Thank you for using the Block Protocol (Þ). Please read this Terms of Service agreement carefully before accessing or using the Block Protocol. Because it is such an important contract between us and our users, we have tried to make it as clear as possible. For your convenience, we have presented these terms in a short non-binding summary followed by the full legal terms.
|Section||What can you find there?|
|A. Definitions||Some basic terms, defined in a way that will help you understand this agreement. Refer back up to this section for clarification.|
|B. Account Terms||These are the basic requirements of having an Account with the Block Protocol.|
|C. Acceptable Use||These are the basic rules you must follow when using your Block Protocol Account.|
|D. User-Generated Content||You own the content you post on the Block Protocol site. However, you have some responsibilities regarding it, and we ask you to grant us some rights so we can provide services to you.|
|E. Private Projects||This section talks about how the Block Protocol organization will treat content you post in private projects.|
|F. Copyright & DMCA Policy||This section talks about how the Block Protocol organization will respond if you believe someone is infringing your copyrights on the Block Protocol service.|
|G. Intellectual Property Notice||This describes the Block Protocol organization's rights in the website and service.|
|H. API Terms||These are the rules for using the Block Protocol's APIs, whether you are using the API for development or data collection.|
|I. Additional Product Terms||We have a few specific rules for the Block Protocol's features and products.|
|J. Beta Previews||These are some of the additional terms that apply to Block Protocol features and services that are still in development.|
|K. Payment||You are responsible for payment. We are responsible for billing you accurately.|
|L. Cancellation and Termination||You may cancel this agreement and close your Account at any time.|
|M. Communications with Block Protocol||We only use email and other electronic means to stay in touch with our users. We do not provide phone support.|
|N. Disclaimer of Warranties||We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service. Please read this section carefully; you should understand what to expect.|
|O. Limitation of Liability||We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement. Please read this section carefully; it limits our obligations to you.|
|P. Release and Indemnification||You are fully responsible for your use of the service.|
|Q. Changes to these Terms of Service||We may modify this agreement, but we will give you 30 days' notice of material changes.|
|R. Miscellaneous||Please see this section for legal details including our choice of law.|
Version Effective Date: February 28, 2023
Short version: We use these basic terms throughout the agreement, and they have specific meanings. You should know what we mean when we use each of the terms. There's not going to be a test on it, but it's still useful information.
Short version: Personal Accounts and Organizations have different administrative controls; a human must create your Account; you must be 13 or over; you must provide a valid email address; and you may not have more than one free Account. You alone are responsible for your Account and anything that happens while you are signed in to or using your Account. You are responsible for keeping your Account secure.
Users. Subject to these Terms, you retain ultimate administrative control over your Personal Account and the Content within it.
Organizations. The "owner" of an Organization that was created under these Terms has ultimate administrative control over that Organization and the Content within it. Within the Service, an owner can manage User access to the Organization’s data and projects. An Organization may have multiple owners, but there must be at least one Personal Account designated as an owner of an Organization. If you are the owner of an Organization under these Terms, we consider you responsible for the actions that are performed on or through that Organization.
You must provide a valid email address in order to complete the signup process. Any other information requested, such as your real name, is optional, unless you are accepting these terms on behalf of a legal entity (in which case we need more information about the legal entity) or if you opt for a paid Account, in which case additional information will be necessary for billing purposes.
We have a few simple rules for Personal Accounts on Block Protocol's Service.
You are responsible for keeping your Account secure while you use our Service. We offer tools such as two-factor authentication to help you maintain your Account's security, but the content of your Account and its security are up to you.
In some situations, third parties' terms may apply to your use of Block Protocol. For example, you may be a member of an organization on Block Protocol with its own terms or license agreements; you may download an application that integrates with Block Protocol; or you may use Block Protocol to authenticate to another service. Please be aware that while these Terms are our full agreement with you, other parties' terms govern their relationships with you.
If you are a government User or otherwise accessing or using any Block Protocol Service in a government capacity, the Government Amendment to the Block Protocol Terms of Service applies to you, and you agree to its provisions.
If you have signed up for Block Protocol Enterprise, the Enterprise Addendum applies to you, and you agree to its provisions.
Short version: Block Protocol hosts 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 follow the terms of this section, which include some restrictions on content you can post, conduct on the service, and other limitations. In short, be excellent to each other.
Your use of the Website and Service must not violate any applicable laws, including copyright or trademark laws, export control or sanctions laws, or other laws in your jurisdiction. You are responsible for making sure that your use of the Service is in compliance with laws and any applicable regulations.
You agree that you will not under any circumstances violate our Acceptable Use Policies or Community Guidelines.
Short version: You own content you create, but you allow us certain rights to it, so that we can display and share the content you post. You still have control over your content, and responsibility for it, and the rights you grant us are limited to those we need to provide the service. We have the right to remove content or close Accounts if we need to.
You may create or upload User-Generated Content while using the Service. You are solely responsible for the content of, and for any harm resulting from, any User-Generated Content that you post, upload, link to or otherwise make available via the Service, regardless of the form of that Content. We are not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User-Generated Content.
We have the right to refuse or remove any User-Generated Content that, in our sole discretion, violates any laws or Block Protocol terms or policies. User-Generated Content displayed on Block Protocol mobile applications, or accessed through third-party marketplaces, may be subject to app stores' or plugin directories' additional terms.
You retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content. If you're posting anything you did not create yourself or do not own the rights to, you agree that you are responsible for any Content you post; that you will only submit Content that you have the right to post; and that you will fully comply with any third party licenses relating to Content you post.
Because you retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content, we need you to grant us — and other Block Protocol Users — certain legal permissions, listed in Sections D.4 — D.7. These license grants apply to Your Content. If you upload Content that already comes with a license granting Block Protocol the permissions we need to run our Service, no additional license is required. You understand that you will not receive any payment for any of the rights granted in Sections D.4 — D.7. The licenses you grant to us will end when you remove Your Content from our servers, unless other Users have forked it.
We need the legal right to do things like host Your Content, publish it, and share it. You grant us and our legal successors the right to store, archive, parse, and display Your Content, and make incidental copies, as necessary to provide the Service, including improving the Service over time. This license includes the right to do things like copy it to our database and make backups; show it to you and other users; parse it into a search index or otherwise analyze it on our servers; share it with other users; and perform it, in case Your Content is something like music or video.
This license does not grant Block Protocol the right to sell Your Content. It also does not grant Block Protocol the right to otherwise distribute or use Your Content outside of our provision of the Service, except that as part of the right to archive Your Content, Block Protocol may permit our partners to store and archive Your Content in public graphs.
Any User-Generated Content you post publicly, including issues, comments, and contributions to other Users' projects, may be viewed by others. By setting your projects to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view and "fork" your projects (this means that others may make their own copies of Content from your projects in projects they control).
If you set your pages, types, entities or other User-Generated Content to be viewed publicly, you grant each User of Block Protocol a nonexclusive, worldwide license to use, display, and perform Your Content through the Block Protocol Service and to reproduce Your Content solely on Block Protocol as permitted through Block Protocol's functionality (for example, through forking). You may grant further rights if you adopt a license. If you are uploading Content you did not create or own, you are responsible for ensuring that the Content you upload is licensed under terms that grant these permissions to other Block Protocol Users.
Whenever you add Content to a block, dataset, repository or other project containing notice of a license, you license that Content under the same terms, and you agree that you have the right to license that Content under those terms. If you have a separate agreement to license that Content under different terms, such as a contributor license agreement, that agreement will supersede.
While this is already widely accepted as the norm in the open-source community — commonly referred to by the shorthand "inbound=outbound — we're just making it explicit.
You retain all moral rights to Your Content that you upload, publish, or submit to any part of the Service, including the rights of integrity and attribution. However, you waive these rights and agree not to assert them against us, to enable us to reasonably exercise the rights granted in Section D.4, but not otherwise.
To the extent this agreement is not enforceable by applicable law, you grant Block Protocol the rights we need to use Your Content without attribution and to make reasonable adaptations of Your Content as necessary to render the Website and provide the Service.
Short version: We treat the content of private projects (including blocks, types and entities) as confidential, and we only access it as described in our Privacy Statement — for security purposes, to assist the project owner with a support matter, to maintain the integrity of the Service, to comply with our legal obligations, if we have reason to believe the contents are in violation of the law, or with your consent.
