Thank you for using Genepool! We're happy you're here. Please read this Terms of Service agreement carefully before accessing or using Genepool. Because it is such an important contract between us and our users, we have tried to make it as clear as possible. For your convenience, we have presented these terms in a short non-binding summary followed by the full legal terms.
| Section | What can you find there? |
| --- | --- |
| [A. Definitions](#a-definitions) | Some basic terms, defined in a way that will help you understand this agreement. Refer back up to this section for clarification. |
| [B. Account Terms](#b-account-terms) | These are the basic requirements of having an Account on Genepool. |
| [C. Acceptable Use](#c-acceptable-use)| These are the basic rules you must follow when using your Genepool Account. |
| [D. User-Generated Content](#d-user-generated-content) | You own the content you post on Genepool. However, you have some responsibilities regarding it, and we ask you to grant us some rights so we can provide services to you. |
| [E. Private Repositories](#e-private-repositories) | This section talks about how Genepool will treat content you post in private repositories. |
| [F. Copyright & DMCA Policy](#f-copyright-infringement-and-dmca-policy) | This section talks about how Genepool will respond if you believe someone is infringing your copyrights on Genepool. |
| [G. Intellectual Property Notice](#g-intellectual-property-notice) | This describes Genepool's rights in the website and service. |
| [H. API Terms](#h-api-terms) | These are the rules for using Genepool's APIs, whether you are using the API for development or data collection. |
| [I. Third Party Applications](#i-third-party-applications) | We have a few rules for creating apps for other Users, and another set of terms for Genepool Marketplace. |
| [J. Advertising on Genepool](#j-advertising-on-genepool) | If you want to promote your content on Genepool, this section lays out some rules you must follow. |
| [K. Payment](#k-payment) | You are responsible for payment. We are responsible for billing you accurately. |
| [L. Cancellation and Termination](#l-cancellation-and-termination) | You may cancel this agreement and close your Account at any time. |
| [M. Communications with Genepool](#m-communications-with-genepool) | We only use email and other electronic means to stay in touch with our users. We do not provide phone support. |
| [N. Disclaimer of Warranties](#n-disclaimer-of-warranties) | We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service. **Please read this section carefully; you should understand what to expect.** |
| [O. Limitation of Liability](#o-limitation-of-liability) | We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement. **Please read this section carefully; it limits our obligations to you.** |
| [P. Release and Indemnification](#p-release-and-indemnification) | You are fully responsible for your use of the service. |
| [Q. Changes to these Terms of Service](#q-changes-to-these-terms) | We may modify this agreement, but we will give you 30 days' notice of changes that affect your rights. |
| [R. Miscellaneous](#r-miscellaneous) | Please see this section for legal details including our choice of law. |
### The Genepool Terms of Service
Effective date: April 19, 2019
### A. Definitions
**Short version:** *We use these basic terms throughout the agreement, and they have specific meanings. You should know what we mean when we use each of the terms. There's not going to be a test on it, but it's still useful information.*
1. The “Agreement” refers, collectively, to all the terms, conditions, notices contained or referenced in this document (the “Terms of Service” or the "Terms") and all other operating rules, policies (including the Genepool Privacy Statement, available at [genepool.me/site/privacy](https://genepool.me/site/privacy)) and procedures that we may publish from time to time on the Website. Most of our site policies are available at [help.genepool.me/categories/site-policy](/categories/site-policy/).
2. The “Service” refers to the applications, software, products, and services provided by Genepool.
3. The “Website” refers to Genepool’s website located at [genepool.me](https://genepool.me/), and all content, services, and products provided by Genepool at or through the Website. It also refers to Genepool-owned subdomains of genepool.me, such as [api.genepool.me](https://api.genepool.me/) and [raw.genepool.me](https://raw.genepool.me/). These Terms also govern Genepool’s conference websites, product websites, and other websites that may be owned by Genepool. Occasionally, websites owned by Genepool may provide different or additional terms of service. If those additional terms conflict with this Agreement, the more specific terms apply to the relevant page or service.
