Accessing the Services
Changes to the Services
Use of the Stellar Network
Use of Lumens
Reliance on Information and Published Content
Additional Terms and Conditions
Intellectual Property Rights
Disclaimer of Warranties
Limitation on Liability
Arbitration and Class Action Waiver
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
Assignability – No Third Party Beneficiaries
Effective Date: August 13, 2019
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY. THESE TERMS CONTAIN A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND A CLASS ACTION WAIVER. THIS AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS ABOUT HOW TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE WITH THE STELLAR DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION.
The Stellar Development Foundation (the “SDF”, “we”, or “us”), a Delaware non-profit corporation, may offer and operate certain content, functionality, applications, and services (collectively the “Services”), including, without limitation, access and use of this website (www.stellar.org) and all applications therein.
Please read these Terms of Service carefully before using or accessing the Services. By accessing or using any of the Services we provide, you expressly agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. We may modify these Terms of Service at any time, and such modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the modified Terms of Service to this website. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of the revised Terms of Service means that you accept and agree to the revised terms.
By using the Services, you represent and warrant that you:
If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use the Services.
We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the Services at our sole discretion without prior notice. You acknowledge and agree that from time to time the Services may be inaccessible or inoperable for any reason, including without limitation:
If for any reason the Services are inaccessible or inoperable, you agree to hold harmless SDF for any impact this inaccessibility or inoperability may have upon you or your use of the Services.
You agree that you will use the Services only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Service. You agree that you are solely responsible for any and all acts and omissions that occur with regard to your use of the Services, and you agree not to engage in prohibited use of the Services, as specified below.
You will not, under any circumstances, do any of the following:
We may modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services or any part thereof without prior notice. You agree that we will not be liable for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Services or any part thereof.
Information and other material provided through the Services may also be updated from time to time, but such content is not necessarily complete or up-to-date, and we are under no obligation to update such content or any other part of the Services, which you acknowledge by use of the Services
Some of the Services may help you access the Stellar Network, a distributed ledger network powered by the Stellar open-source protocol, such as through a lightweight client. By accessing the Stellar Network, you may choose to send and receive lumens (also sometimes referred to as “XLM”) and other Stellar assets, build transactions, issue and trade tokens, build smart contracts, and otherwise transact through the Stellar Network. Please note that We do not control the Stellar Network and cannot control activity and data on the network, nor can we control the activities of you or third parties who may develop on the network, validate transactions on the network, or use the network. All activity and data on the Stellar Network is permanent and public.
The Stellar Network is not a part of the Services defined herein. Activities on the Stellar Network are powered by a network of independent servers and are not controlled by us. We do not and cannot guarantee the successful operation, up-time, security, or functioning of the Stellar Network.
You agree and acknowledge that any access or use by you of the Stellar Network is made solely at your own risk and that We bare no responsibility or liability for your use of the Stellar Network, including, without limitation, for any harm, loss, or damages arising from transactions sent to wrong Stellar addresses, incorrectly constructed transactions, software and network problems, technical failures, unauthorized access to any user wallets, legal and regulatory matters and consequences, or fraud conducted by third parties. Additionally, you agree and acknowledge that you will not, in connection with our Services, use the Stellar Network (i) in a manner that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation; (ii) to fund terrorism or other criminal activity; (iii) to circumvent any export restrictions or economic sanctions; or (iv) to engage in unlawful money transmission, currency exchanging, or money laundering.
Lumens are the native asset of the Stellar Network and are used to submit operations, create accounts, and as a bridge currency. Lumens are not legal tender, are not backed by any government, and are not subject to protections or insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
The fiat value of lumens is highly volatile, and lumens could lose all value. SDF does not control and is not responsible for the value of lumens and makes no guarantee, express or implied, of its value. You agree and acknowledge that any purchase of lumens by you or on your behalf is made voluntarily, willfully, and exclusively at your own risk.
We do not hold, store, or take custody of any user’s lumens, Stellar tokens, or related private keys. You agree and acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the secure storage of any lumens, Stellar tokens, and related private keys in your possession. You agree that in no event will SDF be liable for the security or control of any user’s lumens or related private keys.
You acknowledge the following:
The Services may include information and other educational content. This content is made available solely for general information purposes, and we do not warrant its accuracy, usefulness, or completeness. Any reliance you place on such content is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such material by you or any other user of the Services, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
The Services may mention and link to other sites, services, and resources provided by third parties. SDF makes no representation or warranties of any kind regarding any site, service, or resource provided by a third party, including, without limitation, any representations or warranties regarding its accuracy, completeness, usefulness, security, or legitimacy. SDF has no control over third party sites, services, and resources, and is not responsible for any harm, loss, or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to access any of the third party sites, services, or resources, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions for such sites, services, or resources.
Additional terms and conditions may apply to specific applications, features, or portions of the Services. All such additional terms and conditions are hereby incorporated by this reference into these Terms of Service. Such terms shall be read to be consistent with these Terms of Service to the greatest extent possible. In the event of a direct conflict between these Terms of Service and the terms for any specific application, the terms and conditions for the specific application shall control.
The Services (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof) are protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights and laws of the United States and other applicable countries. You agree to abide by all applicable proprietary rights and laws, as well as any trademark or copyright notices or restrictions contained in the Terms of Service.
These Terms of Service permit you to use the Services for your personal, non-commercial use only. Unless otherwise expressly indicated, You are prohibited from modifying, copying, displaying, distributing, transmitting, publishing, selling, licensing, creating derivative works from, or using any portions of the Services for commercial or public purposes without our express authorization or as expressly permitted by applicable copyright or trademark law.
Except as otherwise indicated elsewhere by the Services, you may view, download and print the content available on the Services subject to the following conditions:
The “Stellar Development Foundation,” its logos, and any related product or service names, logos, or slogans, including, without limitation, the “Stellar” name and design, contained herein are trademarks or service marks of the Stellar Development Foundation and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in this Terms of Service, our Brand Policy, or with the prior written permission of SDF. All other trademarks, names, or logos mentioned in connection with the Services are the property of their respective owners and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the applicable trademark holder. The inclusion of any such reference does not constitute an approval, endorsement, or recommendation by us.
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SERVICES, ALL SUBPARTS THEREOF, INCLUDING ALL TOOLS, APPLICATIONS, AND OTHER CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SDF SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT AS TO THE SERVICES AND THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
SDF DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT (A) ACCESS TO THE SERVICES OR ANY PART THEREOF WILL BE CONTINUOUS, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (B) THAT THE SERVICES OR ANY MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, OR CURRENT; (C) THAT THE SERVICES ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; (D) OR THAT THE SERVICES OR ANY OF THE MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, NEEDS, OR EXPECTATIONS.
ADDITIONALLY, SDF DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE LEGALITY OF THE SERVICES FOR ANY USE CASE, OR THAT THE SERVICES MAY MEET ANY REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE NEEDS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING AND COMPLYING WITH ALL LEGAL AND REGULATORY RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY GOVERN YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES.
EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS STATEMENTS SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NOT RELIED UPON ANY OTHER STATEMENT OR UNDERSTANDING, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, WITH RESPECT TO YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SERVICES.
SDF IS NOT ACTING AND CANNOT ACT AS YOUR ADVISOR WITH RESPECT TO ANY FINANCIAL, LEGAL, INVESTMENT, OR TAX MATTERS. ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE COMPANY IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY, AND YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT TO USE THE SERVICES. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SERVICE MAY BE SUBJECT TO EXPORT RESTRICTIONS AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY U.S. LAW.
YOU AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT WILL YOU SEEK TO HOLD SDF NOR WILL SDF BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, THE SERVICES, THE STELLAR NETWORK, OR LUMENS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES; THE SECURE STORAGE OF YOUR PRIVATE KEYS OF LUMENS OR OTHER CRYPTOCURRENCY; ANY CHANGES TO OR INACCESSIBILITY OR TERMINATION OF THE SERVICES; ANY DELAY, FAILURE, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF ANY TRANSMISSION OR DATA; ANY TRANSACTION OR AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO THROUGH THE SERVICES; ANY ACTIVITIES OR COMMUNICATIONS OF THIRD PARTIES; ANY LOSS OF LUMEN VALUE; OR ANY DATA OR MATERIAL FROM A THIRD PERSON ACCESSED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY IS ASSERTED ON THE BASIS OF TORT OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT SDF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF AND RELIANCE ON SDF OR THE SERVICES, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY SHALL BE FOR YOU TO DISCONTINUE YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES YOU TO ARBITRATE DISPUTES WITH THE STELLAR DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION AND IT LIMITS THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU CAN SEEK RELIEF.
You and SDF agree to arbitrate any disputes, controversies, or claims (any of the foregoing, a “Claim”) arising from these Terms of Service or relating to the Services. ARBITRATION PREVENTS YOU FROM SUING IN COURT OR FROM HAVING A JURY TRIAL. You and SDF agree to the following:
If arbitration is chosen by any party, the following will apply:
If the requirement to arbitration and/or the prohibition against class actions and other Claims brought on behalf of third parties contained above is found to be unenforceable, then that language shall be deemed to have been removed from the Terms of Service and the remaining obligations relating to arbitration shall continue in full force and effect.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless SDF, its independent contractors, service providers, advisors, and consultants, and their respective directors, employees, and agents (altogether, the “Indemnitees”), from and against any Claims, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to: (a) your use of the Services; (b) your violation of these Terms of Service; (c) your violation of any rights of another; (d) your conduct in connection with the Services; or (e) your use of lumens or the Stellar Network. Some jurisdictions limit consumer indemnities, so some or all of the indemnity provisions above may not apply to you. If you are obligated to indemnify any of the Indemnitees, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to control any action or proceeding and to determine whether to settle and on what terms.
These Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without resort to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that any legal action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service not subject to arbitration (as set forth below) shall be brought exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction sitting in the City and County of San Francisco, California, United States. You further irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action, or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service.
No provision of these Terms of Service is intended, nor will be interpreted, to provide or create any third party beneficiary rights or any other rights of any kind in any user, client, customer, affiliate, or any party hereto or any other person unless specifically provided otherwise herein, and except as so provided, all provisions hereof will be personal solely between you and SDF. SDF may assign its rights and duties under these Terms of Service to any party at any time without notice to you.
No waiver by SDF, whether by conduct or otherwise, of any term, provision, or condition set forth in these Terms of Service shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term, provision, or condition or a waiver of any other term, provision, or condition. Any failure or delay of SDF to assert a right or provision under these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
If any provision of these Terms of Service is deemed unlawful, invalid, or otherwise unenforceable, then that provision, to the minimum extent necessary, shall be eliminated and deemed severable from these Terms of Service and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.