terms of service (October 2, 2014)
These terms are no longer current. Please refer to our most recent Terms of Service.
Effective October 2, 2014
The Crunchbase Terms of Service below do not apply to data licensed pursuant to the Crunchbase Data Access License Agreement.
Crunchbase provides information about companies, products, people, investors and the activities that connect them.
The Crunchbase Dataset (the “Dataset”) is a structured set of data, text, and media files that include information about companies, products, people, investors and the activities that connect them together. The Crunchbase Platform (the “Platform”) provides access to the Dataset through the Crunchbase website (the “Site”), mobile applications, API, data exports and widgets. The Crunchbase Platform and Crunchbase Dataset (together, the “Service”) is operated by TechCrunch, Inc., (hereinafter referred to as “Crunchbase”).
The user is referred as to as “You”. If the user is an individual, You means such individual. If the user is a corporation, partnership or other entity (“Corporate Entity”), You refers to such Corporate Entity and the individual represents and warrants that the individual has the authority to bind the Corporate Entity.
By accessing or using the Service, You acknowledge that You have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms of Service (“Terms of Service” or “Agreement”), whether or not You have a registered account for the Service. We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify these Terms of Service, simply by posting such change, update, or modification on the Site and without any other notice to You. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the Site. It is Your responsibility to review these Terms of Service from time to time to ensure that You continue to agree with all of its terms.
Please read these Terms of Service carefully as they contain important information regarding Your legal rights, remedies and obligations. These Terms of Service establish the rights that Crunchbase and others in the user community will have in and to any content that You contribute to the Crunchbase Dataset.
Use of the Service is void where prohibited. This Service is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older. Any registration by, use of or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Service. By accessing or using the Service, You represent and warrant that You are 13 or older, and that You agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Your Contributions to Crunchbase
If You create or modify any content on Crunchbase, You agree to (a) provide accurate, and current information; (b) maintain the security of Your password and identification if You have one; (c) be fully responsible for all use of Your account and for any actions that take place using Your account.
By contributing or posting any content on the Service (including making updates to existing content on the Crunchbase Dataset or adding new content to the Crunchbase Dataset) (“Your Content”), You grant Crunchbase and our assigns, agents, and licensees the non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty free, perpetual, worldwide license, with the right to sublicense through multiple tiers of sub-licensees, to use, reproduce, modify, display, perform, and distribute Your Content in any medium and through any form of technology whether now in existence or which comes into existence in the future. You should not upload any content in which You do not have sufficient rights to grant this license to Crunchbase.
Crunchbase owns all rights, title, and interests in intellectual property rights in any contributions by its employees, any derivative works developed by Crunchbase and the compilations and collective works in the Crunchbase Dataset, including those works incorporating Your Content (but not rights to Your Content by itself).
The Crunchbase Dataset benefits from content, including media files, submitted by anonymous users, registered users, partners, and the Crunchbase staff. This information may be inaccurate and / or out-of-date. Crunchbase assumes no responsibility regarding the accuracy of the information in the Service. Use of such information is at Your own risk.
Crunchbase shall not be responsible for any failure to remove, or delay in removing, harmful, inaccurate, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable content from the Service. Crunchbase has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store or display any content that is contributed to the Crunchbase Dataset.
The Crunchbase Dataset may be changed, updated, or deleted without notice for any reason at Crunchbase’s sole discretion.
Your Use of the Crunchbase Dataset
Crunchbase Open Data Map
A subset of the Crunchbase Dataset specifically defined in this section as the “Crunchbase Open Data Map” may be used by commercial or non-commercial users, with reasonable attribution to Crunchbase and without the need for a separate commercial license. The Crunchbase Open Data Map is comprised of the following fields:
- Crunchbase Profile Name
- Crunchbase Profile URL
- Short Description
- Logo Image
- Twitter URL
- Facebook URL
- LinkedIn URL
- Crunchbase Universally Unique Identifier (UUID)
Including the Crunchbase Profile URL as part of the usage will generally be sufficient as reasonable attribution for the Crunchbase Open Data Map. The Crunchbase Open Data Map is updated on a regular basis and is available for download from the Crunchbase website. Crunchbase prohibits the use of scraping technology to obtain the Crunchbase Open Data Map.
To download the Crunchbase Open Data Map, please see our licensing guidelines.
Non-Commercial Use of the Crunchbase Dataset
Effective December 12, 2013, we provide the Crunchbase Dataset under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License [CC-BY-NC]. This license applies to contributions received to the Crunchbase Dataset after December 12, 2013, including, without limitation, the structured data, text and media files. Certain parts of the Crunchbase Dataset may contain contributions made prior to December 12, 2013, and those contributions will continue to be governed by the prior Crunchbase Terms of Service referencing the Creative Commons Attribution License [CC-BY].
If You display or distribute all or part of the Crunchbase Dataset (hereafter also referred to as the “Content”), You are required to provide attribution that is plainly visible to all users of the Content. Attribution gives everyone in the community the opportunity to correct errors and keep the Content up to date. Our recommended attribution guidelines, for usage other than the usage of the Crunchbase Open Data Map Fields set forth above, are described below.
Ultimately, You have the responsibility to ensure You are in full compliance with the license terms whenever You use or reuse the Content.
Attribution must clearly state that the Content is sourced from the Crunchbase Dataset and link to the webpage of the source material on the Site.
When You are using Content from a specific entity within the Dataset, Crunchbase asks that You use a snippet in the following form:
Source: <a title="NAME on Crunchbase" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/NAMESPACE/PERMALINK">NAME on Crunchbase</a>
Attribution for Twitter data would look like:
Source: Twitter on Crunchbase
When You are referencing Content from multiple entities within the Dataset, Crunchbase asks that You use a snippet in the following form:
Source: <a title="Crunchbase" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/">Crunchbase</a>
The attribution will look like:
If you have any questions concerning attribution, feel free to contact us by email@example.com. You may also consult the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Legal Code.
Commercial Use of the Crunchbase Dataset
We encourage others to incorporate all or part of the Crunchbase Dataset into commercial applications, but to protect the community’s investment in the Crunchbase Dataset and safeguard the integrity of the Crunchbase Dataset, Crunchbase requires a separate license for commercial use (except for use of the Crunchbase Open Data Map Fields set forth above, which may be used without a commercial license). Commercial is defined by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License [CC-BY-NC] as a use in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation.
Crunchbase is committed to helping people build on the Crunchbase Dataset, and being flexible in working with companies of all shapes and sizes. Please contact us for more details and to work with us.
Access to Crunchbase 2013 Snapshot (Dataset Offered Under Prior Terms)
If You are interested in using the Content which was contributed to the Crunchbase Dataset prior to December 12, 2013, the “Crunchbase 2013 Snapshot”, such Content is offered under the prior terms of service and licensing policy referencing the Creative Commons Attribution License [CC-BY]. The content must be attributed to our designated pseudonym “Crunchbase 2013 Snapshot” and bear the copyright notice “© 2013” in accordance with the Creative Commons requirements. The pseudonym and copyright notice are meant to avoid confusion with the current Crunchbase Dataset and to promote transparency to users of the data. If You have questions, or to obtain a copy of the Crunchbase 2013 Snapshot, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessing the Crunchbase Platform
Crunchbase may provide a number of different ways for You to access portions of the Service. These may include, but are not necessarily limited to, copying Content directly from the Site, receiving an export data file or other form of data dump directly from Crunchbase or by using the Crunchbase API thereby enabling You to build applications on top of the Crunchbase Platform. You agree to utilize the Crunchbase Platform, including the Crunchbase API, in accordance with these Terms of Service and as outlined in the further documentation provided by us on the Site. For purposes of these Terms of Service, receipt of Content from the Platform by any means constitutes use of the Site and Service.
Because Crunchbase wishes to protect the integrity of the Crunchbase Dataset for the entire user community, Crunchbase does not allow You to use crawlers, spiders or other scraping technology to electronically cull data from the Site and Service. Any collection of any Content using these methods is a violation of these Terms of Service. For clarification, authorized use of the Crunchbase API is permitted.
Crunchbase will utilize commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Crunchbase Platform on a 24/7 basis but it shall not be responsible for any disruption, regardless of length. Furthermore, Crunchbase shall not be liable for losses or damages You may incur due to any errors or omissions in any Content or due to Your inability to access the Crunchbase Dataset due to disruption of the Crunchbase Platform.
Crunchbase reserves the right in its sole discretion (for any reason or for no reason) and at any time without notice to You to change, suspend or discontinue the availability of the Services.
If You choose to utilize the Crunchbase API or other Crunchbase Platform tools that provide ongoing access to the Crunchbase Dataset in a manner enabling the building of applications on top of the Crunchbase Platform, Crunchbase reserves the right in its sole discretion (for any reason or for no reason) and at any time without notice to You to suspend Your access to the Crunchbase Dataset in the future or terminate Your rights under these Terms of Service to access, use and/or display the Crunchbase API and/or such other Crunchbase Platform tools.
Elements of the Service
The graphical layout and schema of the Site, and all other elements of the Site, software applications, Content and the Service not described above are owned by Crunchbase or its licensors, and may not be reproduced without permission.
You represent, warrant and agree that no contributions of any kind submitted to the Site for the Crunchbase Dataset or otherwise posted, transmitted, or shared by You on or through the Site or Service will violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights; or contain libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful material.
