Terms of Service
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 Natural Atlas, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.
You understand that by using Natural Atlas, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. You agree that you are responsible for your own conduct and Content while using Natural Atlas and for any consequences thereof. You agree to use Natural Atlas only for purposes that are legal, proper and in accordance with these Terms of Service and any applicable policies or guidelines. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using Natural Atlas, you will not:
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others
- Impersonate another person or entity, or falsify or delete any author attributions
- Interfere with or disrupt Natural Atlas services or servers
- Create user accounts by automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses
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. You must immediately notify Natural Atlas of any unauthorized uses of your account or any other breaches of security. Natural Atlas 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.
- All text from Natural Atlas contributors is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. The proper attribution for such content is "Copyright © Natural Atlas Contributors".
- All images uploaded by Natural Atlas contributors have their own license that it set by the contributor at the time of upload.
- Geographic location data (latitude, logitude coordinates) from Natural Atlas cannot be used commercially without explicit written concent from an employee of Natural Atlas. If you're interested in this data, please email email@example.com.
Responsibility of Contributors.
If you post material and/or links to 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, maps, graphics, data, 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, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
By submitting Content to Natural Atlas, you grant Natural Atlas a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license (with the right to sublicense) to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content. This license allows Natural Atlas to make publicly-posted content available to third parties selected by Natural Atlas so that these third parties can analyze and distribute your content through their services.
If you delete Content, Natural Atlas 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, Natural Atlas has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Natural Atlas’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Natural Atlas’s reasonable opinion, violates any Natural Atlas 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 Natural Atlas’s sole discretion. Natural Atlas will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
Responsibility of Website Visitors.
Natural Atlas has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Natural Atlas 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. 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. Natural Atlas 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.
Natural Atlas does its best to validate and correct map inaccuracies, but has not, and cannot, review the map in its entirety and therefore cannot be responsible for map use or effects. You understand that the map is provided for planning purposes only. You should exercise judgement in your use of all content made available through the site.
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 NaturalAtlas.com links, and that link to NaturalAtlas.com. Natural Atlas does not have any control over those websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Natural Atlas website or webpage, Natural Atlas 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. Natural Atlas disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Natural Atlas websites and webpages.
Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.
As Natural Atlas 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 NaturalAtlas.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Natural Atlas. Natural Atlas will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Natural Atlas will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Natural Atlas or others. In the case of such termination, Natural Atlas will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Natural Atlas.
This Agreement does not transfer from Natural Atlas to you any Natural Atlas or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Natural Atlas. Natural Atlas, NaturalAtlas.com, the NaturalAtlas.com logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with NaturalAtlas.com, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Natural Atlas or Natural Atlas’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 Natural Atlas or third-party trademarks.
We are constantly updating our services, and that means sometimes we have to change the legal terms under which our services are offered. If we make changes that are material, we will let you know by posting on our blog, or by sending you an email or other communication before the changes take effect. The notice will designate a reasonable period of time after which the new Terms will take effect. If you disagree with our changes, then you should stop using NaturalAtlas.com within the designated notice period. Your continued use of NaturalAtlas.com will be subject to the new Terms. However, any dispute that arose before the changes shall be governed by the Terms (including the binding individual arbitration clause) that were in place when the dispute arose.
Natural Atlas 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 NaturalAtlas.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. 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.
Disclaimer of Warranties.
The Website is provided “as is”. Natural Atlas 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 Natural Atlas nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.
Limitation of Liability.
In no event will Natural Atlas, 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 Natural Atlas under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Natural Atlas 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.
General Representation and Warranty.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Natural Atlas, 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.
These Terms of Service were originally written in English (US). We may translate these Terms into other languages. In the event of a conflict between a translated version of these Terms of Service and the English version, the English version will control.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Natural Atlas and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Natural Atlas, or by the posting by Natural Atlas 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., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County, California. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in San Francisco, California, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Natural Atlas may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.
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