Thank you for visiting How-To Geek and using our services! By using our services, you are agreeing to our terms so please make sure you read through them carefully. This is a legal agreement between you and How-To Geek, LLC, its affiliates and divisions, and these terms apply to How-To Geek’s websites, mobile applications and other digital and interactive services that link to these terms (collectively, the “Services”).
By accessing and using the Services in any manner, to include user generated content, you expressly agree that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms. If you don’t agree with our Terms, then you are not permitted to access or use the Services.
In order to use our Services, you must be of legal age and competence. If you are under legal age, you are prohibited from using our Services and further prohibited from providing us with any personal information. If you are using our Services on behalf of a third party, then you are representing to us that you are an authorized representative of that third party and that your use of our Services constitutes that third party’s acceptance of our Terms. Our Services are rendered and controlled within the United States and we do not make any claims that use of our Services is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Users accessing our Services outside of the United States do so at their own risk.
Content and information provided through our Services is provided for informational purposes on an “as is” basis at your sole risk. How-To Geek makes no guarantee as to the accurateness, completeness or quality of the information. How-To Geek shall not be liable or responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the information or your reliance on the information. You are solely responsible for verifying the information as being appropriate for your personal use.
We have the right to take any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason without giving you any prior notice:
a) Restrict, suspect or terminate your access to all or any part of our Services;
b) Change, suspend or discontinue all or any part of our Services;
c) Refuse, move or remove any material that you submit to our sites for any reason;
d) Refuse, move, or remove any content that is available on our sites;
e) Establish general practices and limits concerning use of our sites.
You agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for taking any of these actions. You understand and agree that our Services may include communications such as service announcements and administrative messages from us or from our partners and that these communications are considered part of the Services. You will not be able to opt out of receiving these messages. You also understand that our Services may include advertisements.
3. Use of Marks
Trademarks, trade names, service marks, copyrights, or logos (collectively, “Marks”) owned by How-To Geek are not subject to use in any manner by you. You acknowledge that you have no ownership rights in or to any such items.
4. Proprietary Rights
The Services we provide are owned and operated by How-To Geek and contain material which is developed in whole or in part from material supplied by How-To Geek and its partners, as well as other sources, and is protected by United States copyright laws, international treaty provisions, trademarks, service marks and other intellectual property laws. The Services are also protected as a collective work or compilation under U.S. copyright and other law and treaties. You agree to abide by all applicable copyright and other laws, as well as any additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in the Services. You acknowledge that the Services have been developed, compiled, prepared, revised, selected, and arranged by How-To Geek and others through the application of methods and standards of judgment developed and applied through the expenditure of substantial time, effort, and money and constitute valuable intellectual property of How-To Geek and such others. You agree to protect the proprietary rights of How-To Geek and all others having rights in the Services during and after the term of these Terms and to comply with all reasonable written requests made by How-To Geek or its suppliers and licensors of content or otherwise (“Suppliers”) to protect their and others’ contractual, statutory, and common law rights in the Services. You agree to notify How-To Geek immediately upon becoming aware of any unauthorized access or use of the Services by any individual or entity or of any claim that the Services infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or other contractual, statutory, or common law rights. All present and future rights in and to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, know-how, and other proprietary rights of any type under the laws of any governmental authority, domestic or foreign, including without limitation rights in and to all applications and registrations relating to the Services shall, as between you and How-To Geek, at all times be and remain the sole and exclusive property of How-To Geek.
5. User Content
The Services may enable you to submit, post, upload, or otherwise make available (collectively, “post”) content such as video clips, photographs, reviews, public messages, ideas, comments and other content (collectively, “User Content”) that may or may not be viewable by other users. You acknowledge and agree that all User Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom the User Content originated. You further agree that you have all required rights to post such User Content without violation of any third-party rights. You agree that you will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless How-To Geek for all claims resulting from User Content you post. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of such disputes, and in any event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.
When you post User Content on or through the Services, you grant How-To Geek a world-wide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and sub-licenseable license to use, copy, distribute, reproduce, modify, edit, adapt, publicly perform and display, translate, sell, lease, create derivative works from and publish such User Content, in whole or in part, in any format or medium now known or developed in the future, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Services in any media format. Finally, you agree that your user name or other identifying information may be associated with any User Content that you post.
6. User Comment
You acknowledge and agree that any information provided to us by e-mail or in any other format, including without limitation, answers, questions, suggestions, ideas, etc. will be deemed to be non-confidential. We have no obligation to protect such information from disclosure. We are free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute such information to others without restriction.
7. License and Conduct
Subject to your compliance with these Terms, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, and revocable right to access and use the Services for your own personal use consistent with the Terms.
