Last Updated: 12/13/2016

Sphere Terms of Use

 

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Metta Creative, Inc., dba Sphere  and our affiliates and subsidiaries (“Sphere”, “we,” or “us”), our mobile application (“App”) and our website at www.joinsphere.com (the “Site”), as well as all related websites, networks, applications, and other services provided by us and on which a link to these Terms of Use is displayed (collectively, together with the Site, our “Service”). These Terms of Use are a legally binding contract between you and Sphere regarding your use of the Service.

 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY. BY CLICKING “I ACCEPT,” DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING, OR OTHERWISE ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING THE Sphere PRIVACY POLICY (COLLECTIVELY, THESE “TERMS”). If you are not eligible, or do not agree to these Terms, then please do not use the Service.

 

As provided in greater detail in these Terms (and without limiting the express language of the Terms below), you agree and acknowledge that these Terms include the following provisions:

·       These Terms of Use provide that all disputes between you and Sphere will be resolved by binding arbitration. You agree to give up your right to go to court to assert or defend your rights under this contract (except for matters that may be taken to small claims court). Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator and not a judge or jury and your claims cannot be brought as a class action. Please review the Arbitration Agreement below for the details regarding your agreement to arbitrate any disputes with Sphere.

·       The Service is licensed, not sold to you, and you may use the Service only as set forth in these Terms.

·       Your use of the Service may be subject to separate third party terms of service and fees, including without limitation the terms of service and data, SMS, MMS, and other fees of your mobile network operator (the “Carrier”), which are your sole responsibility.

·       you consent to the collection and use of certain of your personally identifiable information in accordance with Sphere’s Privacy Policy available at www.joinsphere.com/privacy_policy.

·       The Service is provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” without warranties of any kind and Sphere’s liability to you is limited.

·       If you are using the App on an iOS-based device, you agree to and acknowledge the “Notice Regarding Apple,” below.

1.       Sphere Service Overview. Sphere is social network, forum, and tool to enhance and enrich your meditation practice.

2.       Eligibility. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to use the Service. By agreeing to these Terms, you represent and warrant to us: (i) that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (ii) that you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Service; and (iii) that your registration and your use of the Service is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are using the Service on behalf of an entity, organization, or company, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind such organization to these Terms and you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such organization.

3.       Accounts and Registration. To access most features of the Service, you must register for an account. When you register for an account, you may be required to provide us with some information about yourself (such as your e-mail address or other contact information). You agree that the information you provide to us is accurate and that you will keep it accurate and up-to-date at all times. When you register, you will be asked to provide a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure, then you must immediately notify us at support@joinsphere.com.

4.       Licenses

4.1           Limited License. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with all the Terms, Sphere grants you: (i) a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to install the App downloaded from a legitimate marketplace, and to use such App so installed or that may have been pre-installed on your mobile device, solely in object code format and solely for your personal, non-commercial use for lawful purposes, on mobile devices that you own or control, and (ii) permission to access and use the Service for your personal use.

4.2           License Restrictions. Except to the extent expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this restriction, you may not: (a) reproduce, distribute, publicly display, or publicly perform the App or any part of the Service; (b) decompile, reverse engineer, or otherwise access or attempt to access the source code for the App or the Service, or make or attempt to make any modification to or derivative work of the App or the Service; or (c) interfere with or circumvent any feature of the App or the Service, including without limitation any security or access control mechanism. You may not use the App or the Service for any purpose other than a purpose for which the App and the Service are expressly designed. The term App, as used herein, includes any update or modification to the App made available to you by Sphere (unless provided with separate terms). If you are prohibited under applicable law from using the App or the Service, you may not use them.

4.3           Carrier Fees.  Sphere does not provide you with the equipment to use the App. You are responsible for complying with any third party terms of service and paying all fees charged by third parties to access and use the App (e.g., charges by Carriers). Without limiting the foregoing, you are solely responsible for the payment of all applicable fees associated with any Carrier service plan you use in connection with your use of the Service (such as data, SMS, MMS, roaming, and other applicable fees charged by the Carrier). Accordingly, you should use care in selecting a service plan offered by your Carrier.

4.4           Feedback. If you choose to provide input and suggestions regarding problems with or proposed modifications or improvements to the Service (“Feedback”), then you hereby grant Sphere an unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully-paid, royalty-free right to exploit the Feedback in any manner and for any purpose, including to improve the Service and create other products and services.

5.           Location Based Services.  Some of the features of the Service may enable Sphere to access your location, including for purposes of  tailoring your experience with the Service based on your location (“Location-based Services”), as further described in our Privacy Policy www.joinsphere.com/privacy_policy.  In order to use certain Location-based Services, you must enable certain features of your mobile phone, which enable Sphere to identify your location through a variety of means, including IP address. If you choose to disable any Location-based Services on your device, you may not be able to utilize certain features of the Service.  By enabling Location-based Services, you agree and acknowledge that: (i) device data we collect from you is directly relevant to your use of the Service; (ii) Sphere may provide Location-based Services related to and based on your previous and current locations; and (iii) Sphere may use and disclose any such information collected in connection with provision of the Service, in accordance with our Privacy Policy. 

6.       General Payment Terms. Certain features of the Service may require you to pay fees. Before you pay any fees, you will have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. All fees are in U.S. Dollars and are non-refundable.

6.1           Price. Sphere reserves the right to determine pricing for the Service. Sphere will make reasonable efforts to keep pricing information published on the website up to date. We encourage you to check our website periodically for current pricing information. Sphere may change the fees for any feature of the Service, including additional fees or charges; provided that Sphere gives you advance notice of changes before they apply.  Sphere, at its sole discretion, may make promotional offers with different features and different pricing to any of our customers. These promotional offers, unless made to you, will have no bearing whatsoever on your offer or contract.

6.2           Authorization. You authorize Sphere or our payment processor to charge all sums as described in these Terms or published on the website for the orders that you make and any level of Service you select, to the payment method specified in your account. If you pay any fees with a credit card, Sphere or our payment processor may seek pre-authorization of your credit card account prior to your purchase to verify that the credit card is valid and has the necessary funds or credit available to cover your purchase.  

6.3           Subscription Services. The Service may provide recurring payments for periodic charges (“Subscription Services”). If you activate or update Subscription Services through the Service, you authorize Sphere or its payment processor to periodically charge, on a going-forward basis and until cancellation of either the recurring payments or your account, all accrued sums on or before the payment due date for the accrued sums. The “Subscription Billing Date” is the date when you purchase your first subscription to the Service. For information on the “Subscription Fee”, please visit the subscriptions section in the Sphere mobile application. Your account will be charged automatically on the Subscription Billing Date all applicable fees for the next subscription period. The subscription will continue unless and until you cancel your subscription or we terminate it. You must cancel your subscription before it renews in order to avoid billing of the next periodic Subscription Fee to your account. Sphere or its payment processor will bill the periodic Subscription Fee to the payment method you provide to us during registration (or to a different payment method if you change your account information). You may cancel your Subscription Services on your iPhone by going to Settings > iTunes & App Sotore, tapping your Apple ID at the top of the screen, tapping Subscriptions and then using the options to manage your subscriptions. Make sure you are signed in with the relevant Apple ID. On your Mac or PC, open iTunes, choose Account > View My Account, sign-in, scroll to the Settings section and click Manage to the right of Subscriptions. Alternatively, you may also cancel your Subscription Services by contacting us at: support@joinsphere.com.

6.4           Delinquent Accounts. Sphere reserves the right to suspend or terminate access to paid Services for any accounts for which any amount is due but unpaid. In addition to the amount due for such Service, such accounts will be charged with fees or charges that are incidental to any chargebacks or collection of any such unpaid amounts including collection fees.

7.           Third-Party Terms

7.1           Third Party Services and Linked Websites. Sphere may provide tools through the Service that enable you to export information, including User Content, to third party services, including through features that may allow you to link your account on Sphere with an account on the third party service, such as Apple Health Kit, Twitter, or Facebook, or through our implementation of third party buttons (such as “like” or “share” buttons). By using one of these tools, you agree that we may transfer that information to the applicable third-party service. Third party services are not under our control, and we are not responsible for any third party service’s use of your exported information. The Service may also contain links to third-party websites. Linked websites are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their content.

7.2           Open Source Software. The Service may include or incorporate third-party software components that are generally available free of charge under licenses granting recipients broad rights to copy, modify, and distribute such components (“Open Source Components”).  Although the Service is provided to you subject to these Terms, nothing in these Terms prevents, restricts, or is intended to prevent or restrict you from obtaining such Open Source Components under the applicable third-party licenses or to limit your use of such Open Source Components thereunder.

8.       User Content

8.1           User Content Generally. Certain features of the Service may permit users to post content, including messages, reviews, photos, video, images, folders, data, text, and other types of works (collectively, “User Content”) and to publish User Content on the Service. You retain copyright and any other proprietary rights that you may hold in the User Content that you post to the Service.

8.2           Limited License Grant to Sphere. By posting or publishing User Content, you grant Sphere a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license (with the right to sublicense) to host, store, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify for the purpose of formatting for display, and distribute your User Content, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed). Any such use of your User Content by Sphere may be without any compensation paid to you.

8.3           Limited License Grant to Other Users. By posting and sharing User Content with another user of the Service, you hereby grant that user a non-exclusive license to access and use such User Content as permitted by these Terms and the functionality of the Service.

8.4           User Content Representations and Warranties. You are solely responsible for your User Content and the consequences of posting or publishing User Content. By posting and publishing User Content, you affirm, represent, and warrant that:

·           you are the creator and owner of, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and to authorize Sphere and users of the Service to use and distribute your User Content as necessary to exercise the licenses granted by you in this Section 8 and in the manner contemplated by Sphere and these Terms; and

·           your User Content, and the use thereof as contemplated herein, does not and will not: (i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; or (ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any other person.

8.5           User Content Disclaimer. We are under no obligation to edit or control User Content that you or other users post or publish, and will not be in any way responsible or liable for User Content. Sphere may, however, at any time and without prior notice, screen, remove, edit, or block any User Content that in our sole judgment violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable. You understand that when using the Service you will be exposed to User Content from a variety of sources and acknowledge that User Content may be inaccurate, offensive, indecent or objectionable. You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Sphere with respect to User Content. We expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with User Content. If notified by a user or content owner that User Content allegedly does not conform to these Terms, we may investigate the allegation and determine in our sole discretion whether to remove the User Content, which we reserve the right to do at any time and without notice. For clarity, Sphere does not permit copyright-infringing activities on the Service.

9.       Digital Millennium Copyright Act

9.1           DMCA Notification. We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to internet service providers (17 U.S.C. §512, as amended). If you have any complaints with respect to material posted on the Service, you may contact our Designated Agent at the following address:

 

Copyright Agent

Metta Creative, Inc.

1612A Baker Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

E-mail: legal@joinsphere.com

Any notice alleging that materials hosted by or distributed through the Service infringe intellectual property rights must include the following information:

a.     an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other right being infringed;

b.     a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

c.     a description of the material that you claim is infringing and where it is located on the Service;

d.     your address, telephone number, and email address;

e.     a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the materials on the Service of which you are complaining is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

f.      a statement by you that the above information in your notice is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

9.2           Repeat Infringers. Sphere will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of users that are determined by Sphere to be “repeat infringers." A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice and/or has had User Content removed from the Service more than twice.

10.    Prohibited Conduct. BY USING THE SERVICE YOU AGREE NOT TO:

10.1        use the Service for any illegal purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law;

10.2        violate, or encourage others to violate, the rights of third parties, including by infringing or misappropriating third party intellectual property rights;

10.3        post, upload, or distribute any User Content or other content that is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, inaccurate, or that a reasonable person could deem to be objectionable, profane, indecent, pornographic, harassing, threatening, embarrassing, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate;

10.4        interfere with security-related features of the Service, including without limitation by (i) disabling or circumventing features that prevent or limit use or copying of any content, or (ii) reverse engineering or otherwise attempting to discover the source code of the Service or any part thereof except to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law;

10.5        interfere with the operation of the Service or any user’s enjoyment of the Service, including without limitation by (i) uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code, (ii) making unsolicited offers or advertisements to other users of the Service, (iii) attempting to collect, personal information about users or third parties without their consent; or (iv) interfering with or disrupting any networks, equipment, or servers connected to or used to provide the Service, or violating the regulations, policies, or procedures of such networks, equipment, or servers;

10.6        perform any fraudulent activity including impersonating any person or entity, claiming false affiliations, accessing the Service accounts of others without permission, or falsifying your age or date of birth;

10.7        sell or otherwise transfer the access granted herein or any Materials (as defined in Section 14 below) or any right or ability to view, access, or use any Materials; or

10.8        attempt to do any of the foregoing in this Section 10, or assist or permit any persons in engaging in any of the activities described in this Section 10.

11.        Termination of Use; Discontinuation and Modification of the Service. If you violate any provision of these Terms, your permission to use the Service will terminate automatically. Additionally, Sphere, in its sole discretion may terminate your user account on the Service or suspend or terminate your access to the Service at any time, with or without notice. We also reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Service at any time (including, without limitation, by limiting or discontinuing certain features of the Service) without notice to you. We will have no liability whatsoever on account of any change to the Service or any suspension or termination of your access to or use of the Service and, in such case, will have no obligation to refund any prepaid fees. You may terminate your account at any time by contacting customer service at support@joinsphere.com. If you terminate your account, you will remain obligated to pay all outstanding fees, if any, relating to your use of the Service incurred prior to termination.

12.    Privacy Policy; Additional Terms

12.1        Privacy Policy. Please read Sphere’s Privacy Policy www.joinsphere.com/privacy_policy carefully for information relating to our collection, use, storage and disclosure of your personal information. The Sphere Privacy Policy is hereby incorporated by reference into, and made a part of, these Terms.

12.2        Additional Terms. Your use of the Service is subject to any and all additional terms, policies, rules, or guidelines applicable to the Service or certain features of the Service that we may post on or link to on the Service (the "Additional Terms"), such as end-user license agreements for any downloadable applications that we may offer, or rules applicable to particular features or content on the Service, subject to Section 13 below. All such Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into, and made a part of, these Terms.

13.        Changes to the Terms. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change these Terms on a going-forward basis at any time. Please check these Terms periodically for changes. In the event that a change to these Terms materially modifies your rights or obligations, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of such change. We may provide notice through a pop-up or banner within the Service, by sending an email to any address you may have used to register for an account, or through other similar mechanisms. Additionally, if the changed Terms materially modify your rights or obligations, we may require you to provide consent by accepting the changed Terms. If we require your acceptance of the changed Terms, changes are effective only after your acceptance. If you do not accept the changed Terms, we may terminate your access to and use of the Service. All other changes are effective upon publication of the changed Terms. Disputes arising under these Terms will be resolved in accordance with the Terms in effect at the time the dispute arose.

14.    Ownership; Proprietary Rights. The Service is owned and operated by Sphere. The content, visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, data, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the Service (the “Materials”) provided by Sphere are protected by all relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights and applicable laws. All Materials contained in the Service are the property of Sphere or our third-party licensors. Except as expressly authorized by Sphere, you may not make use of the Materials. Sphere reserves all rights to the Materials not granted expressly in these Terms.

15.        Indemnity. You agree that you will be responsible for your use of the Service, and you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Sphere and its officers, directors, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents (collectively, the "Sphere Entities") from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to, use of, or alleged use of the Service; (ii) your violation of these Terms or any representation, warranty, or agreements referenced herein, or any applicable law or regulation; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; or (iv) any disputes or issues between you and any third party. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you (and without limiting your indemnification obligations with respect to such matter), and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.

16.        Disclaimers; No Warranties

THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ON AN "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE Sphere ENTITIES SPECIFICALLY (BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO (i) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; AND (ii) ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE, OR TRADE. THE Sphere ENTITIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE OR ANY PART THEREOF, OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT OFFERED THROUGH THE SERVICE, WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, AND DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE CORRECTED.

 

NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ANY OF THE Sphere ENTITIES OR THE SERVICE THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ALL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE, YOUR DEALINGS WITH OTHER SERVICE USERS, AND ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE THE SERVICE AND USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN MATERIALS OR CONTENT THROUGH THE SERVICE AND ANY ASSOCIATED WEBSITES OR SERVICES AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIALS OR CONTENT.

SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY PROHIBIT A DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION.

17.        Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL THE Sphere ENTITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF, OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE, THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT ON THE SERVICE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STATUTE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT THE Sphere ENTITIES HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

YOU AGREE THAT THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE Sphere ENTITIES TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF RELATING TO THE USE OF OR ANY INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE (INCLUDING ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE) OR OTHERWISE UNDER THESE TERMS, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (i) THE AMOUNTS YOU HAVE PAID TO Sphere FOR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CLAIM OR (ii) $100.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

EACH PROVISION OF THESE TERMS THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THESE TERMS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 17 WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.

18.        Governing Law. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to conflict of law principles. To the extent that any lawsuit or court proceeding is permitted hereunder, you and Sphere agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts and federal courts located within the County of San Francisco, California for the purpose of litigating all such disputes. We operate the Service from our offices in California, and we make no representation that Materials included in the Service are appropriate or available for use in other locations.

19.        General. These Terms, together with the Privacy Policy www.joinsphere.com/privacy_policy and any other agreements expressly incorporated by reference herein, constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between you and Sphere regarding your use of and access to the Service, and except as expressly permitted above may be amended only by a written agreement signed by authorized representatives of all parties to these Terms. You may not assign or transfer these Terms or your rights hereunder, in whole or in part, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent. We may assign these Terms at any time without notice. The failure to require performance of any provision will not affect our right to require performance at any time thereafter, nor shall a waiver of any breach or default of these Terms or any provision of these Terms constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach or default or a waiver of the provision itself. Use of section headers in these Terms is for convenience only and shall not have any impact on the interpretation of particular provisions. In the event that any part of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the unenforceable part shall be given effect to the greatest extent possible and the remaining parts will remain in full force and effect. Upon termination of these Terms, any provision that by its nature or express terms should survive will survive such termination or expiration, including, but not limited to, Sections 2, 4.4, and 6 through 21.

20.    Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

20.1        Generally. In the interest of resolving disputes between you and Sphere in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and Sphere agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with these Terms shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of these Terms, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THESE TERMS, YOU AND SPHERE ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.

20.2        Exceptions. Notwithstanding subsection 20.1, we both agree that nothing herein will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our right to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.

20.3        Arbitrator. Any arbitration between you and Sphere will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting Sphere.

20.4        Notice; Process. A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for you, by electronic mail ("Notice"). Sphere's address for Notice is: Metta Creative, Inc., 1612A Baker Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Sphere may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or Sphere shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any.  In the event our dispute is finally resolved through arbitration in your favor, Sphere shall pay you (i) the amount awarded by the arbitrator, if any, (ii) the last written settlement amount offered by Sphere in settlement of the dispute prior to the arbitrator’s award; or (iii) $1,000.00, whichever is greater.

20.5        Fees. In the event that you commence arbitration in accordance with these Terms, Sphere will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than $10,000, in which case the payment of any fees shall be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon in the County of San Francisco, California, provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted (i) solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing; or (iii) by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules in the county (or parish) of your billing address.  If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse Sphere for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.

20.6        No Class Actions. YOU AND Sphere AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and Sphere agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.

20.7        Modifications. In the event that Sphere makes any future change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to Sphere's address for Notice), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to Sphere's address for Notice, in which case your account with Sphere shall be immediately terminated and this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the amendments you reject shall survive.

20.8        Enforceability. If Subsection 20.6 is found to be unenforceable or if the entirety of this Section 20 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 20 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 18 shall govern any action arising out of or related to these Terms.

21.        Consent to Electronic Communications. By using the Service, you consent to receiving certain electronic communications from us as further described in our Privacy Policy www.joinsphere.com/privacy_policy. Please read our Privacy Policy to learn more about your choices regarding our electronic communications practices. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures, or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing. All notices from Sphere intended for receipt by you will be deemed delivered and effective when sent to the email address you provided during the registration process or when posted to and made available to you on the Service. If you change the email address provided in connection with your registration to access and use the Service, you must update your address in accordance with the procedures set forth on Service. By providing your mobile number to us, you consent to receive text messages at that number as requested for account verification, message notifications, and other purposes related to the Service. While we do not charge a fee for text messages, your carrier may charge standard messaging, data, and other fees. You are responsible for those charges. We may send and receive text messages through cellular telephone operators or other networks, and the level of reliability may vary. We are not responsible for the timeliness or final delivery of the message, as this is outside our control and is the responsibility of the cellular telephone operator or other networks.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, we will use your mobile number in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

22.        Contact Information. The services hereunder are offered by Metta Creative, Inc., located at 1612A Baker Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. You may contact us by sending correspondence to the foregoing address or by emailing us at support@joinsphere.com.

23.        Notice to California Residents.  If you are a California resident, you may have these Terms mailed to you electronically by sending a letter to the foregoing address with your electronic mail address and a request for these Terms.  In addition, under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, you may contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-202, Sacramento, California 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 in order to resolve a complaint regarding the service or to receive further information regarding use of the service.

24.        Notice regarding Apple.  This Section 24 only applies to the extent you are using our App on an iOS device. You acknowledge that these Terms are between you and Sphere only, not with Apple Inc. (“Apple”), and Apple is not responsible for the Service and the content thereof. Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the Service. In the event of any failure of the Service to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple and Apple will refund any applicable purchase price for the App to you; and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple has no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Service. Apple is not responsible for addressing any claims by you or any third party relating to the Service or your possession and/or use of the Service, including: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the Service fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation. Apple is not responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any third party claim that the Service and/or your possession and use of the Service infringe third party’s intellectual property rights. You agree to comply with any applicable third party terms when using the Service. Apple and Apple’s subsidiaries are third party beneficiaries of these Terms, and upon your acceptance of these Terms, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms against you as a third party beneficiary of these Terms. You hereby represent and warrant that (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country; and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.