FIRST, AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE PLATFORM, AS THEY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WAIVERS OF RIGHTS, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, AND YOUR INDEMNITY TO US. THESE TERMS REQUIRE THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN COURTS OR JURY TRIALS, AND LIMITS THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE.
These Terms constitute a binding agreement between you and us. Each time that you access or use the Platform, you are indicating that you have read and understand the Terms, and that you agree to comply and be legally bound by them. If you do not agree to the Terms, you may not access or use the Platform or Services.
If you are accepting or agreeing to the Terms on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to act on behalf of and bind that entity to the Terms.
As part of our Services, we act as an intermediary for investors to independently connect with certain issuers in certain limited transactions involving the offer or sale of securities pursuant to Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (collectively, “Regulation Crowdfunding”). Each authorized issuer posting securities offerings acknowledges and agrees that the Platform does not and will not: (1) offer investment advice or recommendations; (2) solicit purchases, sales or offers to buy the securities offered or displayed on the Platform; (3) compensate employees, agents or other persons for such solicitation or based on the sale of securities posted or referenced on the Platform; or (4) hold, manage, possess or otherwise handle investor funds or securities.
- ABOUT THE TERMS
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLATFORM
- FEES AND PAYMENT TERMS
- USER CONDUCT GUIDELINES
- ACCOUNT SUSPENSION AND CANCELLATION
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
- NO ENDORSEMENT
- WARRANTIES, DISCLAIMERS, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY & INDEMNIFICATION
- GOVERNING LAW & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
1. ABOUT THE TERMS
1.1 Key Terms
- “Platform” refers, collectively, to any and all Website, Services and other technology through which Equifund provides the Services.
- “Platform Content” refers to any and all videos, text, photos, information and other content included, provided or made available on or through the Platform, including all User Content except Your Content.
- “Services” refers to any services or products provided by Equifund and its service providers, and any and all related services and promotions.
- “User Content” refers to videos, text, photos, information and other content captured, recorded, streamed, stored, shared or otherwise made available or caused to be made available by Users on or through the Platform.
- “Users” means any and all persons that access or use the Platform. References to “access” and/or “use” of the Platform (and any variations thereof) include the acts of accessing or browsing the Website and accessing or using the Services.
- “Website” refers to any website owned or operated by Equifund (including the website currently located at equifund.com), through which access to the Services is available. References to the “Website” include any and all features, functionality, tools and content available on or through each such website.
- “Your Content” refers to videos, text, photos, information and other content captured, recorded, streamed, stored, shared or otherwise made available or caused to be made available by you on or through the Platform
- “Equifund,” “we,” or “us” refers to Equifund Technologies, LLC and Equifund Crowd Funding Portal Inc. and our officers, directors, employees, contractors and agents. To the extent applicable, they also refer to our affiliates, service providers and licensors, and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors and agents.
1.2 Platform Rules and Supplemental Terms
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUNCTIONAL LIMITATIONS OF THE PLATFORM AND/OR THE SERVICES;
- YOUR OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS;
- LIMITATIONS OF OUR LIABILITY TO YOU; AND
- A REQUIREMENT THAT YOU PURSUE CLAIMS OR SEEK RELIEF AGAINST US (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, RATHER THAN AS A PARTICIPANT IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING.
YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE PLATFORM AND SERVICES IS CONDITIONED ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE TERMS.
1.3 Amendment of Terms
Equifund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend the Terms, at any time and without prior notice, including to change, modify, add to, update or remove terms and conditions (collectively “amend” or “update”). If we choose to amend the Terms, we will update the Effective Date at the top of the Terms and post the updated version. We may also, at our option, choose to notify you by e-mail or another means. By continuing to use the Platform after we have posted an updated version of the Terms or otherwise notified you of an update, you are affirming that you agree to be bound by the amended Terms. This provision is subject to a few limitations in the “Dispute Resolution” section below. If the amended Terms are not acceptable to you, your only recourse is to stop using the Platform.
No other modification, amendment, supplement of or to the Terms will be binding on Equifund unless it is in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Equifund.
1.4 Consequences of Non-Compliance
Your failure to comply with the Terms may result in the suspension or termination of your account and/or access to the Platform, and may subject you to civil and criminal penalties.
2. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLATFORM
2.1 License to Use
Subject to your compliance with the Terms, Equifund grants you a limited non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable and non-sublicensable license to access and use the Platform and Services. This license is granted for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Platform as provided by Equifund, in the manner permitted by the Terms.
2.2 Set-Up and Operating Requirements
In order to use the Services, you must:
- have internet access (e.g., WiFi or 3G /4G with a data plan);
- register for an account (as set forth in more detail below in the “Accounts” section below); and
- provide and maintain complete, accurate and up-to-date account information, including contact information for your emergency contacts.
If any of the above requirements are not met, you will not be able to use some or all of the Services.
2.3 Service Limitations
In addition to the set-up and operating requirements, there are certain other circumstances that may limit the availability or effectiveness of the Services.
- Service Area – The Platform is currently configured for use in the United States only, and is not intended for use outside of the United States.
- Service Interruptions – The Services can be interrupted for any reason that disrupts internet access or GPS capabilities, including in the event of:
- electrical power outages;
- natural disasters;
- electronic interference;
- an outage affecting the data transport service;
- failure of originating or terminating access lines;
- network congestion and/or reduced routing speed Equifund’s network or another network (for example, due to spikes in call volume in the wake of local or national disasters), causing failed calls, busy signals or unexpected answering wait times (which may be longer than emergency calls placed via traditional telephone networks);
- compatibility issues; or
- equipment failures relating to your equipment or Equifund’s equipment, including, hardware or software failures or misconfiguration affecting Equifund, its offices, data centers, and/or any of its service providers.
YOU AFFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ THE FOREGOING AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT:
- EQUIFUND DOES NOT AND CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT THE PLATFORM WILL BE CONTINUOUS OR ERROR-FREE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PLATFORM WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF THE SERVICE AREA OR UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES SET FORTH ABOVE.
- IF YOUR MOBILE OR DATA PLAN SERVICES OR ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR OUR PLATFORM IS/ARE SUSPENDED, CANCELLED OR TERMINATED (E.G., AS A RESULT OF BILLING ISSUES OR OTHER BREACH), YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO USE SOME OR ALL OF THE PLATFORM.
- YOU ARE EXCLUSIVELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM AND YOUR CONTENT. ABUSE OF THE SERVICES MAY SUBJECT YOU TO CIVIL AND CRIMINAL FINES AND PENALTIES.
2.5 Modifications and Updates to the Platform and Services
Equifund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or discontinue offering the Platform and/or Services, in whole or in part, including any Website, or any features, functionality, tools or content thereof, at any time, for any reason or no reason, with or without notice to you. We also retain the right to impose limits on your use and storage of the User Content at our sole discretion at any time without prior notice to you.
You agree that Equifund has no obligation to provide any updates or to continue to provide or enable any particular features, functionality, tools or content, and will not be liable with respect to any such modifications, discontinuance or deletions.
2.6 International Users
The Platform is controlled and operated within the United States and is not intended for use outside of the United States. You are hereby prohibited from accessing or using the Platform from any territory where the Platform or any of the features, functionality, tools, content thereof, is illegal. If you choose to access the Platform from a location outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and you are solely responsible for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, including export laws and any regulations and local laws regarding online conduct and content.
2.7 Reliance on Information Posted
All Platform Content is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of Platform Content. Any reliance you place on Platform Content is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such information by you or any other User, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
3.1 Account Registration
While certain Platform Content is publicly available, you must register for a user account before you are able to use any of the Services. You may register to create an account directly via the Platform. By registering to create an account, you agree that such account will be self-directed and that you are solely responsible for all investment decisions and instructions placed through your account.
No person or entity may have more than one active account at any given time.
For enterprise clients (each, an “Employer”), designated administrators will set up a primary account and can add additional employees who are eligible to have accounts that will be subsidized by Employer. The administrator account and employee accounts utilize the same account name. Administrators can toggle between the accounts via their profile. (For simplicity, both the primary account and the employee accounts will be referred to hereafter as “accounts.”)
3.2 Account Set-Up
Your account and account profile page will be created based upon the information you provide to us.
You agree to provide complete, accurate and up-to-date information during the registration process and to update such information as necessary to ensure that it remains complete, accurate and up-to-date.
When you create your account, you will be asked to create a username and password, which you will be solely responsible for safeguarding. We encourage you to use “strong” passwords (passwords that use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) with your account or any other account that you may connect to your account. You agree not to disclose your username or password to any third party, and you agree to immediately notify Equifund of any unauthorized use of your account. You further acknowledge and agree that you will be solely responsible for any activities or actions on or through your account, whether or not you have authorized such activities or actions. Equifund cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above requirements.
4. FEES AND PAYMENT TERMS
You will be charged in full for the products and/or services purchased in an order upon submission of the order, including for any pre-paid products and/or services. If the order allows for the addition of optional add-on packages, you will be charged in full for each add-on package. By placing an order, you hereby agree to pay the charges associated with the order in accordance with the foregoing.
4.2 Payment/ Credit Cards
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING EQUIFUND WITH VALID CREDIT CARD OR PAYMENT ACCOUNT DETAILS AND FOR THE TIMELY PAYMENT OF ALL FEES. Please note that the payment information, including name and contact information, that you submit when you register may be used and shared with our payment processing services provider and otherwise used in accordance with our Privacy Notice.
If Equifund is unable to successfully charge your credit card or payment account for fees due, or invoices are not paid in full when due, we reserve the right to restrict or suspend access to your account, or terminate your account (including, any additional accounts associated with your account). If you terminate your account for any reason or if we terminate your account due to your breach, such termination will be effective immediately, and you will be immediately billed for any unbilled fees incurred prior to the effective date of termination. You will not receive a refund for any amounts you already paid for that billing period. Further, you agree to reimburse us for any collection costs and interest for any overdue amounts.
We may contact you via email or SMS regarding your account, for example, in connection with a problem with your credit card or payment account.
4.3 No Refunds
Unless Equifund agrees or states otherwise in writing, all fees and charges are nonrefundable.
5. USER CONDUCT GUIDELINES
Any time you access or use the Platform, you are required to comply with our User Conduct Guidelines, as set forth below.
You are not authorized to access or use the Platform:
- to impersonate any person or entity, or falsify or otherwise misrepresent your identity, credentials, affiliations or intentions;
- to collect, store or use any information from or about another User, other than to provide aid to such User or as otherwise authorized and intended by such User;
- to “stalk” or harass any other User;
- to distribute unsolicited commercial or bulk electronic communications (or, “spam”), chain letters or “pyramid” schemes;
- to communicate false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, or libelous content;
- for business solicitation of any type, including advertising a product or service, offering a product or service for sale, or directing Users to a location for more information about a product or service;
- for political campaigning, recruiting votes or soliciting donations or other support for legislative or other initiatives;
- to systematically retrieve information or content to create or compile, directly or indirectly, in single or multiple downloads, a collection, compilation, database, directory or the like, whether by manual methods, through the use of bots, crawlers, or spiders, or otherwise;
- if you are not able to form legally binding contracts (for example, if you are under 18);
- if you are a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction;
- to determine a User’s eligibility for: (i) credit or insurance for person, family, or household purposes, (ii) employment, or (iii) a government license of benefit;
- to sell, promote, or advertise products or services; or
- to interfere with other Users’ listings or offerings;
- for purposes that contradict permitting prospective investors to an offering to share concerns, ideas, or personal opinions regarding a prospective offering;
- for any other purposes that are not expressly permitted by the Terms.
Further, you may not:
- access, copy, distribute, share, publish, use or store, or prepare derivative works from any Platform Content that belongs to Equifund, another User or to a third party, including works covered by any copyrights, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property right, except with prior express permission of the person or entity party holding the rights to license such use;
- share your user ID/username or transfer your account to another party without our consent;
- circumvent our systems, policies, determinations as to your account status, including by attempting to access or use the Platform if your account has been suspended or cancelled or you have otherwise been temporarily or permanently prohibited or blocked from using the Platform;
- access, search, collect information from, or otherwise interact with the Platform by “scraping,” “crawling” or “spidering” the Platform, by the use of any software, device, script or robot, or by any other means (automated or otherwise) other than through the currently available, published interfaces that are provided by Equifund, unless you have been specifically authorized to do so in a separate agreement with Equifund;
- use, display, mirror or frame the Platform, or any feature, functionality, tool or content of the Platform, Equifund’s name, any Equifund trademark, logo or other proprietary information, without Equifund’s express written consent;
- interfere with, disrupt, damage or compromise the Platform or our systems or the access of any User, host or network in any way, including through the use of viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses, harmful code, flood pings, denial-of-service attacks, backdoors, packet or IP spoofing, forged routing or electronic mail address information or similar methods or technology or by overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Platform or otherwise imposing an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Platform;
- access, tamper with or use non-public areas of any of the Platform, Equifund’s computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Equifund’s providers;
- probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network of Equifund or its providers, or breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures of such system or network;
- avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair, descramble, or otherwise circumvent any technological measure implemented by Equifund or any of Equifund’s providers or any other third party to protect the Platform;
- forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or posting, or in any way use the Platform to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;
- attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the code or software used to provide the Platform;
- export or re-export the Platform, except in compliance with the export control laws and regulations of any relevant jurisdictions;
- otherwise abuse the Platform or breach the Terms; or
- attempt to do any of the foregoing, or advocate, encourage or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing.
5.1 Responsibility for User Content
Ultimately, all User Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the User who originated such content. We do not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the completeness, truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any User Content or endorse any opinions expressed in such User Content. You understand that by using the Platform, you may be exposed to User Content that is offensive, harmful, inaccurate, misleading, fraudulent or otherwise inappropriate. Under no circumstances will Equifund be liable in any way for any User Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of any User Content.
Users agree that we shall not remove User Content which provide negative constructive criticism of an offering or an Issuer (defined below), including its management team, if done in good faith and in furtherance of crowd-diligence. Permitting or removing User Content shall not be deemed an endorsement, adoption of the content or investment advice under any circumstances. We will retain a log of User Content for the purposes of its books and records, investigations or for purposes of facilitating periodic reviews to ensure adherence to our policies. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials on the Platform.
We may, but are not required to monitor or control the User Content captured, recorded, uploaded, streamed, shared or stored on or through the Platform, and we cannot take responsibility for such User Content. Any use or reliance on any User Content is at your own risk. We reserve the right to remove any Platform Content from the Platform that, in the reasonable exercise of our discretion, does not comply with the Terms, or if any Platform Content is posted that we believe is not in the best interest of Equifund.
5.2 Reporting Misconduct
If you feel that another User has violated the Terms, abused the Platform or otherwise acted inappropriately, you may report the User to Equifund at [email protected]. Equifund reserves the right, but assumes no obligation, to investigate and take appropriate action in response to such reports. Regardless of its action or inaction, in no event will Equifund be liable for the acts or omissions of any User or any third party. You agree that we cannot and will not act as arbiter of disputes arising from third party communications or transmission to the Platform.
If you are a California resident, you may also report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contacting them in writing at 400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210. See the “California Residents” subsection below for the full information required under California Civil Code §1789.3.
Equifund reserves the right to investigate and prosecute violations of any and all reports, complaints and claims, or otherwise suspected misconduct or violations of the law to the fullest extent of the law.
Without limiting the foregoing, you acknowledge that Equifund has the right, but not the obligation, at any time and without prior notice, to monitor access to or use of the Platform or Services by any User, to access, review, preserve and disclose any User Content, or to remove or disable access to any User Content, if we believe in good faith that it is reasonably necessary (i) to comply with any law or regulation or satisfy any legal process or governmental request (for example, a subpoena, warrant, order or other requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental body), (ii) to respond to claims asserted against Equifund, (iii) to enforce and to ensure a User’s compliance with the Terms, including the investigation of potential violations, (iv) to conduct risk assessments, and prevent, detect and investigate incidents of fraud, security and technical issues, (v) to protect the rights, property or safety of Equifund, its Users or members of the public, and (vi) for the purpose of operating and improving the Platform and Services (including for customer support purposes).
5.4 User Cooperation
You agree to cooperate with and assist Equifund or its representative in good faith, in any such investigations, including by providing us with such information as we may reasonably request.
6. ACCOUNT SUSPENSION AND CANCELLATION
You may cancel your account at any time.
We may, in our discretion, without liability to you and without limiting our other remedies, with or without prior notice and at any time, decide to (i) limit, suspend, deactivate or cancel your account and take technical and legal steps to prevent you from using our Platform and Services at any time for any reason, and (ii) screen or delay the posting or delivery of Your Content.
Equifund reserves the right to suspend or terminate your account or your access to the Platform if you create more than one account, or if any information provided during the registration process or thereafter is determined to be incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, deceptive or fraudulent.
We reserve the right to cancel unconfirmed accounts or accounts that have been inactive for a prolonged period of time. We also reserve the right to cancel accounts of Users who fail to comply with the Terms, including the terms and conditions regarding User conduct, as set forth in the “User Conduct Guidelines” section above and elsewhere in the Terms.
If your account is deactivated or cancelled, Equifund will have the right, but not the obligation to delete Your Content.
If Equifund has suspended your account due to your actual or suspected breach of the Terms, such suspension will continue until the suspected breach is cured or otherwise resolved to Equifund’s reasonable satisfaction.
6.1 Policy Enforcement
When an issue arises, we reserve the right to consider such User’s performance history and the specific circumstances in applying our policies, and to determine how strictly to enforce such policies in an effort to achieve a fair outcome for all parties involved.
7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
7.1 The Platform
The Platform and Services, including any Website, and all features, functionality, tools and content thereof, is protected by copyright, trademark, patent and other laws of the United States and foreign countries. You acknowledge and agree that the Platform and Services, and all intellectual property rights therein are the exclusive property of Equifund and its licensors. You will not remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark, patent marking, or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Platform or Services.
Without limiting the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that the trade names, logos, and other trademarks and service marks associated with Equifund (the “Equifund Marks”) are the property of Equifund, and that you are not permitted to use the Equifund Marks without our prior written consent.
You may not use, copy, reproduce, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publish, post, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, broadcast, adapt, modify, prepare derivative works based upon, or otherwise exploit any features, functionality, tools or content of the Platform or Services in any form or by any means, or sublicense the rights granted in the Terms, except as expressly permitted herein, without the prior written permission of Equifund or the intellectual property owner, as applicable.
This foregoing license is subject to modification or revocation at any time at Equifund’s sole discretion.
No licenses or rights are granted to you by implication or otherwise under any intellectual property rights owned or controlled by Equifund or its licensors, except for the licenses and rights expressly granted in the Terms. All rights not expressly granted to you by the Terms are hereby reserved.
7.2 Your Content
By capturing, recording, uploading, streaming, sharing or storing Your Content, you hereby grant Equifund a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free right and license to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, distribute, post, broadcast, publicly perform, publish and display Your Content in any and all media as necessary to provide the Services to you, including, customer support services, and otherwise operate the Platform, including for product development and de-bugging purposes.
You agree that this license includes the right for Equifund to provide, promote, and improve the Platform and Service and to make Your Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who have a business relationship with Equifund (“partner”) for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such use.
Such additional uses by Equifund, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with us, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to Your Content.
We may modify or adapt Your Content in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make changes to Your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that content to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services or media. You further grant us the right to use, copy, distribute, post, broadcast, publicly perform, publish and display your name, city, state and other information in connection with Your Content as described herein or elsewhere on the Platform, subject to any applicable data protection laws.
Equifund does not claim any ownership rights in Your Content and nothing in the Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such content, subject only to the licenses granted to Equifund under these Terms.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for Your Content, and for any consequences thereof, including the use of your Content by other users and our third-party partners.
You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to Your Content, and that neither Your Content, nor Equifund’s use of Your Content (or any portion thereof) on or through the Platform or in connection with the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate the rights of any person or entity, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights, industrial rights, database rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, rights of publicity or privacy or data protection or contractual rights, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
You understand that Your Content may be syndicated, broadcast, distributed, or published by our partners and if you do not have the right to submit Your Content for such use, it may subject you to liability. Equifund will not be responsible or liable for any use of Your Content by Equifund, any other User, or any third party in accordance with the Terms.
We welcome and encourage you to provide feedback, comments, ideas and suggestions for improvements, enhancements and modifications to the Platform (“Feedback”). You may submit Feedback by e-mailing us, at [email protected]. You acknowledge and agree that all Feedback you give us (i) will be treated as non-confidential, and (ii) will be the sole and exclusive property of Equifund. Without limiting the foregoing, you acknowledge that your Feedback may be disseminated or used by Equifund or its affiliates for any purpose whatsoever, including developing, improving and marketing products. You hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to Equifund all of your right, title, and interest in and to all Feedback, including all worldwide patent, copyright, trade secret, moral and other proprietary or intellectual property rights therein, and waive any moral rights you may have in such Feedback.
You agree to sign and deliver such documents, and otherwise provide such assistance, as may reasonably be required from time to time to perfect Equifund’s rights in such improvements, enhancements and modifications.
8. NO ENDORSEMENTS
8.1 Securities Products
The securities offerings posted on the Platform are only appropriate for sophisticated investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risks associated with private investments. Securities sold through exemptions from registration carry transfer restrictions and, therefore, are illiquid unless registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, securities are subject to restrictions on resale or transfer including holding period requirements. Investing in private placements requires high risk tolerance, low liquidity need, and long-term commitments. Users must be able to afford to lose their entire investment without a change in their lifestyle. Securities offered on the Platform are not FDIC insured, may lose value, and there is no guarantee of any success whatsoever. The securities being offered have not been registered under the Securities Act, in reliance, among other exemptions, on the exemptive provisions of Regulation Crowdfunding. Similar reliance has been placed on apparently available exemptions from securities registration or qualification requirements under applicable state securities laws. No assurance can be given that any offering currently qualifies or will continue to qualify under one or more of such exemptive provisions due to, among other things, the adequacy of disclosure and the manner of distribution, the existence of similar offerings in the past or in the future, or a change of any securities law or regulation that has retroactive effect. Although the offering materials have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, no governmental agency has reviewed the offerings posted on this Platform and no state or federal agency has passed upon either the adequacy of the disclosure contained herein or the fairness of the terms of any offering. The exemptions relied upon for such offerings are significantly dependent upon the accuracy of the representations of the Users to be made to the Platform and Issuers (defined below) on the Platform in connection with the offering, including compliance with investment limitations. In the event that any such representations prove to be untrue, the registration exemptions relied upon by an Issuer in selling the securities might not be available and substantial liability to such Issuer could result under applicable securities laws for rescission or damages. These risks are non-exhaustive and are intended to highlight certain risks associated with investing in securities that are not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We strongly advise you to consult a legal, tax and financial professional before investing, and to carefully review all the specific risk disclosures provided as part of any offering materials and ask the Issuer directly any questions or request any additional information through the Platform.
We take no part in the negotiation or execution of transactions for the purchase or sale of securities and at no time have possession of funds or securities. We cannot guarantee that Issuers on the Platform will use the proceeds of any offering in accordance with the stated purpose. Users acknowledge and agree that we make no representations, warranties or provide any assurances that the offering posted on the Platform are made in accordance with Federal and/or state securities law, including the exemption to the sale of unregistered securities, or the legality of any offerings therein. Regulation Crowdfunding only requires us to conduct limited due diligence on the offering and Issuer. The Platform is not engaged to serve as an underwriter or placement agent.
None of the information contained in the Platform constitutes a recommendation, solicitation or offer by Equifund or its affiliates to buy or sell any securities, futures, options or other financial instruments or provide any investment advice or service. The information contained in the Platform has been prepared without reference to any particular User’s investment requirements or financial situation. Certain transactions give rise to substantial risk and are not suitable for all investors. Prior to the execution of any transaction by you involving information you received from the Platform, you should consult your business advisor, attorney and tax and accounting advisors with respect to the price, suitability, value, risk or other aspects of any stock, mutual fund, security or other investment. Pricing and other information generated through the use of the Platform, data, or Services made available herein may not reflect actual prices or values that would be available in the market at the time provided or at the time that the user may want to purchase or sell a particular security or other instrument. The information and services provided on the Platform are not provided to and may not be used by any person or entity in any jurisdiction where the provision or use thereof would be contrary to applicable laws, rules or regulations of any governmental authority or regulatory or self-regulatory organization or clearing organization or where Equifund is not authorized to provide such information or services. Some products and services described on the Platform may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients.
8.2 Regulation Crowdfunding
Securities offered pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding are highly speculative and expose investors to higher risk of complete loss of their investment. Congress and the SEC impose certain restrictions under Regulation Crowdfunding limiting the amount that an investor can invest in such offerings to protect investors. Users are permitted, over a 12-month period, to invest in the aggregate across all offerings made pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding (whether on the Platform or through other intermediaries) up to the following amount: (a) if either their annual income or net worth is less than $100,000, than the greater of $2,000 or 5 percent of the lesser of User’s annual income or net worth; (ii) if both their annual income and net worth are equal to or more than $100,000, or 10 percent of the lesser of User’s annual income or net worth (excluding the value of your primary residence). Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the 12-month period preceding your proposed investment, the aggregate amount of such investments may not exceed $100,000. You represent and warrant that you are in compliance with the above limitations and rules under Regulation Crowdfunding each time you invest in an offering.
8.3 Issuer Offering
Each authorized issuer posting securities offerings (“Issuer”) represents and warrants that it is eligible to conduct an offering pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding and complies with all applicable rules, regulations and laws. Regulation Crowdfunding may not be relied upon by (i) non-U.S. companies, (ii) reporting companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (iii) certain investment companies, (iv) companies that are subject to disqualification under Regulation Crowdfunding, (v) companies that have failed to comply with the annual reporting requirements under Regulation Crowdfunding during the two years immediately preceding the filing of the offering statement, and (vi) companies that have no specific business plan or have indicated that their business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies. Issuer represents and warrants that it has not raised up to a maximum aggregate amount of $5 million pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding in a 12-month period (regardless of whether such securities are sold through the Platform or other intermediary).
8.4 Private Issuers
The Issuer represents and warrants that it has complied with the disclosure requirements under Rule 201(d) of Regulation Crowdfunding and complied with all filing requirements under Form C. Each Issuer is solely responsible for the material it posts on the Platform and, by posting such material, represents that: (i) it has complied in all material respects with all applicable rules and regulations; and (ii) such information will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated or necessary to make such statements not misleading in light of the circumstances under which they are made. The Platform and its Users are entitled to and will rely upon any representations made by each Issuer. We make no representations regarding whether any offering materials or Platform Content on the Platform are complete, truthful and accurate; nor are we responsible for verifying or investigating the completeness, truthfulness and accuracy of such representation or offering materials. The information and materials on the Platform may contain typographical errors or inaccuracies. Any dated information is published as of its date only, and does not undertake any obligation or responsibility to update or amend any such information. Users of the Platform acknowledge that we are not liable for and will not verify or investigate the accuracy and completeness of the offering material and other information posted on the Platform. The Issuer further represents and warrants that the securities offering complies with the requirements of the applicable exemption(s) from registration that the offering is intended to be made pursuant to, and that it is the sole responsibility of the Issuer to ensure its compliance with applicable securities law.
8.5 No Disqualifying Events
Each Issuer represents and warrants that none of its predecessors, any affiliated issuer, any director, executive officer, other officer of the Issuer participating in the offering, any beneficial owner of 20% or more of the Issuer’s outstanding voting equity securities, calculated on the basis of voting power, any promoter (as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act) connected with the Issuer in any capacity at the time of sale nor any compensated solicitor or any director, executive officer, other officer of the compensated solicitor participating in the offering (each, an “Issuer Covered Person” and collectively, “Issuer Covered Persons”) is subject to any of the “Bad Actor” disqualifying events described in Section 302(d)(2) of Regulation Crowdfunding (a “Disqualifying Event”). Each Issuer represents and warrants that it has exercised reasonable care to determine whether any Issuer Covered Person is subject to a Disqualifying Event. Issuer shall cooperate with us in its due diligence obligation pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding. The Issuer agrees to promptly notify us in writing should any Disqualifying Events occur or prior Disqualifying Events come to the Issuer’s notice despite its reasonable efforts to discover.
Users are required by the Terms to provide accurate information and, although Equifund may conduct certain limited checks and/or institute certain processes designed to help verify information provided by Users, we do not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of any information provided by any User, including the User’s purported identity, credentials or background.
Any indication that a User has been “verified” (or similar language) only means that the User has completed a relevant verification process. It is not an endorsement, certification or guarantee by Equifund about the User, including of the User’s identity, credentials or background. Any such description is intended only help you to evaluate and you make your own decisions about the identity and suitability of others whom you contact or interact with via the Platform.
We recommend that you exercise due diligence when deciding to communicate or interact with another User, and we will not be responsible or liable for any damage or harm resulting from your interactions with other Users.
8.7 Links to Third-Party Websites and Services
The Platform may also provide links to third-party websites, resources or services. You acknowledge and agree that Equifund is not responsible or liable for (i) the availability, terms or practices of such websites, resources or services, or (ii) the content, products or services available on or through such websites, resources or services, including that any information provided is complete, accurate or up-to-date. Links to such websites, resources or services do not imply any endorsement by Equifund of such websites, resources or services or the content, products or services available on or through such websites, resources or services. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites, resources or services or the content, products or services available on or through such websites or services.
We will not be responsible or liable for any damage or harm resulting from your interactions with such websites or services, or the content, products or services available on or through such websites or services.
9. WARRANTIES, DISCLAIMERS, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY & INDEMNIFICATION
9.1 Warranties by Users
You represent and warrant to Equifund that:
(i) you are at least 18 years old;
(ii) you have the power and authority to accept and agree to the Terms;
(iii) you own or control all of the rights necessary to grant the rights and licenses granted herein;
(iv) you will not violate any federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations or infringe the rights of any third party, including, any intellectual property, privacy or publicity-related rights, in connection with Your Content or otherwise in connection with your access to or use of the Platform and Services;
(v) the exercise by Equifund of the rights granted by you hereunder will not cause Equifund to violate any applicable laws, rules or regulations, to infringe the rights of any third party; and
(vi) all account information provided by you will be complete, accurate and up-to-date when provided, and updated as necessary to ensure that it remains complete, accurate and up-to-date.
EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, THE PLATFORM AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, EQUIFUND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR TITLE OR RIGHTFUL CLAIM, WARRANTIES AS TO THE RELIABILITY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE PLATFORM OR SERVICES, OR THAT USE OF THE PLATFORM OR SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, WARRANTIES AS TO THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS OF ANY PLATFORM CONTENT.
9.3 Limitation of Liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW:
- THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM IS AND REMAINS WITH YOU.
- WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EQUIFUND DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO (I) YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PLATFORM, (II) THE ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY OTHER USER OR ANY OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM, AND (III) ANY USER OR PLATFORM CONTENT ACCESSED, VIEWED OR DOWNLOADED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE PLATFORM.
- YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT BY ACCESSING AND USING THE PLATFORM, SUBMITTING AND TRANSMITTING YOUR CONTENT, COMMUNICATING OR INTERACTING WITH OTHER USERS AND ACCESSING, VIEWING OR DOWNLOADING THE USER CONTENT OF OTHER USERS ARE DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU AND HEREBY RELEASE EQUIFUND AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION WITH RESPECT TO ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING.
- IN NO EVENT WILL EQUIFUND BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR DAMAGES FOR LOST REVENUES OR PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER BASED IN WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT EQUIFUND HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
- CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSIVE OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES AS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, SO THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO YOU ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. IN THE EVENT THAT THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE UNENFORCEABLE, EQUIFUND’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS (US$100).
9.4 Basis of the Bargain
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH ABOVE ARE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN EQUIFUND AND YOU, AND WILL SURVIVE AND APPLY EVEN IF YOUR REMEDIES ARE FOUND OR ALLEGED TO HAVE FAILED OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
NOTHING IN THE TERMS FURTHER IS INTENDED TO EXCLUDE OR LIMIT ANY CONDITION, WARRANTY, RIGHT OR LIABILITY WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY EXCLUDED OR LIMITED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF IMPLIED TERMS, OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE FROM DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION THAT ARE LAWFUL IN YOUR JURISDICTION WILL APPLY TO YOU, AND OUR LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT REQUIRED BY LAW.
To the maximum extent not prohibited by applicable law, you agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold Equifund its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors and service providers, and its and their officers, directors, shareholders, agents, employees and representatives, harmless (collectively “indemnify” or any variation thereof) from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses, including, any bodily injury, illness, death or damage to any real or personal property, or any other injuries, losses, or damages (whether compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind, and including reasonable legal fees and litigation expenses and costs, arising out of or relating to or in any way connected with (i) your access to or use of the Platform, including any and all features, functionality, tools, content and promotions available on and through the Services, (ii) Your Content, (iii) any interactions with any other User, (iv) your breach of the Terms, including any violation of national, federal, state or local or other applicable laws, rules or regulations or any infringement or misappropriation of the rights of any third party, and (v) your gross negligence or willful misconduct.
9.7 Obligation to Defend.
You agree that, at Equifund’s option, you will conduct the defense of any such claim or action; provided that, notwithstanding our election that you conduct the defense, (i) Equifund may nevertheless participate in such defense or settlement negotiations and pay its own costs associated therewith, and (ii) you will not enter into any settlement or other compromise without the prior written approval of Equifund (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld), unless such settlement or other compromise includes a full and unconditional release of the relevant parties from all liabilities and other obligations in respect of such claim or action.
9.8 No Implied Indemnity.
No person or entity shall be entitled to any form of equitable or implied indemnification at any time, except as provided by the Terms.
10. GOVERNING LAW & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS AND WILL HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON HOW CLAIMS YOU AND EQUIFUND HAVE AGAINST EACH OTHER ARE RESOLVED.
10.1 Governing Law
The Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of New York without regard to conflict of law principles.
10.2 Dispute Resolution
Our customer-service department can resolve most customer concerns quickly and to the customer’s satisfaction. Please contact our customer support using the contact information below. In the event that you’re not satisfied with customer service’s solution (or if we have not been able to resolve a dispute we have with you after attempting to do so informally), we each agree to resolve those disputes through binding arbitration or small claims court instead of in courts of general jurisdiction.
Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, allows for more limited discovery than in court, and is subject to very limited review by courts. Unless expressly limited by this Dispute Resolution provision, arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Any arbitration under these Terms will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class actions are not permitted. In arbitration you are entitled to recover attorneys’ fees from us to at least the same extent as you would be in court.
You and we agree to arbitrate all Disputes (as defined below) between us, except for claims arising from bodily injury or that pertain to enforcing, protecting, or the validity of your or our intellectual property rights (or the intellectual property rights of any of our licensors, affiliates and partners). This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. It includes, but is not limited to:
- claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, fraud, misrepresentation or any other statutory or common-law legal theory;
- claims that arose before these Terms or any prior agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising);
- claims for mental or emotional distress or injury not arising out of physical bodily injury;
- claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and
- claims that may arise after the termination of these Terms.
