Terms of Service
Last Updated: March 10th, 2016
1. Use of the Site
You may use the Site and the Services only if you can form a binding contract with Parli, and only in compliance with these Terms and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations. Your access to and use of Slant may be interrupted from time to time as a result of equipment malfunction, updating, maintenance or repair of the Slant or any other reason within or outside the control of Parli. Parli reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the availability of Slant and/or any Services at any time at its sole discretion and without prior notice. Parli may also impose limits on certain features and the Services or restrict your access to parts of or all of Slant and the Services without notice or liability.
2. Description of the Site
Slant is an online community which enables users to ask questions and share opinions about products in the form of pros, cons, descriptions, comments, images, and photographs (“User Content”). User Content includes, but is not limited to text, user comments, messages, information, data, graphics, news articles, photographs, and images. You retain ownership of all User Content you submit, post, display, or otherwise make available on the Site.
3. User Accounts
You must provide us accurate and complete information, including your real e-mail address, when you create your account on Slant. Any use or access by anyone under the age of 13 is prohibited. If you open an account on behalf of a company, organization, or other entity, then (a) "you" includes you and that entity, and (b) you represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant all permissions and licenses provided in these Terms and bind the entity to these Terms, and that you agree to these Terms on the entity's behalf. You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password. Slant will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this instruction.
4. User Content License
By submitting, posting or displaying User Content on or through Slant, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such User Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). You agree that this license includes the right for other users of the Service to modify your User Content, and for Slant to make your User Content available to others for the publication, distribution, syndication, or broadcast of such User Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such User Content use. Such additional uses by Slant or others may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the User Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Service. We may modify or adapt your User Content in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make changes to your User Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that User Content to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services or media.
Additionally, by uploading content to the site, you warrant, represent and agree that you have the right to grant Slant the license described above. You also represent, warrant and agree that you have not and will not contribute any User Content that (a) infringes, violates or otherwise interferes with any copyright or trademark of another party, (b) reveals any trade secret, unless the trade secret belongs to you or you have the owner's permission to disclose it, (c) infringes any intellectual property right of another or the privacy or publicity rights of another, (d) is libelous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harassing, hateful, offensive or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party, (e) creates an impression that you know is incorrect, misleading, or deceptive, including by impersonating others or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity; (f) contains other people's private or personally identifiable information without their express authorization and permission, and/or (g) contains or links to a virus, trojan horse, worm, time bomb or other computer programming routine or engine that is intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information. Slant reserves the right in its discretion to remove any User Content from the Site, suspend or terminate your account at any time, or pursue any other remedy or relief available under equity or law.
All User Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such User Content. We may not monitor or control the User Content posted via the Service. Any use of or reliance on any User Content or materials posted via the Service or obtained by you through the Service is at your own risk. We do not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the completeness, truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any User Content or communications posted via the Service or endorse any opinions expressed via the Service. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to User Content that might be offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate. Under no circumstances will Slant be liable in any way for any User Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content made available via the Service or broadcast elsewhere.
You are responsible for your use of the Service, for any User Content you provide, and for any consequences thereof, including the use of your User Content by other users and third party partners. You understand that your User Content may be republished and if you do not have the right to submit User Content for such use, it may subject you to liability. Slant will not be responsible or liable for any use of your User Content by Slant in accordance with these Terms.
We reserve the right at all times (but will not have an obligation) to remove or refuse to distribute any User Content on the Service and to terminate users or reclaim usernames. We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce the Terms, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Slant, its users and the public.
5. User Responsibility
You must not do any of the following while accessing or using the Service: (i) use the Service for any unlawful purposes or for promotion of illegal activities; (ii) upload or post any User Content (as defined above) in violation of the provisions contained in the "User Content License" section of these terms; (iii) use the Service for the purpose of spamming anyone; (iv) access or tamper with non-public areas of the Service, Slant's computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Slant's providers; (v) probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network or breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures; (vi) access or search or attempt to access or search the Service by any means (automated or otherwise) other than through the currently available, published interfaces that are provided by Slant (and only pursuant to those terms and conditions); (vii) forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use the Service to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information; or (viii) interfere with or disrupt (or attempt to do so) the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Service, or by scripting the creation of User Content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on the Service.