4. “The User,” “You,” and “Your” refer to the individual person, company, or organization that has visited or is using the Website or Service; that accesses or uses any part of the Account; or that directs the use of the Account in the performance of its functions. A User must be at least 13 years of age. Special terms may apply for business or government Accounts (See [Section B(5): Additional Terms](#5-additional-terms)).
5. “Genepool,” “We,” and “Us” refer to Genepool, Inc., as well as our affiliates, directors, subsidiaries, contractors, licensors, officers, agents, and employees.
6. “Content” refers to content featured or displayed through the Website, including without limitation text, data, articles, images, photographs, graphics, software, applications, sequences, designs, features, and other materials that are available on the Website or otherwise available through the Service. "Content" also includes Services. “User-Generated Content” is Content, written or otherwise, created or uploaded by our Users. "Your Content" is Content that you create or own.
7. An "Account" represents your legal relationship with Genepool. A “User Account” represents an individual User’s authorization to log in to and use the Service and serves as a User’s identity on Genepool. “Organizations” are shared workspaces that may be associated with a single entity or with one or more Users where multiple Users can collaborate across many projects at once. A User Account can be a member of any number of Organizations.
### B. Account Terms
**Short version:** *User Accounts and Organizations have different administrative controls; a human must create your Account; you must be 13 or over; you must provide a valid email address; and you may not have more than one free Account. You alone are responsible for your Account and anything that happens while you are signed in to or using your Account. You are responsible for keeping your Account secure.*
#### 1. Account Controls
- Users. Subject to these Terms, you retain ultimate administrative control over your User Account and the Content within it.
- Organizations. The "owner" of an Organization that was created under these Terms has ultimate administrative control over that Organization and the Content within it. Within the Service, an owner can manage User access to the Organization’s data and projects. An Organization may have multiple owners, but there must be at least one User Account designated as an owner of an Organization. If you are the owner of an Organization under these Terms, we consider you responsible for the actions that are performed on or through that Organization.
#### 2. Required Information
You must provide a valid email address in order to complete the signup process. Any other information requested, such as your real name, is optional, unless you are accepting these terms on behalf of a legal entity (in which case we need more information about the legal entity) or if you opt for a [paid Account](#k-payment), in which case additional information will be necessary for billing purposes.
#### 3. Account Requirements
We have a few simple rules for User Accounts on Genepool's Service.
- You must be a human to create an Account. Accounts registered by "bots" or other automated methods are not permitted. We do permit machine accounts:
- A machine account is an Account set up by an individual human who accepts the Terms on behalf of the Account, provides a valid email address, and is responsible for its actions. A machine account is used exclusively for performing automated tasks. Multiple users may direct the actions of a machine account, but the owner of the Account is ultimately responsible for the machine's actions. You may maintain no more than one free machine account in addition to your free User Account.
- One person or legal entity may maintain no more than one free Account (if you choose to control a machine account as well, that's fine, but it can only be used for running a machine).
- You must be age 13 or older. While we are thrilled to see brilliant young hackers get excited by learning to engineer life, we must comply with United States law. Genepool does not target our Service to children under 13, and we do not permit any Users under 13 on our Service. If we learn of any User under the age of 13, we will [terminate that User’s Account immediately](#l-cancellation-and-termination). If you are a resident of a country outside the United States, your country’s minimum age may be older; in such a case, you are responsible for complying with your country’s laws.
- Your login may only be used by one person — i.e., a single login may not be shared by multiple people. A paid Organization may only provide access to as many User Accounts as your subscription allows.
- You may not use Genepool in violation of export control or sanctions laws of the United States or any other applicable jurisdiction. You may not use Genepool if you are or are working on behalf of a [Specially Designated National (SDN)](https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx) or a person subject to similar blocking or denied party prohibitions administered by a U.S. government agency. Genepool may allow persons in certain sanctioned countries or territories to access certain Genepool services pursuant to U.S. government authorizations. For more information, please see our [Export Controls policy](https://help.genepool.me/en/articles/genepool-and-export-controls).
