Gitcoin Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Last updated: December 1, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS AGREEMENT IS SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AS DETAILED IN SECTION 22. PLEASE READ THE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY.

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

ConsenSys AG’s Gitcoin  (“Gitcoin”) is a blockchain-based incentivization toolkit for Open Source Software allowing Users to interact with Gitcoin. “Tasks” means any service a Site participant requests or performs. Site participants may consist of (a) Those who post Tasks to Gitcoin (individually a “Poster,” collectively the “Posters”); (b) those who fulfill Tasks (individually a “Hunter” or collectively the “Hunters”); and (c) those who interact with the Gitcoin site but do not post or fulfill Tasks (a “Visitor,” Posters, Hunters, and Visitors collectively referred to as “Users”). The Gitcoin website (https://gitcoin.co/,the “Site”) serves as a registration portal, product offering, and an overview of the Gitcoin services. The site also includes text, images, audio, code and other materials or third party information. The Site allows Posters to fund and post Tasks for Hunters to resolve.The Site and any other features, tools, materials, or services offered from time to time by Gitcoin, is referred to here as the “Service.” Please read these Terms of Use (the “Terms” or “Terms of Use”) carefully before using the Service. By using or otherwise accessing the Services, or clicking to accept or agree to these Terms where that option is made available, you (x) accept and agree to these Terms (y) consent to the collection, use, disclosure and other handling of information as described in our Privacy Policy and (z) any additional terms, rules and conditions of participation issued by Gitcoin from time to time. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS, THEN YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES.

2. MODIFICATIONS OF TERMS OF USE

Except for Section 22, providing for binding arbitration and waiver of class action rights, Gitcoin reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace the Terms of Use at any time. The most current version of these Terms will be posted on our Site. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Use of the Services by you after any modification to the Terms constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use as modified.

3. ELIGIBILITY

You represent and warrant that you: (a) are of legal age to form a binding contract; (b) have not previously been suspended or removed from using our Services; and (c) have full power and authority to enter into this agreement and in doing so will not violate any other agreement to which you are a party. If you are registering to use the Services on behalf of a legal entity, you further represent and warrant that (x) such legal entity is duly organized and validly existing under the applicable laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, and (y) you are duly authorized by such legal entity to act on its behalf.

4. ROLE OF GITCOIN

You expressly acknowledge, agree, and understand that: the Site is merely a platform through which Posters and Hunters conduct transactions. Unless participating on the Site as a Poster, Gitcoin is not involved in the transactions, and has no control over the quality, safety, or legality of Tasks or consideration for Tasks, the ability of Hunters to perform Tasks to Posters’ satisfaction, or the ability of Posters to pay for Tasks. You are not an employee of Gitcoin, and Gitcoin does not, in any way, screen, supervise, direct, or control Hunters or services performed for or delivered to Posters  (“Hunter Services”). Gitcoin will not have any liability or obligations under or related to Service Contracts (defined below) for any acts or omissions by you or other Users. Gitcoin has no control over Hunters or the Hunter Services offered or rendered by Hunters and Gitcoin makes no representations as to the reliability, capability, or qualifications of any Hunter or the quality, security, or legality of any Hunter Services, and Gitcoin disclaims any and all liability relating thereto. Use of the Site is at your own risk. Because Gitcoin is not a party to the transactions between Posters and Hunters, Gitcoin is not responsible for resolving any disputes between participants related to any Tasks.

5. GITCOIN POSTERS

As a Poster, you agree that: (a) you will interact with Hunters in a professional and courteous manner, and accurately describe your Task; (b) you may only use the Site for business, commercial, or research purposes; (c) you may not have Hunters perform Tasks through venues other than the Site; (d) payment will be issued and remitted to Hunters upon the your approval of Task; (e) payment is not refundable; (f) you will not reject Tasks performed by Hunters without good cause; and (g) you will not post a Task that violates any part of section 11 of the Terms.

6. GITCOIN HUNTERS

As a Hunter, you agree that: (a) you will interact with Posters in a professional and courteous manner, and provide reasonably requested information in connection with your performance of Tasks; (b) you will perform Tasks in a competent and workmanlike manner; (c) you will supply complete, accurate, non-malicious information for all Tasks you perform; (d) you will not perform Tasks through venues other than the Site; (e) you will not submit anything to Poster that violates section 11 of the Terms; and (f) Posters may reject Tasks you perform for good cause and currently there is no way for a Hunter to dispute any rejection of a submission made through the Site, meaning you may not be paid if a Poster rejects your submission.

7. WORK PRODUCT AND WORK FOR HIRE

Hunter will perform the Hunter Services in a professional and workmanlike manner and will timely deliver any agreed upon tangible or intangible results or deliverables, including, but not limited to, configurations, computer programs, software, applications, or other information, and any intellectual property developed in connection therewith (“Work Product”). Where applicable, the Work Product must be submitted to Poster in open source format.

Any Work Product from Tasks performed as a Hunter is a "work made for hire" for the benefit of the Poster. Upon Hunter’s receipt of full payment from Poster, the Work Product, including without limitation all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction (“Intellectual Property Rights”) in the Work Product, will be the sole and exclusive property of Poster, and Poster will be deemed to be the author thereof. If Hunter has any Intellectual Property Rights to the Work Product that are not owned by Poster upon Hunter’s receipt of payment from Client, Hunter hereby automatically irrevocably assigns to Client all right, title and interest worldwide in and to such Intellectual Property Rights. Except as set forth above, Hunter retains no rights to use, and will not challenge the validity of Poster’s ownership in, such Intellectual Property Rights. Hunter hereby waives any moral rights, rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal or inalienable rights under applicable law in and to the Work Product.

Hunter agrees that it will not incorporate into Work Product or otherwise supply Poster any deliverable for which the use or distribution of the code will create (or purport to create) obligations for Poster to grant any rights or immunities under Poster’s intellectual property to a third-party, including without limitation any obligation that the Work Product or Poster software combined with, derived from, or distributed with such Work Product (a) be disclosed or distributed in source code form, (b) be licensed for the purpose of making derivative works, or (c) be redistributable at no charge.

8. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Hunters perform Tasks for Posters in their personal capacity as an independent contractor and not as an employee of a Poster or Gitcoin. As a Hunter, you agree that: (a) you are responsible for and will comply with all applicable laws and registration requirements, including those applicable to independent contractors and maximum working hours regulations; (b) these Terms do not create an association, joint venture, partnership, franchise, or employer/employee relationship between you and Poster, or you and Gitcoin; (iii) you will not represent yourself as an employee or agent of a Poster or Gitcoin; (iv) you will not be entitled to any of the benefits that a Poster or Gitcoin may make available to its employees, such as vacation pay, sick leave, and insurance programs, including group health insurance or retirement benefits; and (v) you are not eligible to recover worker's compensation benefits in the event of injury. As an independent contractor, Hunter is free at all times to provide Hunter Services to persons or businesses other than Poster, including any competitor of Poster. Hunter does not have authority to enter into written or oral (whether implied or express) contracts on behalf of Poster or Gitcoin. As a Poster, you will not engage a Hunter in any way that may jeopardize that Hunter's status as an independent contractor performing Tasks for you. Posters may not require an exclusive relationship.

9. GITCOIN CONTRACTS

As used herein, a “Service Contract” means, as applicable, the unilateral contractual provisions created by Poster that govern the Hunter Services to be performed by Hunter for Poster for a particular Task posted to the Site and which will typically include a description of the Task or Tasks to be completed, the amount and type of currency as compensation, and the deadline.  You acknowledge and agree that Gitcoin is not a party to any Service Contracts, and that the formation of a Service Contract between any Posters and Hunters will not, under any circumstance, create an employment or other service relationship between Gitcoin and Poster or Gitcoin and Hunter.

10. PAYMENT

In order to use Site Services, each User must provide its Ethereum wallet address. The Site and the Site Services operate with Ether or ERC20 compatible tokens. Payment to Hunters will occur upon Poster’s acceptance of Hunter’s Work Product. Acceptance of a Hunter’s Work Product is at the sole discretion of the Poster.

11. UNAUTHORIZED USE OR ACCESS[a]

Unless otherwise expressly authorized in these Terms of Use or on the Site, you may not take any action to interfere with the Site or any other user’s use of the Site or decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any content or other products or processes accessible through the Site, nor insert any code or product or manipulate the content in any way that affects any User’s experience. While using the Site you are required to comply with all applicable statutes, orders, regulations, rules, and other laws. In addition, we expect users of the Website to respect the rights and dignity of others. Your use of the Site is conditioned on your compliance with the rules of conduct set forth in this section.

You may not use, or encourage others to use, Gitcoin for any illegal, harmful, fraudulent, infringing, or objectionable activities. Here is a non-exhaustive list of prohibited activities:

12. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER

You expressly understand and agree that your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an "AS IS" and "as available" basis, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. You release Gitcoin from all liability for content you acquired or failed to acquire through the Service.

13. SOPHISTICATION AND RISK OF CRYPTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS

By utilizing the Service or platform in any way, you represent that you understand the inherent risks associated with cryptographic systems; and warrant that you have an understanding of the usage and intricacies of public/private key cryptography, native cryptographic tokens, like Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC), smart contract based tokens such as those that follow the Ethereum Token Standard (https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/issues/20), and blockchain-based software systems.

14. PLATFORM SECURITY

Gitcoin is an early stage platform. You acknowledge that Ethereum applications are code subject to flaws and acknowledge that you are solely responsible for evaluating any available code provided by the Services. You further expressly acknowledge and represent that applications can be written maliciously or negligently, that Gitcoin cannot be held liable for your interaction with such applications. These warnings and others later provided by Gitcoin in no way evidence or represent an on-going duty to alert you to all of the potential risks of utilizing the Service.

15. RISK OF ERRORS, BUGS, AND DOWNTIME

You acknowledge and accept that the Services (i) may contain bugs, errors and defects, (ii) may function improperly or be subject to periods of downtime and unavailability, (iii) may result in total or partial loss or corruption of data used in the Services, and (iv) may be modified at any time, including through the release of subsequent versions, all with or without notice.

16. INDEMNITY

You agree, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, to release and to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Gitcoin and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, as well as the officers, directors, employees, shareholders and representatives of any of the foregoing entities, from and against any and all losses, liabilities, expenses, damages, costs (including attorneys’ fees and court costs) claims or actions of any kind whatsoever arising or resulting from your use of the Service, your violation of these Terms of Use, and any of your acts or omissions that implicate publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Gitcoin reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you and, in such case, you agree to cooperate with Gitcoin in the defense of such matter.

17. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND OR RECEIVE DURING YOUR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICE MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED OR LATER ACQUIRED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. RECOGNIZING SUCH, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER GITCOIN NOR ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE LOSSES OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE PERMITTED, NEGLIGENCE AND GROSS NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER THEORY (EVEN IF GITCOIN HAD BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM THE SITE OR SERVICE; THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SITES OR SERVICE; UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SITES OR SERVICE; ANY ACTIONS WE TAKE OR FAIL TO TAKE AS A RESULT OF COMMUNICATIONS YOU SEND TO US; HUMAN ERRORS; TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS; FAILURES, INCLUDING PUBLIC UTILITY OR TELEPHONE OUTAGES; OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, LATENCY, DELETIONS OR DEFECTS OF ANY DEVICE OR NETWORK, PROVIDERS, OR SOFTWARE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE THAT DO NOT PERMIT PARTICIPATION IN THE SERVICE); ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT; INABILITY TO FULLY ACCESS THE SITES OR SERVICE OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE; THEFT, TAMPERING, DESTRUCTION, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, IMAGES OR OTHER CONTENT OF ANY KIND; DATA THAT IS PROCESSED LATE OR INCORRECTLY OR IS INCOMPLETE OR LOST; TYPOGRAPHICAL, PRINTING OR OTHER ERRORS, OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF; OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITES OR SERVICE.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

18. LICENSES

18.1. Site License

Subject to and conditioned on your compliance with these Terms of Use, Gitcoin grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Service. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Service or any derivative use of the Service. All rights not expressly granted to you in these Terms of Use are reserved and retained by Gitcoin or its licensors. The Gitcoin Service may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Gitcoin. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Gitcoin without express written consent. You may not misuse the Services. You may use the Services only as permitted by law. The licenses granted by Gitcoin terminate if you do not comply with these Terms of Use. Gitcoin retains all right, title, and interest in and to all Intellectual Property Rights in and to the Site and the Site Services.

18.2. User Content License

When you post or submit any data, feedback, content, text, photographs, images, or other information to any part of the Site or provide to Gitcoin (referred to as “User Content”), you represent and warrant that you have the right, power, and authority to post that User Content and grant the licenses specified below.  You further represent and warrant that by posting or providing such User Content you will not violate third-party rights of any kind, including, without limitation, any Intellectual Property Rights, rights of publicity, or privacy rights.  To the extent your User Content may be copyrightable, you represent, warrant, and covenant that you are the owner of all the copyright rights to such User Content and that Gitcoin may exercise the rights to your User Content granted under the Terms of Use without any liability or obligation for any payment.

You retain all ownership rights in any User Content you post on Gitcoin.  To the extent permitted by applicable law, you also grant to Gitcoin and our successors and affiliates a royalty-free, sub-licensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form, media, or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Site and Gitcoin (and our successors’ and affiliates’) business, including, without limitation, for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.  You also hereby grant each User a non-exclusive license to access your User Content through the Site and to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform such User Content to the extent permitted through the normal functionality of the Site and subject to all applicable confidentiality and other provisions of this Agreement, our Privacy Policy, and applicable law.

The licenses to User Content granted by you in this Agreement will terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Content from the Site, except that you grant Gitcoin and our successors and affiliates the irrevocable and perpetual license to retain and use, but not publicly display or distribute, server or archival copies of all User Content that you have removed or deleted to the extent permitted by applicable law.

19. TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION

Gitcoin may terminate or suspend all or part of the Service without prior notice or liability if you breach any of the terms or conditions of the Terms. We may, in our sole discretion and without liability to you, with or without prior notice and at any time, modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any portion of our Services.

The following provisions of the Terms survive any termination of these Terms: INDEMNITY; WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION ON LIABILITY; OUR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS; TERMINATION; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES; BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER; GENERAL INFORMATION.

20. NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES

You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to the Terms. The Terms of Use will not be construed as creating or implying any relationship of agency, franchise, partnership, or joint venture between Users and Gitcoin, except and solely to the extent expressly stated in this Agreement.

21. NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS

If you believe that your copyright or the copyright of a person on whose behalf you are authorized to act has been infringed, please provide Gitcoin a written notice containing the following information:

Gitcoin can be reached at:

Email: notices@consensys.net

Subject Line: Copyright Notification

22. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY – IT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT

22.1. Initial Dispute Resolution

The parties shall use their best efforts to engage directly to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement and engage in good faith negotiations which shall be a condition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration.

22.2. Binding Arbitration

If the parties do not reach an agreed upon solution within a period of 30 days from the time informal dispute resolution under the Initial Dispute Resolution provision begins, then either party may initiate binding arbitration as the sole means to resolve claims, subject to the terms set forth below. Specifically, all claims arising out of or relating to these Terms (including their formation, performance and breach), the parties’ relationship with each other and/or your use of the Service shall be finally settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the provisions of its Commercial Arbitration Rules and the supplementary procedures for consumer related disputes of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”), excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class actions. The arbitrator, and not any federal, state or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of these Terms, including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Terms are void or voidable, or whether a claim is subject to arbitration. The arbitrator shall be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in a court under law or in equity. The arbitrator’s award shall be written, and binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties understand that, absent this mandatory provision, they would have the right to sue in court and have a jury trial. They further understand that, in some instances, the costs of arbitration could exceed the costs of litigation and the right to discovery may be more limited in arbitration than in court.

22.3. Location

Binding arbitration shall take place in New York. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any federal or state court in New York County, New York, in order to compel arbitration, to stay proceedings pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator.

22.4. Class Action Waiver

The parties further agree that any arbitration or other permitted action shall be conducted in their individual capacities only and not as a class action or other representative action, and the parties expressly waive their right to file a class action or seek relief on a class basis. YOU AND GITCOIN AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. If any court or arbitrator determines that the class action waiver set forth in this paragraph is void or unenforceable for any reason or that an arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the arbitration provision set forth above shall be deemed null and void in its entirety and the parties shall be deemed to have not agreed to arbitrate disputes.

22.5. Exception - Litigation of Intellectual Property and Small Claims Court Claims

Notwithstanding the parties' decision to resolve all disputes through arbitration, either party may bring an action in state or federal court to protect its intellectual property rights (“intellectual property rights” means patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets, but not privacy or publicity rights). Either party may also seek relief in a small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of that court’s jurisdiction.

22.6. 30-Day Right to Opt Out

You have the right to opt-out and not be bound by the arbitration and class action waiver provisions set forth above by sending written notice of your decision to opt-out to the following address: Gitcoin ℅ ConsenSys, 49 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY 11206 and via email at notices@consensys.net, with subject line “Gitcoin LEGAL OPT OUT”. The notice must be sent within 30 days of your first use of the Service otherwise you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of those paragraphs. If you opt-out of these arbitration provisions, Gitcoin also will not be bound by them.

22.7. Changes to this Section

Gitcoin will provide 60-days’ notice of any changes to this section. Changes will become effective on the 60th day, and will apply prospectively only to any claims arising after the 60th day. For any dispute not subject to arbitration you and Gitcoin agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and state courts located in New York, New York. You further agree to accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available. The Terms and the relationship between you and Gitcoin shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to conflict of law provisions.

23. RELEASE

In addition to the recognition that Gitcoin is not a party to any Service Contract between Users, you hereby release Gitcoin, our affiliates, and our respective officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and employees from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any dispute you have with another User, whether it be at law or in equity.  This release includes, for example and without limitation, any disputes regarding the performance, functions, and quality of the work provided to the Gitcoin Poster and requests for refunds based upon disputes.

TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE, YOU HEREBY WAIVE THE PROTECTIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ANY ANALOGOUS LAW IN ANY OTHER APPLICABLE JURISDICTION) WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”

24. GENERAL INFORMATION

24.1. Entire Agreement

These Terms (and any additional terms, rules and conditions of participation that Gitcoin may post on the Service) constitute the entire agreement between you and Gitcoin with respect to the Service and supersedes any prior agreements, oral or written, between you and Gitcoin. In the event of a conflict between these Terms and the additional terms, rules and conditions of participation, the latter will prevail over the Terms to the extent of the conflict.

24.2. Waiver and Severability of Terms

The failure of Gitcoin to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the arbitrator or court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.

24.3. Statute of Limitations

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Service or the Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

24.4. Communications

Users with questions, complaints or claims with respect to the Service may contact us at legalnotices@gitcoin.co.

25. INTERNATIONAL USERS

The Site is controlled, operated and administered by Gitcoin from its offices within the United States of America and is not intended to subject Gitcoin to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. Gitcoin does not represent or warrant that the Site or any part thereof is appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction other than the United States. Those who choose to access the Site do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local statutes, orders, regulations, rules, and other laws. You are also subject to United States export controls and are responsible for any violations of such controls, including without limitation any United States embargoes or other federal rules and regulations restricting exports. Gitcoin may limit the Site’s availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion.

PRIVACY POLICY

Last updated: December 1, 2017

The Gitcoin development team is extremely passionate about providing incentivizing tools for open source software and takes consumer privacy very seriously. The Privacy Policy, along with our Terms of Service, describes how we collect, use, disclose, and store the information you provide to us. The Privacy Policy applies to the website, products, and services (collectively, “Services”) on or in which it is posted, linked, or referenced.

This policy covers:

• Information that we receive from you when you interact with our Services;

• How we use and process the information that we receive;

• If and why Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties; and

• Your choices regarding the collection and processing of your Personal Information.

Please note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to information collected through third-party websites or services that you may access through the Services or that you submit to us through email, text message or other electronic message or offline.

By using the Services, you accept the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service, and consent to our collection, use, disclosure, and retention of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. If you have not done so already, please also review our Terms of Service. The Terms of Service contain provisions that limit our liability to you and require you to resolve any dispute with us on an individual basis and not as part of any class or representative action. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY OR OUR TERMS OF SERVICE, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OF THE SERVICES.

The Effective Date of this Privacy Policy is set forth at the top of this webpage. Whenever possible, we will provide you with advance written notice of our changes to this Privacy Policy. We will not make retroactive changes that reduce your privacy rights unless we are legally required to do so. Your continued use of the Services after the Effective Date constitutes your acceptance of the amended Privacy Policy. The amended Privacy Policy supersedes all previous versions.

We use the information we collect from our services to provide, maintain, and improve the Services, to develop new Services, and to protect the Services and our users.

Gitcoin does not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of the Gitcoin community or our affiliate companies unless one of the following circumstances applies:

With your consent

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of the Services when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information as well as .

For external processing

The internet is a complex highway system and until the emergence of the fully decentralizing Web 3.0, information must be processed along those rails in some instances. We make reasonable efforts to limit the exposure of any personal information to external processors.

For legal reasons

When permitted or required by law, we may share information with additional third parties for purposes including response to legal process. To the extent such activity is permissive in nature, we will endeavor to provide adequate notice in the instance of such disclosures. To the extent disclosures are required, we will still endeavor to provide notice where possible.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users.

If Gitcoin is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will transfer any personal information to such third parties following notice and a reasonable opportunity for users to object to the transfer of such personal information.

Of the information Gitcoin collects, we store the information publicly on IPFS, and we retain information as long as it is necessary and relevant for our operations. In addition, we retain personal information to comply with applicable law where required, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigation, enforce our Terms of Service, and other actions permitted by law.

We employ industry standard security measures designed to protect the security of all information submitted through the Services. However, the security of information transmitted through the internet can never be guaranteed. We are not responsible for any interception or interruption of any communications through the internet or for changes to or losses of data. Users of the Services are responsible for maintaining the security of any password, biometrics, user ID or other form of authentication involved in obtaining access to password protected or secure areas of any of our digital services. In order to protect you and your data, we may suspend your use of any of the Services, without notice, pending an investigation, if any breach of security is suspected.

With regard to information we collect, you have sole discretion whether to provide such information. Once provided, this information may be transmitted and shared in accordance with the terms of this policy unless and until you provide us notice to delete your personal information in writing at legalnotices@gitcoin.co. Users acknowledge that we will make reasonable efforts to delete such information as is technically possible. You acknowledge that the inherent nature of blockchain networks will make many records impossible to delete. Some personal information is automatically collected via the use of data analytics tools. If you object to this collection, your only choice is to not use the Services.

The Services may provide access or interaction with third-party websites and services (“Third Party Services”) with which we have no affiliation. We do not endorse any Third Party Service or the quality or accuracy of information presented on it. If you decide to visit a Third Party Service, you are subject to its privacy policy and practices and not this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to carefully review the legal and privacy notices of all other digital services that you visit.

The Services are not intended for use by children. If you are under the age of majority in your place of residence, you may use the Services only with the consent of or under the supervision of your parent or legal guardian. Consistent with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), if we learn that we have received any information directly from a child under age 13 without first receiving his or her parent's verified consent, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or his or her parent or legal guardian) to inform the child that he or she cannot use the Services and subsequently we will delete that information.

Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users are entitled to the following consumer rights notice: California residents may reach the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by mail at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.

[a]Edit more in line with Amazon Mechanical Turk Use Policy- https://www.mturk.com/mturk/acceptableuse