Causes is now owned and operated by Brigade Media, Inc.
These Terms of Service were last revised on October 13, 2015.
Every web service has Terms of Service, or a set of rules that you must follow in order to use the service. This page sets forth our Terms of Service. There's a lot of required legal language here, but we've done our best to summarize our terms in plain English where possible. The word "SUMMARY:" in all caps denotes the summary for the applicable section below. These summaries are not substitutes for the legal terms below. Nonetheless, we hope they will help you navigate this document more easily.
Welcome to Brigade, a place for individuals to express themselves and find common ground with their peers. The website, mobile application, and services made available at www.brigade.com, www.causes.com, www.getaccord.com or any successor websites of the foregoing and through any social media or mobile application(s) made available by us (collectively, "Brigade") are provided by Brigade Media, Inc. or its affiliates or subsidiaries ("Brigade Media" or "we").
SUMMARY: To start using Brigade, please create an account using your real identity. If you impersonate someone, we will deny you access to and use of Brigade and may terminate your account. Please remember that you have a legal responsibility for your account and anything posted on it.
We invite you to register at Brigade or using Facebook Connect or other third-party services. If you do not register, you may not be able to use all of the features of Brigade. If you register, you agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information about yourself. You also agree to update registration information, as well as your Facebook and other third-party service profiles, and to maintain their truth, accuracy, and completeness.
SUMMARY:You must be over the age of 13 to use Brigade.
Registration and membership in Brigade is void where prohibited. Brigade is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years old (or older), and any registration by, use of, or access to Brigade by, anyone under thirteen is unauthorized, unlicensed, and in violation of these Terms. By using Brigade, or Brigade, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen or older and that you agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these Terms. In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, any information we receive from users we believe to be under the age of 13 will be purged from our database(s).
SUMMARY: Only real people and authorized Brigade Media Partners are allowed to create and maintain accounts at this time. If you sign up on behalf of an entity, you're binding that entity to these Terms as well.
Your Brigade account gives you access to the services and functionality that we may establish and maintain from time to time and in our sole discretion. We may maintain different types of accounts for different types of users. If you open a Brigade account on behalf of a company, organization, or other entity, then (a) "you" includes you and that entity, and (b) you represent and warrant that you are an authorized representative of the entity with the authority to bind the entity to these Terms, and that you agree to these Terms on the entity's behalf. By connecting to Brigade with a third-party service, you give us permission to access and use your information from that service as permitted by that service, and to store your log-in credentials for that service.
SUMMARY: We take security seriously at Brigade Media. Please do your fair share by protecting your account with a strong password. If you notice any suspicious activity in your account, please email us immediately.
You may never use another user's account without permission. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. We encourage you to use "strong" passwords (passwords that use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) with your account. You must notify Brigade Media at [email protected] immediately in the event of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account. Brigade Media will not be liable for any losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account.
SUMMARY: Changing your profile information and email preferences is easy. Log into your profile on Brigade to access your settings.
You may control your user profile and how you interact with Brigade by changing the settings in your user profile or settings page on the website. By providing Brigade Media your email address you consent to our using the email address to send you Service-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. We may also use your email address to send you other messages, such as changes to features of Brigade and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you may opt out or change your preferences in your settings page on the website. Opting out may prevent you from receiving email messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers. Generally, you cannot opt out of receiving certain communications such as Service-related announcements and administrative messages, except by terminating your account.
SUMMARY: Please use common sense when using Brigade. It helps to make everyone's experience on Brigade safe and enjoyable.
The licenses provided below are necessary in order for Brigade Media to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of Brigade (including the provision of personalized content, including advertising), as well as to communicate directly with you and to allow you to communicate with others on Brigade or via social media.
SUMMARY: Please feel free to share your opinions on Brigade and post them to your social networks. Remember that other users will see your content and may choose to interact with it on the platform. When it comes to content made available on Brigade, remember this: We own the content we provide, you own the content you provide and we're each responsible for our own content.
As between Brigade Media and you, you own any information, text, data, photos, audio, video, images, graphics, links, logos, and other content or materials you upload, submit, post, display, or otherwise distribute on or through Brigade ("Materials"). You and other users may upload, submit, post, display, and otherwise distribute Materials to or through your (or their) profiles, forums, communities, other portions of Brigade, or to others via Brigade, solely in accordance with these Terms.
