Terms of Serivce
Effective as of December 18, 2014.
Welcome to US-first!
This Agreement applies to all users of the Site, including individuals who register with the Site and Christian ministries that register with the Site. The term "user" refers to Registered Individual Users, Registered Ministry Users and anyone else who accesses or uses the Site. US-first may modify this Agreement from time to time without notice, and such modification shall be effective upon posting to the Site. You agree to be bound by any modifications to this Agreement when you access or use the Site after any such modification is posted to the Site. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly.
In order to register with the Site as a Registered Individual User or a Registered Ministry User, you must be at least fourteen years old. Users younger than fourteen are not allowed to view the site except under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Your eligibility to register is automatically void where prohibited by law. You affirm that all information you provide in registering with the Site is true and complete. Commercial businesses may not register with the Site unless they are pre-approved by US-first. US-first reserves the right to charge for your registration and for your access to certain content or services on the Site, as may be specified from time-to-time on the Site. In addition, in order to be eligible to register as a Registered Ministry User, you must be the authorized representative of a Christian ministry actively carrying out its mission. Your registration will take effect upon acceptance of your registration form by US-first. Other terms and conditions may apply to your registration as posted from time-to-time on the Site. You may terminate your registration at any time, for any reason by following the instructions on the Manage Your Account within the sub directory "User Registration - Close Account". US-first reserves the right to reject and to terminate your registration and use of our Site at any time, for any reason without notice to you. If US-first terminates your registration or locks out your use because US-first has determined that you have breached this Agreement, you will not be entitled to any refund of your unused registration or premium services fees, if any.
Rights to Content:
Users retain any rights they have in photos, videos, audio files, text and other materials they submit to the Site or transmit to other users through the Site ("User Submissions"). US-first retains full ownership or license rights to all other software, content and materials contained within the Site, including without limitation, graphics, text, scripts, photos, sounds, videos, and music ("Content") and to all patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks and other proprietary rights in and to the Site and the Content. Content and User Submissions are provided for your personal, non-commercial use only as permitted by the Site and may not be accessed, used, modified, performed, displayed, reproduced, copied, published, transmitted, distributed, sold, transferred, licensed or exploited for any other purpose without the prior written consent of the respective owners. If you download, transmit, print or copy Content or User Submissions, you must retain all copyright and proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or interfere with the security and use restriction features of the Site.
By submitting your User Submissions to the Site, you hereby grant to US-first a non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable, transferable and worldwide license to access, use, modify, perform, display, reproduce, copy, prepare derivative works of, transmit, publish and distribute your User Submissions, and all patents, copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary rights therein, in connection with the Site and the business of US-first, including without limitation for promoting, transmitting and distributing the Site, or any part or derivative thereof, in and through any media and channels. You also hereby grant to each user of the Site a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to access, use, modify, perform, display, reproduce, copy, prepare derivative works of, transmit, publish and distribute your User Submissions for their personal, non-commercial use as permitted through the services and functionality of the Site. You are solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of your User Submissions being posted on and distributed through the Site.
You represent and warrant that: (a) you have all rights in and to your User Submissions (whether through ownership or licenses, consents, and permissions from the owner) required for (i) you to lawfully submit your User Submissions to the Site and grant the rights to your User Submissions provided in this Agreement, and (ii) your User Submissions to be posted and transmitted to and through the Site for the purposes contemplated by the Site and this Agreement; (b) you have all required licenses, consents, releases and/or permissions to use the name and/or likeness of each identifiable individual person in your User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Site and this Agreement, and (c) the posting and transmission of your User Submissions on and through the Site for the purposes contemplated by the Site and this Agreement does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, patents, trademarks, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity.
US-first prohibits the submission of any copyrighted material without the user first obtaining the prior written consent of the copyright owner. If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe any User Submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3) for further details):
(a) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
(b) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
(c) Identification of the material that is claimed to be 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 the service provider to locate the material;
(d) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
(e) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(f) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
You agree not to submit or post any User Submission to the Site, or transmit any User Submission through the Site, that (a) is contrary to the Word of God and of Jesus Christ and His teachings, or constitutes blasphemy, or is otherwise offensive to our online Christian community, (b) violates any patents, copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights, (c) is illegal, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, or libelous, (d) is abusive, hateful, harassing, or threatening, (e) promotes bigotry, racism, or hatred against any group or individual, (f) is false, misleading or constitutes a misrepresentation, (g) encourages conduct that could be illegal or give rise to civil liability or is otherwise inappropriate, or (h) promotes the exploitation of, or solicits information from, any person under the age of eighteen. You understand and agree that US-first reserves the right to review, edit, block, and delete any of your User Submissions for any reason at any time without notice, including without limitation, if US-first determines in its sole discretion that a User Submission is prohibited as provided above or otherwise violates this Agreement.
Use of Web Site; Non-Commercial Use:
The US-first Web Site is meant for ministry and personal use only and may not be used in connection with any commercial activities or endeavors or the sale of any services or products without our express prior written approval.
You agree not to: (a) initiate or operate any sweepstakes, contests, advertising barter or pyramid schemes on or through the Site; (b) solicit personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users; (c) transmit any form of chain letters or junk email to other users; (d) use any information obtained from or through the Site (i) to abuse, harass, or harm another person, (ii) for any illegal activity, or (iii) without our prior written approval, to advertise to, contact for commercial purposes, solicit, or sell to any other user; (e) use the Site for, or conduct on or through the Site, any illegal and/or unauthorized activities; or (f) establish any unauthorized framing of or linking to the Site.
US-first reserves the right to restrict the number of emails which a user may send to other users in any twenty four (24) hour period to a number which US-first deems appropriate in its sole discretion. If you send unsolicited bulk email, instant messages or other unsolicited communications of any kind through the Site you acknowledge that you will have caused substantial harm to US-first that will be difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain. As liquidated damages for such harm, you agree to pay US-first twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each such unsolicited email or other unsolicited communication you sent through the Site. Such liquidated damages shall be in addition to any and all other rights, remedies and damages to which US-first may be entitled to under this Agreement, at law or in equity.
While US-first assumes no responsibility for monitoring the Site, it will, when it deems it appropriate, investigate activity in connection with the Site that US-first believes may be illegal, unauthorized or a breach of the terms of this Agreement. If deemed appropriate by US-first, it will initiate appropriate legal action with respect to such activities, including without limitation, criminal, civil and injunctive redress. US-first reserves the right to restrict your activity on, and/or block your access to, the Site any time for any reason without notice to you.
Disputes between Users:
The resolution of disputes that may arise between users is the sole responsibility of the users and US-first has no liability or obligation with respect to any such disputes.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE SITE, CONTENT AND USER SUBMISSIONS ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND US-first EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, CONTENT AND USER SUBMISSIONS AND YOUR USE THEREOF. US-first DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM THE USE OF OUR WEB SITE OR SERVICES. THE WEB SITE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TEMPORARILY FROM TIME TO TIME FOR MAINTENANCE PURPOSES OR OTHER REASONS.
US-first DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY FOR (A) ANY INACCURACIES, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR USER SUBMISSIONS POSTED ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE OR IN ANY CONTENT OF ANY OTHER WEB SITE LINKED TO THIS SITE, (B) ANY INTERRUPTION, OMISSION, ERROR, DELAY IN OPERATION, DELETION, DEFECT, COMMUNICATIONS LINE FAILURE, DESTRUCTION, THEFT OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF THE SITE, ANY CONTENT, OR ANY USER SUBMISSIONS, (C) THE CONDUCT, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE, OF ANY USER OF THE SITE, (D) ANY TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR PROBLEMS OF ANY TELEPHONE NETWORK OR LINES, COMPUTER ONLINE SYSTEMS, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, SERVERS OR PROVIDERS, SOFTWARE, FAILURE OF VIDEO PLAYS ON ACCOUNT OF TECHNICAL PROBLEMS OR TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON THE INTERNET OR ANY WEB SITE OR COMBINATION THEREOF, (E) ANY PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT, OR USER SUBMISSIONS OR YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER USERS, (F) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SERVERS AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREON, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, USER INFORMATION, AND (G) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, WORMS, OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE, DISABLING OR MALICIOUS PROGRAMS, CODES, SUBROUTINES OR THE LIKE THAT ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SITE.
US-first ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR MONITORING THE SITE AND DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY USER SUBMISSION OR ANY OPINION, STATEMENTS OR ADVICE EXPRESSED THEREIN. US-first EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT, AND USER SUBMISSIONS AND YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER USERS. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT AND USER SUBMISSIONS AND YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER USERS IS UNDERTAKEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.
THE SITE IS OPERATED AND PROVIDED BY US-first FROM ITS FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. US-first DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE COMPLIES WITH THE LAWS OF THE JURISDICTION FROM WHICH YOU MAY BE ACCESSING THE SITE THROUGH THE INTERNET. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR LOCAL LAW. YOU AGREE THAT (A) THE SITE SHALL BE DEEMED SOLELY BASED IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND (B) THE SITE IS A PASSIVE WEB SITE THAT DOES NOT GIVE RISE TO PERSONAL JURISDICTION OVER US-first IN ANY JURISDICTION OTHER THAN THE STATE OF TEXAS.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
IN NO EVENT SHALL US-first OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND ASSIGNS (THE "US-first GROUP") BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, WHETHER BASED ON AN ACTION OR CLAIM IN CONTRACT, EQUITY, NEGLIGENCE, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT OR USER SUBMISSIONS OR YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER USERS, EVEN IF US-first HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT, THE LIABILITY OF ANY MEMBER OF THE US-first GROUP TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO US-first FOR YOUR REGISTRATION WITH THE SITE AND YOUR USE OF THE US-first SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF YOUR USE. NO CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE SITE, CONTENT OR USER SUBMISSIONS MAY BE BROUGHT BY ONE PARTY AGAINST THE OTHER PARTY MORE THAN TWO (2) YEARS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUED. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH SAYS, "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR".
YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS US-first AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, LICENSEES AND ASSIGNS, AND ALL OTHER USERS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL ROYALTIES, FEES, DAMAGES, PENALTIES, CLAIMS, COSTS AND LOSSES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH ANY OF YOUR USER SUBMISSIONS OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.
YOU AGREE TO THE EXCLUSIVE PERSONAL JURISDICTION AND VENUE OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS IN AUSTIN COUNTY, TEXAS TO ADJUDICATE ALL CLAIMS, CONTROVERSIES AND DISPUTES THAT MAY ARISE BETWEEN YOU AND ANY MEMBER OF THE US-first GROUP; PROVIDED THAT EITHER YOU OR US-first MAY DEMAND THAT SUCH DISPUTES BE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION HELD IN DALLAS, TEXAS BEFORE ONE ARBITRATOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARBITRATION RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION, SUBJECT TO EACH PARTY’S RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE RELIEF IN A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION.
This Agreement will be governed by the substantive laws of the United States of America and the State of Texas (without giving effect to any choice-of-law rules that may require the application of the laws of another jurisdiction). This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, superseding any previous or contemporaneous representations, understandings or agreements with respect thereto. There is no partnership, employee-employer, agency, franchisor-franchisee or joint venture relationship between US-first and any user. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. The failure of US-first to enforce any of the terms of this Agreement or exercise any of its rights under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such terms or rights. No waiver of any of the terms or rights in this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such terms or rights.