User Terms of Service

Last Modified: January 1, 2013

These Terms of Service ("Terms") govern your access to and use of the services and SONO's websites and iOS applications (the "SONO Service"). Your access to and use of the SONO Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. By accessing or using the SONO Service you agree to be bound by these Terms.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AND YOU PROVIDE CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO REGISTER WITH THE WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE IN RESPECT OF SUCH CHILD’S USE OF THE WEBSITE.



1 Eligibility; Accounts

  1. The Website IS not available to (A) any Users previously suspended or removed from the Website by SONO OR (B) ANY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 13 WHOSE REGISTRATION HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY A LEGAL PARENT OR GUARDIAN. By clicking the “I Agree” button or by otherwise using or registering an account for the Website, You represent that You have not been previously suspended or removed from the Website by SONO and that You are either (i) at least 13 years of age or (ii) Your parent and/or guardian has consented to Your use of the Website.


2 Account

  1. In order to use certain features of the Website, you must register for an account. You may be asked to provide a password in connection with your account. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You agree that the information You provide to SONO, whether on registration or at any other time, will be true, accurate, current, and complete. You also agree that You will ensure that this information is kept accurate and up-to-date at all times. If You have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (e.g., in the event of a loss, theft or unauthorized disclosure or use of your account ID, password, or any credit, debit or charge card number, if applicable), then You agree to immediately notify SONO. You may be liable for the losses incurred by SONO or others due to any unauthorized use of your SONO account.


3 Authentication Service

  1. SONO may permit You to register for the Website through certain third party social networking services, such as Facebook Connect and Google (“Authentication Service”). By registering for the Website using an Authentication Service, you agree that SONO may access your account information from the Authentication Service and you agree to any and all terms of use of the Authentication Service regarding your use of the Website via the Authentication Service. You agree that any Authentication Service is a Reference Site and you are solely responsible for your interactions with the Authentication Service as a result of accessing the Website through the Authentication Service.


4 Privacy

  1. Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our Privacy Policy to make important disclosures about how you can use SONO to share with others and how we collect and can use your content and information. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy, and to use it to help you make informed decisions.


5 General Use of the Service—Permissions and Restrictions

  1. SONO hereby grants you permission to access and use the Service as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:
    1. You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Service or the Content without SONO's prior written authorization, unless SONO makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service.
    2. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service.
    3. You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the pages of the Service itself, the Content Viewer, or other explicitly authorized means SONO may designate.
    4. You agree not to use the Service for any of the following commercial uses unless you obtain SONO's prior written approval:
      1. the sale of access to the Service;
      2. the sale of advertising, sponsorships, or promotions placed on or within the
        Service or Content; or
      3. the sale of advertising, sponsorships, or promotions on any page of an ad-enabled blog or website containing Content delivered via the Service, unless other material not obtained from SONO appears on the same page and is of sufficient value to be the basis for such sales.
  2. Prohibited commercial uses do not include:
    1. uploading an original document to SONO, or maintaining an original marketplace on SONO, to promote your business or artistic enterprise;
    2. any use that SONO expressly authorizes in writing.
  3. If you use the SONO Bookmarklet or Uploader, you agree that it may automatically download and install updates from time to time from SONO. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Bookmarklet or Uploader and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit SONO to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the Bookmarklet or Uploader.
  4. You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, "robots," "spiders," or "offline readers," that accesses the Service in a manner that sends more request messages to the SONO servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional on-line web browser. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SONO grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the site for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. SONO reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Service (e.g., comments, email) for any commercial solicitation purposes. You agree not to solicit, for commercial purposes, any users of the Service with respect to their Content.
  5. In your use of the Service, you will comply with all applicable laws.
  6. SONO reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time.


6 Your Use of Content

  1. In addition to the general restrictions above, the following restrictions and conditions apply specifically to your use of Content.
    1. The Content on the Service, and the trademarks, service marks and logos ("Marks") on the Service, are owned by or licensed to SONO, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law.
    2. Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by SONO on the Service for that Content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of SONO or the respective licensors of the Content. SONO and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.
    3. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Service or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Service or the Content therein.
  2. The Content on the Service, and the trademarks, service marks and logos ("Marks") on the Service, are owned by or licensed to SONO, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law.


7 Your Content and Conduct

  1. As a SONO account holder you may submit Content to the Service, including user comments. You understand that SONO does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Content you submit.
  2. You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on the Service. You affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish Content you submit; and you license to SONO all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to such Content for publication on the Service pursuant to these Terms of Service.
  3. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. However, by submitting Content to SONO, you hereby grant SONO a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and SONO's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in any Content you submit to the Service terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your content from the Service. You understand and agree, however, that SONO may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of your content that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in user comments you submit are perpetual and irrevocable.
  4. You further agree that Content you submit to the Service will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant SONO all of the license rights granted herein.


8 Access to Your User Content

  1. SONO permits Users to share their User Content with a select group of other Users, or make their User Content public for all (even non-Website users) to view. You acknowledge and agree that although SONO may provide certain features intended to allow you to restrict some User Content you create from others, SONO does not guarantee that such User Content will never be accessible by others. In the event of unauthorized access, SONO will use reasonable efforts to notify you pursuant to Section 21 below.
  2. SONO HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO ANY RESTRICTED USER CONTENT.


9 User Content Disclaimer

  1. You understand that when using the Website You will be exposed to User Content from a variety of sources, and that SONO is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Content. You further understand and acknowledge that You may be exposed to User Content that are inaccurate, offensive, indecent or objectionable, and You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies You have or may have against SONO with respect thereto. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of SONO, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  2. SONO does not endorse any User Content or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein, and SONO expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Content. If you are a content owner or User with concerns regarding your trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights, please contact SONO at: 1152 White Rock Rd. Suite 220, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762; info@getSONO.com. If notified by a User or a content owner of User Content that allegedly does not conform to the Terms, including without limitation allegations of infringement of third-party intellectual property or proprietary rights, SONO may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove the User Content, which it reserves the right to do at any time and without notice or liability to You.
  3. For clarity, SONO does not permit copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property infringing activities on the Service. SONO respects the intellectual property of others and takes the protection of copyrights, trademarks, and all other intellectual property very seriously, and SONO will remove all Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. SONO reserves the right to remove Content without prior notice.


10 Threads

  1. This Site contains "Threads", a live interactive news feed communication feature.
  2. User agrees to use the Threads only to post and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Thread. By way of example, and not as a limitation, User agrees that when using a Thread, User shall not do any of the following:
    1. Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
    2. Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information.
    3. Solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
    4. Bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
    5. Post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
    6. Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless User owns or controls the rights therefor or has received all consents therefore as may be required by law.
    7. Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
    8. Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
    9. Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
    10. Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests, or chain letters, or download any file posted by another user of a Thread that User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
    11. Further, User acknowledges that chats, postings, conferences, emails and other communications by other users are not endorsed by SONO, and such communications shall not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by SONO.
    12. SONO reserves the right for any reason to remove without notice any contents of the Threads received from User, including without limitation email and bulletin board postings.


11 Authorship

  1. Any use of the Content stored in SONO Service, must mention the author or authors information as established in the Knowledge Asset or its related files. Any further use of this Content must always keep the author or authors.

12 Account Termination Policy

  1. SONO will terminate a user's access to the Service if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be a repeat infringer.
  2. SONO reserves the right to decide whether Content violates these Terms of Service for reasons other than copyright infringement, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, or excessive length. SONO may at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, remove such Content and/or terminate a user's account for submitting such material in violation of these Terms of Service.

13 Non commercial use

  1. The information within SONO Service cannot be used for commercial or lucrative purposes, unless there is an explicit permission in a Knowledge Asset or in any other section within SONO Service. In this case When such a permission exists, the user must notify the author/s and SONO in written.

14 Technological tools and software

  1. You acknowledge and agree that the SONO Service owns all legal right, title and interest in and to SONO Service, You further acknowledge that the SONO Service may contain information which is designated confidential by SONO Service and that you shall not disclose such information without SONO Service prior written consent.

15 Special case of intellectual property rights

  1. The Content (photographs, videos, sounds, multimedia reproductions, assets or documents) with all rights reserved will be identified by a © symbol.

16 Warranty Disclaimer

  1. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, SONO, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES AND YOUR USE THEREOF. SONO MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS SITE'S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICES, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR SERVICES, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICES BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SERVICES. SONO DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SERVICES OR ANY HYPERLINKED SERVICES OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND SONO WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.

17 Limitation of Liability

  1. IN NO EVENT SHALL SONO, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICES, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR SERVICES, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICES BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
  2. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SONO SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONTENT OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
  3. The Service is controlled and offered by SONO from its facilities in the United States of America. SONO makes no representations that the Service is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Service from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

18 Indemnity

  1. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless SONO, Its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Service; (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms of Service; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your Content caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms of Service and your use of the Service.

19 Ability to Accept Terms of Service

  1. You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as the Service is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service.

20 General

  1. You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in California; and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over SONO, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. These Terms of Service shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and SONO that arises in whole or in part from the Service shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Santa Clara County, California. These Terms of Service, together with the Privacy Notice at xxxxxxxxxxxxx and any other legal notices published by SONO on the Service, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and SONO concerning the Service. If any provision of these Terms of Service is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Service, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this these Terms of Service shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and SONO's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. SONO reserves the right to amend these Terms of Service at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to review these Terms of Service for any changes. Your use of the Service following any amendment of these Terms of Service will signify your assent to and acceptance of its revised terms. YOU AND SONO AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.
  2. SONO reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the site or any Materials in any respect. SONO shall have no obligation to take the needs of any user into consideration in connection therewith.
  3. SONO reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this Site or any portion therefore without notice.
  4. No waiver by SONO of any provision of this Agreement shall be binding except as set forth in writing signed by its duly authorized representative.
  5. Nothing in this Statement shall prevent us from complying with the law.
  6. This Statement does not confer any third party beneficiary rights.
  7. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.
  8. You will comply with all applicable laws when using or accessing SONO.