Prohibited Uses. Without limitation, you will not:
a) Post or otherwise provide User Content that harasses, abuses, or threatens any other person, or that contains obscene content;
b) Post User Content that degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability or other classification;
c) Post User Content that is unlawful, harmful, tortious, defamatory, libelous, or invasive of another’s privacy;
d) Use the Services commercially (for example, as part of a service bureau), for benchmarking, or to compile information for a product or service;
e) Copy, download (other than through page caching necessary for personal use, or as otherwise expressly permitted by these Terms), modify, distribute, post, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, broadcast, duplicate, publish, republish, upload, license, reverse engineer, create derivative works from, or offer for sale any content or other information contained on or obtained from or through the Services, by any means except as provided for in these Terms or with the prior written consent of How-To Geek;
f) Scrape, access, monitor, index, frame, link, or copy any content or information on the Services by accessing the Services in an automated way, using any robot, spider, scraper, web crawler, or any other method of access other than manually accessing the publicly-available portions of the Services through a browser or accessing the Services through any approved API;
g) Violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion headers of the Services, if any, or bypass or circumvent other measures employed to prevent or limit access to the Services;
h) Post material that advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them (in either case as determined by How-To Geek in its sole discretion);
i) Post or otherwise make available any material that contains any software, device, instructions, computer code, files, programs and/or other content or feature that is designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment (including without limitation any time bomb, virus, software lock, worm, self-destruction, drop-device, malicious logic, Trojan horse, trap door, “disabling,” “lock out,” “metering” device or any malicious code);
j) Post or do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of the Services;
k) Post material that impedes or otherwise prohibits communication or disrupts user discussion;
l) Post, utilize or otherwise make available any other party’s intellectual property unless you have the right to do so, or remove or alter any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice contained on the Services;
m) Post any trade secrets or other confidential or proprietary information, or post any material that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships, including but not limited to inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under non-disclosure agreements;
n) Falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, or impersonate any person or entity in a manner that does not constitute parody;
o) Through misrepresentation or otherwise, solicit personal or sensitive information from other users including without limitation address, credit card or financial account information, or passwords;
p) Post spam or other advertisements or solicitations, promote commercial entities, or otherwise engage in commercial activity on or through the Services;
q) Violate the law or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability;
r) Frame, inline link, or similarly display the Services or any portion of the Services;
s) Violate or facilitate the violation of these Terms or any guidelines or policies posted by How-To Geek;
t) Interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Services.
How-To Geek reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to remove any User Content, block access to the Services, and/or cancel the account of any user. Use of the Services for any illegal purpose, or any other purpose not expressly permitted in these Terms, is strictly prohibited.
8. Compliance with Law
You acknowledge, consent, and agree that How-To Geek may access, preserve, and disclose your account information and/or any User Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Services, if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is reasonably necessary or appropriate for any of the following reasons: (1) to comply with legal process; (2) to enforce these Terms; (3) to respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; (4) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of How-To Geek, its agents and affiliates, its users, and the public; or (5) to address your requests.
9. Warranties and Disclaimers
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
a) THE WARRANTIES, IF ANY, APPLICABLE TO EACH PRODUCT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER OF SUCH PRODUCT. ALL PRODUCTS ARE MANUFACTURED BY THIRD PARTIES.
b) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITH NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. HOW-TO GEEK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. HOW-TO-GEEK ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TIMELINESS, DELETION, MIS-DELIVERY OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE ANY CONTENT OR TO STORE ANY PERSONALIZATION SETTINGS OR USER MATERIALS.
c) ANY CONTENT DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICES IS DOWNLOADED AND USED AT YOUR SOLE DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM, MOBILE DEVICE, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF ANY SUCH CONTENT.
d) NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM HOW-TO GEEK OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY.
e) HOW-TO GEEK WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY CONTENT ON SERVICES, ANY LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES OR ANY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES. HOW-TO-GEEK DOES NOT VET OR VERIFY USERS THAT IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS EXPERTS ON PARTICULAR TOPICS THROUGH THE SERVICES, AND YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD HOW-TO GEEK RESPONSIBLE FOR RELIANCE ON SUCH EXPERTS IF YOU DO NOT ACHIEVE THE RESULT S YOU EXPECT IN RELYING ON SUCH EXPERTS.
10 Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL HOW-TO GEEK, ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, SHAREHOLDERS, OR REPRESENTATIVES (AND ALL SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING) (COLLECTIVELY “HOW-TO GEEK” FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION) BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE PERFORMANCE, USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR PRODUCTS, EVEN IF HOW-TO GEEK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, VIOLATION OF STATUTE OR OTHERWISE. HOW-TO GEEK WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE COST OF REPLACEMENT PRODUCTS, LOSS OF REVENUE OR LOSS OF GOOD WILL. IN ANY EVENT, OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE TO WHICH THE CLAIM RELATES OR, IF THE CLAIM DOES NOT RELATE TO A PRODUCT OR SERVICE, $100.
HOW-TO GEEK DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SERVICES OR ANY WEBSITE FEATURED OR LINKED TO THROUGH THE SERVICE, AND HOW-TO GEEK WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. HOW-TO GEEK WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY. YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
If you are a California resident, you hereby waive California Civil Code §1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” This release includes the criminal acts of others.
Any correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that How-To Geek will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on or through the Services.
13. Third-Party Services
14. Termination of Services
a) How-To Geek reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof), with or without notice. You agree that How-To Geek shall not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.
b) These Terms are effective unless and until terminated by you or us. We may, in our sole and absolute discretion, deny you access to all or part of the Services at any time for any or no reason at all, with or without notice to you.
15. Controlling Law and Severability
These Terms will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without regard to its conflict-of-law provisions. If any part of these Terms is considered invalid, it shall be enforced as effectively as possible while all other provisions remain in full effect.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us by email at [email protected].
Last Updated: October 16, 2017