Terms of service

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

Geller Guides owns and operates gellerguides.com, tomgeller.com, and other sites (the "Sites"). Geller Guides provides information and services on the Sites to you, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance, without modification, of the terms and conditions of use applicable to such Sites. Your use of any of the other Sites constitutes agreement with the terms and conditions of use set forth herein (the "Terms").

Before using Geller Guides Sites, please carefully read this agreement relating to your use of Geller Guides Sites. By using Geller Guides Sites, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use Geller Guides Sites.

Geller Guides reserves the right, at Geller Guides' sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms periodically. Such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement to the website unless provided otherwise. Your continued use of the Geller Guides Sites following the posting of changes to these Terms will mean that you accept those changes.

Use of Geller Guides Sites constitutes full acceptance of and agreement to the Terms; if a user does not accept Geller Guides' Terms, he or she is not granted rights to use Geller Guides Sites as defined herein, and should refrain from accessing Geller Guides Sites.

Geller Guides reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any or all Geller Guides Sites (or any part thereof). Geller Guides shall not be liable to any user or other third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance except as expressly provided herein.

2. NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

By using Geller Guides Sites, you warrant to Geller Guides that you will not use Geller Guides Sites, or any of the content obtained from Geller Guides Sites, for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. If you violate any of these Terms, your permission to use the Geller Guides Sites automatically terminates.

3. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

The Geller Guides Sites are owned and operated by Geller Guides for the purpose of discussion, education, personal association, and community building (the "Purpose").

4. REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS

When requested, each Geller Guides Site user must: (1) personally provide true, accurate, current and complete information on the Geller Guides Site's registration form (collectively, the "Registration Data") and (2) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data as necessary to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If, after investigation, Geller Guides has reasonable grounds to suspect that any user's information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Geller Guides may suspend or terminate that user's account and prohibit any and all current or future use of the Geller Guides Sites (or any portion thereof) by that user other than as expressly provided herein.

Each user will receive passwords and account designations upon completing certain Geller Guides Site registration processes and is wholly responsible for maintaining the confidentiality thereof and wholly liable for all activities occurring thereunder. Geller Guides cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from a user's failure to comply with this Section 4, including any loss or damage arising from any user's failure to: (1) immediately notify Geller Guides of any unauthorized use of his or her password or account or any other breach of security; and (2) ensure that he or she exits from his or her account at the end of each session.

By registering for use of this site, you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age at the time of registration.

Geller Guides handles user Registration Data in accordance with the Geller Guides Sites' Privacy Policy.

5. CONTENT

All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or any other materials whatsoever (collectively, "Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that the user, and not Geller Guides, is entirely responsible for all Content that he or she uploads, posts, emails or otherwise transmits via the Geller Guides Sites. No user shall transmit Content or otherwise conduct or participate in any activities on Geller Guides Sites that, in the judgment of Geller Guides, is likely to be prohibited by law in any applicable jurisdiction.

Geller Guides reserves the right to refuse or delete any Content of which it becomes aware and reasonably deems not to fulfill the Purpose, or for any reason whatsoever, and reserves the right not to provide a reason. In addition, Geller Guides shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or delete any Content that it reasonably considers to violate the Terms or be otherwise illegal. Geller Guides, in its sole and absolute discretion, may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or judicial or governmental mandate or as reasonably determined useful by Geller Guides to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Geller Guides Sites' users and the public. Geller Guides does not control the Content posted to the Geller Guides Sites and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Under no circumstances will Geller Guides be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, liability for any errors or omissions in any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via Geller Guides Sites.

Each user, by using Geller Guides Sites, may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Each user must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

6. LICENSING AND OTHER TERMS APPLYING TO CONTENT POSTED ON THE GELLER GUIDES SITES:

Use, reproduction, modification, and other intellectual property rights to data stored on the Geller Guides Sites will be subject to licensing arrangements that may be approved by Geller Guides as applicable to such Content.

With respect to text or data entered into and stored by publicly-accessible site features such as forums, comments and bug trackers ("Geller Guides Public Content"), unless there is an agreement to the contrary (for example, for content commissioned by Geller Guides), the submitting user retains ownership of such Geller Guides Public Content; with respect to publicly-available statistical content which is generated by the site to monitor and display content activity, such content is owned by Geller Guides. In each such case, the submitting user grants Geller Guides the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, all subject to the terms of any applicable license.

With respect to Content posted to private areas of the Geller Guides Sites, the submitting user may grant to Geller Guides or other users of Geller Guides sites such rights and licenses as the submitting Geller Guides user deems appropriate.

Content located on any Geller Guides-hosted subdomain which is subject to the sole editorial control of the owner or licensee of such subdomain, shall be subject to the appropriate license applicable to such Content, or to such other licensing arrangements as may be approved by Geller Guides as applicable to such Content.

7. NO RESALE OF SERVICE

You agree not to sell, resell, or offer for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Geller Guides Sites, use of the Geller Guides Sites, or access to the Geller Guides Sites.

8. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE

Geller Guides may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Geller Guides Sites. While Geller Guides will use reasonable efforts to back up site data and make such data available in the event of loss or deletion, Geller Guides has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by any Geller Guides Site. Geller Guides reserves the right to mark as "inactive" and archive accounts and/or Content that are inactive for an extended period of time. Geller Guides reserves the right to change these general practices at any time, in its sole discretion, with notice to users and the public as described in Section 1 above.

9. TERMINATION

Geller Guides may terminate a user's account in Geller Guides' absolute discretion and for any reason, and reserves the right to provide no reason. Geller Guides is especially likely to terminate for reasons that include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) violation of these Terms; (2) abuse of site resources or attempt to gain unauthorized entry to the site or site resources; (3) use of an Geller Guides Site in a manner inconsistent with the Purpose; (4) a user's request for such termination; or (5) as required by law, regulation, court or governing agency order.

Geller Guides' termination of any user's access to any or all Geller Guides Sites may be effected without notice and, on such termination, Geller Guides may immediately deactivate or delete user's account and/or bar any further access to such files. Geller Guides shall not be liable to any user or other third party for any termination of that user's access or account hereunder. In addition, a user's request for termination will result in deactivation but not necessarily deletion of the account. Geller Guides reserves the right to delete, or not delete, a user's account at Geller Guides' sole discretion, as well as to delete, or not delete, content at Geller Guides' sole discretion.

10. LINKS

Geller Guides, any Geller Guides Site or a third party may provide links to other websites. Geller Guides exercises no control whatsoever over such other websites and web-based resources and is not responsible or liable for the availability thereof or the Content, advertising, products or other materials thereon. Geller Guides shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss incurred or suffered by any user in connection therewith. Your access and use of linked websites, including information, material, products and services therein, is solely at your own risk.

The Geller Guides Sites' Privacy Statement is applicable only when you are on an Geller Guides Site. Once you choose to link to another website, you should read that website's privacy statement before disclosing any personal information.

11. INDEMNITY; DISCLAIMER; LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

Each user shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Geller Guides and its respective officers, employees and agents, and each of Geller Guides' website partners, from any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, and liabilities including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of that user's acts or omissions, including claims arising out of that user's use of the Geller Guides Sites; his or her submission, posting or transmission of Content or his or her violation of the Terms.

EACH USER'S USE OF THE GELLER GUIDES SITES IS AT HIS OR HER SOLE RISK. THE GELLER GUIDES SITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND GELLER GUIDES ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TIMELINESS, DELETION, MIS-DELIVERY OR FAILURE TO STORE ANY USER COMMUNICATIONS OR PERSONALIZATION SETTINGS. EACH USER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO HIS OR HER COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. GELLER GUIDES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SPECIFICALLY, GELLER GUIDES MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE GELLER GUIDES SITES OR ANY SERVICE THEREON WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) ANY USER ACCESS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE QUALITY OF ANY CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED BY ANY USER WILL MEET HIS OR HER EXPECTATIONS, AND (iv) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. EXCLUDING ONLY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF GELLER GUIDES' GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT, GELLER GUIDES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF GELLER GUIDES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM ANY USER'S USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY GELLER GUIDES SITES OR SERVICES THEREON; THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES; UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE GELLER GUIDES SITES; OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE GELLER GUIDES SITES. IN NO EVENT SHALL GELLER GUIDES' TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO ANY USER OR OTHER PARTY UNDER THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR OTHERWISE EXCEED $1,000.00. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE DEEMED TO CREATE AN AGENCY, PARTNERSHIP, JOINT VENTURE, EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER OR FRANCHISOR-FRANCHISEE RELATIONSHIP OF ANY KIND BETWEEN GELLER GUIDES AND ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY NOR DO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE EXTEND RIGHTS TO ANY THIRD PARTY. AS NOTED ABOVE, GELLER GUIDES DOES NOT AND CANNOT CONTROL THE ACTIONS OF GELLER GUIDES SITE USERS, VISITORS OR LINKED THIRD PARTIES. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT ANY MALFEASANCE THAT COMES TO OUR ATTENTION TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE CONTINUOUS UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE ACCESS TO GELLER GUIDES SITES. OPERATION OF GELLER GUIDES SITES MAY BE SUBJECT TO INTERFERENCE FROM NUMEROUS FACTORS OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL. FURTHER, SCHEDULED AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS REQUIRED AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE WORK MAY TEMPORARILY INTERRUPT SERVICES OR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE. THE DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY APPLY, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY THE FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF OR USE OF ANY ASSET, WHETHER ARISING OUT OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOUR, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER COURSE OF ACTION BY GELLER GUIDES.

12. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

Geller Guides, the Geller Guides logo and other Geller Guides trademarks, service marks, and product and service names are Geller Guides trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and in other countries (the "Geller Guides Marks"). All other names and designs may be trademarks of their respective owners.

13. COPYRIGHTS

Geller Guides respects the intellectual property rights of others, and requires that the people who use the Geller Guides Sites do the same. It is our policy to respond promptly to claims of intellectual property misuse.

If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent with the following information in writing:

  1. the physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
  2. identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit Geller Guides to locate the material, including the full URL.
  4. your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  6. a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

If Geller Guides receives such a claim, Geller Guides reserves the right to refuse or delete Content as described under Section 5 hereto, or to terminate a user's account in accordance with Section 9.

Our designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act OF 1998 ("DMCA") is:

Tom Geller
Owner, Geller Guides
55 South Main Street #109
Oberlin, OH 44074

After receiving a claim of infringement, Geller Guides will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. Upon receipt of notices complying or substantially complying with the DMCA, Geller Guides will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity, and will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is claimed to be infringing. Geller Guides will take reasonable steps to expeditiously notify the subscriber that it has removed or disabled access to such material.

Upon receipt of a proper counter notification under the DMCA, Geller Guides will promptly provide the person who provided the initial notification of claimed infringement with a copy of the counter notification and inform that person that it will replace the removed material or cease disabling access to it in ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days. Additionally, Geller Guides will replace the removed material and cease disabling access to it ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days following receipt of the counter notice, unless Geller Guides' designated agent first receives notice from the person who submitted the initial notification that such person has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the subscriber from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on the Geller Guides system or network.

You may provide us with a counter notification by providing our copyright agent the following information in writing:

  1. your physical signature;
  2. identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled, including the full URL;
  3. a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
  4. your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Geller Guides may be found and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the initial notification of infringement.

14. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Terms constitute the entire agreement between each user and Geller Guides and govern each user's use of Geller Guides Sites, superseding any prior agreements. Each user may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when that user uses affiliate services, third party content or third party software. The Terms and the relationship between each user and Geller Guides shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions and each party shall submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of San Francisco, California . If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.

15. VIOLATIONS

Please report any violations of the Terms (except for claims of intellectual property infringement) to the Geller Guides Site Director at the postal address above.

Last modified: 20 February 2011