Last modified: March 19, 2013
These "Terms of Service" set forth the terms and conditions that apply to your use of SnackTools network sites (SnackTools.com, SnackWebsites.com, BannerSnack.com, PhotoSnack.com, PodSnack.com, TubeSnack.com, PollSnack.com, FlipSnack.com, SlideSnack.com, FileSnack.com or "Sites") and all other "SnackTools" Services (definitions bellow). By using the Sites (other than to read this page for the first time), you agree to comply with all of the Terms of service set forth herein. The right to use the Sites is personal to you and is not transferable to any other person or entity.
BY CREATING A SNACKTOOLS ACCOUNT AND/OR USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT USE OUR SERVICES.
Use of Sites and/or Service
Intellectual Property Rights
How does the SnackWebsites accelerator concept work?
User Submissions, Site Security and Conduct
Notification of Claims of Infringement
Newsletters, Discussion Groups, Disclaimer of Liability
Membership and Virtual Currency
Bugs and Issues
System and Network Security
Representations & Warranties – Disclaimer of Warranties
Links to Other Websites
Limitation of Liability
Consequences of Violation of Terms
SnackTools network sites ("Sites") and the services provided ("Service") are maintained and operated by Smartketer, LLC and/or its affiliates ("us", "we", "our", "the Company"). In the context of this agreement, "SnackTools", shall mean Smartketer LLC and SnackTools network sites.
SnackTools is a suite of web applications designed to simplify the way you create and publish rich media widgets and generally content for the web. Our stated mission (and goal) is to enable you to easily create your own website, blog, online store, banners and website widgets, in a fun and effortless way. Thus, we offer these Sites to aid in the creation and publishing of rich media widgets. If you breach any of the Terms in these Terms of Service ("Terms"), your authorization to use these Sites or these Services automatically terminates.
We may revise these Terms of Service at any time and you agree to be bound by the revised Terms. Any modification will become effective when it is first posted to the Sites. You are responsible to return to the Terms of Service from time to time to review the most current terms and conditions. We may notify you by either posting a new version of this Term of Service, notifying visitors on the Sites that a new version has been posted, or by e-mail to the last known address on file. You can send e-mail with any questions relating to these Terms of service to SnackTools.com support.
Under this agreement, "Services" shall mean any of the Internet based or other services offered by the Company, including, but not limited to, those listed at the bottom of this Agreement, whether through a website owned or controlled by the Company, through a social networking system, a mobile application, on your cell phone or otherwise. "User Contributed Content" shall mean each and every item of content or other material (whether images, links, documents, text, writings, photographs, graphics, videos, greeting cards, "Skins", "Sketches", or files) uploaded by a user through the Service or otherwise integrated into the Service by a user. "User Created Art" shall mean any intellectual property created by a user as part of his or her use of the Service.
Use of the Sites – What SnackTools Provides
The Company grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable limited license to use the Service and related software and to display the results of such Service. You agree not to copy or distribute the content of the Service except as specifically allowed in these Terms. You also agree that you have no right to access, view or alter any source code or object code of the Company.
The Company grants you a limited revocable license to post a copy of your User Created Content, on your own personal web site or on a third party web site that complies with all applicable laws and these Terms of Service.
Finally, the Company reserves the right to discontinue the Service or to change the content of the Service in any way and at any time, with or without notice to you, without liability.
Use of the Sites – Your Obligations
You represent and agree that:
You retain full ownership to your content ("User Content"). By "User Content" we understand both, the stuff you upload on SnackTools network sites ("User Contributed Content") and the content you generated/published on SnackTools network sites ("User Created Art"). SnackTools does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials ("User Content") that you post on or through the SnackTools network sites. We do, however, need you to grant us certain rights in the "User Content", so that we can incorporate such "User Content" in our services. Without such rights, we may be violating copyright and other laws by storing, posting, backing up and allowing the download of User Content on or trough our Sites. By displaying or publishing any content on or through the SnackTools Services, you hereby grant to SnackTools a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except content not shared publicly ("private") which will not be distributed outside the SnackTools Services.
All materials contained on the SnackTools network sites ("Sites") are copyrighted by Smartketer LLC and protected to the maximum extent permitted by copyright laws and international treaties. No person is authorized to use, copy, or distribute any portion the Sites including related graphics.
SnackTools.com, BannerSnack.com, PhotoSnack.com, Podsnack.com, TubeSnack.com, PollSnack.com, FlipSnack.com, SlideSnack.com, FileSnack.com, SanckWebsites.com, Smartketer and other trademarks and/or service marks (including logos and designs) found on the SnackTools network sites ("Sites") are trademarks/service marks that identify the SnackTools network sites ("Sites") and the goods and/or services provided by them. Such marks may not be used under any circumstances without the prior written authorization of Smartketer LLC.
You do not acquire any ownership rights by using the Service, downloading material from or uploading material to the Service, or by purchasing any virtual goods or virtual currency. Further, you agree not to copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit material from the Service, except as expressly permitted herein, without the express prior written permission of the Company.
Our goal is to make your website profitable, so we only charge websites when they get big enough.
Basically 80 percent of the websites are small, representing only about 20% of our entire traffic. Unlike our competitors, we want to help those websites grow and become profitable without charging them in the first place. But when your website moves from the small websites category (80%) to the big websites category (20%), we will need to ask you to pay for hosting (at a competitive decent pricing) or play ads on your website (only carefully selected ads that are relevant for your audience).
Ads will be displayed for non-VIP websites getting over 100 pageviews per day or websites that are at least one year old. The website owner will also have the option to choose pay per view (pay for hosting) instead of running ads. This should be regarded mostly as a guideline, as it is not currently effective.
Any Material you post publicly to SnackTools network sites ("Sites") will be accessible to all users of the Sites ("Users"). We have incorporated all reasonable and commercially available measures to protect the Sites from unauthorized access. Any unauthorized commercial use of the Service is expressly prohibited. You agree to comply with all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations and are solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur under your user ID or password, including the content of the materials you post on the Sites. You must protect the confidentiality of your password, and you should change your password periodically. You are also responsible for the acts or omissions of any individual to whom you grant access—either intentionally or unintentionally—by sharing your user ID or password. Further, you agree not to:
SnackTools reservs the right to terminate any account or user who has violated any of the above prohibitions.
You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). In addition, we will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of those determined by us to be repeat infringers.
If you are a copyright owner and you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.
By creating an account on SnackTools network sites ("Sites") you may subscribe to our newsletter. You can opt-out from your account by unchecking the newsletter checkbox or from any email message that you receive by clicking the Unsubscribe link. We will not send you any spam or off-topic emails. Most of our emails consist of product updates, new product info, notifications and special offers.
The Service may invite you to chat or participate in blogs, message boards, online forums and other functionality and may provide you with the opportunity to create, submit, post, display, transmit, perform, publish, distribute or broadcast User Contributed Content to the Company and/or to or via the Service, including, without limitation, text, writings, photographs, graphics, comments, suggestions or personally identifiable information or other material (collectively "User Content"). Any material you transmit to the Company or otherwise through the Service will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. All comments, feedback, suggestions, ideas, forum posts and other submissions ("Ideas") disclosed, submitted, or offered to the Company in connection with the use of the Service or otherwise and any chat, blog, message board, online forum, text, email or other communication with the Company ("User Emails") shall be the exclusive property of the Company. You agree that unless otherwise prohibited by law, the Company may use, sell, exploit and disclose the Ideas and/or the User Emails in any manner, without restriction and without compensation to you. For example, we may use User Content in a number of different ways, including displaying it on the Internet, reformatting it, incorporating it into other works, creating derivative works from it, promoting it, distributing it, and allowing others to do the same in connection with their own websites and media platforms.
We do not control the Communications, information, or files delivered to discussion groups on the Sites. You understand and agree that we have no obligation to monitor the Sites or the use of its Service. We may monitor or review any areas on the Sites or this Service where you transmit or post materials as may be required for maintenance and upkeep. By transmitting any public communication to our Sites, you grant us an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, unrestricted, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, re-use, reproduce, distribute, translate, publish, publicly display, publicly perform, modify, adapt, amend, edit, create derivative works from, incorporate into one or more compilations and reproduce and distribute such compilations, and otherwise exploit such communications, in all media now known or later developed. You warrant that you have the right to grant these rights to us. You also acknowledge and agree that any communications made to or by means of any forum on the Sites are public. You acknowledge and agree that you have no expectation of privacy in any public communication, and no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship is created between you and us by your act of transmitting a public communication to the Sites, in our forums or elsewhere.
WE DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY RELATED TO THE CONTENT OF ANY SUCH MATERIALS, WHETHER OR NOT ARISING UNDER THE LAWS OF COPYRIGHT, LIBEL, PRIVACY, OBSCENITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS OUR POLICY TO COOPERATE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVESTIGATING ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE SITES OR THIS SERVICE AND THAT WE RESERVE THE RIGHT AT ALL TIMES TO EDIT, REFUSE TO POST, OR TO REMOVE ANY MATERIALS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, THAT IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION, ARE OBJECTIONABLE OR IN VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS.
SnackTools virtual currency can be licensed with US dollars. Points are the only currency that you can use to pay for the premium features in all of our Services. SnackTools points can NOT be cashed out as US dollars or other currency. Subscription points will expire on specific dates that are shown in each user's account.
License to Use Virtual Currency
You acknowledge that the Services include fictional currency (called "Points"or "Virtual Currency"), which constitutes a limited license right to use a feature of our product. The Company may charge fees for the right to use Virtual Currency, or may distribute Virtual Currency without charge, in its sole discretion. Regardless of terminology used, Virtual Currency is governed solely under these Terms, and is not redeemable for any sum of money or monetary value from the Company at any time. You agree that the Company has the absolute right to manage, regulate, control, modify and/or eliminate such Virtual Currency as it sees fit in its sole discretion, in any general or specific case, and that the Company will have no liability to you based on its exercise of such right.
Value of Virtual Currency/Record Keeping
The purchase price of Virtual Currency and price of each Premium Services and Virtual Goods is expected to change over time. Initially it is anticipated that you may use such Virtual Currency to pay for certain Services offered for a fee ("Premium Services") and for virtual goods available through the Service ("Virtual Goods"). The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make all calculations regarding the balance of Virtual Currency in your account, the number and character of Virtual Goods in your account, and to determine the number of Points spent in connection with your activities related to Services. While we will do our best to make all such calculations on a consistent and reasonable basis, you agree that the Company's determination of the amount of Virtual Currency, the number and character of your Virtual Goods, and number of Points in your account is final, absent a showing of intentional miscalculation.
Exchanging Virtual Currency With Other Users
The Company may from time to time offer features for the purchase, sale or exchange of Virtual Currency and/or Virtual Goods. Unless otherwise noted in these Terms:
If the Company offers such a feature, you agree and acknowledge that the Company may charge a fee in connection with any sale or exchange transaction, or deny any sell, buy or trade order individually or with respect to general volume or price limitations set by the Company for any reason or for no reason at all. The Company may also discontinue any such features in whole or in part at any time and for any reason.
Until the Company offers such a feature, any trading, selling or exchanging of Virtual Currency or Virtual Goods among users is not sanctioned by the Company. Users who participate in such activities do so at their own risk. Users who trade, sell or exchange Virtual Currency without a Company program agree to indemnify the Company against any adverse or negative consequences. You acknowledge that the Company (i) may limit sellers, buyers or traders to any group of users at any time; and (ii) may (but has no obligation to) halt, suspend, discontinue, or reverse any Virtual Currency/Virtual Good transaction (whether proposed, pending or past) in cases of actual or suspected fraud, violations of other laws or regulations, or deliberate disruptions to or interference with the Service.
The Company is not responsible for the terms of any sale or exchange. It is up to each user to determine what consideration is appropriate for each item or group of items. The Company's sole responsibility, should it choose to offer any "escrow" services is to ensure that the items placed in escrow are released to each user at the same time. The Company is in no way responsible for ensuring that any user lives up to promises made by that user, that any user completes any trade or sale which such user has proposed, or to moderate the activities of any user or group of users. Furthermore, the Company is in no way responsible for the accuracy, integrity, completeness, quality, legality, usefulness, safety, and IP rights of any forum posts, commentary, ratings or compliments made by one user about other users or groups of users, and has no responsibility to offer other users an equivalent opportunity to respond.
Virtual Currency/Virtual Goods Have No Cash Value
Virtual Currency and Virtual Goods have no cash value and that neither the Company nor any other person has any obligation to exchange your Virtual Currency/Virtual Goods for anything of value. In the event that at some future date the Company, in its sole discretion decides to allow you to redeem or exchange Virtual Currency/Virtual Goods for real world goods or to exchange Virtual Currency/Virtual Goods for cash, you understand that you may have to pay a fee for such service and provide the Company with information about yourself, such as your social security number and mailing address and to execute a release agreement absolving the Company from all liabilities. The terms of any such exchange will be described in greater detail if such features are introduced, details will appear in these Terms.
All Sales Final
You agree that all sales of Virtual Goods and Virtual Currency by the Company are final, as are all sales or exchanges of Virtual Goods with other users through the Service. No refunds will be given, except in the Company's sole and absolute discretion. All Virtual Goods and Virtual Currency will be forfeited if your account is terminated or suspended for any reason, in the Company's sole and absolute discretion, or if the Company discontinues providing the Service.
SnackTools offers the right to use its Services for free for potential customers to have adequate opportunity to assess the value of these services prior to purchase a license/subscription.
Unlike physical goods, electronically distributed software and deliverables can be duplicated. Once a purchase has been made, it is unfortunately not possible for us to recall all copies/deliverables (such as Flash SWF banners downloaded from BannerSnack.com). Therefore, the Company does not accept refunds, returns, or exchanges. No refunds will be given, except in the Company's sole and absolute discretion.
All widgets, js codes, Flash files/SWF, data files, images and other final published files/deliverables are owned by you (the end-user) AS IS, meaning that after receiving/getting the code from our Services (e.g. published banners/slideshows page) the end user is not allowed to change or modify anything inside the deliverable. He can use it only as it is provided by the Services. Exceptions can be made for html/js code that can be edited to comply with your site, but we do not support this action.
The Services licensed under SnackTools network sites are tested over and over by our QA team; however it may not function correctly, it may have functional, conceptual and/or documentation bugs and issues. In these case, SnackTools (Smartketer LLC) will try to fix the bugs, issues and errors found and will supply the buyer with working updates. The free versions of the Services are designed especially to let prospective buyers test the software before they make a purchase, this is why a bug found in SnackTools software will not lead to a refund.
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. We will investigate incidents involving such violations and may involve and will cooperate with law enforcement if a criminal violation is suspected. You must take reasonable security precautions in light of your use of the Service. You are solely responsible for any breaches of security affecting the servers under your control.
We are using third party redundant Amazon AWS cloud services (except for FileSnack.com), which are currently the most reliable on the planet. All widgets and banners are hosted on Amazon S3. In addition to this, we are also using dedicated server solutions from SoftLayer. SnackTools cannot be held liable for any faults, failures, errors, or issues, including permanent data loss due to third party server issues.
The information and materials on the Sites could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information contained herein. Smartketer LLC MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY DIGITAL PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, MATERIALS OR GRAPHICS ON THE WEB SITE, ALL OF WHICH IS PROVIDED ON A STRICTLY "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COMPANY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES: (i) FOR THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES AND THE SERVICE; (ii) FOR OTHER SERVICES OR GOODS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE COMPANY SITES OR THE SITES OR SERVICE, OR ACCESSED THROUGH ANY LINKS ON THE SITE; OR (iii) FOR VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITES OR THE SERVICE.
You agree to indemnify and hold us, our officers, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, service providers, suppliers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of materials you submit, post or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your violation of the Terms, your breach of any of the representations and warranties in these Terms, or your violation of any rights of another person or entity.
You further consent that this Agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, U.S.A. without reference to its conflicts of laws provisions. You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Michigan for any disputes arising out the use of the Sites. This shall also apply in case the User registers from another country. The place of jurisdiction is the location of the Service Provider’s registered office.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between SnackTools and you with respect to the SnackTools netwok sites and it supersedes all prior and similarly timed communications. If, for any reason, a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or part of a provision of this Agreement unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of this agreement. Any remaining provisions of the agreement will continue to be enforced with full effect.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE WE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM ANY ASPECT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITES OR THE SERVICE, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF THE SITES OR THE SERVICE, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE SITES OR THE SERVICE, OR THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF THE SITES OR THE SERVICE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF OTHER SERVICES OR PRODUCTS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH OUR SITEA OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE SITES, AS WELL AS BY REASON OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITES OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE SITES. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In some jurisdictions, limitations of liability are not permitted and some of the foregoing limitation may not apply to you.
We may without notice to you, suspend your Service or remove any materials transmitted via the Sites if it discovers facts that lead it to reasonably believe the Sites service is being used in violation of these Terms. You agree to cooperate with our reasonable investigation of any suspected violation of these Terms. We will attempt to contact you prior to your suspension; however, prior notification is not assured.
You acknowledge that your use of the Service is conditioned upon your compliance with these Terms and any use of the Service in violation of these Terms will not only be regarded as a breach of these Terms, but also as an infringement of the Company's copyrights in and to the Service. The Company reserves the right to terminate your access to the Service without notice if you violate these Terms, and/or to pursue other remedies at law or in equity.
You acknowledge that we may delete your account for any reason or for no reason at all, and if we delete your account as provided in these Terms (for example because of your violation of our Copyright Policy), you will lose all Virtual Goods and Virtual Currencies in your account, whether those items were provided to you gratuitously, or due to a payment of cash or the performance of services, and in such event, the Company shall have no obligation to make any refund to you. Until such times as these Terms are changed to the contrary, you will have no right to convert our virtual currency into actual money or into any tangible property.