Last Updated: August 5, 2020
IF YOU LIVE IN (OR YOUR PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS IN) THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE READ THE BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN SECTION 11. IT AFFECTS HOW DISPUTES ARE RESOLVED.
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"You" may be a:
"Discussion Owner" (i.e., an adult over the age of 18, a teacher or other School representative that subscribes to the Service with the administrative right to use the Service to create, invite, manage, moderate or delete a Flipgrid video group (“Group”) or video topic (“Topic”);
a "School" (i.e., an educational institution, organization or other educational business for which one or more Discussion Owners offers the Service to Students);
a "Student" (i.e., a "User" who was invited to use the Service by a School Discussion Owner); or
a "User" (i.e., any user of the Service, including a Discussion Owner).
If you are a User (who is not a Student), you also represent that you are at least 18 years old and have the legal capacity to accept these Terms. If you are not 18, not a Student, or do not have parental consent to access the Service, you may not use the Service.
You agree that we may provide notice to you of updated terms by posting them on the Service. Use or continued use of our Service following notice of such updated terms indicates your consent to be bound by them.
1. YOUR PRIVACY
2. YOUR ACCOUNT
2.1 The Service. Flipgrid allows Discussion Owners to create one or more Groups or Topics, each of which contains content (which may include text, video, or other materials). Discussion Owners control access to the Groups or Topics and may share the Groups or Topics with anyone they like. For example, Discussion Owners can share their Groups with Students and guest speakers. Users can participate in Topic discussions using video. Discussion Owners may also record Shorts videos and may share the videos with others.
2.2 Account Creation. When you register for an account as a Discussion Owner, we will ask you to sign in and provide certain information about yourself, including where you work, the age group of your Users, and your area/subject of expertise. You agree not to use any false, inaccurate or misleading information when signing up for your account. You must keep this information up to date. You may delete your account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Service and then uninstalling the App.
For a variety of reasons, and in particular, to protect the integrity of our community, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to: (a) remove any content that you upload to the Service at any time for any reason, and (b) suspend or terminate any account and/or refuse any current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof) at any time for any reason. We will not be liable to you or any third party for taking either of these actions.
2.3 Account Responsibilities. To protect your account, keep your account details and password confidential, as you are responsible for activities that occur under your account.
2.4 Discussion Owners Associated with Schools. By nature of their role, Discussion Owners associated with Schools have additional responsibilities to the Students that they represent. Please review the Flipgrid Teacher Toolkit (https://static.Flipgrid.com/docs/Flipgrid_dos_donts.pdf) for additional resources and best practices regarding these responsibilities. In using the Service, such Discussion Owners:
(b) Represent and warrant that they have: (i) the authority to consent to our collection and use of personal information from their Students; (ii) obtained any required parental consent, including if required verifiable parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"); (iii) not received any revocation of parental consent; (iv) filed evidence of parental consent with their School administrator before using the Service; and (v) will only use the personal information provided by or otherwise collected from a Student when recording and sharing videos or otherwise using the Service in accordance with the purposes for which the Group or Topic was created. The Discussion Owner may act as the parent’s agent and for purposes of giving consent by the parent to us for the collection and use of Student information for children below the minimum age (e.g. the minimum age for COPPA is under age 13). By enrolling a Student or helping the Student use the Service, the Discussion Owner provides such consent to us and agrees that the Student’s online activities are subject to these terms.
(c) Must ensure their Groups or Topics are compliant with all applicable laws related to disclosure of Student information and regulations, including The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"); and acquired FERPA-compliant disclosure consents from the parents of children under 18, or from the Students aged 18 and older; and grant us a nonexclusive license to view, download, reproduce, modify, create derivative works of, distribute, and display any information provided by or collected from a Student solely for the purposes discussed in these Terms. Student information is the property of and under the control of the Discussion Owner. The Groups or Topics containing Student content cannot be posted publicly by Discussion Owners. Accordingly, Discussion Owners must ensure they have proper consents before sharing any Student information with third parties. If Discussion Owners invite unaffiliated guests (e.g., featured speakers) to participate on their Groups or Topics, they are solely responsible for (a) obtaining parental consent for sharing Student information with any guests; and (b) obtaining clearance to use the guests’ content. Flipgrid has no responsibility for Discussion Owner guest activity.
3. YOUR CONTENT
3.1 User Content. "User Content" means any information and content that Users submit to, or use with, the Service (e.g., Topics and videos). Each User is solely responsible for any of its own User Content. In addition, a Discussion Owner is responsible for any User Content provided by or collected from a Student. Questions about possession, control, or transfer of Student-generated User Content, including the review and correction by a Student, parent, or legal guardian of a Student’s personal information, should be directed to the Discussion Owner. Your interactions with other Users are solely between you and such Users, and we will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred as the result of any such interactions. Flipgrid does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to your User Content. We use best practices to back up all User Content, but we cannot guarantee that User Content will be available in the event it is intentionally or accidentally deleted, so we recommend you backup User Content regularly.