In addition, You agree not to:
- harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Site or Service by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;
- use the Site or Service in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Site or Service;
- upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available any content that we deem to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
- impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent Yourself, Your age or Your affiliation with any person or entity;
- upload, post, transmit, share or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation;
- upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make publicly available on the Site or Service any private information such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers;
- solicit personal information from anyone under 18 or solicit passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes;
- upload, post, transmit, share or otherwise make available 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;
- intimidate or harass another;
- upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law;
- use or attempt to use another’s account, service or system without authorization from Crunchbase, or create a false identity on the Site or Service.
- upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available content that, in our sole judgment, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Site, or which may expose Crunchbase or its users to any harm or liability of any type.
- post anything that exploits children or minors or that depicts cruelty to animals.
To ensure the best experience for all members of our user community, You should also consult our Content Guidelines, posted at https://about.crunchbase.com/docs/guidelines/.
Crunchbase has in place certain legally mandated procedures regarding allegations of copyright infringement (as well as other intellectual property rights) occurring on the Site. Crunchbase has adopted a policy that provides for the immediate suspension and/or termination of any Site user who is found to have infringed on the rights of Crunchbase or of a third party, or otherwise violated any intellectual property laws of Crunchbase or a third party. The Crunchbase policy is to investigate any allegations of infringements of third party rights brought to Crunchbase’s attention. If You have evidence, know, or have a good faith belief that Your rights or the rights of a third party have been violated and You want Crunchbase to delete, edit, or disable the material in question, You must provide Crunchbase with all of the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the right claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple rights are covered by a single notification, a representative list of the relevant parts of the Service; (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (d) information reasonably sufficient to permit Crunchbase to contact You, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which You may be contacted; (e) a statement that You have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the owner of rights, its agent, or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that You are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. For this notification to be effective, You must provide it to Crunchbase’s designated agent at:
410 Townsend St
San Francisco California 94107
Links to Third Party Sites
The Site contains (or You may be sent through the Site) links to other web sites (“Third Party Sites”) as well as articles, photographs, text, graphics, pictures, designs, music, sound, video, information, applications, software and other content or items belonging to or originating from third parties on such websites (the “Third Party Site Content”). Crunchbase does not control or monitor such Third Party Sites or Third Party Site Content, and Crunchbase is not responsible for any Third Party Sites or Third Party Site Content accessed through the Site or Service. Inclusion of, linking to or permitting the use or installation of any Third Party Site or any Third Party Site Content does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by Crunchbase. If You decide to leave the Site or Service and access the Third Party Sites, You do so at Your own risk and You should be aware that Site Terms of Service and other Crunchbase policies no longer govern.
This Site and Service are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both the United States and foreign countries. Except as expressly permitted in these Terms of Service, You may not reproduce, modify or prepare derivative works based on, distribute, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, or otherwise use this Site or the Service, or any portion thereof.
Relationship of the Parties
You and Crunchbase are independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales relationship, or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on Crunchbase’s behalf.
Crunchbase may terminate Your account, delete Your Crunchbase entry and any of Your Content and/or prohibit You from using or accessing the Site for any reason, or no reason, at any time in its sole discretion, with or without notice.
CRUNCHBASE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES. CRUNCHBASE IS MAKING THE SITE AND SERVICE AVAILABLE “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. YOU ASSUME THE RISK OF ANY AND ALL DAMAGE OR LOSS FROM USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR SERVICE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SITE AND SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. CRUNCHBASE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
Limitation on Liability
CRUNCHBASE’S LIABILITY TO YOU IS LIMITED. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL CRUNCHBASE OR ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR LOST DATA, REGARDLESS OF THE FORESEEABILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICE OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS OR SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY CRUNCHBASE. THIS LIMITATION SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE OUT OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR FORM OF ACTION.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Crunchbase, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives from any and all third party claims, losses, liability, damages, and/or costs (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) arising from Your access to or use of the Site or Service (including the Content), Your violation of these Terms of Service, or Your infringement, or infringement by any other user of Your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any third party or Crunchbase. Crunchbase will notify You promptly of any such claim, loss, liability, or demand, and will provide You with reasonable assistance, at Your expense, in defending any such claim, loss, liability, damage, or cost.
These Terms of Service shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the United States and the State of New York, without reference to their rules regarding conflicts of law. You hereby irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state or federal courts in New York County, New York, USA in all disputes arising out of or related to the use of the Site or Service.
If, for whatever reason, a court of competent jurisdiction finds any term or condition in this Agreement to be unenforceable, all other terms and conditions will remain unaffected and in full force and effect. No waiver of any breach of any provision of this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of any prior, concurrent, or subsequent breach of the same or any other provisions hereof, and no waiver shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the waiving party.
Change of Control
In the event of a change of control of Crunchbase or the sale of substantially all of Crunchbase’s assets, all rights of Crunchbase hereunder shall be transferable without notice to You.
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between You and Crunchbase regarding the use of the Site and Service, superseding any prior agreements between You and Crunchbase relating to Your use of the Site and Service.
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