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Terms & Conditions

Date of Last Revision: 9 August 2015

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities ("Statement," "Terms," or "SRR") derives from Sowing Deeds and contains our terms of service that govern our relationship with users and others who interact with Sowing Deeds. By using or accessing Sowing Deeds, you agree to this Statement, as updated from time to time in accordance with Section 11 below.

1. Privacy
Your privacy is very important to us. Sowing Deeds may share user information with third parties, but only in aggregate/ summary form that does not include user personal information. We promise to not share your e-mail, mailing address, name or any personally identifying information with third parties without your consent, unless a qualifying circumstance applies.  Please see our privacy policy for more information, including qualifying circumstances under which we may share your personal information.

2. Communications
By registering and creating a user profile (Signing-Up) on SowingDeeds.com you agree to receive periodic e-mail communications from Sowing Deeds. Examples of e-mail communication from Sowing Deeds include:
  1. Notice when a post related to your card/ good deed is posted
  2. Notice regarding any cards you request (request received/ estimated shipment of card(s)/ etc)
  3. Notice regarding any donations you make to Sowing Deeds
  4. Occasional updates regarding improvements made to SowingDeeds.com
You also agree to receive mail communication from Sowing Deeds if you request a card or make a donation to Sowing Deeds.

3.  Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on Sowing Deeds, In addition:
  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Sowing Deeds (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it. 
  2. You understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you publish content or information, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Sowing Deeds, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  4. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Sowing Deeds, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).
 
4. Safety
We do our best to keep Sowing Deeds safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep Sowing Deeds safe, which includes the following commitments by you:
  1. You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Sowing Deeds.
  2. You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access Sowing Deeds, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our prior permission.
  3. You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on Sowing Deeds.
  4. You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
  5. You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
  6. You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
  7. You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
  8. You will not develop or operate a third-party application containing alcohol-related, dating or other mature content (including advertisements) without appropriate age-based restrictions.
  9. You will not use Sowing Deeds to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
  10. You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of Sowing Deeds, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other Sowing Deeds functionality.
  11. You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies.

5. Registration and Account Security
Sowing Deeds users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
  1. You will not provide any false personal information on Sowing Deeds, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
  2. You will not create more than one personal account.
  3. If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
  4. You will not use your personal deeds feed primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Sowing Deeds Page for such purposes.
  5. You will not use Sowing Deeds if you are under 13.
  6. You will not use Sowing Deeds if you are a convicted sex offender.
  7. You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
  8. You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
  9. You will not transfer your account (including any Page or application you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.
  10. If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Page, we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe it is appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user's actual name).
 
6.  Protecting Other People's Rights
We respect other people's rights, and expect you to do the same.
  1. You will not post content or take any action on Sowing Deeds that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
  2. We can remove any content or information you post on Sowing Deeds if we believe that it violates this Statement or our policies.
  3. If we remove your content for infringing someone else's copyright, and you believe we removed it by mistake, we will provide you with an opportunity to appeal through our contact us page.
  4. If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account when appropriate.
  5. You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Sowing Deeds, the Sowing Deeds and heart shaped leaf, and Deeds feed), or any confusingly similar marks, except when requesting by written permission.
  6. If you collect information from users, you will: obtain their consent, make it clear you (and not Sowing Deeds) are the one collecting their information, and post a privacy policy explaining what information you collect and how you will use it.
  7. You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on Sowing Deeds.
  8. You will not tag users or send email invitations to non-users without their consent. 

7. Payments
If you make a payment on Sowing Deeds Paypal donations, you agree to Paypal's rules and regulations.
 
8. Special Provisions Applicable to Social Plugins
If you include our Social Plugins, such as the Share or Like buttons on your website, the following additional terms apply to you:
  1. We give you permission to use Sowing Deeds's Social Plugins so that users can post links or content from your website on Sowing Deeds.
  2. You give us permission to use and allow others to use such links and content on Sowing Deeds.
  3. You will not place a Social Plugin on any page containing content that would violate this Statement if posted on Sowing Deeds.
 
9. About Advertisements and Other Commercial Content Served or Enhanced by Sowing Deeds
Our goal is to deliver advertising and other commercial or sponsored content that is valuable to our users and advertisers. In order to help us do that, you agree to the following:
  1. You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.
  2. We do not give your content or information to advertisers without your consent.
  3. You understand that we may not always identify paid services and communications as such.
10. International Users  
By accessing Sowing Deeds or providing us data, you agree we may use and disclose data we collect as described here or as communicated to you, transmit it outside your resident jurisdiction, and store it on servers in the United States.

11. Amendments
Your continued use of Sowing Deeds following changes to our terms constitutes your acceptance of our amended terms.
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