20lines is a community dedicated to the art of the word. For this reason, we encourage, support and protect the diffusion of written thought in all languages and in all forms.
By accessing, browsing or using this Website (including any users who are also authors of Content as defined below), you agree to abide by and to be bound by the terms included in this General Agreement ("Terms") and the following terms and conditions and policies, including any future amendments thereto (collectively, the "Agreement"):
This Agreement contains disclaimers and other provisions that limit our liability to you. Please review the terms and conditions of this Agreement carefully.
If you do not accept and abide by this General Agreement, do not use the Website.
Terms of service:
1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
1.1. 20lines is a web-based platform that allows people to read and share novels (and/or parts of them) written by our Users. Our platform allows, also, our Users (“Authors”) to contribute in the creation of new written novels and to interact wit them (by posting comments or sharing through social networks). The general ensemble of the mentioned services, as well as others provided by 20lin.es is further indicated as the “Services”.
You understand and agree that the Service is provided to you on an “as is” and “as available” basis for your personal use only. 20lines reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you.
2. USE OF SERVICES
2.1. By browsing or using 20lines you agree:
- that you are responsible for your own use of our Services, for any actions you take and for any consequences thereof; and
- that you will use our Services in compliance with all applicable local, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your Country of residence; and
2.2. Violation of clause 2.1(a) may result in immediate termination of this Agreement and may subject you to penalties and other legal consequences.
2.3. By its very nature, 20lines may carry offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate material. We expect that you will use caution and common sense and exercise proper judgment when using 20lines.
2.4. 20lin.es does not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy or reliability of any communications posted via our Services or endorse any opinions expressed via our Services.
You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted via 20lines will be at your own risk.
2.5. 20lines may be available also through applications built using our platform. Examples of 20lines applications include: smartphone applications (i.e. 20lines for iPhone, iPad, Android or other devices or operating systems), moreover, interactive plug-ins distributed on websites across the web (i.e. Facebook applications). If you use a 20lines application or interact with a website that has deployed a plug-in, you agree that information about you and your use of our Services, including, but not limited to, your device, your mobile carrier, your internet access provider, your physical location, and/or web pages containing our plug-ins that load in your browser may be communicated to us.
Further, by importing any of your 20lines data through our applications, you represent that you have authority to share the transferred data with your mobile carrier or other access provider. You acknowledge you are responsible for all charges and necessary permissions related to accessing 20lines through your mobile access provider. Therefore, you should check with your provider to find out if the Services are available and the terms for these services for your specific mobile devices.
Finally, by using any downloadable application to enable your use of our Services, you are explicitly confirming your acceptance of the terms of the End User License Agreement associated with the application provided at download or installation, or as may be updated from time to time.
3. 20lines USER ACCOUNT
3.1. In order to access some features of the Website, including the possibility to submit any Content, you will have to create a 20lines account. When creating an account, you must provide accurate and complete information. It is important that you must keep your account password secure and confidential.
3.2. You must notify 20lines immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your 20lines account that you become aware of for the duration of these Terms and after these Terms have expired.
3.3. You agree that you will be solely responsible for all activity that occurs under your 20lines account.
4.1. "Content" shall mean text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, audiovisual combinations, interactive features and other materials you may view on, access through or contribute to 20lines.
4.2. As a 20lines account holder you may submit and share Content. You understand that whether or not Content is published, 20lines does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to Content.
4.3. You retain all of your ownership rights in your Content, but you are required to grant certain license rights to 20lines and other users of the Service. These are described in clause 9.2 of these Terms (Your Intellectual Property Rights / Rights you license to 20lines).
4.4. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for your own Contents and the consequences of posting or publishing it. 20lines does not endorse any Content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein. 20lines expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content.
4.5. You represent and warrant that:
- you are the sole owner of and/or hold all rights in and to your Content; and
- you have (and will continue to have during your use of the Service) all necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions which are required to enable 20lin.es to use your Content for the purposes of the provision of the Services by 20lines, and otherwise to use your Content in the manner contemplated by the Services and these Terms.
4.6. You agree that your conduct on the Website and any submission of Content through the Website shall comply with the present Content Policy, as updated from time to time.
4.7. You agree that you will not post or upload any Content which contains material which is unlawful for you to possess in the Country, state, or locality in which you are resident, or which it would be unlawful for 20lin.es to use or possess in connection with the provision of the Service.
4.8. You agree that Content you submit to 20lines will not contain any third party copyright material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights (including rights of privacy or rights of publicity), unless you have a formal license or permission from the rightful owner, or are otherwise legally entitled, to post the material in question and to grant 20lines the license referred to in clause 9.2 below. Also, you agree not to copy, reproduce, alter, modify or create derivative works from any Content submitted by other users of the Website, unless you have a formal license or permission from the rightful owner, or are otherwise legally entitled, to post the material in question and to grant 20lines the license referred to in clause 9.2 below. You agree to indemnify and hold 20lines and its officers, directors, employees and agents liable from and against any claims, losses, costs, expenses (including legal fees), damages and liabilities related to or associated with your breach of this paragraph 4.8.
4.9. On becoming aware of any potential violation of these Terms, 20lines reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to decide whether Content complies with the content requirements set out in these Terms and may remove such Content and/or terminate a User's access for uploading Content which is in violation of these Terms at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.
4.10. You further understand and acknowledge that in using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is factually inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable to you. You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against 20lines with respect to any such Content.
6. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE
6.1. You agree that 20lines has no responsibility or liability for the deletion of or the failure to store or to transmit, any Content and other communications maintained by the Services.
6.2. 20lines retains the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
7. CONTENT OF THE SERVICE
7.1. 20lines takes no responsibility for third-party content (including any viruses or other disabling features), nor does 20lines have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.
7.2. 20lines reserves the right at all times to remove or refuse to distribute any content on the Service, such as content which violates the terms of this Agreement.
7.3. 20lines also reserves the right to access, read, preserve and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to:
- satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request;
- enforce this Agreement, including investigation of potential violations hereof;
- (d) reply to user support requests; or
- protect the rights, property or safety of 20lines, its users and the public.
7.4. 20lines will not be responsible or liable for the exercise or non-exercise of its rights under this Agreement.
8. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
8.1. 20lines’ Intellectual Property Rights:
8.1.1. You acknowledge that 20lines owns all right, title and interest in and to the Services, including all intellectual property rights. You understand and acknowledge that 20lines Rights have been developed through the investment of considerable time, effort, and capital.
8.1.2. 20lines Rights are protected by international intellectual property laws, as well as by Italian intellectual property laws. As a consequence, you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify or create derivative works from 20lines, including any source code of the Website. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Service. Furthermore, you agree not to violate any measure employed by 20lines to limit or prevent access to the Services, violate the security of the Services or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Services, or impersonate any person or entity to gain illicit access to the Services.
8.2. Your Intellectual Property Rights
8.2.1 20lines claims no ownership over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through the Website. You or a third-party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Website and you are responsible for protecting those rights, as appropriate.
8.2.2. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Website, you grant 20lines a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, transferable and fully sublicensable, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, incorporate into other works, distribute, perform, display, and otherwise exploit such Content, in whole or in part in any form, media or technology now known or later developed on the Website for the purpose of displaying and distributing the Service.
You hereby waive any moral rights you may have in any Content submitted by you and you hereby grant each user of the Website a non-exclusive license to access the Content submitted by you through the Website. You understand and agree, however, that 20lines may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of Content submitted by you that have been removed or deleted.
8.2.3. 20lines furthermore reserves the right to refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any Content at its sole discretion.
8.2.4. You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to any Content submitted.
8.3. 20lin.es content on the Website
8.3.1 With the exception of Content submitted to 20lines by you, you are not granted any right and/or license, or ownership including any copyright, trade mark and other intellectual property rights to any Content, other than as explicitly set forth in these Terms.
8.3.2. Any third party trade or service marks present on Content not uploaded or posted by you are trade or service marks of their respective owners. Such Content may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written consent of 20lines or, where applicable, 20lines’ licensors. 20lines and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to their Content.
9.1. 20lines operates a clear copyright policy in relation to any Content which is alleged to infringe the copyright of a third party.
9.2. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed on the Service, please file a copyright infringement notice with us. The notice should be in writing and include, in the order set out below, the following:
- A statement that you have identified Content on the Website that infringes your copyright (or infringes the copyright of a third party on whose behalf you are entitled to act);
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, which should include the type of work (such as a book, article, etc.) and any relevant further details (such as the title and date of publication, as applicable);
- The country or countries to which your copyright applies;
- A description of the way in which the copyright material has been infringed;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on our Website (including a URL and screen shot);
- Your address, telephone number, and email address so that we may get in contact with you;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner (or by a third party who is legally entitled to do so on behalf of the copyright owner) and is not otherwise permitted by law;
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and
- An electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner.
9.3. A complaint can be submitted by:
- Sending a registered mail letter to our registered office address, Attn: Copyright Infringement Notification.
- Sending us a certified e-email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Copyright Infringement Notification.
9.4. 20lines will terminate user access to the Service if a user has been determined to be a repeat infringer. A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice.
10. NO RESALE OF THE SERVICE
Unless expressly authorized in writing by 20lines, you agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes (a) any portion of the Service, (b) use of the Service or (c) access to the Service.
11. TERMINATION, SUSPENSION
12.1. 20lines may, at its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason, terminate the Service, terminate this Agreement or suspend or terminate your 20lines account.
12.2. In the event of termination, your account will be disabled and you may not be granted access to your account or any files or other content contained in your account although residual copies of information may remain in our system for some time for back-up purposes.
12.3. Sections 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 - 16 of the Agreement shall survive expiry or termination.
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION
12.1. Nothing in these Terms shall exclude or limit 20lines’ liability for losses which may not be lawfully excluded or limited by applicable law.
12.2. Subject to the overall provision in paragraph 12.1 above, 20lines shall not be liable to you for:
- ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR UNFORESEEABLE LOSSES WHICH MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS (WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY), ANY LOSS OF GOODWILL OR BUSINESS REPUTATION, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA SUFFERED BY YOU;
- any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of:
- any reliance placed by you on the completeness, accuracy or existence of any advertising, or as a result of any relationship or transaction between you and any advertiser or sponsor whose advertising appears on the Service;
- any changes which 20lines may make to the Services, or for any permanent or temporary cessation in the provision of the Service (or any features within the Service);
- the deletion of, corruption of, or failure to store, any Content and other communications data maintained or transmitted by or through your use of the Services;
- your failure to provide 20lines with accurate account information;
- your failure to keep your password or 20lines account details secure and confidential.
12.3. You agree to indemnify and hold 20lines and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents and employees harmless from and against any third-party claim arising from or in any way related to your use of the Service, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, and litigation costs and lawyers' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, 20lines will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.
13. THIRD-PARTY COPYRIGHT
13.1. Apple Inc: when mentioned, Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
14. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
14.1. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and 20lines and governs your use of the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and 20lines.
15. WAIVER AND SEVERABILITY OF TERMS
15.1. The failure of 20lines to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
16. CHOICE OF LAW, JURISDICTION, FORUM
16.1. Any claims, legal proceedings or litigation arising in connection with the Services will be brought solely in City Court of Milan (Tribunale di Milano), Milan, Italy, and you consent to the jurisdiction of such court.