Searchmychurch.biz allows users to contribute a variety of content types to the site, including reviews, photos, videos, events, tips, direct messages, and more. To ensure site-users conduct themselves in a manner befitting men and women of faith, we’ve put together these general guidelines. Please review them before posting anything on the site.
These terms and conditions (the “Terms”) govern your access to and use of Searchmychurch.biz’s websites and mobile applications that link to or reference these Terms (“Site”). By accessing or using the Site, you are agreeing to these Terms and concluding a legally binding contract with Searchmychurch.biz (“Searchmychurch.biz”). Do not access or use the Site if you are unwilling or unable to be bound by the Terms.
“You” and “your” refer to you, as a user of the Site. A “user” is someone who accesses, browses, crawls, scrapes, or in any way uses the Site. “We,” “us,” and “our” refer to Searchmychurch.biz.
“Content” means text, images, photos, audio, video, location data, and all other forms of data or communication. “Your Content” means Content that you submit or transmit to, through, or in connection with the Site, such as ratings, reviews, messages, and information that you publicly display or is otherwise displayed in your account profile. “User Content” means Content that users submit or transmit to, through, or in connection with the Site. “Searchmychurch.biz Content” denotes Content that we create and make available in connection with the Site. “Third Party Content” means Content that originates from parties other than Searchmychurch.biz or its users, which is made available in connection with the Site. “Site Content” refers to all Content made available in connection with the Site, including Your Content, User Content, Third Party Content, and Searchmychurch.biz Content.
We may modify the Terms from time to time. The most current version of these Terms will be located here. You understand and agree that your access to or use of the Site is governed by the Terms effective at the time of your access to or use of the Site. If we make material changes to these Terms, we will notify you by email or by posting a notice on the Site prior to the effective date of the changes. We will also indicate at the top of this page the date that revisions were last made. You should revisit these Terms on a regular basis as revised versions will be binding on you. Any such modification will be effective upon our posting of new Terms. You understand and agree that your continued access to or use of the Site after the effective date of modifications to the Terms indicates your acceptance of the modifications.
We may translate these Terms into other languages for your convenience. Nevertheless, the English version governs your relationship with Searchmychurch.biz, and any inconsistencies among the different versions will be resolved in favor of the English version.
To access or use the Site, you must be 18 years or older and have the requisite power and authority to enter into these Terms. You may not access or use the Site if you are a competitor of ours or if we have previously banned you from the Site or closed your account.
We grant you permission to use the Site subject to the restrictions in these Terms. Your use of the Site is at your own risk, including the risk that you might be exposed to Content that is offensive, inaccurate, objectionable, or otherwise inappropriate.
The Site may be modified, updated, interrupted, suspended, or discontinued at any time without notice or liability.
You must create an account and provide certain information about yourself in order to use some of the features that are offered through the Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password. You are also responsible for all activities that occur in connection with your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account. We reserve the right to close your account at any time, for any or no reason.
Searchmychurch.biz offers three types of accounts: personal, business, church. Personal accounts allow you to connect to your church (if your church is already in searchmychurch.biz) and, if you choose, set up a business or church account. A business account expands from a personal account. A business account can pay to post on the map area where other church members can easily find your business. A church account also expands from a personal account and allows you to set up your church.
By creating an account, you agree to receive certain communications in connection with the Site. For example, you might receive compliments or friend requests from other Users. You may also receive periodic e-mail correspondence from Searchmychurch.biz regarding any of the services we offer. You can opt-out of non-essential communications here.
You alone are responsible for Your Content, and once published, it cannot always be withdrawn. You assume all risks associated with Your Content, including anyone’s reliance on its quality, accuracy, or reliability, or any disclosure by you of information in Your Content that makes you personally identifiable. You represent that you own, or have the necessary permissions to use and authorize the use of Your Content as described herein. You may not imply that Your Content is in any way sponsored or endorsed by Searchmychurch.biz or by any church or congregation.
You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, Your Content contains material that is false, intentionally misleading, or defamatory; violates any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; contains material that is unlawful, including illegal hate speech or pornography; exploits or otherwise harms minors; or violates or advocates the violation of any law or regulation.
We may use Your Content in a number of different ways, including publicly displaying it, reformatting it, incorporating it into advertisements and other works, creating derivative works from it, promoting it, distributing it, and allowing others to do the same in connection with their own websites and media platforms (“Other Media”). As such, you hereby irrevocably grant us world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, assignable, sublicensable, transferable rights to use Your Content for any purpose. Please note that you also irrevocably grant the users of the Site and any Other Media the right to access Your Content in connection with their use of the Site and any Other Media. Finally, you irrevocably waive, and cause to be waived, against Searchmychurch.biz and its users any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to Your Content. By “use” we mean use, copy, publicly perform and display, reproduce, distribute, modify, translate, remove, analyze, commercialize, and prepare derivative works of Your Content.
As between you and Searchmychurch.biz, you own Your Content. We own the Searchmychurch.biz Content, including, but not limited to, visual interfaces, interactive features, graphics, design, compilation, including, but not limited to, our compilation of User Content and other Site Content, computer code, products, software, aggregate user review ratings, and all other elements and components of the Site excluding Your Content, User Content and Third-Party Content. We also own the copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names, and other intellectual and proprietary rights throughout the world (“IP Rights”) associated with the Searchmychurch.biz Content and the Site, which are protected by copyright, trade dress, patent, trademark laws and all other applicable intellectual and proprietary rights and laws. As such, you may not modify, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display or in any way exploit any of the Searchmychurch.biz Content in whole or in part except as expressly authorized by us. Except as expressly and unambiguously provided herein, we do not grant you any express or implied rights, and all rights in and to the Site and the Searchmychurch.biz Content are retained by us.
Searchmychurch.biz and its licensees may publicly display advertisements and other information adjacent to or included with Your Content. You are not entitled to any compensation for such advertisements. The manner, mode, and extent of such advertising are subject to change without specific notice to you.
We make some of the Site Content (“Feed Content”) available via Real Simple Syndication and Atom feeds (“Feeds”). You may access and use the Feeds to display Feed Content on your personal computer, website, or blog (“Your Site”), provided that (i) your display of the Feed Content links back to the relevant pages on Searchmychurch.biz’s websites, and attributes Searchmychurch.biz as the source of the Feed Content, (ii) your use or display of the Feed Content does not suggest that Searchmychurch.biz promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, websites, products or services, including Your Site, (iii) you do not redistribute the Feed Content, and (iv) your use of the Feeds does not overburden Searchmychurch.biz’s systems. Furthermore, Searchmychurch.biz reserves all rights in the Feed Content and may terminate the Feeds at any time. Please select “Partnerships” on our contacts page here to inquire about other possible uses of the Feeds.
User Content (including any that may have been created by users employed or contracted by Searchmychurch.biz) does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Searchmychurch.biz. We reserve the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate User Content from time to time at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you. For example, we may remove a review if we believe it violates our Content Guidelines. We have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of Your Content, nor do we guarantee any confidentiality with respect to Your Content.
We are under no obligation to enforce the Terms on your behalf against another user. While we encourage you to let us know if you believe another user has violated the Terms, we reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate action at our sole discretion.
The restrictions above only apply to the extent permissible under applicable law. Nevertheless, you agree not to act contrary to them (even if permissible under applicable law) without providing 30 days’ prior written notice to us here, together with any information that we may reasonably require to give us an opportunity to provide alternative remedies or otherwise accommodate you at our sole discretion.
You represent that you have read and understood our Content Guidelines.
Please see our Infringement Policy for information about copyright and trademark disputes.
If you create a business owner’s account on the Site or purchase advertising from Searchmychurch.biz, the Searchmychurch.biz Advertising Agreement will apply. In the event of any conflict between the Searchmychurch.biz Advertising Agreement and these Terms, the Searchmychurch.biz Advertising Agreement will prevail.
By sending us any ideas, suggestions, documents or proposals (“Feedback”), you agree that (i) your Feedback does not contain the confidential or proprietary information of third parties, (ii) we are under no obligation of confidentiality, express or implied, with respect to the Feedback, (iii) we may have something similar to the Feedback already under consideration or in development, and (iv) you grant us an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use, modify, prepare derivative works, publish, distribute and sublicense the Feedback, and you irrevocably waive, and cause to be waived, against Searchmychurch.biz and its users any claims and assertions of any moral rights contained in such Feedback.
The Site may include links to other websites or applications (each, a “Third-Party Site”). We do not control or endorse any Third-Party Site. You agree that we are not responsible for the availability or contents of such Third-Party Sites. Your use of Third Party Sites is at your own risk.
Some of the services made available through the Site may be subject to additional third-party or open source licensing terms and disclosures.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Searchmychurch.biz, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, any related companies, suppliers, licensors and partners, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them (collectively, the “Searchmychurch.biz Entities“) harmless, including costs, liabilities and legal fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party arising out of or relating to (i) your access to or use of the Site, (ii) your violation of the Terms, (iii) any products or services purchased or obtained by you in connection with the Site, or (iv) the infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. Searchmychurch.biz reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. You agree not to settle any such matter without the prior written consent of Searchmychurch.biz. Searchmychurch.biz will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY SINCE IT LIMITS THE LIABILITY OF THE SEARCHMYCHURCH.BIZ ENTITIES TO YOU. EACH OF THE SUBSECTIONS BELOW ONLY APPLIES UP TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. NOTHING HEREIN IS INTENDED TO LIMIT ANY RIGHTS YOU MAY HAVE WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY LIMITED. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER SECTION OF THESE TERMS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH A LEGAL PROFESSIONAL PRIOR TO ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD, AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS, INCLUDING THIS SECTION. YOU ARE GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL RIGHTS BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS.
Maryland law will govern these Terms, as well as any claim, cause of action or dispute that might arise between you and Searchmychurch.biz (a “Claim”), without regard to conflict of law provisions. FOR ANY CLAIM BROUGHT BY EITHER PARTY, YOU AGREE TO SUBMIT AND CONSENT TO THE PERSONAL AND EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION IN, AND THE EXCLUSIVE VENUE OF, THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED WITHIN MARYLAND.