Terms of Service

Terms of Service

WELCOME TO THE SQUIDLOG NETWORK!

What is SquidLog? The SquidLog started out as an online magazine (SQUIDOOzine) primarily for SQUIDOO Lensmasters, featuring news, stories, helpful resources for building and improving SQUIDOO Lenses, blog reviews and more. While hugely successful, the possibilities for Lensmasters to actively participate were limited to the typical blog features like commenting and guest posting. To facilitate true interaction for all SquidLog Members who are actively participating in the SQUIDOO community, the SquidLog Network was created.

SquidLog.net is powered by WordPress MU (Multi User) and BuddyPress. This effectively turns the multi-user blog platform into a social network, similar to popular networking sites such as facebook. Any SQUIDOO-TOS abiding Lensmaster is the welcome to create groups and up to 5 blogs (group blogs or personal blogs) for free. All you need to do is agree to the below Terms of Service, which, as you’ll see, generally cover:

  1. Our Zero Tolerance policy about Spamming and
  2. An easy list of Do’s and Don’ts and
  3. Your usual legalese jibberjabber.

So, congratulations! You’re participating in one of the coolest, most supportive communities for Lensmasters. We’re thrilled to have you aboard. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Terms of Service.

1. YES, I AGREE!

By using SquidLog.net’s blog publishing platform and community features & forums, you are agreeing to follow and abide by the terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”, “TOS”) not only of the SquidLog, but also to the TOS of SQUIDOO LLC, including the policies outlined in SQUIDOO’s SquidDon’t and Squidspam pages that supplement their TOS.

These Terms apply to anyone who uses SquidLog (the Service), from our Members and Blogmasters, to people stopping by and using the social tools featured on SquidLog Blogs (ie, the free blogs set up by our Members).

Like in any social community, the more you participate, the more you get in return. To protect our Members and the web at large against spammers or other abuse, we’ve laid out clear guidelines. Our goal is to treat every Member fairly and with respect, and to make sure this community is a fun, engaging, diverse, positive place. Please let us know how we can do better, drop us a note with your suggestions here.

These Terms may change from time to time; you can always check in on the most current version at http://www.SquidLog.net/tos. By your continuing use of the service, you’re agreeing to these terms.

2. Description of Service

SquidLog makes available a collection of resources to registered (free) account holders (Members), including hosting services (the “Service”) for our Members who wish to create their own blogs on our site.

If a user fails to follow these rules below, SquidLog can discontinue their ability to use the Service entirely. In addition, we have the right to delete your account and corresponding blogs without notice if we see evidence of clear abuse or other inappropriate activity.

Registering: You agree that you are at least 18 years of age on the date that you registered with SquidLog. If any information that you provide during registration is not accurate (or if SquidLog has reasonable grounds to believe so), then as detailed further below under “Termination,” SquidLog has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse to grant you further access to the Service.

You will be responsible for any activities that take place under your name and password, or that take place on or via any of your blogs. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or account, or any other breach of security, please cancel your blogs immediately. It is up to you to maintain the confidentiality of your password and account. SquidLog is not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the provisions of these Terms.

Privacy: (Please also refer to our Privacy Policy page). You also understand and agree that as part of the Service, you may receive certain communications from SquidLog, such as account creation confirmations, service announcements, administrative messages and any opt-in SquidLog newsletters. We promise to keep notes from us at a minimum. If you don’t want to receive ANY messages from us, ever, you will need to cancel your account. Sorry.

And, of course, SquidLog promises to never ever rent or sell your personal information, and you will never receive email from a third party as a result of your relationship with us, unless we explicitly ask and you explicitly opt in to do so.

When becoming a Member of the SquidLog Network, you have the ability to receive direct messages from other Members in your friend list. This function allows people who have a “friend” relationship with you to send messages to you, without seeing your email address. There is currently no way to turn this feature off. If you don’t want to be directly contacted by other Members you have to remove them from your friend list. It’s up to you to manage any messages you get from your friends; SquidLog cannot mediate any disputes that happen in your personal inbox.

3. THE RULES

Here are the big picture rules. Please remember that SquidLog reserves the right to cancel your account if we suspect that you’re spamming, sharing illegal content, abusing or maligning another community member or individual, or any other activities that don’t fit the spirit of the site. We promise not to do this without fair cause. By following the below rules, we’re betting you’ll be just fine.

  • You are solely responsible for your conduct and any data, text, information, screen names, links, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, and links (“Content”) that you submit, post and display on your Blog(s) or via the Service.
  • You cannot Spam. We all hate Spam. Everyone hates Spam. Meet our Zero Tolerance Policy: You cannot modify, adapt or hack the SquidLog website. You also cannot use your SquidLog Blogs or our platform to spam or attack others online, on the site or off. This includes such behaviour as introducing viruses to the site, spamming bloggers, email spam to Members or others, and more. If our community reports you for this activity you’ll likely have your account deleted.
  • You also cannot create spam blogs (multiple blogs that carry the same content, blogs that are scraped or copied from other sites), multiple SquidLog accounts for the same SQUIDOO identity, or anything the SquidLog admins deem to be Spam. Period.
  • You must not abuse, harass, threaten, malign, flame or intimidate other Members, Administrators, others who use the Service, bloggers or others online. Nor may you upload, post or otherwise include any content that is defamatory, libelous, tortuous, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit, invasive of privacy, racially or ethnically objectionable, hateful, promotes or provides instructional information about illegal activities, or promotes any act of cruelty to animals or certain vegetables.
  • You must not impersonate another Member, SquidLog admin, SQUIDOO Lensmaster or any official of SQUIDOO. If you trick someone into thinking you’re something you’re not, we’ll lock your account.
  • Absolutely no blogs may contain pornographic or otherwise deemed sexually explicit content. Blogs violating this rule are subject to deletion. In repeat instances your entire SquidLog account will be terminated.
  • You cannot create Blogs or use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, or to promote or make solicitations for any illegal or unauthorized activity.
  • You cannot use the Service to distribute, share or solicit content belonging to third parties without proper authorization from the owner(s) of that content. You must respect the proprietary and intellectual property rights of others (including trademark, copyright and trade secrecy) in creating your Blogs. SquidLog is a fair harbor platform and can’t endorse the content on our pages; if you have an issue with another user’s content, please contact that individual directly first. Failing that, please send us a note, and we may be able to review the account or blog in question.
  • You must not, in the use of SquidLog, violate any Federal, state or local laws. If you are creating a Blog outside of the United States, you must comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
  • The SquidLog Respect Everyone Policy: You cannot abuse other Members, bloggers, organizations and individuals online and off. Abuse = flaming people in the SquidLog forums, harming their blogs for your own gain, publicly maligning other Members of the community, emailing threatening notes to Members, and more. If our forum administrators or community report you for these activities, your blogs could get deleted.
  • You cannot transmit content in breach of a confidentiality or fiduciary obligation you may have.
  • You cannot use your Blog(s) as storage for remote loading or streaming to a website outside of the SquidLog website or any other downloading activity that causes undue burden on the servers of the SquidLog Network.
  • You cannot interfere with or disrupt the Service, or any servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service.
  • If your Blog(s) exist to send people to a site that purports to offer free and legal downloads of current movies, we will review it, and will probably delete it. It’s a violation of the DMCA and our policies. There are no websites able to keep this promise, and pretending they exist is deceptive.

4. THE CONTENT: WHO OWNS IT?

As a Member, you will be able to incorporate various forms of Content into your Blogs. SquidLog does not claim ownership of the Content you place on your Blogs. The Content will be owned by you or a third party from whom you got permission to post the content. By placing Content on your Blog, however, you grant SquidLog a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license, for as long as your Blog is published within the SquidLog network, to reproduce, display, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your Blog on SquidLog. SquidLog may preserve and store Content, and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or if SquidLog believes in good faith that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas); (b) enforce these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of SquidLog, its users and the public.

The Member, and not SquidLog, will be fully responsible for all Content that is uploaded, posted, transmitted or otherwise made available by the Member on his or her Blog. SquidLog cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. SquidLog does not pre-screen Content, but will have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or remove any Content in a Blog for any reason, including Content that may violate these Terms, or that is otherwise objectionable. SquidLog also cannot take responsibility for anything that your surfers may do in reliance on the Content you post in your Blog. Bottom line: put it on your Blog, you’re responsible.

