Terms of Service

The gist:

We (the folks at Online Lutherans) run a blog and website hosting platform called OnlineLutherans.com and would love for you to use it. OnlineLutherans.com's basic service is free, and we offer paid upgrades for advanced features such as domain hosting, extra storage and certain pay-per-use services. Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what goes on your website as possible and encourage you to express yourself freely. However, be responsible in what you publish. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items (like spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence) appear on your website. If you find a OnlineLutherans.com website that you believe violates these Terms of Service, please visit our dispute resolution & reporting page.

We also have additional services and products designed to make communicating your message with the world easier.

(The following Terms of Service are available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you're more than welcome to repurpose it for your own use. Just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you. The original authors spent a lot of money and time what you read below, and other people shouldn't need to do the same.)

Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the OnlineLutherans.com website and all content, services, and products available at or through the website (taken together, our Services). Our Services are offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Online Lutherans's Privacy Policy) and any procedures that may be published from time to time by Online Lutherans (collectively, the "Agreement"). You agree that we may automatically upgrade our Services, and these terms will apply to any upgrades. Your agreement is with DM42.Net, LLC d/b/a UACLutheran.com ("we", "us", "DM42.Net", "UACLutherans", or "Online Lutherans"). Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using our Services. By accessing or using any part of our services, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access or use any of our services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Online Lutherans, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. Our Services are not directed to children younger than 13, and access and use of our Services is only offered to users 13 years of age or older. If you are under 13 years old, please do not register to use our Services. Any person who registers as a user or provides their personal information to our Services represents that they are 13 years of age or older. Use of our Services requires an OnlineLutherans.com account. You agree to provide us with complete and accurate information when you register for an account. You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your username. You are responsible for keeping your password secure.

1. OnlineLutherans.com.

  • Your OnlineLutherans.com Account and Website. If you create a blog or website on OnlineLutherans.com, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog. You must immediately notify Online Lutherans of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account, or any other breaches of security. Online Lutherans will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
  • Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to OnlineLutherans.com, post links on OnlineLutherans.com, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available (any such material, "Content"), you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By using OnlineLutherans.com, you represent and warrant that your Content and conduct do not violate these terms or the User Guidelines. By submitting Content to Online Lutherans for inclusion on your website, you grant Online Lutherans a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing, and promoting your blog. This license allows Online Lutherans to make publicly-posted content available to third parties selected by Online Lutherans so that these third parties can analyze and distribute (but not publicly display) your content through their services. If you delete Content, Online Lutherans will use reasonable efforts to remove it from OnlineLutherans.com, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Online Lutherans has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Online Lutherans's sole discretion, (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Online Lutherans's reasonable opinion, violates any Online Lutherans policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of OnlineLutherans.com to any individual or entity for any reason. Online Lutherans will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
  • HTTPS. We offer free HTTPS on all OnlineLutherans.com sites by default, including those using custom domains, via Let’s Encrypt. By signing up and using a custom domain on OnlineLutherans.com, you authorize us to act on the domain name registrant’s behalf (by requesting the necessary certificates, for example) for the sole purpose of providing HTTPS on your site.
  • Advertisements. Online Lutherans reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Service account.
  • Attribution. Online Lutherans reserves the right to display attribution text or links in your site footer or toolbar, attributing OnlineLutherans.com or the theme author, for example. The toolbar may not be altered or removed. Attribution text or links may only be hidden if you are subscribed to OnlineLutherans.com to a paid subscription based account.
  • Payment and Renewal.
    • General Terms. Optional paid services such as service credits, extra storage or domain purchases are available (any such services, an "Upgrade"). By selecting an Upgrade you agree to pay Online Lutherans the one-time, monthly or annual subscription fees indicated for that service. Payments will be charged on a pre-pay basis on the day you sign up for an Upgrade and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual subscription period as indicated. All prepaid "service-credits" expire 24 months after purchase. You can read about our refund policy here.
    • Automatic Renewal. Unless you notify Online Lutherans before the end of the applicable subscription period that you want to cancel an Upgrade, your Upgrade subscription will automatically renew and you authorize us to collect the then-applicable annual or monthly subscription fee for such Upgrade (as well as any taxes) using any credit card or other payment mechanism we have on record for you. Upgrades can be canceled at any time in the Upgrades section of your website's dashboard.
    • *VIP Service. *VIP Support services are provided by Online Lutherans under the terms and conditions located at //onlinelutherans.com/vip-support-tos. By signing up for VIP Support services account, you agree to abide by such terms and conditions.

2. Responsibility of Visitors.

Online Lutherans has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to our Services, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material's content, use or effects. By operating our Services, Online Lutherans does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Our Services may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. Our Services may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Online Lutherans disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of our Services, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.

3. Content Posted on Other Websites.

We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which OnlineLutherans.com links, and that link to OnlineLutherans.com. Online Lutherans does not have any control over those non-OnlineLutherans.com websites, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-OnlineLutherans.com website, Online Lutherans does not represent or imply that it endorses such website. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Online Lutherans disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-OnlineLutherans.com websites and webpages.

4. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.

As Online Lutherans asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by OnlineLutherans.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Online Lutherans in accordance with Online Lutherans's Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") Policy. Online Lutherans will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Online Lutherans will terminate a visitor's access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Online Lutherans or others. In the case of such termination, Online Lutherans will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Online Lutherans.

5. Intellectual Property.

This Agreement does not transfer from Online Lutherans to you any Online Lutherans or third party intellectual property, and all right, title, and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Online Lutherans. Online Lutherans, OnlineLutherans.com, the OnlineLutherans.com logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with OnlineLutherans.com or our Services, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Online Lutherans or Online Lutherans's licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with our Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of our Services grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Online Lutherans or third-party trademarks.

6. Domain Names.

We work with third party registrars in order to provide our users with domain name services. When you register a domain name on OnlineLutherans.com, or when you renew or transfer an existing domain name on OnlineLutherans.com, you become bound by the relevant registrar’s terms and conditions provided at the time of registration, renewal, or transfer. These registrar terms are incorporated by reference into these Terms.

Further, your use of the domain name is also subject to the policies of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). A summary of your rights and responsibilities as a domain name registrant under ICANN’s 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement can be found here. You can learn more about domain name registration generally here.

7. Changes.

We are constantly updating our Services, and that means sometimes we have to change the legal terms under which our Services are offered. If we make changes that are material, we will let you know by posting on one of our blogs, or by sending you an email or other communication before the changes take effect. The notice will designate a reasonable period of time after which the new terms will take effect. If you disagree with our changes, then you should stop using our Services within the designated notice period. Your continued use of our Services will be subject to the new terms. However, any dispute that arose before the changes shall be governed by the Terms (including the binding individual arbitration clause) that were in place when the dispute arose.

8. Termination.

Online Lutherans may terminate your access to all or any part of our Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your OnlineLutherans.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using our Services. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

9. Disclaimer of Warranties.

Our Services are provided "as is." Online Lutherans and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Online Lutherans nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that our Services will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, our Services at your own discretion and risk.

10. Limitation of Liability.

In no event will Online Lutherans, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Online Lutherans under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Online Lutherans shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

11. General Representation and Warranty.

You represent and warrant that (i) your use of our Services will be in strict accordance with the Online Lutherans Privacy Policy, with this Agreement, and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of our Services will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

12. US Economic Sanctions.

You expressly represent and warrant that your use of our Services and or associated services and products is not contrary to applicable U.S. Sanctions. Such use is prohibited, and Online Lutherans reserve the right to terminate accounts or access of those in the event of a breach of this condition.

13. Indemnification.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Online Lutherans, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of your use of our Services, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

14. Translation.

These Terms of Service were originally written in English (US). We may translate these terms into other languages. In the event of a conflict between a translated version of these Terms of Service and the English version, the English version will control.

15. Miscellaneous.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Online Lutherans and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Online Lutherans, or by the posting by Online Lutherans of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of our Services will be governed by the laws of the state of Michigan, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in Arenac County, Michigan. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. ("JAMS") by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in Arenac County, Michigan, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys' fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties' original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Online Lutherans may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.