6. Third-Party Links, Sites, and Services
The Site may contain links to third-party websites, advertisers, services, special offers, or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by Slant. We do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, products, or services. If you access any third party website, service, or content from the Site, you do so at your own risk and you agree that Slant will have no liability arising from your use of or access to any third-party website, service, or content.
This Agreement does not transfer from Slant to you any Slant or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Slant. Slant, www.slant.co, the www.slant.co logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with www.slant.co, or the Site are trademarks or registered trademarks of Slant or Slant’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 Site grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Slant or third-party trademarks.
8. Copyright Policy
Slant respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Slant may disable and/or terminate the accounts of users in accordance with this policy. If you believe that your work has been copied in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, you can request that we take down the infringing material by filing a DMCA Notice with Slant. If your material has been removed as a result of a DMCA Notice, you may file a Counter-Notice requesting that the material be restored. Please note that we do not make any legal decisions about the validity of your claims. Anyone making a false or fraudulent Notice or Counter-Notice may be liable for damages under the DMCA, including costs and attorney’s fees. If you are unsure of whether certain material infringes your copyright, contact an attorney.
a. Filing a DMCA Notice
To file a DMCA Notice with Slant, you must send us a written letter by fax, regular mail, or email. When we receive a clear and valid Notice pursuant to the guidelines set forth below, we will respond by either taking down the allegedly infringing material or blocking access to it. We may contact the Notice provider to request additional information. We reserve the right to ignore a Notice that is not in compliance with the DMCA.
Your Notice must include the following:
1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, in the case of multiple copyrighted works, a representative list of such works.
3. 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 Slant to locate the material.
4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit Slant to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted.
5. 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.
6. The following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
b. Filing a DMCA Counter-Notice
If your material has been removed or blocked by us as a result of a DMCA Notice, you may send us a Counter-Notice asking for the allegedly infringing material to be restored. When we receive the Counter-Notice, we will send a copy of the Counter-Notice to the party who originally requested the removal of the allegedly infringing material and we will reinstate the allegedly infringing material, unless that party obtains a court order supporting its removal. We reserve the right to ignore a Counter-Notice that is not in compliance with the DMCA. Your Counter-Notice must include the following:
1. A list and description of all material(s) that were removed by Slant and the location at which the material(s) appeared before it/they was/were removed.
2. Your name, address, telephone number and email address (if available).
3. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal District Court in San Francisco, California;
4. A statement that you will accept service of process from the person (or an agent of such person) who provided the DMCA Notice to us.
5. The following statement: “I swear under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.”
6. Your Signature.
DMCA Notices and Counter-Notices should be sent to Slant’s Agent for Notice of Claims of Copyright or Other Intellectual Property Infringement at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will indemnify and hold Slant, its directors, officers, employees, agents, consultants, contractors, partners, vendors and service providers (including, without limitation, hosting and telecommunications providers) harmless, including costs and attorneys' fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of your access to the Site, use of the Services, the violation of the Terms, or the infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. Slant specifically disclaims any and all warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement, and any warranties arising out of course of dealing or usage of trade.
10. Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SLANT AND ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS AND LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF PROFITS, DATA, USE, GOOD-WILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (i) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE; (ii) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES; (iii) ANY CONTENT OBTAINED FROM THE SERVICE; AND (iv) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT SLANT HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
11. General Terms
These Terms and any action related thereto will be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to or application of its conflict of law provisions or your state or country of residence. Unless submitted to arbitration as set forth in the following paragraph, all claims, legal proceedings or litigation arising in connection with the Service will be brought solely in San Francisco County, California, and you consent to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum.
For any dispute you have with Slant, you agree to first contact us and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally. If Slant has not been able to resolve the dispute with you informally, for any claim (excluding claims for injunctive or other equitable relief) under these Terms where the total amount of the award sought is less than $10,000, the party requesting relief may elect to resolve the dispute through binding non-appearance-based arbitration. The party electing such arbitration shall initiate the arbitration through an established alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") provider mutually agreed upon by the parties. The ADR provider and the parties must comply with the following rules: a) the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or be solely based on written submissions, as selected by the party initiating the arbitration; b) the arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties; and c) any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
We may revise these Terms from time to time. The most current version will always be on this page (or such other page as the Service may indicate). If the revision, in our sole discretion, is material we will notify you via posting to our website or e-mail to the email associated with your account. By continuing to access or use the Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms.