In a Nutshell
We believe strongly in freedom of speech. Above all, our guiding policy is the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If it's legal to post on a street corner in the United States, then it's allowed on ZippyImage.
However, we also care about making ZippyImage a civil community. We won't censor your ideas even if we disagree with them, but there are certain rules we expect you to follow. For example, adult/NSFW content must be marked as "not safe", so people who don't want to see that content don't have to. You can't abuse our website for nefarious purposes. You can't do things that would get us into legal trouble. We feel these are common sense, minimal expectations.
The vast majority of ZippyImage users will never have any problem with us, but to be completely clear about what we mean (and to make the lawyers happy), read on for more details...
Our community rules
Stuff not to do
If someone else might own the copyright to it, don't upload it. Don't upload gore, or material that is threatening, harassing, defamatory, or that encourages violence or crime. Don't upload illegal content such as child porn. Don't hotlink to adult content or to file-sharing, gambling, torrent, warez, or ZippyImage rip-off sites. Don't impersonate someone else. Also, don't use ZippyImage to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network. If you do – and we will be the judge – or if you do anything illegal, in addition to any other legal rights we may have, we will ban you along with the site you're hotlinking from, delete all your images, and prevent you from viewing any images hosted on ZippyImage.
Adult/NSFW ("not safe for work") content IS allowed, but MUST be marked as "not safe" when you upload it. This means users who don't want to see that content, don't have to. If you upload adult content without marking it "not safe", we may ban you and/or delete the content. (Note: this rule does not apply to content uploaded in private albums.)
Stuff to do, please
Please have tons of fun! That's what ZippyImage is all about. If something isn't fun -- if you see anything on our site that shouldn't be there because it violates our policies, is illegal (e.g. child porn), or for some other reason, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About images you upload
You can upload images anonymously and share them online with only the people you choose to share them with. If you make them publicly available, they may be featured in the gallery. If you share an image publicly with Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit, etc., then it may end up in the gallery.
By uploading a file or other content or by making a comment, you represent and warrant to us that (1) doing so does not violate or infringe anyone else's rights; and (2) you created the file or other content you are uploading, or otherwise have sufficient intellectual property rights to upload the material consistent with these terms. With regard to any file or content you upload to the public portions of our site, you grant ZippyImage a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable worldwide license (with sublicense and assignment rights) to use, to display online and in any present or future media, to create derivative works of, to allow downloads of, and/or distribute any such file or content. To the extent that you delete any such file or content from the public portions of our site, the license you grant to ZippyImage pursuant to the preceding sentence will automatically terminate, but will not be revoked with respect to any file or content ZippyImage has already copied and sublicensed or designated for sublicense. Also, of course, anything you post to a public portion of our site may be used by the public pursuant to the following paragraph even after you delete it.
USE OF ZIPPYIMAGE CONTENT
By downloading an image or copying other user-generated content (UGC) from ZippyImage, you agree that you do not claim any rights to it. The following conditions apply:
- You may use UGC for personal, non-commercial purposes.
- You may use UGC for anything that qualifies as fair use under copyright law, for example journalism (news, comment, criticism, etc.), but please include an attribute ("ZippyImage" or "courtesy of ZippyImage") next to where it is displayed.
- You may not use UGC for non-journalistic commercial purposes.
- Your use of UGC is at your own risk. ZIPPYIMAGE MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, and you will indemnify and hold ZippyImage harmless from any copyright infringement claims arising out of your use of the UGC. (See our general disclaimers below.)
- You may not copy or use any portions of our site that are not UGC except within the limits of fair use.
NOTICES OF CLAIMED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT (OR OTHER TYPES OF INFRINGEMENT)
If you see anything on our site that you believe infringes your copyright rights, you may notify our management by sending the following information:
- Identification of the copyrighted work or works claimed to have been infringed. IMPORTANT: please include your copyright registration number. If your work is not yet registered, please include a copy of the application to register the work that you filed with the Copyright Office. A copyright infringement claim based on a U.S. work can only be filed if the work has been registered (http://www.copyright.gov/eco/). Registration currently takes about seven months.
- Identification of the material on our servers that is claimed to be infringing and that is to be removed, including the URL or other information to enable us to locate the material.
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by you as copyright owner, or by your agent, or by law.
- A statement that the information in your notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner (or authorized to act on behalf of the owner) of the exclusive copyright right that is allegedly being infringed.
- Your physical or electronic signature, or of someone authorized to act on your behalf.
- Instructions on how we may contact you: preferably email, but also address and phone.
- Because a high percentage of DMCA takedown notices are not valid, ZippyImage reserves the right to ignore DMCA notifications based on unregistered works.
Our managment will receive such notifications of claimed infringement at: email@example.com
Use the same procedure for any claimed trademark violations or other infringements. If we receive a DMCA takedown demand for material you posted that we believe constitutes fair use, we will attempt to notify you if we have your contact info; otherwise we are under no obligation to notify you regarding the removal. We reserve the right to refuse to remove any material that in our view constitutes fair use. If we identify you as a "repeat infringer," we will block or remove your images and terminate any accounts you have with us. (If we notify you of a DMCA removal and you respond with a legitimate counter-notice, that won't count toward being a repeat infringer.) Keep in mind that we reserve the right to remove any content at any time whether or not it infringes or violates any of our policies.
Use of Trademark
Any uses of our name, trademarks, and logos must follow our Trademark Use Policy.
Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitations of Remedies, Indemnity
Although of course we strive to make ZippyImage as dependable as possible, ZippyImage's services are provided on an AS IS – WITH ALL FAULTS basis. Your use of our service is entirely at your own risk. We do not guarantee the availability of our service at any given time, or the reliability of our service when it is running. We do not guarantee the integrity of, or the continued availability of, files on our servers. Whether we make backups, and if so, whether restoration of those backups will be available to you, is at our discretion. ZIPPYIMAGE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS AND MERCHANTABILITY. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE STATED IN THESE TERMS, AND IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER ZIPPYIMAGE TAKES OR DOES NOT TAKE MEASURES TO REMOVE INAPPROPRIATE OR HARMFUL CONTENT FROM ITS SITE, ZIPPYIMAGE HAS NO DUTY TO MONITOR ANY CONTENT ON ITS SITE. ZIPPYIMAGE DOES NOT ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY, APPROPRIATENESS, OR HARMLESSNESS OF ANY CONTENT APPEARING ON ZIPPYIMAGE.COM THAT IS NOT PRODUCED BY ZIPPYIMAGE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO USER CONTENT, ADVERTISING CONTENT, OR OTHERWISE.
Your sole remedy for the loss of any services and/or of any images or other data you may have stored on ZippyImage's service is to discontinue your use of our service. ZIPPYIMAGE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, ZIPPYIMAGE'S SERVICES, EVEN IF ZIPPYIMAGE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR REASONABLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NO CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF ZIPPYIMAGE'S SERVICES MAY BE BROUGHT MORE THAN ONE YEAR AFTER IT OCCURS.
YOU WILL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD ZIPPYIMAGE AND ALL OF ITS PERSONNEL HARMLESS FROM ALL LOSS, LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DAMAGES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS, YOUR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY'S RIGHTS, AND ANY HARM CAUSED TO ANY THIRD PARTY AS A RESULT OF YOUR UPLOADING OF FILES, COMMENTS, OR ANYTHING ELSE TO OUR SERVERS.
Parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors. See e.g. www.toptenreviews.com/software/security/best-internet-filter-software.