PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES WERE FORESEEABLE).
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF US ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE CONTENT OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PURCHASED FROM US EXCEED THE GREATER OF $100 AND THE AMOUNT RECEIVED BY US THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE CLAIM.
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We reserve the right in our sole discretion to modify, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site (or any features or parts thereof) at any time and without liability therefor.
These Terms are governed by the laws of Ontario, Canada aside from its conflict of laws principles. Where the Terms allow claims to be resolved in Court, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Ontario, Canada for the purpose of litigating all claims or disputes related to injunctions sought by us or other equitable relief to protect our intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this Agreement.
Mandatory Arbitration. Any dispute or claim between you and us relating to or arising out of the Services or the Terms (except for small claims court matters or the injunctive or other equitable relief mentioned in Section 15 above), will be referred to and determined exclusively through binding confidential arbitration conducted in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, unless you are a resident of the United States, in which case the arbitration will be held in a location within 100 miles of your residence, unless the parties agree otherwise.
The arbitration will be held on an individual basis, before a single arbitrator and in accordance with the applicable Ontario arbitration statute (the Arbitration Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c.17, as amended, or the International Commercial Arbitration Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.9, as amended, or such other statute that may be enacted). The arbitration will not be open to the public or media and all evidence discovered or submitted is confidential and may not be publicly disclosed, except as needed to enforce an arbitral award.
Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the arbitration rules. You and the Foundation may also take claims to small claims court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada if the dispute qualifies for hearing by that court. BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, YOU ARE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT TO ASSERT ANY CLAIMS, EXCEPT FOR MATTERS THAT MAY BE TAKEN TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
You and the Foundation also agree that: (i) you and the Foundation will each pay such portion of the costs of the arbitration (which consists of each party’s legal expenses, the fees and expenses of the arbitrator, and any other expenses related to the arbitration) as determined by the arbitrator; (ii) the arbitrator may, in making an award of costs, consider whether costs are prohibitive compared to litigating in a court, and may require the Foundation to pay a greater portion of the fees and expenses of the arbitrator, or the travel expenses of you or any witness, in which case the Foundation will pay as much of your arbitration costs as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent such cost-prohibitiveness; (iii) the arbitrator will honor claims of privilege and privacy recognized at law; (iv) the arbitrator may award any individual relief or individual remedies that are permitted by applicable law; and (v) the arbitrator’s award will be final and non-appealable, but may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Jury Trial Waiver. THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and the Foundation in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND THE FOUNDATION WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.
Class Action Waiver. THE ARBITRATION WILL BE CONDUCTED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS, MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A REPRESENTATIVE OR CLASS PROCEEDING, AND MAY NOT AWARD CLASS-WIDE RELIEF.
Right to Opt Out. You have the right to opt out of this agreement to arbitrate by sending written notice of your decision to opt out, postmarked within 30 days of the date this Agreement, to c/o 450 Weber Street North, Suite I, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 4E7. Your written notice must include your name, address and email address. If you send written notice, then the mandatory arbitration provisions in this Agreement will not apply to you or the Foundation. IF YOU DO NOT SEND THIS WRITTEN NOTICE, THEN YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE MANDATORY ARBITRATION PROVISIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement, we reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your right to access or use the Site and Content, at any time and for any or no reason, and you acknowledge and agree that the Foundation shall have no liability or obligation to you in such event and that you will not be entitled to a refund of any amounts that you have already paid to us, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
If any term, clause or provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, then that term, clause or provision will be severable from this Agreement and will not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining part of that term, clause or provision, or any other term, clause or provision of this Agreement.
The following sections will survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement: all defined terms and Sections 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and the Kin Ecosystem Foundation relating to your access to and use of the Site, and Content. This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you without the prior written consent of the Foundation, and the Foundation’s failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement is intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity.