Terms of Services
Last Updated: December 9, 2019
DesignContest.com (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Website’) is owned, managed and operated by DesignContest LLC (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Company’ or ‘We’ or ‘Our’ or ‘Us’). By using any of the services or features offered through this Website, the users (hereinafter, referred to as ‘You’ or ‘Your’) agree to be legally bound by the clauses and provisions contained in these terms of service (hereinafter, referred to as the “Terms of Service”). Please read the Terms of Service carefully before You start to use the Website. If any of the clauses contained herein is unacceptable to You, Your sole remedy is to cease further use of this Website. We reserve the right to take any action permissible by the relevant applicable law against any user found in violation of this Agreement including, without limitation, suspension and termination of the user account without notice; and withholding of payments due to such user from the Company.
Changes to the Terms of Service
We reserve the right, in Our sole discretion, to make changes to, and update, this Agreement anytime. All such updates and changes shall come into effect as soon as these are posted on this web page. Your continued use of any of the service(s) offered on this Website expresses Your implied consent to the acceptance of the modified Agreement. You are expected to check this page each time You access this Website so You are aware of any changes, as they are binding on You.
Description of Services
This Website offers an online platform where the customers (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Contest Holders’) can place their requirements for web design, logo design, and graphic design for the registered designers in the form of a contest (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Contest’ or ‘Contests’) for the designers to compete for the prize offered, forcing them to push the limits and create innovative new designs.
EligibilityThis Website is meant for use only by the users who are eligible to enter into a valid contract under the applicable law. To be eligible to use any of the service(s) offered on this Website, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- You have the right, authority, and capacity to agree to these Terms of Service;
- You agree abide by all the terms and conditions contained in these terms of Service;
- You are at least thirteen (13) years of age;
- If You are over thirteen (13) years of age but below the age of eighteen (18), You have authorization from Your legal guardian to use this Website;
- You are not legally barred from entering into a lawfully executed contract under any of the applicable jurisdictions.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, We reserve the right to accept or reject the registration of any user at Our sole discretion for any reason. Once a user’s account is suspended or terminated for violation of any clause of these Terms of Service, such user is prohibited from opening a new account on this Website. If it is found that a suspended or terminated user is operating through another account, he or she shall forfeit the balance of all his or her accounts, and all funds will be returned to the original Contest Holder(s).
Classification of DesignersThe designers on this Website are classified into categories with varied rights:
- Apprentice Designer: An Apprentice Designer has not yet completed the Designer Questionnaire available on the Website and has no right to post designs on the Website.
- Designer: A Designer on the Website is one who has completed the Designer Questionnaire available on the Website and is eligible to post designs on the Website.
User AccountThe registered users of the Website may access their account by keying in their chosen username and password. Both username and password are case sensitive. You shall be solely responsible and liable for each of the following:
- for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and security of Your password;
- for any disclosure of Your password to any third party, via any online or offline media including, without limitation, message boards, public or private forums, blogs, social networking websites, etc.;
- for using the account of another member, at any time;
- for all uses of Your account – authorized or unauthorized – and;
- to notify Us immediately, if You suspect any unauthorized use of Your account or access thereof
- You are advised to refer to Our recommended and applicable fee structure for running a Contest on this Website at the following link: http://www.designcontest.com/help/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/17/0/what-are-the-fees-for-running-a-contest
- The Contest Holders may pay to the designers for goods and services provided by them by exchanging Design Contest Credits in return for those goods and services.
- The Design Contest Credits may be purchased at any time via interactive feature offered through the Website.
- The Design Contest Credits may be purchased in any permissible currency via Your credit card, PayPal or any other method of payment specified from time to time on such interactive feature offered through the Website.
- Design Contest Credits can be of two types: (a) Dollar Credits, and (b) Bonus Credits.
- Each Dollar Credit is equivalent to one (1) United States (US) dollar; while Bonus Credits do not carry any currency and can only be used to purchase or obtain discounts on certain goods and services specified by the Company in its sole discretion from time to time.
- Design Contest Credits can be exclusively used to exchange goods and services in accordance with pricing and rules as specified by the Company in its sole discretion from time to time. For clarification purposes, Design Contest Credits are not legal tender and cannot be traded or sold to third parties.
- The Dollar credits are rounded off to the nearest whole number in case of any fraction in the credits.
