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Terms of Use

Updated March 22, 2024

1. OWNERSHIP OF SITE; AGREEMENT TO TERMS OF USE

These Terms of Use (the “Terms”) apply to the IZEA web site located at www.DisclosurePolicy.org, and all associated sites linked thereto by IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (“IZEA”), its subsidiaries, and affiliates (the “Site(s)”). IZEA owns and operates the Sites as well as numerous other web sites, access to which is made available under these Terms and the Privacy Notice.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THE SITES. These Terms set out the legally binding terms for use of IZEA’s Sites and Services. Users indicate acceptance of the Terms and all the terms and conditions contained or referenced in these Terms by browsing the Site(s), creating an account, or otherwise accessing the Services. IZEA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these Terms, at any time. It is your responsibility to check these Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Sites following the posting of changes will mean that you accept and agree to the changes. Provided you comply with these Terms, IZEA grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited privilege to enter and use the Sites.

2. CONTENT

All graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names appearing on the Sites are registered and unregistered service marks, trademarks, trade names, or trade dress of IZEA or its subsidiaries and affiliates in the U.S. and other countries (collectively, “trademarks”). IZEA’s trademarks and any images, avatars, or icons available on our Sites may not be used, including as part of trademarks and/or as part of domain names, in connection with any product or service, or in any commercial manner, without prior written approval. The only exception to the foregoing is usage solely in connection with journalistic promotion of our services. Nothing on these sites shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark, logo or service mark displayed thereon without the owner’s prior written permission, except as otherwise described herein. All proprietary rights and goodwill in IZEA’s trademarks and other intellectual property shall inure to the benefit of IZEA. The Sites and all of their content, including but not limited to text, design, graphics, interfaces and code, and the selection and arrangement thereof, is protected as a compilation under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. IZEA reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the sites and their content. The Sites may feature, display, or utilize certain images, logos, or other materials that are copyrighted and/or trademarked by third parties. IZEA’s usage of these copyrights and trademarks is governed by applicable fair use laws, and IZEA does not claim to own any interest in such intellectual property, which proprietary rights and goodwill shall inure to the benefit of its owners.

3. ELIGIBILITY

You must be an adult (as defined by the jurisdiction in which you reside) to access the Sites and its features. Authorized agents may create accounts, with proof of authorization from the individual on whose behalf the account is created, and both the agent and the individual will be deemed bound by these Terms of Service. By registering for an account, you are representing and warranting that all information you submit is truthful and accurate, and that you agree to maintain the accuracy of such information. You understand and agree that IZEA will use the information you provide in accordance with the terms of the Privacy Notice, which is integrated into and included as part of these Terms. IZEA accounts are not transferable, assignable or resalable under any circumstances.

4. PROVISION OF SERVICES

IZEA is constantly innovating and changing its offerings to provide the best possible experience for its users. Users of its Site(s) acknowledge and agree that, without prior notice to you, (i) the form and nature of the Services which IZEA provides may change from time to time, and (ii) IZEA may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing some or all of the services or features of the Site(s) to users generally at IZEA’s sole discretion. IZEA may terminate the relationship covered by these Terms and/or a User’s participation in the Service at any time, for any reason or for no reason, and IZEA shall not have any liability regarding such decisions. Those sections of these Terms which would typically survive, shall survive any termination of these Terms. In addition, IZEA has the ability to (i) modify user, account, or organization permissions at any level to add or remove users, or make any other changes as otherwise deemed reasonably necessary in the provision of services; and (ii) assume a user’s account for the purposes of troubleshooting and resolving issues.

5. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND SERVICES

Users may, from time to time, connect accounts or content from third party websites to their account(s) via the Site(s). By doing so, users consent to the release of user information on IZEA to those third parties, in accordance with the policies of those third parties. Users also consent to the release of user information on those third parties to IZEA, in accordance with IZEA’s Privacy Notice, and to IZEA sharing user information with third parties that IZEA has contracted with to provide services or functionalities on behalf of Users. In addition, the Sites may contain links to other independent third-party web sites. Such third-party sites are not under IZEA’s control and as such IZEA is not responsible for any content, information, or materials provided on such sites.

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

Each user of the Site(s) represents, warrants, and covenants that (i) you have sufficient authority to enter into the Agreement; (ii) your use of IZEA’s services is solely for lawful commercial and business purposes; (iii) the links contained in any content are directed to the intended and agreed upon destination and are not redirected; (iv) you will not engage or cause others to engage in any form of spamming or improper or malicious, as determined by IZEA, clicking, impression or marketing activities through the Site(s), and you will comply with all applicable laws including complying with all applicable laws such as the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003; and (iv) you have the necessary rights to provide all information provided to the Site(s) (including all content, data, claims, statements, products and services, casting calls, contacts, titles, URLs and descriptions) for use as described in these Terms (the “Information”).

Users shall further represent, warrant and covenant that all such Information does not and will not: (a) violate any law, statute, ordinance, treaty or regulation or IZEA policy or guideline; (b) infringe any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, or other intellectual property right of any third party; (c) breach any duty toward or rights of any person or entity including rights of publicity or privacy, and have not otherwise resulted in or are not likely to result in any consumer fraud, product liability, tort, breach of contract, injury, damage or harm of any kind to any person or entity; (d) advertise any unlawful product or service or unlawful sale of any product or service. Each user who is deemed a “Marketer” on the relevant Sites further represents that (i) it has a reasonable basis for all claims made within its advertising and possesses appropriate documentation to substantiate such claims; (ii) it will comply with the applicable Master Service Agreement (if applicable); (iii) the landing page for any links (i.e., the Marketer’s website page where a consumer is directed when the consumer clicks on the link, fills in a registration form or takes a similar action) contains a prominent link to Marketer’s privacy policy, which policy provides, at a minimum, adequate notice, disclosure and choices to consumers regarding Marketer’s use, collection and disclosure of their personal information; and (iv) prior to loading any computer program onto an individual’s computer, including without limitation programs commonly referred to as spyware but excluding cookies (provided that cookies are disclosed in Marketer’s privacy policy), Marketer shall provide notice to and shall obtain the express consent of such individual. Additionally, Users acknowledge and agree that all Information will (i) not be false, misrepresentative, deceptive or misleading; (ii) not be defamatory, libelous, slanderous, obscene or threatening; (iii) not target children under the age of thirteen (13), (iv) be free of viruses, Trojan horses, trap doors, back doors, Easter eggs, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines that may potentially damage, interfere with, intercept, or expropriate any system data or personal information.

7. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER

USERS EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND THAT YOUR USE THEREOF IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, IZEA DISCLAIMS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY (i) WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, (ii) WARRANTIES AGAINST INFRINGEMENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, (iii) WARRANTIES RELATING TO DELAYS, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, OR OMISSIONS IN THE SERVICE OR IZEA SITES, OR ANY PART THEREOF, (iv) WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE TRANSMISSION OR DELIVERY OF THE SERVICE OR THE IZEA SITES, (v) WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE ACCURACY OR CORRECTNESS OF DATA, ACCURACY OF COMMUNICATIONS, AND ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OTHERWISE RELATING TO PERFORMANCE, NONPERFORMANCE, OR OTHER ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY IZEA. FURTHER, AND WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING, THERE IS NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE OR THE IZEA SITES WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS OR THE NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS OF ANY OTHER PERSON. IN ADDITION, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT IZEA’S WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER TELECOMMUNICATIONS OR INTERNET OUTAGES CAUSED BY THIRD PARTIES OR OTHERWISE OUTSIDE OF IZEA’S CONTROL. SERVICES MAY BE LIMITED BY MANY FACTORS, INCLUDING INHERENT RISKS OF THE INTERNET.

BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS, IZEA’S LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

ANY LIABILITY OF IZEA TO A SITE USER IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OR FORM OF ACTION, SHALL BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID BY SUCH USER DIRECTLY TO IZEA FOR THE SERVICES PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLAIM. IN NO EVENT SHALL IZEA OR ANY IZEA ENTITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THESE TERMS. THE SITE USER AGREES THAT IT WILL NOT HOLD IZEA RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SELECTION OR RETENTION OF, OR ANY ACTS, ERRORS, OR OMISSIONS BY, ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS, REGARDLESS OF THE INTENT OF SUCH THIRD PARTY. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF IZEA OR ITS AFFILIATES OR ANY OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, IZEA’S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

9. INDEMNIFICATION

Users of the Site(s) agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless IZEA, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and its and their employees, officers, and directors (each, an “IZEA Entity” and collectively, the “IZEA Entities”), and each IZEA Entity’s licensors, organizations, licensees, consultants, contractors, agents, attorneys, owners, third party service providers and authorized third parties from and against any and all claims, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees (collectively, “Claim(s)”), that actually or allegedly arise out of or result from information or materials provided, use of the Site(s) or the Platform(s) or your breach of these Terms. You agree to be solely responsible for defending any Claim against or suffered by IZEA and/ or any IZEA Entity, subject to IZEA and/or the IZEA Entity’s right to participate with counsel of its own choosing, and for payment of damages or losses resulting from all claims against IZEA, and/or any IZEA Entity provided that you will not agree to any settlement that imposes any obligation or liability on IZEA and/or an IZEA Entity without IZEA’s prior express written consent.

10. NOTICES

IZEA may give general notices to parties by posting on its Sites, or by electronic mail to the e-mail address provided by a User to IZEA. It is the party’s responsibility to ensure that their e-mail address and any other contact information provided to IZEA is updated, current and correct. It is a User’s responsibility to also check these Terms to see if there has been a modification. All notices to IZEA shall be sent via nationally recognized overnight courier or certified mail, return receipt requested, to: IZEA Worldwide, Inc., 1317 Edgewater Drive, Suite #1880, Orlando, FL 32804 USA Attn: Legal Notices.

11. CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our contributors and those utilizing Marketplace to do the same. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent with the following information:

  • The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf.
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed and a description of the infringing activity.
  • Identification of the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists, for example the URL of the website where it is posted or the name of the book in which it has been published.
  • Identification of the URL or other specific location on the Sites where the material that you claim is infringing is located; you must include enough information to allow us to locate the material.
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Our agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on this site can be reached as follows:

Copyright Agent
c/o IZEA Worldwide, Inc.
1317 Edgewater Dr., Suite #1880
Orlando, FL 32804 USA
copyrightagent@izea.com

12. GOVERNING LAW; DISPUTE RESOLUTION

These Terms shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of Florida, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. Users agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Orange County, Florida. Any claim against IZEA arising from the Terms shall be adjudicated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any proceeding with any claim or controversy of any other party. Users further agree that, to the extent allowed by applicable law, (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Terms, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to reasonable and actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will Users be permitted to obtain any award for, and Users hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, indirect or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for reasonable and actual out-of-pocket expenses.

13. MISCELLANEOUS

The Terms constitute the entire terms of service and understanding between the parties regarding the subject matter contained herein and supersedes all previous and contemporaneous terms of service, agreements, proposals and communications in all forms of media (including all instructions, advertisements, messages and policies), written and oral, between any party and IZEA regarding the subject matter contained herein. Only a written instrument executed by the party waiving compliance may waive the terms or covenants of the Terms. No waiver by either party of a breach of any provision hereof shall be taken or held to be a waiver of any succeeding breach of such provision or as a waiver of the provision itself. If any provision of the Terms is held or made invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder of the Terms, and the invalid or unenforceable provisions shall be replaced by a mutually acceptable provision, which being valid, legal and enforceable comes closest to the original intentions of the parties to the Terms and has like economic effect. IZEA shall have no liability under the Terms by reason of any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations on account of strikes, shortages, riots, acts of terrorism, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, earthquakes, Internet outages, computer virus, Acts of God, war, governmental action, or any other cause that is beyond its reasonable control. The parties are independent contractors and nothing in the Terms shall be construed to create, evidence, or imply any agency, employment, business relationship, or joint venture between the parties. Site Users are not employees of IZEA. Neither IZEA nor a Site User shall have any right, power, or authority to create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of the other party. The Terms are not intended to benefit, nor shall it be deemed to give rise to any rights in, any third party. Users may not assign or transfer the Terms, or sublicense, assign or delegate any right or duty under the Terms without IZEA’s prior written consent. Any assignment, transfer or attempted assignment or transfer in violation of this Section shall be void and of no force and effect. IZEA and its subsequent assignees may assign the Terms, in whole or in part, or any of its rights or delegate any of its duties, under the Terms to any party. Any rights not expressly granted in the Terms are reserved by IZEA, and all implied licenses are disclaimed. Headings used in the Terms are for reference purposes only and in no way affect the Terms. The term “including” is a term of enlargement meaning “including without limitation,” and does not denote exclusivity. IZEA may change the Terms and/or the Privacy Notice at any time upon notice published on its Site(s). Any use by a Site User, their affiliates, agents, representatives, employees, or any person or entity acting on their behalf, of the Service after such notice shall be deemed to be continued acceptance by them of the Terms and Privacy Notice, including any amendments and modifications thereto. All information or material in connection with a Service must be submitted in the form requested by IZEA. IZEA reserves the right to discontinue offering, and/or modify the Services at any time. Except as otherwise specified by IZEA, parties agree that they will direct all communications relating to the Service or their participation therein directly to IZEA and not to any other entity. The organization, specifications, structure or appearance of any IZEA property or any page where a party’s information (including listings) may be displayed may be redesigned or modified at any time.

14. SAFE HARBOR NOTICE

Forward-looking statements in the Sites, if any, are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and any other applicable regulation. Certain important factors could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including the impact of changing economic or business conditions, the impact of competition, the availability of favorable credit and trade terms, the impact of changes in the cost or availability of resources, government regulation, and other factors discussed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.