Privacy Policy

Effective date: May 17, 2017

Who We Are and What This Policy Is

We at Greater Commons Inc., (“Greater Commons”, “Us”, “We” or “Our”) know you (“You” or “Your”) care about how Your Personal Information (“Personal Information”) is used and shared, and we take Your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our Privacy Policy. To be clear, by “Personal Information” we mean information about You that is personally identifiable, like Your name, physical address, email address, billing information (such as Your credit card number) and phone number, as well as other non-public information that is associated with this information. Together, Personal Information and other information you submit, post, upload or transmit to or through the Service are referred to as “Information”.

By using or accessing the www.GreaterCommons.com website (“Website”) or our mobile application (if available, “App”) (collectively, the “Service”) in any manner, You acknowledge that You accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy, and You hereby consent that we will collect, use, and share Your information in the following ways.

Your use of Service is at all times subject to Our Terms of Use, which incorporates this Privacy Policy.

Here’s the Info We Collect

Greater Commons collects the following types of information:

Information You Provide to Us:

If You provide us with Your account login credentials for any of your social media accounts (such as Your Facebook login info), or otherwise sign in to the Service through a third party site or service, You understand some content and/or information in those accounts (“Third Party Account Information”) may be transmitted into Your Service account - and that such Third Party Account Information is covered by this Privacy Policy.

Your Location:

To the extent You enable it within the Service – we may collect Your location information. We will not use such information for any purpose except when requested or authorized by You.

Other Information Collected from Your Use of the Service (Like “Cookies”):

Whenever You interact with the Website or App, We may automatically receive and record information on Our server logs from Your browser or device, which may include Your IP address, device identification, “cookie” information, the type of browser and/or device You’re using to access Our Service, and the page or feature You requested. “Cookies” are identifiers We transfer to Your browser or device that allow Us to recognize Your browser or device and tell Us how and when pages and features in Our Website or App are visited and by how many people. You may be able to change the preferences on Your browser or device to prevent or limit Your device’s acceptance of cookies, but this may prevent You from taking advantage of some of Our features.

Our advertising partners may also transmit cookies to Your browser or device when You click on ads that appear on the Service. Also, if You click on a link to a third party website or service, such third party may also transmit cookies to You. Again, this Privacy Policy does not cover the use of cookies by any third parties and We are not responsible for their privacy policies and practices.

We may use this data to customize content for You that we think You might like, based on Your usage patterns. We may also use it to improve the Service – for example, this data can tell us how often users use a particular feature of the Service, and we can use that knowledge to make the Service interesting to as many users as possible.

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN EUROPE: To the extent required by your local laws – we will get your express consent to do the foregoing. Use of the Services from outside the U.S., including the European Economic Area, may involve the transfer of Personal Information outside such non-U.S. territories for any of the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. Please note that laws in the U.S. may not provide the same level of protection for Personal Information as the laws of Your country of residence. If You have any questions about Our data processing or transfer practices as it relates to your Personal Information that are not answered in this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@GreaterCommons.com. Please write the following in the subject heading: “Privacy Policy Inquiry”.

Information Collected From Other Websites and Do Not Track Policy:

Through cookies we place on Your browser or device, we may collect information about Your online activity after You leave our Services. Just like any other usage information we collect, this information allows us to improve the Services and customize Your online experience – and may be used as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. Your browser may offer You a “Do Not Track” option, which allows You to signal to operators of websites and web applications and services (including behavioral advertising services) that You do not wish such operators to track certain of Your online activities over time and/or across different websites. Our Services do not support Do Not Track requests at this time, which means that we collect information about Your online activity both while You are using the Services and after You leave our Services.

Here’s How We Use Your Info

Greater Commons uses Your Information as follows:

  • To help us internally operate and maintain the Service (such as, for the purposes of fixing malfunctions, testing our security systems, etc.).
  • To enhance, improve and further develop the Service (such as, creating new features or functions, refining the user experience, increasing the technical performance of our Products, etc.).
  • We will use Your contact information to provide You with notices relating to Your use of the Service (such as account notifications and legal notices).
  • We will use Your contact information (such as, Your email address) to provide You with promotional and marketing emails. You can opt-out of receiving certain types of promotional and marketing emails – but in such case You may not receive the full benefit of the Service. Opting-out can be done by following the instructions set forth in the email (usually near the bottom).
  • To help personalize the Service experience for You (such as, remembering Your information so You will not have to enter it each time You go to the Website).
  • And for the other purposes referenced in the “Who We Share Info With” section below.

Info that Does Not Identify You.

We may anonymize the information we collect from You so that You are not individually identified, and provide that information to our partners or the public in general. For example, we may publish public reports regarding what type of Content our users prefer.

Who We Share Info With

We neither rent nor sell Your Information in personally identifiable form to anyone. We may share Your Information with some third parties – but only as described in this section:

With Your Consent:

We may share Your Information in personally identifiable form with third parties with Your consent. Any Information you elect to post or otherwise publish to the Service will be made available to the recipient, or group of recipients, you elect. For example, we may post Your Information to a Service discussion forum if requested by you. The functionality of the Website and App will make it clear when You are about to share information in this manner – and the audience it will be disclosed to. We do not control how such third parties use Your Information.

Agents:

We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share Your information with them to provide products or services to You. For example, we may use third parties to process payments, send You SMS messages (such as for Service authentication), provide marketing communications, infrastructure and IT services, provide customer service, process and administer consumer surveys, etc.

In the course of providing such services, these third party providers may have access to Your information. But, they are only authorized to use or disclose Your information in connection with providing us with their services.

Business Transfers:

We may choose to buy or sell the assets of Greater Commons, Inc. In these types of transactions, customer information is typically one of the business assets that would be transferred. Also, if we (or our assets) are acquired, or if we go out of business, enter bankruptcy, or go through some other change of control, Your information could be one of the assets transferred to or acquired by a third party.

Protection of Greater Commons and Others:

We reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any Information that we believe is necessary to comply with any law, regulation or court order; enforce or apply our Terms of Use; detect and handle payment fraud, or otherwise to protect the rights, property, or safety of Greater Commons, our employees, our users, or others.

California Residents:

UNDER CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTIONS 1798.83-1798.84, CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ARE ENTITLED TO ASK US FOR A NOTICE IDENTIFYING THE CATEGORIES OF INFORMATION WHICH WE SHARE WITH OUR AFFILIATES AND/OR THIRD PARTIES FOR MARKETING PURPOSES, AND PROVIDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SUCH AFFILIATES AND/OR THIRD PARTIES. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT AND WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE, PLEASE SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO: SUPPORT@GREATERCOMMONS.COM OR GREATER COMMONS INC. (ATTN: PRIVACY) 300 DELAWARE AVE SUITE 210-A WILMINGTON, DE 19801. You must write the following in the subject heading: “CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE COPY OF NOTICE REQUEST”.

What You can Do to Your Information.

Deleting Your account:

You can terminate Your account by emailing customer support at support@GreaterCommons.com. If by email, you must write the following in the subject heading: “Privacy Policy Inquiry”. You can also simply cancel your account through the account cancellation feature located on the Website or in the App. Subject to the “Limitations on Deletion” section below, when You request us to delete Your account for the Service, access to Your account will be disabled and Your Information may be deleted (provided that, Greater Commons may retain such Information to the extent required for legal or regulatory reasons or to defend itself against any claim, demand or action, or to the extent retained pursuant to Greater Commons’ document retention policies or it is impracticable to completely delete from Greater Commons’ networks or systems - all the foregoing, as determined by Greater Commons in its sole discretion).

Limitations on Deletion:

Even after You remove Information from Your profile or delete Your Service account, Your Information may be retained by Us on backup servers indefinitely. We keep such servers to help protect the stability and availability of the Service (such as protecting it from viruses and malfunctions).

We may also indefinitely retain and use any aggregated data derived from Your information after You update or delete it, but not in a manner that would identify You personally. For clarity, this is your information combined with the information of many other users – in a form that does not identify you personally. We may also retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested.

Laws and Regulations:

We may also retain Your Information to the extent required to comply with (or we deem it reasonable in light of) any laws or regulations.

Opting-Out of Our Emails

If You don’t want to receive email communications from us such as offers, updates and newsletters – You may simply opt-out of receiving such communications by following the instructions included in each such email (usually a link near the bottom of the email).

The Location of Your Info

While Your Information is in our possession, it will be stored at hosting facilities controlled by Google. By using the Service You are consenting to have Your Information stored, transferred and processed by Google.

The Security of Your Info

Greater Commons takes reasonable precautions to protect Your Information and to limit the risk that it will be accessed without authorization, including use of certain industry standard technologies and practices.

If we learn of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify You via email or by a posting on Your Service account page - so that You can take appropriate protective steps. By using the Service You consent to receive such notice by electronic means (provided that such consent is void where prohibited by applicable law). To receive a free written notice of a security breach, or if You have any questions about the security of the Service, please contact us at support@greatercommons.com. Please write the following in the subject heading: “Privacy Policy Inquiry”.

In addition to the security measures referenced above, Your Service account is protected by a password for Your privacy and security. You must prevent unauthorized access to Your account and Information by selecting and protecting Your password appropriately and limiting access to Your computer or device and browser by signing off after You have finished accessing Your account.

Protecting Children

We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are under 13, please do not attempt to register for the Service or send any Personal Information about Yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If You believe that a child under 13 may have provided us Personal Information, please contact us at support@GreaterCommons.com. Please write the following in the subject heading: “Privacy Policy Inquiry.”

Changes to This Policy.

This Privacy Policy was last changed on the date set forth at the top of the policy. We’re constantly trying to improve the Service, so we may need to change this Privacy Policy from time to time as well, but we will alert You to changes by placing a notice on the www.GreaterCommons.com or in Our App, by sending You an email, or providing a notification through Your Service account. In addition, We will also edit the date at the top of this policy to reflect the date of the changes. If You use the Service after any changes to the Privacy Policy have been posted, You agree to all of the changes. Unless we have your express consent to the contrary, use of information We collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected (meaning – Privacy Policy changes will not be retroactive).

Contacting Us

If You have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policies, please send us a detailed message to support@GreaterCommons.com or GREATER COMMONS INC. (ATTN: PRIVACY) 300 DELAWARE AVE SUITE 210-A WILMINGTON, DE 19801. Please write the following in the subject heading: “Privacy Policy Inquiry”.

Instructor Guidelines and Payment Terms

If you are an Instructor, these guidelines and payment terms apply to you (the “Instructor Terms”). These Instructor Terms are an agreement between you and Greater Commons and are incorporated into our Terms of Use. To the extent these Instructor Terms conflict with any other part of the Terms of Use, these Instructor Terms will control.

Instructor Eligibility

Your use of the Service as an Instructor is subject to our approval. We may grant or deny your use of the Service as an Instructor at our discretion. If you violate these Instructor Terms (or any other part of the Terms of Use), your status as an Instructor may be terminated by us (with or without notice). In addition, there are certain individuals and entities who are not eligible to be an Instructor for legal or regulatory reasons. For instance, individuals or entities who are restricted by the U.S. Government from doing business in the United States are not eligible to be an Instructor. If you are restricted in any such manner you will not attempt to register as an Instructor.

Independent Contractor

As an Instructor, you are an independent contractor. You are not an employee, agent, representative or partner of Greater Commons. You are solely responsible for all taxes, withholdings, and other statutory or contractual obligations of any sort, including, but not limited to, Workers’ Compensation Insurance. You represent and warrant that neither the Terms of Use, nor your participation in the Service or your activities in connection herewith, will conflict with, or violate any obligation You may have to or the right(s) of, any third party.

Course Guidelines

All courses (also as defined in the Terms of Use as “Content”) you submit to the Service are subject to our review and approval. Approval is in our sole discretion. You acknowledge and agree that all Content you submit to the Service is also subject to the “Instructor Content” and “Content Restrictions” sections of the Term of Use.

In addition, your Content must comply with the following requirements:

  • At least 60% of your course must be video lectures.
  • Videos:
    • file format: mp4
    • length: 20 minutes or less
      • recommended lecture length: 6 minutes
      • if you need videos over 20 minutes in length, contact us and we will consider enabling this on your account
    • resolution: 1280 x 720p or greater
    • aspect ratio: 16:9
    • file naming convention: optional
      • we prefer video files to be numbered sequentially. For instance:
        • 001-welcome.mp4
        • 002-getting-started.mp4
        • 003-more-info.mp4
        • etc.
  • Video production:
    • clear sound
    • good lighting
    • stable, not shaking
    • good editing
      • while looking at a video on a mobile phone, Students should be able to read any text you are presenting to them on the screen
  • Video export settings
    • 1280 x 720p
      • video compression: H.264 or MPEG-4
      • Data Rate / Bit Rate: 3000 kbps
      • Aspect ratio 16:9
      • Resolution: 1280x720
      • Frames per second (fps): 29.97 fps or 30 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p
      • video compression: H.264 or MPEG-4
      • Data Rate / Bit Rate: 3000 - 5000 kbps
      • Aspect ratio 16:9
      • Resolution: 1920x1080
      • Frames per second (fps): 29.97 fps or 30 fps

Determination as to whether the foregoing course guidelines are satisfied shall be in Greater Commons’ sole discretion.

If you have any questions about the foregoing requirements, please contact us at teaching@greatercommons.com.

Course Removal

Greater Commons reserves the right to remove any of your Content, in our sole discretion, at any time, with or without notice.

Becoming a Great Instructor

We offer a course for all current and potential Instructors on how to effectively teach courses online. We strongly encourage you to take this course. By offering better classes, you will have more satisfied Students. By having more satisfied Students, you will likely have higher reviews. By having higher reviews, more Students will be encouraged to enroll in your courses. By having more Students enroll in your courses, you may be able to generate more income for yourself while also having a greater impact upon the lives of others around the world. We strongly encourage you to take our course on how to effectively teach online.

Instructor Guidelines

To help you become a great Instructor - and to provide Students with the best experience possible - Greater Commons requires all Instructors to use their best efforts to achieve the following:

  1. Care for your Students.
  2. Motivate and inspire your Students.
  3. Be passionate about what you teach.
  4. Be a coach and champion for your Students.
  5. Be professional in your communication with Students.
  6. Strive to create courses of the highest caliber and greatest quality.
  7. Monitor your courses frequently and respond quickly to Student questions.
  8. Always respond to Students with encouragement. Never demean or insult Students.
  9. Build course that teach through video lectures.
  10. Strive to keep the length of your course videos under eight minutes.
  11. Build courses which show the Instructor in most of the videos, most of the time.
  12. Minimize the Instructor to a smaller picture-in-picture when something else is being shown on the larger part of the screen. Humans learn through visual communication. Seeing the Instructor is important to learning and Student success.
  13. Avoid creating a course where you are never seen and you are only using your voice to talk over what is shown on the screen.
  14. Some things to avoid:
    1. Do not share sensitive personal information about yourself such as your physical address.
    2. Do not solicit sensitive personal information from Students other than their email address.
    3. Do not contact Students using a method not built into our Website.
    4. Do not use the Service (such as, in a course) to promote materials which are for sale on a site other than our Website.
    5. Do not use the intellectual property of others without explicit written permission.
      1. You are responsible for not violating the intellectual property rights of others. If you use the intellectual property of others without permission, you are responsible and will be held liable for any ramifications. Greater Commons is not responsible for your infringements upon the rights of others. If you infringe upon the intellectual property of others, your course will immediately be suspended until the situation is resolved.
    6. Do not use any material in your course which requires the payment of a fee or license by Greater Commons.
    7. Do not post advertisements, promotional material, spam, viruses, malware, copyrighted material, pornographic material, or illegal material.
    8. Do not post material the sharing of which is restricted by your relevant legal jurisdictions.
    9. Do not impersonate another person.
    10. Do not use our Website for any purpose other than teaching and tutoring Students.
  15. Instructors under 18 years old must co-teach the course with their legal guardian. The legal guardian will be the individual to receive compensation for the course.
  16. You are responsible for maintaining accurate account information.
  17. You are responsible for creating all material for your course.

Compensation

You will be compensated for your Content that is sold on the Website. To help sell your Content, we may ask you to participate in our “course marketing program.” Your compensation is determined by these four rules, not all of which are applicable in every situation:

  1. If you are not participating in our “course marketing program”, your compensation will be fifty percent (50%) of the sale’s price of your course. If your course is sold for $20, you will receive $10.
  2. If you are participating in our “course marketing program”, we will total the revenue generated by your course over the month, subtract the expenses incurred in the marketing of that course, and then give you 50% of that. For example, if your course generates $24,000 in revenue over a month, but incurred $9,000 in marketing costs, you will receive (24,000 - 9,000)*.5 = (15,000)*.5 = $7,500.
  3. You will not receive any percentage of money collected for taxes when money for taxes or other government fees are collected.
  4. If your course is being sold in a market that uses a currency other than U.S. Dollars (USD), we will total the revenue generated by the sales of your course over the month in this market, convert the revenue to USD, subtract any foreign transaction fees, subtract any applicable expenses incurred in the marketing of the course, and then give you 50% of that. For example, if your course generates $24,000 in revenue over a month in India, and it costs 3.00% to convert Indian currency to USD, and your course incurred $9,000 in marketing costs, you will receive ((24,000 - (24,000*.03) - 9,000)*.5 = ((24,000 - (720) - 9,000)*.5 = (14,280)*.5 = $7,140.

Fractional Amounts

In some situations, a fractional amount of money might be calculated for your compensation. For instance, your compensation might calculate to $2,200.407. In such situations, we will round the amount down to the smallest practical unit in the currency used. Given the example of $2,200.407, we would round this amount to $2,200.40.

Refunds

You will not receive compensation on the sale of a course that has then been refunded. You acknowledge refunds may be initiated by us at our sole discretion.

Receiving Payment

We will send your payment within sixty (60) days of the last day of the month. Your payment will be sent to the bank account you have provided. We are not responsible for sending money to the wrong person because you provided us (or Our payment processor) with the wrong information. If your money is sent to the wrong person because of your error, and if that money is lost, then you have lost that money.

Errors in Payment

If there is an error in payment, you have one (1) year from the date of the error to bring this to our attention. If you do not bring this to our attention within such period, you forfeit any claims which you might have otherwise received.

Taxes

You are responsible for any taxes you might incur by earning income from our site. It is your responsibility to determine what those taxes might be and how to pay them. You are also responsible for collecting, accounting for, and paying any and all applicable sales taxes. It is your responsibility to seek the advice of a tax professional. We are not tax professionals and cannot give you tax advice.

No Income Guarantees

Greater Commons makes no guarantees as to the income you may generate via the Service.

Course Rankings

We make no guarantees as to the order in which courses are ranked. It is our desire to provide the best courses to Students. Create great courses and your courses will be more likely to be ranked higher. Learn to create great courses by taking our course on how to effectively teach online.

Our Right to Change Course Price

We reserve the right to change the pricing of a course at any time, for any reason, for any customers. For instance, we might run a marketing campaign that offers individuals the chance to purchase any course over the holidays for twenty percent (20%) off. On every sale of a course, the Instructor will be paid based upon the price at which the course is sold. If a course is discounted, then the Instructor will be paid based upon the discounted amount.

Course Material Ownership

The Instructor owns all material not created on our Website and that does not otherwise use any of the Service features for the purposes of creation. For example, if an Instructor creates a video at home – the Instructor owns such video. Such content that you own is licensed to us as set forth in the “Instructor Content” section of our Terms of Use.

If an Instructor creates material on our Website or otherwise uses any of the Service features for the purposes of creation – Greater Commons shall own all right, title and interests therein and thereto. For example, if an Instructor creates a quiz on our website, then the Instructor does not own that quiz. Another example: if an Instructor answers a Student’s question on our site, the Instructor does not own the answer to that Student’s question. Instructor shall and hereby does make all assignments to Greater Commons necessary to achieve such ownership. Instructor will fully comply with all Greater Commons requests with respect to evidencing, perfecting, maintaining and enforcing such rights.

Loss of Content

Greater Commons is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage caused to any course content by Greater Commons or our systems or networks. You are responsible for maintaining back-up copies of your course content.

Data Ownership

All data related to Students, courses, and our website is owned by Greater Commons. We determine what data is shared, and what data is not shared. We also determine what is acceptable use, and unacceptable use, of such data. Instructors do not own Students. Instructors do not own Student data. Instructors do not own any course data (such as, the success rate of Students who pass quizzes, the number of Students who register for a course, etc.). Also, an Instructor can request to have all of the emails of all of the Students in a course for which the Instructor is the teacher, but we will always deny that request.

Personal Information

By using the Service as an Instructor, you are granting us the right to use your name, your image, your voice, and any other information about you or your course for commercial and noncommercial purposes - such as, in our marketing materials (online or offline). You grant us permission to share information and data about you and your course with other individuals and corporations.

Refund Policy

At Greater Commons we want you to be fully satisfied with your course purchases. Therefore, we offer a fourteen (14) day money-back guarantee on all course purchases (except for bitcoin purchases) made on our website (www.GreaterCommons.com).

You may request a refund for any reason. Maybe your computer was not able to play video lectures. Maybe you bought a course by mistake. Maybe you watched the course for an hour and didn't like it. You may request a refund for any reason.

To request a refund you must do so through your account on Greater Commons. The request must be made within fourteen (14) days of purchase and the applicable course must not have been watched for more than two hours (in the aggregate).

You will be issued a full refund of your purchase within a week of our approval. You will receive the refund through the same payment method you used to make the purchase. If, for any reason, Greater Commons is unable to issue a refund via your initial payment method,, Greater Commons will determine the refund method which may include a credit to your Greater Commons account (credits will not be paid out at any time, including upon termination of this Agreement).

Even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look. Any such refunds are in our sole discretion.

We may deny you a refund, and/or suspend or terminate your Greater Commons account, if we believe (in our sole discretion) that you are abusing this refund policy or our Terms of Use.

As an instructor, you acknowledge that courses you sell via the Greater Commons service are subject to this refund policy.

Contact Us

Users with accounts can contacts us directly from this page as a convenience.

Please create an account or login if you want to use this feature.

Terms of Use

Last Updated: May 17, 2017

Terms of Use

This is who we are and some general legal stuff about being bound by the terms below.

The following terms and conditions (the “Agreement”) govern all use of the “Greater Commons” website located at www.GreaterCommons.com (“Website”) and our mobile application (if available, “App”) (collectively, the “Service”). The Service is provided to you by Greater Commons Inc., (“Greater Commons”, “Us”, “We, or “Our”). The Service is subject to your (“You” or “Your”) acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein. By using the Service – You agree to these terms and conditions. This Agreement includes any policies we post on the Website or in the App (such as our Refund Policy, Instructor Guidelines and Payment Terms and Privacy Policy. Special features provided by Greater Commons may be subject to different or additional terms or conditions. To the extent they conflict with this Agreement, such different or additional terms and conditions will control.

Greater Commons reserves the right to modify or replace any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement at any time. You will be notified of such changes by email, account notification, or a notice posted on the Website or in the App. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes.

You hereby certify to Greater Commons that You are at least 16 years of age. In jurisdictions where 16 is not the age of consent to contract, You represent and warrant that You have all necessary authorizations and permissions from an appropriate legal guardian. You also certify that You are otherwise legally permitted to use the Service.

This is how we resolve disputes (but hopefully there will never be any!).

IMPORTANT: BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS YOU AGREE TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH GREATER COMMONS THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION INSTEAD OF COURT (WITH SOME LIMITED EXCEPTIONS) AND YOU WAIVE THE RIGHTS TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTION SUITS, AS DETAILED BELOW.

Scope

This is what Greater Commons is. Hint, its awesome.

The Service is a venue where individuals ("Students") can access the educational content (“Content”) created by instructors ("Instructors"). The Content spans a variety of subject areas to help cater to the diverse interests of the Students who use the Service. This Agreement governs general use of the Service by both Students and Instructors. To the extent special terms apply to Students and not Instructors (or vice versa) – it will be expressly noted below.

Restrictions

This is stuff You shouldn’t do!

You shall not, nor permit anyone else to, directly or indirectly: (i) reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise attempt to discover the source code or underlying algorithms of all or any part of the Service (except that this restriction shall not apply to the limited extent restrictions on reverse engineering are prohibited by applicable law); (ii) modify or create derivatives of any part of the Service; (iii) rent, lease, or use the Service for any commercial purpose (except Instructors, as permitted by this Agreement); (iv) remove or obscure any proprietary notices on or in the Service; (v) use the Service for any unlawful purpose; (vi) access any Greater Commons product or service not explicitly permitted by these terms; (vii) send unwanted messages or emails (i.e.,“spam”) through the Service; (viii) send any harassing, defamatory or illegal content through the Service (or any content that otherwise infringes or violates the rights of any third party); (ix) use domain names or web URLs in Your username without Our prior written consent; (x) interfere or disrupt the Service in any way; or (xi) access the Service via any automated means including without limitation scripts, bots, spiders, crawlers, or scrapers (except for search engines such as Google). As between the parties, Greater Commons shall own all title, ownership rights, and intellectual property rights in and to the Service, and any copies or portions thereof.

You represent and warrant that You are not located in a country subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country, and that You are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.

Information You Submit to Us

Please give Us correct info and keep it up-to-date.

In the event You submit any information to the Service (such as during the registration process or entry of Your credit card payment details), You represent and warrant that You have full right and authority to do so, will not violate any laws or regulations or third party rights, and that such information is complete and accurate at all times. You must not share Your Service log-in details with anyone.

General Content

You can use content on Service only for purposes of using the Service for the purpose for which it is provided.

You agree that the Service contains information and other content specifically provided by Greater Commons or its partners and that such content is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by Greater Commons in writing, You shall not sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from such content. Reproducing, copying or distributing any such content, including any materials or design elements on the Service, for any other purpose is strictly prohibited without the express prior written permission of Greater Commons.

Instructor Content

Our Instructors post great content. Here are the terms that apply.

If You are an Instructor the following applies:

All Content You submit to the Service must comply with our Instructor Guidelines and Payment Terms.

You hereby grant Greater Commons a non-exclusive right and license during the term of this Agreement, and the seven (7) month period set forth below, to copy, reproduce, modify (for any reason – such as shortening the Content), translate, display, perform, sell, offer for sale and distribute (including through its distribution channels) the Content you post, upload or transmit via the Service (and sublicense such rights to its distribution channel partners). Greater Commons will pay you for the foregoing as set forth in the Instructor Guidelines and Payment Terms.

In addition, You hereby grant Greater Commons permission to, during the term of this Agreement and the seven (7) month period set forth below, use Your name, likeness, image or voice in connection with offering, delivering, marketing, promoting, demonstrating, and selling the Service and Content (for example in marketing materials, Internet advertisements, etc.) and waive any and all rights of privacy, publicity, or any other rights of a similar nature in connection therewith, to the extent permissible under applicable law. Greater Commons shall owe you no fees for the foregoing.

In the event this Agreement terminates, the foregoing rights and licenses will survive for a period of seven (7) months – at which time Greater Commons will cease use of Your name, likeness, image or voice for the above purposes – and may delete Your Content (provided that, it may retain such Content to the extent required for legal or regulatory reasons or to defend itself against any claim, demand or action, or to the extent retained pursuant to Greater Commons’ document retention policies or it is impracticable to completely delete from Greater Commons’ networks or systems - all the foregoing, as determined by Greater Commons in its sole discretion).

If You are a Student the following applies:

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, the payment to Greater Commons of any associated fees), You have the limited, non-exclusive right to view the Content on the Website or in the App solely for Your own non-commercial, educational purpose. With respect to any particular content, unless your access is terminated or suspended by Greater Commons pursuant to this Agreement, you will have access to such content for so long as it is published and generally accessible to other Students.

You will not allow any third party access to the Content. In addition, You will not, and will not allow any third party to: modify, create derivatives of, copy, reproduce, alter, redistribute or otherwise use the Content except as expressly set forth in this paragraph or as expressly posted on the Website or in the App by Greater Commons. You may only download the Content to the extent the Service contains such functionality for the applicable Content. Upon termination of Your Service account – the foregoing right to access and view the Content will terminate. Content is licensed – not sold – to You. This license is solely between You and Greater Commons. No license is granted by any Instructor to You in connection with the Service.

User Submissions

If a You post content other than course Content – here is what happens.

The following applies to content posted, uploaded or streamed to the Service by Students or Instructors – other than the Content. Anything You post, upload, transmit, share, store, or otherwise provide through the Service (other than the Content) is Your “User Submission”. For example, You may submit a question to an Instructor, answer a question, or post a comment in a discussion forum. Some User Submissions are viewable by other users. In order to display Your User Submissions on the Services, and to allow other users to enjoy them (where applicable), You grant us certain rights in those User Submissions. Please note that all of the following licenses are subject to our Privacy Policy to the extent they relate to User Submissions that are also Your personally identifiable information.

For all User Submissions, You hereby grant Greater Commons a license to translate, modify (for technical purposes, for example making sure Your content is viewable on an iPhone as well as a computer) and reproduce and otherwise act with respect to such User Submissions, in each case to enable us to operate the Services, as described in more detail below. This is a license only – Your ownership in User Submissions is not affected.

If You store a User Submission in Your own personal Greater Commons account in a manner that is not viewable by any other user except You (a “Personal User Submission”), You grant Greater Commons the license above, as well as a license to display, perform, and distribute such Personal User Submission for the purpose of making that Personal User Submission accessible to You and providing the Services necessary to do so.

If You share a User Submission only in a manner that only certain specified users can view (for example, a private message to a few other users) (a “Limited Audience User Submission”), then You grant Greater Commons the licenses above, as well as a license to display, perform, and distribute Your Limited Audience User Submission for the purpose of making that Limited Audience User Submission accessible to such other specified users, and providing the services necessary to do so. Also, You grant such other specified users a license to access that Limited Audience User Submission, and to use and exercise all rights in it, as permitted by the functionality of the Services.

If You share a User Submission publicly on the Services (like a Content discussion forum) and/or in a manner that more than just You or certain specified users can view, or if You provide Us (in a direct email or otherwise) with any feedback, suggestions, improvements, enhancements, and/or feature requests relating to the Services (each of the foregoing, a “Public User Submission”), then You grant Greater Commons the licenses above, as well as a license to display, perform, and distribute Your Public User Submission for the purpose of making that Public User Submission accessible to all Greater Commons users and providing the services necessary to do so, as well as all other rights necessary to use and exercise all rights in that Public User Submission in connection with the Services and/or otherwise in connection with Greater Commons’ business for any purpose. Also, You grant all other users of the Services a license to access that Public User Submission, and to use and exercise all rights in it, as permitted by the functionality of the Services.

You agree that all of the licenses You grant are royalty-free, perpetual, sublicenseable, irrevocable, and worldwide, provided that when You delete Your Greater Commons account, we will stop displaying Your User Submissions (other than Public User Submissions, which may remain fully available) to other users (if applicable), but You understand and agree that it may not be possible to completely delete that content from Greater Commons’ records, and that Your User Submissions may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent that they were copied or stored by other users.

Finally, You understand and agree that Greater Commons, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Service to Our users (including You), may need to make changes to Your User Submissions to conform and adapt those User Submissions to the technical requirements of connection networks, devices, services, or media, and the foregoing licenses include the rights to do so.

Content Restrictions

Just post interesting things and behave!

You represent, warrant, and agree that You will not contribute any User Submission (or Content in the case of Instructors) or otherwise use the Service or interact with the Service in a manner that:

  1. Infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or any other rights of anyone else (including Greater Commons);
  2. Violates any law or regulation, including any applicable export control laws;
  3. Is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, harassing, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise objectionable;
  4. Jeopardizes the security of Your Greater Commons account or anyone else’s (such as allowing someone else to log in to the Services as You);
  5. Attempts, in any manner, to obtain the password, account, or other security information from any other user;
  6. Violates the security of any computer network, or cracks any passwords or security encryption codes;
  7. Runs Maillist, Listserv, any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Service, or any processes that run or are activated while You are not logged into the Services, or that otherwise interfere with the proper working of the Services (including by placing an unreasonable load on the Service’s infrastructure);
  8. “Crawls,” (except for search engines such as, Google) “scrapes,” or “spiders” any page, data, or portion of or relating to the Service, Content or User Submissions (through use of manual or automated means);
  9. Except to the extent downloads are allowed in this Agreement, copies or stores any significant portion of the Content or User Submissions;
  10. Decompiles, reverse engineers, or otherwise attempts to obtain the source code or underlying ideas or information of or relating to the Service.

