Groupidea Terms of Use

Groupidea Inc. ("we" or "us"), is a corporation whose mission is to empower and engage people around the world to effectively collect, analyze, and disseminate information about global problems and goals, and brainstorm for solutions.

We welcome you ("you" or the "user") as a reader, editor, author, or contributor of groupidea.com, a website owned by Groupidea Inc, and we encourage you to join the groupidea.com community. Before you use our services, however, we ask that you read and agree to the following Terms of Use ("Terms of Use"). These Terms of Use tell you about our services at Groupidea Inc, our relationship to you as a user, and the rights and responsibilities that guide us both.

1. Our Services

Groupidea Inc. is dedicated to developing, maintaining and hosting the groupidea.com website, and offering it to users as a service for online brainstorming, and for analyzing and sharing content about problems and goals that may span from personal, to company specific, to global ones. Our website allows users to share information within private groups, and/or publicly. Some features of the website are available for free, while others (such as administering private collaboration groups) require paid subscriptions, as described on https://groupidea.com/pricing.

There are a couple of things you should be aware of when considering our relationship to you:

  1. Most of the content that we host is provided by users like yourself: Although our employees and other parties related to us may create and edit public content from time to time, we do not generally take an editorial role for the public content of groupidea.com. Therefore, we do not take any responsibility for this content. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our services, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community content. Instead, we simply provide access to the content that your fellow users have contributed and edited.
  2. You are responsible for your own actions: You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions on groupidea.com, so for your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. For clarity, applicable law includes at least the laws of the United States of America. Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn editors and contributors that authorities may seek to apply other country laws to you, including local laws where you live or where you view or edit content. We generally cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.

2. Privacy Policy

We ask that you review the terms of our Privacy Policy, so that you are aware of how we collect and use your information. Because our services are used by people all over the world, personal information that we collect may be stored and processed in the United States of America or any other country in which we or our agents maintain facilities. By using our services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside your country.

3. Content We Host

  1. You may find some material objectionable or erroneous: Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered by fellow users, you may encounter material that you find offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when using our services.
  2. Our content is for general informational purposes only: Although we host a great deal of information that pertains to professional topics, including medical, legal, or financial issues, this content is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. Please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area in lieu of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained in groupidea.com.

4. Refraining from Certain Activities

We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the groupidea.com community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions aimed at furthering the mission of Groupidea Inc.

Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:

  • Harassing and Abusing Others:
    • Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism; and
    • Transmitting chain mail, junk mail, or spam to other users.
  • Violating the Privacy of Others:
    • Infringing the privacy rights of others under the laws of the United States of America or other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content);
    • Soliciting personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose not explicitly approved by Groupidea Inc; and
    • Soliciting personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose or violating any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors.
  • Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud:
    • Intentionally or knowingly posting content that constitutes libel or defamation;
    • With the intent to deceive, posting content that is false or inaccurate;
    • Attempting to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive; and
    • Engaging in fraud.
  • Committing Infringement:
    • Infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law.
  • Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes:
    • Posting child pornography or any other content that violates applicable law concerning child pornography;
    • Posting or trafficking in obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law; and
    • Using the services in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable law.
  • Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities:
    • Posting or distributing content that contains any viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm our technical infrastructure or system or that of our users;
    • Engaging in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the services and have not been approved by Groupidea Inc;
    • Disrupting the services by placing an undue burden on the networks or servers connected with groupidea.com;
    • Disrupting the services by inundating groupidea.com with communications or other traffic that suggests no serious intent to use the website for its stated purpose;
    • Probing, scanning, or testing the vulnerability of any of our technical systems or networks unless all the following conditions are met:
      • such actions do not unduly abuse or disrupt our technical systems or networks;
      • such actions are not for personal gain (except for credit for your work);
      • you report any vulnerabilities to Groupidea Inc; and
      • you do not undertake such actions with malicious or destructive intent.
  • Paid contributions without disclosure:
    • These Terms of Use prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation.

5. Password Security

You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.

6. Trademarks

Although you have considerable freedoms for re-use of the content on groupidea.com, it is important that, at Groupidea Inc, we protect our trademark rights so that we can protect our users from fraudulent impersonators. Because of this, we ask that you please respect our trademarks. All Groupidea trademarks belong to Groupidea Inc. Trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, or domain names may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Groupidea Inc.’s, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers.

7. Licensing of Public Content

In regards to information submitted outside private groups, to grow the commons of free knowledge, all users publicly contributing to groupidea.com are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works. In keeping with our goal of providing free information to the widest possible audience, we require that when necessary all submitted content be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.

You agree to the following licensing requirements:

  1. Text to which you hold the copyright: When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License ("CC BY-SA"). Please note that this license allows commercial uses of your contributions, as long as such uses are compliant with the terms.
  2. Attribution: Attribution is an important part of the CC BY-SA license. We consider it giving credit where credit is due – to authors like yourself. When you contribute text, you agree to be attributed in any of the following fashions:
    1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page to which you contributed (since each page has a "posts and edits" section that lists all authors and editors); or
    2. Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
  3. Importing text: You may import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, but in such case you warrant that the text is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. You agree that, if you import text under a CC BY-SA license that requires attribution, you must credit the author(s) in a reasonable fashion, such as including a hyperlink to the page from which the text was imported.
  4. Non-text media: Non-text media on groupidea.com are available under fair use, or under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. When you contribute non-text media, you agree to comply with the requirements for such licenses.
  5. No revocation of license: Except as consistent with your license, you agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under these Terms of Use for text content or non-text media contributed to groupidea.com, even if you terminate use of our services.
  6. Public domain content: Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United States of America. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.
  7. Re-use: Re-use of content that we host is welcome, though exceptions exist for content contributed under "fair use" or similar exemptions under copyright law. Any re-use must comply with the underlying license(s). When you re-use or re-distribute a text content developed by the groupidea.com community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:
    1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page having the content that you are re-using (since each page has a "posts and edits" section that lists all authors and editors); or
    2. Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
    For any non-text media, you agree to comply with whatever license under which the work has been made available. When re-using any content that we host, you agree to comply with the relevant attribution requirements as they pertain to the underlying license or licenses.
  8. Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from groupidea.com, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later. When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from a Project website, you agree to license the modified or added content in accordance with whatever license under which the work has been made available. With both text content and non-text media, you agree to clearly indicate that the original work has been modified. For each copy or modified version that you distribute, you agree to include a licensing notice stating which license the work is released under, along with either a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or a copy of the license itself.

8. DMCA Compliance

Groupidea Inc. wants to ensure that the content that we host can be re-used by other users without fear of liability and that it is not infringing the proprietary rights of others. In fairness to our users, as well as to other creators and copyright holders, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system and network who are repeat infringers. However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. In such cases, we strongly encourage users to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA takedown demand is invalid or improper.

If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on groupidea.com without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please email us at legal@groupidea.com.

Alternatively, you may make a request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. In that case, you can comment the post introducing the conflict explaining your copyright concerns.

9. Protection of Private Content

On groupidea.com you can submit information with any of the following visibility settings: “Only Me”, “Group” (selecting one group you are member of), or “Public”. When sharing content with a private visibility setting, unless there is a breach, only the selected audience will have access to that information, with the exception of the Groupidea website administrators who can access all data for maintenance and support. Groupidea takes rigorous measures to protect your information from unauthorized access as described on Section 3 of the Groupidea Privacy Policy.

Each member of any private collaboration group is responsible for following the rules set by the group’s administrators regarding the disclosure, licensing, and reuse of information shared in the group. Such rules can be set outside of the Groupidea website. Groupidea is not responsible for the rules set by each group administrator, or for enforcing them.

10. Third-party Websites and Resources

You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although groupidea.com contains links to third-party websites and resources, we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.

11. Management of Website

To address any especially problematic user of groupidea.com, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:

  • Investigate your use of the service (a) to determine whether a violation of these Terms of Use, or other applicable law or policy has occurred, or (b) to comply with any applicable law, legal process, or appropriate governmental request;
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
  • Refuse, disable, or restrict access to the contribution of any user who violates these Terms of Use;
  • Ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access for actions violating these Terms of Use, including repeat copyright infringement;
  • Take legal action against users who violate these Terms of Use (including reports to law enforcement authorities); and
  • Manage otherwise groupidea.com in a manner designed to facilitate its proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.

In the interests of our users and Groupidea Inc, in the extreme circumstance that any individual has had his or her account or access blocked under this provision, he or she is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to groupidea.com, unless we provide explicit permission. Groupidea Inc. will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating these Terms of Use.

The blocking of an account or access or the banning of a user under this provision shall be in accordance with Section 12 of these Terms of Use.

12. Termination

Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to groupidea.com, you can stop using our services any time. In certain (hopefully unlikely) circumstances it may be necessary for either ourselves or the groupidea.com community or its members (as described in Section 11) to terminate part or all of our services, terminate these Terms of Use, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available, and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on groupidea.com. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. We reserve the right to suspend or end the services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Even after your use and participation are banned, blocked or otherwise suspended, these Terms of Use will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions, including Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10-15, and 17.

13. Disputes and Jurisdiction

We hope that no serious disagreements arise involving you, but, in the event there is a dispute, we encourage you to seek resolution through the procedures or mechanisms provided by Groupidea Inc. If you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in a federal or state court located in the State of Delaware. You also agree that the laws of the State of Delaware and, to the extent applicable, the laws of the United States of America will govern these Terms of Use, as well as any legal claim that might arise between you and us (without reference to conflict of laws principles). You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, the courts located in the State of Delaware, in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or these Terms of Use.

To ensure that disputes are dealt with soon after they arise, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you might have arising out of or related to use of our services or these Terms of Use must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations or, if earlier, one (1) year after the pertinent facts underlying such claim or cause of action could have been discovered with reasonable diligence (or be forever barred).

14. Disclaimers

At Groupidea Inc, we do our best to provide high quality services, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.

We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our 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. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice. Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.

15. Limitation on Liability

Groupidea Inc. will not be liable to you or to any other party 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, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

16. Modifications to these Terms of Use

Because it may be necessary to modify these Terms of Use from time to time, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change them. Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, we will provide reasonable advance notice before the updated Terms become effective. You agree that we may notify you of the updated Terms by posting them to groupidea.com. Therefore, you should review the most up-to-date version of our Terms of Use before using our services. Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Use become official constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Use on your part. For the protection of the Groupidea Inc. and other users like yourself, if you do not agree with our Terms of Use, you cannot use our services.

17. Other Terms

These Terms of Use do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, Groupidea Inc. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, these Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between these Terms of Use and a signed written agreement between you and us, the signed agreement will control.

You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Use, by email, or postings on groupidea.com.

If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Use, it is not a waiver of that provision.

You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or groupidea.com.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Terms of Use, we (Groupidea Inc.) and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any free license that is employed on groupidea.com when such free license is authorized by these Terms of Use.

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.

Effective Date: These Terms of Use went into effect on October 12th, 2014.

The text of these Terms of Use is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. It is partially derived from the text of The Wikimedia Foundation’s Terms of Use, available under the same license.