3.2 License. To the extent necessary to provide the Services to you and others and to protect you and the Services, you grant to us a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use your User Content posted on the Service, for example, to make copies of, retain, transmit, reformat, display, and distribute via communication tools User Content on the Services. You represent and warrant that for the duration of these Terms, you have (and will have) all the rights necessary for your User Content that is uploaded, stored, or shared on or through the Service and that the collection, use, and retention of your User Content will not violate any law or rights of others. The above licenses granted by you in videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after your videos are removed or deleted from the Service.
3.3 Code of Conduct. By agreeing to these Terms, you are agreeing that, when using the Services, you will follow these rules:
(a) Don’t do anything illegal.
(b) Don’t engage in any activity that exploits, harms, or threatens to harm children.
(c) Don’t send spam. Spam is unwanted or unsolicited bulk email, postings, contact requests, SMS (text messages), or instant messages.
(d) Don’t publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material (involving, for example, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).
(e) Don’t engage in activity that is fraudulent, false or misleading (e.g., asking for money under false pretenses, impersonating someone else, manipulating the Services to increase play count, or affect rankings, ratings, or comments).
(f) Don’t circumvent any restrictions on access to or availability of the Services.
(g) Don’t engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services, or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, posting terrorist content, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others).
(h) Don’t infringe upon the rights of others (e.g., unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music or other copyrighted material, resale or other distribution of Bing maps, or photographs).
(i) Don’t engage in activity that violates the privacy of others.
(j) Don’t use Student information for marketing or advertising purposes.
(k) Don’t help others break these rules.
3.4 Enforcement. We may (but have no obligation to) review any content you post. We may investigate and/or take appropriate action against you for violating these Terms, or for otherwise creating liability for us or any other person. Such action may include removing or modifying your information, terminating your account, and/or reporting you to law enforcement authorities.
3.5 Deletion of Content or Account. You may delete your own account or content on the Service by following the instructions provided on the Service or in our communications. Students and their parents can also correct, edit, or update Student information by contacting their Discussion Owner. If you have trouble deleting content or your account, you can also submit a request to support@Flipgrid.com for assistance.
4. USE OF THE SERVICES
4.1 License. We grant you a non-transferable, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable revocable, limited license to use and access, solely for your own personal, noncommercial use: (a) the software in the App on any compatible device that you own or control, and (b) other aspects of the Service.
4.2 Certain Restrictions. To protect the distribution of the Service, we must outline certain limitations on the licensed rights we grant to you. You shall not: (a) license, sell, rent, lease, transfer, assign, distribute, host, or otherwise commercially exploit the Service, whether in whole or in part, or any content displayed on the Service; (b) modify, make derivative works of, disassemble, reverse compile or reverse engineer any part of the Service; (c) access the Service in order to build a similar or competitive website, app, product, or service; (d) except as expressly stated herein, copy, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, display, post or transmit any part of the Service in any form or by any means; (e) upload, transmit, or distribute to or through the Service any computer viruses, worms, or any software intended to damage or alter a computer system or data; (f) use the Service to harvest, collect, gather or assemble information or data regarding other Users, including email addresses, without their consent; (g) interfere with, disrupt, or create an undue burden on servers or networks connected to the Service, or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks; (h) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Service (or to other computer systems or networks connected to or used together with the Service), whether through password mining or any other means; or (i) use software or automated agents or scripts to produce multiple accounts on the Service, or to generate automated searches, requests, or queries to (or to strip, scrape, or mine data from) the Service (provided, however, that we conditionally grant to the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy materials from the Service for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials, subject to the parameters set forth in our robots.txt file). All copyright and other proprietary notices on the Service (or on any content displayed on the Service) must be retained.
4.3 Service Availability; No Support. We have no obligation to provide you with any support or updates in connection with the Service. Services may be unavailable from time to time, may be offered for a limited time, or may vary depending on your region or device.
4.3 Ownership. The Service is the sole property of Flipgrid or its affiliates and is protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws, patents, trademarks, trade secret, and other laws. Either we or our suppliers own the content made available to you through the Service. Our name, logo, and the product names associated with the Service belong to us or our suppliers, and no right or license is granted to you or any third party to use them. We and our suppliers reserve all rights not expressly granted in these Terms.