All content on Brigade, which may include without limitation, information, text, data, photographs, audio, video, images, graphics, logos, trademarks, service marks, and other content or materials, associated technology and software, and the look and feel of Brigade (collectively, "Content"), are the proprietary property of Brigade Media or its licensors and are owned by Brigade Media or its licensors, as applicable. Any rights to Content not expressly granted to you herein are reserved by Brigade Media. Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication, or otherwise. You agree not to reproduce, modify, copy, frame, reproduce, display, transmit, distribute, publish, sell, or otherwise commercially exploit Brigade or Content in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, without Brigade Media's express written permission, and any such use is strictly prohibited, except in regards to your own Materials posted on Brigade in accordance with the Terms or as expressly allowed in these Terms. Unless you have received specific written permission from Brigade Media, you may not: (a) frame or otherwise impose editorial comment, commercial material, or any information or content on, or in proximity to, Content or Materials displayed on Brigade; or (b) alter or modify, including preparing derivative works based on, any Content on Brigade.
SUMMARY: You're allowed to use Brigade only in accordance with these Terms. You must comply with all applicable laws when using Brigade.
Brigade Media hereby grants you the right to access and use Brigade only for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Terms and the features and functionalities made available to you by Brigade Media. While using Brigade, you must comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances, and regulations. Your use of any Materials and the rest of Brigade is your sole responsibility. Brigade may allow you to upload, post, or distribute Materials, use Brigade, view, copy, or download Content and Materials for your personal, non-commercial use, subject to the following conditions:
SUMMARY: In order for us to provide Brigade to you, you grant us certain rights to the content you post. If you don't want us to display your content anymore, you can remove the content from Brigade.
SUMMARY: Please don't hack us.
SUMMARY: Please don't scrape us without permission.
SUMMARY: Please no scams.
SUMMARY: Please visit the Brigade Community Guidelines to learn more about the kind of behavior allowed and prohibited on Brigade.
SUMMARY: We're on mobile devices! Here are a few mobile specific terms.
We may make available software to access Brigade via a mobile device ("Mobile Software"). To use the Mobile Software you must have a mobile device that is compatible with the Mobile Software. Brigade Media does not warrant that the Mobile Software will be compatible with your mobile device. You may use mobile data in connection with the Mobile Software and may incur additional charges from your wireless provider for these services. You agree that you are solely responsible for any such charges. Brigade Media hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to use a compiled code copy of the Mobile Software for one Brigade account on one mobile device owned or leased solely by you, for your personal use. You may not: (a) modify, disassemble, decompile or reverse engineer the Mobile Software, except to the extent that such restriction is expressly prohibited by law; (b) rent, lease, loan, resell, sublicense, distribute or otherwise transfer the Mobile Software to any third party or use the Mobile Software to provide time sharing or similar services for any third party; (c) make any copies of the Mobile Software; (d) remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Mobile Software, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content accessible through the Mobile Software, or features that enforce limitations on use of the Mobile Software; or (e) delete the copyright and other proprietary rights notices on the Mobile Software. You acknowledge that Brigade Media may from time to time issue upgraded versions of the Mobile Software, and may automatically electronically upgrade the version of the Mobile Software that you are using on your mobile device. You consent to such automatic upgrading on your mobile device, and agree that the terms and conditions of these Terms will apply to all such upgrades. Any third-party code that may be incorporated in the Mobile Software is covered by the applicable open source or third-party license EULA, if any, authorizing use of such code. The foregoing license grant is not a sale of the Mobile Software or any copy thereof, and Brigade Media or its third-party partners or suppliers retain all right, title, and interest in the Mobile Software (and any copy thereof). Any attempt by you to transfer any of the rights, duties or obligations hereunder, except as expressly provided for in these Terms, is void. Brigade Media reserves all rights not expressly granted under these Terms. If the Mobile Software is being acquired on behalf of the United States Government, then the following provision applies. The Mobile Software will be deemed to be "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," respectively, pursuant to DFAR Section 227.7202 and FAR Section 12.212, as applicable. Any use, reproduction, release, performance, display or disclosure of Brigade and any accompanying documentation by the U.S. Government will be governed solely by these Terms of Service and is prohibited except to the extent expressly permitted by these Terms of Service. The Mobile Software originates in the United States, and is subject to United States export laws and regulations. The Mobile Software may not be exported or re-exported to certain countries or those persons or entities prohibited from receiving exports from the United States. In addition, the Mobile Software may be subject to the import and export laws of other countries. You agree to comply with all United States and foreign laws related to use of the Mobile Software and Brigade.