- All Design Contest Credits – Dollar Credits and Bonus Credits – held by You shall expire twelve (12) months from the date that You last spent any Dollar Credits to purchase any goods or services from the Website. All the remaining unspent Design Contest Credits, upon expiration, shall be forfeited.
- The Design Contest Credits may also be withdrawn in the permissible currency, in accordance with the prevalent rules, by using interactive feature offered through the Website. However, the Company reserves the right to deduct any administrative and/or processing charges from such withdrawals. We shall inform the deductible charges before confirming all withdrawal requests. Designer must withdraw all amounts won on the Website within one (1) year of being won or else Designer forfeits all such amounts and Company may keep all such amounts as an administrative fee.
- All withdrawals in a currency other than US dollars will be made at an exchange rate determined by the Company in its sole discretion. You agree to bear all risks in relation to any loss suffered on account of the exchange of US dollars to another currency.
- We reserve the right to fix a minimum and/or maximum amount for all withdrawals.
- The payment of all applicable taxes payable by the Contest Holders and the designers participating in the Contest offered through this Website shall be the sole responsibility of the respective Contest Holders and designers. The Company shall have no liability whatsoever towards such taxes, levies, or charges due to any governmental or non-governmental authority.
- In case of a suspected breach of any of the terms contained herein, the Company reserves the right to withhold all withdrawals till such breach is rectified in accordance with the terms contained herein or the applicable law. We further reserve the right to make any chargeback or reversal payment from the designer’s account in case any refund is payable to the Contest Holder pertaining to the sale of design by the designer.
- The Website is neither a bank nor an escrow service. We do not hold any money or property on behalf of any person. All amounts paid to the Website are the property of the Company and We reserve the right to use such funds as We deem fit, subject to the provisions contained herein.
- Company may require Designer to provide a W-9, or similar tax identification information, as a condition precedent to receiving any payments.
Special Terms for DesignersIn addition to the provisions contained herein, the designers also undertake to abide by the following terms:
- If You win a Contest, You shall be solely responsible to deliver to the Contest Holder all the deliverables within an agreed upon period of time. However, in case the Contest Holder has materially changed the scope of the Contest after You were selected as the winner of the Contest or You are unable to communicate with the Contest Holder after making reasonable good faith efforts, You shall have no liability towards the Contest Holder. Further, in such an event, You agree to contact Us immediately for remedial action.
- The deliverable design must not include Your firm branding or any watermark of any kind whatsoever.
- All logos must be created in vector format. You may not include any raster-based elements. For more details, please refer guidelines on this page: http://www.designcontest.com/help/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/47/6/creating-vector-files
- You warrant and represent that You own or otherwise have a fully transferable and irrevocable license to all the legal rights to the deliverables.
- All rights to the design vest with the Contest Holder once You have been fully paid for the designs by the Contest Holder. You agree to release all rights in such design including, without limitation, copyrights, patents, design rights, trademarks, moral rights, etc. Further, You agree and undertake not to resell or offer to resell such design to anyone. In case of a private Contest specifically posted for the designer, the designer can seek written permission from the Contest Holder to display the design as part of his or her portfolio.
- You agree not to communicate or attempt to communicate with the Contest Holder outside the interactive features afforded on the Website. Further, You warrant that You shall not reveal any contact information including, without limitation, Your email address, IM name, phone number, fax number, physical address, etc., to the Contest Holder.
- You undertake not to indulge in any act or omission on this Website that may result in depreciation in the reputation of the Contest Holder(s).
- You agree to inform Us immediately when You have sent the deliverables to the Contest Holder.
- You undertake not to use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access this Website for any purpose
- You agree not to circumvent or manipulate Our fee structure, the billing process, or fees owed to Us, or cheat Our systems in any manner whatsoever.
General Terms for All Contest Entries
- In order to enter into a Contest, the designers must first create a Contest Entry. You must follow the specified guidelines as set out by the Contest Holder while creating the Contest Entry.
- Upon completion of a Contest Entry, the designer must submit a reply to the Contest topic that contains his or her entry. A short description of the design may also be provided in the reply.
- Only one design per Contest Entry is permitted.
- Unless otherwise stated, designers can submit up to seven (7) Contest Entries for each Contest.
- All Contest Entries must conform to the applicable rules and guidelines as specified on the Website from time to time.
Special Terms for Contest HoldersIn addition to the provisions contained herein, the Contest Holders also undertake to abide by the following terms:
- You must provide as much information as You can about Your requirements in the Contest so that the designers can make informed decisions.
- You agree to provide Us confirmation regarding the receipt of all deliverables from the designer as soon as feasible.
- You agree to provide rankings and feedback to the submitted designs.
- You are expressly prohibited from sharing an idea and/or concept of one designer to another designer and asking the other designer to copy or modify such design.
- Any contest that goes (30) thirty calendar days past the expiration date with no action or contact from "you" the client/contest holder will be considered abandoned and prize amount will be split between the top rated designs in that contest.
DesignContest.com offers 100% Money Back Guarantee. The refund rules and void of such are defined in DesignContest Refund Policy.
Prohibited UsesYou may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Service. You agree not to use the Website:
- In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation
- For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
- To impersonate or attempt to impersonate the Company, a Company employee, another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses associated with any of the foregoing).
- To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Website, or which, as determined by us, may harm the Company or users of the Website or expose them to liability.
- To use the Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other party’s use of the Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Website.
- To use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website.
- To use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on the Website or for any other unauthorized purpose without Our prior written consent.
- To use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Website.
- To introduce any viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
- To attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of the Website, the server on which the Website is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to the Website.
- To otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website.
The Website may contain message boards, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, bulletin boards, and other interactive features (collectively, “Interactive Services”) that allow users to post, submit, publish, display, or transmit to other users or other persons (hereinafter, “post”) content or materials (collectively, “User Contributions”) on or through the Website. (Note that contest submissions, specifications and other contest submissions are not included in the definition of “User Contributions.") Any User Contribution You post to the site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any User Contribution on the Website, You grant us and Our affiliates and service providers, and each of their and Our respective licensees, successors, and assigns the right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose.
You represent and warrant that: (a) You own or control all rights in and to the User Contributions and have the right to grant the license granted above to us and Our affiliates and service providers, and each of their and Our respective licensees, successors, and assigns, and (b) all of Your User Contributions do and will comply with these Terms of Service and all applicable law.
We have the right to: (a) remove or refuse to post any User Contributions for any or no reason in Our sole discretion, (b) take any action with respect to any User Contribution that We deem necessary or appropriate in Our sole discretion, including if We believe that such User Contribution violates the Terms of Service, infringes any intellectual property right or other right of any person or entity, threatens the personal safety of users of the Website or the public, or could create liability for the Company, (c) disclose Your identity or other information about You to any third party who claims that material posted by You violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy, (d) take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website, (e) terminate or suspend Your access to all or part of the Website for any or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of these Terms of Service. Without limiting the foregoing, We have the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Website.
You understand and acknowledge that You are responsible for any User Contributions You submit or contribute, and You, not the Company, have fully responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness. We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by You or any other user of the Website.
We do not undertake to review all material before it is posted on the Website and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, We assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party. We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section.
Contest StandardsThese content standards apply to any and all submissions on and interactions with the Website and all User Contributions. All such content must not:
- Contain any material that is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.
- Promote sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.
- Be likely to deceive any person or be unfair or abusive to any person.
- Promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote, or assist any unlawful act.
- Cause annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety or be likely to upset, embarrass, alarm, or annoy any other person.
- Impersonate any person, or misrepresent Your identity or affiliation with any person or organization.
- Involve commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes and other sales promotions, barter, or advertising.
- Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.
DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe that any content hosted on the Website infringes your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing our designated copyright agent with the information listed in the below DMCA Notice in writing. Upon receipt of this notice, We will take whatever action, in our sole discretion, We deems appropriate, including removal of the challenged material from the Website. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements listed below, your notice may not be valid.
- Identify the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or - if multiple copyrighted works are covered by the notice - you may provide a representative list of the copyrighted works that you claim have been infringed.
- Identify the material that you claim is infringing (or to be the subject of infringing activity) and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, including at a minimum, if applicable, the URL of the link shown on the page(s) where such material may be found.
- Provide your mailing address, telephone number, and, if available, email address. Include both of the following statements in the body of the Notice: (a) “I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use)” and (b) “I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.”
- Provide your full legal name and your electronic or physical signature.
- Our copyright agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached at: Copyright@DesignContest.com. Only DMCA notices should go to this address and communication about any other matters may be ignored.
Third Party Content
This Website may also contain third party links belonging to Our advertisers, partners, and/or affiliates. The content on such linked websites is not managed or controlled by the Company. Therefore, We disclaim any liability for any transaction or dealing by You with any of the linked third party websites. All such cases may be governed by the legal practices and policies of such linked websites.
Our Intellectual Property Rights
The Website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof), are owned by the Company, its licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit any of the material on Our Website
The Company name, the term DesignContest, Our logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans are trademarks of the Company or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of the Company. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans on this Website are the trademarks of their respective owners.
- YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.
- TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, THE COMPANY HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
- We disclaim any liability for any unauthorized access of user’s account by anyone other than the registered user.
- All the Intellectual Property Rights issues and disputes pertaining to the deliverables between the designers and Businesses shall be negotiated by and between the respective parties. We do not arbitrate between the parties in case of any dispute.
- The authenticity and accuracy of user content on this Website is not guaranteed by the Company. Users relying on such information do so at their own risk.
- We shall not be held liable or deemed to be in default for any delay or failure in performance or interruption of the delivery of Website content resulting directly or indirectly from any cause or circumstance beyond Our reasonable control including, without limitation, failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines, telephone or other interconnect problems, computer viruses, unauthorized access, theft, operator errors, severe weather, earthquakes or natural disasters, strikes or other labor problems, wars, or governmental restrictions.
- The general content of this Website is informative in nature, and not in the advisory context.
- You understand that We cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or the Website will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy Your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to Our site for any reconstruction of any lost data. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES, OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.
- Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained anywhere, nothing shall prevent Us from cooperating with the authorized investigative agencies to the fullest extent permissible under law.
- THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
You are given a non-exclusive, non-transferable, and non-assignable license to use this Website subject to the terms contained herein. You expressly undertake not to copy, sell, trade, or otherwise commercially exploit the content and/or services offered through this Website.
The designers own all rights to their Contest Entries on this Website, and can withdraw them anytime unless they have won and the Contest has been paid for by the Contest Holder, in which case, all the right pertaining to the deliverables shall be transferred to the Contest Holder.
You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, made by any third party due to, or arising out of, the content You submit, post, transmit or make available through this Website, Your use of this Website, Your violation of this Agreement, Your violation of any rights of any other person, or any other loss suffered by the company on account of Your direct or indirect conduct.
Limitation of Liability
YTO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE COMPANY, ITS AFFILIATES, OR THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, OR DIRECTORS BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT, ANY CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF DATA, AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE. THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITY THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
All matters relating to the Website and these Terms of Service and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Nevada without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Nevada or any other jurisdiction). Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Service or the Website shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of Nevada [in each case located in the County of Clark, although We retain the right to bring any suit, action, or proceeding against You for breach of these Terms of Service in Your country of residence or any other relevant country. You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over You by such courts and to venue in such courts.
Arbitration; Limitation on Time to File Claims
At Company’s sole discretion, it may require You to submit any disputes arising from the use of these Terms of Service or the Website, including disputes arising from or concerning their interpretation, violation, invalidity, non-performance, or termination, to final and binding arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the American Arbitration Association applying Nevada law.
ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR THE WEBSITE MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.
- Waiver: Our failure to enforce any right or to act with respect to any breach by a user of any clause(s) of this Agreement shall not be construed as waiver of that right nor waives Our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.
- Severability: If any provision of these Terms of Service is held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent such that the remaining provisions of the Terms of Service will continue in full force and effect.
- Assignment: You agree not to transfer, assign or delegate Your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third person without Our express written consent, and any attempt to do so shall be void. We reserve the right to assign this Agreement without any restriction or notice to anyone and at any time to anyone
- Reliance on Information Posted: The information presented on or through the Website is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this information. Any reliance You place on such information is strictly at Your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by You or any other visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
- Changes to the Website: We may update the content on this Website from time to time, but its content is not necessarily complete or up-to-date. Any of the material on the Website may be out of date at any given time, and We are under no obligation to update such material.
We reserve the right, in Our sole discretion, to make changes to, and update, this Policy anytime. Any substantial changes or updates to this Policy shall be notified to the registered users of the Website. However, We strongly recommend You to periodically check this page for latest updates to this Policy.
Last updated on: December 1, 2019
Your Information — What Collect?
During the course of Your interaction with the Website, We collect some information about you to ensure the smooth functioning of this Website and to provide You with top-notch service quality.
Personal Information: When You fill out the online registration form to join the Website, We collect certain personal details including, without limitation, Your full name, email address, postal address, telephone number, fax, profile, preferred username, etc. This information is primarily used to contact You to confirm and verify, to inform You about Your account activity, to inform You about the contest(s) that match Your profile, or any other matter that We think deserves to be informed about. Such miscellaneous matters include, without limitation, resolving disputes, providing customer support, troubleshooting, managing payments to and from the Website, and enforcing Our Terms of Service Agreement and other legal policies regarding Your use of this Website. We may also use Your email address to send newsletters, updates, and news from the Website. However, You are free to opt-out of the mailing list by managing Your account. Personal information may include your age, including whether you are 40 years or older.
Non-Personal Information: While You are accessing, browsing, and/or using this Website in any capacity – member or non-member – We also collect certain non-personal information. This information is in the form of usage statistics and includes, without limitation, Your Internet Protocol (IP) Address, Your browser-type & version, the operating system installed on Your computer, Your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) IP Address, the time-stamp of Your visit, etc. This non-personal information is used to enhance Your browsing experience of this Website, improve Website and system administration, conduct internal research, compile and provide statistical data to the advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements.
Payment Information: If you use this Website to make or receive payments, we will also collect certain payment information, such as credit card, PayPal or other financial account information, and billing address.
Identity Verification: We may collect personal information, such as your date of birth or taxpayer identification number, to validate your identity or as may be required by law, such as to complete tax filings. We may request documents to verify this information, such as a copy of your government-issued identification or photo or a billing statement.
Information From Third Parties: We may also receive information about you from third parties. For example, we may receive information from you about other users of this Website. This specifically include feedback from other Website users about their experience with you. Please note that any feedback you provide via the Service or feedback provided about you is publicly viewable. We will all third party provided personal information it as set forth in this Policy.
Your Information — How Do We Use it?We may use personal information we collect for one or more of the following business purposes:
- To fulfill or meet the reason for which the information is provided. For example, if you provide us with personal information in order for use to process payments for you, we will use that information to process payments for you.
- To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us.
- To provide you with email alerts and other notices concerning our products or services, or events or news, that may be of interest to you.
- To improve our website and present its contents to you.
- For testing, research, analysis and product development.
- As necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of us, our clients or others.
- To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
- As described to you when collecting your personal information.
- To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us is among the assets transferred.for other purposes with your consent, unless you withdraw your consent for these purposes.
Your Information — When Do We Disclose it?
Third Party Service Providers: Your personal information may be held, transmitted to or processed on our behalf, including 'in the cloud', by our third party service providers, such as (a) cloud hosting, storage, networking and related providers, (b) payment and banking providers (eg. PayPal), (c) marketing and analytics providers, (d) our insurers or processional advisors (insofar as reasonably necessary) and/or (d) security providers.
Related Companies: We may disclose Your information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and as described in this Policy.
Other Disclosures and Transfers: We may also disclose Your personal information to third parties for the following purposes: (a) if reasonable necessary to allow You to use the Website, (b) provide the service or product You have requested; (c) we receive court orders, subpoenas or other requests for information by law enforcement; (d) if otherwise permitted or required by law; (e) or for other purposes with Your consent.
Cookies, Web Beacons and Embedded Scripts — How and Why We Use Them?
We and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may also employ software technology known as “web beacons” or “embedded scripts” to help us keep track of Your use of the Website and to serve relevant advertising to you. Web beacons are invisible small graphics with a unique identifier embedded in webpages and emails, and which are used to track the online activity of users. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about Your interactions with the Website, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your computer or other device and is deactivated or deleted when you disconnect from the Website.
In addition, we and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may use a variety of other technologies (such as tags) that collect similar information for security and fraud detection purposes and we may use third parties to perform these services on our behalf.
Do Not Track Signals
Your browser setting may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites and online services you visit. We do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.
Forums and your Profile
We may offer public forums or blogs. If You participate, your comments and questions will be publicly displayed. You may choose, through such features or otherwise, to submit or post questions, comments, or other content. Please note that certain information, such as Your name and profile may be publicly displayed on the Website along with your submitted content. You may also submit a profile you’re your account containing your personal information. Anything You post to a forum or on your profile is public around the world and anyone may use it or share it with third parties. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.
We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our Website, in addition to other endorsements. With Your consent We may post your testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us by clicking the “Contact Us” link on the homepage of the website and submitting a message through the webform provided.
We do not send any unsolicited commercial or non-commercial email to You or any of Your referred friends. You can further control the kind of communications You receive from Us by managing Your account.
Do We Share Any of Your Information with Other Users of Website?
Some details of Your personal profile including, without limitation, Your name, business name, area of expertise, etc., will be shared with other users of this Website. This feature is enabled so that the users can make an informed decision whether or not to conduct business with You. Your feedback ratings and comments by other users will also be publicly accessible.
Third Party Links
This Website may contain links to third party websites belonging to affiliates, partners, agents, and advertisers. We disclaim any responsibility for such links since We do not control or monitor the privacy practices of the linked websites. If You visit these linked websites and transact with them, You do so at Your own sole risk. All such use of the linked websites shall be subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies of those websites.
Your Information — How Do We Secure It?
To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with applicable law and industry best practices for the type of personal information collected. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. Refund Policy.
Your Information — Disclosure Disclaimers
The Company shall not be liable for the disclosure of any of Your information so collected under any of the following circumstances:
- Disclosure to the government agencies in response to legal processes, like subpoena; or
- Any unlawful access to, and transmissions of, information from the Website; or
- Disclosure of personal information by You on any online and offline media including, without limitation, blogs, social networking websites, forums, message boards, etc.
- Disclosure of information to the successor of the Website in the event of sale of DesignContest.com
What about Minors?
This Website is not intended for children under the age of 18 and you may not use this website or submit any data to this website if you are under the age of 18. If we find we have collected any data from anyone under the age of 18, we will delete it.
Any Questions or Complaints? Contact Us
If You still have any questions on the privacy of Your information, feel free to contact us. We’ll respond to all the queries promptly and appropriately.
For California Residents OnlyAccess to Specific Information.
You can request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months, including: (a) the categories and sources of personal information we collected about you, (b) Our purpose for collecting or sharing that information, (c) the categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information, including the categories if information each category of third parties received and the business reasons for sharing, and (d) The specific pieces of personal information we collected (a “data portability request”).Deletion Request Rights.
We will delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) to: (a) Complete the processing of your loan request or otherwise perform our contract with you, (b) detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities, (c) debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality, (d) exercise another provided for by law, (e) comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights.
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by sending an email to email@example.com with the exact subject line “California Resident Exercising Access, Data Portability, or Deletion Rights”.
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period.
The verifiable consumer request must: (a) Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative and (b) Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request. We will confirm receipt of your request within 10 days and will respond within 45 days – although we may take an addition 45 days (for a total of 90 days total) if proper notice and explanation for the delay is provided.Personal Information Sales Opt-Out and Opt-In Rights
You have the right to direct us to not sell your personal information at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact subject line “California Resident Personal Information Sales Opt-Out” or by calling 1-800-772-2274.California’s “Shine the Light” law
California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of this Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com with the exact subject line “California Resident Shine the Light Request” or write to us to physical address above.Other Disclosures
All of the categories of information described in the “What Do We Do with Your Personal Information?” section above have been collected and disclosed by us in the preceding 12 months. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights described in this “For California Residents Only” section or any other rights granted to you under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. We do not collect or share any of the following information about you: signature, physical characteristics or description, passport number, medical information, health insurance information, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or creed, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information (including familial genetic information).
For European Union Residents Only
This Website is hosted in and operated from the United States and so all of your personal data is transferred to Us in the United States. We are the controller of your information collected on this Website.
You have the following rights with regard to your information: (a) the right to access your data; (b) the right to rectification of inaccurate data; (c) the right to erasure without undue delay; (d) the right to restrict processing; (e) the right to object to processing; (f) the right to data portability; (g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and (h) the right to withdraw consent.
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Exercising European Union GDPR Rights” to make this request. Otherwise, your data may be stored indefinitely. Your data will not be transferred across borders, other than its initial transmission to the US when you submit your information to us.
Our data protection officer's contact details are:
ATTN: Data Protection Officer
2121 Tropicana Ave, Suite 2
Las Vegas, NV 89119