4.5 Feedback. We love getting your feedback! If you give to Flipgrid any idea, proposal, suggestion or feedback, including technologies and product improvements ("Feedback"), you give to Flipgrid, without charge, royalties or other obligation to you, the right to make, have made, create derivative works, use, share and commercialize your Feedback in any way and for any purpose. You will not give Feedback that is subject to a license that requires Flipgrid to license its software, technologies or documentation to any third party because we include your Feedback in them.
5. APP STORES
The availability of the App is dependent on the App Store from which you received the App. These Terms are between you and Flipgrid and not with the App Store. The App Store has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the App. Flipgrid is solely responsible for any product warranties, whether express or implied by law, to the extent not effectively disclaimed. In the event of any failure of the App to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify the App Store, and the App Store may refund the purchase price for the App to you. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the App Stores will not have any other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the App, and any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty will be our sole responsibility. We, and not the App Store, are responsible for addressing any claims relating to the App or your possession and/or use of the App, including, but not limited to: (1) product liability claims; (2) any claim that the App fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (3) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation. In the event of any third-party claim that the App infringes a third party’s intellectual property rights, we, and not the App Store, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim. You represent and warrant that: (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a "terrorist supporting" country; and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties. You will comply with, and your license to use the App is conditioned upon your compliance with, all applicable third-party terms of agreement (e.g., the App Store’s terms and policies and the usage rules) when using the App. If the App Store terms conflict with these Terms, the more restrictive terms applies. The App Stores and their subsidiaries, are third party beneficiaries of these Terms, and upon your acceptance of these Terms, the App Stores will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms against you accordingly.
6. WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMERS
FLIPGRID, MICROSOFT CORPORATION AND OUR AFFILIATES, RESELLERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND VENDORS, MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, GUARANTEES OR CONDITIONS WITH RESPECT TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THAT WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES ON AN "AS IS" BASIS "WITH ALL FAULTS" AND "AS AVAILABLE." YOU BEAR THE ENTIRE RISK OF USING THE SERVICES. MICROSOFT DOESN'T GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS OF THE SERVICES. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAW, WE EXCLUDE ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING FOR MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU MAY HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAW. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS IS INTENDED TO AFFECT THOSE RIGHTS, IF THEY ARE APPLICABLE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ARE NOT FAULT-FREE AND OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF DOWNTIME OCCUR. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT CONTENT LOSS WON'T OCCUR, NOR DO WE GUARANTEE ANY CONNECTION TO OR TRANSMISSION FROM THE COMPUTER NETWORKS.
IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU HEREBY WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542 IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING, WHICH STATES: "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."
7. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
If you have any basis for recovering damages (including breach of these Terms), you agree that your exclusive remedy is to recover, from Flipgrid, Microsoft Corporation or any affiliates, resellers, distributors, Third-Party Apps and Services providers, and vendors, direct damages up to an amount equal to your Services fee for the month during which the loss or breach occurred (or up to $10.00 if the Services are free). You can't recover any other damages or losses, including direct, consequential, lost profits, special, indirect, incidental, or punitive. These limitations and exclusions apply even if this remedy doesn't fully compensate you for any losses or fails of its essential purpose or if we knew or should have known about the possibility of the damages. To the maximum extent permitted by law, these limitations and exclusions apply to anything or any claims related to these Terms, the Services, or the software related to the Services.
8. TERM AND TERMINATION
These Terms will remain in effect while you use the Service. You may terminate your account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Service or uninstalling the App. Upon termination, your account will close immediately, and/or your right to access and use the Service will end immediately. Even after your rights under these Terms are terminated, all provisions of these Terms which by their nature should survive, will survive, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, limitations of liability, indemnification, release and binding arbitration and class action waiver.
9.1 Notices of Infringement. Flipgrid respects the intellectual property of others and asks that Users do the same. If you wish to send a notice of intellectual property infringement, including claims of copyright infringement, please use our procedures for submitting Notices of Infringement. ONLY INQUIRIES RELEVANT TO THIS PROCEDURE WILL RECEIVE A RESPONSE.
Flipgrid uses the processes set out in Title 17, United States Code, Section 512 to respond to notices of copyright infringement. In appropriate circumstances, we may also disable or terminate accounts of users of the Service who may be repeat infringers.
9.2 Copyright Notice. The Services are copyright © 2018 Microsoft Corporation and/or its affiliates or suppliers. All rights reserved.
10.1 Venue, Choice of Law, and Choice of Language. For U.S. residents, the laws of the state where you reside (or, if a School, where your principal place of business is located) govern all claims, regardless of conflict of laws principles, except that the FAA governs all provisions relating to arbitration. You and we irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state or federal courts in the Borough of Manhattan, New York, for all disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Service that are heard in court (excluding arbitration and small claims court). The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to these Terms. The English version of these Terms shall govern, and any proceedings related to actions based on these Terms shall be conducted in English.
