1. General terms
Tiquer provides this Site to Users seeking writing critique services (“Students”) and to Users seeking to provide writing critique services (“Tiquers”), and to any other entity on whose behalf Users accept these Terms. The term “you” or “You” or “User” or “Users” shall refer to Students, Tiquers or any person or entity who views, uses, accesses, or browses any content on, and/or creates, uploads, posts, sends, receives or stores content to the Site. These Terms are entered into by and between Tiquer and you, and you accept them by: (a) accessing or viewing the content of the Site; (b) contracting for writing critique services through the Site; (c) registering as a Tiquer or providing writing critique services through the Site; (d) using the Site in any other manner; and/or (e) acknowledging agreement with these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, do not use the Site.
To the extent that anything in or associated with the Site is in conflict or inconsistent with these Terms, the Terms shall control. Any express waiver or failure to exercise promptly any right under the Terms will not create a continuing waiver or any expectation of non-enforcement. If any provision of the Terms is held invalid by any law or regulation of any government, or by any court or arbitrator, the parties agree that such provision will be replaced with a new provision that accomplishes the original business purpose, and the other provisions of the Terms will remain in full force and effect.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND EACH PROVISION. THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR CLASS ACTIONS.
The Site offers a marketplace for those seeking writing critique services to connect with those seeking to provide writing critique services. As independent businesses engaged by Students, Tiquers decide, are responsible for, and generally control the methods, materials, scheduling, frequency, duration and all other aspects of the writing critique they provide.
Students are responsible for selecting the right Tiquer for their needs. In making hiring decisions, Students should review and investigate each tutor’s self-reported credentials, education, and experience, as well as reviews from other students. IF THE STUDENT IS YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OLD, ALL WRITING CRITIQUE SESSIONS SHOULD BE SUPERVISED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.
Tiquer makes no representation that this website is accessible in all locations. Tiquer services may not be available in your location, and available services may vary among locations. In addition, Tiquer will attempt to deliver all correspondence sent via the Site’s messaging system. Tiquer does not, however, guarantee delivery of all messages.
To use the Site, you must obtain access to the Internet, either directly or through devices that access web-based content, and pay any service fees or other costs associated with such access. In addition, you must provide all equipment necessary to make such connection to the Internet, including a computer and modem or other access device. If you are under eighteen (18) years of age, you may use the Site only with the involvement and consent of a parent, legal guardian, or at the direction of your School. Your School may impose additional policies regarding the use of the Site, with which you must comply.
If you utilize the Tiquer Site to provide the Service to students in a School, you represent and warrant that you are an authorized representative of the School with the authority to bind the School to this Agreement, and that you agree to this Agreement on the School's behalf. If you contact Tiquer to take any action with respect to an account, you represent and warrant that you have all necessary authority to request such action(s) from or on behalf of the account-holder (e.g., a School or Parent).
4. Academic honesty
Tiquer’s services are provided for the purpose of facilitating learning, creative writing, and education/job-seeking, and not to encourage or facilitate cheating or any other form of academic dishonesty. You shall not use the Site to inquire about, engage in or aid or assist anyone with any form of academic dishonesty (for example, completing assignments or projects, writing papers or essays, taking (or helping to take) quizzes or examinations on someone’s behalf), or to take any action that would violate the academic or conduct policies of a school, university, academic institution or workplace.
5. Your obligations and conduct
All Users must: (a) be of legal age and have capacity to agree to these Terms on their own behalf or on behalf of a minor who will be receiving writing critique services; (b) reside within the United States, (c) provide accurate, current, and complete information about themselves as required during Site registration (“Registration Data”); (d) maintain the security of any password and identification information used to access the Site; (e) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data and any information you provide to Tiquer, keep it accurate, current and complete; and (f) accept all risks of unauthorized access to information and Registration Data.
You will have a password upon completing the registration process on the Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify Tiquer of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Tiquer cannot and will not be liable for any unauthorized access to your account or data that arises from your acts or omissions.
Users must use the Site in a manner that is lawful, relevant and proper to the applicable forum. Any use of the Site that Tiquer, in its sole discretion, finds inappropriate and/or offensive may result in suspension and/or termination of a User with or without notice. Specifically, but without limitation, Users may not:
- Defame, abuse, harass in any form, harm, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (including without limitation rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
- Create, upload, post, send, receive or store any false, misleading, profane, defamatory, infringing, hateful, distasteful, obscene or unlawful topic, name, information, materials or content;
- Use the Site for any purpose that is in violation of local, state, national, or international law, including without limitation wage/hour and working condition laws and regulations;
- Create an account or accounts on the Site for fraudulent purposes, or for the purpose of misusing the Site, including without limitation misappropriating the Site or any information on the Site for your own commercial or pecuniary gain.
- Upload files that contain software or other content that violates the rights of any third party, including without limitation intellectual property rights or rights of privacy or publicity;
- Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, spiders, cancel bots, corrupted files, or any other similar software, malware or content that may damage, interfere with, disrupt, impair, disable or otherwise overburden the operation of any device, computer system or network;
- Take any action that would undermine any aspect of the Site;
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other User accounts, or other device, computer system or networks connected to the Site;
- Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose on the Site that are not appropriate or relevant to the Site;
- Impersonate another person or allow any other person or entity to impersonate you or use your credentials to access the Site;
- Post the same content repeatedly or spam - spamming is strictly prohibited;
- Download, copy or transmit any file posted by another User that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally published through the Site;
- Access, download, or copy any information, content and/or materials from the Site through artificial means (including without limitation spiders, scrapers, hacking devices, computer programs, bots, web spoofing, URL rewriting or other such means);
- Reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, re-sell or exploit any information, materials or content on the Site; or
- Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying the Site.
Tiquer reserves all of its rights under the Communications Decency Act, including without limitation its right to remove anything objectionable to Tiquer in its sole discretion. Alleged improprieties by any User may be reported to Tiquer by email at [email protected].
6. School Accounts and Student Data
This Section 6 applies to a School's use of Tiquer services.
When Tiquer is used by a School for an educational purpose, Tiquer may collect or have access to Student Data that is provided by the School or by a student. "Student Data" is personal information that is directly related to an identifiable student and may include "educational records" as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA").
Compliance with Laws. In the U.S., Tiquer may collect and process Student Data as a School Official with a legitimate educational interest pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"), 20 U.S.C. § 1232(g). Individually and collectively, we and our School Users agree to uphold our obligations under FERPA, COPPA, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment ("PPRA"), applicable State laws relating to student data privacy, and with all other laws and regulations governing the protection of Student Data.
Use of Student Data. By submitting, providing us access to, or causing us to receive Student Data, you agree that Tiquer may use the Student Data for the purposes of (i) providing the Service, (ii) improving and developing our Service, (iii) enforcing our rights under these Terms, and (iv) as permitted with the School's or the User's consent.
Use of De-Identified or Anonymized Student Data. You agree that both before and after the term of the Agreement, Tiquer may collect, analyze, use, and retain data derived from Student Data as well as data about users' access and use of the Service, for the purpose of operating, analyzing, improving or marketing the Service, developing new products or services, conducting research or other purposes, provided that Tiquer may not share or publicly disclose information that is derived from Student Data unless such data is de-identified and/or anonymized such that it cannot reasonably identify a specific individual.
Use of Personal Information for Marketing. You agree that Tiquer may provide customized content, advertising, and commercial messaging to school, teacher or district administrative users and other non-student users from time to time, provided that such advertisements shall not be based on Student Data. For emphasis, and without limitation, Tiquer shall never use Student Data to engage in targeted advertising.
Student Data Access and Deletion Requests. You may request that we delete Student Data in our possession at any time by providing such a request in writing, and we shall comply with such request within thirty (30) days, except that Tiquer shall not be required to delete Student Data that has been moved to a personal account on the Service or as otherwise prohibited by law. A parent or student over the age of 18 seeking to access, modify, correct, or delete personal information in a student account that is connected to a School account will be instructed to contact the School to discuss data deletion or modification. Tiquer is not required to delete data that has been derived from Student Data if such data is de-identified and/or anonymized such that it cannot reasonably identify a specific individual.
Data Security and Breach Notification. We have implemented administrative, physical and technical safeguards designed to secure the personal information in Tiquer's possession and control from unauthorized access, disclosure and use. If an unauthorized party gains access to or has been disclosed Student Data (a "Security Event"), that we have collected or received through the Service under this Agreement, we will promptly notify the School. If, due to a Security Event which is caused by the acts or omissions of Tiquer or its agents, a notification to an individual, organization or government agency is required under applicable privacy laws, the School shall be responsible for the timing, content, and method of any such legally-required notice and compliance with such laws and Tiquer shall indemnify the School for reasonable costs related to legally-required notifications. With respect to any Security Event which is not caused by the acts or omissions of Tiquer or its agents, Tiquer shall reasonably cooperate with School's investigation of the Security Event, as School requests, at School's reasonable expense, but Tiquer shall not indemnify a School for costs associated with the Security Event. Tiquer shall be responsible for the timing, content, cost and method of notice and compliance with such laws as they relate to users that are not associated with a School account.
State Specific Terms. The following additional terms may apply depending on the state a School is located:
This Section 6.1 applies to the use of the Service by Schools located in the State of Connecticut. The purpose of this Section 6.1 is to document compliance with applicable Connecticut state laws that may apply to the use of the Service by Schools in Connecticut, such as Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-234aa-dd. This Section 6.1 incorporates by reference the definitions set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-234aa.
If you open a Tiquer account to provide services to students in a School located in the State of Connecticut, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to do so on behalf of the local or regional board of education with authority over the School and that you are authorized to communicate with Tiquer on behalf of the local or regional board of education.
Tiquer and you shall comply with all applicable sections of Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-234aa-dd. The following terms shall apply as required by Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-234bb. To the extent that any such required terms conflict with other terms in this Agreement, the terms of this Section 6.1 shall apply.
- Student information, student records and student-generated content are not the property of or under the control of Tiquer.
- The local or regional board of education may request the deletion of any student information, student records or student-generated content in the possession of Tiquer by sending a request to [email protected]. As permitted by Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-234bb(2), Tiquer is not required to delete information prohibited from deletion or required to be retained under state or federal law or stored as a copy as part of a disaster recovery storage system and that is (i) inaccessible to the public, and (ii) unable to be used in the normal course of business by the contractor. Tiquer will, however, comply with requests for deletion of student information, student records, or student-generated content that is restored from such disaster recovery storage systems.
- Tiquer will not use student information, student records and student-generated content for any purposes other than those authorized pursuant to this Agreement.
- A student, parent or legal guardian of a student may review personally identifiable information contained in student information, student records or student-generated content and correct erroneous information, if any, in such student record by contacting their School. Tiquer will respond to such requests in accordance with instructions sent by an authorized School representative to [email protected].
- Tiquer will take actions designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of student information, student records and student-generated content.
- Tiquer will promptly notify the local or regional board of education in accordance with the provisions of section 10-234dd when there has been an unauthorized release, disclosure or acquisition of student information, student records or student-generated content.
- Student information, student records or student-generated content shall not be retained or available to the contractor upon expiration of this Agreement. This restriction shall not apply to the extent that a student, parent or legal guardian of a student independently establishes or maintains an electronic account with Tiquer for the purpose of storing their student-generated content.
- Tiquer and the local or regional board of education shall ensure compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 USC 1232g, as amended from time to time.
- The laws of the state of Connecticut shall govern the rights and duties of Tiquer and the local or regional board of education.
- If any provision of this Section 5.1 is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the contract which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.
6.2 New York
This Section 6.2 applies to the use of Tiquer services by Schools located in the State of New York. The purpose of this Section 6.2 is to document compliance with New York state laws that may apply to the use of the services by Schools in New York, such as New York State Education Law Section 2-d (Ed Law 2-d) and Part 121 of Title 8 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (8 CRR-NY § 121). This Section 6.2 incorporates by reference the definitions set forth in Ed Law 2-d § 3 and 8 CRR-NY § 121.1.
If you open an Tiquer account to provide services to students in a School located in the State of New York, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to do so on behalf of the educational agency with authority over the School and that you are authorized to communicate with Tiquer on behalf of the educational agency.
