Terms of Use

The following terms and conditions govern your use of the aaronseverson.com website. Access to this website and its content is offered subject to your acceptance of all the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules and policies (including, without limitation, the Privacy Policy and the Cookie Notice, which forms part of the Privacy Policy and also constitutes the “cookie policy” for this website, for jurisdictions that explicitly require such a policy — please read them!) that I may publish (collectively, the “Terms of Use”). By accessing or using this website, you signify your agreement to and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree, you may not access or use the site.

For the purposes of these Terms of Use, the words “I,” “me,” and “my” shall be deemed to signify Aaron Severson, the owner of this website, an individual U.S. citizen residing in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Please note that the terms and conditions listed below apply ONLY to the use of the aaronseverson.com website. Any other websites I own and/or operate have their own, separate terms and policies; other professional engagements or business dealings I undertake that are not specifically related to the aaronseverson.com website (such as publishing or licensing deals for my writing, or my professional writing/writing consulting services or other employment) shall be subject to the terms of separate client, employment, or other applicable agreements (whether written or verbal) and any other legal requirements that may apply, NOT to these terms. (You are not obligated to use this website in order to hire me or license my work!)

Your use of any third-party websites or services, including those linked from the aaronseverson.com website or on which I may have accounts, is subject to the individual terms of use/terms of service and privacy policies, if any, of those sites or services.

Variations in text style (such as different font weights, sizes, or colors) are used throughout these Terms of Use to improve readability, but have no legal significance or effect.

LICENSE FOR THIS DOCUMENT

Portions of these terms were adapted from the Automattic Inc. Terms of Service for WordPress.com (primarily the version dated June 30, 2015, with some elements of later versions through February 21, 2020; you can find all these documents at Automattic’s legalmattic repository) under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Therefore, these terms (including both my adaptation of the Automattic terms and my preexisting terms and language as well as my subsequent updates) are offered under the same license. If you elect to use or further adapt my version, please credit Automattic Inc. as well as me (Aaron Severson). I also strongly recommend that you note the Effective Date shown toward the bottom of this page and include that date in your attribution if it is reasonably practical to do so. (For a full modification history of the Automattic terms, see the Automattic change log or the repository. Automattic, Legalmattic, and WordPress.com are trademarks or registered trademarks of Automattic or Automattic’s licensors. WordPress is a registered trademark of the WordPress Foundation.)

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

This website is not intended for or directed to children. Access to the aaronseverson.com website or its content by any person younger than age 18 is expressly prohibited. (Except as otherwise required by law, privacy-related requests and/or other legal inquiries involving this website that pertain to children under 18 should be submitted by a parent, legal guardian, or other authorized adult representative.)

GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS

By accessing or using this website, you represent and warrant that:

  • You are at least 18 years of age, and:
  • Your use of the aaronseverson.com website:
    • Will be in strict accordance with these Terms of Use, and:
    • Will comply with all applicable laws and regulations (including, but not limited to, applicable laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content, privacy, data protection, the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside, the use or provision of financial services, notification and consumer protection, unfair competition, and false advertising) and any company or organizational policies that may apply to you (such as, without limitation, your employer’s social media or online conduct policies), and:
    • Is not contrary to any applicable U.S. Economic Sanctions, and:
  • You will not use the aaronseverson.com website:
    • For any unlawful purposes; to publish illegal content; in furtherance of illegal activities; to infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party; or to create, distribute, or otherwise facilitate malware or other malicious code, or:
    • To disclose the sensitive personal information or proprietary commercial information of others without their permission, or:
    • To send spam or bulk unsolicited messages, or:
    • In any way that (as determined by me, in my sole discretion) overburdens, disrupts, attacks, or interferes with my systems, or:
    • To disrupt, attack, or interfere with other users or the services or networks of third parties.

Please note that the prose stories presented or excerpted on this website may contain mature themes and/or content (including, but not limited to, depictions or discussions of sex, sexuality, and drug use). By accessing those stories, you further represent and warrant that you are of legal age to view such material in your area and that your access to such material does not violate any applicable law, ordinance, regulation, or company policy.

Some portions of this website may use Google APIs or content served via those APIs (such as Google Fonts and/or Google Hosted Libraries). You agree that your use of the site and such content will be in accordance with the Google APIs Terms of Service and applicable law. (Google is a registered trademark of Google LLC.)

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

This website and its content are presented “as is.” Except as otherwise required by law and/or to the extent expressly required under the terms of an applicable license agreement, I and any applicable vendors, partners, contractors, or 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 I nor my vendors, partners, contractors, or licensors make any warranty that the website or its content will be error-free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Except as otherwise required by law, neither I nor my contractors, vendors, partners, or licensors shall be liable with respect to any subject matter of these Terms of Use under any contract, negligence, strict liability, or other legal or equitable theory for: (a) any special, incidental, or consequential damages; (b) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (c) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (d) for any amounts that exceed the fees actually paid by you to me for access to the site content. In particular, but without limitation, I shall have no liability related to your access to the material on the site in violation of any applicable law, regulation or company policy.

Except to the extent otherwise required by applicable law, I shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond my reasonable control.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless me and my contractors, vendors, partners, and licensors (and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents) against against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, demands, losses, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to or arising out of your use of the aaronseverson.com website or its content, including, but not limited to, any violation(s) by you of these Terms of Use and/or any interactions between you and other users; my advertisers and sponsors, if any; and/or other third-party websites or services to which this website may link and/or which the website otherwise incorporates, which link to this website, and/or that you use in connection with your use of the aaronseverson.com website.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Links to other websites or online services are provided solely for your information or for the purposes of bibliographic reference. Unless otherwise required by law, I offer NO warranty, expressed or implied, and accept NO responsibility or liability whatsoever for the content, appropriateness, legality, safety, utility, or fitness for any purpose of any website or online service not owned and/or operated by me (including, without limitation, the websites of any advertisers or sponsors) or for your use of such links, which is entirely at your own risk. Similarly, except to the extent otherwise required by applicable law, I accept no responsibility for other websites or online services that may link to the aaronseverson.com website.

USE OF TRADEMARKS

Trade names, trademarks, and/or service marks mentioned, described, or depicted on this website are used here for the purposes of identification, description, and/or commentary. Such marks remain the property of their respective owners. Except as otherwise expressly indicated, I have neither any affiliation or partnership with nor any endorsement by the holders of such marks, and no such affiliation, partnership, or endorsement is implied.

Any opinions expressed herein are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the trademark owners; my contractors, vendors, partners, or licensors; or any other third party.

These Terms of Use do not grant you any license to make commercial use of my name or any of my trademarks or service marks, andall right, title, and interest in such marks will remain solely with me. (For guidelines regarding the reuse of other content, see the “Reprint/Reuse Policy” section below.)

FTC DISCLOSURE NOTICE: PAID ADVERTISEMENTS AND ENDORSEMENTS

From time to time, this website may run paid text or banner advertisements from various advertisers. Such paid advertisements, whether text links, banner ads, or in any other form, will be identified with words such as, as appropriate, “Sponsor,” “Sponsors,” “Sponsored Link(s),” “Sponsored Content,” “Advertisement,” “Advertisement(s),” or “Paid Promotion” (or by images or icons containing such words).

Except as otherwise explicitly indicated (e.g., in a review of a book or other product), references to, depictions of, or advertisements for products or services on the aaronseverson.com website do not constitute my recommendation or endorsement of those products or services.

In the event that I receive financial compensation or any other consideration for any content presented on the site other than paid advertisements (e.g., if I receive a free copy of a book to review), the nature of that compensation will be disclosed as part of the applicable content and/or otherwise adjacent to it. (If the article or content is longer than one page, the relevant disclosure information will typically be presented on the final page.)

FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

Financial transactions related to aaronseverson.com (such as, without limitation, payments for advertising on the site) are subject to the Financial Transactions Policy.

COMMENT POLICY

By submitting a comment to this website:

  1. You affirm that you are at least 18 years old. You may not leave a comment if you are younger than 18.
  2. You warrant and affirm that your comment and/or use of the comment system does not violate any applicable law or regulation or infringe upon the copyrights or any other rights (such as publicity rights and/or privacy rights) of any other person or entity.
  3. You grant me a limited, nonexclusive, royalty-free worldwide license to:
    1. Publish the comment and its contents (including the name or pseudonym you provide) on this website. Note that if the website’s “Recent Comments” widgets are enabled, your name/pseudonym and a link to your comment may also appear (along with other recent comments) in the “Recent Comments” box(es), which may be visible on the home page and other areas of the website as well as the specific post or page you commented on. The contents of published comments may also appear in search results of the website’s search function.
    2. Edit or redact the comment as I deem appropriate.
    3. Make copies of the comment and its contents for reference, backup, and/or other internal administrative purposes.
  4. You further authorize me to:
    1. Transmit the comment and its contents via email to the site administrator and, if applicable, to other users who have requested email notifications of replies and/or follow-up comments.
    2. Send you email notifications of replies and/or follow-up comments, if you specifically request such notifications (which you may discontinue upon request).
    3. Respond to your comment via the email address you supply. (Please note that I may respond via email in addition to or instead of publishing the comment on this website, particularly if your comment includes a question or offer of assistance or if I have questions about any pertinent details — for example, if you have submitted two very similar comments, I might email you to ask which one you want me to publish.)
  5. You consent to the collection and use of your information as described in the Privacy Policy.

Comments are published on the site at my sole discretion. Comments may be screened prior to posting to prevent spam and/or defuse contentious arguments. I do not guarantee that any comment you submit will be published, and I reserve the right to delete or remove a comment at any time for any reason, with or without notice.

I reserve the right to redact, edit, or otherwise modify a comment if it exceeds the length allowed by the comment system, appears to contain or constitute malicious code or spam, otherwise disrupts the functionality of the site, and/or appears to violate someone’s rights and/or privacy.

The publication of a comment does not necessarily indicate my endorsement of the comment or any product, service, or website.

When you submit a comment, you may have the option to request email notifications each time a reply or follow-up comment is posted. If you have previously requested such notifications and wish to stop receiving them, please either contact me via email or leave a new comment asking me to discontinue the notifications, and I will do so at my earliest opportunity.

If you would like to edit or remove any of your published comments, please contact me via email at admin (at) aaronseverson (dot) com or leave a comment elsewhere on the site, specifying the comment(s) in question and explaining what you want me to do with them. (I may reply via email to clarify or confirm your request before making the change or deletion, especially if I’m sure exactly what you want me to do.)

Please note that if a comment is deleted from the website, archival copies of the original comment and its associated information may be retained in my records and/or in backups or archives made by me and/or my web host. Under certain rare circumstances — e.g., the restoration of the site from a backup file — a previously deleted comment may reappear. I will endeavor to promptly delete any such comments, but cannot guarantee it.

From time to time, comments may accidentally be deleted due to technical issues such as site upgrades. If you have a question about why a comment was deleted or not published, feel free to contact me. Again, I do not guarantee that any submitted comment will be published.

I accept no liability for and offer no warranty, express or implied, of the accuracy, completeness, or fitness for any purpose of any comment or any website linked in a user comment. Any use of information in comments posted herein is solely at your own risk!

I reserve the right to temporarily or permanently limit or deny access, either to the commenting feature and/or to the site as a whole, to visitors who I believe to be under age 18; whose comments have been unpublished and/or deleted for the above-mentioned or any other reasons; and/or whose comments and/or other activities on the site and/or its related services I deem (in my sole judgment) to be abusive, disruptive, or constitute spam.

CONTACT FORM POLICY

By using any contact or feedback forms I may offer on the site, or by submitting a California Privacy Request Form via the Do Not Sell My Personal Information page:

  • You affirm that you are at least 18 years old. I cannot respond to communications from persons under 18. Except as otherwise required by law, if I receive a communication from a person I know or reasonably suspect to be under the age of 18, I will promptly delete all copies of the message without acknowledging or responding to it. Except as otherwise required by law, privacy requests or questions pertaining to minor children should be submitted by a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult representative.
  • You authorize me to transmit your message and its contents via email to the site administrator and to respond to your inquiry as appropriate via the email address and/or other contact information you provide. Please note that while I endeavor to respond to all legitimate inquiries, I cannot guarantee that you will receive a reply.
  • You grant me a limited, nonexclusive, royalty-free worldwide license to make copies of your message and its contents for reference, backup, and/or other internal administrative purposes.
  • You acknowledge that the California Privacy Request Form on the Do Not Sell My Personal Information page is intended only for California residents (and/or their authorized agents) to submit requests or questions pertaining to their privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). (See the “California Privacy and Data Protection Rights” section of the Privacy Policy for more information about this law.) You agree not to use that form for any other purpose. (For information about how to contact me regarding other privacy-related matters, please refer to the “Controllers, Questions, and How to Reach Me” section of the Privacy Policy.)
  • For form submissions OTHER than California Privacy Request Forms, if your message includes general questions/comments about my business, technical questions about the website, or a report of technical problems, you grant me a limited, nonexclusive, royalty-free worldwide license to publish your inquiry or excerpts of it on the aaronseverson.com website to respond your questions and/or to support other users with similar concerns. My publication of your inquiry or excerpt thereof may include the name or pseudonym you apply, but not other other personal information associated with your submission except under the conditions described in the ““Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” section of the Privacy Policy“. If I have published or excerpted your message or inquiry in such a fashion and you wish me to amend or redact the published information (e.g., to remove your name or substitute a pseudonym), I will make a reasonable effort to accommodate your request provided that it does not infringe upon the rights of others or attempt to impersonate some other individual or organization. California Privacy Request Form submissions will NOT be published, although I may, to the extent required and/or otherwise permitted by applicable law/regulations, publish and/or disclose de-identified and/or aggregated information about requests I receive (e.g., statistics describing how many requests of a particular type I received in a given period).
  • You consent to the collection and use of your information as described in the Privacy Policy.

REPRINT/REUSE POLICY

The following is my policy for the reuse of content on the aaronseverson.com website:

  1. LINKING AND HOTLINKING: You may post, publish, or otherwise share hyperlinks to this website or any individual post/page. However, you may not “hotlink” to any image, script, or other non-text element hosted on this website without my permission. (“Hotlinking” means causing an image or element hosted on or served by this website to be displayed or run on some external website or service — for example, posting an image tag on your own website or forum with an HREF attribute pointing to the image location at aaronseverson.com would constitute hotlinking, but copying a public domain image from my site and uploading that image to your own website would not.) For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this provision is intended or shall be construed to in any way restrict or limit your rights to copy or use any content I use or offer under a Creative Commons license or other, similar license (as described in the sections below) in any manner the applicable license permits. Furthermore, this provision does NOT apply to images or content that are not hosted on or served by the aaronseverson.com site. The use or reuse of any script, font, image, embedded video or audio recording, or other content hosted on or served by an external website or online service is subject to any terms and conditions stipulated by the hosting site/service and the applicable rights holder(s), which are outside of my control. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)
  2. TRANSLATION AND ACCESSIBILITY AIDS: You are free to translate my content on this website into languages other than English (either using automatic translation software or by some other means) for your own personal use or internal reference and/or for the purposes of creating bibliographic citations in languages other than English. You are also free to use accessibility aids or software (such as screen readers or automated text-to-speech readers) in any reasonable manner for purposes of enabling you to access the site and read or view its content.
  3. PUBLIC DOMAIN CONTENT: If I have used any image or other content (such as a photograph) on this website that is in the public domain in your jurisdiction, or if I declare that I have released or dedicated certain content to the public domain, you may copy and use that public domain image or content in any manner permitted by applicable law. (Please note that material that is in the public domain in the U.S. is not necessarily in the public domain elsewhere and vice versa.) If I have modified or adapted that public domain content, you will need my prior authorization to reuse my modified or adapted version unless (1) I have offered my modified or adapted version under a Creative Commons license or other license (as described below), (2) I have released or dedicated my version to the public domain, or (3) your use is otherwise permitted by applicable law. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, I offer NO WARRANTY whatsoever with regard to any public domain material I publish or display on this website (whether modified or otherwise), including, without limitation, the accuracy or completeness of any associated copyright and other rights information. Any use of such material is entirely at your own risk. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)
  4. CONTENT USED UNDER LICENSE: If I have used any content (such as text or images) on this website under a Creative Commons license or some other, similar license (the source, attribution information, and applicable license information for which will be noted within or adjacent to the applicable content), I cannot sub-license such content, but you are free to copy or use that licensed content in any manner allowed by the specified license (or any other terms offered by the applicable rights holder) or otherwise permitted by applicable law. If I have modified or adapted such licensed content, I will indicate along with the attribution and license information whether my modifications and/or adaptations are also offered under the specified license (which certain licenses require). Except as expressly required by the terms of the applicable license or otherwise required by applicable law, I offer NO WARRANTY whatsoever with regard to any material used or offered under such a license, including, without limitation, the accuracy or completeness of any associated license, copyright, and other rights information. Any use of such material is entirely at your own risk. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)
  5. CONTENT OFFERED UNDER LICENSE: In the event I have explicitly offered some portion of the site content (for example, a specific post or page) under a Creative Commons license or some other, similar license (the details of which will be noted within or adjacent to the applicable content) you are free to copy or use that content in any manner allowed by the applicable license or otherwise permitted by applicable law. Except as expressly required by the terms of the applicable license or otherwise required by applicable law, I offer NO WARRANTY whatsoever with regard to any material used or offered under such a license, including, without limitation, the accuracy or completeness of any associated license, copyright, and other rights information. Any use of such material is entirely at your own risk. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)
  6. COMMENTS: Comments posted on this website are the property of the people who originally posted those comments. Except as otherwise permitted by applicable law, if you wish to reprint or reuse a comment posted on this website by someone other than me, you will need to seek the permission of the original poster (or other applicable rights holder(s)). I cannot grant such permission, although if you obtain the permission of the original poster/rights holder(s) to reprint or reuse their comment, you generally do not need any additional permission from me unless you also wish to reprint my comments and/or other content owned by me (for instance, if you want to reprint a comment thread between me and one or more other site visitors). The same is true of photographs, images, or other non-text content in comments left by people other than me.
  7. PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS: In the event that I distribute (or “convey,” in the sense defined by the GNU General Public License, version 3) through or in connection with this website any programmatic elements (such as, without limitation, code segments, programs, program components, or font files) offered, modified, and/or adapted under a Creative Commons license and/or open-source license(s), you may use such licensed programmatic elements in any manner allowed by the specified license (or any other license or terms offered by the applicable rights holder(s)), or as otherwise permitted by applicable law. Except as expressly required by the terms of the applicable license or otherwise required by applicable law, I offer NO WARRANTY whatsoever with regard to any such licensed elements, including, without limitation, the accuracy or completeness of any associated license, copyright, and other rights information. Any use of such elements is entirely at your own risk. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)
  8. ALL OTHER CONTENT: Except as specified above or otherwise permitted by applicable law, you may not copy, republish, repost, or otherwise redistribute any portion of the content from this website — other than brief quotations with appropriate attribution, and/or bibliographic citations — or publish or distribute translations of the content into other languages, without my prior written authorization or, for content not owned by me, the authorization of the applicable rights holder(s). If the rights holder(s) give you permission to reuse their content (whether directly or under a Creative Commons license or other license), you generally do not need any additional permission from me to do so unless you wish to reuse a version of the content that I have modified or adapted, in which event you will also need my prior authorization unless (1) I have offered my modified or adapted version under a Creative Commons license or other license (as described above), (2) I have released or dedicated my version to the public domain, or (3) your use is otherwise permitted by applicable law. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this provision is intended or shall be construed to in any way restrict or limit any rights you may have under any applicable license pertaining to the use of the content. (Creative Commons, CC, all of the various Creative Commons license and dedication marks, and their associated buttons and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Commons.)

If you have questions or wish to further discuss reprint/reuse permissions, please contact me via email at admin (at) aaronseverson (dot) com or by mail at 11100 National Bl. #3, Los Angeles, California 90064.

COPYRIGHT/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY VIOLATIONS

If you believe that any material on or linked to by this website violates your copyright, please contact me via email at admin (at) aaronseverson (dot) com or by mail at 11100 National Bl. #3, Los Angeles, California 90064. Please be sure to include:

  1. Your legal name and contact information, including your email address, and:
  2. A detailed description of the applicable work(s), and:
  3. The location of the work(s) on this website (including the URL and/or page number, as applicable), and:
  4. Your statement that:
    1. You are either the legal owner of the work or an authorized agent of such owner, and:
    2. You have the good faith belief that the use of the applicable work is (1) not authorized by the owner of the work and (2) not otherwise permitted by law.
  5. Your signature, either physical or electronic.

I will respond to all such notices, including, as required or appropriate, by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material.

If the material in question was provided to me by a third party, you expressly authorize me to forward your claim to that third party.

In the event of repeat infringements of copyright by a website visitor, I will take reasonable efforts to terminate that visitor’s access to the aaronseverson.com website (e.g., by blocking their IP address).

GOVERNING LAW

Except to the extent otherwise provided by applicable law, these Terms of Use and any access to or use of this website will be governed by the laws of the state of California and of the United States of America, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the local, state, and/or federal courts located in Los Angeles County, California.

