Terms of Service
Updated: February 1st, 2019.
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY
MessageByPlate, Inc. (“MessageByPlate Co.,” “we,” or “us”) operates the MessageByPlate mobile app and related website (“MessageByPlate.com”). By using MessageByPlate in any way, you accept these Terms of Service (“Agreement”). If you do not wish to be bound by this Agreement, do not use MessageByPlate.
- Who May Use MessageByPlate
- License to Use MessageByPlate
- Term and Termination; Account Deletion
- Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability
- Code of Conduct; Prohibited Activities
- Content Restrictions
- Licenses Granted by You
- Your Representations and Warranties
- Third Party Copyrights and Other Rights
- General Provisions
You must be at least 18 years old to use MessageByPlate. Use is void where prohibited. By using MessageByPlate, you represent and warrant that you have the right, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you use MessageByPlate, you represent and warrant that you have never been convicted of a felony and that you are not required to register as a sex offender with any government entity.
2. License to Use MessageByPlate
MessageByPlate, Co. grants you a limited, non-exclusive license to access and use MessageByPlate for your own personal, non-commercial purposes. This license is personal to you and may not be assigned or sublicensed to anyone else.
Except as expressly permitted by MessageByPlate Co in writing, you will not reproduce, redistribute, sell, create derivative works from, decompile, reverse engineer, or disassemble MessageByPlate. Nor will you take any measures to interfere with or damage MessageByPlate. All rights not expressly granted by MessageByPlate, Co. are reserved.
(i) What information we may collect about you
(ii) What we use that information for
(iii) What third-party information, if any, you are agreeing to share by using MessageByPlate; and
(iv) With whom we share that information
To use MessageByPlate, you must register your vehicles state issued license plate detail, complete with your vehicles year, make and model meaning you are authorizing us to communicate messages sent and received by other anonymous MessageByPlate users. Please take precautions to protect your vehicles license plate detail and contact us at if you believe your license plate has been accessed by an unauthorized person.
5. Term and Termination; Account Deletion
This Agreement begins on the date you first use MessageByPlate and continues until terminated in accordance with the provisions hereof.
MessageByPlate, Co. may suspend, disable, or delete your account (or any part thereof) if MessageByPlate, Co. determines that you have violated any provision of this Agreement or that your conduct or content would tend to damage MessageByPlate, Co.’s reputation or goodwill. If MessageByPlate, Co. deletes your account for the foregoing reasons, you may not re-register under a different name.
Upon termination, all licenses granted by MessageByPlate, Co. will terminate. In the event of account deletion for any reason, content that you submitted may no longer be available. MessageByPlate, Co. shall not be responsible for the loss of such content.
6. Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability
(i) YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MESSAGEBYPLATE USERS. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT MESSAGEBYPLATE, CO. CURRENTLY DOES NOT CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ITS USERS. MESSAGEBYPLATE, CO. ALSO DOES NOT INQUIRE INTO THE BACKGROUNDS OF ALL OF ITS USERS OR ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF ITS USERS. MESSAGEBYPLATE, CO. MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONDUCT OF USERS OR THEIR COMPATIBILITY WITH ANY CURRENT OR FUTURE USER. MESSAGEBYPLATE, CO. RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT ANY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK OR OTHER SCREENINGS (SUCH AS SEX OFFENDER REGISTER SEARCHES), AT ANY TIME AND USING AVAILABLE PUBLIC RECORDS.
(ii) IN NO EVENT SHALL MESSAGEBYPLATE, CO. BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, EMEPLARY, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND/OR INCIDENTAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SERVICE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, BODILY INJURY, DEATH, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMMUNICATIONS OR MEETINGS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE MESSAGEBYPLATE SERVICE OR PERSONS YOU MEET THROUGH MESSAGEBYPLATE. YOU AGREE TO TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS IN ALL INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE SERVICE, PARTICULARLY IF YOU DECIDE TO MEET OFFLINE OR IN PERSON.
(iii) MessageByPlate Co. reserves the right to modify MessageByPlate. You are responsible for providing your own access to MessageByPlate. MessageByPlate Co. has no obligation to screen or monitor any content and does not guarantee that any content available on MessageByPlate complies with this Agreement or is suitable for all users.
(iv) MessageByPlate Co. provides MessageByPlate on an “as is” and “as available” basis. You therefore use MessageByPlate at your own risk. MessageByPlate Co. expressly disclaims any and all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, and any other warranty that might arise under any law. Without limiting the foregoing, MessageByPlate Co. makes no representations or warranties:
That MessageByPlate will be permitted in your jurisdiction;
That MessageByPlate will be uninterrupted or error-free;
Concerning any content submitted by any user;
Concerning any third party’s use of content that you submit;
That any content you submit will be made available on MessageByPlate or will be stored by MessageByPlate, Co.;
That MessageByPlate, Co. will continue to support any particular feature of MessageByPlate;
Concerning sites and resources outside of MessageByPlate, even if linked to from MessageByPlate.
(v) To the extent any disclaimer or limitation of liability does not apply, all applicable express, implied, and statutory warranties will be limited in duration to a period of thirty (30) days after the date on which you first used MessageByPlate, and no warranties shall apply after such period.
7. Code of Conduct; Prohibited Activities
In using MessageByPlate, you must behave in a civil and respectful manner at all times. Further, you will not:
Harass or stalk any other person;
Harm or exploit minors;
Act in a deceptive manner by, among other things, impersonating any person;
Collect information about others;
You will not express or imply that any statements you make are endorsed by MessageByPlate, Co. without our specific prior written consent.
You will not distribute spam, and will not use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, “data mine”, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Service or its contents.
You will not post, distribute or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.
You will not interfere with or disrupt the services or the site or the servers or networks connected to the services or the site.
You will not post, email or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
MessageByPlate, Co. has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor all conduct on and content submitted to MessageByPlate.
8. Content Restrictions
You are solely responsible for the content that you publish or display (hereinafter, “post”) on the Service, or transmit to other Members. You will not post on the service, or transmit to other users, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party's rights (including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights, and rights of privacy and publicity). You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to MessageByPlate, Co. or to any other user. If information provided to MessageByPlate, Co. or another user, subsequently becomes inaccurate, misleading or false, you will promptly notify us of such change. The following is a partial list of content you may not upload, post, or transmit (collectively, “submit”):
(i) is patently offensive to the online community, such as content that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
(ii) harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
(iii) promotes information that is false, misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
(iv) provides material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, or solicits personal information from anyone under the age of 18;
(v) contains sexually explicit content;
(vi) provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
(vii) involves the transmission of “junk mail”, “chain letters,” or unsolicited mass mailing or “spamming”;
(viii) promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated images, audio or video, or links to pirated images, audio or video files;
(ix) solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
(x) engages in commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, and pyramid schemes;
(xi) infringes any third party’s copyrights or other rights (e.g., trademark, privacy rights, etc.);
(xii) Your use of the Service, including but not limited to the content you post on the service, must be in accordance with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
You may not include in your user profile any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, URLs or email addresses.
9. Licenses Granted by You
You grant MessageByPlate, Co. and its affiliates a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license and right to copy, transmit, distribute, publicly perform and display (through all media now known or hereafter created), and make derivative works from your content. In addition, you waive any so-called “moral rights” in your content. You further grant all users of MessageByPlate permission to view your content for their personal, non-commercial purposes. If you make suggestions to MessageByPlate, Co. on improving or adding new features to MessageByPlate, MessageByPlate, Co. shall have the right to use your suggestions without any compensation to you.
10. Your Representations and Warranties
For each piece of content that you submit, you represent and warrant that:
(i) you have the right to submit the content to MessageByPlate, Co. and grant the licenses set forth above;
(ii) MessageByPlate, Co. will not need to obtain licenses from any third party or pay royalties to any third party;
(iii) the content does not infringe any third party’s rights, including intellectual property rights and privacy rights; and (iv) the content complies with this Agreement and all applicable laws.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless MessageByPlate, Co. and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents, from and against all third party actions that: (i) arise from your activities on MessageByPlate; (ii) assert a violation by you of any term of this Agreement; or (iii) assert that any content you submitted to MessageByPlate violates any law or infringes any third party right, including any intellectual property or privacy right.
12. Third Party Copyrights and Other Rights
Copyright Policy MessageByPlate, Co. respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Each user is responsible for ensuring that the materials they upload to MessageByPlate do not infringe any third party copyright.