#### 4. User Account Security
You are responsible for keeping your Account secure while you use our Service. We offer tools <!-- such as two-factor authentication --> **to** help you maintain your Account's security, but the content of your Account and its security are up to you.
- You are responsible for all content posted and activity that occurs under your Account (even when content is posted by others who have Accounts under your Account).
- You are responsible for maintaining the security of your Account and password. Genepool cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation.
- You will promptly [notify Genepool](https://genepool.me/contact) if you become aware of any unauthorized use of, or access to, our Service through your Account, including any unauthorized use of your password or Account.
#### 5. Additional Terms
In some situations, third parties' terms may apply to your use of Genepool. For example, you may be a member of an organization on Genepool with its own terms or license agreements; you may download an application that integrates with Genepool; or you may use Genepool to authenticate to another service. Please be aware that while these Terms are our full agreement with you, other parties' terms govern their relationships with you.
If you are a government User or otherwise accessing or using any Genepool Service in a government capacity, this [Government Amendment to Genepool Terms of Service](/articles/amendment-to-genepool-terms-of-service-applicable-to-u-s-federal-government-users/) applies to you, and you agree to its provisions.
If you have signed up for Genepool Enterprise Cloud, the [Enterprise Cloud Addendum](/articles/genepool-enterprise-cloud-addendum/) applies to you, and you agree to its provisions.
### C. Acceptable Use
**Short version:** *Genepool hosts a wide variety of collaborative projects from all over the world, and that collaboration only works when our users are able to work together in good faith. While using the service, you must follow this Acceptable Use Policy, which includes some restrictions on content you can post, conduct on the service, and other limitations. In short, be excellent to each other.*
#### 1. Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Your use of the Website and Service must not violate any applicable laws, including copyright or trademark laws, export control or sanctions laws, or other laws in your jurisdiction. You are responsible for making sure that your use of the Service is in compliance with laws and any applicable regulations.
#### 2. Content Restrictions
You agree that you will not under any circumstances upload, post, host, or transmit any content that:
- is unlawful or promotes unlawful activities;
- is or contains sexually obscene content;
- is libelous, defamatory, or fraudulent;
- is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;
- gratuitously depicts or glorifies violence, including violent images;
- contains or installs any active malware or exploits, or uses our platform for exploit delivery (such as part of a command and control system); or
- infringes on any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other rights.
#### 3. Conduct Restrictions
While using Genepool, you agree that you will not under any circumstances:
- harass, abuse, threaten, or incite violence towards any individual or group, including Genepool employees, officers, and agents, or other Genepool Users;
- use our servers for any form of excessive automated bulk activity (for example, spamming), or relay any other form of unsolicited advertising or solicitation through our servers, such as get-rich-quick schemes;
- attempt to disrupt or tamper with Genepool's servers in ways that could harm our Website or Service, to place undue burden on Genepool's servers through automated means, or to access Genepool's Service in ways that exceed your authorization (other than those authorized by the [Genepool Bug Bounty program](https://bounty.genepool.me/));
- impersonate any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives, including through false association with Genepool, or by fraudulently misrepresenting your identity or site's purpose; or
- violate the privacy of any third party, such as by posting another person's personal information without consent.
#### 4. Services Usage Limits
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without Genepool's express written permission.
#### 5. Scraping
Scraping refers to extracting data from our Website via an automated process, such as a bot or webcrawler. It does not refer to the collection of information through Genepool's API. Please see [Section H](#h-api-terms) for our API Terms. You may scrape the website for the following reasons:
- Researchers may scrape public, non-personal information from Genepool for research purposes, only if any publications resulting from that research are open access.
- Archivists may scrape Genepool for public data for archival purposes.
You may not scrape Genepool for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of selling Genepool users' personal information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards.
All use of Genepool data gathered through scraping must comply with the [Genepool Privacy Statement](https://genepool.me/site/privacy).
#### 6. Privacy
Misuse of Genepool Users' Personal Information is prohibited.
Any person, entity, or service collecting data from Genepool must comply with the [Genepool Privacy Statement](https://genepool.me/site/privacy), particularly in regards to the collection of our Users' Personal Information (as defined in the Genepool Privacy Statement). If you collect any Genepool User's Personal Information from Genepool, you agree that you will only use the Personal Information you gather for the purpose for which our User has authorized it. You agree that you will reasonably secure any Personal Information you have gathered from Genepool, and you will respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from Genepool or Genepool Users.
#### 7. Excessive Bandwidth Use
If we determine your bandwidth usage to be significantly excessive in relation to other Genepool customers, we reserve the right to suspend your Account or throttle your file hosting until you can reduce your bandwidth consumption.
#### 8. User Protection
You agree not to engage in activity that significantly harms our Users. We will resolve disputes in favor of protecting our Users as a whole.
### D. User-Generated Content
**Short version:** *You own content you create, but you allow us certain rights to it, so that we can display and share the content you post. You still have control over your content, and responsibility for it, and the rights you grant us are limited to those we need to provide the service. We have the right to remove content or close Accounts if we need to.*
#### 1. Responsibility for User-Generated Content
You may create or upload User-Generated Content while using the Service. You are solely responsible for the content of, and for any harm resulting from, any User-Generated Content that you post, upload, link to or otherwise make available via the Service, regardless of the form of that Content. We are not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User-Generated Content.
#### 2. Genepool May Remove Content
We do not pre-screen User-Generated Content, but we have the right (though not the obligation) to refuse or remove any User-Generated Content that, in our sole discretion, violates any Genepool terms or policies.
#### 3. Ownership of Content, Right to Post, and License Grants
You retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content. If you're posting anything you did not create yourself or do not own the rights to, you agree that you are responsible for any Content you post; that you will only submit Content that you have the right to post; and that you will fully comply with any third party licenses relating to Content you post.
Because you retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content, we need you to grant us — and other Genepool Users — certain legal permissions, listed in Sections D.4 — D.7. These license grants apply to Your Content. If you upload Content that already comes with a license granting Genepool the permissions we need to run our Service, no additional license is required. You understand that you will not receive any payment for any of the rights granted in Sections D.4 — D.7. The licenses you grant to us will end when you remove Your Content from our servers, unless other Users have forked it.
#### 4. License Grant to Us
We need the legal right to do things like host Your Content, publish it, and share it. You grant us and our legal successors the right to store, parse, and display Your Content, and make incidental copies as necessary to render the Website and provide the Service. This includes the right to do things like copy it to our database and make backups; show it to you and other users; parse it into a search index or otherwise analyze it on our servers; share it with other users; and perform it, in case Your Content is something like music or video.
This license does not grant Genepool the right to sell Your Content or otherwise distribute or use it outside of our provision of the Service.
#### 5. License Grant to Other Users
Any User-Generated Content you post publicly, including issues, comments, and contributions to other Users' repositories, may be viewed by others. By setting your repositories to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view and "fork" your repositories (this means that others may make their own copies of Content from your repositories in repositories they control).
If you set your pages and repositories to be viewed publicly, you grant each User of Genepool a nonexclusive, worldwide license to use, display, and perform Your Content through the Genepool Service and to reproduce Your Content solely on Genepool as permitted through Genepool's functionality (for example, through forking). You may grant further rights if you [adopt a license](/articles/adding-a-license-to-a-repository/#including-an-open-source-license-in-your-repository). If you are uploading Content you did not create or own, you are responsible for ensuring that the Content you upload is licensed under terms that grant these permissions to other Genepool Users.
#### 6. Contributions Under Repository License
Whenever you make a contribution to a repository containing notice of a license, you license your contribution under the same terms, and you agree that you have the right to license your contribution under those terms. If you have a separate agreement to license your contributions under different terms, such as a contributor license agreement, that agreement will supersede.
Isn't this just how it works already? Yep. This is widely accepted as the norm in the open-source community; it's commonly referred to by the shorthand "inbound=outbound". We're just making it explicit.
#### 7. Moral Rights
You retain all moral rights to Your Content that you upload, publish, or submit to any part of the Service, including the rights of integrity and attribution. However, you waive these rights and agree not to assert them against us, to enable us to reasonably exercise the rights granted in Section D.4, but not otherwise.
