Terms and Conditions
Last updated: July 11, 2020
Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Terms
Our Service may integrate with other services on a number of platforms provided by third parties. Please be aware that your activities on each of these platforms may be subject to additional terms of service for that particular platform. We reserve the right to change the Terms of Service from time to time but if we do, we will bring it to your attention by placing a notice on the trybiome.com website, by sending you an email, and/or by some other means. Your continued use of the Service after the posting of any modifications shall constitute your agreement to be bound by such modified Terms of Service.
Certain parts of the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions specified by us from time to time; your use of such Service is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms of Service by this reference. Prices of the Service, including but not limited to monthly subscription plan fees to the Service, are subject to change upon 30 days’ notice from us. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the Biome Site (trybiome.com) or the Service itself. Biome shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
You (“you” or “User”) represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under age 18, then you may not, under any circumstances or for any reason, use the Service. We may, in our sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change the eligibility criteria for using the Service at any time. The right to access the Service is revoked where these Terms of Service or use of the Service is prohibited or to the extent offering, sale or provision of the Service conflicts with any applicable law, rule or regulation. Further, the Service is offered only for your use and not for the use or benefit of any third party. For the avoidance of
doubt, and as more fully described herein, you may not use the Service to the extent you provide, are developing, or plan to develop, an offering that is similar to or competitive with the Service.
a. Registering for an Account
b. Your Responsibility for Your Account
You are responsible for taking all steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your account or password. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. We encourage you to use “strong” passwords (passwords that use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) with your account. It is your sole responsibility to: (i) control the dissemination and use of your account and password; and (ii) promptly inform us of any need to deactivate an account or password. We are not liable for any harm related to the theft of passwords, or your disclosure of passwords. You shall immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account or password or any breach of confidentiality. You are solely responsible for any damage resulting from the use of your account and username. You may not use your account or password to breach security of another account.
c. How to Control Your Account
All materials on the Service, including the Service itself and all Intellectual Property Rights (defined below) contained therein or related thereto, including text, graphics, user and visual interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos, sounds, music, artwork, applications, computer code and associated documentation (collectively, the “Content”), including but not limited to the design, structure, arrangement and “look and feel” of such Content, is owned by or licensed to us and our licensors and is protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights and laws.
Other than as provided herein, Biome does not grant to User any license, express or implied, to the intellectual property of Biome or its licensors. Except as expressly provided in the Terms of Service, no part of the Service and no Content may be copied, reproduced, sold, republished, transmitted, displayed, reposted or otherwise distributed for public or commercial purposes.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Biome provides you with a non-exclusive, revocable license to use the Service as expressly permitted by the features and functionality of the Service and the Terms of Service. Biome may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason. For the avoidance of doubt, you acknowledge and agree that no part of the Service or the Content may be copied, reverse engineered, or used in any way to create an offering similar to, or competitive with, the Service.
For the purposes of this Agreement, “Intellectual Property Rights” means all patent rights, copyright rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction.
You will retain ownership of any data, information or material originated by you that you transmit through the Service (“User Data”) – for example, User Data from your accounts with third-party services that passes through the Service. You shall be solely responsible for the accuracy, quality, content and legality of User Data, the means by which User Data is acquired and the transmission of User Data outside of the Service. You represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to transmit User Data through the Service and to otherwise have User Data used as part of the Service or as otherwise contemplated herein.
Aggregated and/or Anonymized Data
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein or otherwise, Biome will have the right to collect and analyze data and other information relating to the provision, use or performance of the Site and/or Service and related systems and technologies (including information concerning User Data and data derived therefrom), and to aggregate and/or anonymize all such data and information. Biome will be free at any time to: (i) use such information and data to improve and enhance Biome’ offerings; and (ii) disclose such data in aggregate or other de-identified form in connection with its business.
We are always looking for new ways to improve our Service. You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments, ideas or feedback about the Service, including without limitation about how to improve the Service or our products (“Feedback”). By submitting any Feedback, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place Biome under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free (but not obligated) to use the Feedback without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Feedback on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Biome does not waive any rights to use similar or related Feedback previously known to Biome, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.
Use of the Service
Your use of the Service is subject to all applicable laws and regulations. You may not (and may not allow any third party to):
- use any “deep-link”, “page-scrape”, “robot”, “spider” or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any manual process to access, acquire, copy or monitor
- any portion of the Service or any Content or obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents or information through any means not purposely made available through the Service;
- attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion of the Service or any Content, or any systems or networks connected to the Service, by hacking, password “mining” or any other illegitimate means;
- probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Service or any Content, or any system or network connected to the Service;
- reverse look-up or trace any information of any other User or visitor or otherwise use the Service for the purpose of obtaining information of any other User or visitor;
- transmit spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited email;
- use the Service for any commercial solicitation purposes;
- take any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
- upload invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Service;
- impersonate another person or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, conduct fraud, hide or attempt to hide your identity;
- collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service;
- use any device, software or process to interfere with, or attempt to interfere with, the proper working of the Service or any Content, or any systems or networks connected to the Service, or with any other person’s use of the Service;
- reverse engineer the Service or any Content, or otherwise use the Service or the Content to provide or develop an offering that is similar to, or competitive with, the Service; or
- use the Service or any Content for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the Terms of Service.
Any unauthorized use of the Service or any Content may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.
Use of Software
Any software that is made available via the Service, shall be governed by the terms of the license agreement that accompanies the software or is posted with the software download or at the Sites page where the software can be accessed; provided, however, if no such license agreement is made available, we grant you a limited, revocable, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, non-exclusive license to use the Software for your personal, noncommercial use in accordance with the Terms of Service. In the event of any inconsistency between the Terms of Service and any license agreement, the license agreement shall govern in relation to the Software.
You may not decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software. You do not have the right to sublicense the Service, download or modify any portion of the Service, or resell the Service. If you violate the Terms of Service, we reserve the right to terminate your license to the Service without notice.
The Software may automatically download and install updates from us from time to time. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the software and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit us to deliver these to you with or without your knowledge) as part of your use of the Software.
Billing and Payment
Users of the Service may be required to provide their credit card or bank account details to Company or the payment service provider retained by Company. Users will be responsible for paying agreed-upon fees for the Service. Users of the Service will be liable for any taxes required to be paid on the Service provided under the Agreement (other than taxes on the Company’s income).
All paid plans must enter a valid payment account. [Free accounts are not required to provide payment account information. An upgrade from the free plan to any paying plan will trigger a bill.]
[For monthly payment plans, the Service is billed in advance on a monthly basis and is non-refundable. There will be no refunds or credits for partial months of service, upgrade/downgrade refunds, or refunds for months unused with an open account. In order to treat everyone equally, no exceptions will be made.]
All fees are exclusive of all taxes, levies, or duties imposed by taxing authorities, and you shall be responsible for payment of all such taxes, levies, or duties, excluding only United States (federal or state) taxes.
Changes to the Service
Biome is constantly innovating and finding ways to provide our Users with new features and services. Therefore, we may, without prior notice, change the Service, add features, stop providing the Service or features of the Service, to you or to Users generally, or create usage limits for the Service. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Service without notice and liability for any reason, including if, in our sole determination, you violate any provision of this Agreement, or for no reason.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
THE SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, FREEDOM FROM INTERRUPTION, VIRUSES OR OTHER DEFECT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOUR SOLE REMEDY AGAINST US FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT IS TO STOP USING THE SERVICE OR ANY SUCH CONTENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE OR OUR SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, LICENSORS OR CONTENT PROVIDERS (OUR “AFFILIATES”) BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR THE CONTENT (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF REPLACEMENT SERVICES), WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT WE OR OUR AFFILIATES ARE ADVISED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, Biome ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT; (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SERVICE; (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN; (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SERVICE; (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE THAT MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICE BY ANY THIRD PARTY; (VI) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE; AND/OR (VII) THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY. IN NO EVENT SHALL Biome, ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY CLAIMS, PROCEEDINGS, LIABILITIES, OBLIGATIONS, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR COSTS IN AN AMOUNT EXCEEDING ONE DOLLAR.
THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SECTION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF BIOME HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS AGREEMENT GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE. THE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
Termination and Indemnity
You agree that we may, at any time, and at our sole discretion, terminate your account or suspend or prohibit your access to the Service without prior notice to you for violating any of the Terms of Service or for any other reason whatsoever. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and our Affiliates harmless from and against any demands, loss, liability, claims or expenses (including attorneys’ fees) made against us by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Service or your violation of this Agreement. Provisions that, by their nature, should survive termination of this Agreement shall survive termination. By way of example, all of the following will survive termination: any obligation you have to pay us or indemnify us, any limitations on our liability, any terms regarding ownership or intellectual property rights, and terms regarding disputes between us.
Biome respects the intellectual property of others and expects Users to do the same. If you believe, in good faith, that any materials provided on or in connection with the Service infringe upon your copyright or other intellectual property right, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: “DMCA Takedown Request”): 1. A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed, including the URL (Internet address) or other specific location on the Service where the material you claim is infringed is located. Include enough information to allow Biome to locate the material, and explain why you think an infringement has taken place; 2. A description of the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists – for example, the URL (Internet address) where it is posted or the name of the book in which it has been published; 3. Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address; 4. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law; 5. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and 6. An electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest.
Counter-Notice: If you believe that the content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content, you may send a written counter-notice containing the following information to email@example.com (Subject line: “DMCA Counter-Notice”):
1. Your physical or electronic signature; 2. Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled; 3. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and 4. Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court located within the Northern District of California and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by us, Biome will send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or User, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.
Repeat Infringer Policy:
In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, Biome has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Biome’s sole discretion, Users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Biome may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Service and/or terminate the memberships of any Users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
We may provide links to third-party websites within the Service. We do not recommend or endorse the content of any third-party website. We are not responsible for the content of linked third-party website and we do not make any representations or warranties regarding their content or accuracy or any products/services you may access or purchase therefrom. Your use of any third-party website is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such website. You expressly release us from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.
Notification Procedures and Changes to the Terms of Service
Biome may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business-related purposes, to you via email notice, “push” mobile notification, written or hard copy notice, or through posting of such notice on our website, as determined by Biome in our sole discretion. Biome reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to our Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in the Terms of Service. When we change the Terms of Service in a material manner, we will update the “last modified” date at the top of this page. Your continued use of the Service after notice of any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Service. If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future Terms of Service, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Service. Biome is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us.
These Terms and any action related thereto will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, federal arbitration law, and the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Except as otherwise expressly set forth in the exclusive jurisdiction for all Disputes (defined below) that you and Seva are not required to arbitrate will be the state and federal courts located in the courts of the state of New York, and you and Seva each waive any objection to jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
a. Mandatory Arbitration of Disputes.
We each agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof or the use of the Site (collectively, “Disputes”) will be resolved solely by binding, individual arbitration. You and Seva agree that the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these Terms, and that you and Biome are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms.
b. Exceptions and Opt-out.
As limited exceptions to above: (i) you may seek to resolve a Dispute in small claims court if it qualifies; and (ii) Biome retains the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief from a court to prevent (or enjoin) the infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property rights.
The Service is controlled and operated from its facilities in the United States. Biome makes no representations that the Service is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Service from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable United States and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations. You may not use the Service if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Service are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.
No Waiver; Relationship of the Parties
Any failure by us to enforce or exercise any provisions of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of that right or provision. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our rights to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. You hereby acknowledge and agree that you are not an employee, agent, partner, or joint venture of Biome, and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Biome in any respect whatsoever.
Attorneys’ and Accountants’ Fees
In any action to enforce the Terms of Service, the prevailing party shall be entitled to attorneys’ and accountants’ fees and costs.
If you have questions regarding the Terms of Service or about Biome, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org