Some Accounts may have private projects, which allow the User to control access to Content.
Block Protocol considers the contents of private projects to be confidential to you. Block Protocol will protect the contents of private projects from unauthorized use, access, or disclosure in the same manner that we would use to protect our own confidential information of a similar nature and in no event with less than a reasonable degree of care.
Block Protocol personnel may only access the content of your private projects in the situations described in our Privacy Statement.
You may choose to enable additional access to your private projects. For example:
Additionally, we may be compelled by law to disclose the contents of your private projects.
Block Protocol will provide notice regarding our access to private project content, unless for legal disclosure, to comply with our legal obligations, or where otherwise bound by requirements under law, for automated scanning, or if in response to a security threat or other risk to security.
If you believe that content on the Block Protocol website violates your copyright, please contact us in accordance with the HASH Copyrighted Materials (DMCA) Policy. If you are a copyright owner and you believe that content on Block Protocol violates your rights, please contact us in accordance with the steps outlined in our public HASH DMCA Takedown Notice submission guidelines, which outlines the process and contact route via which copyright notices can be served to the Block Protocol. There may be legal consequences for sending a false or frivolous takedown notice. Before sending a takedown request, you must consider legal uses such as fair use and licensed uses.
We will terminate the Accounts of repeat infringers of this policy.
Short version: We own the service and all of our content. In order for you to use our content, we give you certain rights to it, but you may only use our content in the way we have allowed.
If you’d like to use Block Protocol trademarks, you must follow all of our trademark guidelines, including those outlined on the Brand page.
Short version: You agree to these Terms of Service, plus this Section H, when using any of Block Protocol's APIs (Application Provider Interface), including use of the API through a third party product that accesses Block Protocol.
Abuse or excessively frequent requests to Block Protocol via the API may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of your Account's access to the API. Block Protocol, in our sole discretion, will determine abuse or excessive usage of the API. We will make a reasonable attempt to warn you via email prior to suspension.
You may not share API tokens to exceed Block Protocol's rate limitations.
You may not use the API to download data or Content from Block Protocol for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of selling Block Protocol users' personal information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards.
All use of the Block Protocol API is subject to these Terms of Service and the Block Protocol Privacy Statement.
Block Protocol may offer subscription-based access to our API for those Users who require high-throughput access or access that would result in resale of Block Protocol's Service.
Short version: You need to follow certain specific terms and conditions for Block Protocol's various features and products, and you agree to the Supplemental Terms and Conditions when you agree to this Agreement.
Some Service features may be subject to additional terms specific to that feature or product as set forth in the Block Protocol Additional Product Terms. By accessing or using the Services, you also agree to the Block Protocol Additional Product Terms.
Short version: Beta Previews may not be supported or may change at any time. You may receive confidential information through those programs that must remain confidential while the program is private. We'd love your feedback to make our Beta Previews better.
Beta Previews may not be supported and may be changed at any time without notice. In addition, Beta Previews are not subject to the same security measures and auditing to which the Service has been and is subject. By using a Beta Preview, you use it at your own risk.
As a user of Beta Previews, you may get access to special information that isn’t available to the rest of the world. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, it’s important for us to make sure that you keep that information secret.
Confidentiality Obligations. You agree that any non-public Beta Preview information we give you, such as information about a private Beta Preview, will be considered Block Protocol confidential information (collectively, “Confidential Information”), regardless of whether it is marked or identified as such. You agree to only use such Confidential Information for the express purpose of testing and evaluating the Beta Preview (the “Purpose”), and not for any other purpose. You should use the same degree of care as you would with your own confidential information, but no less than reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized use, disclosure, publication, or dissemination of our Confidential Information. You promise not to disclose, publish, or disseminate any Confidential Information to any third party, unless we don’t otherwise prohibit or restrict such disclosure (for example, you might be part of a Block Protocol-organized group discussion about a private Beta Preview feature).
