Overview

This Terms of Use Agreement is hereby set forth between you, the website user ("you", "user," "member," "author," "reader," "service provider"), and ChapterBuzz ("website," "site," "service", "it," "we," "us"). Mention of "our site(s)" or "our website(s)," depending on context, refers to this or any other web property owned and operated by Dream, Play, Write! When you use ChapterBuzz, either as a member or website visitor, you automatically agree to these Terms of Use. By using ChapterBuzz, and agreeing to these Terms of Use, you also agree to keep yourself apprised of any changes or revisions. The current version of the Terms of Use may be viewed at www.chapterbuzz.com/terms.


Eligibility

When you use the website, you represent and warrant that you are at least 13 years of age, and have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.


Content

Any content (including text, pictures, video, audio, etc.) that you post, share, link to, or that appears on our site through a third party service (such as a social media site), may not promote or express hatred, racism or bigotry toward any person or group of people, may not be obscene, threatening, or libelous, may not contain nudity or exploit anyone under the age of eighteen in a sexual manner, depict any sexual act, or be graphic in any way. ChapterBuzz reserves the right to remove such material and/or suspend or cancel the account of the person who posted it without notice, as it deems necessary and at its sole discretion.

ChapterBuzz will not be held responsible for any lost content due to software glitches, failure of user to save or back up data, or any other form of data loss. Responsibility for keeping backups of your content falls upon you, the user. This site makes use of HTML5 local storage, which may or may not be supported by your browser. If it is supported, the text you enter in our text editor will be stored on a file on your device's local storage medium in real time as you type. This data is not automatically erased and will persist even after you've saved your work. The data stored on your device's local storage medium is specific to the device, browser, and website you are using, and cannot, by normal means, be accessed by any other device, browser, or website. We are not responsible for the access or misuse, by any unauthorized party, of content stored in this manner.

While we do everything possible to prevent private material from being viewed publicly, ChapterBuzz will not be held responsible for the consequences of non-public content being accessed or viewed by any party due to software glitches or other extenuating circumstances. Any material (excluding sensitive information) you compose on, post on, upload to ChapterBuzz, or link to, is subject to unintentional public viewing.

When you post (or link to) content on ChapterBuzz, you grant us a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to reproduce your content, in whole or in part, for the purpose of promotion (both of your content and of our site(s) and services), on this site, any of our subsidiary sites, third-party sites (e.g., social media sites), or in an offline, physical format. We also reserve the right to use, for the same promotional purposes, your name, your likeness, and any other non-sensitive information connected to your account that you provide to us. Note that such promotional material may remain on our site, on the third-party sites we post to, or in an offline, physical format even if you delete your account or remove your content from our site.

At no point, however, do we own the rights to your work. You retain all rights to your own work.

The following guidelines apply to all content you post to the site or link to:
Before posting or linking to your content for public consumption, you will be required to rate it. For simplicity and relatability, we use the same ratings the MPAA uses for movies. Here is how the MPAA, on its website, defines each rating: Please rate your material "R" or "NC-17" if it contains:
We understand there are gray areas in determining which rating your content should be assigned, and recognizing this, we allow some flexibility in this regard. However, by using this site and posting content, you affirm that the rating you give to your own work is based upon your best judgement according to the guidelines we've set forth here. ChapterBuzz reserves the right to assign a different rating (or a minimum rating) to your work if, in our sole judgement, we decide a different rating is more appropriate.

You understand that each writer has a responsibility to rate his or her own material, and agree that we are not responsible for any consequences arising from improperly rated content.

If you delete your account, some data or posted content may persist in our system. Please see our Privacy Policy for more.


Definitions

Your responsibilities

You are responsible for protecting your username and password, and not revealing them to anybody for any reason. In the event your password is compromised, you are responsible for reporting the matter to us and changing your password immediately. With respect to restrictions, users are generally prohibited from doing things like: posting or transmitting harmful or illegal content, interfering with the website's operation, trying to hack into password protected areas, and taking actions that will create an unreasonably large load on the website's infrastructure.


Prohibited Activities

As a ChapterBuzz member or website visitor, you will not: ChapterBuzz reserves the right to delete, at its sole discretion, and without notifying you, content, profiles, accounts, links, and any other material that violates these Terms of Use or fails to comply with stated guidelines on our site. ChapterBuzz also reserves the right to pursue legal action, to the full extent of the law, against any user who violates the terms set forth in this document.


Advertising Services

Advertising or using the website for commercial purposes when this advertising is not paid for will be regarded as spamming and will subject your account to deletion. Content that appears to be a promotion for a product or service will be regarded as spam and your account will be in violation of the Terms of Use.


Published books

ChapterBuzz allows you to post books that are already published and available for sale, as long as you mark them as such. When marking books as published, you are required to provide the following information:
  1. A URL where the book is available for sale. This must be a web page a user can order your book from directly. For example, if your book is available on Amazon, the URL you provide must send the user directly to your book's page on Amazon, not just to the Amazon home page. Note: affiliate URLs, or URLs connected to programs that earn you commission, are not allowed here.
  2. An image of your book cover. The image you provide must be either suitable for print or for upload as an e-book cover. The image you provide can be neither a screenshot nor a photograph, either of your book or of a screen.

Service Provider Terms

In order to receive inquiries about your services and begin working with any of the Author/Client users on our site, or to make contact with an Author/Client to provide an estimate, you must first be registered as a Service Provider.

As a service provider who is registered in our Service Directory, the following terms apply:

Security

At ChapterBuzz, we take your privacy, anonymity, and security very seriously. Security measures are in place to safeguard the information you provide to us, however, no amount of security can completely guarantee that this information will not be obtained by third parties acting unlawfully.


Privacy

By agreeing to these Terms of Use, you also accept our Privacy Policy.


Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold ChapterBuzz and its subsidiaries, partners, affiliates, officers, agents and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorney's fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the website in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.


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Last updated June 21, 2019