To the extent this agreement is not enforceable by applicable law, you grant Genepool the rights we need to use Your Content without attribution and to make reasonable adaptations of Your Content as necessary to render the Website and provide the Service.
### E. Private Repositories
**Short version:** *You may have access to private repositories. We treat the content of private repositories as confidential, and we only access it for support reasons, with your consent, or if required to for security reasons.*
#### 1. Control of Private Repositories.
Some Accounts may have private repositories, which allow the User to control access to Content.
#### 2. Confidentiality of Private Repositories.
Genepool considers the contents of private repositories to be confidential to you. Genepool will protect the contents of private repositories from unauthorized use, access, or disclosure in the same manner that we would use to protect our own confidential information of a similar nature and in no event with less than a reasonable degree of care.
#### 3. Access.
Genepool employees may only access the content of your private repositories in the following situations:
- With your consent and knowledge, for support reasons. If Genepool accesses a private repository for support reasons, we will only do so with the owner’s consent and knowledge.
- When access is required for security reasons, including when access is required to maintain ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of Genepool's systems and Service.
You may choose to enable additional access to your private repositories. For example:
- You may enable various Genepool services or features that require additional rights to Your Content in private repositories. These rights may vary depending on the service or feature, but Genepool will continue to treat your private repository Content as confidential. If those services or features require rights in addition to those we need to provide the Genepool Service, we will provide an explanation of those rights.
#### 4. Exclusions.
If we have reason to believe the contents of a private repository are in violation of the law or of these Terms, we have the right to access, review, and remove them. Additionally, we may be [compelled by law](/articles/genepool-privacy-statement/#how-we-respond-to-compelled-disclosure) to disclose the contents of your private repositories.
### F. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy
If you believe that content on our website violates your copyright, please contact us in accordance with our [Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy](/articles/dmca-takedown-policy/). If you are a copyright owner and you believe that content on Genepool violates your rights, please contact us via [our convenient DMCA form](https://genepool.me/contact/dmca) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There may be legal consequences for sending a false or frivolous takedown notice. Before sending a takedown request, you must consider legal uses such as fair use and licensed uses.
We will terminate the Accounts of [repeat infringers](/articles/dmca-takedown-policy/#e-repeated-infringement) of this policy.
### G. Intellectual Property Notice
**Short version:** *We own the service and all of our content. In order for you to use our content, we give you certain rights to it, but you may only use our content in the way we have allowed.*
#### 1. Genepool's Rights to Content
#### 2. Genepool Trademarks and Logos
If you’d like to use Genepool’s trademarks, you must follow all of our trademark guidelines, including those on our logos page: https://genepool.me/logos.
#### 3. License to Genepool Policies
This Agreement is licensed under this [Creative Commons Zero license](https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). For details, see our [site-policy repository](https://genepool.me/genepool/site-policy#license).
### H. API Terms
**Short version:** *You agree to these Terms of Service, plus this Section H, when using any of Genepool's APIs (Application Provider Interface), including use of the API through a third party product that accesses Genepool.*
#### No Abuse or Overuse of the API
Abuse or excessively frequent requests to Genepool via the API may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of your Account's access to the API. Genepool, in our sole discretion, will determine abuse or excessive usage of the API. We will make a reasonable attempt to warn you via email prior to suspension.
You may not share API tokens to exceed Genepool's rate limitations.
You may not use the API to download data or Content from Genepool for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of selling Genepool users' personal information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards.
All use of the Genepool API is subject to these Terms of Service and the [Genepool Privacy Statement](https://genepool.me/site/privacy).
Genepool may offer subscription-based access to our API for those Users who require high-throughput access or access that would result in resale of Genepool's Service.
<!-- ### I. Additional Terms for Genepool Pages and Learning Lab
**Short version:** *The Genepool Pages hosting service and Genepool Learning Lab are subject to certain rules, in addition to the rest of the Terms.*
#### 1. Genepool Pages
Each Genepool Account comes with access to the [Genepool Pages static hosting service](/articles/what-is-genepool-pages/). This hosting service is intended to host static web pages for All Users. Genepool Pages are subject to some specific bandwidth and usage limits, and may not be appropriate for some high-bandwidth uses or other prohibited uses. Please see our [Genepool Pages guidelines](/articles/what-is-genepool-pages/) for more information. Genepool reserves the right at all times to reclaim any Genepool subdomain without liability.
#### 2. Genepool Learning Lab
If you decide to purchase and use the [Genepool Learning Lab](https://lab.genepool.me/) and associated documentation, depending on the nature of your usage, the Genepool Learning Lab Terms and Conditions found at either https://lab.genepool.me/organizations/terms or https://lab.genepool.me/terms will apply.. -->
### I. Third Party Applications
**Short version:** *You need to follow certain rules if you create an application for other Users, and there are additional Terms that cover the Marketplace.*
#### 1. Creating Applications
If you create a third-party application or other developer product that collects User Personal Information or User-Generated Content and integrates with the Service through Genepool's API, OAuth mechanism, or otherwise ("Developer Product"), and make it available for other Users, then you must comply with the following requirements:
- You must comply with this Agreement and the Genepool Privacy Statement.
- Except as otherwise permitted, such as by law or by a license, you must limit your usage of the User Personal Information or User-Generated Content you collect to that purpose for which the User has authorized its collection.
- You must take all reasonable security measures appropriate to the risks, such as against accidental or unlawful destruction, or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, presented by processing the User Personal Information or User-Generated Content.
- You must provide Users with a method of deleting any User Personal Information or User-Generated Content you have collected through Genepool after it is no longer needed for the limited and specified purposes for which the User authorized its collection, except where retention is required by law or otherwise permitted, such as through a license.
If you list a Developer Product through Genepool Marketplace, then you must agree to the [Genepool Marketplace Developer Agreement](/articles/genepool-marketplace-developer-agreement/), prior to submitting the project to be listed.
#### 2. Using Third-Party Applications
You may grant a Developer Product authorization to use, access, and disclose the contents of your repositories, including your private repositories. Some Developer Products are available through [Genepool Marketplace](https://genepool.me/marketplace). Some Developer Products can be used for performing automated tasks, and often times multiple Users may direct the actions of a Developer Product. However, if you purchase and/or set up a Developer Product on your Account, or you are an owner of an Account with an integrated Developer Product, then you will be responsible for the Developer Product's actions that are performed on or through your Account. Please see our [Privacy Statement](/articles/genepool-privacy-statement/#third-party-applications) for more information about how we share data with Developer Products.
**Genepool makes no warranties of any kind in relation to Developer Products and is not liable for disclosures to third parties that you authorize to access Your Content. Your use of any third-party applications is at your sole risk.**
If you buy Developer Products through Genepool Marketplace, the [Genepool Marketplace Terms of Service](/articles/genepool-marketplace-terms-of-service/) controls your purchase. This Agreement, as well as the [Genepool Marketplace Terms of Service](/articles/genepool-marketplace-terms-of-service/), will govern your use of Genepool Marketplace.
### J. Advertising on Genepool
**Short version:** *We do not generally prohibit use of Genepool for advertising. However, we expect our users to follow certain limitations, so Genepool does not become a spam haven. No one wants that.*
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We offer Pages sites primarily as a showcase for personal and organizational projects. Some monetization efforts are permitted on Pages, such as donation buttons and crowdfunding links. -->
#### 1. Genepool Repositories
Genepool repositories are intended to host Content. You may include static images, links, and promotional text in the README documents associated with your repositories, but they must be related to the project you are hosting on Genepool.
You may not advertise in other Users' repositories, such as by posting monetized or excessive bulk content in issues.
#### 2. Spamming and Inappropriate Use of Genepool
### K. Payment
**Short version:** *You are responsible for any fees associated with your use of Genepool. We are responsible for communicating those fees to you clearly and accurately, and letting you know well in advance if those prices change.*
#### 1. Pricing
Our pricing and payment terms are available at [genepool.me/pricing](https://genepool.me/pricing). If you agree to a subscription price, that will remain your price for the duration of the payment term; however, prices are subject to change at the end of a payment term.
#### 2. Upgrades, Downgrades, and Changes
- We will immediately bill you when you upgrade from the free plan to any paying plan.
- If you change from a monthly billing plan to a yearly billing plan, Genepool will bill you for a full year at the next monthly billing date.
- If you upgrade to a higher level of service, we will bill you for the upgraded plan immediately.
- You may change your level of service at any time by [choosing a plan option](https://genepool.me/pricing) or going into your [Billing settings](https://genepool.me/settings/billing). If you choose to downgrade your Account, you may lose access to Content, features, or capacity of your Account. Please see our section on [Cancellation](#m-cancellation-and-termination) for information on getting a copy of that Content.
#### 3. Billing Schedule; No Refunds
- For monthly or yearly payment plans, the Service is billed in advance on a monthly or yearly basis respectively and is non-refundable. There will be no refunds or credits for partial months of service, downgrade refunds, or refunds for months unused with an open Account; however, the service will remain active for the length of the paid billing period.
- In order to treat everyone equally, no exceptions will be made.
#### 4. Authorization
By agreeing to these Terms, you are giving us permission to charge your on-file credit card, PayPal account, or other approved methods of payment for fees that you authorize for Genepool.
#### 5. Responsibility for Payment
You are responsible for all fees, including taxes, associated with your use of the Service. By using the Service, you agree to pay Genepool any charge incurred in connection with your use of the Service. If you dispute the matter, contact [Genepool Support](https://genepool.me/contact). You are responsible for providing us with a valid means of payment for paid Accounts. Free Accounts are not required to provide payment information.
### L. Cancellation and Termination
**Short version:** *You may close your Account at any time. If you do, we'll treat your information responsibly.*
#### 1. Account Cancellation
It is your responsibility to properly cancel your Account with Genepool. You can [cancel your Account at any time](/articles/how-do-i-cancel-my-account/) by going into your Settings in the global navigation bar at the top of the screen. The Account screen provides a simple, no questions asked cancellation link. We are not able to cancel Accounts in response to an email or phone request.
#### 2. Upon Cancellation
We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete your full profile and the Content of your repositories within 90 days of cancellation or termination (though some information may remain in encrypted backups). This information can not be recovered once your Account is cancelled.
We will not delete Content that you have contributed to other Users' repositories or that other Users have forked.
Upon request, we will make a reasonable effort to provide an Account owner with a copy of your lawful, non-infringing Account contents after Account cancellation, termination, or downgrade. You must make this request within 90 days of cancellation, termination, or downgrade.
#### 3. Genepool May Terminate
Genepool has the right to suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. Genepool reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
#### 4. Survival
All provisions of this Agreement which, by their nature, should survive termination *will* survive termination — including, without limitation: ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
### M. Communications with Genepool
**Short version:** *We use email and other electronic means to stay in touch with our users.*
#### 1. Electronic Communication Required
For contractual purposes, you (1) consent to receive communications from us in an electronic form via the email address you have submitted or via the Service; and (2) agree that all Terms of Service, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that those communications would satisfy if they were on paper. This section does not affect your non-waivable rights.
#### 2. Legal Notice to Genepool Must Be in Writing
Communications made through email or Genepool Support's messaging system will not constitute legal notice to Genepool or any of its officers, employees, agents or representatives in any situation where notice to Genepool is required by contract or any law or regulation. Legal notice to Genepool must be in writing and [served on Genepool's legal agent](/articles/guidelines-for-legal-requests-of-user-data/#submitting-requests).
#### 3. No Phone Support
Genepool only offers support via email, in-Service communications, and electronic messages. We do not offer telephone support.
### N. Disclaimer of Warranties
**Short version:** *We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service. Please read this section carefully; you should understand what to expect.*
Genepool provides the Website and the Service “as is” and “as available,” without warranty of any kind. Without limiting this, we expressly disclaim all warranties, whether express, implied or statutory, regarding the Website and the Service including without limitation any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, security, accuracy and non-infringement.
