Terms of Use

Last Updated June 20, 2013

Please read our terms of use before using any of our sites, services, or apps. By using our sites, services, or apps, you are agreeing to these terms. The legally-binding language is on the left; the human-friendly language is on the right. Questions? Please email us at support@helloreverb.com.

By using HelloReverb.com or Wordnik.com, creating an account at Wordnik.com, using the Reverb app or the Reverb for Publishers plugin, or by using other services that we create, you agree to these terms of use.

Some of our products and services might have other terms and conditions you’ll need to agree to in order to use them (for example, our developer APIs). If you want to use those services, those terms and conditions will take precedence over these.

Really, we totally mean this. If you use our site, register, leave a comment, or install something we make, you are telling us that you agree to our terms of use. That’s why we’re using the all caps.

Every once in a while we are probably going to have to update these terms and conditions. When we update them, we will post the new terms here, and put the date of the last change at the top, or we’ll send you an email.

If you keep using our sites, apps, and services after we change the terms, you are implicitly agreeing to the new terms. If you don’t agree with the new terms, you can stop using our sites, apps, and services.

To use some site and service features, you’ll need to register and create an account. You’ll need an account to post comments on Wordnik.com, or to use the Reverb Application or Reverb for Publishers, for example.

In order to set up an account for you, we’ll need some information, including a username and password. You agree to give us accurate information when setting up your account, and if you don’t, we can close your account. (For instance, if you give us a fake email address and it bounces, we can close your account, even if your username and password are fine.)

You agree to keep your password secret. (It’s a good idea.) If someone else uses your account, you’re responsible for what they do, whether or not you gave them permission. If you find that someone is using your account without your permission, you agree to tell us right away.

We couldn't figure out a way to make that clearer.

We might run ads on our sites, in our apps, or via our services. If you click on any ads, or start any relationships with any advertisers, we are not responsible for (and we don’t guarantee) their behavior. For instance, if you buy a giant inflatable hedgehog from an ad on one of our sites, and it doesn’t inflate all the way (and therefore ruins your birthday party!) we are not to blame. If you sue Giant Inflatable Hedgehog, Inc., you agree not to name us in the suit.

If you connect to our Reverb app with Facebook or Twitter, you are agreeing that we can show you content shared with you through Facebook or Twitter, subject of course to their terms of use or service. We are not responsible for any charges your mobile carrier may bill you for while using our apps and services.

We also can't guarantee that even if you connect an account, data from that account will be available to you through our apps and services. We also can't guarantee that you won't see offensive, upsetting, disturbing, or just plain stupid content, and we reserve the right to block or remove that content (or any content) from being available through our apps or services at any time.

Content being available through our apps or services does not magically make the rights of the copyright holders not apply.

If you use our services for content recommendations, you will have some options in how those recommendations are displayed (for instance, by setting preferences).

We spent a lot of time coming up with the services we offer and with the names Reverb and Wordnik (and we trademarked it!). So please don’t steal our stuff, use our name to refer to things that we haven’t made, or change our sites, apps, and services to remove or hide our name or other ownership markers.

As long as you behave nicely, you can use our sites, apps, and services. You don’t have the right to resell our sites, apps, and services, or to misuse them. Using our sites, apps, and services does not give you any rights of ownership in them.

Also, you may not use our sites, apps, and services to design missiles, or chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons.

You can add content to our sites, apps, and services, but please do so only if you have the rights to do so.

By adding content or using services of ours that share content (such as Reverb for Publishers), you agree to let us share that content in our sites, apps, and services.

We do not claim any copyright in your content.

Agreeing to let us use your content in this way makes it possible for us to show your comments on Wordnik.com, lead people to your blog posts via Reverb for Publishers, and so on.

You give us permission to show your content (for example your word lists on Wordnik.com, or part of your blog post via Reverb for Publishers), but we don’t own your content.

You own your content, and none of your rights in your content (to publish, sell, transfer, etc.) are restricted by this agreement.

Again, please don’t upload things you don’t have the right to upload. If you contribute something, we’re going to assume that you have the necessary rights.

Don’t add malicious stuff!

There are lots of ways to reach us, including via email at support@helloreverb.com. If you send us feedback via any method (email, Twitter, use of support tools such as Get Satisfaction, smoke signals), we then have the right to use that information for any reasonable purpose, such as testimonials, improving our service, and so on.

We can't promise that every person using Reverb, Wordnik, or our APIs or other services is a fine, upstanding human being (we'd like to believe they are, but we can't guarantee it). You should use common sense while interacting with other users. If you meet up with another user in person and they turn out to be a jerk (or an axe murderer), we are not responsible.

Here's a whole list of things you should not do:

Simply, don’t be a jerk. Don’t upload content that doesn’t belong to you, that is offensive or harassing, goads people into illegal behavior, or is otherwise unhelpful.

Don’t try to access parts of our sites, apps, or services that are not intended for public view, please.

Don’t try to bypass security, either.

Don’t use our sites, apps, or services to send spam. Nobody likes it.

Please don’t pass yourselves off as us, either.

Please use our sites, apps, and services in the spirit in which they were intended to be used, and not for elaborate moneymaking schemes. (They won’t work, anyway.)

Don’t pretend to be us in email or in newsgroups, or elsewhere online.

Don’t poke around in our code – we have lots of open-source software, or, if you’re curious about how we do things, please ask! We’re happy to help.

Don’t try to prevent others from using our sites, apps, or services.

Don’t take other people’s personal information from our sites, apps, or services. Don't hack accounts. Don't troll, lie, or discriminate through our sites, services, or apps.

Don’t claim to be someone you’re not.

Don’t do illegal stuff.

Don’t egg other people on to do illegal stuff. Seriously bro, not cool.

If we discover bad behavior on your part, we will do what we can to stop it, including taking legal action, but we have no obligation to monitor our sites, services, or apps to prevent potential harm, and we are not responsible for any harm that might result from content contributed by users. Also, if we think your contributed content is harmful, unhelpful, or just plain cruddy, we can take it down, or otherwise keep it from being displayed on our sites, apps, and services.

Some of our services may be marked as "beta", and they have extra terms of use associated with them, set out here.

If you use a site, app, or service that is marked as being “in beta,” we don’t guarantee that it will work as advertised, or even at all. Stuff may break.

If stuff breaks on one of our beta sites, apps, or services, we won’t provide technical support.

Once a beta product is out of the beta period, we may discontinue your access to it. We may replace the product with an upgraded version, or, if an upgraded version is not produced, your access may be discontinued after six months.

Don't use our stuff to violate other people's copyright.

We comply with the DMCA.

If you file a fraudulent DMCA claim, you may have to pay damages to us. And we will really enjoy buying snacks for the office with that money.

Here’s how to file a DMCA Counter-Notification. If you file a fraudulent DMCA Counter-Notification, you may have to pay damages.

Our sites, services, and apps may link to other people’s sites, services, and apps. We don’t claim any responsibility for the content, products, or services available at those links, and our links are not an endorsement of those sites, services, or apps.

We might have contests! If we do, there will be specific rules for the contest, with possible other terms, and those will take precedence over these, if they conflict. (Good luck!)

We can cancel your access to our sites, services, and apps, and will do so if you behave badly, and we won’t take the time to argue about it with you.

If you would like to cancel your account, you can do so anytime. You can also just stop using anything we make at any time.

Our sites, services, and apps don’t come with a warranty.

We cannot guarantee that our sites, apps, or services will always be available, nor can we guarantee that they will be perfect.

No matter what, we can’t guarantee this. Not even if one of our employees or other representatives says “It’s wonderful!”

We can’t control the actions of everyone using our sites, apps, or services. Please take reasonable precautions, especially when interacting with strange people on the internet.

You’ll be responsible if you do bad stuff that gets us in trouble.

Seriously, we are not liable. Not for lost profits, not for bodily harm, not for emotional distress. Not even if you tell us that something bad will happen. We’re especially not responsible for the behavior of other people, even if they are using our sites, apps, or services.

In the unlikely event that we are held responsible for any liability, despite all the disclaimers above, the most we can pay you is US$100.

Some places don’t allow the capping of dollar amounts for liability; if you live in one of those places, this doesn’t apply to you.

Our trademarks are our trademarks; other people’s trademarks belong to them. We don’t claim theirs, and they don’t claim ours.

Any disputes that need to go to court, will have to go to court in California. On the plus side, our weather is really nice.

Any disputes that need to go to court, will have to go to court in California. On the plus side, our weather is really nice.

This agreement is all there is. No side agreements (or bets).

You can’t transfer your account to someone else—but they can get their own account! We can transfer our responsibilities under these terms of use to another entity (for instance, if another company buys us).

You agree that putting these Terms online and emailing you about them is sufficient to let you know of any changes.

The rules are the rules. Even if you see someone else getting away with something that’s against the rules (or you think you’ve gotten away with something that’s against the rules), that doesn’t make the rules go away.

If a court decides that any of these rules are unenforceable, the rest of our rules remain in effect.

If you have questions, please email us!