User Agreement

Last Updated: March 11, 2014

1. General Terms of Service and Guidelines; Acceptance

Welcome to RopeofSilicon.com LLC ("RopeofSilicon"). This User Agreement and Terms of Service ("TOS") apply to web sites and interactive services owned or operated by RopeofSilicon.com LLC ("Service"). The TOS applies to each visitor to and user of the Service, including unregistered and registered users (individually "User" and collectively, "Users"). By visiting or using the Service you are agreeing to abide by the TOS.

RopeofSilicon.com LLC may change the TOS at any time and the changes will become effective immediately after posting the revised TOS (the "Effective Date"). You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time at /useragreement/. You are responsible for periodically checking for changes and your continued use of the Service after the Effective Date indicates your acceptance of the new TOS.

Additional operating guidelines ("Guidelines") may be posted from time to time on a particular service that will also apply to use of such Service, and such Guidelines are incorporated by reference into the TOS. RopeofSilicon.com LLC may also offer certain Services that are governed by different terms of service and such different terms of service will be posted and govern the use of such Services.

RopeofSilicon.com LLC may offer additional services (RopeofSilicon.com Podcast (aka B 'n' L on Movies), etc.), which may have their own Terms of Service and User Agreements. Please be sure and read those Terms and Guidelines as they are considered to be incorporated into this User Agreement.

2. RopeofSilicon.com LLC Service

A. Service Changes and Discontinuation.

Our Service provides you with access to a varied collection of online entertainment, this includes regular news stories, reviews, pictures, trailers, comment sections, podcasts, etc. Some of these Services are presented free of charge, some require payment. RopeofSilicon.com LLC reserves the right to change or to discontinue temporarily or permanently the Service at any time without notice. You agree that RopeofSilicon.com LLC will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification or discontinuance of the Service.

B. Service Limitations.

It is the goal of RopeofSilicon.com to ensure your experience is free of disruption. It is, however, not always possible to anticipate technical issues, service outages or other difficulties that may result in downtime, loss of data or other Service interruptions. As such, you agree the Service, including the services of our third-party service providers, are provided "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE". Neither RopeofSilicon.com LLC nor our third-party service providers assume responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any data, communications or personalization settings. Please refer to Section 6 below for full details.

C. Privacy Policy.

RopeofSilicon.com LLC respects your privacy and has developed a detailed Privacy Policy that is incorporated into the TOS. Please take the time to read our Privacy Policy which is available at /privacypolicy/. As a User of the Service, you are accepting the terms of our Privacy Policy.

D. Posting User Content; No Endorsement of User Content.

You are solely responsible for all User Content (as defined in the next sentence) that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available on or through the Service (collectively, "Post"). "User Content" means User-Posted content or information of any type or medium, including but not limited to: letters, emails or other messages; other forms of communication through the Service; personal User information; movie reviews; article comments; movie grades, data, notes and testimonials; poll votes; images; audio or video files; and software. You may Post only User Content which you own, have created or which you have clear permission to Post. You acknowledge and agree that RopeofSilicon.com LLC does not endorse any User Content and is not responsible or liable for any User Content, even though it may be unlawful, harassing, libelous, privacy invading, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable, or may infringe upon the intellectual property or other rights of another. You acknowledge that RopeofSilicon.com LLC does not pre-screen User Content, and has no obligation to do so, but that RopeofSilicon.com LLC will have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse, edit, move or remove any User Content that is posted on or through the Service.

E. Third Party Sites; Advertisers.

The Service may provide you with opportunities links or other opportunities to use certain sites, services, products, applications or content offered by or through RopeofSilicon.com LLC's third-party providers, including but not limited to advertisers, content and ecommerce providers (collectively "Third-Party Service"). Your use of any Third-Party Service is subject to any terms of service or conditions of use associated with the Third-Party Service. RopeofSilicon.com LLC does not control Third-Party Services and is not responsible for any Third-Party Service or for the contents thereof, including, without limitation, any links that may be contained in or accessible through Third-Party Services. RopeofSilicon.com LLC does not endorse any Third-Party Services or any products, content or communications linked to or accessible from the Service. You agree you are wholly responsible for making your own independent judgment regarding your user or interaction with Third-Party Service.

3. General Rules

For the benefit of the entire RopeofSilicon.com LLC community, and to comply with applicable laws, we have certain general rules, which RopeofSilicon.com LLC will construe in its sole discretion. Because violation of these rules may be grounds for immediate termination of your right to use the Service or other actions by RopeofSilicon.com LLC, you should carefully read and follow them.

A. Provide Accurate Information. You agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself wherever requested and to keep it current and accurate.

B. Guard Your Password. Upon completing the registration process, you will receive an account and select a password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. In the event of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, you must notify RopeofSilicon.com LLC immediately and promptly change your password. If, for any reason, you are unable to update/access your user account you should contact us here for instructions on how to change your password or to contact RopeofSilicon.

C. Obey the Law. You agree not to use the Service for illegal purposes or for the transmission of material that is unlawful, harassing, libelous (e.g., untrue and damaging to others), invasive of another's privacy, abusive, threatening, or obscene, or that infringes the copyright (e.g., rights of an owner or authorized user of material) or other intellectual property rights of others.

D. Permitted Use of Content. The content included in the Service, including all Web site design, text, graphics, photos, audio, video, the selection and arrangement thereof, and all software that are part of the Service (collectively, the "Content") is owned or licensed by RopeofSilicon.com LLC and/or its licensors. All Content is made available to you for your personal, non-commercial use and may be stored on a computer only for such use. The Content is protected by copyright, trademark, service mark, patent and other proprietary rights and laws. Publication, sale, redistribution in any form or medium, as well as modification or use of the Content, except as expressly permitted, is prohibited without the prior written permission of RopeofSilicon.com LLC.

E. Limits on Use of the Service. You agree not engage in any of the following: (i) use any automated means, including, without limitation, agents, robots, scripts, or spiders, to access, monitor, data scrape, copy or transfer any part of the Service or the Registration Data or other data of any User (whether individually or in the aggregate); (ii) probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Service, or breach the security or authentication measures on the Service; (iii) reverse look-up, trace or seek to trace any information on any other User of the Service, including any RopeofSilicon.com LLC account not owned by you, to its source, or exploit the Service in any way where the purpose is to reveal any information, including but not limited to personal identification or information, other than your own information as provided for by the Service; (iv) take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the infrastructure of the Service; (v) use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working or authorized uses of the Service or with any other person's use of the Service; (vi) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any message transmittal you send on or through the Service; and (vii) impersonate any other individual or entity or misrepresent your identity or your affiliation with another individual or entity.

F. Community Comments

1) Comment Conduct. By using and/or registering to post comments on RopeofSilicon.com, you agree to only post User Content that is proper and related to the particular subject at hand. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when posting in comment sections you will not:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • Post any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.
  • Post files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have expressly received all necessary consents.
  • Post files or content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
  • Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose.
  • Post surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters.
  • Download any file posted by another User of a forum that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  • Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying any public area of the Service.
  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.

If you choose to use language, such as a user name that, in RopeofSilicon's sole discretion, is obscene, indecent, offensive, or abusive or that might otherwise be objectionable or inappropriate, we reserve the right without prior notice to you to delete or change the offending language including your user name.

2) Monitoring. RopeofSilicon.com LLC and its affiliates have no obligation to pre-screen or monitor the comment sections or the content Posted on or through any comment sections. However, RopeofSilicon.com LLC and its affiliates reserve the right at all times to edit or remove any content or communications, in whole or in part, in RopeofSilicon.com LLC's sole discretion and to disclose any information or take any action as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

3) Usage. Content or communications posted using the comment sections are generally public, not private, communications and others may read your communications without your knowledge or consent. You should not have any expectation of privacy relative to your communications through the comment sections. Always use caution when posting personal information especially when posting information that could personally identify you. Your posting of any User Content through the comment sections is done at your own risk. RopeofSilicon.com LLC is not responsible for its theft, copying or placement of that User Content on other media or networks. RopeofSilicon.com LLC does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any comment section and, therefore, RopeofSilicon.com LLC specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the User Tools and the content therein and any actions resulting from your participation or the participation of others using the User Tools. Comment section moderators are not authorized spokespersons of RopeofSilicon.com LLC, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of RopeofSilicon.com LLC. By posting User Content through the comment sections you grant RopeofSilicon.com LLC certain rights as described in Section 4A below.

G. Downloads

Any material or third party software downloaded through or for the use of the Service is done at your own discretion and risk, and RopeofSilicon.com LLC will not be responsible in any way for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the Service or our third party service providers will create any warranty not expressly stated.

4. Rights You Grant to RopeofSilicon.com LLC.

A. User Content. By submitting any User Content through or to the Service, including on any pages, posts, comment sections or personal Profile Pages you hereby irrevocably grant to RopeofSilicon.com LLC a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and fully sub-licensable license, to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, create derivative works from, transfer, transmit and distribute on the Service, in connection with promotion or elsewhere, such User Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the User Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, when you submit a episode guides, reviews, scoops or images, RopeofSilicon.com LLC may modify the format and display of such User Content, but not the content. RopeofSilicon.com LLC will take reasonable precautions to help you to keep your email private. The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such User Content, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction. With respect to User Content you Post for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of RopeofSilicon.com LLC, you grant RopeofSilicon.com LLC the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such User Content on the Service or on any media. You agree that the foregoing grant of rights by you to RopeofSilicon.com LLC is provided without any the entitlement of payment of fees or consideration.

B. Account Access. In order to ensure that RopeofSilicon.com LLC is able to provide high-quality services that are responsive to Users' needs, you agree that RopeofSilicon.com LLC representatives will have access to your account and records as reasonably needed to investigate complaints. You are responsible for providing all personal computer and communications equipment necessary to gain access to the Service.

5. Children and Mature Content

The Services are not directed to children under the age of 13. RopeofSilicon.com LLC will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information on or through the Service from anyone under 13. Please be aware that certain areas on the Service contain mature content and there may be posted specific age restrictions to access and view such areas. You may be exposed to Content on the Service that you find offensive, indecent or objectionable. By using the Service you assume all risk associated with its use. We encourage parents to supervise their children's use of the Service and maintain open communication regarding appropriate materials for use and viewing by their children. Note to Parents. If you have any concerns about the Service, please contact us via our online form available at /contactus/.

6. Other Legal Stuff

A. Disclaimer of Warranties. You expressly understand and agree that:

YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC, ITS MANAGERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS AND LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES") EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

THE ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (II) THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (III) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (IV) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, (V) THAT YOUR MESSAGES, DATA OR INFORMATION, IN WHATEVER FORM OR MEDIUM, WILL NOT BE LOST, AND (VI) ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ANY ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTY, OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.

A SMALL NUMBER OF USERS MAY EXPERIENCE EPILEPTIC SEIZURES WHEN EXPOSED TO CERTAIN LIGHT PATTERNS OR BACKGROUNDS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN OR WHILE USING THE SERVICES. CERTAIN CONDITIONS MAY INDUCE PREVIOUSLY UNDETECTED EPILEPTIC SYMPTOMS EVEN IN USERS WITH NO HISTORY OF SUCH SYMPTOMS. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO USE OF THE SERVICES IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS AND DISCONTINUE USE OF THE SERVICES IMMEDIATELY IF YOU EXPERIENCE DIZZINESS, ALTERED VISION, EYE OR MUSCLE TWITCHES, LOSS OF AWARENESS, DISORIENTATION OR INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENTS OR CONVULSIONS.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS, LIABILITY OF THE ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES WILL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. To the extent that any part of this section is not consistent with any other part of the TOS, then this Disclaimer of Warranties will override it.

C. Limitation of Liability. YOU AGREE THAT THE ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF THE ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (I) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES; (II) THE COST OF GETTING SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY PRODUCTS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES; (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (IV) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANYONE ON THE SERVICES; OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICES. IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, ANY ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTY IS FOUND TO BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS WHICH ARISES OUT OF OR IS ANY WAY CONNECTED TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, LIABILITY OF THE ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC PARTIES SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE GREATER OF (I) THE TOTAL OF ANY SUBSCRIPTION OR SIMILAR FEES WITH RESPECT TO ANY SERVICE OR FEATURE OF THE SERVICES PAID IN THE SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE INITIAL CLAIM MADE AGAINST ROPEOFSILICON.COM LLC.

D. Indemnification. You agree to protect and fully compensate the RopeofSilicon.com LLC Parties from any and all third-party claims, liability, damages, expenses and costs (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from your use of the Service, or violation of the TOS by you or any other user of your account (whether or not authorized).

E. Copyright Infringement. If you believe that content you own has been used on the Service in a way that violates your copyright or other intellectual property rights, please provide RopeofSilicon.com LLC's Copyright Agent the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

RopeofSilicon.com LLC's Designated Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be sent to webmaster@ropeofsilicon.com.

F. Miscellaneous. RopeofSilicon.com LLC's rights under the TOS may not be waived unless RopeofSilicon agrees to such change in writing. The TOS and your account on the Service are personal to you and may not be transferred or assigned. The TOS is governed by U.S. Federal law and the laws of the State of Washington, U.S.A., without regard to its conflicts of law provisions; and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and state courts located in King County, Washington, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to the Service. Use of the Service is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this Section. RopeofSilicon's performance of the TOS is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in the TOS is in derogation of our right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Service or information provided to or gathered by RopeofSilicon with respect to such use. If any part of the TOS is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the TOS shall continue in effect. The TOS, together with any additional terms and conditions or policies referred to and incorporated herein (including additional terms applicable to various parts of the Service and the Privacy Policy), constitutes the entire understanding between you and RopeofSilicon.com LLC regarding the Service. A printed version of the TOS and any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to the TOS to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. The parties have agreed that the TOS shall be written in English.

G. Notices. RopeofSilicon.com LLC may give you notice of certain events from time to time and may be required by state or federal law to notify you of certain events. You hereby acknowledge and consent that such notices will be effective upon our posting them on our Service or delivering them to you through email if you have provided RopeofSilicon.com LLC with your accurate email address.

Direct questions or notices to RopeofSilicon.com LLC can be sent to webmaster@ropeofsilicon.com.