Contributor Agreement

This CONTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) governs your use of the website (“Website”) operated by Sacred Story Ministries, a Texas corporation (“Sacred Story”) and any material, including, text, photos, videos or other content you submit to Sacred Story (the “Material”) either through the Website, interviews, electronic mails, telephone calls, or delivery and you agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.  It is your responsibility to review and understand these terms at the time of your submission.

 

CONTRIBUTOR’S RIGHTS IN WORKS.  You shall retain all rights title and interests in and to the Material not expressly granted to Sacred Story under this Agreement.

 

GRANT OF RIGHTS.  You hereby grant Sacred Story and its affiliates an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable and sub-licensable right and license to use the Material.  The license granted herein shall include, but, is not limited to:  (i) the right to edit or create excerpts from the Material with respect to style and format so long as the substance remains consistent with the work as provided by you; and (ii) the right to subtract from, arrange, alter, revise, post, index, cache, tag, encode, use, copy, modify, reproduce, process, adapt, transmit, excerpt, remove, publish, distribute, exhibit, broadcast, publicly display and perform, and create derivative works of, in each case, the Material.  The rights granted herein shall cover use of the Material in any media, technology, formats, products, productions, programs or distribution methods now or hereafter known, including such media as anthologies, compilations, digests, newspapers, magazines and in Braille, and in any manner for any non-commercial or commercial purpose and the advertising, marketing, promotion and publicity in connection with any and all of the foregoing with no monetary compensation at any time. You hereby acknowledge and agree that the grant to Sacred Story and its licensees is for the full term of any copyright related to the Material and any renewals and extensions now or hereafter in effect and for all rights worldwide with respect to the Material.  By making any submission, you waive any moral rights you may have if the Material is changed in a manner not agreeable to you. Sacred Story has no obligation to provide attribution for any content you submit. Nothing in this Agreement prohibits you from redistributing or selling your original content to other parties. You are solely responsible for all content that you post, email or otherwise make available to Sacred Story. For all Material provided by you, you agree to indemnify Sacred Story and its affiliates as provided below.

 

USE OF MATERIAL.  After submission of the Material, you have no further right to control how Sacred Story or its affiliates uses the content you have provided.  Sacred Story is under no obligation whatsoever to use the Material. The Material you submit may be viewed by third parties, users of the Website or in connection with any other products or formats distributed or displayed by Sacred Story. Sacred Story will use your first name in connection with the publication and use of your Material. Upon request, Sacred Story will use substitute or alternative name(s).  Sacred Story is not responsible for any damage, claim or action related to or arising out of a user discovering your true identity based upon the use of the Material by Sacred Story.

 

CONTENT GUIDELINES.  Sacred Story reserves the right to edit content for style, layout and length to make the entry consistent with Sacred Story guidelines. For any reason, should a piece of content be deemed inconsistent with Sacred Story guidelines, objective or missions, the content will not be considered for featuring and may be removed from the Website.

 

USER INQUIRIES.  Users of the Website may submit requests to contact you in connection with your Material. You agree to receive correspondence from Sacred Story and/or through the Website from such users and respond to legitimate requests. If you participate in any form of communication with a third party and/or user of the Website in connection with an inquiry, Sacred Story shall not be responsible for any claims, liabilities, demands or other matters arising from such communication. Sacred Story does not warrant or claim to have verified the identity of any user. There may be users who participate under a false identity. You are advised to be careful not to divulge personally identifying information about yourself, including but not limited to your telephone number(s), street addresses, URLs or email addresses. If you do provide this information to a third party who you were connected with through the Website, it is at your sole risk. You understand that the views, opinions, content or information provided by users of the Website do not represent the opinions or views of Sacred Story.

 

REPRESENTATIONS. By submitting Material, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either own the Material or have all necessary rights to use and submit it; (ii) all information you provide is true, accurate and complete, and does not violate this Agreement or the terms of any third party license; and, (iii) the content will not cause injury, embarrassment or harm to any person or entity. You agree to obtain written consent from any persons shown in any photo or video you submit to Sacred Story. If a minor is identified in a photo or video you submit, you must obtain consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian, as appropriate. You agree not to submit any Material that:+  is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair or otherwise illegal; contains photographs or illustrations in poor taste;

  •  violates the right to privacy or publicity of any person or entity;
  • is threatening, abusive or disruptive;
  • abuses or discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or refers to such matters in any manner prohibited by law;
  • infringes any party’s intellectual property rights, including without limitation copyrights and trademarks;
  • impersonates another person or misquotes another person; or
  • violates or inappropriately encourages the violation of any municipal, state, federal or international law, rule, regulation or ordinance or violates any party’s rights.

 

INDEMNIFICATION.  You agree to indemnify Sacred Story and its officers, directors, employees, agents, distributors and affiliates from and against any and all third party claims, demands, liabilities costs or expenses, including reasonably attorney’s fees that arise from: (i) your use or misuse of the Website; (ii) the Material; or (iii) your breach of any of the terms of this Agreement.

 

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES.  Links on the Website to third party websites or information are provided solely as a convenience to you. Such links do not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by Sacred Story of the third party, the third-party web site, or the information contained therein. Sacred Story is not responsible for the availability of any such websites. Sacred Story is not responsible or liable for any such website or the content thereon.

 

NO WARRANTY.  Your access to and use of the Website are at your own risk. You understand and agree that the Website and its content is available to you on an “AS IS” and “AS IS AVAILABLE” basis. Without limiting the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, SACRED STORY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  Sacred Story makes no warranty and disclaims all responsibility and liability for: (i) the completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the information on the Website; (ii) any harm to your computer system, loss of data, or other harm that results from your access to or use of Website; (iii) the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any Material and other communications maintained by the Website; and (iv) whether the Website will be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from the Website will create any warranty not expressly made herein.

 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.  TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SACRED STORY AND ITS AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOOD-WILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (i) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE; (ii) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES; (iii) ANY CONTENT OBTAINED FROM THE WEBSITE; OR (iv) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF YOUR MATERIAL.

 

CONSTRUCTION.  This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Texas.  All claims, legal proceedings or litigation arising in connection with this Agreement will be brought solely in the federal or state courts located in Fort Bend County, Texas, United States, and you consent to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum.  The prevailing party in any action or dispute regarding this Agreement shall recover fees and costs, including attorneys’ fees and other expenses.

 

NO WAIVER.  The failure of Sacred Story to enforce at any time or for any period of time, any of the provisions in this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of the right of Sacred Story to enforce such provisions.

 

SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS.  Each of the provisions of this Agreement shall be considered severable and if for any reason any provision is determined to be invalid or contrary to any existing or future law, such invalidity shall not impair the operation of this Agreement or affect those portions of this Agreement which are valid.

 

ENTIRE AGREEMENT.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto and there are no representations, warranties, covenants or obligations except as set forth herein.  This Agreement supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, written or oral, of the parties hereto, relating to any transaction contemplated by this Agreement. We may revise the terms of this Agreement from time to time, the most current version will always be at:  www.sacredstoryministries.org.  If the revision, in our sole discretion is material we will notify you via electronic mail to the electronic mail address associated with your Material. By continuing to access or use the Website after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms.

 

This Website is operated and provided by Sacred Story, 9337B Katy Freeway #231 Houston, Texas 77024. If you have any questions about the terms of this Agreement, please contact us at: info@sacredstoryministries.org.