TERMINATION AND SEVERABILITY

If you wish to terminate this agreement, you may simply discontinue using the aaronseverson.com website. I may terminate your access to any or all part of the website, with or without cause or notice, at any time.

Any provision of these Terms of Use which by their nature should survive termination (including, without limitation, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability) shall survive termination.

If any part of these Terms of Use is held to be 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 these Terms of Use, or any breach thereof, in any one instance will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between me and you concerning the subject matter thereof.

I may assign my rights under these Terms of Use without condition. You may assign your rights under these Terms of Use to any party that consents to and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The Terms of Use will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors, and permitted assigns.

REVISIONS

These terms may be modified from time to time, at my sole discretion. Your continued use of and access to the site signifies your acceptance of any such modifications. If you disagree with the changes, you should stop using or accessing this website.

However, any dispute that arose before the changes shall be governed by the terms that were in place when the dispute arose.

The effective date of this version is Friday, September 18, 2020.

Recent revisions:

  • September 18, 2020: In Reprint/Reuse Policy, added an initial sentence to make clear that it applies specifically to content on this website.
  • September 16, 2020: Fixed some formatting errors in the General Representations section, one of which was affecting much of the page.
  • July 23, 2020: Made some further updates to the Reprint/Reuse Policy to make it very clear that the policy is not intended to restrict your rights any applicable license pertaining to the use of the content, also changing “this provision shall not be construed …” to “nothing in this provision is intended or shall be construed …” for emphasis and changing “rights holder” to “rights holder(s)” throughout for consistency (since in some cases there may be more than one), amending the adjacent text where necessary for grammatical purposes. In the provision on Trademark Use, changed “if the applicable party or owner authorizes …” to “if the applicable party or owners authorize …” for similar reasons.
  • July 22, 2020: Updated the preamble to add a link to the Cookie Notice, noting that it forms part of the Privacy Policy and also constitutes the “cookie policy” for this website. Changed the phrase “please read it!” to “please read them!” for clarity. Removed an extra space elsewhere on this page. In the Reprint/Reuse Policy, added trademark notices for Creative Commons and amended the provision on linking and hotlinking to clarify that the prohibition on hotlinking applies only to hotlinking without my permission and state clearly that this provision shall not be construed to in any way restrict or limit your rights to copy or use content I use or offer under license in any manner the applicable license permits. (That provision was never intended to limit or restrict the rights provided by such licenses, but I decided it would be prudent to make that expressly clear.) In the same provision, changed “This does NOT apply …” to “Furthermore, this provision does NOT apply …” to avoid confusion; changed “For the avoidance of doubt, “hotlinking” means means” to “”Hotlinking” means …” (to eliminate the duplicated word and limit the use of the phrase “for the avoidance of doubt” to the more important point); and changed “HREF element” to “HREF attribute” (which is the correct technical term).
  • July 21, 2020: Made a minor correction in a previous item in this recent revisions list. (Nothing in the terms themselves was changed, I just fixed my description of the changes made on July 19.)
  • July 19, 2020: Updated the license section to change its name from “License for This Policy” to “License for This Document” and change references in that section to “this policy” to “these terms” for clarity. Also noted that the Automattic changelog can also be found in the repository mentioned in that section and added a notice stating that Automattic, Legalmattic, and WordPress.com are trademarks or registered trademarks of Automattic or Automattic’s licensors (and that WordPress is a registered trademark of the WordPress Foundation). Also added a trademark attribution notice to General Representations and made some minor wording changes to the Reprint/Reuse Policy section and this revisions list (to ensure that the words “license” or “licenses” always appear immediately after “Creative Commons” throughout, for trademark attribution reasons). Also in the Reprint/Reuse Policy, in the bullet point on public domain content, changed the phrase “as described above” to “as described below,” as the language to which that phrase refers is now in subsequent bullet points. (This is a belated correction; for some reason, the phrase wasn’t changed at the time the bullet points were reordered.)
  • June 30, 2020: Made a number of amendments and clarifications to the Comment Policy: Changed “infringe the copyrights or any other rights (such as publicity rights) …” to “infringe upon the copyrights or any other rights (such as publicity rights and/or privacy rights) …” In the next paragraph, changed “prevent spam or defuse contentious arguments” to “prevent spam and/or defuse contentious arguments” and changed “any comment posted” to “any comment you submit” for consistency and clarity. In the latter sentence, also added a comma after “published” for readability. Later in that section, changed “contains malicious code or spam” to “appears to contain or constitute malicious code or spam”; changed “violate someone’s rights or privacy” to “violate someone’s rights and/or privacy”; changed “in backups or archives files made by me or my web host” to “in backups or archives made by me and/or my web host”; and changed, “Again, I do not guarantee that any comment posted will be published” to, “Again, I do not guarantee that any submitted comment will be published” for clarity. Added a new final paragraph to the section: “I reserve the right to temporarily or permanently limit or deny access, either to the commenting feature and/or to the site as a whole, to visitors who I believe to be under age 18; whose comments have been unpublished and/or deleted for the above-mentioned or any other reasons; and/or whose comments and/or other activities on the site and/or its related services I deem (in my sole judgment) to be abusive, disruptive, or constitute spam.”