Exceptions. Confidential Information will not include information that is: (a) or becomes publicly available without breach of this Agreement through no act or inaction on your part (such as when a private Beta Preview becomes a public Beta Preview); (b) known to you before we disclose it to you; (c) independently developed by you without breach of any confidentiality obligation to us or any third party; or (d) disclosed with permission from Block Protocol. You will not violate the terms of this Agreement if you are required to disclose Confidential Information pursuant to operation of law, provided Block Protocol has been given reasonable advance written notice to object, unless prohibited by law.
We’re always trying to improve of products and services, and your feedback as a Beta Preview user will help us do that. If you choose to give us any ideas, know-how, algorithms, code contributions, suggestions, enhancement requests, recommendations or any other feedback for our products or services (collectively, “Feedback”), you acknowledge and agree that Block Protocol will have a royalty-free, fully paid-up, worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, irrevocable and perpetual license to implement, use, modify, commercially exploit and/or incorporate the Feedback into our products, services, and documentation.
Short version: You are responsible for any fees associated with your use of Block Protocol. We are responsible for communicating those fees to you clearly and accurately, and letting you know well in advance if those prices change.
Our pricing and payment terms are available at blockprotocol.org/pricing. If you agree to a subscription price, that will remain your price for the duration of the payment term; however, prices are subject to change at the end of a payment term.
Payment Based on Plan For monthly or yearly payment plans, the Service is billed in advance on a monthly or yearly basis respectively and is non-refundable. There will be no refunds or credits for partial months of service, downgrade refunds, or refunds for months unused with an open Account; however, the service will remain active for the length of the paid billing period. In order to treat everyone equally, no exceptions will be made.
Payment Based on Usage Some Service features are billed based on your usage. A limited quantity of these Service features may be included in your plan for a limited term without additional charge. If you choose to purchase paid Service features beyond the quantity included in your plan, you pay for those Service features based on your actual usage in the preceding month. Payment for these purchases will be charged on a periodic basis in arrears, ordinarily monthly, and occassionally more frequently, depending on your volume of usage. See Block Protocol Additional Product Terms for Details for more information.
Invoicing For invoiced Users, User agrees to pay the fees in full, up front without deduction or setoff of any kind, in U.S. Dollars. User must pay the fees within thirty (30) days of the Block Protocol invoice date. Amounts payable under this Agreement are non-refundable, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement. If User fails to pay any fees on time, Block Protocol reserves the right, in addition to taking any other action at law or equity, to (i) charge interest on past due amounts at 3.0% per month or the highest interest rate allowed by law, whichever is less, and to charge all expenses of recovery, and (ii) terminate the applicable order form. User is solely responsible for all taxes, fees, duties and governmental assessments (except for taxes based on Block Protocol's net income) that are imposed or become due in connection with this Agreement.
By agreeing to these Terms, you are giving us permission to charge your on-file credit card, PayPal account, digital currency wallet, bank account, or other approved methods of payment for fees that you authorize for Block Protocol.
You are responsible for all fees, including taxes, associated with your use of the Service. By using the Service, you agree to pay Block Protocol any charge incurred in connection with your use of the Service. If you dispute the matter, contact Support. You are responsible for providing us with a valid means of payment for paid Accounts. Free Accounts are not required to provide payment information.
Short version: You may close your Account at any time. If you do, we'll treat your information responsibly.
It is your responsibility to properly cancel your Account with Block Protocol. You can cancel your Account at any time by going into your Settings in the global navigation bar at the top of the screen. The Account screen provides a simple, no questions asked cancellation link. We are not able to cancel Accounts in response to an email or phone request, however you can contact Support if you experience any difficulty in cancelling or closing your account. You do not need to cancel your Account in order to terminate provision or renewal of paid Service features.
We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete your full profile and the Content of your projects within 90 days of cancellation or termination (though some information may remain in encrypted backups). This information can not be recovered once your Account is canceled.
We will not delete Content that you have contributed to other Users' graphs or that other Users have forked.
Upon request, we will make a reasonable effort to provide an Account owner with a copy of your lawful, non-infringing Account contents after Account cancellation, termination, or downgrade. You must make this request within 90 days of cancellation, termination, or downgrade.
Block Protocol has the right to suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. Block Protocol reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
All provisions of this Agreement which, by their nature, should survive termination will survive termination — including, without limitation: ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
Short version: We use email and other electronic means to stay in touch with our users.
For contractual purposes, you (1) consent to receive communications from us in an electronic form via the email address you have submitted or via the Service; and (2) agree that all Terms of Service, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that those communications would satisfy if they were on paper. This section does not affect your non-waivable rights.
Communications made through email or Block Protocol Support's messaging system will not constitute legal notice to Block Protocol or any of its officers, employees, agents or representatives in any situation where notice to Block Protocol is required by contract or any law or regulation. Legal notice to Block Protocol must be in writing and served on Block Protocol's legal agent.
Block Protocol only offers support via email, in-Service communications, and electronic messages. We do not offer telephone support.
Short version: We provide our service as is, and we make no promises or guarantees about this service. Please read this section carefully; you should understand what to expect.
Block Protocol provides the Website and the Service “as is” and “as available,” without warranty of any kind. Without limiting this, we expressly disclaim all warranties, whether express, implied or statutory, regarding the Website and the Service including without limitation any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, security, accuracy and non-infringement.
Block Protocol does not warrant that the Service will meet your requirements; that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; that the information provided through the Service is accurate, reliable or correct; that any defects or errors will be corrected; that the Service will be available at any particular time or location; or that the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, information, content or other material obtained from the Service.
Short version: We will not be liable for damages or losses arising from your use or inability to use the service or otherwise arising under this agreement. Please read this section carefully; it limits our obligations to you.
You understand and agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for any loss of profits, use, goodwill, or data, or for any incidental, indirect, special, consequential or exemplary damages, however arising, that result from
Our liability is limited whether or not we have been informed of the possibility of such damages, and even if a remedy set forth in this Agreement is found to have failed of its essential purpose. We will have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond our reasonable control.
Short version: You are responsible for your use of the service. If you harm someone else or get into a dispute with someone else, we will not be involved.
If you have a dispute with one or more Users, you agree to release Block Protocol from any and all claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
You agree to indemnify us, defend us, and hold us harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website and the Service, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement, provided that Block Protocol (1) promptly gives you written notice of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding; (2) gives you sole control of the defense and settlement of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding (provided that you may not settle any claim, demand, suit or proceeding unless the settlement unconditionally releases Block Protocol of all liability); and (3) provides to you all reasonable assistance, at your expense.
Short version: We want our users to be informed of important changes to our terms, but some changes aren't that important — we don't want to bother you every time we fix a typo. So while we may modify this agreement at any time, we will notify users of any material changes and give you time to adjust to them.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to amend these Terms of Service at any time and will update these Terms of Service in the event of any such amendments. We will notify our Users of material changes to this Agreement, such as price increases, at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our Website or sending email to the primary email address specified in your Block Protocol account. Customer's continued use of the Service after those 30 days constitutes agreement to those revisions of this Agreement. For any other modifications, your continued use of the Website constitutes agreement to our revisions of these Terms of Service.
We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part of it) with or without notice.
Except to the extent applicable law provides otherwise, this Agreement between you and Block Protocol and any access to or use of the Website or the Service are governed by the federal laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of California, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You and Block Protocol agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in the City and County of San Francisco, California.
Block Protocol may assign or delegate these Terms of Service and/or the Block Protocol Privacy Statement, in whole or in part, to any person or entity at any time with or without your consent, including the license grant in Section D.4. You may not assign or delegate any rights or obligations under the Terms of Service or Privacy Statement without our prior written consent, and any unauthorized assignment and delegation by you is void.
Throughout this Agreement, each section includes titles and brief summaries of the following terms and conditions. These section titles and brief summaries are not legally binding.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion of the Agreement will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent. The remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. Any failure on the part of Block Protocol to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not be considered a waiver of our right to enforce such provision. Our rights under this Agreement will survive any termination of this Agreement.
This Agreement may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized representative of Block Protocol, or by the posting by Block Protocol of a revised version in accordance with Section Q. Changes to These Terms. These Terms of Service, together with the Block Protocol Privacy Statement, represent the complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between you and us. This Agreement supersedes any proposal or prior agreement oral or written, and any other communications between you and Block Protocol relating to the subject matter of these terms including any confidentiality or nondisclosure agreements.
Questions about the Terms of Service? Contact us.