Terms of Service

1.  Introduction

Thank you for visiting EarthEcho International’s websites and, if applicable, choosing to download and/or install any of our Apps.  Please read these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy carefully, as you must agree to both documents in order to be permitted to use our Service.

2.  Definitions

Throughout this Agreement, we may use certain words or phrases, and it is important that you understand the meaning of them.  The list is not all-encompassing and no definition should be considered binding to the point that it renders this Agreement nonsensical:

“Agreement” refers to these Terms of Service;

“App” refers to our mobile software applications, including the EarthEcho Water Challenge App;

“Service” refers to the services that we provide, including our program materials, App and our Site;

“Site” refers to our websites, www.earthecho.org, www.monitorwater.org, and http://stemexplore.org/;

“User” refers to anyone who uses our Service, including users of our App, general visitors to our Site, and you;

“EarthEcho International” refers to our organization, Earth Echo International, Inc.; our Site; our App; our Service; or a combination of all or some of the preceding definitions, depending on the context in which the phrase is used;

“You” refers to you, the person who is entering into this Agreement with EarthEcho International.

3.  What Our Service Does

EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  Our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.  Our approach is simple: EarthEcho International’s programs utilize 21st century tools and interactive resources to empower and equip youth to identify and solve environmental challenges by taking action in their own communities. These programs include:

EarthEcho Water Challenge

EarthEcho Expeditions

EarthEcho STEMExplore

EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council

 

4.  Eligibility

In order to use our Service, you must meet a number of conditions, including but not limited to:

You must not be in violation of any embargoes, export controls, or other laws of the United States or other countries having jurisdiction over this Agreement, EarthEcho International, and yourself.  For example, if the Office of Foreign Assets Control prohibits conducting financial transactions with nationals, residents, or banks of your country, you must not use our Service.
You must be at least 13 years of age in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  If you live in a jurisdiction other than the United States and your jurisdiction has a higher minimum age to use our Site or Service without parental consent, then you must be at least that age.
You must provide us with personal information and other information that we deem necessary to provide you with our Service.
If you wish to submit one or more photos to EarthEcho International, the photos must be owned by you, must have been taken by you, and you must have the permission of anyone who appears in them to submit them to EarthEcho International under the terms of this Agreement.

5.  Rules of Use

You must not:

Violate the laws of the United States, its states, or any foreign political entity having jurisdiction over this Agreement, whether or not the foreign political entity is a country or a subdivision (such as a state or province) or municipality (such as a city, town, county, or region) of a foreign country.
Post or send anything violent, threatening, pornographic, racist, hateful, or otherwise objectionable according to the opinion of EarthEcho International.
Infringe on anyone’s intellectual property rights or privacy rights, defame anyone, impersonate anyone, or otherwise violate the rights of a third party.
Hack, crack, phish, SQL inject, or otherwise compromise the security or integrity of EarthEcho International Sites, App, Service, or its Users’ computers.
Do anything else which could bring EarthEcho International into disrepute or violate the rights of any person.

6.  Limited Licenses

You agree that you are being provided with a limited license to download and install one copy of our App.  You must not attempt to reverse engineer, distribute, or otherwise tamper with or copy our App.  EarthEcho International may revoke this license to you at any time at which point you agree that you shall remove our App and any of its derivative data from any devices under your possession or control.  EarthEcho International shall not be liable to you for any loss in the event of such a revocation.

You hereby grant to EarthEcho International a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use any and all information, photos or other content that you submit through the Service, subject to the EarthEcho International Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://earthecho.org/terms-of-use. You understand and agree that photos or comments you submit through the Service are not private under the terms of the Privacy Policy and will be made publicly available.

7.  Third Party Sites and Charges

The Site may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by persons other than EarthEcho International.  A hyperlink from the Site to another website does not imply or mean that EarthEcho International endorses the content on that website or the operator or operations of that website.  You are solely responsible for determining the extent to which you may use any content at any other websites to which you might link from the Site.  You agree not to hold EarthEcho International responsible for the content or operation of such websites.

The use of our Service may also result in third party charges including, but not limited to, data charges assessed by your mobile phone provider.  You agree that EarthEcho International is not liable to you for any third party charges incurred by you as the result of your use of our Service, and you are hereby advised to review your contract with your mobile phone provider to ensure that you do not incur any unexpected third party charges.

8.  Our Copyright

You agree not to copy, distribute, display, disseminate, or otherwise reproduce any of the information on the Site without receiving our prior written permission.

9.  Trademarks

“World Water Monitoring Challenge,” “EarthEcho International” and associated logos are marks used by us, EarthEcho International, to uniquely identify our Site, App, Service, and business.  You agree not to use these marks or the marks of any of our partners, sponsors, or services providers anywhere without our prior written consent.  Additionally, you agree not to use our trade dress, or copy the look and feel of our website or its design, without our prior written consent.  You agree that this paragraph goes beyond the governing law on intellectual property law, and includes prohibitions on any competition that violates the provisions of this paragraph, including starting your own competing website or business.

10.  Revocation of Consent

We may revoke our consent for your use of our intellectual property, or any other permission granted to you under this Agreement, at any time.  You agree that if we so request, you must take immediate action to remove any usage of our intellectual property that you may have engaged in, even if it would cause a loss to you.

11.  Representations & Warranties

WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OF OUR SERVICE OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE RELEASING US FROM ANY LIABILITY THAT WE MAY OTHERWISE HAVE TO YOU IN RELATION TO OR ARISING FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR OUR SERVICES, FOR REASONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FAILURE OF OUR SERVICE, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER TORT.  TO THE EXTENT THAT APPLICABLE LAW RESTRICTS THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY, YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE ONLY LIABLE TO YOU FOR THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF DAMAGES THAT THE LAW RESTRICTS OUR LIABILITY TO, IF SUCH A MINIMUM EXISTS.

 

YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY THIRD PARTIES WHO MAY USE OUR SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PEOPLE WHO COMMIT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT, DEFAMATION, TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH ECONOMIC RELATIONS, OR ANY OTHER ACTIONABLE CONDUCT TOWARDS YOU.

 

YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY FAILURE OF THE GOODS OR SERVICES OF EARTHECHO INTERNATIONAL OR A THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING ANY FAILURES OR DISRUPTIONS, UNTIMELY DELIVERY, SCHEDULED OR UNSCHEDULED, INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL, ON OUR WEBSITE WHICH PREVENT ACCESS TO OUR WEBSITE TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY.

 

THE PROVISION OF OUR SERVICE TO YOU IS CONTINGENT ON YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THIS AND ALL OTHER SECTIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT.  NOTHING IN THE PROVISIONS OF THIS “REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES” SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE GENERALITY OF THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS SECTION.

 

For Jurisdictions that do not allow us to limit our liability: Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement, if your jurisdiction has provisions specific to waiver or liability that conflict with the above then our liability is limited to the smallest extent possible by law.  Specifically, in those jurisdictions not allowed, we do not disclaim liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence or that of any of its officers, employees or agents; or (b) fraudulent misrepresentation; or (c) any liability which it is not lawful to exclude either now or in the future.

 

IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF A JURISDICTION THAT REQUIRES A SPECIFIC STATEMENT REGARDING RELEASE THEN THE FOLLOWING APPLIES.  FOR EXAMPLE, CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS MUST, AS A CONDITION OF THIS AGREEMENT, WAIVE THE APPLICABILITY OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH STATES, “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR."  YOU HEREBY WAIVE THIS SECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE.  YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY SIMILAR PROVISION IN LAW, REGULATION, OR CODE THAT HAS THE SAME INTENT OR EFFECT AS THE AFOREMENTIONED RELEASE.

12.  Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless for any claims by you or any third party which may arise from or relate to this Agreement or the provision of our Service to you, including any damages caused by your use of our Site or acceptance of the offers contained on it.  You also agree that you have a duty to defend us against such claims and we may require you to pay for an attorney(s) of our choice in such cases.  You agree that this indemnity extends to requiring you to pay for our reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements.  In the event of a claim such as one described in this paragraph, we may elect to settle with the party/parties making the claim, and you shall be liable for the damages as though we had proceeded with a trial.

13.  Choice of Law

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws in force in the District of Columbia, United States of America, without regard to conflict-of-laws principles.  The offer and acceptance of this contract are deemed to have occurred in the District of Columbia, United States of America.

14.  Forum of Dispute

You agree that any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement will be heard solely by a court of competent jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, United States of America.  Specifically, where the subject matter of a dispute is eligible for it, you agree that any disputes shall be heard solely within the Small Claims and Conciliation Branch of the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, United States of America (“Small Claims Court”).

If a dispute claims multiple claims and one or more of those claims would be eligible to be heard by the Small Claims Court, you agree not to bring the other claims against us and to instead proceed within the Small Claims Court.

If you would be entitled in a dispute to an amount exceeding the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court, you agree to waive your right to collect any damages in excess of the monetary jurisdiction and instead still bring your claim within the Small Claims Court.

You agree that if a dispute is eligible to be heard in Small Claims Court but you would be entitled to an additional or alternative remedy in a higher court, such as injunctive relief, you will waive your right to that remedy and still bring the dispute within the Small Claims Court.

If you bring a dispute in a manner other than in accordance with this section, you agree that we may move to have it dismissed, and that you will be responsible for our reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements in doing so.

You agree that the unsuccessful party in any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement will be responsible for the reimbursement of the successful party’s reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements.

15.  Force Majeure

You agree that we are not responsible to you for anything that we may otherwise be responsible for, if it is the result of events beyond our control, including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, insurrection, riots, terrorism, crime, labor shortages (including lawful and unlawful strikes), embargoes, postal disruption, communication disruption, unavailability of payment processors, failure or shortage of infrastructure, shortage of materials, or any other event beyond our control.

16.  Severability

In the event that a provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful, conflicting with another provision of the Agreement, or otherwise unenforceable, the Agreement will remain in force as though it had been entered into without that unenforceable provision being included in it.

If two or more provisions of this Agreement are deemed to conflict with each other’s operation, EarthEcho International shall have the sole right to elect which provision remains in force.

17.  Non-Waiver

EarthEcho International reserves all rights afforded to us under this Agreement as well as under the provisions of any applicable law.  Our non-enforcement of any particular provision or provisions of this Agreement or any applicable law should not be construed as our waiver of the right to enforce that same provision under the same or different circumstances at any time in the future.

18.  Termination & Cancellation

We may terminate your access to our Site and Service at our discretion without explanation, though we will strive to provide a timely explanation in most cases.  Our liability for refunding you, if you have paid anything to us, will be limited to the amount you paid for goods or services which have not yet been and will not be delivered, except in cases where the termination or cancellation was due to your breach of this Agreement, in which case you agree that we are not required to provide any refund or other compensation whatsoever.

Under no circumstances, including termination or cancellation of our Service to you, will we be liable for any losses related to actions of other Users.

19.  Assignment of Rights

You may not assign your rights and/or obligations under this Agreement to any other party without our prior written consent.  We may assign our rights and/or obligations under this Agreement to any other party at our discretion.

20.  Amendments

We may amend this Agreement from time to time.  When we amend this Agreement, we will update this page accordingly.  You must read this page each time you use our Service and your continued use of our Service shall constitute your acceptance of any such amendments.

21.  California Users and Residents

Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1789.3, any questions about pricing, complaints, or inquiries about EarthEcho International must be addressed to our agent for notice and sent via certified mail to that agent.  For our agent’s current contact information, please send a request to us at info@earthecho.org.

Lastly, California users are also entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice: The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.

Last Modified:  March 15, 2017