SUMMARY: Apple makes us include these additional terms.
The following applies to any Mobile Software you acquire from the iTunes Store ("iTunes-Sourced Software"): You acknowledge and agree that this Agreement is solely between you and Brigade Media, not Apple, and that Apple has no responsibility for the iTunes-Sourced Software or content thereof. Your use of the iTunes-Sourced Software must comply with the App Store Terms of Service. You acknowledge that Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the iTunes-Sourced Software. In the event of any failure of the iTunes-Sourced Software to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple, and Apple will refund the purchase price for the iTunes-Sourced Software to you; to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the iTunes-Sourced Software, and any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty will be solely governed by this Agreement and any law applicable to Brigade Media as provider of the software. You acknowledge that Apple is not responsible for addressing any claims of you or any third party relating to the iTunes-Sourced Software or your possession and/or use of the iTunes-Sourced Software, including, but not limited to: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the iTunes-Sourced Software fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation; and all such claims are governed solely by this Agreement and any law applicable to Brigade Media as provider of the software. You acknowledge that, in the event of any third-party claim that the iTunes-Sourced Software or your possession and use of that iTunes-Sourced Software infringes that third party's intellectual property rights, Brigade Media, not Apple, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim to the extent required by this Agreement. You and Brigade Media acknowledge and agree that Apple, and Apple's subsidiaries, are third-party beneficiaries of this Agreement as relates to your license of the iTunes-Sourced Software, and that, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce this Agreement as relates to your license of the iTunes-Sourced Software against you as a third-party beneficiary thereof.
SUMMARY: Google makes us include these additional terms.
The following applies to any Mobile Software you acquire from the Google Play Store ("Google-Sourced Software"): (i) you acknowledge that the Agreement is between you and Brigade Media only, and not with Google, Inc. ("Google"); (ii) your use of Google-Sourced Software must comply with Google's then-current Google Play Store Terms of Service; (iii) Google is only a provider of the Google Play Store where you obtained the Google-Sourced Software; (iv) Brigade Media, and not Google, is solely responsible for its Google-Sourced Software; (v) Google has no obligation or liability to you with respect to Google-Sourced Software or the Agreement; and (vi) you acknowledge and agree that Google is a third-party beneficiary to the Agreement as it relates to Brigade Media's Google-Sourced Software.
SUMMARY: While we may collaborate with certain partners from time to time, we do not endorse any particular individual or organization that you may come across on Brigade. If you choose to connect with anyone on Brigade, that relationship is your own and you're responsible for it.
The Content and Materials provided on Brigade or in email messages are gathered from a variety of sources and are intended solely as general information. Inclusion of any Content or Materials on Brigade does not constitute or indicate Brigade Media's endorsement, representation or warranty of such information (which may include organization descriptions and missions or donation amounts), or its accuracy, completeness, or timeliness. Through the website (including Materials, Content, and emails), you may receive access to individuals or entities; however, your choice to contact or deal with any of these individuals or entities is your sole responsibility and Brigade Media is not involved in any transactions or dealings you have with any third parties.
SUMMARY: Our users are required to have sufficient rights and/or permissions to post content on Brigade or Causes. If you feel that any of your content has been posted in a manner that violates your rights or permissions regarding that content, please use the guidelines below to contact us so we can help deal with the issue.
The intellectual property rights, including but not limited to patent, copyright, trademark, service mark, trade name, trade dress, derivative works, moral rights, trade secrets, and proprietary information and technology, associated with the Content and/or Brigade itself are owned or licensed by Brigade Media. Except as expressly provided herein, neither Brigade Media nor its licensors confers upon you by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right under any such intellectual property. No intellectual property ownership rights are or will be assigned to you. You agree not to infringe or challenge any of the intellectual property rights associated with Content or Brigade.
Brigade Media reserves the right to block, disable, or otherwise remove any Materials from Brigade as well as terminate access to Brigade if you engage in copyright or other intellectual property infringement or for any other reason.
If you believe that any Content or Materials on Brigade infringe your copyrights, contact Brigade Media's copyright agent, who can be reached by mail at: Copyright Department, Brigade Media, Inc., 548 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States; by telephone at 415-371-9843; by fax at 415-520-2192; or email at [email protected].
If you believe that any Content or Materials on Causes infringe your copyrights, contact Causes's copyright agent, who can be reached by mail at: Copyright Department, Philotic, Inc., 548 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 United States; by telephone at (415-901-1960); or email at [email protected].
To meet the notice requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:
SUMMARY: If someone takes legal action against Brigade Media because of something you did on Brigade, you will be responsible for that cost. If you're a government agency or government official acting in their official capacity, please see our Government Terms.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Brigade Media and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, and affiliates and (collectively, "Affiliates") harmless from any claim, action, or demand, and associated costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of your (or anyone using your password's): (a) Materials; (b) use of Brigade; (c) interaction with other users or third-parties on Brigade; (d) violation of these Terms; or (e) violation of any third party's intellectual property, privacy, or other rights.
SUMMARY: We are a young platform and have many plans on how to make Brigade better. There will be some kinks to iron out as we roll out more features so please bear with us. For those reasons, the current service is provided to you "as is," without any warranties.
EXCEPT IF EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE IN THE TERMS, BRIGADE (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL CONTENT, MATERIALS (AND MATERIAL LINKED THERETO), ADVERTISEMENTS, LINKS, AND EMAILS) IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. BRIGADE MEDIA DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THE ACCURACY, LEGALITY, APPROPRIATENESS, TRUTHFULNESS, OR OTHER QUALITIES OF ANY MATERIALS OR ANY RELATED PRODUCTS, EQUIPMENT, OR SERVICES. BRIGADE MEDIA HEREBY DISCLAIMS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW: ALL WARRANTIES EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT; AND OTHER WARRANTIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: UNINTERRUPTED USE; AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE; LACK OF VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES, OR CODE THAT MANIFESTS CONTAMINATING OR DESTRUCTIVE PROPERTIES; ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, CURRENCY, OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH BRIGADE; AND ANY DUTIES OF REASONABLE CARE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT OR LACK OF NEGLIGENCE IN CONNECTION WITH BRIGADE. BRIGADE MEDIA IS NOT ENGAGED IN THE PROVISION OF LEGAL, TAX, OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR SERVICES AND YOU AGREE THAT BRIGADE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY LEGAL, TAX, OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF SUCH SERVICES, YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE LICENSED AND QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL. BRIGADE MEDIA IS NOT INVOLVED WITH THE PROCESSING, EXCHANGE, DONATIONS OF MONEY AS MAY BE ARRANGED BY THIRD PARTIES ON BRIGADE; THEREFORE, BRIGADE MEDIA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TRANSACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DONATIONS SOLICITED, PROMISED, OR OTHERWISE ON BRIGADE.
SUMMARY: We work hard to make your experience on Brigade safe and enjoyable. However, please remember that you're using Brigade (like most Internet services) at your own risk and may not hold us liable for any direct or indirect damages.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER BRIGADE MEDIA, NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU AND/OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF PRIVACY, LOSS OF DATA, DELETION OR FAILURE TO STORE EMAIL MESSAGES, DAMAGE TO USER COMPUTER SYSTEMS) WHATSOEVER THAT ARISE OUT OF OR ARE RELATED TO: BRIGADE (AND YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, BRIGADE); THE MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF BRIGADE OR YOUR ACCESS TO IT; OR ANY BREACH OF THESE TERMS, EVEN IF BRIGADE MEDIA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND EVEN IN THE EVENT OF FAULT, TORT, OR STRICT OR PRODUCT LIABILITY. ANY CLAIMS ARISING FROM BRIGADE MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF THE DATE ON WHICH LIABILITY AROSE. NEITHER BRIGADE MEDIA NOR ITS AFFILIATES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THE PRIVACY OR OTHER RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY DUE TO POSTING OF VOTING INFORMATION, WHICH IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER POSTING SUCH INFORMATION.
SUMMARY: You may come across links and other references on Brigade that are not part of Brigade. Please remember that we have nothing to do with third parties unless specified otherwise.
Brigade Media and Brigade users may provide links to third party websites (including advertisers and others) on Brigade. Third parties are not under the control of Brigade Media and Brigade Media is not responsible for their content or conduct on Brigade or on third party websites. If you interact with a third party or access a third party website from Brigade, you do so at your own risk. Brigade Media provides links as a convenience and the inclusion of the link does not indicate or imply that Brigade Media endorses, represents, warrants, or accepts any responsibility for the content on third-party websites. Additionally, your dealings with or participation in offers or solicitations from third parties found on Brigade, including delivery and any other terms (such as warranties, guarantees, and the like) are solely between you and such third parties. You agree that Brigade Media shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to your dealings with such third parties.
SUMMARY: Causes allows donations in certain circumstances and these payment terms cover those donations. Brigade Media now owns and operates Causes.
Certain functionalities of Brigade (e.g., Causes.com) allow for users to make donations to organizations that may also be on Brigade. When you make such donations, you agree to follow to the terms and conditions.
By making a donation or otherwise using the aforementioned services of Brigade to facilitate a contribution to an organization, you understand that your contribution is being made directly to such organization and that Brigade Media will not have access to or control of your funds. Deduction of charitable and other nonprofit contributions is governed by Internal Revenue Service rules. You and the organization to which you are contributing are entirely responsible for compliance with all laws and legal obligations regarding charitable donations and receipts or other rules on such transfers. Brigade Media makes no representations as to your legal rights or obligations and you should not rely on Brigade Media for legal advice. We strongly recommend you consult with legal counsel if you have any questions regarding your contributions.
Brigade Media has NOT performed any independent analysis to confirm the Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) or other legal status, or of the truthfulness of any other representations or statements, of any party seeking funds listed on Brigade. In the event that your contribution hereunder is not used by a recipient as represented, or otherwise pursuant to your understanding or expectations, you understand that remedies may not be pursued or obtained from Brigade Media.
Brigade Media has contracted with Stripe.com to process your credit card donation and you agree that the transaction is subject to the terms of service found at Stripe.com/terms. Stripe.com may deduct a transaction fee from your donation for costs associated with the transaction. Brigade Media receives $0 from this transaction fee and takes no additional fee from the donation.
SUMMARY: The only thing constant in this world is change. In the future, there may be things we'll have to update. We'll try our best to let you know when we do.
We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify these Terms at any time. Changes to these Terms will be made available to you through Brigade or sent to you via email. All changes are effective upon posting to Brigade. Your continued use of Brigade following a posting of changes is your agreement to the changes and you are bound by the then-current version of these Terms. If any changes to these Terms are unacceptable to you, you must discontinue use of Brigade. Brigade Media reserves the right to suspend or deny, in its sole discretion, your access to all or any portion of Brigade, including without limitation for any violation of any provision of these Terms. Brigade Media also reserves the right to change Brigade without notice to you, at any time.
SUMMARY: We are located in the state of California and abide by its laws. You shouldn't sign up for Brigade unless you have permission to do so. Government agencies and government officials acting in their official capacity should consult our Government Terms.
If you are registering on Brigade as a business entity or other organization, you represent that you have the authority to bind the entity to these Terms and to agree to all of the terms and conditions hereof. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Any disputes arising under or related in any way to these Terms or Brigade shall be litigated or otherwise heard in the appropriate court located in Santa Clara County, California and the parties hereto hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in that county. Brigade Media may assign any of its rights or obligations under the Terms to another party without notice or consent for any reason. You and Brigade Media are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer, or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by the Terms.
Brigade Media reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to immediately, with or without notice, suspend or terminate your registration, the Terms, and your access to all or a portion of Brigade and remove any registration information or Materials from Brigade, for any reason (including if you breach of any of the provisions of the Terms). Upon termination or expiration of the Terms, your obligations and Brigade Media's rights and disclaimers survive, but your right to use Brigade immediately ceases. Brigade Media's failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive Brigade Media's right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.