A violation of any of the foregoing is grounds for termination of Your right to use or access the Service.

Student Fees

Our content is great. Our fees are reasonable.

Students may be able to access Content on a pay-per-course basis. You shall pay all applicable fees associated with a course You purchase, as described on the Website and/or in the App (such as on the course’s page). You hereby authorize Greater Commons and its third party payment processor to charge Your payment for the applicable course purchase. All payments are non-refundable except as set forth in our Refund Policy and the “Termination” section below. You will ensure that Your payment details (such as Your credit card number) are accurate and up-to-date at all times. Other products and services available through the App or Website may have other associated fees. To the extent You purchase Content and other products or services – You hereby authorize Greater Commons and its Third Party Provider (for payments) to charge Your credit card for such payment(s).

You agree that You alone are responsible for any data charges You incur through Your use of the Service.

For information on refunds – please refer to our Refund Policy.

Warranty Disclaimer

We disclaim all legal warranties with respect to the Service.

THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. GREATER COMMONS AND ITS LICENSORS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES, BUGS, DEFECTS OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR (II) THE RESULTS OF USING THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS. GREATER COMMONS MAKES NO WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY CONTENT POSTED TO OR TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SERVICE BY ANY USERS. IN ADDITION, GREATER COMMONS AND ITS THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS AND LICENSORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY MOBILE CARRIERS.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NO WARRANTIES ARE MADE BY GREATER COMMONS WITH RESPECT TO ANY USER SUBMISSIONS OR STUDENTS OR INSTRUCTORS OR THEIR CONTENT. YOU (I) ACCESS AND USE SUCH USER SUBMISSIONS AND CONTENT AT YOUR OWN RISK AND (II) ENGAGE SUCH INSTRUCTORS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

GREATER COMMONS MAKES NO WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF ANY CONTENT OR THE BENEFITS YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM ANY USER SUBMISSIONS OR CONTENT.

THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS WILL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Limitation of Liability

Our legal liability is limited in a number ways.

GREATER COMMONS AND ITS THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS AND LICENSORS, AND ITS AND THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO ANY INSTRUCTOR ACTS, OMISSIONS OR CONTENT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IN CONNECTION WITH ANY DEFICIENCY IN EDUCATIONAL QUALITY OF ANY SUCH CONTENT).

IN ADDITION, IN NO EVENT SHALL GREATER COMMONS, OR ITS THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS, OR ITS OR THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE, CONTENT, USER SUBMISSIONS, INSTRUCTORS OR ANY OTHER SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT, FOR ANY: (I) ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE, (II) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, DEFECTS OR THE LIKE (REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGINATION), (III) THE LOSS OF ANY DATA OR OTHER TECHNICAL ISSUES, OR DAMAGES TO YOUR PHONE, MOBILE DEVICE OR OTHER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE THAT IS CAUSED BY THE SERVICE OR ANY OF GREATER COMMONS’ SYSTEMS, APPLICATIONS, CODE, PROCESSES OR METHODS, (IV) ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LANDLINE AND MOBILE CARRIERS, (V) ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY MATTERS BEYOND GREATER COMMONS’ REASONABLE CONTROL (SUCH AS ACTS OF GOD OR TELECOMMUNICATION FAILURES), (VI) ANY CONTENT OR USER SUBMISSIONS OR (VII) ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) THE AMOUNTS YOU HAVE PAID TO GREATER COMMONS IN THE THREE (3) MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE DATE THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUED (OR, IF NO AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN PAID, SUCH CAP WILL BE US$50.00).

THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Indemnity

You need to protect us in case Your use of Greater Commons causes harm.

You shall indemnify and hold harmless Greater Commons, its affiliates, its partners, and each of its, and its affiliates, and its partners, employees, contractors, directors, suppliers and representatives from all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, that arise from or in connection with (i) Your breach of this Agreement, (ii) Your negligence, willful misconduct or violation of any laws or regulations or third party rights, (iii) any infringement or other violation of any third party rights by any of Your Content or User Submissions (as applicable). Greater Commons reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You, in which event You will fully assist and cooperate with Greater Commons in asserting any available defenses.

Termination

You can terminate at any time and so can we.

If You want to terminate this Agreement – You must cancel Your Service account. You can cancel Your Greater Commons account by using the account cancellation features available on the Website or in the App. Greater Commons may terminate or suspend Your access to the Service at any time, with or without cause. Upon termination, You will no longer access (or attempt to access) the Service (and, for clarity, You will no longer have the right to access any Content).

Greater Commons may terminate this Agreement – or suspend Your access to the Service – at any time with or without notice.

If You terminate this Agreement, or Greater Commons terminates for Your breach of this Agreement, You will not be refunded any of the amounts You have paid Greater Commons. Such amounts will be forfeited.

If Greater Commons terminates for any reason other than Your breach of this Agreement, We will refund to You a pro-rata portion of the fees You have paid Greater Commons for the then-current Content.

In the event of any termination of this Agreement, You are responsible for payment of all Service charges up through the date of termination.

All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, all warranty disclaimers, limitations of liability and dispute resolution provisions. In addition, all fees owed to an Instructor on the termination date will be paid within 60 days from such date; provided that, all such fees will be forfeited by the Instructor if this Agreement is terminated by Greater Commons for such Instructor’s breach.

Privacy

We take privacy seriously so please check out our Privacy Policy!

Greater Commons takes the privacy of its users very seriously. We strongly urge You to review our Privacy Policy. The policy is located on the Website. We have endeavored to make our policy very straightforward and clear. That said, if You have any questions about how We treat Your personally identifiable information, please email us at the email provided in the policy.

Apple Device Terms

If You are using Greater Commons on an Apple device (like an iPhone) – these terms apply.

In the event You are using the App in connection with a device provided by Apple, Inc. (“Apple”), the following shall apply:

Both You and Greater Commons’ acknowledge that this Agreement is concluded between You and Greater Commons’ only, and not with Apple, and that Apple is not responsible for the App or any content available thru the App;

You will only use the App in connection with an Apple device that You own or control;

You acknowledge and agree that Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the App;

In the event of any failure of the App to conform to any applicable warranty, including those implied by law, You may notify Apple of such failure; upon notification, Apple’s sole warranty obligation to You will be to refund to You the purchase price, if any, of the App;

You acknowledge and agree that Greater Commons, and not Apple, is responsible for addressing any claims You or any third party may have in relation to the App;

You acknowledge and agree that, in the event of any third party claim that the App or Your possession and use of the App infringes that third party’s intellectual property rights, Greater Commons, and not Apple, will be responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such infringement claim;

You represent and warrant that You are not located in a country subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country, and that You are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties;

Both You and Greater Commons acknowledge and agree that, in Your use of the App, You will comply with any applicable third party terms of agreement, which may affect or be affected by such use; and

Both You and Greater Commons acknowledge and agree that Apple and Apple’s subsidiaries are third party beneficiaries of this Agreement, and that upon Your acceptance of this Agreement, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce this Agreement against You as the third party beneficiary hereof.

Disputes with Users

We are not involved in any disputes You may have with other users.

If there is a dispute between You and any other Service user(s) (Students, Instructors, etc.), You agree that Greater Commons is under no obligation to become involved. In the event that You have a dispute with one or more other users, You release Greater Commons, its officers, employees, agents, and successors from claims, demands, and damages of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or our Services. If You are a California resident, You shall and hereby do waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: "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.”

Dispute Resolution

If a dispute ever arises between us and You (which hopefully will never ever be the case!), here is how it will be dealt with. We prefer arbitration over court, but provide You with an option to opt-out of it.

Let's Try to Work It Out. Ideally, if You have any concerns or complaints against Greater Commons, We would like to resolve the issue without resorting to formal court or arbitration proceedings. Therefore, before filing a claim against Greater Commons, You agree to try to resolve the dispute informally by contacting support@GreaterCommons.com. Greater Commons will attempt to resolve the dispute informally (and will contact You via email). If a dispute is not resolved within 15 days of submission, You may bring a formal proceeding.

Arbitration. Any disputes that are not settled informally shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”). The arbitrator shall be selected by joint agreement between You and Greater Commons. In the event the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within thirty (30) days of the initiating party providing the other party with written notice that it plans to seek arbitration, the parties shall each select an arbitrator affiliated with JAMS, which arbitrators shall jointly select a third such arbitrator to resolve the dispute. The written decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties and enforceable in any court. The arbitration proceeding shall take place in San Francisco, California using the English language. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring claims for equitable or injunctive relief before a court (see the “General” section below) at any time.

Opt-out of Agreement to Arbitrate. You can decline this agreement to arbitrate by notifying Greater Commons in writing within 30 days of the date that You first become bound by this Agreement. Your opt-out request must be sent to:

Greater Commons, Inc. (ATTN: Arbitration Opt- out)
300 Delaware Ave Suite 210-A
Wilmington, DE 19801

You must include Your name and residence address, the email address You use for Your Service account, and a clear statement that You want to opt-out of this arbitration agreement.

No Class Actions. You may only resolve disputes with Greater Commons on an individual basis, and may not bring a claim as a plaintiff or a class member in a class, consolidated, or representative action. Class arbitrations, class actions, private attorney general actions, and consolidation with other arbitrations are not allowed. This paragraph will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

Going to Court. Subject to the arbitration provision above, You agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be in the state and Federal courts located in San Francisco, California. You hereby submit to such jurisdiction and venue.

Customer Feedback

We love to get our users feedback regarding the Service.

Greater Commons encourages Our users to submit comments, suggestions, error reports, or support inquiries to Greater Commons using the feedback function of the App or using the Website (“Feedback”). If You provide Greater Commons with any Feedback You shall and hereby do grant Greater Commons an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, fully paid-up, royalty free, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, distribute, develop and otherwise exploit, for any purposes, all right, title and interest in and to such Feedback.

General

These are the rest of our terms. Stuff dealing with how this Agreement should be read, what laws apply, etc.

The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder. Greater Commons shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond Greater Commons’ reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation (including “line-noise” interference) – and as noted above, Greater Commons is not liable for the acts or omissions of Your landline or mobile carrier. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and be enforceable. This Agreement is not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by You except with Greater Commons’ prior written consent. Greater Commons may transfer, assign or delegate this Agreement and its rights and obligations without consent. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of California, as if made within California between two residents thereof. Both parties agree that this Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, and that all modifications must be in a writing and signed by both parties, except as otherwise provided herein. All such notices to Greater Commons must be sent to: Greater Commons, Inc. (ATTN: Legal) 300 Delaware Ave Suite 210-A Wilmington, DE 19801. All such notices to You may be sent to the email address or physical address You provide during the Service registration process (and You will immediately update such information in Your Service account settings it changes). No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement.