ZF Grants Terms and Conditions

Thanks for your interest in ZF Grants. By using this website (the "Site") and services (together with the Site, the "Services") offered by the Zcash Foundation through its ZF Grants platform ("ZF Grants," "we," or "us"), you're agreeing to these legally binding rules (the "Terms"). One element of the Services are "Grants," which are causes you can donate to advance distributed ledger and blockchain technology, such as bounties, research or crowdfunding. Grants may be created by ZF Grants or other users. ZF Grants may also request proposals for Grants on the Site.

Although ZF Grants deals primarily in Zcash, the Electric Coin Company (previously known as the "Zcash Company") and the underlying Zcash protocol are not part of ZF Grants and does not participate in the Services.

1. Accounts

You can browse ZF Grants without registering for an account, but to use some of our Services, you'll need to register and create a password. When you create and account, the information you give us must be accurate and complete. You may not impersonate anyone else or choose names that are offensive or that violate anyone's rights. If you don't follow these rules, we may cancel your account.

You're responsible for all the activity on your account, and for keeping your password confidential. If you find out that someone's used your account without your permission, you should report it to us using the contact information on the Site. To sign up for an account, you need to be at least 18 years old. We may ask you for proof of age. You can modify the information in your account at any time through your account settings. We may retain certain information as required by law or as necessary for our business purposes. All provisions of these Terms survive termination of an account, including our rights regarding any Content (as defined below).

2. Prohibited Uses

The following are prohibited:

  • Illegal Activity. Don't take any action that infringes or violates other people's rights, violates the law, or breaches any contract or legal duty you have toward anyone.

  • Fraud and Misrepresentation. Don't post information you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate. Don't do anything deceptive or fraudulent.

  • Bad Conduct. Don't do anything threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, tortious, obscene, profane, or invasive of another person's privacy.

  • Spam. Don't distribute unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material, or any junk mail, spam, or chain letters. Don't run mail lists, listservs, or any kind of auto-responder or spam on or through the Site.

  • Malware. Don't distribute malware, viruses, or anything else (code, films, programs) designed to interfere with the proper function of any software, hardware, or equipment on the Site (whether it belongs to ZF Grants or another party).

  • Interference. Don't try to interfere with the proper workings of the Services. Don't bypass any measures we've put in place to secure the Services. Don't try to damage or get unauthorized access to any system, data, password, or other information, whether it belongs to ZF Grants or another party. Don't take any action that imposes an unreasonable load on our infrastructure, or on our third-party providers. (We reserve the right to determine what's reasonable.) Don't use any kind of software or device (whether it's manual or automated) to "crawl" or "spider" any part of the Site.

  • Reverse Engineering. Don't take apart or reverse engineer any aspect of the Services in an effort to access things like source code, underlying ideas, or algorithms.

3. How Grants Work

This is the process when you're funding a Grant:

The Services act as a funding platform for Grants. Users can donate to Grants posted on the Services as they choose. The Services only allow for donations and payouts in Zcash. When you donate, you send Zcash immediately and it is settled on the Zcash blockchain. The exact amount you pledged is the amount ZF Grants will collect. Once a Grant reaches its funding goal, ZF Grants funds the Grant. If a Grant does not reach its funding goal, ZF Grant will refund your donation to your original payment method if possible. Some Grants may allow you donate anonymously. If you have anonymously donated and the Grant does not reach its funding goal, your donation will be converted to a general donation to the Zcash Foundation.

These are the terms that apply when you're creating a Grant:

When you create a Grant, ZF Grants may require additional information about you and may obtain information about you from publicly available sources. We may also request additional information from you for other purposes, for example when such information is necessary to comply with applicable law. All such information is governed by our Privacy Policy. ZF Grants may require that you agree to additional terms and conditions specific to your Grant before your Grant is posted on the Site. ZF Grants has sole discretion to determine when your Grant goal has been fulfilled or when a certain milestone has been reached. Your Grant reaching its funding goal does not obligate ZF Grants to fund your Grant, ZF Grants reserves its right to withhold funding if we feel you have violated these Terms or that your Grant is detrimental to ZF Grants, Zcash, or other relevant technologies. You understand that Grants are funded in Zcash and thus the value of Grant funding when converted to other currency may fluctuate due to fluctuations in the value of Zcash.

4. ZF Grant Responsibilities

ZF Grants isn't liable for any damages or losses related to your use of the Services. We don't become involved in disputes between users, or between users and any third party relating to the use of the Services. We don't endorse any content users submit to the Site. When you use the Services, you release ZF Grants from claims, damages, and demands of every kind --- known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed --- arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Services. All content you access through the Services is at your own risk. You're solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss to any party.

5. Other Websites

The Site may contain links to other websites. When you access third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. We don't control or endorse those sites. Information you provide to those third parties is governed under their privacy policy, not ours. When you fund a Grant, you're also agreeing to the payment processor's terms of service and privacy policy.

6. Your Intellectual Property

ZF Grants doesn't own content you submit to us (your "Content"). But we do need certain licenses from you in order to perform our Services. When you provide Content, you agree:

  • We can use your Content. You grant to us, and others acting on our behalf, the worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right to use, exercise, commercialize, and exploit the copyright, publicity, trademark, and database rights with respect to your Content.

  • We can make changes to Content. You grant us the right to edit, modify, reformat, excerpt, delete, or translate any of your Content.

  • You have the right to submit the Content for our use. Your Content will not contain third-party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third-party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material, or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material (and to grant ZF Grants all the license rights outlined here). By submitting Content, you represent that you are legally allowed to share the Content with ZF Grants. You will pay all royalties and other amounts owed to any person or entity based on your Content, or on ZF Grants' hosting of that Content.

  • That if we use the Content we're not violating anyone's rights or copyrights. If ZF Grants or its users exploit or make use of Content in the ways contemplated here, you represent that this will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including (without limitation) any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

  • You're responsible for the Content. All information and Content submitted to the Site, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom that content originated.

7. ZF Grants's Intellectual Property

ZF Grants' Services are legally protected in various ways, including copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, and other rights and laws. You agree not to infringe on any rights of ZF Grants and to respect all copyright and other legal notices, information, and restrictions contained in any content accessed through the Site. You also agree not to change, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of the Service.

ZF Grants grants you revocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, and non-transferable license to reproduce content from the Services for personal use only. If you want to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, or store any content for a commercial purpose, you need prior written permission from ZF Grants. A "commercial purpose" means you intend to use, sell, license, rent, or otherwise exploit content for commercial use, in any way.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act lays out a system of legal requirements for dealing with allegations of copyright infringement. ZF Grants complies with the DMCA, and we respond to notices of alleged infringement if they comply with the law and our reasonable requirements necessary to investigate the compliant. We reserve the right to delete or disable content alleged to be infringing, and to terminate accounts for repeat infringers. We do this when appropriate and at our sole discretion.

If you'd like to submit a claim of copyright infringement, our designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement is:

Zcash Foundation

1390 Chain Bridge Road, #A132

McLean, VA 22101

contact@zfnd.org

9. Our Rights

ZF Grants reserves these rights:

  • We can make changes to the ZF Grants Site and Services without notice or liability.

  • We have the right to decide who's eligible to use ZF Grants. We can cancel accounts or decline to offer our Services. If these things are prohibited by law where you live, then we revoke your right to use ZF Grants in that jurisdiction.

  • We have the right to cancel any donation to any Grant, at any time and for any reason.

  • We have the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend any Grant at any time and for any reason.

ZF Grants is not liable for any damages as a result of any of these actions.

10. Warranty Disclaimer

You use our Services solely at your own risk. They are provided to you "as is" and "as available" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. ZF GRANTS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY ANY COURSE OF DEALING, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, OR USAGE OF TRADE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION (ORAL OR WRITTEN) OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ZF GRANTS SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY. ZF GRANTS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF ACCURACY RELATING TO ALL CONTENT AND INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE OF FROM ZF GRANTS.

11. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and other legal costs) that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of ZF Grants or breach of these Terms. We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to this indemnification clause, in which case you agree that you'll cooperate and help us in asserting any defenses.

12. Limitation of Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ZF GRANTS, ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, PARTNERS, SUPPLIERS, OR CONTENT PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES (I) RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (II) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, DATA LOSS, OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OR SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; OR (III) FOR ANY CONDUCT OF CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ZF GRANTS' LIABILITY FOR DIRECT DAMAGES BE IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00). YOU AGREE THAT THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS A MATERIAL PART OF THESE TERMS AND THAT ZF GRANTS WOULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WITHOUT IT.

13. Dispute Resolution and Governing Law

ZF Grants encourages you to contact us if you're having an issue before resorting to the courts. In the unfortunate situation where legal action does arise, these Terms (and all other rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference or posted by ZF Grants) will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado and the United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and without application of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act or the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods. You agree that ZF Grants and its Services are deemed a passive website that does not give rise to jurisdiction over ZF Grants or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers, or shareholders, either specific or general, in any jurisdiction other than the State of Colorado. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms, or your use or non-use of ZF Grants, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Denver, Colorado, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any dispute, action, or proceeding.

14. Other Terms

These Terms and the other material referenced in them are the entire agreement between you and ZF Grants with respect to the Services. They supersede all other communications and proposals (whether oral, written, or electronic) between you and ZF Grants with respect to the Services and govern our future relationship. If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid under the law, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms otherwise will remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either you or ZF Grants to exercise any right provided for in these Terms in any way won't be deemed a waiver of any other rights. These Terms are personal to you. You can't assign them, transfer them, or sublicense them unless you get ZF Grants' prior written consent. ZF Grants has the right to assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and obligations under these Terms without your consent. ZF Grants will provide you notice via email, written notice, or by conspicuously posting the notice on our Site. We may change these Terms from time to time, and may choose to notify you of material changes to them via email or by posting notice on the Site.