Terms of Use


Terms of Use. Please read these Terms of Use (the “Agreement” or “Terms of Use”) carefully before using the services offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (“PEAKS” or the “Company”) through this website. This Agreement sets forth the legally binding terms and conditions of your use of this website at www.peaksmaker.com, and all other websites owned, operated or affiliated with the Company that redirect to www.peaksmaker.com, and all subdomains (collectively, the “Site”), and the services owned and operated by the Company (together with the Site, the “Service”). By visiting or otherwise using the Service in any manner, you agree to be bound by this Agreement. 

Summary of Service. The Site allows users (“Users”) to create and operate campaigns to raise money to fund charitable causes with or without offering rewards. Through the Service users may access content, including, but not limited to, videos, photographs, images, artwork, graphics, audio clips, comments, data, text, software, scripts, projects, other material and information, and associated trademarks and copyrightable works (collectively, “Content”). Users, donors, and other visitors to the Site and users of the Service (collectively, “Users”) may contribute, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, facilitate the distribution of, collect, post, or otherwise make accessible (“Submit”) Content. “User Submissions” means Content Submitted by Users.

Acceptance of Terms. Your use of the Service is subject to acceptance of all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, including the Privacy Policy available at www.peaksmaker.com/privacy-policy/, and all other rules, guidelines, regulations, policies, and procedures that may be published on the Site by the Company, which are all incorporated by reference. These Terms of Use apply to every user of the Service. In addition, some services offered through the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions. Your use of those services is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms of Use by this reference.

The Company may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, modify or replace these Terms of Use by posting updated terms on the Site, from time to time. It is your responsibility to check the Terms of Use for changes from time to time. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any such changes constitutes acceptance of such changes.

The Company reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or parts of the Service at any time for any reason in its sole discretion. The Company may also impose limits on certain features and/or services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.

The Service is available for use only to individuals who are at least 18 years old (and at least the legal age in your jurisdiction). By using the Service you represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are at least 18 years old and of legal age in your jurisdiction to form a binding contract, and that all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful. The Company reserves the right to ask for proof of age from you and your account may be suspended until satisfactory proof of age is provided. The Company may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time. This provision is void where prohibited by law and/or the right to access the Service is revoked in those jurisdictions.

Rules and Conduct. As a condition of your use of the Service, you promise not to use the Service for any unlawful purpose or any purpose otherwise prohibited by this Agreement. The Service is provided only for your own personal, non-commercial use, except as allowed by the terms set forth in the section of these Terms of Use titled “Campaigns”. You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Service. You shall not, and shall not permit any third party using your account to, take any action, or Submit Content, that:

  • infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right of any other person or entity, or violates any law or contract;
  • you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate;
  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortious, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another’s privacy;
  • constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material or any junk mail, spam, or chain letters;
  • contains software viruses or any other computer codes, files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage, limit, or interfere with the proper function of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any system, data, password, or other information of the Company or any third party;
  • is made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or
  • impersonates any person or entity, including any employee or representative of the Company.

Additionally, you shall not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by the Company in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Company’s or its third-party providers’ computer systems and/or infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (iii) bypass any measures the Company may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service or other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to the Service; (iv) run Maillist, Listserv, or any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Service; or (v) use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any page of the Site.

Except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction you shall not directly or indirectly: (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Service; (ii) modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of any part of the Service; or (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that you receive hereunder. You shall abide by all applicable laws and regulations in connection with your use of the Service.

Users agree to not use personal information of any other user for any purpose other than those explicitly specified in the User’s Campaign, or is not related to fulfilling delivery of a product or service explicitly specified in the User’s Campaign.

Registration. You may view Content on the Site without registering, but as a condition of using the Service, you may be required to register and select a screen name (“User Name”) and password. You shall provide accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of the Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You shall not use as a User Name, domain name, or campaign name any name or term that (i) is the name of another person; (ii) is subject to any rights of another person, without appropriate authorization; or (iii) is offensive, vulgar, or obscene. The Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse registration of or cancel a User Name, domain name, and campaign name. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password for the Site. You shall never use another User account without the other User’s express permission. You will immediately notify the Company in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other known account-related security breach.

Campaigns: The Site is a platform for raising money to fund charitable causes. By using the Services, including donating to or creating a fundraising campaign on the Site, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, including the following terms:

  • Donors mustprovide their payment information at the time they donate to a campaign. The payment will be collected immediately and is not subject to the campaign reaching any minimum goal or any other conditions. All donations are also subject to the specific terms of such Campaign.
  • Donors consent to PEAKS and its payments partners immediately authorizing a charge on their payment card or other payment method following their donation..
  • Donors agree to have sufficient funds or credit available immediately following their donation.
  • Donors may increase their donation at any time during the fundraising campaign by making additional donations. Donors may not decrease or cancel their donation at any time.
  • For all campaigns, PEAKS gives to the User’s each donor’s User Name and pledge amount. For all campaigns, PEAKS additionally gives to the User each donor’s name and email.
  • For some rewards, the User needs further information from donors, such as a mailing address, to enable the User to complete a donation. The User shall request the information directly from donors at the time of donation. To receive the reward, donors agree to provide the requested information to the User within a reasonable amount of time.
  • PEAKS does not refund donations. A User is not required to grant a donor’s request for a refund unless the User is unable or unwilling to fulfill the charitable cause and/or provide rewards as described in their campaign. Donors should contact PEAKS immediately if a mistake was made in the amount of their donation (e.g. donor intended to donate $50 but rather $500 was charged to their payment card).
  • Users may cancel or refund a donor’s pledge at any time and for any reason.
  • Because of occasional failures of payments from donors, PEAKS cannot guarantee the receipt by Users of the amount pledged minus fees.
  • PEAKS and its payments partners may remove their fees before transmitting proceeds of a campaign. Fees may vary depending on region and other factors PEAKS charges campaign creators fees for services upon campaign completion (see Pricing Schedule)
  • PEAKS reserves the right to cancel a pledge at any time and for any reason.
  • PEAKS reserves the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign at any time and for any reason. PEAKS is not liable for any damages as a result of any of those actions. PEAKS’s policy is not to comment on the reasons for any of those actions.
  • Users should not take any action in reliance on having their campaign posted on the Site or having any of the money pledged until they have the ability to withdraw and spend the money. There may be a delay between the end of a successful fundraising campaign and access to the funds.

PEAKS is not liable for any damages or loss incurred related to use of the Service. PEAKS is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between any Users, or between Users and any third party arising from use of the Service. PEAKS does not oversee or endorse any campaigns or User Submissions. You release PEAKS, its officers, employees, agents, affiliates and successors in rights from claims, damages, and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Service.

Fees and Payments. When you use a service that requires a Fee you have an opportunity to review our Fee Schedule and accept any fees that you will be charged for using the Services. Changes to our Fee Schedule are effective after we post the changes on the Site. You are responsible for paying all fees and taxes associated with your use of the Service and periodically checking for changes on the Site. Funds pledged by donors are collected by [Paypal]. PEAKS is not responsible for the performance of [Paypal].

Third-Party Sites. The Service may be linked to other websites or resources on the internet. Other websites or resources may contain links to the Site. Your access to third-party websites is at your own risk. You acknowledge that the Company does not control those websites, and is not liable for the content, functions, accuracy, legality, appropriateness, or any other aspect of those websites or resources. The link by any other website or resource to the Site does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with the Company. You acknowledge and agree that the Company shall not be liable for any damage related to the use of any content, goods, or services available through any third-party website or resource.

Content and License. You agree that the Service contains Content provided by the Company, its partners, affiliates, and Users, which Content may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright and other legal notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.

The Company grants to each User of the Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable license to use and reproduce the Content, solely for personal, non-commercial use. Use, reproduction, modification, distribution, or storage of any Content for other than personal, non-commercial use is prohibited without prior written permission from the Company, or from the copyright holder. You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial use or in any way that violates any third-party right.

Intellectual Property. By making User Submissions through the Service, you agree as follows:

  • The Company will not have any ownership rights over your User Submissions. However, the Company needs the following license to perform and market the Service on your behalf and on behalf of its other Users and itself. You hereby grant to the Company the worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right to (and to allow others acting on its behalf to) (i) use, edit, modify, prepare derivative works of, reproduce, host, display, stream, transmit, playback, transcode, copy, feature, market, sell, distribute, and otherwise fully exploit your User Submissions and your trade names, trademarks, service marks, slogans, logos, and similar proprietary rights (collectively, the “Trademarks”) in connection with (a) the Service, (b) the Company’s (and its successors’ and assigns’) businesses, (c) promoting, marketing, and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) or the Service in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third-party websites); (ii) take whatever other action is required to perform and market the Service; (iii) allow its Users to stream, transmit, playback, download, display, feature, distribute, collect, and otherwise use the User Submissions and Trademarks in connection with the Service; and (iv) use and publish, and permit others to use and publish, the User Submissions, Trademarks, names, likenesses, and personal and biographical materials of you and the members of your group or organization, in connection with the provision or marketing of the Service. You may grant additional licenses to your User Submissions.
  • You are publishing your User Submission, and you may be identified publicly by your name or User Name in association with your User Submission.
  • You grant to each User a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Service, and to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions solely for personal, non-commercial use.
  • You further agree that your User Submissions will not contain third-party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third-party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant PEAKS all of the license rights granted herein.
  • You will pay all royalties and other amounts owed to any person or entity based on your Submitting User Submissions to the Service or the Company’s publishing or hosting of the User Submissions as contemplated by these Terms of Use.
  • The use or other exploitation of User Submissions by the Company and Users as contemplated by this Agreement will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including without limitation any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
  • The Company shall have the right to delete, edit, modify, reformat, excerpt, or translate any of your User Submissions.
  • All information, including User Submissions posted or transmitted through the Site is the sole responsibility of the person posting, transmitting or submitting such content.
  • The Company will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any Content.
  • The Company cannot guarantee the identity of any other Users with whom you may interact with in connection with while using the Service.
  • All Content you access through the Service is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss to any party.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), PEAKS has adopted a policy of, in appropriate circumstances, terminating User accounts that are repeat infringers of the intellectual property rights of others. PEAKS may terminate User accounts based on any single infringement at any time, in its sole discretion.

Copyright Notifications. PEAKS will remove infringing materials in accordance with the DMCA if properly notified that Content infringes the copyrights of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify PEAKS’s Copyright Agent by emailing us at support@peaksmaker.com. Your email must contain the following information (please confirm these requirements with your legal counsel):

  • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of the location of all of the material that you claim is infringing on the Site, sufficient for PEAKS to locate the material;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • 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; and
  • a statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

If you believe that your work has been wrongly removed or disabled, please notify the PEAKS Copyright Agent in writing by emailing us at support@peaksmaker.com. Your counter-notice must contain the following information (please confirm these requirements with your legal counsel):

  • a physical or electronic signature of the user of the Services;
  • 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;
  • a statement made under penalty of perjury that the user has a good faith belief that the material was wrongly removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material; and
  • the user’s name, address, telephone number, and a statement that the user consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the user’s address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that the user will accept service of process from the person who provided notification or an agent of such person.

Under the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material is infringing or was wrongly removed or disabled, whether by mistake or misidentification, may be subject to liability. If you fail to comply with these notice requirements, your notification or counter-notification may not be valid.

Our designated copyright agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement is:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Termination. The Company may terminate your access to the Service, with or without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your account. If you wish to terminate your account, please contact support@peaksmaker.com. Any fees paid to the Company are non-refundable. All provisions of the Terms of Use that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.

Warranty Disclaimer. The Company has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that the Company has no duty to take any action regarding any of the following: which Users gain access to the Site; what Content Users access through the Site; what effects the Content may have on Users; how Users may interpret or use the Content; or what actions Users may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. The Company cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data or information that Users provide about themselves or their campaigns. You release the Company from all liability for your having acquired or not acquired Content through the Site. The Site may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. The Company makes no representations concerning any Content on the Site, and the Company is not liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained on the Service.

The Company does not guarantee that any Content will be made available through the Service. The Company has no obligation to monitor the Service or Content. The Company reserves the right to, at any time, for any reason, and without notice: (i) cancel, reject, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign; (ii) remove, edit, or modify any Content, including, but not limited to, any User Submission; and (iii) remove or block any User or User Submission. PEAKS reserves the right not to comment on the reasons for any of these actions.

The Service is provided “as is” and “as available” and is without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranties implied by any course of performance or usage of trade, all of which are expressly disclaimed. The Company, and its directors, employees, agents, suppliers, partners, and content providers do not warrant that: (a) the Service will be secure or available at any particular time or location; (b) any defects or errors will be corrected; (c) any content or software available at or through the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components; or (d) the results of using the Service will meet your requirements. Your use of the Service is solely at your own risk. Some states or countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

The Company makes no guaranty of confidentiality or privacy of any communication or information transmitted on the Site or any website linked to the Site. The Company will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on the Company’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act Notice (18 USC §2701-2711): THE COMPANY MAKES NO GUARANTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THE SITE OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO THE SITE. The Company will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on the Company’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.

Indemnification. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, and each of its and its affiliates’ employees, contractors, directors, suppliers, and representatives from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs, that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of, or access to, the Service and Content, or otherwise from your User Submissions, violation of the Terms of Use, or infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. The Company reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with the Company in asserting any available defenses.

Limitation of Liability. In no event shall the Company, nor its directors, employees, agents, partners, suppliers, or content providers, be liable under contract, tort, strict liability, negligence, or any other legal or equitable theory with respect to the service (i) for any lost profits, data loss, cost of procurement of substitute goods or services, or special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, substitute goods or services (however arising), (ii) for any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like (regardless of the source of origination), or (iii) for any direct damages in excess of (in the aggregate) one hundred U.S. dollars ($100.00). some states or countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

International. Accessing the Service is prohibited from territories where the Content is illegal. If you access the Service from other locations, you do so at your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Consent to Electronic Communication and Notice. By using the Services, you consent to receive from PEAKS all communications including notices, agreements, legally required disclosures, or other information in connection with the Services (collectively, “Contract Notices”) electronically. PEAKS may provide electronic Notices by posting them on the Site. If you desire to withdraw your consent to receive Notices electronically, you must discontinue your use of the Services.

Governing Law. These Terms of Use (and any additional rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and without application of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act or the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods. You agree that the Company and its Services are deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over PEAKS or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers or shareholders, either specific or general, in any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms, or your use or non-use of the Services, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Tompkins County in the State of New York and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any dispute, action, or proceeding.

Integration and Severability. These Terms of Use and other referenced material constitute the entire agreement between you and the Company with respect to the Service, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and the Company with respect to the Service and govern the future relationship. If any provision of the Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

Miscellaneous. The Company shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where the failure results from any cause beyond the Company’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic, or communications failure or degradation. The Terms of Use are personal to you, and are not assignable, transferable, or sublicensable by you except with the Company’s prior written consent. The Company may assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and obligations hereunder without consent. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Terms of Use and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect. In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under the Terms of Use, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover costs and attorneys’ fees. All notices under the Terms of Use will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail; or the day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service.

Updated: June 26, 2013

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