Tiquer and you shall comply with all applicable sections of Ed Law 2-d and 8 CRR-NY § 121. The following terms shall apply as required by Ed Law 2-d § 5(b)(3) and 8 CRR-NY § 121.3, 121.6. To the extent that any such required terms conflict with other terms in this Agreement, the terms of this Section 6.2 shall apply.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(2): specify the administrative, operational and technical safeguards and practices it has in place to protect personally identifiable information that it will receive under the contract –
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(3): demonstrate that it complies with the requirements of section 121.3(c) of this Part –
The Parent Bill of Rights, along with any other supplemental documentation relating specifically to your School, is included in this contract unless Tiquer and your School or District have entered into a separate signed written agreement regarding that subject matter. If your School does not have a Parent Bill of Rights, the New York State Parent Bill of Rights (available here) is applicable and is included in this contract.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(1) the exclusive purposes for which the student data or teacher or principal data will be used by the third-party contractor, as defined in the contract –
to provide the Tiquer services as set forth in this Agreement. Student data and teacher or principal data will not be used for any other purpose.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(2) how the third-party contractor will ensure that the subcontractors, or other authorized persons or entities to whom the third-party contractor will disclose the student data or teacher or principal data, if any, will abide by all applicable data protection and security requirements, including but not limited to those outlined in applicable State and Federal laws and regulations (e.g., FERPA; Education Law section 2-d) –
Subcontractors and other authorized persons or entities will be provided such information pursuant to contractual obligations to maintain the confidentiality of such data in a manner consistent with this Agreement.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(3) the duration of the contract, including the contract's expiration date and a description of what will happen to the student data or teacher or principal data upon expiration of the contract or other written agreement (e.g., whether, when and in what format it will be returned to the educational agency, and/or whether, when and how the data will be destroyed) –
This Agreement will be in effect for a School so long as that School has an active subscription to the Tiquer Service. Upon expiration or termination of a School's subscriptions without renewal, Tiquer will delete student data and teacher or principal data in accordance with the terms of any applicable written agreement with the School, written requests from authorized School administrators, and our standard data retention schedule. Authorized School administrators may contact Tiquer at [email protected] to request additional information about our standard data retention schedule and available options for customizing Tiquer's standard data retention schedule to meet individual School requirements.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(4) if and how a parent, student, eligible student, teacher or principal may challenge the accuracy of the student data or teacher or principal data that is collected –
Parents, students, eligible students, and teachers or principals may contact their School to exercise this right. Tiquer will cooperate with the School to effectuate such requests at the School's direction.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(5) where the student data or teacher or principal data will be stored, described in such a manner as to protect data security, and the security protections taken to ensure such data will be protected and data security and privacy risks mitigated –
Student data and teacher or principal data for Schools located in New York will be stored in the United States. Such data will be stored in a manner consistent with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to mitigate against data security and privacy risks.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.3(c)(6) address how the data will be protected using encryption while in motion and at rest –
Tiquer will utilize a technology or methodology specified or permitted by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services in guidance issued under section 13402(H)(2) of Public Law 111-5.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(4) specify how officers or employees of the third-party contractor and its assignees who have access to student data, or teacher or principal data receive or will receive training on the Federal and State laws governing confidentiality of such data prior to receiving access –
Tiquer periodically provides training to its employees regarding data security and privacy obligations with respect to such data.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(5) specify if the third-party contractor will utilize sub-contractors and how it will manage those relationships and contracts to ensure personally identifiable information is protected –
While Tiquer does not sub-contract portions of any particular contract with a customer, Tiquer does utilize vendors in the course of providing the Tiquer Service. Such vendors will only be provided personally identifiable information to the extent necessary for them to provide their contracted-for services and will be subject to obligations of confidentiality and security consistent with this Section 6.2.
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(6) specify how the third-party contractor will manage data security and privacy incidents that implicate personally identifiable information including specifying any plans to identify breaches and unauthorized disclosures, and to promptly notify the educational agency –
- 8 CRR-NY § 121.6(a)(7) describe whether, how and when data will be returned to the educational agency, transitioned to a successor contractor, at the educational agency's option and direction, deleted or destroyed by the third-party contractor when the contract is terminated or expires –
Upon expiration or termination of a School's subscriptions without renewal, Tiquer will delete student data and teacher or principal data in accordance with the terms of any applicable written agreement with the School, written requests from authorized School administrators, and our standard data retention schedule. Authorized School administrators may contact Tiquer at [email protected] to request additional information about our standard data retention schedule and available options for customizing Tiquer's standard data retention schedule to meet individual School requirements.
7. Third party reports
Tiquer may utilize third party consumer reporting agencies that perform, among other things, criminal background checks, sex offender registry checks, motor vehicle records checks, credit checks, and identification verifications (“consumer reports”). Tiquer does not endorse or make any representations or warranties regarding the reliability of such consumer reports or the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any information in the consumer reports. Tiquer does not independently verify information in the consumer reports.
Tiquer may collect, use and disclose the information in the consumer reports. Tiquer may, in its sole discretion, review and rely on the information in the consumer reports in deciding whether to suspend or terminate a Tiquer or to investigate a complaint about a Tutor, but Tiquer shall not be responsible or liable in any way in the event that any information in the consumer reports about any person, including without limitation any Tutor, is not accurate, timely or complete. Tiquers who are the subject of consumer reports may contact the service provider to dispute the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of such information. Tiquer reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate a Tiquer based on information in the consumer reports or for any other reason in Tiquer’s sole discretion.
Tiquer may make available one or more third party verification services that enable Users of the Site to inquire about information including, but not limited to, another User’s identity and criminal history. Use of a third party verification service is voluntary for both the party requesting the verification and the party undergoing the verification. You agree that Tiquer shall not be held responsible or liable in any way if any information provided by a third party verification service is inaccurate. When a third party verification service is used, you warrant that you will comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681.
8. Confidentiality of Tiquer information
You may obtain direct access via the Site to certain confidential information of Tiquer and its affiliates, including without limitation technical, contractual, product, program, pricing, marketing and other valuable information that should reasonably be understood as confidential (“Confidential Information”). You must hold Confidential Information in strict confidence. All right, title and interest in the Confidential Information remains with Tiquer and its affiliates.
The Terms impose no obligation upon you with respect to Confidential Information that you can establish by legally sufficient evidence: (a) you possessed prior to your receipt from Tiquer, without an obligation to maintain its confidentiality; (b) is or becomes generally known to the public through no act or omission by you, or otherwise without violation of the Terms; (c) you obtained from a third party who had the right to disclose it, without an obligation to keep such information confidential; (d) you independently developed without the use of Confidential Information and without the participation of individuals who have had access to it, or (e) in response to a valid order by a court or other governmental body, or as otherwise required by law, or as necessary to establish the rights of either party under these Terms and as disclosed after prior notice to Tiquer adequate to afford Tiquer the opportunity to object to the disclosure.
9. User Content
You are solely responsible for any content that you create, transmit or display while using the Site.
Tiquer may now or in the future allow Users to submit, post, display, provide, or otherwise make available content such as text, images, videos, files, documents, comments, questions, and other content or information (any such materials a User submits, posts, displays, provides, or otherwise makes available on the Site is referred to as "User Content").
We claim no ownership rights over User Content created by you. The User Content you create remains yours.
By submitting, posting, displaying, providing, or otherwise making available any User Content on or through the Site, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to grant, to Tiquer a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, syndicate, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such 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 Tiquer’s (and its 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 of the Site a non-exclusive license to access your User Content through the Site, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Content as permitted through the functionality of the Site and under this Agreement.
You must have the legal right to the User Content you submit to the Site. You may not upload or post any User Content to the Site that infringes the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights of a third party nor may you upload User Content that violates any third party's right of privacy or right of publicity. You may post only User Content that you have permission to post from the owner or by law.
Users shall not create, upload, post, send, receive or store User Content that: (a) is inaccurate, harmful, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, racist, violent, offensive, harassing, inconsistent with the Tiquer mission or otherwise objectionable to Tiquer or other Users; (b) includes unauthorized disclosure of personal information; (c) violates or infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights; or (d) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment. Tiquer reserves the right to edit or remove User Content that violates these Terms, that contains third-party commercial advertisements, or for any other reason it deems necessary.
10. Terms of transacting business
Users must abide by Tiquer’s and student payment policies. Users must pay all costs associated with the services through Tiquer. These costs include but are not limited to: (a) a Tiquer’s rate as listed; (b) travel and transportation fees; (c) cancellation fees as described in a tutor’s cancellation policy, which can be found on a tutor’s profile on the Site; (d) a service fee as listed and (e) the Platform Fee arranged between the Tiquer and Tiquer.
11. Advertisements and promotions
Tiquer may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Site. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers other than Tiquer, found on or through the Site, 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. Tiquer is not 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 non-Tiquer advertisers on the Site.
12. Text message notifications
Tiquers may opt in to receive text message notifications for new student messages, new message reminders, job opportunities and more (“Text Message Program”). Please note that standard data and messaging rates may apply for any text message notifications. Please contact your mobile phone carrier for details.
13. Content provided via links
You may find links to other websites or resources on the Site. You acknowledge and agree that Tiquer is not responsible for the availability of such external websites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites or resources. Tiquer will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
14. Intellectual property rights
Tiquer grants you permission (which may be revoked at any time for any reason or no reason) to use the Site for the purposes provided herein and in accordance with these Terms and solely for your own personal, non-commercial use (except as provided herein), provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice. No other use is permitted. You may not, for example, incorporate the information, content, or other material in any database, compilation, archive or cache. Except as specifically authorized by Tiquer, you may not deep-link to the Site for any purpose or access the Site manually or with any robot, spider, web crawler, extraction software, automated process or device to scrape, copy, or monitor any portion of the Site or any information, content, or material on the Site. Tiquer reserves all of its statutory and common law rights against any person or entity who violates this paragraph. You may not link or frame to any pages of the Site or any content contained therein, whether in whole or in part, without prior written consent from Tiquer. You may like or follow Tiquer or share links to the Site via social networking technology referenced on the Site. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
Except as expressly authorized by Tiquer or by Content providers, you agree not to reproduce, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, mirror, frame, republish, download, transmit, or create derivative works of the Content of others, in whole or in part, by any means. You must not modify, decompile, or reverse engineer any software Tiquer discloses to you, and you must not remove or modify any copyright or trademark notice, or other notice of ownership.
“Tiquer Trademarks” means all names, marks, brands, logos, designs, trade dress, slogans and other designations Tiquer uses in connection with its products and services. You may not remove or alter any Tiquer Trademarks, or co-brand your own products or material with Tiquer Trademarks, without Tiquer’s prior written consent. You acknowledge Tiquer’s rights in Tiquer Trademarks and agree that any use of Tiquer Trademarks by you shall inure to Tiquer’s sole benefit. You agree not to incorporate any Tiquer Trademarks into your trademarks, service marks, company names, internet addresses, domain names, or any other similar designations, for use on or in connection with computer or internet-related products, services or technologies.
Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights. Permission is granted to display, copy, distribute and download Content owned by Tiquer on the Site provided that: (a) the copyright notice pertaining to the Content remains, and a permission notice (e.g., “used with permission”) is added to such Content; (b) the use of such Content is solely for personal and non-commercial use; (c) such Content will not be copied or posted on any networked computer or published in any medium, except as explicitly permitted by valid permission or license covering such materials; and (d) no modifications are made to such Content. This permission terminates automatically without notice if you breach any of the terms or conditions in this document. Upon termination, you must immediately destroy any downloaded and/or printed Content.
15. Copyright Infringement
Tiquer respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our Users to do the same. Accordingly, Users may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any Content on the Site that is copyrighted material you do not own or have permission to use, without obtaining prior written consent of the copyright owner. Tiquer reserves the right, in its discretion, to remove any Content if we believe it may infringe the copyright rights of others, and/or to terminate the accounts of Users who we believe to be infringers.
If you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, we will respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”), a federal law that provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that content or material hosted on the Site infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send Tiquer a notice requesting that the content or material be removed, or access to it blocked. The notice must include the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (or if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works); (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to allow Tiquer to locate the content or material within the Site; (d) the name, address, telephone number and email address (if available) of the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the content or material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA permits you to send us a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details. Tiquer’s agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
By email: [email protected]
UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY AND CIVIL PENALTIES, INCLUDING MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS' FEES.
Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying Tiquer that your copyrighted material has been infringed. The preceding requirements are intended to comply with Tiquer's rights and obligations under the DMCA, including 17 U.S.C. §512(c), but do not constitute legal advice. It may be advisable to contact an attorney regarding your rights and obligations under the DMCA and other applicable laws.
In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, Tiquer has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances, Users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Tiquer may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any Users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
16. Termination and suspension
Tiquer reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or temporarily discontinue the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Tiquer shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or temporary discontinuance of the Service.
You agree that Tiquer, in its sole discretion, may suspend or terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if Tiquer believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this Agreement may be implemented without prior notice, and you acknowledge and agree that Tiquer may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all data relating to your account and/or bar any further access to the Service. Further, you agree that Tiquer shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Service.
17. Disclaimer of warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPLICITLY STATED. THE SITE, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, SERVICES, AND CONTENT, IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS”, “AS AVAILABLE”, AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS. TIQUER DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. TIQUER MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS OR GUARANTEES AS TO THE USEFULNESS, QUALITY, SUITABILITY, TRUTH, ACCURACY, OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SITE.
TIQUER MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATIONS THAT: (A) THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (B) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (C) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, CONTENT, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM TIQUERS WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS; (D) ANY ERRORS IN THE SITE WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SERVICES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR USE OR ACCESS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.
YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM OBTAINING ANY CONTENT FROM THE SITE, INCLUDING ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES.
18. Limitation of liability
THE SITE OFFERS A MARKETPLACE FOR THOSE SEEKING WRITING CRITIQUE SERVICES TO CONNECT WITH THOSE SEEKING TO PROVIDE WRITING CRITIQUE SERVICES.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT TIQUER HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY USER ON OR OFF THE SITE AND THAT TIQUER MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY USER. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT TIQUER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OR CONDUCT, WHETHER ON OR OFF THE SITE, OF ANY USER. AS SUCH, TIQUER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS, AND EACH USER EXPRESSLY RELEASES TIQUER FROM, ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY CONTROVERSIES, CLAIMS, SUITS, INJURIES AND/OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM AND/OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY ACTS AND/OR OMISSIONS OF USERS ON OR OFF THE SITE.
USERS OF THE SITE TRANSACT BETWEEN THEMSELVES. TIQUER WILL NOT BE INVOLVED IN ANY USER INTERACTIONS. TIQUER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DISPUTES, CLAIMS, LOSS, INJURY, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND THAT MIGHT ARISE DURING AND AFTER USER INTERACTION.
TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TIQUER IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOSS OF BUSINESS, REVENUE, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED ORDERS, OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE, EVEN IF TIQUER HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN ADVISED OF, OR REASONABLY COULD HAVE FORESEEN, THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, HOWEVER THEY ARISE, WHETHER IN BREACH OF CONTRACT OR IN TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES DUE TO: (A) THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SITE; (B) THE COST OR PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION, OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED, OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO, THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE; (C) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF TRANSMISSION OR DATA, MALICIOUS OR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, OR FALSE OR FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS; OR (D) CONTENT OR INFORMATION USERS MAY DOWNLOAD, USE, MODIFY, OR DISTRIBUTE. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL TIQUER’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED (A) THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO TIQUER OR A TIQUER PARTNER, IF ANY, OR (B) $100 (WHICHEVER IS LESS).
YOU AND TIQUER AGREE THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY IN THESE TERMS ARE MATERIAL, BARGAINED-FOR BASES OF THIS AGREEMENT, AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN DETERMINING THE CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN BY EACH PARTY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND IN THE DECISION BY EACH PARTY TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT. YOU AND TIQUER AGREE THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY IN THESE TERMS ARE FAIR AND REASONABLE.
IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE OR DO NOT AGREE TO ANY PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE, EXCEPT AS MAY BE PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION 18.
19. Assumption of risk
Users assume all risks when using the Site, including without limitation any and all of the risks associated with any online or offline interactions with other Users. Users shall take all necessary precautions, including without limitation following the recommendations set forth in Tiquer’s and Student Safety Tips, when interacting with other Users.
READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THE PARTIES TO ARBITRATE THEIR DISPUTES AND LIMITS THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU CAN SEEK RELIEF FROM Tiquer. For any dispute with Tiquer, you agree to first contact us at [email protected] and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally. In the unlikely event that Tiquer has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after sixty (60) days, we each agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy (excluding any claims for injunctive or other equitable relief as provided below) arising out of or in connection with or relating to this agreement, or the breach or alleged breach thereof (collectively, "Claims"), by binding arbitration at mediator of Tiquer’s selection. The arbitration will be conducted in Westchester County, New York, unless you and Tiquer agree otherwise. If you are a School or are using the Site for commercial purposes, each party will be responsible for paying any arbitration filing, administrative and arbitrator fees in accordance with the arbitrator’s rules, and the award rendered by the arbitrator shall include costs of arbitration, reasonable attorneys' fees and reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses. If you are an individual using the Site for non-commercial purposes: (i) the arbitrator may require you to pay a fee for the initiation of your case, unless you apply for and successfully obtain a fee waiver from the arbitrator; (ii) the award rendered by the arbitrator may include your costs of arbitration, your reasonable attorney's fees, and your reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses; and (iii) you may sue in a small claims court of competent jurisdiction without first engaging in arbitration, but this does not absolve you of your commitment to engage in the informal dispute resolution process. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed as preventing Tiquer from seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from the courts as necessary to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation, or violation of our data security, Intellectual Property Rights or other proprietary rights.
Notwithstanding the Arbitration terms set forth herein, Users agree that any material breach of the Terms will result in irreparable harm to Tiquer for which damages would be an inadequate remedy and, therefore, in addition to its rights and remedies otherwise available at law, Tiquer reserves the right to seek equitable relief through the court system, including both a preliminary and permanent injunction, if such a breach occurs. You waive any requirement for the posting of a bond or other security if Tiquer seeks such an injunction.
23. Notices; modification and termination of services; amendment of terms
Tiquer may provide notice to Users via email, regular mail, or posting notices or links to notices on the Site. Tiquer reserves the right at any time to modify, suspend or terminate the services (or any part thereof), and/or use of or access to them, with or without notice. Tiquer may also delete, or bar access to or use of, all related information and files. Tiquer will not be liable to Users or any third-party for any modification, suspension, or termination of service, or loss of related information. Tiquer may amend these Terms at any time by posting the amended terms on this Site. Your continued use of the Site following such update constitutes your acceptance of the revised Terms. If you do not agree to any of the terms in this Agreement or to any future terms in a future revision of this Agreement, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Site.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Tiquer shall not make any material change to the Terms that relate to the collection or use of Student Data without first giving notice to the school or parent and providing a choice before the Student Data is used in a materially different manner than was disclosed when the information was collected.
24. Governing law; waivers
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws, without regard to choice-of-law rules, of the State of New York. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Westchester County, New York for any actions for which we retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of our copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights, as set forth in the Arbitration provision below, including any provisional relief required to prevent irreparable harm. You agree that Westchester County, New York is the proper forum for any appeals of an arbitration award or for trial court proceedings if the arbitration provision below is found to be unenforceable.
WITH RESPECT TO ALL PERSONS AND ENTITIES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY HAVE OBTAINED OR USED THE SERVICE FOR PERSONAL, COMMERCIAL OR OTHER PURPOSES, ALL CLAIMS MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE PARTIES' INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS ACTION, COLLECTIVE ACTION, PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. THIS WAIVER APPLIES TO CLASS ARBITRATION, AND, UNLESS WE AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON'S CLAIMS. YOU AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AND TIQUER ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION, COLLECTIVE ACTION, PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING OF ANY KIND.
25. Entire agreement
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Tiquer relating to their subject matter, and cancel and supersede any prior versions of the Terms. You may not assign or otherwise transfer the Terms or any right granted hereunder. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use the Tiquer Site or third-party products or services.