Effective December 15, 2014
In these Terms, we refer to those raising funds as "Campaign Owners" and to their fundraising campaigns as "Campaigns." We refer to those contributing funds as "Contributors" and to the funds they contribute as "Contributions." Campaign Owners, Contributors and other visitors to the Services are referred to collectively as "Users."
Indiegogo is an online crowdfunding venue for people and entities seeking to raise funds for their own Campaigns and to contribute to the Campaigns of others. Campaign Owners can offer gifts or rewards in the form of tangible items or intangible services (collectively, "Perks") to Contributors. Perks are not offered for sale. Indiegogo makes no representations about the quality, safety, morality or legality of any Campaign, Perk or Contribution or the truth or accuracy of User Content (as defined below) posted on the Services. Indiegogo does not represent that Campaign Owners will deliver Perks or that Contributions will be used as described in the Campaign. Users use the Services at their own risk.
Users under 18 years of age are not eligible to use the Services without consent. Users between the ages of 13 and 17, can use the Services with the consent and supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years old, provided such parent or legal guardian also agrees to be bound by the Terms and agrees to be responsible for such use of the Services. Users suspended from using the Services are not eligible to use the Services. Indiegogo reserves the right to refuse use of the Services to anyone and to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove or suspend any Campaign, Contribution, or the Services at any time for any reason without liability.
Campaign Owners are not permitted to create a Campaign to raise funds for illegal activities, to cause harm to people or property, or to scam others. If the Campaign is claiming to do the impossible or it's just plain phony, don't post it. Users must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in connection with their Campaigns, including offering Perks and using Contributions. Campaign Owners shall not make any false or misleading statements in connection with their Campaigns.
Campaign Owners are not permitted to offer or provide any of the following as a Perk:
Indiegogo is not a place for hatred, abuse, discrimination, disrespect, profanity, meanness, harassment, or spam. Do not:
Indiegogo reserves the right to remove Campaigns and terminate User Accounts for such activities.
Campaign Owners are legally bound to perform on any promise and/or commitment to Contributors (including delivering any Perks). If a Campaign Owner is unable to perform on any promise and/or commitment to Contributors, the Campaign Owner will work with the Contributors to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution, which may include the issuance of a refund of Contributions by the Campaign Owner. Indiegogo is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between Campaign Owners and Contributors, or Users and any third party. In the event of any dispute, such as a Campaign Owner's alleged failure to comply with the Terms or alleged failure in fulfillment of a Perk, we may provide the Campaign Owner's contact information to the Contributor so that the two parties may resolve their dispute.
All information submitted in connection with a User account on the Services (each, a “User Account”) must be accurate and truthful. Users agree to notify Indiegogo immediately if their User Account has been used without authorization or there has been any other breach of security of the User Account. Each User also agrees to provide additional information Indiegogo may reasonably request and to answer truthfully and completely any questions Indiegogo might ask you in order to verify such User's identity.
Indiegogo grants each User a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to use the Services subject to such User's eligibility and continued compliance with the Terms.
Campaign Owners are permitted to offer Perks to Contributors. Campaign Owners are legally bound to perform on any promise and/or commitment to Contributors (including delivering any Perks). Campaign Owners will respond promptly and truthfully to all questions posed to them by Indiegogo or any Contributor. If any Campaign Owner is unable to fulfill any of its commitments to Contributors (including delivering any Perks), the Campaign Owner will work with the Contributors to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution, which may include refunding their Contributions. Campaign Owners will comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the use of Contributions and delivery of Perks. Campaign Owners are responsible for collecting and remitting any taxes on Contributions, and any taxes due in connection with Perks. Indiegogo may attempt to verify the identity and other information provided to us by Campaign Owners, and we may delay, withhold, reverse or refund any Contributions or other amounts without notice or liability in the event we are unable to verify any such information to our satisfaction.
Contributors are solely responsible for asking questions and investigating Campaign Owners and Campaigns to the extent they feel is necessary before making a Contribution. All Contributions are made voluntarily and at the sole discretion and risk of the Contributor. Indiegogo does not guarantee that Contributions will be used as promised, that Campaign Owners will deliver Perks, or that the Campaign will achieve its goals. Indiegogo does not endorse, guarantee, make representations, or provide warranties for or about the quality, safety, morality or legality of any Campaign, Perk or Contribution, or the truth or accuracy of User Content posted on the Services. Contributors are solely responsible for determining how to treat their Contributions and receipt of any Perks for tax purposes. If a Contribution is returned to a Contributor, the associated Perks, if any, shall be canceled.
Setting up an account on the Services is free. We do not charge our Service fees to Contributors. Unless otherwise expressely indicated on the Services, we do charge our Service fees to Campaign Owners as a portion of the Contributions they raise (the "Service Fees"). By using the Services Users agree to our Service Fees listed here http://go.indiegogo.com/pricing-fees. Changes to Service Fees are effective after we post notice of the changes on the Services. Updated Service Fees are applied to Campaigns launched after the notice is posted.
Contributions, including the Service Fees portion thereof, are not refundable. If a Campaign Owner is unable to perform on any promise and/or commitment to Contributors (including delivering any Perks), the Campaign Owner will work with the Contributors to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution, which may include the issuance of a refund of Contributions by the Campaign Owner.
Taxing authorities may classify funds raised on the Services as taxable income to the Campaign Owner and any beneficiary who will receive funds directly from the applicable Campaign. Indiegogo will ask for the tax identification number (TIN) of Campaign Owners and any beneficiaries so that we may report taxable income to the relevant taxing authorities. Indiegogo will provide Campaign Owners with a tax document if required by the relevant taxing authorities.
Users may establish Campaigns on Indiegogo Life (the “Life Services”), provided that: (a) an individual person acts as the sole Campaign Owner (a "Life Campaign Owner"); and (b) such Life Campaign seeks Contributions for any cause that directly impacts the Life Campaign Owner or any other individual person (a "Life Campaign Beneficiary"), such as Contributions for medical costs, emergencies, tuition or other similar life events of the Life Campaign Owner or Life Beneficiary, as applicable. In connection with Life Campaigns established on behalf of any Life Campaign Beneficiary, each Life Campaign Owner acknowledges and understands that Indiegogo may request such additional information as reasonably necessary (as determined in the sole discretion of Indiegogo) in order to verify or confirm that the Life Campaign Owner is authorized on behalf of the applicable Life Campaign Beneficiary in connection with the applicable Life Campaign.
Users may create a "Partner Page" on Indiegogo's website to link their brand with one or more Campaigns. If Users create a Partner Page, Users also agree to the Partner Terms.
While using the Services, Users may post photos, videos, text, graphics, logos artwork and other audio or visual materials (collectively, "User Content"). Users grant Indiegogo a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, publicly display, publicly perform, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, and distribute User Content of any User on or in connection with the Services and our related marketing and promotional activities. As between Users and Indiegogo, Users continue to hold all ownership interest in their User Content. Each User represents and warrants that its User Content and our use of such User Content will not infringe any third party's intellectual property rights, proprietary rights, privacy rights, confidentiality, rights of publicity or otherwise violate these Terms or applicable law.
Campaign Owners may not offer any contest, competition, giveaway, sweepstakes or similar activity (each, a "Promotion") on the Services without Indiegogo's prior written permission (which may be granted or withheld by Indiegogo in its sole and absolute discretion). Campaign Owners may request permission from Indiegogo by sending an email to email@example.com. Subject to and upon any such permission, each Campaign Owner offering any Promotion further acknowledges and agrees that: (a) such Campaign Owner shall be solely responsible for all facets of each such Promotion; (b) such Promotion does not require any Contribution or other payment of any amount as the sole method of entry into such Promotion; and (c) the official rules for such Promotion shall include clear and conspicuous language to the effect that: (i) Indiegogo does not sponsor, endorse or administer the Promotion; (ii) each participant or entrant in the Promotion releases Indiegogo from any and all liability; and (iii) all questions concerning the Promotion must be directed to the Campaign Owner and not to Indiegogo.
If a Campaign Owner's Campaign is based in the United States and raises over $100,000 in U.S. dollars through credit card transactions, such a Campaign Owner is a "Sub-merchant" under our Merchant Services Agreement with Vantiv LLC, and hereby agrees to the terms of Vantiv's Merchant Services Agreement for Sub-merchants. Campaigner Owners that accept PayPal and Contributors th at use PayPal in connection with a Campaign acknowledge and agree to comply with PayPal’s Crowdfunding and Acceptable Use Policies. In all cases, standard credit card or other third party processing fees apply in addition to any Service Fees. We are not responsible for the performance of any third party credit card processing or third party payment services.
Each User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Indiegogo, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and their officers, directors, employees, contractors and agents from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including attorneys' fees and costs) and all amounts paid in settlement arising from or relating to use of the Services, breach of these Terms or violation of any laws. Indiegogo may assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which Users have agreed to indemnify Indiegogo and each User agrees to assist and cooperate with Indiegogo in the defense or settlement of any such matters.
Indiegogo has no fiduciary duty to any User. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT USER'S OWN RISK.
For Users in a jurisdiction that requires a specific statement regarding waiver and release then the following applies. For example, California residents must, as a condition of this Agreement, waive the applicability of California Civil Code Section 1542 for unknown claims which states: "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR." Each User hereby waives this section of the California Civil Code and any similar provision in law, regulation or code that has the same effect or intent as the foregoing release.
INDIEGOGO (INCLUDING ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUBCONTRACTORS OR LICENSORS) IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OR, IN ANY EVENT, FOR DAMAGES EXCEEDING THE LESSER OF ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00) OR THE FEES PAID TO INDIEGOGO FOR THE TRANSACTION FROM WHICH THE CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SECTION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF INDIEGOGO HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
For jurisdictions that do not allow Indiegogo to limit its liability: Notwithstanding any provision of the Terms, for Users in a jurisdiction that has provisions specific to waiver or liability that conflict with the foregoing, then Indiegogo's liability is limited to the smallest extent possible by law. Specifically, in those jurisdictions not allowed, Indiegogo does not disclaim liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence or that of any of its officers, employees or agents; or (b) fraudulent misrepresentation or intentional misconduct; or (c) any liability which it is not lawful to exclude either now or in the future.
The Terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by any User, but may be assigned by Indiegogo without restriction or consent.
Termination may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with any User Account. Users may terminate their User Account by following the instructions on the Services, but Indiegogo may retain the User Account information after termination in accordance with regulatory, accounting, and legal compliance procedures. All provisions of the Terms that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
Users agree that: (a) the Services shall be deemed solely based in California (the principal place of business and corporate headquarters of Indiegogo); and (b) the Services shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Indiegogo, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.
Each User agrees that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between such User and Indiegogo relating in any way to or arising out of this or previous versions of the Terms or your use of or access to the Services shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that such User may assert claims in small claims court, if such User claims qualify. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this agreement to arbitrate. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the provisions of the Terms as a court would. To begin an arbitration proceeding, a User must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing the claim to our registered agent, Corporation Service Company, 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 150N, Sacramento, California 95833-3502. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes. The AAA's rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA's rules. Indiegogo will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. A User may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the county where such User lives or at another mutually agreed location. Users agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, such User waive any right to a jury trial. User and Indiegogo also both agree that either may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights. If for any reason, a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, the dispute shall be exclusively brought in a court of competent jurisdiction located in the City and County of San Francisco, California. Subject to the arbitration provisions set forth above, the successful party in any dispute will be entitled to receive from the unsuccessful party all of its reasonable attorneys’ fees, cost, and disbursements.
Campaign Owners and other Users should be aware that many states impose charitable fund solicitation laws to guide direct or indirect fund solicitation activities in those states. While provisions vary state to state, these state laws typically include registration and reporting requirements. Indiegogo merely provides a technology platform to allow Campaign Owners to connect with Contributors. Users who access or use the Services do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with applicable law.
Indiegogo makes no representations, warranties or other assertions as to the potential tax deductible status of any Contribution by a Contributor to a charitable cause or to a Campaign whose purported recipient is a recognized 501(c)(3) or other tax -advantaged organization under the Internal Revenue Code. The listing of an organization via the Services does not necessarily mean that the organization has been deemed— or remains currently deemed—a charitable or tax-advantaged organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
In the event of a conflict between these the English language version of the Terms and any foreign language translation versions thereof, the English language version of the Terms shall govern and control. All disputes, claims and causes of action (and related proceedings) will be communicated in English. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Services are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the U.S.
Users agree to comply with all laws, restrictions and regulations relating to the export of products and information. For purposes of the U.S. Export Administration Act ("Export Laws"), each User states that such User is: (a) not a citizen, or otherwise located within, an embargoed nation (including without limitation the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") comprehensively embargoed countries of Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and Sudan and certain Specially Designated Nationals listed by OFAC as updated from time to time and (b) not otherwise prohibited under the Export Laws from receiving such products and information. Funds may be frozen and/or turned over to the applicable governmental enforcement agency if a Campaign is deemed to be in violation of Export Laws.
We will cooperate with law enforcement authorities as required by law. We will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in any investigation of alleged illegal activity regarding the use of the Services when requested.
Users agree Indiegogo may provide notifications to such User via email, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on our website. Users may opt out of certain means of notification or to receive certain notifications.
Consistent with our culture of open innovation, we are always pleased to hear from our user community and welcome comments or suggestions to improve the Services. However, to avoid future misunderstandings when new products, services and features developed internally by Indiegogo might be similar or even identical to a submission received by Indiegogo, the following policy applies to all third party User submissions to Indiegogo of ideas, comments, suggestions, proposals or materials: (a) all submissions shall be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary; (b) Indiegogo will have no obligation concerning the submission, contractual or otherwise (including, without limitation, confidentiality); (c) Indiegogo will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any submission; and (d) Indiegogo shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the submission for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to the third party submitting User.
These Terms are the entire agreement between each User and Indiegogo regarding its subject matter. If any provision of these Terms are deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. Indiegogo's failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
Indiegogo may alter the Terms at any time, so please review them frequently. If a material change is made, Indiegogo may notify Users in the Services, by email, by means of a notice on the Services, or other places we think appropriate. A "material change" will be determined at Indiegogo's sole discretion, in good faith, and using common sense and reasonable judgment.
If any User believes that its copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") or that any User Content infringes such User's intellectual property rights and is accessible the Services, please notify Indiegogo's Legal Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Infringement" means the unauthorized or not permitted use of copyrighted material or other intellectual property rights. For such complaint to be valid, the User (the "Complainant") must provide the following information in writing (the "Notice of Infringement"):
The above information must be submitted to the Indiegogo DMCA agent ("the DMCA Agent") by mail and email to the following addresses:
Indiegogo, Inc. Attention: DMCA agent 965 Mission Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103-2921 Telephone & Fax: 866-641-4646 Email: email@example.com
If any User (the "Respondent") believes that its material has been removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, such Respondent may file a written counter-notice (the "Counter Notice") with the DMCA Agent, including the following information within five business days from receipt of the Notice of Infringement:
Upon receipt of the Counter-Notice by the DMCA Agent, a copy of the Counter-Notice may be sent to the Complainant informing the Complainant that Indiegogo, at its discretion, may replace the removed material or cease disabling it in not less than ten, nor more than 14, business days following receipt of the Counter-Notice, unless the DMCA Agent receives written notice from the Complainant that the Complainant has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the Respondent from engaging in infringing activity relating to the unauthorized use of the material on the Service.
INDIEGOGO WILL TAKE NO ACTION UPON ANY FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION OR OTHERWISE FOLLOW THE PROCESS OUTLINED ABOVE.
In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable laws, Indiegogo has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Indiegogo's sole discretion, repeat infringers.
All subpoenas must be properly served on Indiegogo, preferably by mailing the subpoena to Corporation Service Company, our nation registered agent. Please find below the California address for Corporation Service Company:
Corporation Service Company 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 150N Sacramento, California 95833-3502 Attention: Indiegogo, Inc. - Subpoena
Indiegogo does not accept service via e-mail or fax and will not respond subpoenas delivered by email or fax.
Indiegogo, Inc. 965 Mission Street San Francisco, California 94103 firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Legal Department
January 18, 2008: We added prohibitions on false Project information in "Posting a Project," expanded and clarified the Fundraising Rules in "Project Fundraising," added the section "Funding Accounts," explained that Indiegogo is not responsible for Perks and modified the language relating to tax treatment of Contributions in "Contributing to a Project," and stated again that you must have the rights to post User Content in "User Content."
February 6, 2008: We added the following clarification to the section titled "Contributing to Projects": "You understand that making a Contribution to a Project does not give you any rights in or to that Project, including without limitation any ownership, control, or distribution rights, and that the Project Entity shall be free to solicit other funding for the Project, enter into contracts for the Project, allocate rights in or to the Project, and otherwise direct the Project in its sole discretion. You further understand that nothing in this Agreement or otherwise limits Indiegogo's right to enter into agreements or business relationships relating to Projects."
October 6, 2008: We revised the "Project Fundraising" and "Contributing to Projects" sections to state that when a Project does not meet its Campaign Goal, a contributor's options are to make the Contribution to the Project anyway, or have the Contribution returned to the Contributor's Funding Account, and to include an acknowledgment requirement for funded projects.
November 21, 2008: We revised the "Project Fundraising" and "Contributing to Projects" sections to reflect the use of a third-party payment processor to handle Contribution transactions.
May 7, 2009: We added the following clarification to "Project Fundraising" section: "Unless automated by the Processor, Project Funding will be disbursed from the Funding Account to the Project Entity's bank account according to the Project's disbursement details (set in the Funding section of the Project Profile). All necessary fund transfers will take place on the Friday immediately following the point the disbursement preference criteria are met."
August 3, 2009: We revised the "Project Fundraising" section to clarify that the funding goal did not have to be the amount of contributions the project owner is looking to raise by the service in total but rather the amount needed to cover a specific phase of the project. We also clarified that 3rd party processing fees are removed from Project Funding upon disbursement.
September 9, 2009: We revised the "Use of Our Service" section to include content creators as well as the "Project Fundraising" section to clarify a project's acknowledgement requirements if it's successful with fundraising.
April 21, 2010: We revised the "Project Fundraising" section to reflect the introduction of cash rewards for achieving campaign goals and deadlines.
May 6, 2010: We added the "You may not use the Service for activities that" statement to the "Use of Our Service" section.
March 5, 2012: We revised the "Project Fundraising" section to reflect the latest processing times for fund transfers.
July 24, 2012: We revised the "Use of Our Service" section to remove that statement that did not permit people from using our site for the sale of certain items before the seller has control or possession of the item.
March 5, 2013: Second Sentence of first paragraph under Limitation of Liability was replaced with "Indiegogo will not be held liable for any loss or damage due to failure to comply with the terms of this Agreement." to correct a scrivener's error and conform with the clear language of the immediately following paragraph.
August 7, 2014: We revised the "Prohibited Perks" section to clarify alcohol related vouchers and air transportation as Perks, and made other conforming changes.