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TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT

Effective Date: May 14, 2013

Welcome! We are Groundspeak, Inc., a small company in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to inspire outdoor play using location based technology.

1. This Agreement

Please read this Terms of Use Agreement carefully. It governs the use of our services. By accessing or using the services below, you agree to all the terms in this Agreement and all terms that are incorporated into this Agreement as referenced below. These terms can be viewed and printed at any time through the "Terms of Use" link at the bottom of our websites and viewed in our mobile applications.

If you do not agree to all of these terms, do not use our services.

  1. Scope. This Agreement applies to the following services of Groundspeak:
    1. GEOCACHING.COM website and mobile applications
    2. SHOP.GEOCACHING.COM website
    3. WAYMARKING.COM website
    4. WHERIGO.COM website and mobile application
    5. GROUNDSPEAK.COM website, including discussion forums
    6. BLOG.GEOCACHING.COM website;
    7. MYGEOCACHINGPROFILE.COM website; and
    8. Geocaching.com data accessible via Geocaching.com API.
    While Groundspeak offers ways for individuals to exchange information about location-based outdoor play, Groundspeak does not provide any games or location-based activities itself and such games are not part of our services. As described below, Groundspeak is not responsible for game-related information available through our services and users are responsible for their own safety.
  2. What We Mean. The websites and mobile applications above, including all associated software, content, products and data will be referred to throughout this Agreement simply as our "services." References to "content" should be read in the broadest context possible; content includes among other things text, images, code, feedback, forum posts, your account details, emails, music, and audiovisual materials. References to "Groundspeak" or "we" include Groundspeak, Inc.'s officers, directors, shareholders, agents, employees, contractors, representatives, successors, and assigns. This Agreement applies to "you" as a person accessing or using our services, whether you are an authorized or unauthorized user or beneficiary of our services under this or prior agreements between us.
  3. Minors. Our services are not targeted towards, nor intended for use by, anyone under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, you are not permitted to use our services. If you are under the age of 18 but at least 13, you may only use our services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by this Agreement.
  4. Privacy Policy. Groundspeak's Privacy Policy explains how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy when you use our services. If you use a third party application of one of our API partners, any of the personal data you make accessible via the application is subject to that party's Privacy Policy. By using our services, you agree that Groundspeak can use your personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy and may store such data on our servers in the United States and elsewhere outside the European Economic Area. Our services also use small data files called "cookies" to provide a personalized experience on our websites and mobile applications and to improve our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies and similar technologies as described in our Privacy Policy. Groundspeak's Privacy Policy can be found here and through a "Privacy Policy" link at the bottom of our websites and in our mobile applications.
  5. Other Terms. The use of our services may be subject to other terms, policies or guidelines. In the event there is any conflict between this Agreement and any other policies or guidelines that appear on our websites or through our mobile applications, this Agreement will govern. In the event there is any conflict between this Agreement and any other agreements required to use a specific component of our services, such as our API License Agreement, the specific terms in conflict will take precedence over the corresponding terms in this Agreement. If you navigate away from our websites or application to a third party website, the terms and conditions of use applicable to that website will govern your use of that website
  6. Contact Information. For more information about our company and how to contact us, visit our Contact Us page.

2. Use of Our Services

  1. Inherent Risks. Geocaching and other location-based activities facilitated by our services (e.g. Waymarking and Wherigo) can be dangerous and may take you to difficult to access or potentially treacherous locations. When hiding or seeking geocaches or taking part in other location-based activities, you risk property damage, bodily injury or death. There are many variables that must be considered prior to seeking or placing a geocache or engaging in other location-based activities, including: weather, fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience. Be prepared and be sure to check the current conditions before heading outdoors. Always exercise common sense and caution. You assume all risks associated with hiding or seeking a geocache and other location-based activities associated with our services and agree to release and hold harmless Groundspeak, landowners on whose property geocaches are located, and community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators from any liability for injury or loss suffered by you through the use of our services to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
  2. Account Registration. You must create an account and provide certain information about yourself in order to use many of the features of our services. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password. You are also responsible for keeping your account data updated and for all activities that occur in connection with your account. Account information will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  3. License. Subject to your compliance with this Agreement, Groundspeak hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, fully revocable license to view and use our services for your own personal, non-commercial purposes in accordance with this Agreement and any guidelines or policies posted on our websites or applications. Additionally, you may access and use our services via the authorized application of one of our official API partners.
  4. Restrictions. Permission to use our services is subject to the following restrictions. Whether these restrictions have been violated shall be determined in our sole discretion. You agree not to:
    1. Use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access our services for any purpose without our express written permission.
    2. Frame our websites or any portion of our sites on another website or mobile application without our written permission.
    3. Use our services, including GPX files, for any purpose other than your personal use without our written permission.
    4. Take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure.
    5. Abuse or exploit bugs, undocumented features, design errors or problems in our services.
    6. Interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of our services or any activities conducted on through our services or other measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to our services.
    7. Upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute (including by emailing us) any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, embarrassing, harmful to minors, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable to any other person or entity.
    8. Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
    9. Upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute any content that you do not have a right to under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationship or for which you have not obtained required consent from third parties.
    10. Upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or proprietary rights of any person, including without limitation under any privacy or publicity rights.
    11. Upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation.
    12. Upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute any content that contains viruses or any other computer code, files or programs which interrupt, destroy, limit the functionality of, or cause damage to our services or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
    13. Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue in our forums or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges.
    14. Interfere with or disrupt our services or servers or networks connected to the services, or fail to comply with any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the services.
    15. Reverse engineer, decompile, or attempt to extract the source code of the software associated with our services.
    16. Violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.
    17. Violate any of the guidelines or policies associated with our services.
    18. Interfere with the ability of others to enjoy our services.
    19. Stalk, harass, or otherwise harm another user of our services, Groundspeak employee or third party.
    20. Collect, store or distribute personal data about other users of our services.
    21. Promote, distribute or provide instructional information about illegal activities
    22. Promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual or property damage.
    23. Publish on our websites the solutions, hints, spoilers, or any hidden coordinates for any geocache without consent from the geocache owner.
    24. Misrepresent the location or legality of a geocache you have submitted through our services.
  5. Shop Geocaching. All tangible items purchased from our shop website, shop.geocaching.com, are made pursuant to a shipment contract. This means that the risk of loss and title for such items pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier. We do not take title to returned items until the item arrives at our warehouse. At our discretion, a refund may be issued without requiring a return. Product availability on our website is not guaranteed. If a product is not available by the time your order processes, we will notify you via e-mail. We try to make our product descriptions accurate; however, we do not promise that our descriptions will be accurate or complete. If a product you purchase from us is not as described on our website, your only remedy is to return in unused condition. You consent to receive communications from us electronically via email or notices posted on your account at shop.geocaching.com and agree that all communications we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. Premium membership purchases are subject to our Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  6. Suspension and Termination. We may suspend or terminate your access to our services, including your account, at any time for any reason without notice and without liability. As an example, we may suspend or terminate your account if we suspect you or someone using your account has violated the terms of this Agreement or any other terms, guidelines or policies associated with our services or are otherwise not being a good member of the geocaching community. Any suspension or termination of your account for these reasons applies to you personally; you may not access our services through any other account that you own or create or through accounts owned or created by others. We also reserve the right to terminate or suspend user accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You can stop using our services and terminate this Agreement at any time. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
  7. Changes to Our Services. Groundspeak may change, suspend, or discontinue any portion of our services at any time, including but not limited to: any feature, database, application, or content. Groundspeak may also impose limits on certain features offered through our services with or without notice. Our services include software that may update automatically on your device once a new version or feature is available. We are under no obligation to provide maintenance support or upgrades for any of our software except where required by applicable law.

3. Ownership

  1. Groundspeak's Services. Our services are the property of Groundspeak or of its licensors and are protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. Using our services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our services or the content you access. Do not copy or download any of the content available through our services (except your own) unless we have expressly authorized you to do so. All rights not expressly granted in this Agreement are reserved by Groundspeak or by the respective owners of the intellectual property rights. Do not remove, obscure, or change any legal notices displayed in or along with our services. We allow limited, non-commercial use of some of our trademarks as provided in our Logo Usage Guidelines. We also allow limited use of some of the data available through our services via our API subject to the terms of our API License Agreement. Please contact us via email with any questions.
  2. Others' Content and Products. Our services display content that does not belong to Groundspeak. Except as part our services, you may not use third party content from our services unless you have our permission, obtain the permission of the content owner or are otherwise permitted by law. Content available through our services that does not belong to Groundspeak is the sole responsibility of the person or entity that has made it available. We do not review content available through our services, although we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or applicable law. Third parties may provide products for use with our services, such as software or widgets and our website may include third party products and links to third party sites. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for any such third party websites, widgets, software, products or content (or for removal or any failure or delay in removing such content). Individual geocaches are owned by the person(s) who physically placed the geocache. Geocache listings published through our services are owned by the person who submitted the geocache listing for publication.
  3. Your Content. All content you submit through our services remains yours; this includes your geocache logs and pictures, your comments and anything you post to our discussion forums. You and not Groundspeak are entirely responsible for all content that you upload, post or otherwise transmit via our services. You represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights and permissions required for all content you post and for the rights you grant to us below, and that your content does not violate this this Agreement, other Groundspeak terms, policies or guidelines, the rights of any other party or applicable law.
  4. The Rights You Grant Us to Your Content. By submitting content to our services, you grant Groundspeak a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully transferable and sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content in any media now known or created in the future. You agree that we have no obligation to monitor or protect your rights in any content that you may submit to us, but in the event that someone else takes content you have submitted through our services without either of our permission, you give us the right to request that they take the content off of their website or otherwise stop using it.
  5. Claims of Copyright Infringement. Groundspeak respects the intellectual property rights of others, and asks that you and all users of our services do the same. If you believe your work has been published on our services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you must notify Groundspeak's copyright agent by providing the following information:
    1. A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed.
    2. Identification of the material that you claim is infringing and needs to be removed, including a description of where it is located on our websites or mobile applications.
    3. Your address, telephone number, and, if available, e-mail address, so that Groundspeak can contact you about your complaint.
    4. And a physical or electronically signed statement that the above information is accurate; that you have a good faith belief that the identified use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf in this situation.
    Groundspeak's copyright agent for claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:

    By Mail:

    Groundspeak, Inc.
    837 N 34th Street, Suite 300
    Seattle, WA 98103
    Attn: Corporate Counsel

    By E-Mail

    By Fax:
    206.374.8161

4. No Warranties

Our services are provided as-is and as-available and you assume the entire risk as to your use of our services and the content available through our services. We make no specific promises about our services or content available through our services, including with regard to their availability, reliability, functionality, accuracy or truthfulness (whether provided by Groundspeak or our users), or lack of viruses or errors. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, representations, terms or conditions, express or implied, whether by statute, common law or otherwise, regarding our services and the content available through our services, including but not limited implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, workmanlike effort, non-infringement, availability and lack of negligence.

5. Limitation of Damages

Regardless of the form or cause of action of the alleged basis of the claim, to the fullest extent permitted by law, Groundspeak and community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, exemplary, punitive or special damages, lost profits, revenues or data arising from this Agreement or your use of our services even if they have been advised of the possibility of such damages and even if the remedies otherwise provided under this Agreement, at law, or in equity, fail of their essential purpose. Should a court of competent jurisdiction determine that the limitation above is not legally valid, to the extent permitted by law, the total liability of Groundspeak and community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators to you for any claim under this Agreement or arising out of our services, including for implied warranties, is limited to the amount you paid us for our services or the amount of direct damages incurred by you in reliance on our services, whichever is less. You agree that this is your sole and exclusive remedy and you hereby release Groundspeak and community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators from all obligations, liability, claims or demands in excess of the limitation.

6. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold Groundspeak, its officers, employees, agents and community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators harmless against any and all losses, claims, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that Groundspeak may incur in connection with: (a) your breach of any of the terms of this Agreement; (b) your use of the services; or (c) your violation of applicable law.

7. Washington Law and Washington (King County) Forum

The laws of Washington, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the services. All such claims will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of King County, Washington, U.S.A. unless otherwise explicitly provided in this Agreement, and you and Groundspeak consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.

8. Terms Applicable to European Residents

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, the following terms shall apply:

  1. As our Premium Membership services are available for use immediately after purchase, you agree that you will not be entitled to any cancellation or "cooling off" period with respect to purchases of Premium Membership services.
  2. With respect to any goods purchased from our shop website, Shop Geocaching (shop.geocaching.com), any applicable cancellation rights under the law of your country of residence will apply in lieu of any limitations imposed by Section 2.E. of this Agreement.
  3. Nothing in this Agreement shall limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence. In addition, if you are a resident of the Federal Republic of Germany, Section 5 shall not apply and the following terms shall be applicable:
  4. For claims against Groundspeak for compensation due to damages resulting from Groundspeak's willful or gross negligence, or in case of misrepresentation where an explicitly promised feature is lacking from a service, Groundspeak's liability for damages will not be limited.
  5. For claims against Groundspeak for compensation due to damages resulting from Groundspeak's negligence (regardless of the legal basis), Groundspeak will not be liable unless it has violated a substantial contractual obligation or cardinal duty. Such an obligation or duty will be an obligation of this Agreement on which the user would have reasonably relied or which is essential to the performance of this Agreement or, if breached, would frustrate the purpose of this Agreement. Such claims will be limited to such amounts as are typical and foreseeable.
  6. For claims based on loss of data due to Groundspeak's negligence, Groundspeak will be liable in accordance with the foregoing paragraph only to the extent that you have backed up data at reasonable intervals in a way that allows reconstruction with reasonable efforts.
  7. Liability for all other damages is excluded, in particular for loss of data or hardware defects or interruption which are caused by unforeseen incompatibility with your systems or mobile devices or for system interruptions caused by incorrect configuration or outdated components.
  8. All limitations of liability in this Agreement shall apply in equal scope and substance to community members who serve as reviewers, translators and forum moderators/administrators. Liability for advice, recommendations and any information shared on Groundspeak's services is limited according to sec 675 par 2 BGB.
  9. Nothing in this Agreement shall limit our liability under applicable German product liability law (Produkthaftungsgesetz).

9. Changes to this Agreement

We may make changes to this Agreement from time to time. Unless we make the change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccuracy, we will provide you with notice of the revised Agreement. By continuing to use our services, you agree to be bound by the revised Agreement. If you do not agree to the revised Agreement, you should stop using our services. Changes will not apply retroactively. If we provide notice of changes via email, you consent to receiving email notice of such changes.

10. General Terms (Severability, Waiver, Entire Agreement)

If any provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, Groundspeak and you agree that the remaining provisions of the Agreement will remain in full force and effect, and the allocation of risk described in this Agreement will be given effect to the fullest extent possible. Groundspeak's failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not constitute a waiver of Groundspeak's right to enforce its rights with respect to later or similar breaches. This Agreement, along with any guidelines, terms or policies posted on our websites or mobile applications or that we otherwise provide to you, constitutes the entire agreement between us with regard to your use of our services.

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