10.2 Export. The Service may be subject to U.S. export control laws and may be subject to export or import regulations in other countries. You shall not export, reexport, or transfer, directly or indirectly, any U.S. technical data acquired from Flipgrid, or any products utilizing such data, in violation of U.S. export laws or regulations.
10.3 Disclosures. If you are a California resident, you may report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Product of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contacting them in writing at 400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210.
10.4 Miscellaneous. We may assign these Terms, in whole or in part, at any time without notice to you. You may not assign your rights or obligations under these Terms or transfer any rights to use the Services. This is the entire agreement between you and us for your use of the Services. It supersedes any prior agreements between you and us regarding your use of the Services. All parts of these Terms apply to the maximum extent permitted by relevant law. If a court or arbitrator holds that we cannot enforce a part of these Terms as written, we may replace those terms with similar terms to the extent enforceable under the relevant law, but the rest of these Terms will not change.
11. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER
We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to resolve it informally. If we can’t, you and we agree to binding individual arbitration before the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") under the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), and not to sue in court in front of a judge or jury. Instead, a neutral arbitrator will decide, and the arbitrator’s decision will be final except for a limited right of review under the FAA. Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and any other proceeding where someone acts in a representative capacity aren’t allowed. Nor is combining individual proceedings without the consent of all parties.
11.1 Here is what you need to know about arbitration under these Terms:
(a) Disputes Covered—Everything Except IP. The term "dispute" is as broad as it can be. It includes any claim or controversy between you and us concerning the Service, the software related to the Service, the Service’s or software’s price, your account, advertising, marketing, communications, your purchase transaction, billing, or these Terms, under any legal theory including contract, warranty, tort, statute, or regulation, except disputes relating to the enforcement or validity of your, your licensors’, our, or our licensors’ intellectual property rights.
(b) Mail a Notice of Dispute First. If you have a dispute and our customer service representatives can’t resolve it, send a Notice of Dispute by U.S. Mail to Microsoft Corporation, ATTN: CELA Arbitration, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, U.S.A. Tell us your name, address, how to contact you, what the problem is, and what you want. A form is available at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245499. We’ll do the same if we have a dispute with you. After 60 days, you or we may start an arbitration if the dispute is unresolved.
(c) Small Claims Court Option. Instead of mailing a Notice of Dispute, you may sue us in small claims court in your county of residence (or, if a business, your principal place of business) or Borough of Manhattan, New York, U.S.A. if you meet the court’s requirements.
(d) Arbitration Procedure. The AAA will conduct any arbitration under its Commercial Arbitration Rules (or if you are an individual and use the Service for personal or household use, or if the value of the dispute is $75,000 or less whether or not you are an individual or how you use the Service, its Consumer Arbitration Rules). For more information, see www.adr.org or call 1-800-778-7879. In a dispute involving $25,000 or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. Any in-person hearing will take place in your county of residence (or, if a business, your principal place of business) or in Borough of Manhattan, New York, if your dispute is with Flipgrid. You choose. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only to you individually to satisfy your individual claim. Under AAA Rules, the arbitrator rules on his or her own jurisdiction, including the arbitrability of any claim. But a court has exclusive authority to enforce the prohibition on arbitration on a class-wide basis or in a representative capacity.
(e) Arbitration Fees and Payments.
(i) Disputes Involving $75,000 or Less. We will promptly reimburse your filing fees and pay the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. If you reject our last written settlement offer made before the arbitrator was appointed, your dispute goes all the way to an arbitrator’s decision (called an "award"), and the arbitrator awards you more than this last written offer, we will: (i) pay the greater of the award or $1,000; (ii) pay your reasonable attorney’s fees, if any; and (iii) reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for investigating, preparing, and pursuing your claim in arbitration.
(ii) Disputes Involving More than $75,000. The AAA rules will govern payment of filing fees and the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses.
(f) Conflict with AAA Rules. These Terms govern to the extent they conflict with the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules or Consumer Arbitration Rules.
(g) Must File Within One Year. You and we must file in small claims court or arbitration any claim or dispute (except intellectual property disputes—see section 11.1 (a), above) within one year from when it first could be filed. Otherwise, it’s permanently barred.
(h) Rejecting Future Arbitration Changes. You may reject any change we make to section 10 (except address changes) by sending us notice within 30 days of the change by U.S. Mail to the address in section 11.1(b). If you do, the most recent version of section 11 before the change you rejected will apply.
(i) Severability. If the class action waiver is found to be illegal or unenforceable as to all or some parts of a dispute, then those parts won’t be arbitrated but will proceed in court, with the rest proceeding in arbitration. If any other provision of section 11 is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision will be severed but the rest of section 11 still applies.