Acceptable Use

Short version: We host a wide variety of collaborative projects from all over the world, and that collaboration only works when our users are able to work together in good faith. While using the Service, you must comply with our Acceptable Use Policies, which include some restrictions on content and conduct on the Block Protocol related to user safety, intellectual property, privacy, authenticity, and other limitations. In short, be excellent to each other.

Capitalized terms used but not defined in these Acceptable Use Policies have the meanings assigned to them in our Terms of Service, Corporate Terms of Service, and Privacy Statement. For customers subject to the Corporate Terms of Service, "you" and "your" refer to "Customer" or "Users". "We", "us", and "our" refer to "Block Protocol".

1. Compliance with Laws and Regulations

You are responsible for using the Service in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and all of our Acceptable Use Policies. These policies may be updated from time to time and are provided below, as well as in our Terms of Service and Corporate Terms of Service.

2. User Safety

We do not allow content or activity on the Block Protocol that:

3. Intellectual Property, Authenticity, and Private Information

We do not allow content or activity on the Block Protocol that:

  • infringes any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right;
  • enables the unlawful bypassing of intellectual property rights, including sharing unauthorized product licensing keys, software for generating unauthorized product licensing keys, or software for bypassing checks for product licensing keys, including extension of a free license beyond its trial period;
  • impersonates any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives, including through false association with the Block Protocol, or by fraudulently misrepresenting your identity or site's purpose; or
  • violates the privacy of any third party such as by posting another person's personal information without consent.

4. Spam and Inauthentic Activity on the Block Protocol

We do not allow content or activity on the Block Protocol that is:

  • automated excessive bulk activity and coordinated inauthentic activity, such as
    • spamming
    • cryptocurrency mining;
  • bulk distribution of promotions and advertising prohibited by Block Protocol terms and policies;
  • inauthentic interactions, such as fake accounts and automated inauthentic activity;
  • rank abuse, such as automated starring or following;
  • creation of or participation in secondary markets for the purpose of the proliferation of inauthentic activity;
  • propagating abuse on other platforms through the Block Protocol platform in any way;
  • phishing or attempted phishing;
  • using our servers for any form of excessive automated bulk activity, to place undue burden on our servers through automated means, or to relay any form of unsolicited advertising or solicitation through our servers, such as get-rich-quick schemes; or
  • incentivized by (or incentivizes inauthentic engagement with) rewards such as cryptocurrency airdrops, tokens, credits, gifts or other give-aways.

5. Site Access and Safety

We do not allow content or activity on the Block Protocol that:

  • directly supports unlawful active attack or malware campaigns that are causing technical harms — such as using our platform to deliver malicious executables or as attack infrastructure, for example by organizing denial of service attacks or managing command and control servers — with no implicit or explicit dual-use purpose prior to the abuse occurring; or
  • uses our servers to disrupt or to attempt to disrupt, or to gain or to attempt to gain unauthorized access to, any service, device, data, account or network. Please note, activities permitted under bug bounty programs, such as the Block Protocol Bug Bounty program, are not considered “unauthorized,” but must only affect the organization whose bug bounty program authorized the activity.

6. Services Usage Limits

You will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without our express written permission.

7. Information Usage Restrictions

You may use information from our Service for the following reasons, regardless of whether the information was scraped, collected through our API, or obtained otherwise:

  • Researchers may use public, non-personal information from the Service for research purposes, only if any publications resulting from that research are open access.
  • Archivists may use public information from the Service for archival purposes.

Scraping refers to extracting information from our Service via an automated process, such as a bot or webcrawler. Scraping does not refer to the collection of information through our API. Please see Section H of our Terms of Service for our API Terms.

You may not use information from the Service (whether scraped, collected through our API, or obtained otherwise) for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails to users or selling personal information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards.

Your use of information from the Service must comply with the Block Protocol Privacy Statement.

8. Privacy

Misuse of personal information is prohibited.

Any person, entity, or service collecting data from the Service must comply with the Block Protocol Privacy Statement, particularly in regards to the collection of personal information. If you collect any personal information from the Service, you agree that you will only use that personal information for the purpose for which that User has authorized it. You agree that you will reasonably secure any personal information you have gathered from the Service, and you will respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from us or other users.

9. Excessive Bandwidth Use

The Service's bandwidth limitations vary based on the features you use. If we determine your bandwidth usage to be significantly excessive in relation to other users of similar features, we reserve the right to suspend your Account, throttle your file hosting, or otherwise limit your activity until you can reduce your bandwidth consumption. We also reserve the right—after providing advance notice—to delete repositories that we determine to be placing undue strain on our infrastructure. For more details on specific features' bandwidth limitations, see the Block Protocol Additional Product Terms.

10. Advertising on the Block Protocol

Short version: We do not generally prohibit use of the Block Protocol for advertising. However, we expect our users to follow certain limitations, so the Block Protocol does not become a spam haven. No one wants that.

While we understand that you may want to promote your Content by posting supporters' names or logos in your Account, the primary focus of the Content posted in or through your Account to the Service should not be advertising or promotional marketing. This includes Content posted in or through Blocks, Types, Services, Pages, Packages, Projects, repositories, and all other parts of the Service. You may include static images, links, and promotional text in the README documents or project description sections associated with your Account, but they must be related to the project you are hosting on the Block Protocol. You may not advertise in other Users' Accounts, such as by posting monetized or excessive bulk content in issues.

You may not promote or distribute content or activity that is illegal or otherwise prohibited by our Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policies, including excessive automated bulk activity (for example, spamming), get-rich-quick schemes, and misrepresentation or deception related to your promotion.

If you decide to post any promotional materials in your Account, you are solely responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations, including without limitation the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Guidelines on Endorsements and Testimonials. We reserve the right to remove any promotional materials or advertisements that, in our sole discretion, violate any Block Protocol terms or policies.

11. User Protection

You must not engage in activity that significantly harms other users.

We will interpret our policies and resolve disputes in favor of protecting users as a whole.

Enforcement. The Block Protocol retains full discretion to take action in response to a violation of these policies, including account suspension, account termination, or removal of content. Please also see our Community Guidelines for actions you can take if something or someone offends you.

Reinstatement and appeal. If your content or account has been disabled or restricted and you seek reinstatement or wish to appeal, please see our Appeals Policy for information about the process and use our contact form to submit a request.