Terms of Service

Version: 1.2
Last updated: 20th January 2021

Version 1.2 Changes

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1. Introduction
2. Basic Terms
3. Access and Security
4. Privacy
5. Intellectual Property Rights
6. Restrictions of Use
7. User Submitted Content Standards
8. Third Party Links and Websites
9. Termination
10. Disclaimers and Limitation of Liabilities
11. Entire Agreement
12. Governing Law
13. Terms of Service Updates
14. Contact
15. Consent

The availability of this Table of Contents is for reference only. These Terms of Service must be read in their entirety.

1. Introduction

The purpose of these Terms of Service is to establish some rules and standards for using ZODE (encompassing the ZODE website, API, and browser plugins, and herein referred to as 'ZODE' or the 'Service').

Please read these Terms of Service in their entirety and ensure that you understand them. Should anything be unclear or should you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to support@zode.co.

2. Basic Terms

You are responsible for your use of ZODE and for any consequences arising thereof. In using ZODE, you may come across User Submitted Content. While all efforts are made to ensure User Submitted Content adheres to the guidelines outlined in Section 7 below, ZODE does not make any guarantee that User Submitted Content is free of viruses or malware or is 'safe for work'. ZODE does not make any guarantee that the Service will be available for use at all times, and takes no responsibility for any damages that may occur as a result of the Service's use or lack of availability.

You must only use ZODE in accordance with these Terms of Service. ZODE reserves the right to deny, block, or throttle access to any part of the Service, either permanently or temporarily and in any capacity, to any individual at any time, with or without prior notice.

3. Access and Security

Access to ZODE is strictly limited to the official ZODE website (https://zode.co) or an official ZODE browser plugin. Direct calls to ZODE's API are not prohibited, but they are not encouraged, endorsed, or supported, and they may be denied, blocked, or throttled at any time.

While ZODE does use SSL encryption for requests made to and from its servers, it is not guaranteed that any interaction with the Service or its databases will be secure. ZODE does not guarantee that the Service or any content provided on the Service is free of error.

4. Privacy

Your use of ZODE is subject to ZODE's Privacy Policy, which explains what data is collected and stored when you access ZODE, and the purposes for which this data may be used.

You should read the Privacy Policy in its entirety prior to using ZODE, and ensure that you understand and consent to the collection and use of data as set forth in the Policy.

5. Intellectual Property Rights

ZODE and/or its licensors own all of the intellectual property rights and materials contained on the Service. You are granted a limited license only for purposes of viewing the material contained on the Service.

6. Restrictions of Use

You must not use ZODE for any purpose that is unlawful, against these Terms of Service, or otherwise against the intended purpose of the Service as defined here. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree to not use ZODE:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation;
  • To submit to the Service any URL which does not comply with the User Submitted Content Standards defined in Section 7;
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone's use or enjoyment of ZODE, or which, as determined by ZODE, may harm the Service, users of the Service, or expose them to liability. Additionally, you agree not to:
  • Use ZODE in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Service or interfere with any other party's use of the Service, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Service;
  • Use any robot, spider or other automatic device, process, or means to access ZODE for any purpose, including to monitor or copy any of the material on the Service or within the Service's databases;
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on ZODE or within the Service's databases, or for any other unauthorised purpose without ZODE's prior written consent;
  • Use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of ZODE;
  • Introduce to ZODE any viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful;
  • Attempt to gain unauthorised access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of ZODE, the server/s on which ZODE is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to the Service;
  • Attack ZODE via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack or otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service;
  • Attempt to reverse engineer any part of ZODE's source code for any purpose;
  • Create unofficial clients or interfaces which mimic ZODE or interact with ZODE's API;
  • Embed the ZODE website into any iFrame or other web frame or container;
  • Download, unpackage, modify, or redistribute any part of ZODE's source code.

ZODE reserves the right to deny, block, or throttle access to any part of the Service, either permanently or temporarily and in any capacity, to any individual or user account at any time, with or without prior notice. This includes, but is not restricted to, limiting the number of requests made to ZODE's API within a predetermined timespan.

7. User Submitted Content Standards

ZODE is a service to which users can submit Content such as URLs and/or free-text. All User Submitted Content and any websites or content they link to must be lawful, not spam, and clear of viruses or other malware. More specifically, but without limiting the foregoing, User Submitted Content and any websites or content they link to must adhere to the following Content Standards:

  • Not contain any material which is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable;
  • Not promote sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age;
  • Not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property rights of any other person or entity;
  • Not violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others, or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations, or that otherwise may be in conflict with these Terms of Service;
  • Not be likely to deceive any person, including to trick someone into visiting a website they would otherwise choose not to visit based off the appearance of a URL;
  • Not promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote, or assist any unlawful act;
  • Not cause annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety, or be likely to upset, embarrass, alarm, or annoy any other person or entity;
  • Not be used to impersonate any other person or entity, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or entity;
  • Not involve commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes and other sales promotions, barter, or advertising;
  • Not give the impression that they emanate from ZODE or any other person or entity if this is not the case.

ZODE does not actively review User Submitted Content and is not responsible for, and does not claim ownership of, the contents of any website that may be linked to. The inclusion of any external link does not imply endorsement by ZODE, and access of any such externally linked website is at your own risk (refer to Section 8). ZODE reserves the right to remove User Submitted Content that violates the aforementioned Content Standards. If you feel that any User Submitted Content violates these Terms of Service, please send an email to support@zode.co.

ZODE contains links to third party websites, either directly embedded into the website, or as User Submitted Content (i.e. URLs that have been shortened). By using ZODE you understand that you may be redirected, with or without notice, to another website outside the control of ZODE.

ZODE makes no warranties or representations, express or implied, about third party websites, the third parties they are owned and operated by, the information contained on them, or the suitability or quality of any of their products or services. ZODE does not actively monitor or investigate third party links for their accuracy, validity, reliability, availability, or completeness and therefore makes no guarantee that third party links or User Submitted Content are free of viruses or malware, or 'safe for work'. You access all third party websites at your own risk.

These Terms of Service do not apply to any third party websites that you may be redirected to by using ZODE. It is your responsibility to read and understand the Terms of Service of all third party websites.

9. Termination

ZODE reserves the right to:

  • Remove or refuse to post any User Submitted Content for any or no reason at its sole discretion;
  • Take any action with respect to any User Submitted Content that is deemed necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if it is believed that the User Submitted Content violates the Terms of Service, infringes any intellectual property right or other right, threatens the personal safety of users of ZODE and the public, or could create liability for ZODE;
  • Disclose personal information when required to do so by applicable law, including in response to a law enforcement request supported by a valid court order;
  • Terminate your access to all or part of ZODE (including terminating any ZODE account) for any or no reason, including without limitation any violation of these Terms of Service.

You waive and hold harmless ZODE from any claims resulting from any action taken by ZODE during or as a result of its investigations and from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either ZODE or law enforcement authorities.

10. Disclaimers and Limitation of Liabilities

The following statements apply up to the maximum extend permitted under applicable law.

In no event shall ZODE, nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, and licensors (collectively, the "Entities"), be held liable for any damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, your use of the Service, whether such liability is under contract, tort or otherwise. ZODE, including its Entities, shall not be held liable for any indirect, consequential, or special liability arising out of, or in any way related to, your use of the Service.

Your access to and use of the Service is at your own risk. You access all User Submitted Content at your own risk. You understand and agree that the Service is provided to you on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis.


11. Entire Agreement

These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between ZODE and you in relation to your use of the Service, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings.

12. Governing Law

These Terms of Service and any dispute or claim arising out of, or related to them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New South Wales, Australia, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule.

Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Service or ZODE shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of Australia or the courts of the State of New South Wales, Australia.

13. Terms of Service Updates

These Terms of Service will be periodically reviewed and may be updated at any time. You will be notified of any modifications the first time you access ZODE following the publishing of an updated Terms of Service, via a banner at the bottom of the page. Your continued use of ZODE following the publishing of an updated Terms of Service means that you accept and agree to the changes.

14. Contact

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these Terms of Service, please send an email to support@zode.co.

Minors and children should not use ZODE. By using ZODE, you consent that you have the legal capacity to enter into a binding agreement, and you hereby consent to these Terms of Service and to ZODE's Privacy Policy.