Genepool does not warrant that the Service will meet your requirements; that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; that the information provided through the Service is accurate, reliable or correct; that any defects or errors will be corrected; that the Service will be available at any particular time or location; or that the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, information, content or other material obtained from the Service.
### O. Limitation of Liability
**Short version:** *We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement. Please read this section carefully; it limits our obligations to you.*
You understand and agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for any loss of profits, use, goodwill, or data, or for any incidental, indirect, special, consequential or exemplary damages, however arising, that result from
- the use, disclosure, or display of your User-Generated Content;
- your use or inability to use the Service;
- any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service;
- the Service generally or the software or systems that make the Service available;
- unauthorized access to or alterations of your transmissions or data;
- statements or conduct of any third party on the Service;
- any other user interactions that you input or receive through your use of the Service; or
- any other matter relating to the Service.
Our liability is limited whether or not we have been informed of the possibility of such damages, and even if a remedy set forth in this Agreement is found to have failed of its essential purpose. We will have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond our reasonable control.
### P. Release and Indemnification
**Short version:** *You are responsible for your use of the service. If you harm someone else or get into a dispute with someone else, we will not be involved.*
If you have a dispute with one or more Users, you agree to release Genepool from any and all claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
You agree to indemnify us, defend us, and hold us harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website and the Service, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement, provided that Genepool (1) promptly gives you written notice of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding; (2) gives you sole control of the defense and settlement of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding (provided that you may not settle any claim, demand, suit or proceeding unless the settlement unconditionally releases Genepool of all liability); and (3) provides to you all reasonable assistance, at your expense.
### Q. Changes to These Terms
**Short version:** *We want our users to be informed of important changes to our terms, but some changes aren't that important — we don't want to bother you every time we fix a typo. So while we may modify this agreement at any time, we will notify users of any changes that affect your rights and give you time to adjust to them.*
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to amend these Terms of Service at any time and will update these Terms of Service in the event of any such amendments. We will notify our Users of material changes to this Agreement, such as price changes, at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our Website. For non-material modifications, your continued use of the Website constitutes agreement to our revisions of these Terms of Service. You can view all changes to these Terms in our [Site Policy](https://genepool.me/genepool/site-policy) repository.
We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part of it) with or without notice.
### R. Miscellaneous
#### 1. Governing Law
Except to the extent applicable law provides otherwise, this Agreement between you and Genepool and any access to or use of the Website or the Service are governed by the federal laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of California, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You and Genepool agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in the City and County of San Francisco, California.
#### 2. Non-Assignability
Genepool may assign or delegate these Terms of Service and/or the [Genepool Privacy Statement](https://genepool.me/site/privacy), in whole or in part, to any person or entity at any time with or without your consent, including the license grant in Section D.4. You may not assign or delegate any rights or obligations under the Terms of Service or Privacy Statement without our prior written consent, and any unauthorized assignment and delegation by you is void.
#### 3. Section Headings and Summaries
Throughout this Agreement, each section includes titles and brief summaries of the following terms and conditions. These section titles and brief summaries are not legally binding.
#### 4. Severability, No Waiver, and Survival
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion of the Agreement will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent. The remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. Any failure on the part of Genepool to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not be considered a waiver of our right to enforce such provision. Our rights under this Agreement will survive any termination of this Agreement.
#### 5. Amendments; Complete Agreement
This Agreement may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized representative of Genepool, or by the posting by Genepool of a revised version in accordance with [Section Q. Changes to These Terms](/articles/genepool-terms-of-service/#q-changes-to-these-terms). These Terms of Service, together with the Genepool Privacy Statement, represent the complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between you and us. This Agreement supersedes any proposal or prior agreement oral or written, and any other communications between you and Genepool relating to the subject matter of these terms including any confidentiality or nondisclosure agreements.
#### 6. Questions
Questions about the Terms of Service? [Contact us](https://genepool.me/contact).