Terms of Service
About The Travel Pad Services
We provide users (“you”, “your”) with services, delivered via the The Travel Pad website (currently located at http://www.thetravelpad.com), and/or any other platform or media through which we may make such services available from time to time, that allow you to explore and discover new places around the world that may be of interest to you, receive travel recommendations from The Travel Pad, browse and read travel articles, and join a community of individuals that share similar tastes and interests (collectively, the “Services”).
Changes to these Terms of Service
The Travel Pad reserves the right to change these Terms of Service from time to time. We will usually inform you of any changes by posting the updated Terms of Service on the The Travel Pad website, which also may be accessed through mobile applications. If we make any material changes to these Terms of Service, we will post a notification on our website and, if you have provided us with contact information, we will notify you via email and/or by asking you to review the changes to these Terms of Service the next time you access the Services. Your continued use of the Services after the changes are communicated will indicate your acceptance of the Terms of Service, including those changes.
If you sign up for additional services from The Travel Pad, those additional services may be governed by terms associated with those services, which will apply to you in addition to these Terms of Service. If there is a conflict between these Terms of Service and terms and conditions for such additional services, the latter shall take precedence with respect to the additional services.
Creating an Account
You may choose to create a The Travel Pad account or you may use the Services without creating an account. Either way, we consider you a “User” of the Services. You may also have created an account through one of The Travel Pad’s connected social networking communities (“Partner Communities”). Once you have created an account you may choose to add a photo or other information to your profile (the “The Travel Pad Profile”).
By using the Services, you represent that:
- All required registration information you submit either as part of the The Travel Pad registration process or by your registration through a Social Networking Community is truthful and accurate.
- You will maintain the accuracy of such information.
- If you are using the Services on behalf of a legal entity, you represent that you are authorized to enter into an agreement on behalf of that legal entity.
- You are 13 years of age or older.
- Your use of the Services does not violate any applicable law or regulation.
Your account on The Travel Pad may be deleted if we have reason to believe that you do not meet these eligibility requirements.
Allowed Use of Service
The Services are made available to you for your non-commercial use only. Other than permitted advertising, you may not use the Services to promote a product or service. The Travel Pad makes no guarantee of traffic to any particular website or application. You may not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate others through the Services. You may not modify, reproduce, download, store, distribute, publish, license, or create derivative works from the Services. You may not use the Services in any way that could damage, disable or overburden the Services or the networks or services connected to the Services. You will not, and will not enable others to, crawl, scrape, cache or otherwise access any Content on the Service via automated means. You may not use any third-party APIs, software, tools or scripts to access or modify the Services or underlying technology, unless expressly authorized in writing by The Travel Pad, or as permitted in any other agreement you enter into with The Travel Pad. You agree that you are responsible for all data charges you incur through use of the Services. The Travel Pad may restrict, deactivate or terminate your access to the Services or your account for any reason. The Travel Pad reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, discontinue, or terminate the Services at any time and without prior notice.
You acknowledge that The Travel Pad owns all right, title and interest in and to the Services, including all underlying software and technology and all Intellectual Property Rights in relation to the Services, other than those owned by third parties. “Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all intellectual property rights existing from time to time in any part of the world under applicable law, including patent law, copyright law, trade secret law, trademark law, unfair competition law. The Travel Pad grants you the personal, non-exclusive, revocable, non-transferable right to use the software and technology that is provided to you for your use of the Services as permitted under these Terms of Service.
The Services contain different types of Content: The Travel Pad Content, Third Party Content and User Content. “Content” means any and all text, images, photos, videos, music, sounds, postings, links, messages, recommendations, comments, files, feedback, bug reports, or other materials and works of authorship. Each type of Content that you encounter has different rules and restrictions, as set forth below:
The Travel Pad Content
As between The Travel Pad and you, The Travel Pad owns or controls all right, title and interest in the Services and in the Content that it has placed on and within the Services, including its logos, trademarks, page headers, custom graphics, button icons, scripts and all other Intellectual Property Rights it controls (“The Travel Pad Content”).
Content from third parties, including advertisers, is displayed through the Services ( “Third Party Content”). You may add or recommend such Third Party Content to the The Travel Pad Services and you may share Third Party Content with others using the share feature. We do not filter or exercise control over Third Party Content and you agree that we are not responsible for any such Third Party Content, including advertising and/or information about products or services. We make no guarantees about the accuracy, currency, suitability, quality or legality of the information in such Third Party Content, and we assume no responsibility for unintended, objectionable, inaccurate, misleading or unlawful Third Party Content. You can report Content that you think is inappropriate, but The Travel Pad cannot guarantee that you will only access the types and categories of Content you prefer. The Travel Pad is not responsible for Third Party Content that contains or delivers viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, spyware, malware, or other harmful content or code. Rather, you are responsible for installing, maintaining and using effective anti-virus and spyware prevention technologies.
We do not claim ownership in any Content that you add, post, display, or otherwise make available to the Services through your account on The Travel Pad, your comments, or other features of the Services that may allow you to post your own Content (“User Content”). By posting User Content, you hereby grant to us an unrestricted, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, perform, display, create derivative works of, and distribute your User Content in any and all media or distribution method (now known or later developed) throughout the world. The licenses granted here will survive the termination or expiration of these Terms of Service. You are solely responsible for any and all User Content that you post on the Services and for your interactions with other Users. You should only post User Content to the Services that you own and that you are comfortable sharing with others. You may not post a photograph or video of another person without that person’s permission. You represent that: (1) you own the User Content posted by you on the Service or otherwise have the right to grant the licenses set forth here, and (2) your User Content and the use of it by The Travel Pad does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, Intellectual Property Rights, or other rights of any person.
Except for that Content that is owned by you, that is in the public domain, for which you have been given written permission, or as expressly permitted under these Terms of Service, you agree not to: (1) modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, distribute, perform, sell or create derivative works based on the Content and Services; (2) rent, lease, loan or sell access to the Services; or (3) decompile, reverse engineer or copy any Content or the Services. You also agree to not remove, obscure or alter The Travel Pad’s or a third party’s copyright notice, logos, trademarks or other proprietary rights notices affixed to or contained within the Services. You may not remove any advertising or branding presented within the Services.
You agree that you will not post or share through the Services any Prohibited Content. “Prohibited Content” includes, without limitation, Content that, in the sole discretion of The Travel Pad: (1) is offensive or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind; (2) harasses or advocates harassment of another person; (3) involves the transmission of “junk mail,” “chain letters,” unsolicited mass mailing or “spamming”; (4) is false, misleading, libelous, defamatory or promotes, endorses or furthers illegal activities; (5) infringes the Intellectual Property Rights of another person; (6) is involved in the exploitation of persons under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, or solicits personal information from anyone under 13; (7) contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, spyware, malware or other harmful content or code; or (8) otherwise violates applicable law, these Terms of Service or potentially creates liability for The Travel Pad. Any accounts posting, hosting or recommending Prohibited Content are subject to termination. We reserve the right to remove Content or links to Content that we determine in our sole discretion is prohibited under these rules. We also reserve the right to remove Content that we determine in our sole discretion is primarily intended to promote a product or service. We have the right (but not the obligation) to investigate or review any Content and delete (or modify) any Content that in our sole judgment violates these Terms of Service or which is Prohibited Content, or may otherwise violate the rights, harm or threaten the safety of any User or any other person, or create potential liability for us or any User.
The Travel Pad respects the Intellectual Property Rights of creators. If you believe that your work has been displayed, posted, copied or included within the Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please first check to see if the work originated from a third party service. You may notify such third party service directly about alleged copyright violations. For all other copyright notifications, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information: (1) a digital or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (2) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (3) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Services; (4) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (5) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (6) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf. You can contact our Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement here.
We reserve the right to remove Content alleged to be infringing in our sole discretion and without notice. It is our policy to terminate the account of any Travel Pad User who repeatedly is accused of infringing copyrights.
Termination and Your Breach of these Terms of Service
Any breach by you of these Terms of Service may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Services and deactivation of your Travel Pad account. The Travel Pad reserves the right to modify, suspend, limit or terminate the Services or your access to the Services for any reason, with or without notice, at any time, and without any liability or obligation to you. If we terminate your access to the Service or you deactivate your account, your Content and your posts, photos, comments, connections, followers, and all other data will no longer be accessible through your account, but your Content or other data may continue to exist within and/or be displayed via the Service. In addition, you acknowledge and agree that The Travel Pad may store Content removed from the Services, including, without limitation, in order to comply with certain legal obligations.
In order to cooperate with legitimate government or regulator requests, subpoenas or court orders, to protect our systems and Users, to protect the property and rights of The Travel Pad or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical or legally actionable, you agree that we may access and disclose any information and Content we consider necessary or appropriate, including, without limitation, The Travel Pad account information (i.e. name, e-mail address, etc.), IP address, traffic information, usage history and Content.
While The Travel Pad strives to make the Services as accessible and functional as possible, from time to time the Services may be interrupted, including, due to scheduled maintenance or upgrades, for emergency repairs, or due to failure of equipment, servers or software, and/or due to issues with telecommunications services or providers. As a result, the Services and any Content may not always be accessible or reliable. You acknowledge and agree that the Services and any Content may not always be accessible, that you are not relying on the Services to store or backup your Content, and that The Travel Pad will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services, or the loss of any Content. You also acknowledge that the Internet may be subject to breaches of security and that the submission of Content or other information may not be secure.
Disclaimer of Warranties
THE SERVICES AND THE TRAVEL PAD CONTENT, IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS”, “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, NEITHER THE TRAVEL PAD NOR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, MANAGERS, OFFICERS OR AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES”) MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO: (A) THE SERVICE; (B) THE TRAVEL PAD CONTENT; (C) USER CONTENT; (D) THIRD PARTY CONTENT; OR (E) SECURITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION TO THE TRAVEL PAD OR VIA THE SERVICES. THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED; THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SERVICES OR ANY EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE THAT MAKE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE ARE FREE FROM ANY HARMFUL COMPONENTS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, VIRUSES. THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT ANY INFORMATION ON THE SERVICE IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE, OR USEFUL. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE USING OR ACCESSING THE SERVICE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS LAWFUL IN ANY PARTICULAR JURISDICTION, AND THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM SUCH WARRANTIES. SOME JURISDICTIONS LIMIT OR DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED OR OTHER WARRANTIES SO THE ABOVE DISCLAIMER MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES DO NOT ENDORSE ANY USER CONTENT OR THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY CONTENT.
Limitation of Liabilities
THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR, AND YOU AGREE TO HOLD THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES HARMLESS FROM, ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, ECONOMIC, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES) THAT RESULT FROM OR ARE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO: (1) THE SERVICE; (2) THE TRAVEL PAD CONTENT; (3) USER CONTENT; (4) THIRD-PARTY CONTENT; (5) YOUR USE OR ACCESS OF, OR INABILITY TO USE OR ACCESS, THE SERVICE OR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICE; (6) ANY ACTION TAKEN IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION BY THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES REGARDING YOUR OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S USE OF THE SERVICE; (7) ANY ACTION TAKEN IN CONNECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF OTHERS; (8) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE SERVICE’S OPERATION; OR (9) ANY DAMAGE TO ANY USER’S COMPUTER, MOBILE DEVICE, OR OTHER EQUIPMENT, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR TORT. IN NO EVENT WILL THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT WILL THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR CAUSES OR ACTION EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00). YOU AGREE THAT IN THE EVENT YOU INCUR ANY DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURIES THAT ARISE OUT OF THE TRAVEL PAD’S ACTS, OMISSIONS OR NEGLIGENCE, ANY SUCH DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURIES ARE NOT IRREPARABLE OR SUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF OR TO PREVENT ANY EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEBSITE, SERVICE, PROPERTY, PRODUCT OR OTHER CONTENT OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES, AND YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHTS TO ENJOIN OR RESTRAIN THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, ADVERTISING, EXHIBITION OR EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEBSITE, PROPERTY, PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR OTHER CONTENT OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE TRAVEL PAD PARTIES.
You hereby release us, our officers, employees, investors, agents and successors from claims, demands, any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind including, without limitation, personal injuries, death and property damage, that is either directly or indirectly related to or arises from (1) any interaction you have with other Users, or (2) your participation in any of our offline events. If you are a California resident, you hereby waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which states: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold the The Travel Pad Parties harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with your Content, your access to or use of the Services, your violation of any law or regulation, and your violation of these Terms of Service. You agree to cooperate in the defense of any claim to the full extent requested by The Travel Pad. The Travel Pad reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, and you will not in any event settle any claim without the prior written consent of The Travel Pad.
Your interaction with other Users on the Services or with advertisers or other third parties, including any payment or delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and the other User, advertiser or third party. You agree that The Travel Pad will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred as the result of any such dealings or with respect to any third party’s use or disclosure of your personal information that you make available to them. If there is a dispute between you and any third party (including any User), we are under no obligation to become involved and you agree not to involve us unless we request otherwise in writing; however, we reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Users, Advertisers or other third parties.
Third-Party Services and Partner Communities
The Services may contain links to or integrations with third party websites, applications and/or services (“Third Party Services”) (1) displayed as part of the Services, (2) placed by us or third parties as a service to those interested in this information; or (3) posted by other Users. We may also place links or enable sharing or integration with Partner Communities or other Users. You use all such links and integrations at your own risk. To the extent such links or integrations are provided by us, you understand that they do not imply our endorsement, adoption or sponsorship of or affiliation with such Third Party Service or Partner Community. We accept no responsibility for reviewing changes or updates to, or the quality, content, policies, nature or reliability of Third Party Services or Partner Communities, or links or integrations from third parties back to the Services. You should review applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, for any Third Party Services or Partner Communities and should make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate and choose appropriate settings for sharing your personal information before proceeding with any interaction with a Third Party Service or Partner Community.
If you have comments and/or feedback on The Travel Pad Services or ideas on how we might improve, please contact us here. You acknowledge and agree that if you submit any comments or ideas to us, you hereby grant to us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully-paid, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license under any and all Intellectual Property Rights that you own or control to use, copy, modify, create derivative works based upon and otherwise exploit the comments and ideas for any purpose. The licenses granted here shall survive the termination or expiration of these Terms of Service.
Initial Resolution of Questions or Disputes
If you have any questions or concerns about the Services or these Terms of Services, we strongly encourage you to first contact us directly here.
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between you and The Travel Pad with respect your use of the Services and supersede and replace all prior or contemporaneous communications or agreements, written or oral, including any prior versions of the Terms of Service. These Terms of Service do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights on any person or entity. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of these Terms of Service to be unenforceable, the remainder of the Terms of Service will continue in full force and effect. Any waiver of any provision of these Terms of Service will be effective only if in writing and signed by The Travel Pad. The provisions of these Terms of Service that by their nature are continuing will survive any termination.