References to “we,” “our,” and “us” (unless the context requires otherwise) include our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, licensees, licensors, and providers of content as of the time your or our claim arises; our respective predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns; and all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of Services under this or prior agreements between us. You agree that you and we are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. These Terms evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms.
A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”). The Notice to us should be sent by email to: [email protected] . The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). If we and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the Dispute within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or we may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by us or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or us is entitled.
The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules (“AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as modified by this arbitration provision, and will be administered by the AAA. (If the AAA is unavailable, another arbitration provider shall be selected by the parties or by the court.) The AAA Rules are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by requesting them in writing. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, except that issues relating to the scope and enforceability of the arbitration provision or whether a dispute can or must be brought in arbitration are for the court to decide. The arbitrator may consider but shall not be bound by rulings in other arbitrations involving different individuals. Any arbitration hearings will take place in New York City, New York before a single neutral arbitrator appointed in accordance with the AAA Rules and shall be conducted in the English language. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.
The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim. YOU AND WE AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR OUR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE, OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and we agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative, class, or private attorney general proceeding. If, after exhaustion of all appeals, any of these prohibitions on non-individualized declaratory or injunctive relief; class, representative, and private attorney general claims; and consolidation are found to be unenforceable with respect to a particular claim or with respect to a particular request for relief (such as a request for injunctive relief sought with respect to a particular claim), then that claim or request for relief shall be severed, and all other claims and requests for relief shall be arbitrated.
Notwithstanding any provision in these Terms to the contrary, we agree that if we make any future change to this arbitration provision during your use of the Platform, you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change. By rejecting any future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this provision.
10.3 Jurisdiction and Venue
Subject to the above arbitration provisions, you and Equifund agree that any and all disputes, claims and actions, at law or in equity, arising out of or relating to or in connection with the Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, or to the use of the Platform, including the Website (collectively, “Disputes”) in the federal or state courts located in New York and each of us agrees that such courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any such actions, except that Equifund retains the right to submit a Dispute to any court of competent jurisdiction. Equifund also may seek injunctive or other equitable relief for breach of these Terms in any court of competent jurisdiction wherever located. You consent to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum. The prevailing party in any suit, action or proceeding, including any arbitration proceeding, will be entitled to recover its reasonable legal fees and costs and expenses from the other party.
10.4 Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief
YOU AGREE THAT YOU MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST EQUIFUND ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND HEREBY WAIVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. FURTHER, UNLESS BOTH YOU AND EQUIFUND OTHERWISE AGREE IN WRITING, THE COURT MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS, AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS PROCEEDING.
10.5 Future Amendments to this Section
Both of us agree that if we make any amendment to this Dispute Resolution section (other than an amendment to any notice address or site link provided herein) in the future, that amendment will not apply to any claim that was filed in a legal proceeding against us prior to the effective date of the amendment. However, the amendment will apply to all other disputes or claims governed by this section that have arisen or may arise between you and Equifund. We will notify you of amendments to this section by posting the amended Terms on https://equifund.com/terms-of-use/ . If you do not agree to the amended terms, you may close your account within 30 days and you will not be bound by the amended dispute resolution terms. If you do not have an account (or once you have closed your account, if applicable), you must cease using the Platform immediately. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and Equifund in accordance with the provisions of this “Dispute Resolution” section as of the latest Terms you accepted.
Our collection and use of information about Users is governed by our Privacy Notice. By accessing and using the Platform, you consent to the collection and use of this information, including the transfer of this information outside the United States and/or other countries, for storage, processing and use by Equifund. As part of providing you the Platform, we may need to provide you with certain communications, such as service announcements and administrative messages. These communications are considered part of the Service, which you may not be able to opt-out from receiving.
11.2 E-Signature (E-Sign), E-Delivery and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) Disclosures
THIS DISCLOSURE AND CONSENT IS PROVIDED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES IN GLOBAL AND NATIONAL COMMERCE ACT, 15 USC §7001, ET SEQ. (“E-SIGN ACT”) AND THE UNIFORM ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS ACT, AS ADOPTED BY THE VARIOUS STATES. BY USING THIS PLATFORM, USERS AGREE TO THESE TERMS IN THEIR ENTIRETY, WHICH MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME. RELEVANT AGREEMENTS GOVERNING SPECIFIC TRANSACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ON THE PLATFORM MAY BE AGREED TO VIA ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES, EVIDENCED BY THE RELEVANT PARTIES SELECTING THE “ACCEPT” BUTTON OR CONFIRMING VIA OTHER FORMS OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION (“ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE”). YOU AGREE YOUR ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE IS THE LEGAL EQUIVALENT OF YOUR MANUAL/HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE. BY SELECTING “I ACCEPT” USING ANY DEVICE, MEANS OR ACTION, YOU CONSENT TO THE LEGALLY BINDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE RELEVANT AGREEMENT. YOU ALSO AGREE THAT NO CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY OR OTHER THIRD-PARTY VERIFICATION IS NECESSARY TO VALIDATE YOUR E-SIGNATURE, AND THAT THE LACK OF SUCH CERTIFICATION OR THIRD-PARTY VERIFICATION WILL NOT IN ANY WAY AFFECT THE ENFORCEABILITY OF YOUR E-SIGNATURE OR THE RELEVANT AGREEMENT. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW YOUR CONSENT AT ANY TIME. TO WITHDRAW CONSENT, YOU MAY SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST BY E-MAILING [email protected]. IF CONSENT IS WITHDRAWN, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISCONTINUE YOUR ACCESS TO THE PLATFORM, TERMINATE ANY AND ALL AGREEMENTS WITH YOU OR OTHER PARTIES HOSTED ON THE PLATFORM, AND/OR CHARGE YOU ADDITIONAL FEES FOR PAPER COPIES. IF, AFTER YOU CONSENT TO PROVIDE YOUR SIGNATURE ELECTRONICALLY, AND YOU WOULD LIKE A PAPER COPY OF AN ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE, YOU MAY REQUEST A COPY WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY (180) DAYS OF THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE BY CONTACTING US AS DESCRIBED BELOW. WE WILL SEND YOUR PAPER COPY TO YOU BY U.S. MAIL. IN ORDER FOR US TO SEND PAPER COPIES TO YOU, YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT STREET ADDRESS ON FILE WITH US AS YOUR PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS. IF YOU REQUEST PAPER COPIES, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WE MAY CHARGE YOU A PAPER COMMUNICATIONS FEE FOR EACH COMMUNICATION AT THE CURRENT RATE DETERMINED BY US.
11.3 Consent to Electronic Delivery
AS A USER OF THE PLATFORM, YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO RECEIVE, OBTAIN, AND/OR SUBMIT ANY AND ALL DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION ELECTRONICALLY. THESE DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS “ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS,” AND WILL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ANY AND ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE REQUIRED NOTICES AND/OR DISCLOSURES, AND ALL RELEVANT AGREEMENTS RELATING TO YOUR ACTIVITIES ON THE PLATFORM. YOU ACCEPT ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDED VIA EMAIL OR SMS AS REASONABLE AND PROPER NOTICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF FULFILLING ANY AND ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS AND AGREE THAT SUCH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS FULLY SATISFY ANY REQUIREMENT THAT COMMUNICATIONS BE PROVIDED TO YOU IN WRITING OR IN A FORM THAT YOU MAY KEEP. AS A USER OF THE PLATFORM, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER ON FILE WITH US UP TO DATE, SO THAT WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ELECTRONICALLY. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT IF WE SEND YOU AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION, BUT YOU DO NOT RECEIVE IT BECAUSE YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ADDRESS OR CELL PHONE NUMBER ON FILE IS INCORRECT, OUT OF DATE, BLOCKED BY YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER, OR YOU ARE OTHERWISE UNABLE TO RECEIVE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, WE STILL WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE PROVIDED THE COMMUNICATION TO YOU.
11.4 Electronic Funds Transfers
Please see the “Electronic Funds Transfers Appendix and Disclosure” in Exhibit A, which is hereby incorporated into these Terms, to understand how we process electronic funds associated with our Platform and Services.
11.5 Entire Agreement
You may not assign, transfer, delegate or sublicense any of your rights or obligations under the Terms, including by operation of law or merger or consolidation, without our express prior written consent, which may be granted or withheld in our sole discretion. Any attempted assignment, transfer, delegation or sublicense without the foregoing consent will be null and void. Equifund may assign, transfer, delegate and/or sublicense our rights and obligations under the Terms, in whole or in part, in its sole discretion, without restriction.
Subject to the foregoing, the Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and assigns.
11.7 No Agency
Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by the Terms.
11.8 Survival of Terms
Any notices or other communications permitted or required hereunder, including those regarding modifications to the Terms, will be in writing and given by Equifund (i) via e-mail (in each case to the address that you provide), or (ii) by posting to the Website. For notices made by e-mail, the date on which such notice is transmitted will be deemed the date of receipt.
Except as expressly set forth in the Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under the Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies available under contract, at law, in equity or otherwise.
Except as otherwise provided in the Terms, if an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Terms to be invalid, void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, for any reason, the offending provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions, which will remain in full force and effect.
The headings in the Terms are for reference purposes only and do not limit or otherwise affect the meaning or interpretation of any of the provisions hereof.
11.14 Third-Party Beneficiaries
Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, the Terms do not and are not intended to confer any rights or remedies upon any person other than the parties hereto.
In the Terms, unless the context requires otherwise: (i) “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder,” “hereto,” and similar terms refer to the Terms collectively and as a whole, and not merely to the specific section, paragraph or clause in which the term appears; (ii) “or” connotes any combination of all or any of the items listed; and (iii) “including” (and any of its derivative forms) means “including but not limited to.”
11.16 Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Equifund at [email protected].
You can also write to us at:
Equifund Technologies, LLC
30 N Gould St, Ste R
Sheridan, WY, 82801, USA
11.17 California Residents
Pursuant to California Civil Code §1789.3, California residents are also entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice:
Complaints regarding the Platform or Services or requests to receive further information regarding use of the Platform or Services may be sent to the above address or to [email protected].
The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N112, Sacramento, CA 95834 or by telephone at (916) 445-1245 or (800) 952-5210. Hearing impaired persons may call TDD (800)-326-2297 or TDD (916)-928-1227, see www.dca.ca.gov for additional information.
Electronic Funds Transfers Appendix and Disclosure
We process Electronic Funds Transfers (“EFTs”) as an efficient method to receive electronic deposits from investors, to purchase and redeem investments, and to issue refunds to investors. EFTs are processed through the following vehicles: The Automated Clearing House (ACH), The Fedwire, and Credit Card.
This Electronic Funds Transfers Appendix and Disclosure (this “Appendix”) is the contract which covers you and our rights and responsibilities concerning the EFTs services offered to you by Equifund. In this Appendix, the words “you,” “your,” and “yours” mean an individual who signs up to the Platform and utilizes us to participate in offerings (and any authorized Users). EFTs are electronically initiated transfers of money from your bank account or credit card account, which you utilize us to initiate, and which allow you to participate in the Equifund offerings. By using any Services, you agree to the terms and conditions in this Appendix and any amendments for the EFTs services offered.
In order to use our payment functionality, you authorize us to share your identity, bank account data, and credit card account data with our service providers, and you are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of that data. You understand that you will access and are responsible for managing your bank account data and credit card account data through the Website. You also authorize us and NCPS and NCIT to process EFTs as you directly through us. You acknowledge that none of NCPS, NCIT or we will be liable for any loss, expense or cost arising out of EFT services provided through your use of our Services, which are based on your instruction; NCPS and NCIT are third party beneficiaries to this Appendix.
Last Updated and Effective: March 29,2023