Terms of use

Last Modified: March 27, 2018

Acceptance of the Terms of Use

These terms of use are entered into by and between You and Animal Equality, its owners, officers, directors, licensees, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, successors, and assigns, (“Animal Equality”, “we” or “us”). The following terms and conditions, together with any documents they expressly incorporate by reference] (collectively, these “Terms of Use”), govern your access to and use of www.animalequality.org and mcchickencruelty.com, including any content, functionality, and services offered on or through www.animalequality.org and mcchickencruelty.com (the “Websites”), whether as a guest or a registered user.

Please read the Terms of Use carefully before you start to use the Websites. By using the Websites, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, found at https://mcchickencruelty.com/privacy-policy, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not want to agree to these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Websites. YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WEBSITES, THE CONTENT PROVIDED THEREON, THESE TERMS OF USE, OR THE PRIVACY POLICY, IS TO CEASE USING THE WEBSITES.

The Websites are offered and available to users who are 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States or any of its territories or possessions. By using the Websites, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract with Animal Equality and meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you should not access or use the Websites.

Changes to the Terms of Use

We may revise and update these Terms of Use from time to time in our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when posted and apply to all access to and use of the Websites thereafter. However, any changes to the dispute resolution provisions set out in the section titled “Governing Law and Jurisdiction,” will not apply to any disputes for which the parties have actual notice before the date the change is posted on the Websites.

Your continued use of the Websites following the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the changes. You are expected to check this page from time to time when you access the Websites so you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you.

Accessing the Websites and Account Security

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the Websites, and any service or material we provide on the Websites, in our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of the Websites is or becomes unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Websites, or the entire Websites, to users, including registered users.

You are responsible for:

To access the Websites or the resources offered thereon, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. It is a condition of your use of the Websites that all the information you provide on the Websites is correct, current, and complete. You agree that all information you provide to register with the Websites or otherwise, including but not limited to through the use of any interactive features on the Websites, is governed by our Privacy Policy, and you consent to all actions we take with respect to your information that are consistent with our Privacy Policy.

If you choose, or are provided with, a user name, password, or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to the Websites or portions thereof using your user name, password, or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your user name or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

Animal Equality reserves the right to disable any user name, password, or other identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time and in our sole discretion for any reason, including for violations of any provision of these Terms of Use.

Intellectual Property Rights

The Websites and their 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 Animal Equality, 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.

These Terms of Use permit you to use the Websites for your personal, non-commercial use only. 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 Websites, except as follows:

You may not:

If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the Websites in breach of these Terms of Use, your right to use the Websites will stop immediately and you must return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. No right, title, or interest in or to the Websites or any content on the Websites is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Animal Equality. Any use of the Websites not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and/or other laws.

Trademarks

Animal Equality’s name, logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans are trademarks of Animal Equality or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of Animal Equality. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans visible on this Websites are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Prohibited Uses

You may use the Websites only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Use. You agree not to use the Websites:*

Additionally, you agree not to:

Conduct, Posting Policies, and Content Standards

The Websites 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.

All User Contributions must comply with the Content Standards set out in these Terms of Use.

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 to Animal Equality and our affiliates and service providers, and each of their and our respective licensees, successors, and assigns, a non-exclusive, perpetual, and worldwide right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, translate, adapt, display, distribute, and otherwise use the User Contribution for any purpose whatsoever, including the right to disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose, regardless of the form or medium in which it is used.

You hereby represent and warrant that:

You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any User Contributions you submit or contribute, and you, not Animal Equality, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness.

Animal Equality is 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 Websites.

Monitoring and Enforcement; Termination

Animal Equality retains the right to:

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 Websites. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS ANIMAL EQUALITY AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES, AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANIMAL EQUALITY OR ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER ANIMAL EQUALITY OR SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

However, Animal Equality cannot review all User Contributions before being posted on the Websites, 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. Animal Equality expressly disclaims any and all liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section.

Content Standards

These content standards apply to all User Contributions and use of Interactive Services, if any. User Contributions must in their entirety comply with all applicable federal, state, local, and international laws and regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, User Contributions must not:

In instances where Animal Equality is notified of alleged infringing User Contribution through our Designated Agent, a decision may be made to remove access to or disable access to such materials, in compliance with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c). Animal Equality may also make a good-faith attempt to contact the person who submitted the affected materials so that they may make a counter-notification.

If you believe that you or someone else’s copyright has been infringed by Animal Equality or a User Contribution provided on the Websites, you (or the owner or rights holder, collectively, “Rights Holder”) should send notification to our Designated Agent immediately. To file a Notice of Infringing Material, please provide the following information:

Reasonably sufficient details about the nature of the copyrighted work in question:

Notice may be sent to: Animal Equality 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #350 Los Angeles, CA 90069 [email protected]

If material that you have posted to Animal Equality’s Websites have been taken down, you may file a counter-notification that contains the following information:

Notice may be sent to: Animal Equality 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #350 Los Angeles, CA 90069 [email protected]

You also acknowledge and agree that upon receipt of a notice of a claim of copyright infringement, Animal Equality may temporarily or permanently remove the identified materials from the Websites without liability to your or any other party.

Disclaimer

Animal Equality does not promise or guarantee specific results from your use of the Websites or the content provided thereon. The information presented on or through the Websites is made available solely for general information purposes and is provided “as is.”. 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 Websites, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

The Websites may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, bloggers, and third-party licensors, syndicators, aggregators, and/or reporting services. All statements and/or opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by Animal Equality, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Animal Equality. We are not responsible, or liable to you or any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties.

Changes to the Websites

Animal Equality may update the content on the Websites from time to time, but such content is not necessarily complete or up-to-date. Any of the material on the Websites may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.

Information About You and Your Visits to the Websites

All information we collect through the Websites is subject to our Privacy Policy. By using the Websites, you consent to all actions taken by us with respect to your information in compliance with the Privacy Policy.

Linking to the Websites and Social Media Features

You may link to Animal Equality’s homepage with express written consent, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval, or endorsement on behalf of Animal Equality.

The Websites may provide certain social media features that enable you to:

You may use these features solely as they are provided by us, and solely with respect to the content they are displayed with, and otherwise in accordance with any additional terms and conditions we provide with respect to such features. Subject to the foregoing, you must not:

You agree to cooperate with Animal Equality in causing any unauthorized framing or linking immediately to stop. Animal Equality expressly reserves the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

Animal Equality may disable all or any social media features and any links at any time without notice in our discretion.

Links from the Websites

If the Websites contain links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your convenience only. This includes links contained in advertisements, including banner advertisements and sponsored links. We may have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to access any of the third-party Websites linked to on the Animal Equality Websites, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such Websites.

Geographic Restrictions

The owner of the Websites is based in the state of California, United States. We provide the Websites for use only by persons located in the United States. We make no claims that the Websites or any of the content provided thereon is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Access to the Websites may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Websites from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Disclaimer of Warranties

You understand that Animal Equality cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or from the Websites 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, ANIMAL EQUALITY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUS OR 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 WEBSITES OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITES OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED THEREON, OR ON ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT.

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITES, CONTENT PROVIDED THEREON, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITES, CONTENT PROVIDED THEREON, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER ANIMAL EQUALITY NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH ANIMAL EQUALITY MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER ANIMAL EQUALITY NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ANIMAL EQUALITY REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITES, CONTENT PROVIDED THEREON, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITES WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THE WEBSITES AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITES OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITES WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, ANIMAL EQUALITY 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.

THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

Limitation on Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ANIMAL EQUALITY, 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 WEBSITES, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO THE ANIMAL EQUALITY WEBSITES, ANY CONTENT PROVIDED ON THE ANIMAL EQUALITY WEBSITES 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.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Animal Equality, its affiliates, licensors, and service providers, and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Use or your use of the Websites, including, but not limited to any use of the Websites’ content, services, and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use or your use of any information obtained from the Websites.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

All matters relating to the Websites and these Terms of Use 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 California, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction).

Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Use or the Websites shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of California, in each case located in the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles, although Animal Equality retains the right to bring any suit, action, or proceeding against you for breach of these Terms of Use 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

At Animal Equality’s sole discretion, you may be required to submit any disputes arising from the use of the Websites or from violation of these Terms of Use, 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 California law.

Limitation on Time to File Claims

ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF USE OR THE WEBSITES MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Waiver and Severability

No waiver by Animal Equality of any term or condition set out in these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or a waiver of any other term or condition, and any failure of Animal Equality to assert a right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

If any provision of these Terms of Use 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 Use will continue in full force and effect.

Entire Agreement

The Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy constitute the sole and entire agreement between you and Animal Equality regarding the Websites, and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, regarding the Websites.

Your Comments and Concerns

The Websites are operated by Animal Equality, a California nonprofit corporation located at 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #350, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

All notices of copyright infringement claims should be sent to [email protected]. All other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications relating to the Websites should be directed to: [email protected]