MessageByPlate, Co. will promptly remove materials in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) if properly notified that the materials infringe a third party’s copyright. In addition, MessageByPlate, Co. may, in appropriate circumstances, terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers.
DMCA Takedown Notice
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with a written notice containing the following information:
(i) Your name, address, telephone number, and email address (if any).
(ii) A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
(iii) A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on MessageByPlate, sufficient for MessageByPlate, Co. to locate the material.
(iv) A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
(v) A statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
(vi) An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest.
You may submit this information via:
Offline: MessageByPlate, Co. Copyright Agent (see below)
DMCA Counter-notification If you believe that your material has been removed by mistake or misidentification, please provide MessageByPlate, Co. with a written counter-notification containing the following information:
Your name, address, and telephone number.
A description of the material that was removed and the location where it previously appeared.
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.
A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, any judicial district in which MessageByPlate, Co. may be found (which includes the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York), and that you will accept service of process from the person who filed the original DMCA notice or an agent of that person.
Your electronic or physical signature.
You may submit this information via:
Offline: MessageByPlate, Co.'s Copyright Agent (see below)
Please note that we will provide complete counter-notifications to the person making the DMCA claim. That person may elect to file a lawsuit against you for copyright infringement. If we do not receive notice that a lawsuit has been filed within ten (10) business days after we provide notice of your counter-notification, we will restore the disabled materials. Until that time, your materials will remain disabled.
Warning In filing a DMCA notice or counter-notification, please make sure that you have complied with all of the above requirements. If we request additional information necessary to make DMCA your notice or counter-notification complete, please provide that information promptly. If you fail to comply with all of the requirements, your notification or counter-notification may not be processed.
In addition, please make sure that all of the information you provide is accurate. UNDER SECTION 512(f) OF THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY MATERIALLY MISREPRESENTS THAT MATERIAL OR ACTIVITY IS INFRINGING OR WAS REMOVED OR DISABLED BY MISTAKE OR MISIDENTIFICATION MAY BE SUBJECT TO LIABILITY.
If you have questions about the legal requirements of a DMCA notice, please contact an attorney or see Section 512(c)(3) of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3), for more information. If you have questions about the legal requirements of a DMCA counter-notification, please contact an attorney or see Section 512(g)(3) of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(g)(3), for more information.
MessageByPlate, Co.'s Copyright Agent You may send a DMCA notice, a DMCA .
13. General Provisions
GOVERNING LAW: This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regard to principles of conflicts of law. The Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act, and the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods shall not apply.
DISPUTES: Any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement or your use of MessageByPlate must be commenced in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco County, California, United States of America (and you consent to the jurisdiction of those courts). In any such action, MessageByPlate, Co. and you irrevocably waive any right to a trial by jury.
INTERPRETATION; SEVERABILITY; WAIVER; REMEDIES: Headings are for convenience only and shall not be used to construe the terms of this Agreement. If any term of this Agreement is found invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that term will be severed from this Agreement. No failure or delay by MessageByPlate, Co. in exercising any right hereunder will waive any further exercise of that right. MessageByPlate, Co.’s rights and remedies hereunder are cumulative and not exclusive.
SUCCESSORS; ASSIGNMENT; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES: This Agreement is binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of both parties and their respective successors, heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, and permitted assigns. You may not assign this Agreement without MessageByPlate, Co.’s prior written consent. No third party shall have any rights hereunder.
NOTICES: You consent to receive all communications including notices, agreements, disclosures, or other information from MessageByPlate, Co. electronically. MessageByPlate, Co. may provide all such communications by electronic submission of our contact form on MessageByPlate.com. Support-related inquiries or notices of a legal nature (such as a subpoena) may be sent to us at contact or the following address:
25 Lucerne St, Suite C, San Francisco, CA 94109. Department
Nothing herein shall limit MessageByPlate, Co.’s right to object to subpoenas, claims, or other demands.
MODIFICATION; ENTIRE AGREEMENT:
This Agreement may not be modified except by a revised Terms of Service posted by MessageByPlate, Co. on MessageByPlate or a written amendment signed by an authorized representative of MessageByPlate, Co. A revised Terms of Service will be effective as of the date it is posted. This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding between MessageByPlate, Co. and you concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings regarding the same.