The PlatForum’s Terms Of Use

Last update: February 2018

Welcome to ThePlatForum.net. ThePlatForum.net is a platform providing a marketplace to connect innovators, entrepreneurs, students, businesses, communities, and others ("Users") offering their services ("Service Providers") with those seeking services ("Service Requesters").

The following website terms of use (these "Terms") govern Users’ access to and use of the The PlatForum website at www.theplatforum.net (the "Site"), including any content, functionality and services offered on or through the Site by The PlatForum, Inc., as applicable.

Users should read the Terms carefully before starting to use the Site. By using the Site, registering an account or by clicking to accept or agree to the Terms when this option is made available, each User accepts and agrees to be bound and abide by these Terms and our Privacy Policy, found here, incorporated herein by reference. Those who do not want to agree to these Terms or the Privacy Policy must not access, register with, or use the Site.

This Site is offered and available to Users who are 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 may not use this Site or the PlatForum services without parental approval. By using this Site, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use the Site.

Our Customer Support team is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time (CDT) if you have any questions regarding the Site or Terms. Contacting our Customer Support team can be performed by submitting a request here, info@theplatforum.net.

Your Access and Use of the Site

The PlatForum is free to join. Users simply sign up and create an account.

Each Users’ right to access and use the Site is personal to them and is not transferable by them to any other person or entity. Users must be able to verify their account ownership if requested by providing us with information that proves ownership of that account. Users are only entitled to access and use our services for lawful purposes and pursuant to the Terms.

Users’ access and use of the Site may be interrupted from time to time for any of several reasons, including, without limitation, the malfunction of equipment, periodic updating, maintenance or repair of the Site, or other actions that we, in our sole discretion, may elect to take. We reserve the right to suspend or discontinue the availability of the Site and/or any portion or feature of the Site at any time in our sole discretion and without prior notice.

Any action by a User that, in our sole discretion, (i) violates the Terms, (ii) violates the Privacy Policy, (iii) restricts, inhibits or prevents any access, use, or enjoyment of the Site, or (iv) through the use of the Site, defames, abuses, harasses, offends, or threatens, shall not be permitted, and may result in your loss of the right to access and use the Site. Users shall not modify, scrape, embed, or frame the Site or our services without prior written permission.

We care about our Users’ privacy. Our Privacy Policy is here. The Privacy Policy is a part of these Terms and incorporated herein by reference.

Users Must Maintain the Integrity of Their Information. To use the Site, Users may be required to provide us with information about them, which may be of a confidential nature and may include Personal Identifiable Information ("PII") (collectively, "Their Information"). If Users provide Their Information to us, then that User agrees to provide true, current, complete, and accurate information, and not to misrepresent their identity. Users warrant the truthfulness, accuracy, and completeness of Their Information. Users also agree to keep Their Information current and to update Their Information if it changes. Our collective, use, and disclosure of Their Information is governed by these Terms and our Privacy Policy.

Users Must Maintain the Security of Any Password Issued to Them. The maintenance and safeguarding of any passwords required by the Site to use certain portions of the Site are each User’s sole responsibility. Users agree that we are not liable for any loss that they may suffer as a result of the authorized or unauthorized use of their password by a third party. Users shall not allow any person under the age of 18 to access or use any portion of the Site via their registration or password.

Service Requests and/or Offers. The PlatForum enables Users to earn extra income, boost resumes, get job experience, outsource tasks and projects, find mentors, and otherwise collaborate.

Users offering their services list their skills, location, communications (geographic and non-geographic), college major, class year, interests, and other information relevant to them or the services they are offering ("Service Providers"). Service Providers can also search for tasks to complete. Users seeking services list the services or tasks they need completed and any other information relevant to them or the services they are seeking or requesting (“Service Requesters”). Service Requesters can also search through a list of available Service Providers based on search criteria.

Based on information submitted by Service Providers and Service Requesters, Service Requesters may be matched with relevant Service Providers, or vice versa, though we make no guarantee that a Service Provider will always be matched with a Service Requester, or vice versa.

If a Service Provider is matched with a Service Requester, or vice versa, then each User in the match is connected, and each User hereby expressly authorizes us to share Their Information with the other User for purposes of the Users further connecting. The PlatForum provides a means for connected Users to communicate through The PlatForum, however, we do not provide any protection whatsoever for Users who choose to interact outside of the PlatForum. Users are solely responsible for complying with applicable laws and regulations in connection with any services requested, offered, or provided.

Users Acknowledge and Agree that The PlatForum Is Not a Service Provider. We, through the Site, may help Service Requesters connect with Service Providers, or vice versa, that might meet certain needs based on information provided, but we are not a Service Provider. We do not, and will not, make any decision between Service Providers and Service Requesters. Any relationship between a Service Provider and Service Requester is strictly dictated by their agreement. We do not make any warranties or representations regarding the fees, terms, or services offered or made available by Service Providers. All Users (Service Providers and Service Requesters) hereby release us of any and all losses, costs, damages, or claims in connection with, arising from, or related to another User.

Site Violations

The PlatForum maintains a friendly, community spirited, and professional environment. Users should keep to that spirit while participating in any activity or extensions of The PlatForum. This section relates to the expected conduct Users should adhere to while interacting with each other on The PlatForum.

Users may receive a warning to their account for any violation of our Terms or any user misconduct reported to us. A warning will be sent to the User's email address. Warnings do not limit account activity, but can lead to your account being permanently disabled based on the severity of the violation.

The PlatForum reserves the right to put any account on hold or permanently disable accounts due to breach of these Terms or due to any illegal or inappropriate use of the Site or services. Violation of The PlatForum's Terms may be grounds to have your account disabled permanently. Users with disabled accounts will not be able to offer their services or seek services from others on The PlatForum.

Users who have violated our Terms and had their account disabled may contact us for more information surrounding the violation and status of the account.

Non-Permitted Usage

  • Adult Services & Pornography – The PlatForum does not allow any exchange of adult oriented or pornographic materials and services.
  • Inappropriate Behavior & Language - Communication on The PlatForum should be friendly, constructive, and professional. PlatForum condemns bullying, harassment, and hate speech towards others.
  • Phishing and Spam - The PlatForum takes its Users’ security seriously. Any attempts to publish or send malicious content with the intent to compromise another User’s account or computer environment is strictly prohibited. Please respect our Users’ privacy by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.
  • Privacy & Identity - Users may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information. Any exchange of personal information required for the completion of a service must be provided in the order page. Users further confirm that whatever information they receive from the another User, which is not public domain, shall not be used for any purpose whatsoever other than for the delivery of the services to the User. Any Users who engage and communicate off of The PlatForum will not be protected by our Terms.
  • Intellectual Property Claims - The PlatForum will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright or trademark infringement, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • Fraud / Unlawful Use - You may not use The PlatForum for any unlawful purposes or to conduct illegal activities.

Abuse and Spam

  • Multiple Accounts - To prevent fraud and abuse, Users are limited to one active account. Any additional account determined to be created to circumvent guidelines, promote competitive advantages, or mislead The PlatForum community will be disabled. Mass account creation may result in disabling of all related accounts. Note: any violations to The PlatForum’s Terms is cause for permanent suspension of all accounts.
  • Targeted Abuse - We do not tolerate Users who engage in targeted abuse or harassment towards other Users on The PlatForum. This includes creating new multiple accounts to harass members through our message or ordering system.
  • Selling Accounts - You may not buy or sell PlatForum accounts.

To report a violation of our Terms, User misconduct, or inquiries regarding your account, please contact our Customer Support team here info@theplatforum.net.

Ownership

Ownership and limitations: Unless clearly stated otherwise on the User’s page/description, or by separate agreement between Users, when the work is delivered or services completed, and subject to payment, the Service Requester is hereby granted and assigned all intellectual property rights, including but not limited to, copyrights for the work delivered from the Service Provider, and the Service Provider hereby assigns all rights thereto. The delivered work shall be considered work-for-hire under the U.S. Copyright Act. In the event the delivered work does not meet the requirements of work-for-hire or when US Copyright Act does not apply, the User providing services expressly agrees to assign to the User seeking services the copyright in the delivered work. All transfer and assignment of intellectual property to the User seeking services shall be subject to full payment for the services and the delivery may not be used if payment is cancelled for any reason. For removal of doubt, in custom-created work (such as art work, design work, report generation etc.), the delivered work shall be the exclusive property of the Service Requester, and the Service Provider hereby assigns all rights, title and interest in the delivered work.

Users further confirm that whatever information they receive from another User, which is not public domain, shall be kept confidential and shall not be shared or used for any purpose whatsoever other than for the delivery of the ordered work to the Service Requester.

Furthermore, Users agree that unless they explicitly indicate otherwise, the content Users voluntarily create/upload to PlatForum, including texts, photos, videos, usernames, user photos, user videos and any other information, including the display of delivered work, may be used by The PlatForum for no consideration for marketing and/or other purposes.

Disclaimer of Warranties

EACH USER’S USE OF THE SITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT THEIR OWN RISK. THE SITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE PLATFORUM NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLATFORUM MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE.

THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

Limitation on Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL THE PLATFORUM, ITS AFFILIATES OR THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY USER’S USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT, ANY CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF DATA, AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE.

THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

General

These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

These Terms contain the entire understanding of the parties hereto relating to the use of the Site and supersedes any prior written or oral agreement or understandings between the parties with respect to the Site, and cannot be changed or terminated orally.

If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, the remainder of the Terms shall continue in full force and effect.

We reserve the right to update, amend, and/or change the Terms at any time in our sole discretion and without notice. Updates, amendments, and/or changes to these Terms will be posted here and will take effect immediately upon us posting the updated Terms on the Site. Your are encouraged to revisit these Terms from time to time in order to review any changes that have been made. The date on which these Terms were last updated will be noted immediately above these Terms. Your continued access and use of the Site following the posting of any such changes shall automatically be deemed your acceptance of all changes.

Notice

If you have any questions regarding the Terms, Privacy Policy, or if you would like to contact us for any other reason, please write to:

info@theplatforum.net