At Unbound authors pitch their ideas and you choose which books get written.
This page is written by a lawyer and spells out in legal language exactly how the Unbound process works and lays out our obligations to our users and our users obligations to us. It's all fairly standard stuff - despite the slightly off-putting jargon.
Examples of your obligations to us include the fact you are not allowed to write slanderous or offensive things on the site or to broadcast your user name and password so hundreds of people who haven't signed up can access an author's shed using your account.
Examples of our obligations to you include the fact that we're not allowed to leave all your personal details on a CD on a train and that we have to give you what we say we're going to give you (access to the shed when you subscribe and the benefits that apply to your pledge level). It's that kind of stuff.
Right, over to the lawyers.
Subject to the TOU, Unbound will:
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are responsible for any and all Member accessible activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify Unbound immediately on becoming aware of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security.
Unbound has put in place security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information collected. Our web servers are locked in cages in a highly secure internet data centre. An Intrusion Detection System monitors a dynamically updated firewall (an internet security device) which sits between the Unbound website and the internet to help prevent any unauthorized user from accessing any data.
Unbound reserves the right at all times to monitor, review, retain, and/or disclose in good faith any information it believes in good faith that such action or disclosure is necessary to conform to legal and government requirements, or to protect and defend the rights or property of Unbound or enforce the TOU.
Unbound reserves the right to collect and distribute non-personal demographic information to third parties. As such this information would not contain any information that would allow your identity to be deduced.
To register as a Unbound Member, you agree to:
If you provide any information that is not current, or is incomplete or inaccurate, or Unbound has reasonable grounds to believe that such information is not current, or is incomplete or inaccurate, Unbound has the right to suspend or terminate your membership, and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service.
Under no circumstances do Unbound have any obligations under the Agreement to check the accuracy or truthfulness of the registration data of any Member.
As a condition of your use of the Service, you guarantee to Unbound that you will not use the Service for any purpose that is unlawful and / or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices.
You agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations and are solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur under your account made by you including the content of your transmissions through the Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree NOT to:
Without prejudice to the Security and Member Privacy of the TOU, Unbound has no obligation to monitor the Service or any member's use thereof.
You acknowledge and agree that the Unbound content including but not limited to (1) text, (2) software, (3) photographs, (4) graphics, (5) page layout (6) design presented through and as part of the Service by Unbound is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, or other proprietary rights and laws.
Such content received through the Service may be displayed, reformatted, and printed by you for your personal, non-commercial use only and at all times used solely in connection with the Service in accordance with the TOU.
Certain of the names, logos, and other materials displayed on the Unbound web site constitute trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property collectively referred to as 'IP rights' of Unbound. Ownership of such IP rights remains with Unbound. You are authorised to use such IP rights during the process of promoting and using the Unbound service hosted by the Service.
Unbound is free to join. To participate in a Book Project (“project”) you must support them using credits. In return for supporting a project you will gains access to that project’s Supporter Area. When the project is complete you may also receive further rewards, dependent on your level of support.
To support a project you must allocate credits to that project. Credits are online redeemable points that can be used to support projects.
You can acquire credits through our online store or by successfully promoting a book project. Credits purchased within 30 days, which are not allocated to a project, can be returned for a cash refund.
Each book project has a Target number of Supporters (“target”) and a Target Timeframe (“timeframe”), in which the target must be reached for the project to go ahead. Once a project has reached its target, the project becomes active, and credits can not be withdrawn from it.
If you subscribe to a project after the target has been reached you can not withdraw those credits from the project.
If you subscribe to a project and it does not reach its target within the timeframe, your subscription will be cancelled and all credits will be returned.
Each book project has Rewards associated with it, such as a 1st Edition book. Rewards are provided to subscribers on the completion of a project. It is the responsibility of Unbound to deliver all rewards. These will be delivered within a maximum of 30 days after the completion of the project. In the event of Unbound failing to deliver a Reward to you, Unbound will refund the full value of your subscription associated with that reward.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
Except as otherwise expressly provided in the TOU, Unbound does NOT represent or warrant that:
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Unbound, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees from any claim, demand, or damage, including reasonable legal fees, asserted by any third party due to or arising out of your use of or conduct on the Service.
You agree that Unbound, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account or use of the Service, and remove and discard any content within the Service, for any reason, including without limitation, if Unbound believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOU.
Unbound may also, in its sole discretion and at any time, discontinue temporarily or permanently providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of access to the Service under any provision of the TOU may be effected without notice, and acknowledge and agree that Unbound may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service UNLESS agreed in writing with Unbound. Nevertheless, where possible, Unbound will use reasonable endeavours to give Members fair notice of termination or suspension of their access to the Service.
Further you agree that Unbound shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination or suspension of access to the Service or modification of the Service.
Unbound reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Unbound shall not be liable to you or any third party for any modification to or discontinuance of the Service.
Please report any violations of the TOU to Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org
These TOU constitute the entire agreement between Unbound and the Member and supersede any previous agreement or understanding between Unbound and the Member.
These TOU shall be governed in all respects by English Law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
Opinions, advice, statements, offers, or other information or content made available through the Service, but not directly by us, are those of their respective authors, and should not necessarily be relied upon. Such authors are solely responsible for such content. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION ON THE SERVICE AND WE NEITHER ADOPT NOR ENDORSE NOR ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE, OR STATEMENT MADE BY PARTIES OTHER THAN US. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ANYONE'S RELIANCE ON INFORMATION OR OTHER CONTENT POSTED ON THE SERVICE, OR TRANSMITTED TO MEMBERS. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT, BUT WE HAVE NO OBLIGATION, TO MONITOR THE MATERIALS POSTED IN THE PUBLIC AREAS OF THE SERVICE. WE SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY SUCH MATERIAL THAT, IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION, VIOLATES, OR IS ALLEGED TO VIOLATE, THE LAW OR THIS AGREEMENT. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS RIGHT, YOU REMAIN SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS YOU POST IN THE PUBLIC AREAS OF THE SERVICE AND IN YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES.