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Welcome to Wide Open Roads, the online and mobile service of Wide Open Media Group. (“Wide Open Roads,” “wideopenroads.com,” “we,” or “us”). These Terms of Use (this “Agreement”) explain the terms by which you may use the Wide Open Roads web site, our application for mobile devices (“Mobile Software”), and other online or mobile services we may provide (collectively, the “Service”).  Please read this Agreement carefully before using the Wide Open Roads Service. By accessing or using the Service, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Agreement, and to the collection and use of your information as set forth in the Wide Open Roads Privacy Policy, whether or not you are a registered user of our Service.   This Agreement applies to all visitors, users, and others who access the Service (“Users”).

THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A MANDATORY ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR CLASS ACTIONS.

1. HOW WE UPDATE THESE TERMS OF USE

Wide Open Roads reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Agreement from time to time, and so you should review this page periodically.  When we change the Agreement in a material way, we will update the ‘last updated’ date at the bottom of this page.  Your continued use of the Service after any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new terms.  If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future terms, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Service.

2. USE OF OUR SERVICE

a.  Eligibility.  Because we respect the rights of children and parents, you may use the Wide Open Roads Service only if you can form a binding contract with Wide Open Roads, and only in compliance with this Agreement and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations.  Any use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement.  Because we respect the Wide Open Roads community, the Service is not available to any Users previously removed from the Service by Wide Open Roads.  The Service is provided for your personal, noncommercial use only.  You may not use the Service for any commercial purposes.

b.  Changes to the Service.  Here at Wide Open Roads, we’re always innovating and finding ways to provide our Users with new and innovative features and services.  Therefore, Wide Open Roads may, without prior notice, change the Service; stop providing the Service or features of the Service, to you or to Users generally; or create usage limits for the Service.  We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Service without notice and liability for any reason, including if in our sole determination you violate any provision of this Agreement, or for no reason.  Upon termination for any reason or no reason, you continue to be bound by this Agreement.

3. ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE WIDE OPEN ROADS SERVICE

We think Wide Open Roads provides Users with an amazing platform to discover automotive content, and discuss and share that content with others.  To keep Wide Open Roads running smoothly for all of our Users, you agree that you will use the Service only in a manner consistent with the Wide Open Roads standards.

4. SHARING YOUR CONTENT

a.  Your content.  Wide Open Roads may allow you to post content on the Service, including comments, photos, blog posts, messages, blog URLs, and other materials.  Any content a User submits, posts, displays, or otherwise makes available on the Service, including all Intellectual Property Rights (defined below) therein, is referred to as “User Content.”  YOU RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF YOUR USER CONTENT.

b.  How Wide Open Roads and other Users can use your content.  You own all of the User Content that you post or publish (“post”) on the Service. Subject to your profile and application settings, you grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensible, worldwide license to use, reproduce, sell, offer to sell, translate, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, distribute, and make derivative works of your User Content on the Service and in all forms and media now or hereafter known for the purposes of operating and providing the Service to you and our Users.  Nothing in this Agreement shall restrict Wide Open Roads’ rights under separate licenses to User Content.

c.   Your responsibility for your content.  By uploading, posting, submitting or otherwise disclosing or distributing User Content, you represent and warrant that you own all rights in your User Content and that any User Content you post does not and will not violate third-party rights of any kind, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights (defined below) or rights of publicity or privacy.  Wide Open Roads reserves the right, but is not obligated, to reject and/or remove any User Content that we believe, in our sole discretion, violates these provisions.  Wide Open Roads takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content that you or any other Users or third parties post or send over the Service. You understand and agree that any loss or damage of any kind that occurs as a result of the use of any User Content that you send, upload, download, stream, post, transmit, display, or otherwise make available or access through your use of the Service, is solely your responsibility, and you agree that we are only acting as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of your User Content.  Wide Open Roads is not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User Content.  You understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree that Wide Open Roads shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of such User Content.

d.  Definition of Intellectual Property Rights.  For the purposes of this Agreement, “Intellectual Property Rights” means all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction.

