This document constitutes a legally binding agreement between you and Skout, Inc. ("Skout") The Service(s) are not intended for use by children under 13 years of age.
Agreement to Terms
By accessing or using our Services, you agree that (1) you are age 13 or older, (2) you understand and agree to these Terms, and (3) if you are between the ages of 13 and 18, your legal guardian has reviewed and agrees to these Terms.
IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE SERVICE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, THEN YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE. USE OF THE SERVICE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Changes to Terms or Services
We may modify the Terms at any time, in our sole discretion. If we do so, we'll let you know either by posting the modified Terms on the Site or through other communications. It's important that you review the Terms whenever we modify them because if you continue to use the Services after we have posted modified Terms on the Site, you are agreeing to be bound by the modified Terms. If you don't agree to be bound by the modified Terms, then you can't use the Services anymore. If you object to any change or modification, your sole recourse shall be to cease using the Services. YOU AGREE THAT SKOUT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY CHANGE OR MODIFICATION TO THESE TERMS. Except as may be expressly specified otherwise by Skout with respect to paid portions of the Services, we reserve the right to add, change, suspend or discontinue the Services, or any aspect or feature of the Services, without notice or liability.
Who May Use the Services
You may use the Services only if you are 13 years or older and are not prohibited from using the Services under applicable law or under any provision of these Terms. Additional eligibility requirements are as follows.
Eligibility on Skout - Adult Community
You must be at least 18 years old to use the Skout Adult Site or to register for the Services. By using the Adult Site, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old. If you're between the ages of 13-17, you may use Skout for Teens.
Eligibility on Skout - Teen Community
You must be at least 13 years old or older to use the Skout Teen Site or to register for the Services. By using the Teen Site, you represent and warrant that you are at least 13 years old. Please note that if you register for Skout for Teens, when you turn 18 you will automatically be migrated to the Skout Adult Site and your minor friends will be lost.
If you're younger than 13, go outside and play!
Eligibility on Skout - Criminal History and Background Checks of Users
By requesting to use, registering to use, and/or using the Adult or Teen Skout Service, you represent and warrant that you have never been convicted of a felony and/or are not required to register as a sex offender with any government entity. Skout DOES NOT CURRENTLY CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND SCREENINGS ON ITS MEMBERS. However, Skout reserves the right to conduct any criminal background check, at any time and using available public records, to confirm your compliance with your representations and warrants above. BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU HEREBY AUTHORIZE ANY SUCH CHECK.
Creating a Skout Account
To access and use the Services, you will need to register and create an account (your "Account"). You can do this by providing an email address and password or through your account with Facebook. When creating an Account, you will be required to provide certain personal information about yourself, including your age. If you choose to register your Account using your Facebook account, we will extract certain personal information from your Facebook account, such as your name, age, email address and other personal information that your privacy settings on your Facebook account permit us to access. Only users who are 18 or older may register an Account on BoyAhoy.
It's important that you provide us with accurate, complete and up-to-date information for your Account, and you agree to update such information, as needed, to keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date. Because Skout maintains separate communities for users who are between the ages of 13 and 17 and users who are 18 and older, it is especially important that you are truthful when identifying your age. Your profile may be deleted, and your Account may be terminated without warning, if we believe that you are under 13 years of age, if you represent yourself as under the age of 18 and we believe that you have misrepresented your age, or if we believe you are over 18 and represent yourself as under 18.
You agree that you won't disclose your Account password to anyone and you'll notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your Account. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your Account, whether or not you know about them.
Content and Content Rights
For purposes of these Terms: "Content" means text, graphics, images, music, software, audio, video, works of authorship of any kind, and information or other materials that are posted, generated, provided or otherwise made available through the Services; and "User Content" means any Content that Account holders (including you) provide to be made available through the Services. Accordingly, Content includes but is not limited to User Content.
Content Ownership, Responsibility and Removal
Skout does not claim any ownership rights in any Content that you make available through the Services and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit your User Content. Subject to the foregoing, Skout and its licensors exclusively own all right, title and interest in and to the Services and Content, including all associated intellectual property rights. You acknowledge that the Services and Content are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of the United States and foreign countries. You agree not to remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Services or Content.
Rights in User Content Granted by You
By making any User Content available through Services you hereby grant to Skout a perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, copy, modify, create derivative works based upon, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform and distribute your User Content in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Account holders.
You are solely responsible for all your User Content. You represent and warrant that you own all your User Content or you have all rights that are necessary to grant us the license rights in your User Content under these Terms. You also represent and warrant that neither your User Content, nor your use and provision of your User Content to be made available through the Services, nor any use of your User Content by Skout on or through the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party's intellectual property rights, rights of publicity or privacy, or any other rights or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
You can remove your User Content by specifically deleting it from your profile. However, in certain instances, some of your User Content (such as virtual gifts you give or chat messages you send) may not be completely removed and copies of your User Content may continue to exist on the Services. We are not responsible or liable for the removal or deletion of (or the failure to remove or delete) any of your User Content.
Rights in Content Granted by Skout
Subject to your compliance with these Terms, Skout grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicenseable license to download, view, copy, display and print the Content solely in connection with your permitted use of the Services and solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes.
Virtual Items; Skout Points
You may obtain points through the Apps ("Skout Points") or other virtual items by engaging in certain actions (for example, by downloading third party apps) or purchasing them for the amounts set forth in the Apps. Skout Points and such other virtual items are referred to collectively as "Virtual Items." Virtual Items are digital items only, and regardless of the terminology used, have no cash value and may never be redeemed for "real world" money. Your right to use any Virtual Items that you obtain is limited to a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicenseable, revocable right to use such Skout Points or other Virtual Items solely within the Apps, for example, to send "gifts" to other users, save pictures or use the "checked me out" functionality. Except for the limited rights described herein, you have no property interest or right or title in or to any Virtual Items, which remain the exclusive property of Skout. The scope, variety and type of Virtual Items that you may obtain can change at any time. Skout has the absolute right to manage, regulate, control, modify or eliminate such Virtual Items as it sees fit in its sole discretion, and Skout will have no liability to you or any third party for the exercise of such rights at any time.
Except where explicitly authorized within the Services, (i) transfers of Virtual Items between you and Account holders or third parties are strictly prohibited; (ii) outside of the Services, you may not buy or sell any Virtual Items for "real world" money or otherwise exchange items for value; and (iii) Skout does not recognize any such purported transfers of Virtual Items, nor the purported sale, gift or trade in the "real world" of anything that appears in the Services. Any attempt to do any of the foregoing is a violation of these Terms and will result in an automatic termination of your rights to use the Virtual Items and may result in termination of your Account, a lifetime ban from the Service and/or possible legal action. All Virtual Items are forfeited if your Account is terminated or suspended for any reason, in Skout's sole and absolute discretion, or if Skout discontinues providing the Services or Virtual Items.
Acceptable Use Policy
We ask that you respect our community of users and our desire for such users to feel safe when using the Services, including any Content. Accordingly, you agree that you'll only use the Services for lawful purposes and in a manner that is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy. If you use the Services in a manner that is inconsistent with our Acceptable Use Policy we may suspend or terminate your Account.
Rules and Restrictions
As a condition of your use of the Services, and without limiting your other obligations under these Terms, you agree to comply with the restrictions and rules of use set forth in this Section as well as any additional restrictions or rules set forth in the Services.
The Services are for your personal and noncommercial use only. You shall not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, reverse engineer, transfer or sell for any commercial purposes any portion of the Services, use of the Services or access to the Services, except for limited reverse engineering activities that may be, and only to the extent, permitted by applicable law.
You also agree not to:
- interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services;
- interfere with, disrupt or circumvent any security feature of the Services;
- use the Services to violate, whether intentionally or unintentionally, any applicable local, state, national or international law;
- use the Service to harm minors in any way;
- use the Services to reveal any personal information about another individual, including any information that may be used to track, contact or impersonate that individual;
- defraud or mislead Skout or other users or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- create any Account by automated means or false pretenses or use any other user's Account for any purpose, including to circumvent a suspension or ban; or
- disguise the origin of any access to the Services.
You further agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable User Content, and you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
This provision is not meant to be exhaustive, and Skout reserves the right to determine what conduct it considers to be in violation of this provision or otherwise outside the spirit of the Services and to take action, which may include termination of your Account and exclusion from further participation in the Services.
Safety and Security
We care about your safety and have created a resource to help you use our Services. Please review our Safety Awareness Center for important tips to help you stay safe when using our Services. While we take steps to provide a safe user environment in our online communities, Skout is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of its Services. If you are a member of our teen community, Skout encourages you to discuss with your parent(s) or guardian(s) online safety issues for all of your social media memberships, including your Skout account.
Disclosure to Protect Abuse Victims
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Terms, Skout reserves the right, but has no obligation, to disclose any information that you submit to the Service if in its sole opinion Skout suspects or has reason to suspect that the information involves a party who may be the victim of abuse in any form. Abuse may include without limitation elder abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. Information may be disclosed to authorities that Skout, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate to handle such disclosure. Appropriate authorities may include without limitation law enforcement agencies, child protection agencies, or court officials. You hereby acknowledge and agree that Skout is permitted to make such disclosures.
Skout's Enforcement Rights
Although we are not obligated to monitor access to or use of the Services or Content or to review or edit any Content, we have the right to do so including, but not limited to, for the purpose of operating the Services, to ensure compliance with these Terms, or to comply with applicable law or other legal requirements. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove or disable access to any Content, at any time and without notice, including, but not limited to, if we, in our sole discretion, consider any Content to be objectionable or in violation of these Terms. We have the right to investigate violations of these Terms or conduct that affects the Services. We may also consult and cooperate with law enforcement authorities to prosecute users who violate the law.
Complaints and Law Enforcement Contact Information
To resolve a complaint regarding the Service, you should review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by clicking on the Safety page or the "Contact Us" located at the bottom of any page of the Skout website, or e-mail us by clicking here. Law enforcement officials may send correspondence (such as subpoenas, court orders and warrants) to Skout via email to: TrustAndSafety@skout.com. All other communication or inquiries sent to this email address will be discarded.
Skout respects copyright law and expects its users to do the same. It is Skout's policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances Account holders who repeatedly infringe or are believed to be repeatedly infringing the rights of copyright holders. Please see Skout's Copyright Policy, for further information. We reserve the right to delete or disable content alleged to be infringing and to terminate repeat infringers.
Links to Third Party Sites or Resources
The Services may include links to other apps or sites that are not operated by us, including through advertisements. We are providing these links to you only as a convenience and are not responsible for the content or links displayed on such apps or sites. If you decide to download a third-party app or access a third-party site, even if you do so to earn "free Skout Points", you assume all risk related to such access and use.
You acknowledge and agree that any feedback, comments or suggestions you may provide regarding the Services ("Feedback") will be the sole and exclusive property of Skout and you hereby irrevocably assign to us all of your right, title and interest in and to all Feedback. You agree that unless otherwise prohibited by law, Skout may use, sell, disclose and otherwise exploit the Feedback in any way and for any purpose, without restriction and without compensation to you.
We may terminate your access to and use of the Services, at our sole discretion, at any time and without notice to you. You may deactivate your Account at any time by clicking the "Deactivate Account" button within your Settings page. When you deactivate your account, your profile and Account will not be viewable by other members of the Services. If you do not reactivate your account within 60 days, your Account will be terminated and closed. Upon any termination, discontinuation or cancellation of Services or your Account, all provisions of these Terms which by their nature should survive will survive, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, limitations of liability, and dispute resolution provisions.
THE SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE EXPLICITLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE QUALITY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, TRUTHFULNESS, COMPLETENESS OR RELIABILITY OF THE SERVICES OR ANY CONTENT.
Limitation of Liability
NEITHER SKOUT NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SERVICES OR CONTENT WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE, OR THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES (REGARDLESS OF HOW SUCH DAMAGES ARE CHARACTERIZED) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR CONTENT, OR BODILY INJURY, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMMUNICATIONS OR MEETINGS WITH OTHER REGISTERED USERS, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT SKOUT HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THESES EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
IN NO EVENT WILL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF SKOUT OR ITS AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, CONSULTANTS OR AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "SKOUT PARTIES") ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR CONTENT EXCEED THE GREATER OF THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID TO SKOUT FOR USE OF THE SERVICES OR CONTENT OR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100). THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN SKOUT AND YOU.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding the Services, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Services. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect.
You may not assign or transfer these Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without Skout's prior written consent. Any attempt by you to assign or transfer these Terms, without such consent, will be null and of no effect. Skout may freely assign or transfer these Terms without restriction. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.
Any notices or other communications provided by Skout under these Terms, including those regarding modifications to these Terms, will be given: (i) by Skout via email; or (ii) by posting to the Services. For notices made by e-mail, the date of receipt will be deemed the date on which such notice is transmitted.
Skout's failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. The waiver of any such right or provision will be effective only if in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of Skout. As used in these Terms, the word "including" means "including but not limited to." Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under these Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies under these Terms or otherwise.
Questions & Contact Information
Please contact us if you have any questions about our Terms.
Last Updated August 28, 2013