SquidLog provides pre-built WordPress themes and plugins that make it easy for you to find and add links to various sites. However, just because we provide these components does not mean we are responsible for their accuracy. The Member is still responsible for what links he or she elects to put in his or her Blog.

5. FINANCIAL TERMS (ROYALTIES, EARNINGS, REVENUE…)

SquidLog provides the Service free of charge. At this time, SquidLog does not provide network royalty earnings to Members. However, Members are free to monetize their Blogs with advertising, affiliate products or direct sales of their own products or services, provided these activities do not otherwise violate SquidLog’s Terms.

In the event of any downtime of the site, or a glitch that prevents SquidLog from displaying your Blog(s), or any other technical problem the site may undergo, SquidLog, as a free service, is not responsible for compensating Members for perceived loss of revenue potential from their Blog(s).

By using the SquidLog services, you acknowledge and agree that SquidLog will not be responsible for, and will not be obligated in any manner to repay you for any lost earnings.

7. OUR PRIVACY POLICY IS YOUR PRIVACY POLICY

We don’t ever sell your email address, and we don’t ever spam. We’re also committed to keeping your Blogs and identity protected from others off the site who may try to spam you.

Like most sites, we may make surfer behavior available to ad serving services, so that the right ads can be served to the right people. We will NEVER, however, disclose personally identifying information, except as specifically authorized by you or in the good faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, legal process, to enforce these Terms of Service, or under any of the other circumstances set forth in our privacy policy.

8. RESALE OF SERVICE

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service, other than through the display and use of your Blog(s). This means you agree not to hijack content from other Blogs, plagiarize, set up false accounts, spam or hack Blogs, duplicate Blogs on other services, or exploit other users by selling them false information or services about SquidLog or SQUIDOO.

9. SquidLog CAN MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE THE SERVICE

SquidLog reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice, without liability to you or any third party.

10. DATA PROTECTION AND BLOG BACKUPS

SquidLog attempts to keep recent backups of the network data but will not be responsible for providing backup services of Member Blogs. It is the sole responsibility of the Member to backup and/or keep copies of their own content.

11. SquidLog CAN TERMINATE YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE

SquidLog, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account or use of or access to the Service, and remove and discard any Blog, for any reason. Some of the more likely reasons for termination are false information in the registration form, harassment of other Members, Administrators, bloggers and other individuals online. More reasons include hacking Blogs or the Service, spamming people on and off the site, illegal transactions via SquidLog, and otherwise acting in violation of the terms or the spirit of these Terms of Service or other policies governing the SquidLog community. If SquidLog terminates your use of the Service, then your Blog may be immediately taken down. In this event, SquidLog will not be responsible to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Service.

12. SquidLog PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

SquidLog uses Open Source software to provide the Service. You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (“Software”) may contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws.

13. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

The Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. You expressly understand and agree that your use of the Service is at your sole risk. SquidLog expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. SquidLog makes no warranty that the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, or that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the service will meet your expectations, or that any errors in the software will be corrected. If you’ve got a really big beef with a bug or a technicality, and you don’t like the way SquidLog is being run, we hope you’ll share your feedback with our admins before quitting the service.

14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You expressly understand and agree that SquidLog will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from the use or the inability to use the Service, unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data, statements or conduct of any third party on the Service, or any other matter relating to the Service.

15. MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT, TERMS

These Terms of Service and the relationship between you and SquidLog will be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. The failure of SquidLog to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. These Terms of Service, together with any other agreements incorporated by reference in these Terms of Service or entered into between you and SquidLog in connection with your registration as a Member, constitute the entire agreement between you and SquidLog and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and SquidLog. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate or other SquidLog services, third-party content or third-party software. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the Terms of Service must be filed within three (3) months after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

16. DISPUTE RESOLUTION

By accepting these Terms of Service, you agree to abide by our dispute resolution principles.

  1. You agree to read our FAQ file to see if your question has been previously answered.
  2. If that doesn’t work, you agree to contact us, outlining your problem.

SquidLog is one of many ways you can post information online, and if you find any of these conditions unacceptable, we encourage you to use a different service.