e.  User Content Programs.  We may provide various opportunities and programs relating to User Content on the Service (“User Content Programs”).  Some User Content Programs may require you to submit an application to participate, which Wide Open Roads may approve or deny in its sole discretion.  Your use of the Service, including without limitation participation in any User Content Program, is strictly on a volunteer basis for the benefit of you and the public at large, and does not form an employer-employee relationship, partnership, or co-authorship between you and Wide Open Roads.  While Wide Open Roads may reward you for your participation in a User Content Program, you will not receive any compensation of any type for your participation, and you acknowledge that you are participating in the program solely for your own personal benefit and desire to contribute to the program.  You acknowledge and agree that Wide Open Roads does not have the right to and shall not control the manner and method in which you may create your User Content.  Any suggestions Wide Open Roads may make about your User Content are only suggestions, based on our understanding of how Users typically access Content and use the Service.  You are not required to implement any suggestion made by Wide Open Roads regarding your User Content or to perform any requested activity or task, and you do so at your own volition and risk.  You agree that you are the sole author of your User Content, and that Wide Open Roads does not participate in the creation of any of your User Content.

5.  OUR CONTENT

a.  Wide Open Roads Content.  Except for User Content, the Service, and all Intellectual Property Rights therein and related thereto, are the exclusive property of Wide Open Roads and its licensors (“Wide Open Roads Content”).  Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license to the Wide Open Roads Content, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from the Wide Open Roads Content, including without limitation any materials or content accessible on the Service.  “Wide Open Roads” and other Wide Open Roads graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names are trademarks, trademarks or trade dress of Wide Open Roads protected by the laws of the United States and/or other countries or jurisdictions. Wide Open Roads’ trademarks and trade dress may not be used, including as part of trademarks and/or as part of domain names, in connection with any product or service in any manner that is likely to cause confusion.  Use of the Wide Open Roads Content or materials on the Service for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.

b.  Our license to you.  Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Wide Open Roads provides you with a license to use the Service for your personal, noncommercial use only and as expressly permitted by the features of the Service.  Wide Open Roads may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason.

c.   Feedback you provide.  We value input from our Users, and are always interested in learning of ways we can make Wide Open Roads better.  You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments, ideas or feedback about the Service, including without limitation about how to improve the Service or our products (“Feedback”).  By submitting any Feedback, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place Wide Open Roads under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Feedback without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Feedback on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone.  You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Wide Open Roads does not waive any rights to use similar or related Feedback previously known to Wide Open Roads, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.

6.  WIDE OPEN ROADS’ COPYRIGHT POLICY

Wide Open Roads requires that Users of the Service respect the copyright and other intellectual property rights of all third parties. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), Wide Open Roads will terminate, where warranted as determined in Wide Open Roads’ sole discretion, Users whom Wide Open Roads believes are intentional and/or repeat infringers.
If you believe that your copyright in any material has been infringed on the Site, please send a “DMCA Notice” described below to Wide Open Roads’ DMCA Agent.  For your DMCA Notice to be valid under the law, you must provide the following information in writing:
a.  Identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
b.  Identification of the material that you claim is infringing, with sufficient detail so that Wide Open Roads may readily locate it.
c.  Information sufficient to permit Wide Open Roads to contact you such as your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
d.  A statement declaring that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
e.  A statement made under penalty of perjury that the above information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the owner of the copyright interest allegedly infringed or you are authorized to act on behalf of that owner.
f.  The physical or electronic signature of the owner, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright interest allegedly infringed.
The DMCA Notice must be submitted to the following DMCA Agent:
Attn: DMCA Agent
Wide Open Roads
801 Congress Ave, Suite 330
Austin, TX, 78701
Email: info@wideopenroads.com

UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY AND CIVIL PENALTIES, INCLUDING MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES.

Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying Wide Open Roads and its affiliates that your copyrighted material has been infringed.  The preceding requirements are intended to comply with Wide Open Roads’ rights and obligations under the DMCA, including 17 U.S.C. §512(c), but do not constitute legal advice.  It may be advisable to contact an attorney regarding your rights and obligations under the DMCA and other applicable laws.

7.  PRIVACY

We care about the privacy of our Users. You understand that by using the Service you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information and aggregate data as set forth in our Privacy Policy, and to have your Personally Identifiable Information collected, used, transferred to and processed in the United States.  Wide Open Roads cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures.  You acknowledge that you provide your information at your own risk.

8. INDEMNITY

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Wide Open Roads, its parents, subsidiaries, agents, affiliates, customers, vendors, officers and employees from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees and cost) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Service; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement;  (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy or Intellectual Property Rights; (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule, or regulation; (v) any claim or damages that arise as a result of any of your User Content or any that is submitted via your account or Wide Open Roads User ID.

9. NO WARRANTY

THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ALL CONTENT, IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.  USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.  THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WIDE OPEN ROADS, ITS AFFILIATES, AND ITS LICENSORS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE CONTENT ON THE SERVICE IS ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR CORRECT; THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION, UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE; THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.  ANY CONTENT DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DOWNLOADED AT YOUR OWN RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA, INCLUDING USER CONTENT, THAT RESULTS FROM SUCH DOWNLOAD OR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.
WIDE OPEN ROADS DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE WIDE OPEN ROADS SERVICE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR SERVICE, OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND WIDE OPEN ROADS WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY MONITOR ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

10. THIRD-PARTY LINKS, SITES AND SERVICES

The Service may contain links to other websites, advertisers, services, special offers, or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by Wide Open Roads.  Because Wide Open Roads has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Wide Open Roads is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Wide Open Roads shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.  You understand that these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy do not apply to your use of such sites.  We encourage you to be aware of when you leave the Service, and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of any third-party website or service that you visit.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WIDE OPEN ROADS, ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS OR ITS LICENSORS BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY (I) WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT THEREON FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING), OR (II) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) $100, EVEN IF WIDE OPEN ROADS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WIDE OPEN ROADS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR INJURY RESULTING FROM HACKING, TAMPERING OR OTHER UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICE OR YOUR ACCOUNT OR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.  THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
The Service is controlled from its facilities in the United States.  Wide Open Roads makes no representations that the Service is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Service from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with all applicable United States and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations.  You may not use the Service if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government.  Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Service are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.

12. TERMINATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT AND THE SERVICE

Wide Open Roads may terminate or suspend the Service in whole or in part and/or your Wide Open Roads account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason or for no reason, including without limitation, if you breach any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. Upon termination of your account, your right to use the Service will immediately cease.

If you wish to terminate your Wide Open Roads account, you may discontinue using the Service by sending an email message to info@wideopenroads.com with the words “Terminate account” in the subject field, or by sending mail to the following postal address:
Customer Support
Wide Open Roads
801 Congress Ave, Suite 330
Austin, TX 78701

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.

13.  GOVERNING LAW AND ARBITRATION

a.  Governing Law.  You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in Texas; and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Wide Open Roads, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Texas.  This Agreement shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Texas, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.  The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded.  You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state court located in Travis County, Texas or the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, for any actions for which we retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a our copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights, as further set forth in the Arbitration provision below.

b.  Arbitration.  For any dispute with Wide Open Roads, you agree to first contact us at info@wideopenroads.com and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally.  In the unlikely event that Wide Open Roads has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after attempting to do so informally, we each agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy (excluding any Wide Open Roads claims for injunctive or other equitable relief) arising out of or in connection with or relating to this Agreement, or the breach or alleged breach thereof (collectively, “Claims”), by binding arbitration by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under the Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes then in effect for the AAA, except as provided herein.  Unless you and Wide Open Roads agree otherwise, the arbitration will be conducted in the county where you reside. Each party will be responsible for paying any AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees in accordance with AAA rules.  The award rendered by the arbitrator shall include costs of arbitration, reasonable attorneys’ fees and reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses, and any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.  Nothing in this Section shall prevent either party from seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from the courts as necessary to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation, or violation of that party’s data security, Intellectual Property Rights, or other proprietary rights.  ALL CLAIMS MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE PARTIES’ INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, AND, UNLESS WE AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS.  YOU AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AND WIDE OPEN ROADS ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.

14. MISCELLANEOUS TERMS

a.  No Agency; Waiver.  No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Wide Open Roads in any respect whatsoever. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights here under.

b.  Notification.  Wide Open Roads may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for other business purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through posting of such notice on the Service, as determined by Wide Open Roads in our sole discretion. Wide Open Roads reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Agreement.  Wide Open Roads is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us.  We recommend that you add support@wideopenroads.com to your email address book to help ensure you receive email notifications from us.

c.   Entire Agreement/Severability.  This Agreement, together with any amendments and any additional agreements you may enter into with Wide Open Roads in connection with the Service, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Wide Open Roads concerning the Service.    If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

d.  Assignment.  This Agreement is not assignable, transferable or sub-licensable by you except with Wide Open Roads’ prior written consent. Wide Open Roads may transfer, assign or delegate this Agreement and its rights and obligations without consent.

e.  Contact.  Please contact us at support@wideopenroads.com with any questions regarding this Agreement.

Updated 8/17/2013