  • June 26, 2020: A few minor wording adjustments for consistency: In Comment Policy, changed “email notifications of replies or follow-up comments” to “email notifications of replies and/or follow-up comments” and added a comma after the phrase “… asking me to discontinue the notifications …” In Contact Form Policy, changed “via the email address or other contact information you provide” to “via the email address and/or other contact information you provide” and changed “on the aaronseverson.com website or its associated social media accounts” to “on the aaronseverson.com website.”
  • June 16, 2020: In Copyright/Intellectual Property Violations and this revisions list, corrected instances of the word “us” and “we” to “me” and “I” for consistency of language. (Some language in these terms was adapted from other documents that use “we” rather than the first person.)
  • May 30, 2020: In Contact Form Policy, changed “infringe on” to “infringe upon” for better grammar.
  • April 26, 2020: Updated the preamble to note (for the avoidance of doubt and consistency with the wording of the Privacy Policy) that Aaron Severson is the owner of this website. Also changed the phrase “Please note that these Terms of Use …” to “Please note that the terms and conditions listed below …”
  • Marcy 17, 2020: In Reprint/Reuse Policy, clarified that you do generally need my permission to reuse public domain content that I have modified or adapted. Made a number of other minor wording adjustments to that section (including clarifying that you can translate any portion of my content on this website for your own personal use or internal reference, not just written content).
  • March 3, 2020: In General Representations, amended the stipulation about not sharing sensitive personal or proprietary commercial information of others to add the phrase “without their permission.”
  • March 2, 2020: Somewhat more extensive update based on the latest (Feb. 21, 2020) version of Automattic’s Terms of Service for WordPress.com. Updated the preamble to clarify some terminology and move the attribution/license information into a new License for This Policy section. Added a Minimum Age Requirements section and clarified that other types of legal inquiries pertaining to children (not just privacy-related ones) should be submitted by a parent, legal guardian, or other authorized adult representative. Updated the General Representations section to move the representations to a bullet-pointed list, clarified some provisions, removed some of the age-related language (which is now in Minimum Age Requirements), and added some new stipulations (principally to spell out that you can’t use the site for spam, revealing sensitive personal or proprietary information, or spreading malware). In Disclaimer of Warranties, changed “and its contents” to “and its content” and changed Neither I nor my vendors, partners, or contractors (as applicable) make any warranty that the website will be error-free or that access to the website will be continuous or uninterrupted” to “Neither I nor my vendors, partners, contractors, or licensors make any warranty that the website or its content will be error-free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted.” In Limitation of Liability, changed “I accept no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond my reasonable control” to “Except to the extent otherwise required by applicable law, I shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond my reasonable control” and made that a separate paragraph. Updated the Indemnification section to add some additional stipulations. Revised the wording of the External Links section to make it more expansive (including online services as well as external websites) and note that I take no responsibility for other sites or services that link to this one. Updated Use of Trademarks to note that these Terms of Use don’t give you a license to make commercial use of my name or trademarks. In the Reprint/Reuse Policy, updated the Linking and Hotlinking item to change “hosted on or served by an external website” to “hosted on or served by an external website or online service” and “the terms and conditions of the hosting site” to “any terms and conditions stipulated by the hosting site/service,” also noting that the latter are outside of my control; updated the item regarding public domain material to add the word “otherwise” to “Except as required by applicable law” and note that it also applies to material I release to the public domain; amended the Content Used Under License item to explain that I will now indicate along with the attribution/license information whether my modifications or adaptations (if any) are offered under the same license; added a new item regarding trademark use; added a new item describing other elements other than written content or images (e.g., scripts or fonts offered under an open source license); and clarified that even if the applicable rights holder authorizes you to reuse their content, you will also need my authorization to reuse a version modified or adapted by me (except where I’ve offered the modified/adapted version under a Creative Commons license or other license or released my version to the public domain). Also fixed some formatting in that section. Made some minor adjustments to the wording of Copyright/Intellectual Property Violations and revised the list formatting. Updated Governing Law to note that the appropriate venue is courts in Los Angeles County (which is much bigger than just the City of Los Angeles). In Termination; Severability, moved the waiver language to a new paragraph. Added a new Miscellaneous section. Fixed a formatting error in this revisions list. Changed the Other Elements subsection of the Reprint/Reuse Policy to “Programmatic Elements” to better describe what it applies to and further adjusted some of the wording in the Content Used Under License item. Made some further minor wording adjustments throughout the Reprint/Reuse Policy for greater consistency.
  • February 29, 2020: In Use of Trademarks, changed “mentioned on this website” to “mentioned, described, or depicted on this website.” Made some technical adjustments to this page’s anchors for internal links (to use ID rather than NAME attributes) and removed a “Return to the top of this page” link that was no longer working.
  • February 17, 2020: Added a new Financial Transactions Policy subsection, referring to the policy now incorporated into the Privacy Policy.
  • February 15, 2020: Made some minor adjustments to the wording of the preamble.
  • February 13, 2020: In the Contact Form Policy section, inserted information about how to contact me regarding other privacy-related matters.
  • February 12, 2020: Updated the text to change the name of the CCPA Request Form to the California Privacy Request Form to reduce the risk of confusion. Changed the phrase “to submit requests or questions regarding their privacy rights …” to “to submit requests or questions pertaining to their privacy rights …”
  • February 11, 2020: Updated the Contact Form and Email Communication Policy to clarify the purpose of the CCPA Request Form, add stipulations about the use of that form, and explain that while CCPA Request Form submissions will not be published, I may publish and/or disclose de-identified and/or aggregated information or statistics about requests received.
  • February 10, 2020: Added a new Contact Form Policy section.
  • December 21, 2019: In the preamble, changed “the Terms of Use contained herein and other operating rules and policies that I may publish …” to “the Terms of Use contained herein and any other operating rules and policies that I may publish …”
  • November 25, 2019: Changed the bullet-pointed list under Comment Policy to a numbered list and updated the styles of several of the lists to fix a formatting problem where ordered lists were not displaying correctly.
  • November 23, 2019: Updated the preamble to strike the phrase “or the Privacy Policy for this website” after the phrase “NOT to these terms.” Updated the General Representations section to note that, except as otherwise required by law, any privacy-related requests or questions regarding children under 18 should be submitted by a parent, legal guardian, or other authorized adult representative. Updated the Comment Policy, restructuring the list and clarifying some wording.
  • June 25, 2019: Updated the Reprint/Reuse Policy to clarify that creating bibliographic citations or properly attributed brief quotations is allowed.
  • May 7, 2019: In Indemnification, changed “… and/or your violation(s) of these Terms of Use. This includes any use of …” to “… and/or any violation(s) by you of these Terms of Use. This includes, but is not limited to, any use of …”
  • May 6, 2019: In the section of the preamble describing the version(s) Automattic terms I’ve adapted, changed “with some very minor portions …” to “with some elements …”
  • April 28, 2019: Minor adjustment to Disclaimer of Warranties: Changed “as otherwise required by law or to the extent expressly required under …” to “as otherwise required by law and/or to the extent expressly required under …”
  • April 9, 2019: Changed the heading “Disclaimer of Warranty” to “Disclaimer of Warranties.” Under Use of Trademarks, changed “I have no affiliation or partnership with” to “I have neither any affiliation or partnership with” for grammatical purposes.
  • March 25, 2019: Under External Links, changed “owned and operated” to “owned and/or operated.” Under Use of Trademarks, changed “Except as otherwise explicitly indicated, I have no partnership with, relationship to, or endorsement by the holders of such marks, and no such partnership, relationship, or endorsement is implied” to “Except as otherwise expressly indicated, I have no affiliation or partnership with nor any endorsement by the holders of such marks, and no such affiliation, partnership, or endorsement is implied.”
  • March 12, 2019: Struck the Works of Fiction section, which was potentially confusing.
  • March 6, 2019: Updated the FTC Disclosure Notice: Paid Advertisements and Endorsements section to add “Paid Promotion” to the list of words that may be used to identify paid advertising or links. Changed the beginning of that sentence from “All such …” to “Such …”; changed “will be identified with the words …” to “will be identified with words such as, as appropriate, …”; and changed “or by images or icons containing those words” to “or by images or icons containing such words.”
  • February 28, 2019: Added a new section, FTC Disclosure Notice: Paid Advertisements and Endorsements.
  • February 22, 2019: Amended the language of the Comment Policy bullet point about email replies to make it a bit more concise.
  • February 6, 2019: Amended the language about the Google Fonts API to also include Google Hosted Libraries. Amended the Comment Policy to revise and expand the language regarding responding to your comments via email, also consolidating it with the related bullet point for clarity.
  • February 3, 2019: Under Reprint/Reuse Policy, made some minor adjustments to the examples listed in Accessibility and Translation.
  • February 1, 2019: Fixed some typos, updated text styles, and edited link titles on this page for better accessibility.
  • January 27, 2019: Further clarified warranty disclaimer language in Reprint/Reuse Policy by changing “Except as expressly required under the terms of the applicable Creative Commons license or other license or otherwise required by law” to “Except as expressly required by the terms of the applicable license or otherwise required by law” (also fixing a typo in one of those passages). Added a sentence to the preamble: “Your use of any third-party websites or services, including those linked from the aaronseverson.com website or on which I may have accounts, is subject to the individual terms of use/terms of service and privacy policies, if any, of those sites or services.” Slightly adjusted the wording of Who I Am and moved that text to the preamble for clarity. Fixed an editorial error in the preamble: “NOT to this policy …” should have read “NOT to these terms …”
  • January 16, 2019: Clarified warranty disclaimer language in Reprint/Reuse Policy and changed “explicitly” to “directly” in the last bullet point. Fixed a typo on this list (the date of the prior modification was supposed to be 2019).
  • January 13, 2019: Updated Reprint/Reuse Policy to clarify that you don’t need my permission to reuse content the applicable rights holder has authorized you to use.
  • November 28, 2018: Clarified the Reprint/Reuse Policy by changing “copyright and rights information” to “copyright and other rights information” (with or without an Oxford comma) and (in the Comments bullet point) changing “reprint my comments …” to “reprint my comments and/or other content owned by me …” Changed “by the applicable Creative Commons license or other license agreement” to “under the terms of the applicable Creative Commons license or other license” and “adjacent to the applicable content” to “within or adjacent to the applicable content.
  • November 27, 2018: Added “no warranty” disclaimers to the Reprint/Reuse Policy and updated the “All Other Content” bullet point to note that the reuse of content not owned by me requires the permission of the applicable rights holder and change “languages other than English” to “other languages.”
  • November 15, 2018: Streamlined and clarified the preamble at the top of this page.
  • October 22, 2018: Updated this page’s hyperlinks with “rel=noopener” or “rel=noopener noreferrer” attributes for security purposes.
  • October 16, 2018: Clarified the text of the Governing Law and Who I Am sections.
  • September 29, 2018: Updated Comment Policy to note that published comments may appear in search results of the website’s search function.
  • September 28, 2018: Updated and clarified/streamlined Comment Policy, adding additional information about email notifications and modifying/deleting comments.
  • September 26, 2018: Clarified Comment Policy text about the Recent Comments widgets (including noting that there is more than one such widget).
  • August 29, 2018: Updated Comment Policy to note that comments you submit may appear in the Recent Comments area. Added a subsection on comments to the Reprint/Reuse Policy.
  • August 25, 2018: Updated Use of Trademarks to include service marks and changed subsequent references to trademarks to “marks.”
  • August 16, 2018: Added anchor link to Comments section; no changes to terms, just that formatting update.
  • July 26, 2018: Added Google API ToS information to General Representations section.
  • July 14, 2018: Fixed a couple of very minor editorial glitches.
  • July 13, 2018: Amended preamble to make clearer that these terms apply only to the use of this website, not to any other business or professional arrangement with me. Added a “Who I Am” section for clarity and noted that I’ve borrowed a few bits and pieces from more recent versions of the WordPress.com TOS under the same CC BY-SA license.
  • July 4, 2018: Amended Comment Policy to clarify that I may respond to your comment by emailing you prior to or instead of publishing the comment.
  • May 23, 2018: Updated http links to https where applicable. Updated Comment Policy.
  • May 19, 2018: Minor updates to align with updated Privacy Policy.
  • June 6, 2016: Updated Works of Fiction disclosure language.
  • May 29, 2016: Amended Comment Policy to change “… and to make copies of the comment and its content for routine backup or other internal administrative purposes” –> “to make copies of the comment and its contents for routine backup or other internal administrative purposes; and to transmit the comment and its contents via email to the site administrator and, if your comment was in reply to a comment posted by another user, to the user who posted the original comment to which you replied.”
  • May 15, 2016: Clarified that I may make copies of comments for routine backup or other internal administrative purposes.
  • March 11, 2016: Deleted text regarding modified/adapted images from the “PUBLIC DOMAIN MATERIAL” section of the Reprint/Reuse Policy.
  • February 1, 2016: Clarified recent revision list, added version date for Automattic TOS to attribution section.
  • January 19, 2016: Clarified the Reprint/Reuse Policy by changing “material” to “content” throughout.
  • January 17, 2016: Clarified Public Domain Material section of Reprint/Reuse Policy: “I impose no conditions on such reuse” –> “I impose no conditions on such reuse (other than any conditions that applicable law may expressly require)”.
  • January 16, 2016: Added note to the Reprint/Reuse Policy clarifying that my modifications or adaptations of public domain images may be freely copied and used.
  • January 13, 2016: Added note to preamble clarifying that variations in text style have no legal significance. Editorial corrections to past revision list.
  • January 12, 2016: Further clarified Reprint/Reuse Policy and added provision for public domain material.
  • January 11, 2016: Clarifications and editorial changes to Reprint/Reuse Policy, including a clearer definition of hotlinking and clarifications regarding other reuses of material on this website.
  • January 8, 2016: In Reprint/Reuse Policy, changed language regarding material used under license: “you are free to use that licensed content or material as allowed under the applicable license (or any other terms offered by the applicable rights holder) or otherwise permitted by law” –> “I cannot sub-license such content or material, but you are free to use it as allowed under the applicable license (or any other terms offered by the applicable rights holder), or as otherwise permitted by law.” Replaced “Terms of Service” with “Terms of Use” throughout.
  • January 7, 2016: Removed references to third-party font API service, as I’ve discontinued using it. ETA: Editorial changes.
  • January 6, 2016: Clarified previous revision information. ETA: Added information on third-party font API to General Representations section and changed the name of that section to simply “General Representations” with slight wording changes.
  • December 31, 2015: Clarification of Reprint/Reuse Policy regarding reuse of licensed content. Clarified licensing language.
  • December 29, 2015: Editorial corrections. Clarified that this entire policy is available under CC BY-SA 4.0 and clarified licensing language. Added “except as otherwise required by law or to the extent expressly required under the terms of an applicable license agreement” to the Disclaimer of Warranty. In Reprint/Reuse Policy paragraph 5, changed “original” to “licensed.”
  • December 28, 2015: Added note regarding version history of the Automattic terms. Editorial corrections. Clarified licensing language.
  • December 25, 2015: Editorial and formatting corrections.
  • December 24, 2015: Added link to Automattic Inc. main site. Clarified hotlinking policy.
  • December 23, 2015: Editorial corrections.
  • December 22, 2015: Updated Reprint/Reuse Policy; editorial changes; added more detailed recent revisions information. Clarified licensing language.
  • December 21, 2015: Clarification of Reprint/Reuse Policy. Clarified licensing language.
  • December 13, 2015: Added note explicitly allowing use of accessibility tools.
  • August 24, 2015: Split Terms of Use from Privacy and Legal. Extensive update of Terms of Use based on the Automattic Inc. TOS language noted above (version dated 30 June 2015). Added new preamble; new Limitation of Liability, Governing Law, and Termination; Severability sections; revised language of Adult Content; General Representations section; added note to Revisions section regarding disputes and changes of version; retitled No Warranty to Disclaimer of Warranty with revised language. Reorganized and revised Comment Policy for greater clarity. Clarified that I may publish excerpts of messages received via the comment forms to support other users or clarify your request. Added Trademark Use to Reprint/Reuse Policy. Various minor wording and editorial changes throughout. Added BY-SA 4.0 licensing.

Please contact me if you need information on earlier revisions.


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