Terms of Use

Terms of Use

Last Modified: April 28, 2021

These terms of use are entered into by and between you and FrankSpeech LLC (“FrankSpeech,” “we,” “our,” or “us”).  The following terms and conditions, together with our Privacy Policy (collectively, “Terms of Use”), govern your access to and use of www.frankspeech.com and all related services (this “Website”).

Please read the Terms of Use carefully before you start to use this Website.  By using this Website, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms of Use.  If you do not want to agree to these Terms of Use, you must not access or use this Website. 

This Website is offered and available to users who are sixteen years of age or older and reside in the United States or any of its territories or possessions.  By using this Website, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract with FrankSpeech and meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements.  If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use this Website.

Modifications

We may revise and update these Terms of Use at any time in our sole discretion.  All changes are effective immediately when we post them, and apply to all access to and use of this Website thereafter.  However, any changes to the dispute resolution provisions will not apply to any disputes for which the parties have actual notice on or before the date the change is posted on this Website.

Your continued use of this Website following the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the changes.  You are expected to check this page when you use this Website so you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you. 

Access

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend this Website, and any service or material we provide on this Website, in our sole discretion without notice.  We will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of this Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. At any time we may restrict access to some parts of this Website, or the entire Website.  You are responsible for both making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to this Website and ensuring that all persons who access this Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms of Use and comply with them.

To access this Website or some of the resources it offers, you may be asked to provide certain account details or other information.  It is a condition of your use of this Website that all the information you provide on this Website is correct, current, and complete.  You agree that all information you provide to register with this Website or otherwise, including, but not limited to, through the use of any interactive features on this Website, is governed by our Privacy Policy and you consent to all actions we take with respect to your information consistent with our Privacy Policy.

If you choose a password, or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity.  You also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to this Website or portions of it using your identification, password, or other security information.  You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your identification, password, or any other breach of security.  You also agree to ensure that you log-off from your account at the end of each session.  You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

We have the right to disable any identification, password, or other identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time in our sole digression if, in our opinion, you have violated any provision of these Terms of Use.

Intellectual Property Rights

This Website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof) are owned by FrankSpeech, its licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms of Use permit you to use this Website for your personal, non-commercial use only.  You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit any of the material on this Website, except: your computer may temporarily store copies of such materials incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials, you may store files that are automatically cached by your browser for display enhancement purposes, and you may print or download one copy of a reasonable number of pages of this Website for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for further reproduction, publication, or distribution.

You must not: modify copies of any materials from this site; use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences, or any graphics separately from the accompanying text; or delete or alter any proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from this Website.  You must not access or use for any commercial purposes any part of this Website or any services or materials available through this Website without our written permission.  If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of this Website in breach of the Terms of Use, your right to use this Website will stop immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.  No right, title, or interest in or to this Website or any content on this Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by FrankSpeech.  Any use of this Website not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Trademarks

The FrankSpeech name, trademarks, logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans are trademarks of FrankSpeech or its affiliates or licensors.  You must not use such marks without our prior written permission.  All other names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans on this Website are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Prohibited Uses

You may use this Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Use.  You agree not to use this Website:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries). 
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, without our prior written consent, including any "junk mail," "chain letter," "spam," or any other similar solicitation.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate FrankSpeech, a FrankSpeech employee, another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses associated with any of the foregoing).
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone's use or enjoyment of this Website, or which, as determined by us, may harm us or users of this Website, or expose them to liability.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use this Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other party's use of this Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through this Website.
  • Use any automatic device, process, or means to access this Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on this Website.
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on this Website, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in these Terms of Use, without our prior written consent.
  • Use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of this Website.
  • Introduce any viruses or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of this Website, the server on which this Website is stored, or any server, computer, or network connected to this Website. 
  • Attack this Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of this Website.

User Contributions

This Website may contain personal accounts, personal account threads,  and other interactive features (collectively, “interactive services”) that allow users to post, submit, publish, display, or transmit to other users or other persons (“post”) content or materials (collectively, “user contributions”) on or through this WebsiteAll user contributions must comply with the these Terms of UseAny user contribution you post to the site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary.  By providing any user contribution on this Website, you grant us and our affiliates and service providers, and each of their and our respective licensees, successors, and assigns the right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. 

You represent and warrant that you own or control all rights in and to the user contributions and have the right to grant the license granted above to us and our affiliates and service providers, and each of their and our licensees, successors, and assignees, and you agree that all of your user contributions do and will comply with these Terms of Use.  You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any user contributions you submit or contribute, and you, not FrankSpeech, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriatenessWe are not responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any user contributions posted by you or any other user of this Website. 

We have the right to:

  • Remove or refuse to post any user contributions for any or no reason in our sole discretion.
  • Take any action with respect to any user contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such user contribution violates the Terms of Use.
  • Disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
  • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of this Website. 
  • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of this Website for any or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of these Terms of Use.

Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to cooperate fully with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through this Website.  YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS FRANKSPEECH AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES, AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY FRANKSPEECH, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER FRANKSPEECH OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

We cannot review all material before it is posted on this Website, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted.  Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party.  We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section. 

Content Standards

These content standards apply to any and all user must comply with all applicable federal, state, local, and international laws and regulations.  Without limiting the foregoing, user contributions must not:

  • Contain any material that is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.
  • Promote sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.
  • Violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations or that otherwise may be in conflict with these Terms of Use.
  • Be likely to deceive any person.
  • Promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote, or assist any unlawful act.
  • Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization. 
  • Involve commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes, and other sales promotions, barter, or advertising.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.

The information presented on or through this Website is made available solely for general information purposes.  We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this information.  Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk.  We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to this Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

This Website may include content provided by third parties.  All statements or opinions expressed in these materials, and all postings are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials.  These materials do not necessarily reflect our opinion.  We are not responsible, or liable to you or any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties.

Your Information

All information we collect on this Website is subject to our Privacy Policy .  By using this Website, you consent to all actions taken by us with respect to your information in compliance with our Privacy Policy 

Links

You may link to our homepage, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval, or endorsement on our part without our express written consent. 

This Website may provide certain social media features that enable you to link from your own or certain third-party websites to certain content on this Website.  You may use these features solely as they are provided by us.  Subject to the foregoing, you must not take any action with respect to the materials on this Website that is inconsistent with any other provision of these Terms of Use.

You agree to cooperate with us in causing any unauthorized framing or linking immediately to stop.  We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without noticeWe may disable all or any social media features and any links at any time without notice in our discretion. 

If this Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third-parties, these links are provided for your convenience only.  We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.  If you decide to access any of the third-party websites linked to this Website, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such websites.

Geographic Restrictions

The owner of this Website is based in the United States.  We provide this Website for use only by persons located in the United States.  We make no claims that this Website or any of its content is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States.  Access to this Website may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries.  If you access this Website from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Disclaimer of Warranties

You understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or this Website will be free of viruses or other destructive code.  You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our site for any reconstruction of any lost data.  TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES, OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.

YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.  THIS WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.  NEITHER FRANKSPEECH NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH FRANKSPEECH MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THIS WEBSITE.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER FRANKSPEECH NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH FRANKSPEECH REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THIS WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THIS WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. 

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, FRANKSPEECH HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

Limitation on Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL FRANKSPEECH, ITS AFFILIATES, OR THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, OR DIRECTORS BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT, ANY CONTENT ON THIS WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF DATA, AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE. 

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless FrankSpeech, its affiliates, licensors, and service providers, and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Use or your use of this Website, including, but not limited to, your User Contributions, any use of this Website's content, services, and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use, or your use of any information obtained from this Website.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

All matters relating to this Website and these Terms of Use, and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the state of Minnesota without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the state of Minnesota or any other jurisdiction).

Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Use or this Website shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the state of Minnesota.  You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and to venue in such courts.

Claim Limitation

ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF USE OR THIS WEBSITE MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES; OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Waiver and Severability

No waiver by FrankSpeech of any term or condition set out in these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or a waiver of any other term or condition, and any failure of FrankSpeech to assert a right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent such that the remaining provisions of the Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect. 

Entire Agreement

The Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy constitute the sole and entire agreement between you and FrankSpeech regarding this Website and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, regarding this Website. 

Questions, Comments, and Concerns

This website is operated by FrankSpeech LLC.  All notices of copyright infringement claims, feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications relating to this Website should be directed to: [email protected].

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