Terms of Service
The Paived Terms of Service are comprised of the following agreements:
PLEASE READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, REMEDIES, AND OBLIGATIONS. THESE INCLUDE VARIOUS LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS AND A BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER.
Subject to the conditions set forth herein, Paived may, in its sole discretion, amend this Agreement and the other Terms of Service at any time by posting a revised version on the Site. Paived will provide reasonable advance notice of any amendment that includes a Substantial Change (defined below), by posting the updated Terms of Service on the Site, providing notice on the Site, and/or sending you notice by email. If the Substantial Change includes an increase to Fees charged by Paived, Paived will provide at least 30 days’ advance notice of the change, but may not provide any advance notice for changes resulting in a reduction in Fees or any temporary or promotional Fee change. Any revisions to the Terms of Service will take effect on the noted effective date (each, as applicable, the “ Effective Date ”).
IF YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF AN ENTITY OR AGENCY, OR IN CONNECTION WITH PROVIDING OR RECEIVING SERVICES ON BEHALF OF AN ENTITY OR AGENCY, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND THAT ENTITY OR AGENCY TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE BINDING BOTH YOU AND THAT ENTITY OR AGENCY TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE. IN THAT EVENT, “YOU” AND “YOUR” WILL REFER AND APPLY TO YOU AND THAT ENTITY OR AGENCY.
1. PAIVED ACCOUNTS
Section 1 discusses what you must agree to before using the Site or Site Services and the different types of accounts that can be created on the Site, as detailed below.
1.1 REGISTRATION AND ACCEPTANCE
By registering for an account to use the Site or Site Services (an “ Account ”), by using the Site or Site Services after the Effective Date if you had an Account on the Effective Date, or by clicking to accept the Terms of Service when prompted on the Site, you agree to abide by this Agreement and the other Terms of Service.
If you create an Account as an employee or agent on behalf of a company, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to enter into binding contracts, including the Terms of Service, on behalf of yourself and the company.
1.2 ACCOUNT ELIGIBILITY
Paived offers the Site and Site Services for your business purposes only and not for personal, household, or consumer use. To register for an Account or use the Site and Site Services, you must, and hereby represent that you (a) have or are an employee or agent of and authorized to act for an independent business (whether it be as a self-employed individual/sole proprietor or as a corporation, limited liability company, or other entity); (b) will use the Site and Site Services for business purposes only; (c) will comply with any licensing, registration, or other requirements with respect to your business, or the business for which you are acting, and the provision of Freelance Services; and (d) a legal entity or an individual 18 years or older (or have otherwise reached the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you conduct business) who can form legally binding contracts.
1.3 ACCOUNT PROFILE
To register for an Account to join the Site, you must complete a User profile (“ Profile ”), which you consent to be shown to other Users and, unless you change your privacy settings , the public. You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information on your Profile and all registration and other forms you access on the Site or provide to us and to update your information to maintain its truthfulness, accuracy, and completeness. You agree not to provide any false or misleading information about your identity or location, your business, your skills, or the services your business provides and to correct any such information that is or becomes false or misleading.
1.4 ACCOUNT TYPES
As described in this Section, there are a number of different Account types. Once you register for one Account type, you can add the other Account types under the same username and password. For example, if you already have a Mentee Account (defined below), you can add a Mentor Account as a separate account type in settings without re-registering. You agree not to have or register for more than one Account without express written permission from us. We reserve the right to revoke the privileges of the Account or access to or use of the Site or Site Services, and those of any and all linked Accounts without warning if, in our sole discretion, false or misleading information has been provided in creating, marketing, or maintaining your Profile or Account.
1.4.1 MENTEE ACCOUNT
You can register for an Account or add an Account type to use the Site and Site Services as a Mentee (a “ Mentee Account ”).
1.4.2 MENTOR ACCOUNT
You can register for an Account or add an Account type to use the Site and Site Services as a Mentor (a “ Mentor Account ”).
1.5 ACCOUNT PERMISSIONS
You agree not to request or allow another person to create an Account on your behalf, for your use, or for your benefit. By granting other Users permissions under your Account, you represent and warrant that (a) the User is authorized to act on your behalf, (b) you are financially responsible for the User’s actions taken in accordance with those permissions, including, if applicable, entering into binding contracts on behalf of the owner of the Account, and (c) you are fully responsible and liable for any action of any User to whom you have provided any permissions and any other person who uses the Account, including making payments and entering into Service Contracts and the Terms of Service. If any such User violates the Terms of Service, it may affect your ability to use the Site. Upon closure of an Account, Paived may close any or all related Accounts.
1.6 IDENTITY AND LOCATION VERIFICATION
When you register for an Account and from time to time thereafter, your Account will be subject to verification, including, but not limited to, validation against third-party databases or the verification of one or more official government or legal documents that confirm your identity, your location, and your ability to act on behalf of your business on Paived. You authorize Paived, directly or through third parties, to make any inquiries necessary to validate your identity, your location, and confirm your ownership of your email address or financial accounts, subject to applicable law. When requested, you must timely provide us with complete information about yourself and your business.
1.7 USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS
When you register for an Account, you will be asked to choose a username and password for the Account. You are entirely responsible for safeguarding and maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and agree not to share your username or password with any person who is not authorized to use your Account. You authorize Paived to assume that any person using the Site with your username and password, either is you or is authorized to act for you. You agree to notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of your Account or any unauthorized access to the password for any Account. You further agree not to use the Account or log in with the username and password of another User of the Site if (a) you are not authorized to use either or (b) the use would violate the Terms of Service.
2. PURPOSE OF PAIVED
Section 2 discusses what Paived does and does not do when providing the Site and Site Services and some of your responsibilities when using the Site to find or enter into a Service Contract with a Mentor or Mentee, as detailed below.
The Site is a marketplace where Mentees and Mentors can identify each other and advertise, buy, and sell Mentor Services online. Subject to the Terms of Service, Paived provides the Site Services to Users, including hosting and maintaining the Site, facilitating the formation of Service Contracts, and assisting Users in resolving disputes which may arise in connection with those Service Contracts. When a User enters a Service Contract, the User uses the Site to invoice and pay any amounts owed under the Service Contract.
2.1 RELATIONSHIP WITH PAIVED
Paived merely makes the Site and Site Services available to enable Mentors and Mentees to find and transact directly with each other. Paived does not introduce Mentors to Mentees, find Mentorships for Mentees, or find Mentors for Mentees. Through the Site and Site Services, Mentors may be notified of Mentees that may be seeking the services they offer, and Mentees may be notified of Mentors that may offer the services they seek; at all times, however, Users are responsible for evaluating and determining the suitability of any Mentorship, Mentee or Mentor on their own. If Users decide to enter into a Service Contract, the Service Contract is directly between the Users and Paived is not a party to that Service Contract.
You acknowledge, agree, and understand that Paived is not a party to the relationship or any dealings between Mentee and Mentor. Without limitation, Users are solely responsible for (a) ensuring the accuracy and legality of any User Content, (b) determining the suitability of other Users for a Service Contract (such as any interviews, vetting, background checks, or similar actions), (c) negotiating, agreeing to, and executing any terms or conditions of Service Contracts, (d) performing Mentor Services, or (e) paying for Service Contracts or Mentor Services. You further acknowledge, agree, and understand that you are solely responsible for assessing whether to enter into a Service Contract with another User and for verifying any information about another User, including Composite Information (defined below). Paived does not make any representations about or guarantee the truth or accuracy of any Mentor’s or Mentee’s listings or other User Content on the Site; does not verify any feedback or information provided by Users about Mentors or Mentees; and does not vet or otherwise perform background checks on Mentors or Mentees . You acknowledge, agree, and understand that Paived does not, in any way, supervise, direct, control, or evaluate Mentors or their work and is not responsible for any Mentorship, Mentorship terms or Work Product. Paived makes no representations about and does not guarantee, and you agree not to hold Paived responsible for, the quality, safety, or legality of Mentor Services; the qualifications, background, or identities of Users; the ability of Mentor to deliver Mentor Services; the ability of Mentees to pay for Mentees Services; User Content, statements or posts made by Users; or the ability or willingness of a Mentee or Mentor to actually complete a transaction.
You also acknowledge, agree, and understand that Mentors are solely responsible for determining, and have the sole right to determine, which Mentorships to accept; the time, place, manner, and means of providing any Mentor Services; the type of services they provide; and the price they charge for their services or how that pricing is determined or set. You further acknowledge, agree, and understand that: (i) you are not an employee of Paived, and you are not eligible for any of the rights or benefits of employment (including unemployment and/or workers compensation insurance); (ii) Paived will not have any liability or obligations under or related to Service Contracts and/or Mentor Services for any acts or omissions by you or other Users; (iii) Paived does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control any Mentor or Mentors Services; does not impose quality standards or a deadline for completion of any Mentor Services; and does not dictate the performance, methods or process Mentor uses to perform services; (iv) Mentor is free to determine when and if to perform Mentor Services, including the days worked and time periods of work, and Paived does not set or have any control over Mentor’s pricing, work hours, work schedules, or work location, nor is Paived involved in any other way in determining the nature and amount of any compensation that may be charged by or paid to Mentor for a Mentorship; (v) Mentor will be paid at such times and amounts as agreed with a Mentee in a given Service Contract, and Paived does not, in any way, provide or guarantee Mentor a regular salary or any minimum, regular payment; (vi) Paived does not provide Mentors with training or any equipment, labor, tools, or materials related to any Service Contract; and (vii) Paived does not provide the premises at which Mentors will perform the work. Mentors are free to use subcontractors or employees to perform Mentors Services and may delegate work on fixed-price contracts or by agreeing with their Mentees to have hourly contracts for Mentor’s subcontractor(s) or employee(s). If a Mentor uses subcontractors or employees, Mentor further agrees and acknowledges that this paragraph applies to Paived’s relationship, if any, with Mentor’s subcontractors and employees as well and Mentor is solely responsible for Mentor’s subcontractors and employees.
Without limiting the foregoing paragraph, if you are an Agency or Agency Member, you expressly acknowledge, agree, and understand that: (s) the Agency is solely responsible for paying its Agency Members for work performed on behalf of the Agency and that such payments will not be made through the Site; (t) Paived is not a party to any agreement between the Agency and its Agency Members and does not have any liability or obligations under or related to any such agreement, even if the Agency or Agency Member defaults; (u) neither Agencies nor Agency Members are employees or agents of Paived, and Paived does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control the Agency or Agency Member or services performed by the Agency or Agency Member; (v) Paived does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control the Agency or Agency Members; (w) Paived does not set Agencies’ or Agency Members’ contract terms amongst themselves or with Mentees (including determining whether the contract will be hourly or fixed price), fees, pricing, work hours, work schedules, or location of work; (x) Paived does not provide Agencies or Agency Members with training or any equipment, labor, tools, or materials needed for any Service Contract; (y) Paived does not provide the premises at which the Agency or Agency Members will perform the work; and (z) Paived makes no representations as to the reliability, capability, or qualifications of any Agency or Agency Member or the ability or willingness of any Agency to make payments to or fulfill any other obligations to Agency Members, and Paived disclaims any and all liability relating thereto .
Nothing in this Agreement is intended to prohibit or discourage (nor should be construed as prohibiting or discouraging) any User from engaging in any other business activities or providing any services through any other channels they choose. Users are free at all times to engage in such other business activities and services and are encouraged to do so.
2.2 TAXES AND BENEFITS
Mentor acknowledges and agrees that Mentor is solely responsible (a) for all tax liability associated with payments received from Mentor’s Mentees and through Paived, and that Paived will not withhold any taxes from payments to Mentor; (b) to obtain any liability, health, workers’ compensation, disability, unemployment, or other insurance needed, desired, or required by law, and that Mentor is not covered by or eligible for any insurance from Paived; (c) for determining whether Mentor is required by applicable law to issue any particular invoices for the Mentor Fees and for issuing any invoices so required; (d) for determining whether Mentor is required by applicable law to remit to the appropriate authorities any value added tax or any other taxes or similar charges applicable to the Mentor Fees and remitting any such taxes or charges to the appropriate authorities, as appropriate; and (e) if outside of the United States, for determining if Paived is required by applicable law to withhold any amount of the Mentor Fees and for notifying Paived of any such requirement and indemnifying Paived for any requirement to pay any withholding amount to the appropriate authorities (including penalties and interest). In the event of an audit of Paived, Mentor agrees to promptly cooperate with Paived and provide copies of Mentor’s tax returns and other documents as may be reasonably requested for purposes of such audit, including but not limited to records showing Mentor is engaging in an independent business as represented to Paived.
2.3 MARKETPLACE FEEDBACK AND USER CONTENT
You hereby acknowledge and agree that Users publish and request Paived to publish on their behalf information on the Site about the User, such as feedback, composite feedback, geographical location, or verification of identity or credentials. However, such information is based solely on unverified data that Mentors or Mentees voluntarily submit to Paived and does not constitute and will not be construed as an introduction, endorsement, or recommendation by Paived; Paived provides such information solely for the convenience of Users.
You acknowledge and agree that User feedback benefits the marketplace, all Users, and the efficiency of the Site and you specifically request that Paived post composite or compiled feedback about Users, including yourself, on User Profiles and elsewhere on the Site. You acknowledge and agree that feedback results for you, and other User Content highlighted by Paived on the Site or otherwise (“ Composite Information ”), if any, will include User comments, User ratings, indicators of User satisfaction, and other feedback left exclusively by other Users. You further acknowledge and agree that Paived will make Composite Information available to other Users, including composite or compiled feedback. Paived provides its feedback system as a means through which Users can share their opinions of other Users publicly, and Paived does not monitor, influence, contribute to or censor these opinions. You acknowledge and agree that posted composite or compiled feedback and any other Composite Information relates only to the business advertised in the Profile and not to any individual person. You agree not to use the Composite Information to make any employment, credit, credit valuation, underwriting, or other similar decision about any other User.
Paived does not generally investigate any remarks posted by Users or other User Content for accuracy or reliability and does not guarantee that User Content is accurate. You are solely responsible for your User Content, including the accuracy of any User Content, and are solely responsible for any legal action that may be instituted by other Users or third parties as a result of or in connection with your User Content if such User Content is legally actionable or defamatory. Paived is not legally responsible for any feedback or comments posted or made available on the Site by any Users or third parties, even if that information is defamatory or otherwise legally actionable. In order to protect the integrity of the feedback system and protect Users from abuse, Paived reserves the right (but is under no obligation) to remove posted feedback or information that, in Paived’s sole judgment, violates the Terms of Service or negatively affects our marketplace, diminishes the integrity of the feedback system or otherwise is inconsistent with the business interests of Paived. You acknowledge and agree that you will notify Paived of any error or inaccurate statement in your feedback results, including the Composite Information, and that if you do not do so, Paived may rely on the accuracy of such information.
3. CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MENTEE AND MENTOR
Section 3 discusses the relationship you may decide to enter into with another User, including Service Contracts between Users, as detailed below.
3.1 SERVICE CONTRACTS
If a Mentee and Mentor decide to enter into a Service Contract, the Service Contract is a contractual relationship directly between the Mentee and Mentor. Mentee and Mentor have complete discretion both with regard to whether to enter into a Service Contract with each other and with regard to the terms of any Service Contract. You acknowledge, agree, and understand that Paived is not a party to any Service Contracts, that the formation of a Service Contract between Users will not, under any circumstance, create an employment or other service relationship between Paived and any Mentor or a partnership or joint venture between Paived and any User.
With respect to any Service Contract, Mentees and Mentors may enter into any written agreements that they deem appropriate (e.g., confidentiality agreements, invention assignment agreements, assignment of rights, etc.) provided that any such agreements do not conflict with, narrow, or expand Paived’s rights and obligations under the Terms of Service, including this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions.
Please refer to the Paived Payroll Agreement for Service Contracts using Paived Payroll.
3.2 DISPUTES AMONG USERS
For disputes arising between Mentees and Mentors, you agree to abide by the dispute process that is explained in the Escrow Instructions that apply to your particular Service Contract. If the dispute process does not resolve your dispute, you may pursue your dispute independently, but you acknowledge and agree that Paived will not and is not obligated to provide any dispute assistance beyond what is provided in the Escrow Instructions.
If Mentor or Mentee intends to obtain an order from any arbitrator or any court that might direct Paived, Paived Escrow, or our Affiliates to take or refrain from taking any action with respect to an Escrow Account, that party will (a) give us at least five business days’ prior notice of the hearing; (b) include in any such order a provision that, as a precondition to obligation affecting Paived or Paived Escrow, we be paid in full for any amounts to which we would otherwise be entitled; and (c) be paid for the reasonable value of the services to be rendered pursuant to such order.
3.3 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Users may agree to any terms they deem appropriate with respect to confidentiality, including those set forth in the Optional Service Contract Terms. If and to the extent that the Users do not articulate any different agreement, then they agree that this Section 3.3 (Confidentiality) applies.
To the extent a User provides Confidential Information to the other, the recipient will protect the secrecy of the discloser’s Confidential Information with the same degree of care as it uses to protect its own Confidential Information, but in no event with less than due care. On a User’s written request, the party that received Confidential Information will promptly destroy or return the disclosing party’s Confidential Information and any copies thereof contained in or on its premises, systems, or any other equipment otherwise under its control.
3.4 THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARIES
It is the intent of the Parties to this Agreement that Users who have entered into Service Contracts or disclosed or received Confidential Information to another User are third-party beneficiaries of this Agreement with respect to this Section 3 only.
4. WORKER CLASSIFICATION AND PAIVED PAYROLL
Section 4 discusses what you agree to concerning whether a Mentor is an employee or independent contractor and when you agree to use Paived Payroll, as detailed below.
4.1 WORKER CLASSIFICATION
Nothing in this Agreement is intended to or should be construed to create a partnership, joint venture, franchisor/franchisee or employer-employee relationship between Paived and a User.
Mentee is solely responsible for and has complete discretion with regard to selection of any Mentor for any Mentorship. Mentee is solely responsible, warrants its decisions regarding classification are correct, and assumes all liability, for determining whether Mentors should be engaged as independent contractors or employees of Mentee and engaging them accordingly; Paived will have no input into, or involvement in, worker classification as between Mentee and Mentor and Users agree that Paived has no involvement in and will have no liability arising from or relating to the classification of a Mentor generally or with regard to a particular Mentorship.
4.2 PAIVED PAYROLL SERVICES
Mentee agrees to enroll in Paived Payroll if it will receive services from a Mentor under terms and conditions that would give rise to an employment relationship (unless Mentee elects instead to pay the Opt-Out Fee (see Section 7)). In this case, Mentee will engage Paived’s third-party staffing vendor (the “ Staffing Provider ”), which is an Agency on Paived, through the Site. The Staffing Provider will hire Mentor at the request of Mentee and Mentor according to the terms described on the site and otherwise agreed to by the Staffing Provider and Mentee and/or Mentor, and subject to the Paived Payroll Agreement. For all purposes with Paived Payroll, the employer of Mentor will be the Staffing Provider and not Paived under any circumstances.
Mentor, acknowledges, understands, and agrees that Paived will have no control over, or involvement in determining or influencing, the terms and conditions of any employment relationship that may arise between Mentor and Staffing Provider and/or Mentee, including the selection of an employee, pay rate, work hours, employment dates and working conditions. Mentor will not have any contract on the Paived Site or contact with Paived regarding such employment terms. Where Mentor and Mentee have enrolled in Paived Payroll the Site is provided for, and Users agree to use the Site for, the sole purpose of enabling Mentor to communicate with the Staffing Provider and the Mentee.
5. PAIVED FEES
Section 5 describes what fees you agree to pay to Paived in exchange for Paived providing the Site and Site Services to you and what taxes Paived may collect, as detailed below.
5.1 SERVICE FEES FOR MENTORS
Mentors pay Paived a Service Fee (as defined in this Section 5.1) for the use of the Site. Paived charges service fees to Mentors, as set forth in the Fee and ACH Authorization Agreement , for using the Site’s communication, invoicing, reporting, dispute resolution and payment services, including facilitating arbitration services and Hourly Payment Protection, as described in the applicable Escrow Instructions (the “ Service Fees ”). The Service Fees (to use the Site and Site Services) are paid solely by Mentor. When a Mentee pays a Mentor for a Mentorship or when funds related to a Mentorship are otherwise released to a Mentor as required by the applicable Escrow Instructions (See Section 6.1), Paived Escrow Inc. (“ Paived Escrow ”) will credit the Mentor Escrow Account for the full amount paid or released, and then subtract and disburse to Paived the Service Fee. Mentor hereby irrevocably authorizes and instructs Paived Escrow to deduct the Service Fee from the Mentor Escrow Account and pay Paived on Mentor’s behalf.
5.2 MEMBERSHIP FEES
Mentors pay Paived a membership fee if they subscribe for a paid membership. Mentors may subscribe to different levels of participation and privileges on the Site, by payment of subscription fees as described in and subject to the terms of the Mentor Membership Agreement .
5.3 DISBURSEMENT FEES
Mentors may pay Paived a disbursement fee for remitting payments to their preferred payment method (“ Disbursement Fee ”). The Disbursement Fee is paid to Paived in consideration of costs incurred and administration of disbursements via the disbursement method requested by Mentor and varies by disbursement method. The Disbursement Fee for each disbursement method is listed at under Fees and Schedules on the Site as revised from time to time.
Additional activation, maintenance, and account fees may be charged by the disbursement method requested by Mentor.
5.4 MENTEES FEES
Mentees pay Paived a fee for payment processing and administration related to the Mentor Fees they pay to Mentors they engage through the Site, as described in the Fee and ACH Authorization Agreement . Mentees may also choose to pay for a premium membership plan, as described in the Fee and ACH Authorization Agreement .
5.5 VAT AND OTHER TAXES
Paived may be required by applicable law to collect taxes or levies including, without limitation, withholding income tax or VAT (while some countries may refer to VAT using other terms, e.g. GST, we’ll just refer to VAT, GST and any local sales taxes collectively as “ VAT ”) in the jurisdiction of the Mentor (the " Taxes "). In such instances, any amounts Paived is required to collect or withhold for the payment of any such Taxes shall be collected in addition to the fees owed to Paived under the Terms of Service.
5.6 NO FEE FOR INTRODUCING OR FOR FINDING MENTORSHIPS
Paived does not introduce Mentees to Mentors and does not help Mentors secure Mentorships. Paived merely makes the Site and Site Services available to enable Mentors to do so themselves and may from time to time highlight Mentorships that may be of interest. Therefore, Paived does not charge a fee when a Mentor finds a suitable Mentee or finds a Mentorship. In addition, Paived does not charge any fee or dues for posting public feedback and composite or compiled feedback, including Composite Information.
6. PAYMENT TERMS AND ESCROW SERVICES
Section 6 discusses your agreement to pay Mentor Service Fees on Service Contracts, and describes how Paived’s Escrow Services work, what happens if a Mentee doesn’t pay, and related topics, as detailed below.
6.1 ESCROW SERVICES
Paived Escrow provides escrow services to Users to deliver, hold, and/or receive payment for a Mentorship, and to pay fees to Paived (“ Escrow Services ”). Paived Escrow is a Delaware corporation and a licensed Internet escrow agent that holds California Department of Business Oversight License No. 963 5086. The Escrow Services are intended for business use, and you agree to use the Escrow Services only for business purposes and not for consumer, personal, family, or household purposes.
6.1.1 PAYMENT AGREEMENTS AND ESCROW INSTRUCTIONS
Paived Escrow will use and release funds deposited in an Escrow Account only in accordance with this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions. You acknowledge and agree that Paived Escrow acts merely as an Internet escrow agent. Paived Escrow has fully delivered the Escrow Services to you if Paived Escrow provides the Escrow Services described in this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions. Paived Escrow is only obligated to perform those duties expressly described in this Agreement and any applicable Escrow Instructions. If you authorize or instruct Paived Escrow to release or make a payment of funds from an Escrow Account associated with you, Paived Escrow may release or pay those funds as instructed in reliance on your authorization, this Agreement, and the applicable Escrow Instructions. In addition, Paived Escrow may release or pay funds from an Escrow Account as required by applicable law.
Fixed-Price Mentorships. If Users choose fixed-price compensation, then the Users agree that they will be bound by, and Paived Escrow will follow, the Fixed-Price Escrow Instructions.
Hourly Mentorships, Bonus Payments, or Expense Payments. If Users choose hourly compensation, and/or if the Mentee makes bonus or expense payments, then the Users agree that they will be bound by, and Paived Escrow will follow, the Hourly, Bonus and Expense Payment Agreement with Escrow Instructions.
Paived Payroll Engagements. If Users use Paived Payroll (Section 4) for their Mentorship, then the Staffing Employee is paid directly by the Staffing Provider. A Mentee will be invoiced through the Site by the Staffing Provider, and the applicable Escrow Instructions will apply. However, the Mentee will not be able to dispute hours reported by the Staffing Employee and there is no waiting period for the disbursement of funds to the Staffing Employee.
6.1.2 ESCROW ACCOUNTS
Paived Escrow will use and release funds deposited in an Escrow Account only in accordance with this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions. Depending on your needs and the applicable Escrow Instructions, Paived Escrow will establish and maintain one of three different types of Escrow Accounts, subject to the applicable Escrow Instructions:
(a) Mentee Escrow Account. After entering into a Service Contract, the first time a Mentee makes a payment for a Mentorship, Paived Escrow will establish and maintain a “ Mentee Escrow Account ” to hold funds for the Mentee to use to make payments for Mentorships, to receive refunds in connection with Mentorships, and to make payments to Paived for payment processing and administration fees.
(b) Mentor Escrow Account. After entering into a Service Contract, the first time a Mentor uses the Site to receive payment for a Mentorship, Paived Escrow will establish and maintain a “ Mentor Escrow Account ” for Mentor to receive payments for Mentorships, withdraw payments, make payments for Service Fees and to Paived for other fees, and issue refunds to Mentees.
(c) Fixed-Price Escrow Account. When you enter into a Fixed-Price Contract, Paived Escrow will establish and maintain a “ Fixed-Price Escrow Account ” to receive, hold, and release payments pursuant to the Fixed-Price Escrow Instructions for the Mentorship that is the subject of that Fixed-Price Contract.
You hereby authorize and instruct Paived Escrow to act as escrow agent in connection with the Escrow Accounts and the payment, holding, and receipt of funds for each Mentorship and other specified purposes in accordance with the Terms of Service and the applicable Escrow Instructions. Mentee and Mentor may access current information regarding the status of an Escrow Account on the Site.
6.1.3 MENTOR APPOINTMENT OF PAIVED ESCROW AND SUBSIDIARIES AS AGENT
If you are a Mentor and you request payment related to an Hourly Contract or the release of funds from a Fixed-Price Escrow Account, you hereby appoint Paived Escrow and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, as your agent to obtain funds on your behalf and credit them to your Mentor Escrow Account as applicable. Because Paived Escrow is Mentor’s agent, Mentor must, and hereby does, fully discharge and credit Mentor’s Mentee for all payments and releases that Paived Escrow receives on Mentor’s behalf from or on behalf of such Mentee.
6.1.4 TITLE TO FUNDS
Paived, Paived Escrow and our Affiliates are not banks. Paived Escrow deposits and maintains all Escrow Account funds in an escrow trust account at a bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and approved to receive, hold, and deliver escrow funds under applicable laws and regulations. The escrow trust account is separate from the operating accounts of Paived and each of our Affiliates. Paived Escrow will not voluntarily make funds deposited in the escrow trust account available to its creditors, or the creditors of its Affiliates, in the event of a bankruptcy, or for any other purpose. As provided in United States Bankruptcy Code, § 541(d), Paived Escrow holds only legal title to, and not any equitable interest in, the escrow trust account and any funds deposited therein. This Agreement is supplementary to the Service Contract and to any other agreement between Mentee and Mentor concerning the Mentorship, as provided in 11 United States Bankruptcy Code, § 365(n).
6.1.5 NO INTEREST
You agree that you will not receive interest or other earnings on the funds held in your Escrow Account. Paived, Paived Escrow, or our Affiliates may charge or deduct fees, may receive a reduction in fees or expenses charged, and may receive other compensation in connection with the services they provide.
6.1.6 ESCROW AGENT DUTIES
We undertake to perform only such duties as are expressly set forth in this Agreement, the applicable Escrow Instructions, and the other Terms of Service, and no other duties will be implied. We have no liability under, and no duty to inquire as to, the provisions of any agreement, other than the Terms of Service, including this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions. We will be under no duty to inquire about or investigate any agreement or communication between Mentee and Mentor, even if posted to the Site. We have the right to rely upon, and will not be liable for acting or refraining from acting upon, any written notice, instruction, or request furnished to us by Mentee or Mentor in accordance with this Agreement or the applicable Escrow Instructions, if we reasonably believe that such notice, instruction, or request is genuine and that it is signed or presented by the proper party or parties. We have no duty to inquire about or investigate the validity, accuracy, or content of any such notice, instruction, or request. We have no duty to solicit any payments or releases that may be due to or from any Escrow Account. We may execute any of our powers and perform any of our duties under this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions directly or through agents or attorneys (and will be liable only for the careful selection of any such agent or attorney) and may consult with counsel, accountants, and other skilled persons to be selected and retained by us. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we will not be liable for anything done, suffered, or omitted in good faith by us in accordance with the advice or opinion of any such counsel, accountants, or other skilled persons. If we are uncertain as to our duties or rights hereunder or receive instructions, claims, or demands from any party hereto that, in our opinion, conflict with any of the provisions of this Agreement or the applicable Escrow Instructions, we will be entitled to refrain from taking any action, and our sole obligation will be to keep safely all property held in the Escrow Account until we are directed otherwise in writing by Mentee and Mentor or by a final order or judgment of an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction.
6.1.7 ESCROW AGENT RIGHT
We have the right, in our sole discretion, but not the obligation, to institute arbitration or, if no arbitration provision applies, other legal proceedings, including depositing funds held in the Escrow Account with a court of competent jurisdiction, and to resolve any dispute between Mentee and Mentor related to the Escrow Account. Any provision of this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions to the contrary notwithstanding and regardless whether we are identified as a party in interest in any dispute, arbitration, or other legal proceeding, nothing herein will be construed to limit our legal and equitable rights, including, but not limited to, depositing funds held in the Escrow Account with a court of competent jurisdiction. Any corporation or association into which Paived Escrow may be merged or converted or with which Paived Escrow may be consolidated, or any corporation or association to which all or substantially all the escrow business of Paived Escrow may be transferred will succeed to all the rights and obligations of Paived Escrow as escrow holder and escrow agent under this Agreement and the applicable Escrow Instructions without further act to the extent permitted by applicable law.
6.2 MENTEE PAYMENTS ON SERVICE CONTRACTS
For Hourly Contracts, Mentor will invoice Mentee on a weekly basis through Paived, and Mentee will pay invoices consistent with the Hourly Escrow Instructions. For Fixed-Price Contracts, Mentee becomes obligated to fund escrow immediately upon sending a Fixed-Price Contract offer (for the full amount or for the first milestone, if milestones are used) or upon activating any additional milestone.
Mentee acknowledges and agrees that for both Hourly Contracts and Fixed-Price Contracts failure to decline or dispute an Hourly Invoice or request for payment is an authorization and instruction to release payment, as described more fully in the applicable Escrow Instructions. When Mentee authorizes the payment of the Mentor Fees for a Fixed-Price Contract on the Site, Mentee automatically and irrevocably authorizes and instructs Paived Escrow or Elance Limited to charge Mentee’s Payment Method for the Mentor Fees. When Mentee approves an Hourly Invoice for an Hourly Contract, Mentee automatically and irrevocably authorizes and instructs Paived Escrow or Elance Limited to charge Mentee’s Payment Method for the Mentor Fees.
6.3 DISBURSEMENTS TO MENTORS
Under the relevant Escrow Instructions, Paived Escrow disburses funds that are available and payable to a Mentor upon Mentor’s request. A Mentor can request disbursement of available funds any time on a one-time basis or by setting up an automatic disbursement schedule. If Mentor does not request a disbursement, Paived will automatically disburse available funds no more than 90 days after the Mentor Fees are released to the Mentor Escrow Account, unless the amount in the Escrow Account is less than the Minimum Threshold. For purposes of the Terms of Service, a “ Minimum Threshold ” is either (a) $100 for Mentors within the United States, or (b) $1,000 for Mentors outside the United States. When the funds in the Mentor Escrow Account are below the Minimum Threshold, the automatic disbursement schedule is paused and the available and payable funds are released on the earlier of (i) Mentor’s request, or (ii) on the first scheduled automatic disbursement occurring after the amount exceeds the Minimum Threshold or 180 days after the funds are available in the Mentor Escrow Account.
For Hourly Contracts, Mentor Fees become available to Mentors following the expiration of the dispute period and the five-day security period. For Fixed-Price Contracts, the Mentor Fees become available to Mentors following the expiration of the five-day security period after the funds are released. The security period begins after Mentee accepts and approves work submitted by Mentor.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Terms of Service or the Escrow Instructions, and except as prohibited by applicable law, if we believe, in our sole discretion, that you have violated the conditions and restrictions of the Site or the Terms of Service, including by committing or attempting to commit fraud or other illicit acts on or through the Site, Paived Escrow may refuse to process or may hold the disbursement of the Mentor Fees and take such other actions with respect to the Escrow Account as we deem appropriate in our sole discretion and in accordance with applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, Paived Escrow, in its sole discretion and to the extent permitted by applicable law, may also refuse to process or may hold the disbursement of the Mentor Fees or any other amounts and offset amounts owed to us if: (a) we require additional information, such as Mentor’s tax information, government-issued identification or other proof of identity, address, or date of birth; (b) we have reason to believe the Mentor Fees may be subject to dispute or chargeback; (c) we suspect fraud; (d) we believe there are reasonable grounds for insecurity with respect to the performance of obligations under this Agreement or other Terms of Service; or (e) we deem it necessary in connection with any investigation or required by applicable law. If, after investigation, we determine that the hold on the disbursement of the Mentor Fees is no longer necessary, Paived Escrow will release such hold as soon as practicable.
In addition, notwithstanding any other provision of the Terms of Service or the Escrow Instructions and to the extent permitted by applicable law, we reserve the right to seek reimbursement from you, and you will reimburse us, if we: (i) suspect fraud or criminal activity associated with your payment, withdrawal, or Mentorship; (ii) discover erroneous or duplicate transactions; or (iii) have supplied our services in accordance with this Agreement yet we receive any chargeback from the Payment Method used by you, or used by your Mentee if you are a Mentor, despite our provision of the Site Services in accordance with this Agreement. You agree that we have the right to obtain such reimbursement by instructing Paived Escrow to (and Paived Escrow will have the right to) charge the applicable Escrow Account, and any other accounts you hold with us, offsetting any amounts determined to be owing, deducting amounts from future payments or withdrawals, charging your Payment Method, or obtaining reimbursement from you by any other lawful means. If we are unable to obtain such reimbursement, we may, in addition to any other remedies available under applicable law, temporarily or permanently revoke your access to the Site and Site Services and close your Account.
If Mentee is in “ default ”, meaning the Mentee fails to pay the Mentor Fees or any other amounts when due under the Terms of Service, or a written agreement for payment terms incorporating the Terms of Service (signed by an authorized representative of Paived), Paived will be entitled to the remedies described in this Section 6.4 in addition to such other remedies that may be available under applicable law or in such written agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, Mentee will be deemed to be in default on the earliest occurrence of any of the following: (a) Mentee fails to pay the Mentor Fees when due, (b) Mentee fails to pay a balance that is due or to bring, within a reasonable period of time but no more than 30 days, an account current after a credit or debit card is declined or expires, (c) Mentee fails to pay an invoice issued to the Mentee by Paived within the time period agreed or, if none, within 30 days, (d) Mentee initiates a chargeback with a bank or other financial institution resulting in a charge made by Paived for Mentor Fees or such other amount due being reversed to the Mentee, or (e) Mentee takes other actions or fails to take any action that results in a negative or past-due balance on the Mentee’s account.
If Mentee is in default, Paived may, without notice, temporarily or permanently close Mentee’s Account and revoke Mentee’s access to the Site and Site Services, including Mentee’s authority to use the Site to process any additional payments, enter into Service Contracts, or obtain any additional Mentor Services from other Users through the Site. However, Mentee will remain responsible for any amounts that accrue on any open Mentorships at the time a limitation is put on the Mentee’s Account as a result of the default. Without limiting other available remedies, Mentee must pay Paived upon demand for any amounts owed, plus interest on the outstanding amount at the lesser of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month or the maximum interest allowed by applicable law, plus attorneys’ fees and other costs of collection to the extent permitted by applicable law.
Paived or Paived Escrow, at our discretion and to the extent permitted by applicable law, may set off amounts due against other amounts received from Mentee or held by Paived or Paived Escrow for Mentee, make appropriate reports to credit reporting agencies and law enforcement authorities, and cooperate with credit reporting agencies and law enforcement authorities in any investigation or prosecution.
6.5 NO RETURN OF FUNDS
Mentee acknowledges and agrees that Paived Escrow will charge Mentee’s designated Payment Method for the Mentor Fees incurred as described in the applicable Escrow Instructions and that once Paived Escrow charges or debits the Mentee’s designated Payment Method for the Mentor Fees, the charge or debit is non-refundable, except as otherwise required by applicable law. Mentee also acknowledges and agrees that the Terms of Service provide a dispute resolution process as a way for Mentee resolve disputes. To the extent permitted by applicable law, Mentee therefore agrees not to ask its credit card company, bank, or other Payment Method provider to charge back any Mentor Fees or other fees charged pursuant to the Terms of Service for any reason. A chargeback in breach of the foregoing obligation is a material breach of the Terms of Service. If Mentee initiates a chargeback in violation of this Agreement, Mentee agrees that Paived or Paived Escrow may dispute or appeal the chargeback and institute collection action against Mentee and take such other action it deems appropriate.
6.6 PAYMENT METHODS
In order to use certain Site Services, Mentee must provide account information for at least one valid Payment Method.
Payment Methods will be charged by Paived Escrow in most countries. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Payment Methods in Australia, Canada, the Eurozone, and the United Kingdom may be charged by Elance Limited, an Ireland registered company which is an Affiliate of Paived.
By providing Payment Method information through the Site and authorizing payments with the Payment Method, Mentee represents, warrants, and covenants that: (a) Mentee is legally authorized to provide such information; (b) Mentee is legally authorized to make payments using the Payment Method(s); (c) if Mentee is an employee or agent of a company or person that owns the Payment Method, that Mentee is authorized by the company or person to use the Payment Method to make payments on Paived; and (d) such actions do not violate the terms and conditions applicable to Mentee’s use of such Payment Method(s) or applicable law. When Mentee authorizes a payment using a Payment Method via the Site, Mentee represents and warrants that there are sufficient funds or credit available to complete the payment using the designated Payment Method. To the extent that any amounts owed under this Agreement or the other Terms of Service cannot be collected from Mentee’s Payment Method(s), Mentee is solely responsible for paying such amounts by other means.
Because the use of any Payment Method may be limited by applicable law or by written agreement with your financial institution, Paived is not liable to any User if Paived does not complete a transaction as a result of any such limit, or if a financial institution fails to honor any credit or debit to or from an account associated with such Payment Method. Paived will make commercially reasonable efforts to work with any such affected Users to resolve such transactions in a manner consistent with this Agreement and any applicable Escrow Instructions.
6.7 U.S. DOLLARS AND FOREIGN CURRENCY CONVERSION
The Site and the Site Services operate in U.S. Dollars. If Mentee’s Payment Method is denominated in a currency other than U.S. Dollars and requires currency conversion to make payments in U.S. Dollars, the Site may display foreign currency conversion rates that Paived, Paived Escrow, or our Affiliates currently make available to convert supported foreign currencies to U.S. Dollars. These foreign currency conversion rates adjust regularly based on market conditions. Please note that the wholesale currency conversion rates at which we or our Affiliates obtain foreign currency will usually be different than the foreign currency conversion rates offered on the Site. Mentee, at its sole discretion and risk, may authorize the charge or debit of its Payment Method in a supported foreign currency and the conversion of the payment to U.S. Dollars at the foreign currency conversion rate displayed on the Site. A list of supported foreign currencies is available on the Site. If foreign currency conversion is required to make a payment in U.S. Dollars and either Paived, Paived Escrow, or our Affiliates does not support the foreign currency or Mentee does not authorize the conversion of such payment at the foreign currency conversion rate displayed on the Site, Paived Escrow or one of our Affiliate will charge or debit Mentee’s Payment Method in U.S. Dollars and Mentee’s Payment Method provider will convert the payment at a foreign currency conversion rate selected by Mentee’s Payment Method provider. Mentee’s Payment Method provider may also charge fees directly to the Payment Method even when no currency conversion is involved. Mentee’s authorization of a payment using a foreign currency conversion rate displayed on the Site is at Mentee’s sole risk. Paived, Paived Escrow, and our Affiliates are not responsible for currency fluctuations that occur when billing or crediting a Payment Method denominated in a currency other than U.S. Dollars. Paived, Paived Escrow, and our Affiliates are not responsible for currency fluctuations that occur when receiving or sending payments via wire transfer, check or automated clearinghouse to and from the Escrow Account.
Section 7 discusses your agreement to make and receive payments only through Paived for two years from the date you first meet your Mentee or Mentor on the Site, unless you pay an Opt-Out-Fee, as detailed below.
7.1 MAKING PAYMENTS THROUGH PAIVED
You acknowledge and agree that a substantial portion of the compensation Paived receives for making the Site available to you is collected through the Service Fee described in Section 5.1 . Paived only receives this Service Fee when a Mentee and a Mentor pay and receive payment through the Site. Therefore, for 24 months from the time you identify or are identified by any party through the Site (the “ Non-Circumvention Period ”), you agree to use the Site as your exclusive method to request, make, and receive all payments for work directly or indirectly with that party or arising out of your relationship with that party (the “ Paived Relationship ”). For the avoidance of doubt, if you, or the business you represent, did not identify and were not identified by another party through the Site, such as if you and another User worked together before meeting on the Site, then the Non-Circumvention Period does not apply. If you use the Site as an employee, agent, or representative of another business, then the Non-Circumvention Period applies to you and other employees, agents, or representatives of the business when acting in that capacity with respect to the other User.
Except if you pay the Opt-Out Fee (see Section 7.2), you agree not to circumvent the Payment Methods offered by the Site. By way of illustration and not in limitation of the foregoing, you agree not to:
Submit proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contract, hire, work with, or pay outside the Site.
Accept proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contract, invoice, or receive payment outside the Site.
Invoice or report on the Site or in an Opt-Out Fee request an invoice or payment amount lower than that actually agreed between Users.
Refer a User you identified on the Site to a third-party who is not a User of the Site for purposes of making or receiving payments off the Site.
You agree to notify Paived immediately if a person suggests to you making or receiving payments outside of the Site in violation of this Section 7.1. If you are aware of a breach or potential breach of this non-circumvention agreement, please submit a confidential report to Paived by sending an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you refuse to accept any new version of the Terms of Service or elect not to comply with certain conditions of using the Site, such as minimum rates supported on the Site, and therefore choose to cease using the Site, you may pay the Opt-Out Fee for each other User you wish to continue working with on whatever terms you agree after you cease using the Site.
7.2 OPTING OUT
You may opt-out of the obligation in Section 7.1 with respect to each Paived Relationship only if the Mentee or prospective Mentee or Mentor pays Paived an opt-out fee for each such relationship (the “ Opt-Out Fee ”).
The Opt-Out Fee is computed as follows
(a) interest at the rate of 18% per annum or the maximum rate permitted by applicable law, whichever is less, on the amount calculated in (b), from the date Mentee first makes payment to the subject Mentor until the date the Opt-Out Fee is paid; and
(b) the greater of:
(i) $3,500; or
(ii) 25% of the anticipated annualized salary or wages for one year if the Mentee offers Mentor employment directly; or
(iii) all Service Fees that would be earned by Paived from the Paived Relationship during the Non-Circumvention Period, computed based on the annualized amount earned by Mentor from Mentee during the most recent normalized 8-week period, or during such shorter period as data is available to Paived;
(iv) provided, however, that if the amount in (ii) and (iii) cannot be ascertained due to uncertainty or lack of sufficient information, then Paived and you agree that fee shall be $3,500; if only one of (ii) or (iii) can be ascertained, then Paived and you agree that amount shall be used if it is greater than $3,500.
To pay the Opt-Out Fee, you must request instructions by sending an email message to email@example.com .
If Paived determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated Section 7, Paived or its Affiliates may, to the maximum extent permitted by law (x) charge your Payment Method the Opt-Out Fee (including interest) if permitted by law or send you an invoice for the Opt-Out Fee (including interest), which you agree to pay within 30 days, (y) close your Account and revoke your authorization to use the Site and Site Services, and/or (z) charge you for all losses and costs (including any and all time of Paived’s employees) and reasonable expenses (including attorneys’ fees) related to investigating such breach and collecting such fees.
8. RECORDS OF COMPLIANCE
Section 8 discusses your agreement to make and keep all required records, as detailed below.
Users will each (a) create and maintain records to document satisfaction of their respective obligations under this Agreement, including, without limitation, their respective payment obligations and compliance with tax and employment laws, and (b) provide copies of such records to Paived upon request. Nothing in this subsection requires or will be construed as requiring Paived to supervise or monitor a User’s compliance with this Agreement, the other Terms of Service, or a Service Contract. You are solely responsible for creation, storage, and backup of your business records. This Agreement and any registration for or subsequent use of the Site will not be construed as creating any responsibility on Paived’s part to store, backup, retain, or grant access to any information or data for any period.
9. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
Section 9 discusses your agreement and understanding that the Site and Site Services may not always be available or work perfectly, as detailed below.
YOU AGREE NOT TO RELY ON THE SITE, THE SITE SERVICES, ANY INFORMATION ON THE SITE OR THE CONTINUATION OF THE SITE. THE SITE AND THE SITE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. PAIVED MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE SITE, THE SITE SERVICES, WORK PRODUCT, OR ANY ACTIVITIES OR ITEMS RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TERMS OF SERVICE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, PAIVED DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ACCURACY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW FOR ALL OF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS ON WARRANTIES, SO TO THAT EXTENT, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. SECTION 14 (TERM AND TERMINATION) STATES USER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AGAINST PAIVED WITH RESPECT TO ANY DEFECTS, NON-CONFORMANCES, OR DISSATISFACTION.
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Section 10 discusses your agreement that Paived usually will not have to pay you damages relating to your use of the Site and Site Services and, if it is, at most it will be required to pay you $2,500, as detailed below.
Paived is not liable, and you agree not to hold us responsible, for any damages or losses arising out of or in connection with the Terms of Service, including, but not limited to:
your use of or your inability to use our Site or Site Services;
delays or disruptions in our Site or Site Services;
viruses or other malicious software obtained by accessing, or linking to, our Site or Site Services;
glitches, bugs, errors, or inaccuracies of any kind in our Site or Site Services;
damage to your hardware device from the use of the Site or Site Services;
the content, actions, or inactions of third parties’ use of the Site or Site Services;
a suspension or other action taken with respect to your Account;
your reliance on the quality, accuracy, or reliability of job postings, Profiles, ratings, recommendations, and feedback (including their content, order, and display), Composite Information, or metrics found on, used on, or made available through the Site; and
your need to modify practices, content, or behavior or your loss of or inability to do business, as a result of changes to the Terms of Service.
ADDITIONALLY, IN NO EVENT WILL PAIVED, OUR AFFILIATES, OUR LICENSORS, OR OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR INDIRECT COSTS OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LITIGATION COSTS, INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL COSTS, OR LOSS OF DATA, PRODUCTION, PROFIT, OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. THE LIABILITY OF PAIVED, OUR AFFILIATES, OUR LICENSORS, AND OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS TO ANY USER FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR THE OTHER TERMS OF SERVICE WILL NOT EXCEED THE LESSER OF: (A) $2,500; OR (B) ANY FEES RETAINED BY PAIVED WITH RESPECT TO SERVICE CONTRACTS ON WHICH USER WAS INVOLVED AS MENTEE OR MENTOR DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE CLAIM. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY TO ANY LIABILITY, ARISING FROM ANY CAUSE OF ACTION WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR THE OTHER TERMS OF SERVICE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH COSTS OR DAMAGES AND EVEN IF THE LIMITED REMEDIES PROVIDED HEREIN FAIL OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR ALL OF THE FOREGOING EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS, SO TO THAT EXTENT, SOME OR ALL OF THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Section 11 discusses your agreement not to hold us responsible for any dispute you may have with another User, as detailed below.
In addition to the recognition that Paived is not a party to any contract between Users, you hereby release Paived, our Affiliates, and our respective officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures, employees and service providers from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any dispute you have with another User, whether it be at law or in equity that exist as of the time you enter into this agreement. This release includes, for example and without limitation, any disputes regarding the performance, functions, and quality of the Mentor Services provided to Mentee by a Mentor and requests for refunds based upon disputes. Procedures regarding the handling of certain disputes between Users are discussed in the Escrow Instructions.
TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE, YOU HEREBY WAIVE THE PROTECTIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ANY ANALOGOUS LAW IN ANY OTHER APPLICABLE JURISDICTION) WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
This release will not apply to a claim that Paived failed to meet our obligations under the Terms of Service.
Section 12 discusses your agreement to pay for any costs or losses we have as a result of a claim brought against us related to your use of the Site or Site Services or your illegal or harmful conduct, as detailed below.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Paived, our Affiliates, and our respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agents (each an “ Indemnified Party ”) for all Indemnified Claims (defined below) and Indemnified Liabilities (defined below) relating to or arising out of: (a) the use of the Site and the Site Services by you or your agents, including any payment obligations or default (described in Section 6.4 (Non-Payment)) incurred through use of the Site Services; (b) any Service Contract entered into by you or your agents, including, but not limited to, the classification of a Mentor as an independent contractor; the classification of Paived as an employer or joint employer of Mentor; any employment-related claims, such as those relating to employment termination, employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; and any claims for unpaid wages or other compensation, overtime pay, sick leave, holiday or vacation pay, retirement benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, or any other employee benefits; (c) failure to comply with the Terms of Service by you or your agents; (d) failure to comply with applicable law by you or your agents; (e) negligence, willful misconduct, or fraud by you or your agents; and (f) defamation, libel, violation of privacy rights, unfair competition, or infringement of Intellectual Property Rights or allegations thereof to the extent caused by you or your agents. For purposes of this Section 12, your agents includes any person who has apparent authority to access or use your account demonstrated by using your username and password.
“Indemnified Claim ” means any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, losses, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses) arising from or relating to any claim, suit, proceeding, demand, or action brought by you or a third party or other User against an Indemnified Party.
“Indemnified Liability ” means any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, losses, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses) arising from or relating to any claim, suit, proceeding, demand, or action brought by an Indemnified Party against you or a third party or other User.
13. AGREEMENT TERM AND TERMINATION
Section 13 discusses your and Paived’s agreement about when and how long this Agreement will last, when and how either you or Paived can end this Agreement, and what happens if either of us ends the Agreement, as detailed below.
Unless both you and Paived expressly agree otherwise in writing, either of us may terminate this Agreement in our sole discretion, at any time, without explanation, upon written notice to the other, which will result in the termination of the other Terms of Service as well, except as otherwise provided herein. You may provide written notice to firstname.lastname@example.org . In the event you properly terminate this Agreement, your right to use the Site and Site Services is automatically revoked, and your Account will be closed. Paived is not a party to any Service Contract between Users. Consequently, User understands and acknowledges that termination of this Agreement (or attempt to terminate this Agreement) does not terminate or otherwise impact any Service Contract or Mentorship entered into between Users. If you attempt to terminate this Agreement while having one or more open Mentorships, you agree (a) you hereby instruct Paived to close any open contracts; (b) you will continue to be bound by this Agreement and the other Terms of Service until all such Mentorships have closed on the Site; (c) Paived will continue to perform those Site Services necessary to complete any open Mentorship or related transaction between you and another User; and (d) you will continue to be obligated to pay any amounts accrued but unpaid as of the date of termination or as of the closure of any open Service Contracts, whichever is later, to Paived for any Site Services or such other amounts owed under the Terms of Service and to any Mentors for any Mentor Services.
Without limiting Paived’s other rights or remedies, we may, but are not obligated to, temporarily or indefinitely revoke access to the Site or Site Services, deny your registration, or permanently revoke your access to the Site and refuse to provide any or all Site Services to you if: (i) you breach the letter or spirit of any terms and conditions of this Agreement or any other provisions of the Terms of Service; (ii) we suspect or become aware that you have provided false or misleading information to us; or (iii) we believe, in our sole discretion, that your actions may cause legal liability for you, our Users, or Paived or our Affiliates; may be contrary to the interests of the Site or the User community; or may involve illicit or illegal activity. If your Account is temporarily or permanently closed, you may not use the Site under the same Account or a different Account or reregister under a new Account without Paived’s prior written consent. If you attempt to use the Site under a different Account, we reserve the right to reclaim available funds in that Account and/or use an available Payment Method to pay for any amounts owed by you to the extent permitted by applicable law.
You acknowledge and agree that the value, reputation, and goodwill of the Site depend on transparency of User’s Account status to all Users, including both yourself and other Users who have entered into Service Contracts with you. You therefore agree as follows: IF PAIVED DECIDES TO TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT, PAIVED HAS THE RIGHT WHERE ALLOWED BY LAW BUT NOT THE OBLIGATION TO: (A) NOTIFY OTHER USERS THAT HAVE ENTERED INTO SERVICE CONTRACTS WITH YOU TO INFORM THEM OF YOUR CLOSED ACCOUNT STATUS, (B) PROVIDE THOSE USERS WITH A SUMMARY OF THE REASONS FOR YOUR ACCOUNT CLOSURE. YOU AGREE THAT PAIVED WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO ANY NOTICE THAT IT MAY PROVIDE TO ANY USER REGARDING CLOSED ACCOUNT STATUS OR THE REASON(S) FOR THE CLOSURE.
13.2 ACCOUNT DATA ON CLOSURE
Except as otherwise required by law, if your Account is closed for any reason, you will no longer have access to data, messages, files, or other material you keep on the Site and that that any closure of your Account may involve deletion of any content stored in your Account for which Paived will have no liability whatsoever. Paived, in its sole discretion and as permitted or required by law, may retain some or all of your Account information.
After this Agreement terminates, the terms of this Agreement and the other Terms of Service that expressly or by their nature contemplate performance after this Agreement terminates or expires will survive and continue in full force and effect. For example, the provisions requiring arbitration, permitting audits, protecting intellectual property, requiring non-circumvention, indemnification, payment of fees, reimbursement and setting forth limitations of liability each, by their nature, contemplate performance or observance after this Agreement terminates. Without limiting any other provisions of the Terms of Service, the termination of this Agreement for any reason will not release you or Paived from any obligations incurred prior to termination of this Agreement or that thereafter may accrue in respect of any act or omission prior to such termination.
14. DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND PAIVED
Section 14 discusses your agreement with Paived and our agreement with you about how we will resolve any disputes, including that we will both first try to resolve any dispute informally and, if you are in the United States, that we both agree to use arbitration instead of going to court or using a jury if we can’t resolve the dispute informally, as detailed below.
14.1 DISPUTE PROCESS, ARBITRATION, AND SCOPE
If a dispute arises between you and Paived or our Affiliates, our goal is to resolve the dispute quickly and cost-effectively. Accordingly, unless you opt out as provided in Section 14.4.4 below, you, Paived, and our Affiliates agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy that arises out of or relates to this Agreement, the other Terms of Service, your relationship with Paived (including without limitation any claimed employment with Paived or one of our Affiliates or successors), the termination of your relationship with Paived, or the Site Services (each, a “ Claim ”) in accordance with this Section 14 (sometimes referred to as the “ Arbitration Provision ”).
Claims covered by this Arbitration Provision include, but are not limited to, all claims, disputes, or controversies arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Terms of Service, any Service Contract, escrow payments or agreements, any payments or monies you claim are due to you from Paived or our Affiliates or successors, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer protection, privacy, compensation, classification, minimum wage, seating, expense reimbursement, overtime, breaks and rest periods, termination, discrimination, retaliation or harassment and claims arising under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rehabilitation Act, Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871, Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (except for claims for employee benefits under any benefit plan sponsored by the Company and (a) covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or (b) funded by insurance), Affordable Care Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, Older Workers Benefits Protection Act of 1990, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, False Claims Act, state statutes or regulations addressing the same or similar subject matters, and all other federal or state legal claims arising out of or relating to your relationship with Paived or the termination of that relationship.
Disputes between the parties that may not be subject to predispute arbitration agreement as provided by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203) or as provided by an Act of Congress or lawful, enforceable Executive Order, are excluded from the coverage of this Agreement.
14.2 CHOICE OF LAW
14.3 INFORMAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Before serving a demand for arbitration of a Claim, you and Paived agree to first notify each other of the Claim. You agree to notify Paived of the Claim at Attn: Legal, 441 Logue Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 or by email to legalnotices@Paived.com , and Paived agrees to provide to you a notice at your email address on file (in each case, a “ Notice ”). You and Paived then will seek informal voluntary resolution of the Claim. Any Notice must include pertinent account information, a brief description of the Claim, and contact information, so that you or Paived, as applicable, may evaluate the Claim and attempt to informally resolve the Claim. Both you and Paived will have 60 days from the date of the receipt of the Notice to informally resolve the other party’s Claim, which, if successful, will avoid the need for further action.
14.4 BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER (DOES NOT APPLY TO USERS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND ITS TERRITORIES)
This Arbitration Provision applies to all Users except Users located outside of the United States and its territories.
In the unlikely event the parties are unable to resolve a Claim within 60 days of the receipt of the applicable Notice, you, Paived, and our Affiliates agree to resolve the Claim by final and binding arbitration before an arbitrator from JAMS, instead of a court or jury. JAMS may be contacted at www.jamsadr.com.
14.4.1. SCOPE OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CONDUCT OF ARBITRATION
This Arbitration Provision applies to any Claim (defined above) the parties may have and survives after your relationship with Paived ends. Claims covered by this Arbitration Provision include, but are not limited to, all claims, disputes or controversies arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Terms of Service and the Paived Payroll Agreement. This Arbitration Provision is intended to apply to the resolution of disputes that otherwise would be resolved in a court of law or before a forum other than arbitration. If for any reason JAMS will not administer the arbitration, either party may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction with authority over the location where the arbitration will be conducted for appointment of a neutral arbitrator.
Except as otherwise provided herein, arbitration will be conducted in Santa Clara County, California in accordance with the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures’ Optional Expedited Arbitration Procedures then in effect. Arbitration of disputes brought by a User that allege a violation of a consumer protection statute also will be subject to the JAMS Consumer Arbitration Minimum Standards, and such arbitrations will be conducted in the same state and within 25 miles of where the User is located. Claims by Mentors that allege employment or worker classification disputes or will be conducted in the state and within 25 miles of where Mentor is located in accordance with the JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The applicable JAMS arbitration rules may be found at www.jamsadr.com or by searching online for “JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures,” “JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules,” or “JAMS Consumer Arbitration Minimum Standards.” Any dispute regarding the applicability of a particular set of JAMS rules shall be resolved exclusively by the arbitrator. Any party will have the right to appear at the arbitration by telephone and/or video rather than in person.
You and Paived will follow the applicable JAMS rules with respect to arbitration fees. In any arbitration under the JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures, the Mentor will pay JAMS arbitration fees only to the extent those fees are no greater than the filing or initial appearance fees applicable to court actions in the jurisdiction where the arbitration will be conducted, with Paived to make up the difference, if any. In any arbitration under the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures’ Optional Expedited Arbitration Procedures then in effect in which a User makes a claim under a consumer protection statute, the User will pay JAMS arbitration fees only to the extent those fees are no greater than the filing or initial appearance fees applicable to court actions in the jurisdiction where the arbitration will be conducted, or $250.00, whichever is less, with Paived to make up the difference, if any. The arbitrator must follow applicable law and may award only those remedies that would have applied had the matter been heard in court. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator’s decision in any court having jurisdiction.
This Arbitration Provision does not apply to litigation between Paived and you that is or was already pending in a state or federal court or arbitration before the expiration of the opt-out period set forth in Section 14.4.4, below. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, no amendment to this Arbitration Provision will apply to any matter pending in an arbitration proceeding brought under this Section 14 unless all parties to that arbitration consent in writing to that amendment.
This Arbitration Provision also does not apply to claims for workers compensation, state disability insurance or unemployment insurance benefits.
Nothing in this Arbitration Provision prevents you from making a report to or filing a claim or charge with a government agency, including without limitation the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, or Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Nothing in this Arbitration Provision prevents the investigation by a government agency of any report, claim or charge otherwise covered by this Arbitration Provision. This Arbitration Provision also does not prevent federal administrative agencies from adjudicating claims and awarding remedies based on those claims, even if the claims would otherwise be covered by this Arbitration Provision. Nothing in this Arbitration Provision prevents or excuses a party from satisfying any conditions precedent and/or exhausting administrative remedies under applicable law before bringing a claim in arbitration. Paived will not retaliate against you for filing a claim with an administrative agency or for exercising rights (individually or in concert with others) under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
14.4.2. INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THIS ARBITRATION PROVISION
This Arbitration Provision is the full and complete agreement relating to the formal resolution of Claims. Except as otherwise provided in this Arbitration Provision, this Arbitration Provision covers, and the arbitrator shall have exclusive jurisdiction to decide, all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, enforcement, or application of this Arbitration Provision, including the enforceability, revocability, scope, or validity of the Arbitration Provision or any portion of the Arbitration Provision. All such matters shall be decided by an arbitrator and not by a court. The parties expressly agree that the arbitrator and not a court will decide any question of whether the parties agreed to arbitrate, including but not limited to any claim that all or part of this Arbitration Provision, this Agreement, or any other part of the Terms of Service is void or voidable.
In the event any portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of this Arbitration Provision will be enforceable. If any portion of the Class Action Waiver in subsection C, below, of this Arbitration Provision is deemed to be unenforceable, you and Paived agree that this Arbitration Provision will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.
14.4.3. CLASS AND COLLECTIVE WAIVER
Private attorney general representative actions under the California Labor Code are not arbitrable, not within the scope of this Arbitration Provision and may be maintained in a court of law. However, this Arbitration Provision affects your ability to participate in class or collective actions. Both you and Paived agree to bring any dispute in arbitration on an individual basis only, and not on a class or collective basis on behalf of others. There will be no right or authority for any dispute to be brought, heard or arbitrated as a class or collective action, or as a member in any such class or collective proceeding (“Class Action Waiver”). Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement or the JAMS rules, disputes regarding the enforceability, revocability, scope, or validity or breach of the Class Action Waiver may be resolved only by a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not by an arbitrator. In any case in which (1) the dispute is filed as a class or collective action and (2) there is a final judicial determination that all or part of the Class Action Waiver is unenforceable, the class or collective action to that extent must be litigated in a civil court of competent jurisdiction, but the portion of the Class Action Waiver that is enforceable shall be enforced in arbitration. You and Paived agree that you will not be retaliated against, disciplined or threatened with discipline as a result of your filing or participating in a class or collective action in any forum. However, Paived may lawfully seek enforcement of this Arbitration Provision and the Class Action Waiver under the Federal Arbitration Act and seek dismissal of such class or collective actions or claims.
14.4.4. RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THE ARBITRATION PROVISION
You may opt out of the Arbitration Provision contained in this Section 14 by notifying Paived in writing within 30 days of the date you first registered for the Site. To opt out, you must send a written notification to Paived at Attn: Legal, 441 Logue Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 that includes (a) your Account username, (b) your name, (c) your address, (d) your telephone number, (e) your email address, and (f) a statement indicating that you wish to opt out of the Arbitration Provision. Alternatively, you may send this written notification to email@example.com . Opting out of this Arbitration Provision will not affect any other terms of this Agreement.
If you do not opt out as provided in this Section 14.4.4, continuing your relationship with Paived constitutes mutual acceptance of the terms of this Arbitration Provision by you and Paived. You have the right to consult with counsel of your choice concerning this Agreement and the Arbitration Provision.
14.4.5. Enforcement of this Arbitration Provision.
This Arbitration Provision replaces all prior agreements regarding the arbitration of disputes and is the full and complete agreement relating to the formal resolution of disputes covered by this Arbitration Provision. In the event any portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of this Arbitration Provision will be enforceable. If any portion of the Class Action Waiver in Section 14.4.3, above, is deemed to be unenforceable, you and Paived agree that this Arbitration Provision will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Section 15 discusses additional terms of the agreement between you and Paived, including that the Terms of Service contain our full agreement, how the agreement will be interpreted and applied, and your agreement not to access the Site from certain locations, as detailed below.
15.1 ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement, together with the other Terms of Service, sets forth the entire agreement and understanding between you and Paived relating to the subject matter hereof and thereof and cancels and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous discussions, agreements, representations, warranties, and other communications between you and us, written or oral, to the extent they relate in any way to the subject matter hereof and thereof. The section headings in the Terms of Service are included for ease of reference only and have no binding effect. Even though Paived drafted the Terms of Service, you represent that you had ample time to review and decide whether to agree to the Terms of Service. If an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation of the Terms of Service arises, no presumption or burden of proof will arise favoring or disfavoring you or Paived because of the authorship of any provision of the Terms of Service.
15.2 MODIFICATIONS; WAIVER
No modification or amendment to the Terms of Service will be binding upon Paived unless in a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Paived or posted on the Site by Paived. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. We do not guarantee we will take action against all breaches of this User Agreement.
User may not assign the Terms of Service, or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, without Paived’s prior written consent in the form of a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Paived. Paived may freely assign this Agreement and the other Terms of Service without User’s consent. Any attempted assignment or transfer in violation of this subsection will be null and void. Subject to the foregoing restrictions, the Terms of Service are binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the successors, heirs, and permitted assigns of the parties.
If and to the extent any provision of this Agreement or the other Terms of Service is held illegal, invalid, or unenforceable in whole or in part under applicable law, such provision or such portion thereof will be ineffective as to the jurisdiction in which it is illegal, invalid, or unenforceable to the extent of its illegality, invalidity, or unenforceability and will be deemed modified to the extent necessary to conform to applicable law so as to give the maximum effect to the intent of the parties. The illegality, invalidity, or unenforceability of such provision in that jurisdiction will not in any way affect the legality, validity, or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction or of any other provision in any jurisdiction.
15.5 FORCE MAJEURE
The parties to this Agreement will not be responsible for the failure to perform or any delay in performance of any obligation hereunder for a reasonable period due to labor disturbances, accidents, fires, floods, telecommunications or Internet failures, strikes, wars, riots, rebellions, blockades, acts of government, governmental requirements and regulations or restrictions imposed by law or any other similar conditions beyond the reasonable control of such party.
15.6 PREVAILING LANGUAGE AND LOCATION
The English language version of the Terms of Service will be controlling in all respects and will prevail in case of any inconsistencies with translated versions, if any. The Site is controlled and operated from our facilities in the United States.
15.7 ACCESS OF THE SITE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Paived makes no representations that the Site is appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. Those who access or use the Site from other jurisdictions do so at their own risk and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable foreign, United States, state, and local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, export and import regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations maintained by the United States Department of Commerce and the sanctions programs maintained by the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control. You must not directly or indirectly sell, export, re-export, transfer, divert, or otherwise dispose of any software or service to any end user without obtaining any and all required authorizations from the appropriate government authorities. You also warrant that you are not prohibited from receiving U.S. origin products, including services or software.
In order to access or use the Site or Site Services, you must and hereby represent that you are not: (a) a citizen or resident of a geographic area in which access to or use of the Site or Site Services is prohibited by applicable law, decree, regulation, treaty, or administrative act; (b) a citizen or resident of, or located in, a geographic area that is subject to U.S. or other sovereign country sanctions or embargoes; or (c) an individual, or an individual employed by or associated with an entity, identified on the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Persons or Entity List, the U.S. Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals or Blocked Persons Lists, or the U.S. Department of State Debarred Parties List or otherwise ineligible to receive items subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations or other economic sanction rules of any sovereign nation. You agree that if your country of residence or other circumstances change such that the above representations are no longer accurate, that you will immediately cease using the Site and Site Services and your license to use the Site or Site Services will be immediately revoked.
15.8 CONSENT TO USE ELECTRONIC RECORDS
Section 16 gives you some definitions of capitalized terms that appear in the Terms of Service but other capitalized terms are defined above, which you can tell because the term is put in quotation marks and bold font.
“Confidential Information ” means any material or information provided to, or created by, a User to evaluate a Mentorship or the suitability of another User for the Mentorship, regardless of whether the information is in tangible, electronic, verbal, graphic, visual, or other form. Confidential Information does not include material or information that is known to the public or that: (a) is generally known by third parties as a result of no act or omission of Mentor or Mentee; (b) subsequent to disclosure hereunder, was lawfully received without restriction on disclosure from a third party having the right to disseminate the information; (c) was already known by User prior to receiving it from the other party and was not received from a third party in breach of that third party’s obligations of confidentiality; or (d) was independently developed by User without use of another person’s Confidential Information.
“Escrow Account ” means Mentee Escrow Account, Mentor Escrow Account, or Fixed-Price Escrow Account.
“Escrow Instructions ” means the Fixed-Price Escrow Instructions or the Hourly, Bonus, and Expense Payment Agreement with Escrow Instructions.
“Fixed-Price Contract ” means a Service Contract for which Mentee is charged a fixed fee agreed between a Mentee and a Mentor, prior to the commencement of a Service Contract, for the completion of all Mentor Services contracted by Mentee for such Service Contract.
“Mentor Fees ” means: (a) for an Hourly Contract, the amount reflected in the Hourly Invoice (the number of hours invoiced by Mentor, multiplied by the hourly rate charged by Mentor); (b) for a Fixed-Price Contract, the fixed fee agreed between a Mentee and a Mentor; and (c) any bonuses or other payments made by a Mentee to a Mentor.
“Hourly Contract ” means a Service Contract for which Mentee is charged based on the hourly rate charged by Mentor.
“Hourly Invoice ” means the report of hours invoiced for a stated period by a Mentor for Mentor Services performed for a Mentee.
The term “ including ” as used herein means including without limitation.
“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.
“Payment Method ” means a valid credit card issued by a bank acceptable to Paived, a bank account linked to your Account, a PayPal account, a debit card, or such other method of payment as Paived may accept from time to time in our sole discretion.
“Mentorship ” means an engagement for Mentor Services that a Mentor provides to a Mentee under a Service Contract on the Site.
“Staffing Employee ” means a Mentor enrolled in Paived Payroll, accepted for employment by a Staffing Provider, and assigned by the Staffing Provider to provide Mentor Services to one or more Mentee(s).
“Service Contract ” means, as applicable, (a) the contractual provisions between a Mentee and a Mentor governing the Mentor Services to be performed by a Mentor for Mentee for a Mentorship; or (b) if you use Paived Payroll, the contractual provisions between Mentor and the Staffing Provider for the provision of services to Mentee, if any.
“Substantial Change ” means a change to the terms of the Terms of Service that reduces your rights or increases your responsibilities.
“Paived App ” means the online platform accessed using Paived’s downloaded application or other software that enables time tracking and invoicing, chat, and screenshot sharing with other Users.
“Work Product ” means any tangible or intangible results or deliverables that Mentor agrees to create for, or actually delivers to, Mentee as a result of performing the Mentor Services, including, but not limited to, configurations, computer programs, or other information, or customized hardware, and any intellectual property developed in connection therewith.
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider free of charge at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request .
1. INFORMATION COLLECTION
Users of the Service may be Mentees or Mentors (as each is defined in the User Agreement ).
Information You Provide to Us
When you use the Service, you may provide us with information about you. This may include your name and contact information, financial information to make or receive payment for services obtained through the Paived platform, or information to help us fill out tax forms. When you use the Service, we may also collect information related to your use of the Service and aggregate this with information about other users. This helps us improve our Services for you. You may also provide us with information about your contacts or friends if, for example, you’d like to add those contacts to a message room. Agencies may also provide us with information about Mentors associated with the Agency.
Personal Information: In the course of using the Service (whether as a Mentee or Mentor), we may require or otherwise collect information that identifies you as a specific individual and can be used to contact or identify you (“ Personal Information ”). Examples of Personal Information include your name, email address, company address, billing address, and phone number.
Payment Information: If you use the Service to make or receive payments, we will also collect certain payment information, such as credit card, PayPal or other financial account information, and billing address.
Identity Verification: We may collect Personal Information, such as your date of birth or taxpayer identification number, to validate your identity or as may be required by law, such as to complete tax filings. We may request documents to verify this information, such as a copy of your government-issued identification or photo or a billing statement.
General Audience Service: The Service is general audience and intended for users 18 and older. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from anyone younger than age 18. If we become aware that a child younger than 18 has provided us with Personal Information, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our files. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child younger than age 18 and believe that Paived has collected Personal Information from your child, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Non-Identifying Information/Usernames: We also may collect other information, such as zip codes, demographic data, information regarding your use of the Service, and general project-related data (“ Non-Identifying Information ”). We may aggregate information collected from Paived registered and non-registered users (“ Paived Users ”). We consider usernames to be Non-Identifying Information. Usernames are made public through the Service and are viewable by other Paived Users.
Combination of Personal and Non-Identifying Information: Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers in a way that enables you to be identified (for example, combining information with your name). But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information (for example, your viewing preferences). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information, but Paived will treat the combined information as Personal Information.
Collection of the Third Party Personal Information: We collect the following personal information from you about your contacts or friends: First name, last name, and email address when you provide it to us for the purpose of adding your contacts to a message room.
You do not have a statutory obligation to provide us with any information, but you may have a contractual obligation to do so, and if we do not receive certain information from you, then we will not be able to provide our Service to you. If you have any questions regarding whether provision of information is mandatory and the consequences for withholding such information, please contact us using the contact information below.
Information Received from Third Parties
Information Collected Automatically
Like other online companies, we receive technical information when you use our Services. We use these technologies to analyze how people use our Services, to improve how our Site functions, to save your log-in information for future sessions, and to serve you with advertisements that may interest you.
We and our third party service providers, including analytics and third party content providers, may automatically collect certain information from you whenever you access or interact with the Service. This information may include, among other information, the browser and operating system you are using, the URL or advertisement that referred you to the Service, the search terms you entered into a search engine that led you to the Service, areas within the Service that you visited, and other information commonly shared when browsers communicate with websites. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve marketing, analytics, and site functionality.
The information we collect also includes the Internet Protocol (“ IP ”) address or other unique device identifier (“ Device Identifier ”) for any device (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) used to access the Service. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned or connected to the device you use to access the Service, and our servers identify your device by its Device Identifier. Some mobile service providers may also provide us or our third party service providers with information regarding the physical location of the device used to access the Service.
Web Beacons: We and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may also employ software technology known as “web beacons” and/or “tracking tags” to help us keep track of what content on our Service is effective and to serve relevant advertising to you. Web beacons are small graphics with a unique identifier that may be invisible to you, and which are used to track the online activity of Internet users. Web beacons are embedded in the web pages you review or email messages you receive. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to our Service, to monitor how Paived Users navigate the Service, to count how many emails that were sent were actually opened, or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
Embedded Scripts: We and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may also employ software technology known as an Embedded Script. An Embedded Script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your computer or other device and is deactivated or deleted when you disconnect from the Service.
In addition, we and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may use a variety of other technologies (such as tags) that collect similar information for security and fraud detection purposes and we may use third parties to perform these services on our behalf.
HOW WE RESPOND TO DO NOT TRACK SIGNALS
Paived does not respond to Do-Not-Track signals.
Please note that your browser setting may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites and online service you visit. There is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. Like many websites and online services, Paived does not alter its practices when it receives a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com .
Mentorship Diaries and Mentorship View
We collect information about a Mentor’s work for a Mentee, including automatically collected information about work on a particular project. We will share Mentorship Diaries with the relevant Mentee. We tell Mentors when we are capturing information for the Mentorship Diary and allow Mentors to block such data sharing.
As part of the Service, we collect information about a Mentor’s work on a project for a Mentee. This feature is known as Mentorship Diary. Mentorship Diaries include information provided by the Mentor, such as a memo, as well as automatically gathered information about work on a project, such as number of mouseclicks and keyboard strokes and regularly taken screenshots (which may include a webcam picture of you if you have not disabled this feature in your settings). In order to use Mentorship Diaries, you must download and install the Team App software from www.paived.com.
We will share information contained in Mentorship Diaries with the relevant Mentee and with any manager or administrator of any applicable Mentor Agency. We inform Mentors each time we capture information for Mentorship Diary. As set forth in our Terms of Service, End User License Agreement, and help pages on the Site, a Mentor may choose to block or delete the screen shot and associated data for a recorded work interval, but then the Mentor may not be paid for that work interval. Paived may use general information from Mentorship Diaries for statistical analysis, product development, marketing and research.
Mentors may create a profile, with certain or all information publicly available. Mentees may also create profiles.
You may have the opportunity to create a profile, which consists of information about you, and may include Personal Information, photographs, examples of your work, information on work previously performed via the Service and outside the Service, skills, tests taken, test scores, hourly pay rates, feedback/rating information and other information, including your username (“ Profile ”). The information in your Profile may be visible to all Paived Users and the general public subject to the privacy choices you make within your Paived Profile . You may edit certain information in your Profile via your account and may choose to limit who is able to view certain content you post to your Profile. Mentees and Agencies of associated individual users or companies may also have the opportunity to create an organization Profile. If, in any case, you believe that an unauthorized profile has been created about you, you can request for it to be removed by contacting us at https://support.paived.com.
Mentors and Mentees may communicate with each other through the Service. For example, Mentors and Mentees may wish to discuss Mentee needs and Mentor work proposals. If you communicate with a Mentee, the Mentee will also be a “data controller” with respect to such communications.
We may offer public forums or blogs. If you participate, your comments and questions will be publicly displayed.
The Service may provide you the opportunity to participate and post content publicly in forums, on blogs, through interactive features Paived and through other communication functionality (“ Community Forums ”). You may choose, through such features or otherwise, to submit or post questions, comments, or other content (collectively, “ User Forum Content ”). Please note that certain information, such as your name and Profile may be publicly displayed on the Service along with your User Forum Content. Please note that your use of Community Forums is subject to the Paived Forum Rules and our Terms of Service.
To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at https://support.paived.com . In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our Service, in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at https://support.paived.com.
Mentorship Listings Through the Service
If you choose to post a work listing via the Service as a Mentee, the contents of such listing will be viewable publicly, unless you designate the listing as only viewable through the Service or as private using the settings available on the applicable website. Mentorship listings include information such as budget, location, history of work listing(s) by the Mentee, the names of other Mentors performing work for the Mentee, Mentee feedback and rating information and timing of project performance.
Email to Friends and Referral Program
Paived lets you send project postings to friends via email. Paived also offers the ability to send friends emails about providing or purchasing services through the Service. If you choose to use either feature, your friend’s email address will be used to send the requested posting and your email address will be used to copy you on the message to your friend or to send the message on your behalf. Paived stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program.
Your friend may contact us at support.Paived.com to request that we remove this information from our database.
Social Networking Services
You may register for an account directly with our Site, or through a social networking service. If you register with a social networking service (or later link your account to one), we will collect certain information about you from that social networking service, and what we collect depends on your privacy settings with that social networking service. The Service may also allow you to “like” or share content with social networking services.
You may register to join the Service directly via the Service or by logging into your account with a third party social networking service (“ SNS ”) via our Service (e.g., Facebook, Github and other third party services that let you sign in using your existing credentials with those services). If you choose to register via an SNS, or to later link your account with the Service to your account with an SNS, we will use the Personal Information you have provided to the SNS (such as your name, email address, gender and other information you make publicly available via the SNS) to create your account. Note that the information we collect from and through an SNS may depend on the privacy settings you have set with the SNS and the permissions you grant to us in connection with linking your account with the Service to your account with an SNS. Other than what we may share with the SNS as described below, the Personal Information an SNS has about you is obtained by the SNS independent of our Service, and Paived is not responsible for it.
The Paived Service also may permit additional interactions between it and a third party website, service, or other content provider, such as enabling you to “like” or share content to a third party SNS. If you choose to “like” or share content, or to otherwise share information from or via our Service with a third party site or service, that information may be publicly displayed, and the third party may have access to information about you and your use of our Service (and we may have access to information about you from that third party). These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Your interactions with third parties through an SNS or similar features are governed by the respective privacy policies of those third parties.
You represent that you are entitled to use your SNS account for the purposes described herein without breach by you of any of the terms and conditions that govern the SNS, and without obligating Paived to pay any fees or making Paived subject to any usage limitations imposed by such SNS. You can disable the link between your Paived account and your SNS account at any time though the “Settings” section of our Service. Please note that your relationship with any SNS is governed solely by your agreement(s) with such SNS. If your SNS account terminates, then functions enabled through the link between your Paived account and your SNS account will terminate as well.
2. USE OF INFORMATION
We use information collected through the Service to provide and improve the Service, process your requests, prevent fraud, provide you with information and advertising that may interest you, comply with the law, and as otherwise permitted with your consent.
WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT:
To provide and improve the Service, complete your transactions, and address your inquiries, process your registration, verify the information you provide is valid, and for compliance and internal business purposes.
To contact you with administrative communications and Paived newsletters, marketing or promotional materials (on behalf of Paived or third parties) and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the instructions in the Your Choices and Rights section, below.
To tailor content we display to you and offers we may present to you, both on the Service and elsewhere online.
To administer and develop our business relationship with you and, if applicable, the corporation or other legal entity you represent.
To assess your proposal to perform a freelance project for Paived and prepare related governmental and internal statistics reports.
To enforce and comply with the law, including to conduct an investigation, to protect the property and rights of Paived or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, fraudulent, unethical or legally actionable activity. We may also use Device Identifiers to identify Paived Users.
We use your Personal Information for the purposes described above:
To Honor Our Contractual Commitments to You. Much of our processing of Personal Information is to meet our contractual obligations to our investors, or to take steps at User’s request in anticipation of entering into a contract with them.
For Our Legitimate Interests. In many cases, we handle Personal Information on the grounds that it furthers our legitimate interests in commercial activities, such as the following, in ways that are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the affected individuals:
Providing our Site and Service.
Analyzing and improving our business.
Communications, including marketing and responding to your inquiries about our services.
Addressing information security needs and protecting our Users, Paived, and others.
Managing legal issues.
To Comply with Legal Obligations. We need to use and disclose Personal Information in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations.
3. DATA RETENTION
Unless you request that we delete certain information (see Your Choices and Rights below), we retain the information we collect for at least 5 years. Your information may persist in copies made for backup and business continuity purposes for additional time. If you choose to provide us with Personal Information, we encourage you to routinely update the data to ensure that we have accurate and up-to-date information about you.
4. INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE
We may share information about you to provide the Services, for legal and investigative purposes, in connection with sweepstakes and promotions, or if we are part of a merger or acquisition. We may also share non-identifying information with third parties. You have choices as to whether we share your personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes.
Information about Mentors Shared with Mentees and Paived Payroll Vendors: We share information regarding Mentors who have entered into a contract with a Mentee or who have elected to participate in Paived Payroll, including information in Mentorship Diaries and work history, with Mentees, Agencies and Paived Payroll vendors. Note that if a Mentor is suspended from the Paived Service, we may share that information with Mentees for whom that Mentor has worked or submitted proposals for work. We may also share information with Agencies to whom Mentors are associated for a particular work project. If you choose to submit a proposal for work as a Mentor via the Service, we will share information relevant to your application with the applicable Mentee(s), including, but not limited to, the information contained in your Mentor Profile.
Information about Mentees Shared with Mentors: If you have entered into a service contract or agreed to use Paived Payroll with another user, we may provide him/her with your name, company address, billing address, or tax ID or VAT number in order to complete the transaction or to facilitate the resolution of a claim or dispute. The user receiving your information is not allowed to use it for purposes unrelated to the transaction, such as to contact you for marketing purposes, unless you have expressly consented to it.
Service Providers: We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and online advertising, payment processing, fraud detection and improvement of Paived’s features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. These third parties may have access to your Personal Information in order to perform these tasks on our behalf.
Legal and Investigative Purposes: Paived will share information with government agencies as required by law in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements and, including without limitation, in connection with reporting earnings. We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), or, at the request of governmental authorities or other third parties conducting an investigation where we determine in our sole discretion the disclosure is necessary to (a) protect the property and rights of Paived or a third party, (b) protect the safety of the public or any person, or (c) prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or pose a risk of being, illegal, fraudulent, unethical or legally actionable activity. We may also use Device Identifiers to identify Paived Users, and may do so in cooperation with third parties at our discretion.
Internal and Business Transfers: Paived may share information, including Personal Information, with its parent company Paived Inc., and any current or future subsidiaries or affiliates, primarily for business and operational purposes. We may sell, transfer, or otherwise share some or all of our assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets (including, in each case, as part of the due-diligence process with any potential acquiring entity) or in the event of bankruptcy.
Sweepstakes, Contests, and Promotions: We may offer sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions (any, a “ Promotion ”) that may require registration. By participating in a Promotion, you are agreeing to the official rules that govern that Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor(s) of the Promotion to use your name, voice, likeness, or other indicia of persona in advertising or marketing associated with the Promotion. If you choose to enter a Promotion, your Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such Promotion, including, without limitation, in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, and as required by law or permitted by the Promotion’s official rules, such as on a winner’s list.
5. THIRD PARTY ANALYTICS PROVIDERS, AD SERVERS AND SIMILAR THIRD PARTIES
We may work with advertising agencies and vendors who use technology to help us understand how people use our Site. These vendors may use technologies to serve you advertisements that may interest you. You can choose to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising.
Paived works with (or may in the future work with) network advertisers, ad agencies, analytics service providers and other vendors to provide us with information regarding traffic on the Service, including pages viewed and the actions taken when visiting the Service; to serve our advertisements on other web sites, within mobile apps and elsewhere online; and to provide us with information regarding the use of the Service and the effectiveness of our advertisements. Our service providers may collect certain information about your visits to and activity on the Service as well as other websites or services, they may set and access their own tracking technologies on your device (including cookies and web beacons ), and may use that information to show you targeted advertisements. Some of these parties may collect Personal Information when you visit the Service or other online websites and services. We may also share certain Non-Identifying Information with these parties, including Hashed Information, in connection with the services they provide to us. If you wish to opt out of interest-based advertising, click here (or if located in the European Union, click here ). If you choose to opt out, please note you will continue to receive generic ads.
While we may use a variety of service providers to perform advertising services, some of these companies are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“ NAI ”) or the Digital Advertising Alliance (“ DAA ”) Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. You may want to visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp , which provides information regarding targeted advertising and the “opt-out” procedures of NAI members. You may also want to visit or http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ , which provides information regarding targeted advertising and offers an “opt-out” by participating companies in the DAA Self-Regulatory Program.
6. YOUR CHOICES AND RIGHTS
You have certain choices regarding how we may communicate with you.
Registered Paived Users may update their choices regarding the types of communications you receive from us through your online account. You also may opt-out of receiving marketing emails from us by following the opt-out instructions provided in those emails. Please note that we reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to your account or use of the Service (for example, administrative and service announcements) via email and other means and these transactional account messages may be unaffected if you opt-out from receiving marketing communications. You may opt-out of receiving text messages by replying “STOP” to any text message received. Registered Paived Users who access the Service by using an Paived mobile application may, with permission, receive push notifications. Similarly, registered Paived Users who access the Service by using certain desktop browsers may, with permission, receive push notifications. Notification preferences can be modified in the settings menu for the mobile application or the applicable browser.
All Users may request access to or correction of any Personal Information we have about them or delete their account and/or request deletion of all Personal Information we have about them. In certain jurisdictions, Users may have certain rights with regard to their Personal Information. We will honor User requests to the extent we can reasonably do so and as required by law, but some information will remain on the Services, such as information you posted publicly.
Upon request Paived will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information. You may access, correct, or request deletion of your personal information by making updates to that information or by contacting Paived through your online account. If you request to access all personal information you’ve submitted, we will respond to your request to access within 30 days. If you completely delete all such information, then your account may become deactivated. If your account is deactivated or you ask to close your account, you will no longer be able to use the Service. If you would like us to delete your account in our system, you can do so through the Paived Service (once you logged in, visit settings / user settings, and then click on the close my account link).
Depending on where you are located, you may have certain rights with regard to your Personal Information (including, in certain cases, under the Privacy Shield, described below) . If you are located in the European Economic Area (“ EEA ”), in addition to the rights described above, you may contact us at the contact information provided below to (1) request a restriction on the processing of your Personal Information, (2) object to the processing of your Personal Information, or (3) exercise other rights with respect to your Personal Information. Please see our GDPR Help Center for more information. Paived uses automated means to calculate the Job Success Score of Mentors. If you believe that our services have miscalculated your Job Success Score or you would like to exercise any other rights with regard to your Personal Information , please email us at email@example.com for assistance. We may be able to assist you by conducting a manual review of your Job Success Score, such as by assessing whether the information you’ve provided us is accurate. While we strongly encourage you to first raise any questions or concerns about your Personal Information directly with us, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority.
We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your requests for deletion; however, certain information will actively persist on the Service even if you close your account, including information in your Mentorship Diaries and messages you posted to the Service. In addition, your Personal Information may remain in our archives and information you update or delete, or information within a closed account, may persist internally for our administrative purposes, to the extent permitted by law. It is not always possible to completely remove or delete information from our databases. In addition, we typically will not remove information you posted publicly through or on the Service. Bear in mind that neither you nor Paived can delete all copies of information that has been previously shared with others on the Service.
We take a number of steps to protect your data, but no security is guaranteed.
Paived takes commercially reasonable steps to help protect and secure the information it collects and stores about Paived Users. All access to the Site is encrypted using industry-standard transport layer security technology (“ TLS ”). When you enter sensitive information (such as tax identification number), we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (“ SSL ”). We also use HTTP strict transport security to add an additional layer of protection for our Paived Users. But remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Thus, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, Paived cannot ensure and does not warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
8. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Because we are a U.S. company, we process and store your information in the United States and our service providers may process and store it elsewhere.
When we transfer Personal Information from territories in the EEA or with similar laws to our affiliates or service providers in the United States and elsewhere outside the EEA, we rely on approved data transfer mechanisms, including standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission and the Privacy Shield, as described below. You may request a copy of the standard contractual clauses relevant to your Personal Information, if any, using the contact information below.
9. PRIVACY SHIELD NOTICE
As a business subject to the investigatory and enforcement authority of the United States Federal Trade Commission, Paived has certified that its U.S. operations adhere to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks (“ Privacy Shield ”) with respect to the Personal Information that Paived receives in reliance on the Privacy Shield. Our Privacy Shield certification is available at https://www.privacyshield.gov/list . To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov .
When Paived receives Personal Information under the Privacy Shield and then transfers it to a third party service provider acting as an agent on Paived’s behalf, Paived may have certain responsibility under the Privacy Shield if both (i) the agent processes the information in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Shield and (ii) Paived is responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.
Covered European residents should contact Paived at the contact information below regarding Paived’s compliance with the Privacy Shield. Paived will attempt to answer your questions and satisfy your concerns in a timely and complete manner as soon as possible. If, after discussing the matter with Paived, your issue or complaint is not resolved, Paived has agreed to participate in the Privacy Shield independent dispute resolution mechanisms listed below, free of charge to you. PLEASE CONTACT PAIVED FIRST.
For other Personal Information Paived receives under the Privacy Shield, Paived has committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, JAMS Privacy Shield Dispute Resolution, operated by JAMS. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit https://www.jamsadr.com/eu-us-privacy-shield for more information and to file a complaint.
If your complaint still is not resolved through these channels, under limited circumstances, an additional binding arbitration option may be available before a Privacy Shield panel, as described at privacyshield.gov. Every individual also has a right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority.
10. LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Our Service contains links to other websites. If you choose to click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit Personal Information from you. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
11. PUBLIC PROFILE
The profile you create on our Site will be publicly accessible unless otherwise indicated. You may change the privacy settings of your profile through your account portal.
Phishing websites imitate legitimate websites in order to obtain personal or financial information. Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to Paived. For more information about phishing, visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing . In addition, if you believe you have received an email or had a similar interaction with a third party pretending to be Paived, please report it at https://support.paived.com.
13. CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS – YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
We allow you to choose whether we share your personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes.
If you are a California resident and you have questions about our practices with respect to sharing information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes and your ability to exercise choice, please contact us using the contact information below.
You must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field of your email or include it in your writing if you choose to write to us at the designated mailing address. You must include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. We will respond to you at your mailing address or, at our option, your email address. We are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or do not have complete information.
14. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
15. CONTACTING US
Mentee Membership Policy
1. MENTOR MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS
Upwork offers several membership programs for Mentors. For purposes of this Agreement, “Member” or “you” means a Mentor participating in a membership program.
Each membership program includes a certain number of “Connects,” which reserve monthly capacity for you to submit proposals for Mentees' posted Projects, as described on the Site here . If you are a paying Member, you have the right to purchase additional Connects at any time, subject to a cap determined by your membership program and other criteria. Connects you do not use by the end of the month do not carry over into the next month, unless you have a paid membership, in which case you may rollover up to two times the monthly allotment of Connects. The conditions under which unused Connects will rollover into the next month may vary from time to time and will depend on your membership program.
Upwork reserves the right to change membership fees, change the monthly number of Connects included in each membership program, change the price for additional Connects or institute new fees at any time, in each case upon reasonable notice posted in advance on the Site. No refunds of fees already paid will be given. If Upwork exercises its right to cancel a membership, Upwork will not refund the membership fee already paid.
Where applicable, Upwork may also collect Taxes (such as value added tax (VAT) in Europe) on membership fees and the cost for Connects, as set forth in the User Agreement.
3. AUTOMATIC MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
You must pay your Upwork membership fees through your Upwork Escrow Account. The membership billing period begins on the date that Upwork receives payment. Upwork membership fees are calculated from the beginning of that billing period. Upwork automatically renews your Upwork monthly membership, and you irrevocably authorize and instruct Upwork Escrow Inc. to make the required monthly payments to Upwork on your behalf. Automatic renewal occurs on the first day after the expiration date.
4. CHANGES TO MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
If you change your membership program, the new program and, new billing period will be based upon the date Upwork receives payment of the new membership fee. If you upgrade a membership, it will result in a new billing date effective upon the date of payment of the additional fees and, if applicable, will result in a credit of the unused portion of the existing category membership fees. If you downgrade a membership, you will not receive a refund or credit for the fees already paid. The downgrade will go into effect at the beginning of the next billing period. Upwork reserves the right to modify its membership programs at any time, upon reasonable notice posted in advance on the Site.
For more information on upgrading, downgrading, or canceling your membership, check the Site or contact Customer Support.
Proprietary Rights Infringement Reporting Procedures
Paived, LLC (“ Paived ”, “ our ”, “ us ” or “ we ”) provides these Proprietary Rights Infringement Reporting Procedures (these “ Procedures ”) to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding claims of infringement of proprietary rights by third parties on our website located at www.paived.com. These Procedures may be updated from time to time. We will notify you of any material changes by posting the new Procedures on the Site. You are advised to consult these Procedures regularly for any changes.
If you are a proprietary rights owner and you believe someone is using Paived to infringe your proprietary rights, you may provide Paived with the notice described below (the “ Notice ”) to Paived's Legal Department by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Attn: Legal Department, 16192 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958 . The Notice fulfills the requirements of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3) (" DMCA "). The Legal Department is Paived's designated agent under the DMCA.
In response to your Notice, Paived may remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material, and take such other actions we deem appropriate in our sole discretion. Please bear in mind that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that material is infringing. If we remove or disable access, we will attempt to contact the poster of the allegedly infringing material so that the poster may provide a counter notification (the “ Counter Notice ”) as described below.
Please include the following items in your Notice, and number them as follows:
Identify the proprietary rights that you claim are infringed. For example, identify your trademark or quote your copyrighted material. Provide a URL or link to where the material is located, if possible.
Identify the website, webpage, posting, profile, feedback, or other material that you claim infringes your proprietary rights. Provide information reasonably sufficient to enable us to locate it.
Identify yourself by name. Provide your address, telephone number, and email address.
Provide contact information for the owner or administrator of the allegedly infringing material, if possible.
Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner described is not authorized by the owner of the exclusive proprietary right, its agent, or the law.”
Include the following statement: “The information in this notice is accurate.”
Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive proprietary right that is allegedly infringed.”
Sign and date the Notice.
The owner or administrator of the allegedly infringing material may provide Paived with a Counter Notice by email to email@example.com or by postal mail to Attn: Legal Department, 16192 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958 . The Counter Notice fulfills the requirements of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC Section 512(g)(3).
In response to a Counter Notice, Paived may reinstate the allegedly infringing material. Please bear in mind that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that material is not infringing the proprietary rights of others.
Please include the following items in your Counter Notice, and number them as follows:
Identify the website, webpage, posting, profile, feedback, or other material that Paived has removed or to which Paived has disabled access. Identify the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
Identify yourself by name. Provide your address, telephone number, and an email address where we can contact you.
Include a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or San Mateo County, California, if your address is outside the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the Notice or from an agent of that person.
Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that each website, webpage, posting, profile, feedback or other material identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.”
Sign and date the Counter Notice.
Please bear in mind that Paived cannot give you legal advice. If you have questions about whether certain proprietary rights are valid or whether certain material is infringing, you should contact an attorney.
2. LICENSES AND THIRD-PARTY CONTENT
2.1 PAIVED’S PROVISION OF THE SITE AND LIMITED SITE LICENSE
Section 2.1 discusses the rights we give to you to allow you to use the Site, as detailed below:
We try to keep our Site and the Site Services safe, secure, and functioning properly, but we cannot guarantee the continuous operation of or access to our Services. In fact, we might even stop providing the Site or Site Services completely or stop providing certain features without notice.
2.2 TERMINATION OF THE LIMITED SITE LICENSE
Section 2.2 explains that we can stop allowing you to use the Site, as detailed below:
Paived may terminate any license it has granted to any Site Visitor or User to access the Site and Site Services by providing notice, and the termination of such license shall be effective immediately upon Paived providing such notice.
2.3 PAIVED’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Section 2.3 explains that even though we let you use the Site, we still retain all our rights, as detailed below:
Paived and our licensors retain all right, title, and interest in and to all Intellectual Property Rights related in and to the Site and the Site Services. The Paived logos and names are trademarks of Paived and are registered in certain jurisdictions. All other product names, company names, marks, logos, and symbols on the Site or Site Services may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Nothing in the Terms of Service grants you a right to use any Paived Marks.
2.4 YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
2.4.1 YOUR OBLIGATIONS AND YOUR INDEMNIFICATION OF PAIVED
Section 2.4.1 explains that you are solely responsible for your use of the Site and any content you post on the Site, and that if someone makes a claim against Paived because of your content that you will pay Paived for our fees and expenses, as detailed below:
When you post User Content on the Site or through the Site Services or provide Paived with User Content, you understand and acknowledge that you are solely responsible for such User Content. Further, you represent and warrant that you have the right, power, and authority to (a) post that User Content without violating the rights of third parties, and (b) grant the licenses specified below.
You acknowledge and agree that the poster of User Content, and not Paived, is responsible for any User Content including any harms caused to you, another User, or a third party by such User Content.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Paived, our Affiliates, and our respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agents (each an “ Indemnified Party ”) from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, losses, and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses) arising from or relating to any claim, suit, proceeding, demand, or action brought by you or a third party or other User against an Indemnified Party relating to or arising out of any User Content you post.
2.4.2 YOUR RIGHTS AND LICENSE TO PAIVED AND OTHER SITE VISITORS
Section 2.4.2 explains that by posting content on the Site, you give others certain limited rights to that content, as detailed below:
2.4.3 YOUR COMMENTS AND IDEAS
Section 2.4.3 explains when you can and what happens if you send your ideas to Paived, as detailed below:
You may submit comments or ideas about the Site and Site Services, including without limitation about how to improve the Site or Site Services (collectively, “ Ideas ”). By submitting any Ideas, you agree that: (a) your disclosure is voluntary, gratuitous, unsolicited, and without restriction and will not place Paived under any fiduciary or other obligation, (b) your Ideas do not contain the confidential or proprietary information of third parties, and (c) you grant us a perpetual and royalty-free license to use the Ideas without any additional compensation to you and to disclose the Ideas on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge and agree that, by acceptance of your submission, Paived does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas, including those known or developed by Paived or obtained from sources other than you.
2.5 THIRD-PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Section 2.5 explains that third parties, including other Users, are responsible for content posted or linked on the Site, as detailed below:
Any information or content expressed or made available by a third party or any other Site Visitor or User is that of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of Paived. Paived neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, information, or statement made on the Site by anyone other than Paived’s authorized agents acting in their official capacities.
The Site may contain links to third-party websites. The Site may also contain applications that allow you to access third-party websites via the Site. Such third-party websites or applications are owned and operated by the third parties and/or their licensors. The inclusion of any link or application on the Site does not imply that we endorse the linked site or application. You use the links and third-party websites at your own risk and agree that your use of an application or third-party website accessed via the Site is on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranty for any purpose.
2.6 COMPLAINTS ABOUT COPYRIGHTED CONTENT ON THE SITE
Section 2.6 explains what to do if you think content on the Site infringes your rights, as detailed below:
Paived is committed to complying with U.S. copyright and related laws and requires all Site Visitors and Users to comply with these laws. Accordingly, you may not use the Site to store any material or content, or disseminate any material or content, in any manner that constitutes an infringement of third party intellectual property rights, including rights granted by U.S. copyright law.
If you are the owner of any copyrighted work and believe your rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed by any material on the Site, you may take advantage of certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the " DMCA ") by complying with Paived’s Proprietary Rights Infringement Reporting Procedures .
3. PERMITTED SITE USES
Section 3 explains how you are allowed to use the Site, as detailed below:
Paived offers the Site and Site Services for your business purposes only and not for personal, household, or consumer use. Paived makes the Site and Site Services available for Users to find one another, enter into service relationships, make and receive payments through escrow, and receive and provide Mentor Services. In addition, certain Visitor Site Services, such as the Paived Blog and Hiring Headquarters, provide, and may be used to obtain, general information and articles that we believe may be of interest to Site Visitors and Users. While we try to ensure that any information we post is both timely and accurate, errors may appear from time to time. We do not make any representations or warranties with respect to any information that is posted on the Site by us or anyone else. In no event should any content be relied on or construed as tax or legal advice or otherwise. You should independently verify the accuracy of any content.
4. PROHIBITED SITE USES
Section 4 explains uses of the Site that are not allowed, as detailed below:
You may not use, or encourage, promote, facilitate, instruct or induce others to use, the Site or Site Services for any activities that violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; for any other illegal or fraudulent purpose or any purpose that is harmful to others; or to transmit, store, display, distribute or otherwise make available content that is illegal, fraudulent or harmful to others.
4.1 EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITED USES OF THE SITE
The following are examples of uses that are prohibited on the Site or when using the Site Services:
Seeking, offering, promoting, or endorsing and services, content, or activities that:
are defamatory, illegal, profane, vulgar, threatening, unlawfully discriminatory, illegal, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit in nature;
would violate the intellectual property rights, such as and including copyrights, of another person, entity, service, product, or website;
would violate (a) Paived’s Terms of Service, (b) the terms of service of another website or any similar contractual obligations, or (c) the academic policies of any educational institution;
regard the creation, publication, distribution of “fake news”, “hoax news” or similar false content purposefully intended to mislead readers for financial or other gain;
regard or promote in any way any escort services, prostitution, or sexual acts; or
are harassing toward another person based on the person's inclusion in a protected class as defined by applicable law;
Fraudulent or misleading uses or content, including:
Fraudulently billing or attempting to fraudulently bill any Mentee, including by (i) falsifying or manipulating or attempting to falsify or manipulate the hours, keystrokes, or mouse clicks recorded in the Paived App, (ii) reporting, recording, or otherwise billing Mentees for time that was not actually worked, or (iii) reporting, recording, or otherwise billing hours worked by another person as hours worked by you in a way that is misleading or false;
Misrepresenting your experience, skills, or information, including by representing another person’s profile, or parts of another person’s profile, as your own;
Using a profile photo that misrepresents your identity or represents you as someone else;
Impersonating any person or entity, including, but not limited to, an Paived representative, forum leader, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
Falsely stating or implying a relationship with another User, including an Agency continuing to use a Mentor’s profile or information after the Mentor no longer works with the Agency;
Falsely attributing statements to any Paived representative, forum leader, guide or host;
Falsely stating or implying a relationship with Paived or with another company with whom you do not have a relationship;
Allowing another person to use your account, which is misleading to other Users; or
Falsely stating that one Mentor will perform the work on a job when another will in fact perform the work, including submitting a proposal on behalf of a Mentor that is unable, unwilling, or unavailable to do the work;
Expressing an unlawful preference in a job post or proposal or otherwise unlawfully discriminating on a protected basis;
Posting identifying information concerning another person;
Spamming other Users with proposals or invitations or posting the same job multiple times so that more than one version remains active at a given time;
Making or demanding bribes or other payments without the intention of providing services in exchange for the payment;
Requesting or demanding free services, including requesting Mentors to submit work as part of the proposal process for very little or no money or posting contests in which Mentors submit work with no or very little pay, and only the winning submission is paid the full amount;
Requesting a fee before allowing a User to submit a proposal;
Attempting to or actually manipulating or misusing the feedback system, including by:
withholding payment or Work Product or engaging in any other conduct for the purpose of obtaining positive feedback from another User;
attempting to coerce another User by threatening to give negative feedback;
expressing views unrelated to the work, such as political, religious, or social commentary, in the feedback system; or
offering services for the sole purpose of obtaining positive feedback of any kind;
Duplicating or sharing accounts;
Selling, trading, or giving an account to another person without Paived’s consent;
Sharing or soliciting contact information, such as email, phone number, or Skype ID, in a profile or job post;
Directly or indirectly, advertising or promoting another website, product, or service or soliciting other Users for other websites, products, or services, including advertising on Paived to recruit Mentors and/or Mentees to join an Agency or another website or company;
Conduct or actions that could jeopardize the integrity of or circumvent the Site, Site Services or Paived's proprietary information, including
Interfering or attempting to interfere with the proper operation of the Site or Site Services or any activities conducted on the Site;
Bypassing any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site or any subparts of the Site, including, without limitation, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Site or the content therein;
Attempting to interfere with or compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site;
Using any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission;
Attempting to or interfering with or compromising the system integrity or security or deciphering any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site;
Collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including Account names, from the Site;
Attempting to or imposing an unreasonable or disproportionately large load (as determined in Paived’s sole discretion) on the Site’s infrastructure; Introducing any invalid data, virus, worm, or other harmful or malicious software code, agent, hidden procedure, routine, or mechanism through or to the Site that is designed to or known to cause to cease functioning, disrupt, disable, harm, or otherwise impair in any manner, including aesthetic disruptions or distortions, the operation of (or to allow you or any other person to access or damage or corrupt data, storage media, programs, equipment, or communications or otherwise interfere with operations of or on) the Site or any software, firmware, hardware, computer system, or network of Paived or any third party;
Accessing or attempting to access the Site or Site Services by any means or technology other than the interface provided; or
Framing or linking to the Site or Site Services except as permitted in writing by Paived
Attempting to or actually reverse engineering, modifying, adapting, translating, preparing derivative works from, decompiling, interfering with the operation of, or otherwise attempting to derive source code from any part of the Site or Site Services unless expressly permitted by applicable law or Paived; or
Accessing or using the Site or Site Services to build a similar service or application, identify or solicit Paived Users, or publish any performance or any benchmark test or analysis relating to the Site.
4.3 REPORTING AND CORRECTING VIOLATIONS
Capitalized terms not defined below have the meanings described in the Terms of Service.
“Affiliate ” means any entity that, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Paived.
“Mentee ” means any authorized User utilizing the Site to seek and/or obtain Mentor Services from another User.
“Mentor ” means any authorized User utilizing the Site to advertise and/or provide Mentor Services to Mentees, including Mentor Accounts that are Agency Accounts or, if applicable, Agency Members. A Mentor is a customer of Paived with respect to use of the Site and Site services.
“Mentor Services ” means any services provided by Mentors.
“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.
“Public Site Services ” means, collectively, all services, applications and products that are accessible by any Site Visitor who has not become an User through the Site, to the extent they are accessible by a Site Visitor who has not become a User.
“ Site ” means, collectively, our website located at www.paived.com, all affiliated websites, including mobile websites and Paived Mobile Applications, owned and operated by us, our predecessors or successors in interest, or our Affiliates (defined in the User Agreement).
“Site Services ” means, collectively, all services (except the Mentor Services defined herein), applications and products that are accessible through the Site, including the Public Site Services, and all Paived Mobile Applications.
“Paived Mobile Applications ” means all mobile applications published by Paived or our Affiliates for access to or use of the Site or any Site Services.
“User Content ” means any comments, remarks, data, feedback, content, text, photographs, images, video, music, or other information that you or any Site Visitor or User post to any part of the Site or provide to Paived, including such information that is posted as a result of questions.
“You ” means any person who accesses our Site, including a Site Visitor or User and including any entity or agency on whose behalf any such person accesses or uses our Site.
'Paived Team' Software License Agreement
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: This End User License Agreement (“EULA”) is a legal agreement between you and Paived, LLC and its affiliates (“Paived”, “we”, or “us”). This EULA governs your use of the Paived software and any third party software that may be distributed therewith (collectively the “Software”). Paived agrees to license the Software to you (personally and/or on behalf of your employer) (collectively “you” or “your”) only if you accept all the terms contained in this EULA. By installing, using, copying, or distributing all or any portion of the software, you accept and agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this EULA. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THE TERMS OF THIS EULA, DO NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL, OR USE THE SOFTWARE.
1. CONDITIONAL LICENSE.
1.1. LICENSE GRANT:
Subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions of this EULA, Paived grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use the executable code version of the Software for your use solely in connection with work you perform on or through the Site.
1.2. RESTRICTIONS ON USE:
You agree not to modify, display, adapt, translate, loan, distribute, prepare derivative works from, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise attempt to derive source code from the Software. You may not publish, redistribute, sublicense or sell the Software or any information or material associated with the Software. You may not rent, lease or otherwise transfer your rights to the Software. You may not use the Software in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Site, nor may you use the Software in any manner that could interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site. You agree that you will use the Software for lawful purposes and only in compliance with all applicable laws, including but not limited to copyright and other intellectual property laws. In addition, you shall not perform, nor release the results of any testing of the Software to any third party without the prior written consent of Paived. You also agree not to remove, obscure, or alter any copyright notice, trademarks or other proprietary rights notices contained within or accessed in conjunction with or through the Software.
1.3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:
The Software is licensed, not sold, to you for use pursuant to the terms of this EULA. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved to Paived or its licensors or third party providers. You acknowledge that Paived or its licensors or third party providers own all rights, title and interest, including without limitation all Intellectual Property Rights, in and to the Software, portions thereof, or any information or material provided through or in conjunction with the Software. Your rights to use the Software shall be limited to those expressly granted in this Section 1. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by Paived, its licensors or third party providers. “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 other proprietary rights, and all applications, registrations, renewals, extensions and restorations thereof, now or hereafter in force and effect worldwide.
2. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
2.1. “AS IS”; NO WARRANTY:
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY PAIVED AND ANY OF OUR LICENSORS OR OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS “AS IS,” WITH NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. PAIVED EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. COMPUTER PROGRAMS ARE INHERENTLY COMPLEX, AND THE SOFTWARE MAY NOT BE FREE OF ERRORS. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED WITH ALL FAULTS AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU. PAIVED DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU DOWNLOAD AND USE THE SOFTWARE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF THE SOFTWARE.
2.2. PRIVACY DISCLAIMER:
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, PAIVED DISCLAIMS LIABILITY IN THE EVENT OF THE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS BY THIRD PARTIES.
2.3. JURISDICTIONAL LIMITATIONS:
SOME STATES OR OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN JURISDICTIONS WHICH DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF DELIVERY OF THE SOFTWARE OR TO THE MINIMUM PRESCRIBED BY LAW. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE AND JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION.
2.4. SURVIVAL OF DISCLAIMER:
The provisions of this Section 2 and of Section 3 shall survive the termination of this EULA, but this shall not imply or create any continued right to use the Software after termination of this EULA.
3. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
3.1. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
IN NO EVENT AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL PAIVED, OUR LICENSORS OR OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE TO ANY USER ON ACCOUNT OF THAT USER’S USE OR MISUSE OF THE SOFTWARE. SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO PREVENT RECOVERY OF INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE (EVEN IF PAIVED HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES). SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF AND RELIANCE ON THE SOFTWARE, FROM THE PERFORMANCE OR MISPERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE, OR FROM THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF THE SOFTWARE (INCLUDING SUCH DAMAGES INCURRED BY THIRD PARTIES). SUCH LIMITATION SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING A FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SOME STATES OR OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
3.2. DAMAGES CAP:
EXCEPT AS LIMITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, REGARDLESS OF THE BASIS FOR YOUR CLAIM, PAIVED’S, LICENSORS’ AND THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS’ TOTAL LIABILITY UNDER THIS EULA SHALL BE LIMITED TO DIRECT DAMAGES WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF FEES PAID FOR THE LICENSED SOFTWARE GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM, OR ONE U.S. DOLLAR ($1.00), WHICHEVER IS LESS. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS SHALL CONSTITUTE THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR MONETARY DAMAGES IN RESPECT OF ANY BREACH OF OR DEFAULT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT BY PAIVED.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Paived and its subsidiaries, affiliates, joint ventures, suppliers, officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising directly or indirectly out of your conduct or in connection with your use of the Software or its features, any alleged violation of these terms, or any alleged violation of any applicable law or regulation. Paived reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You, but doing so shall not excuse your indemnity obligations.
5. PRIVACY AND SECURITY
The Software creates a means for others to record the visual output (“Screenshot”) of your computer. You hereby acknowledge and agree that each time you activate the Software, the Software may periodically transmit Screenshots to Paived. These Screenshots may be displayed in the Paived work diary when the Screenshot is captured. These Screenshots may include, without limitation, the visual output of all open programs, windows, backgrounds, taskbars, system trays, multiple screens, title bars, menus, graphics, screen savers, and any information, images, and text therein. You acknowledge and agree that, if your confidential information is displayed as visual output of your computer while the Software is active, such confidential information may be included in a Screenshot, transmitted to Paived, and displayed in the applicable work diary. In order to prevent transmission of your confidential information to Paived, you agree not to access your confidential information while the Software is active. Although we have taken reasonable measures to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your computer via the Software, we cannot foresee or control the actions of third parties. Therefore, use of the Software could make you vulnerable to security breaches that you might not otherwise face and could result in the loss of your privacy or property. You agree that Paived is not liable to you for security breaches resulting from your use of the Software or otherwise.
6. NO NOTICE OF UPDATES.
Paived reserves the right to modify or change this EULA from time to time without notice to You. The latest version will be available on the Site. Paived also may update or modify the Software from time to time at its discretion. Your election to continue use of the Software, after the date of posting of these modifications to the EULA or to the Software constitutes acceptance of those modifications. If you do not agree with the modifications, do not use the Software.
7. EXPORT CONTROLS.
You are responsible for complying with trade regulations and both foreign and domestic laws. You acknowledge that the Software or its underlying technology may not be downloaded to or exported or re-exported: (a) into (or to a resident or national of) Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria or any other country subject to United States embargo; (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Denied Party or Entity List; and (c) you will not export or re-export the Software to any prohibited country, person, end-user or entity specified by U.S. Export Laws.
8. TERM AND TERMINATION:
This EULA is effective as soon as you install, use, copy or distribute the Software and shall continue until it is terminated by Paived or you, as provided for under the terms of this Section. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing with us, either you or we may terminate the contractual agreement represented by this EULA at any time upon notice to the other party. This EULA, including without limitation your right to the Software as specified in Section 1, terminates immediately and without notice from Paived if you fail to comply with any of its provisions. Upon termination you shall immediately discontinue use of and destroy the Software and all copies or portions thereof, including any master copy, and within ten (10) days certify in writing to Paived that all copies have been destroyed.
8.2. SURVIVAL OF TERMINATION:
Sections 1.3, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8.2 and 9 of these terms will survive any termination of this EULA. The termination of this EULA does not limit Paived’s other rights it may have by law.
9. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
9.1. SEVERANCE. WAIVER:
If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of this EULA to be unenforceable, it shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force.
You agree that, on Paived’s request, you will certify in writing your compliance with the terms of this EULA.
You may not assign this EULA or sublicense, assign, transfer or delegate any right or duty hereunder, without the prior written consent of Paived, at our sole discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Paived may assign or transfer this EULA or any rights granted hereunder without your prior consent. This EULA is binding on and will inure to the benefit of the parties successors and permitted assigns.
9.4. ENTIRE AGREEMENT.
This EULA and the terms expressly incorporated by reference herein, constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede and replace all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.
Paived Mark Use Guidelines
These Mark Use Guidelines (“ Guidelines ”) let you know about Paived’s rights with respect to its marks and when and how you can use them. The Guidelines are a part of and incorporate the Terms of Service . Capitalized terms not defined in these Guidelines are defined in the User Agreement or in the other Terms of Service or have the meanings given such terms on the Site. To the extent permitted by applicable law, Paived may modify these Guidelines without prior notice to you, and any revisions to these Guidelines will take effect when posted on the Site, unless otherwise stated in the revised Guidelines. Please check the Site often for updates.
1. PAIVED MARKS
The Paived name and logo are trademarks of Paived. These Guidelines explain the terms under which you are allowed to use the “ Paived Marks ”, which for purposes of these Guidelines and the other Paived Terms of Service means Paived’s trademarks, including the following:
LIST MARKS / LOGOS
The Paived Marks are among our most valuable assets. In order to preserve and strengthen our identity, these Guidelines provide conditions of use and clear instructions on proper use of the Paived Marks.
2. USE OF PAIVED LOGO MARKS
The Paived Marks that are also logos are also referred to in these Guidelines as the “ Paived Logo Marks”. For example, the Paived Logo Marks include:
You may not use an Paived Logo Mark unless you have a written license, granted by Paived, permitting you to use the Paived Logo Mark. If you have not been granted such a license, then you must not use, copy, modify, distribute, or post the Paived Logo Mark for any reason. If you have such a license from Paived Logo Mark to use the Paived Logo Mark, you must use the Paived Logo Mark only as licensed and only in accordance with these Guidelines.
3. USE OF OTHER PAIVED MARKS
You may use Paived Marks other than the Logo Marks descriptively, provided you adhere to these Guidelines, or as otherwise permitted by law.
Descriptive use includes instances where you are referring to Paived or Paived services, such as “I registered on Paived’s website today”, “I attended Paived’s Work Without Limits Executive Summit”, or “Paived Enterprise services have saved my company money.”
Keep these principles in mind as well:
Your use should never mislead anyone to believe Paived sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your company, products, or services exists when it does not.
When referring to Paived, use the Paived name in a plain text font and format only.
Paived always appears as "Paived," never as "PaIved", “Paved”, "PAIved", or "paIved".
4. PROHIBITED USE OF PAIVED MARKS
Unless you have written permission from Paived, you must never use any Paived Mark:
On any letterhead, business card, or signature block;
As part of your business name or a domain name;
As part of a user ID, including on Paived or social media;
In association with any third-party trademark in a manner that might create potential confusion as to the ownership of the Paived Mark;
In any manner that suggests or could lead someone to believe you are acting on behalf of or in association with Paived or that Paived has endorsed or sponsored your product or services; or
Outside of your relationship with us, except as permitted by Paived in writing.
Even if you have permission to use an Paived Logo Mark, you must never use any Paived Logo Mark:
That has been reproduced from an unauthorized artwork;
That has been modified, including color specifications, position and relative size of the letterings;
That has been modified to use negative or reverse “drop-out” reproduction;
Tightly confined in a band or bar; or
With other seals, logos, or other marks of other entities.
5. USE OF COPYRIGHTED WORKS