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Terms of Use

Last updated 5/20/2021

General

The website accessible through www.atlasobscura.com and all related digital applications (collectively, the "Service") is owned, operated and distributed by Atlas Obscura Inc., a Delaware Corporation ("Atlas Obscura"). User Submissions are owned by their creators and licensed to Atlas Obscura. All other content and features available on the Service are owned by or licensed to Atlas Obscura. BY ACCESSING ANY PART OF THE SERVICE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED BELOW (THE "TERMS OF SERVICE") AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ATLAS OBSCURA PRIVACY POLICY(THE "PRIVACY POLICY"), WHICH ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ANY OF THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE ATLAS OBSCURA SERVICE. These Terms of Service apply to all users, including both users who are simply viewing the Service and users who are also contributors of content, information, and other materials or services on the Service.

You may use the Service solely for your personal, noncommercial use. You agree that you will not: (a) copy or distribute any part of the Service in any medium without Atlas Obscura's prior written authorization; or (b) alter or modify any part of the Service in any manner. In order to access some features of the Service, you will have to create an account. You may never use another's account without permission. When creating your account, you represent and warrant to Atlas Obscura that the information you provide is accurate and complete in all respects. You agree that you will be solely responsible for all activity that occurs on your account, whether or not authorized by you. Accordingly, it is extremely important that you keep your password secure. You agree to notify Atlas Obscura immediately in the event you become aware of, or suspect, any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

These Terms of Service, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Atlas Obscura without restriction.

Use of the Service is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old. If you are not 18 years old, you are not authorized to use the Service.

Atlas Obscura may, at its sole discretion, modify these Terms of Use at any time. By accessing the Service at any time after such modifications, you are agreeing to such modifications.

Visiting Places You Find on the Service

When you use the Service to find places to visit, you should be aware that it is to be used for general planning purposes only. Atlas Obscura cannot guarantee that all information about locations is accurate, and information is not updated on a continuous basis to reflect changing conditions.

You agree that in conjunction with your use of the Service, you will not trespass, or in any manner attempt to gain or gain access to any property or location where you do not have a right or permission to be (“Private Property”). You acknowledge that Atlas Obscura does not have and affirmatively disclaims any obligation or ability to provide you with complete and accurate information regarding the whereabouts of Private Property you may encounter when using the Service. Regardless of whether Atlas Obscura designates any content with a warning regarding its proximity to Private Property, you are solely responsible for obtaining all required permissions to approach or enter Private Property in connection with your use of the Service.

You agree to be mindful and respectful of places you visit in connection with your use of the Service. You agree that your behavior during any such visit will be appropriate to the environment around you and that you will not create excessive noise or other disturbances, or any unsafe conditions, in connection with your visit.

Visiting certain places that you learn about via the Service can be dangerous and may take you to difficult to access or potentially treacherous locations. There are many variables that must be considered prior to visiting, including: weather, fitness level, terrain features, and experience in similar situations in the past. Always exercise common sense and caution. Information on the Service about a location does not imply that accessing such location is safe or legal. Atlas Obscura makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding any such location or the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the information through the Service about such location. Visiting such locations can at times involve risk of injury, death, property damage, and other dangers associated with such activities. You understand that Atlas Obscura cannot and does not assume responsibility for any such personal injury, death, or property damage, all of which are at your own risk.

Third Party Services

The Service may contain links to third party websites, applications and other resources that are not owned or controlled by Atlas Obscura (“Third Party Services”). You acknowledge and agree that Atlas Obscura has no control over such Third Party Services, is not responsible for the availability of such Third Party Services, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, features, services, information or other materials on or available from such Third Party Services, or any websites, applications or other resources that they may link to (collectively, "Third Party Content"). Atlas Obscura shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any Third Party Service or Third Party Content.

Intellectual Property Rights

Except where otherwise indicated, all material included on the Service, including (without limitation) the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like ("Content") and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein, are owned by or licensed to Atlas Obscura, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions. In addition, the compilation and presentation of the Content on the Service is subject to copyright owned exclusively by Atlas Obscura. Content on the Service may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of Atlas Obscura or (in the case of User Submissions (as hereinafter defined), the owner of such User Submission). Atlas Obscura reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Service for any commercial purposes. If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. 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.

User Submissions

Content submitted by users for inclusion on the Service is referred to in these Terms of Service as "User Submissions." Whether or not such User Submissions are published, they will be subject to these Terms of Use. Atlas Obscura does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to User Submissions (whether or not published). You shall be solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to your User Submissions (and all Content included therein), including the right to authorize Atlas Obscura to use the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Service and these Terms of Service.

You retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting the User Submissions to Atlas Obscura, you hereby grant Atlas Obscura an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in any media formats now or hereafter created and through any media channels now or hereafter created. You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service.

Atlas Obscura does not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. Atlas Obscura reserves the right to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice (or to refuse to publish any User Submission) for any reason, and to terminate or refuse a User's access to its Service for any reason.

Atlas Obscura will not tolerate violations of intellectual property rights on the Service. If you are a copyright owner and believe that any User Submission or other Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). To provide Atlas Obscura notice of an infringement, you must provide a written communication to the attention of "DMCA Infringement Notification Dept." via this form that sets forth the information specified by the DMCA (see http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512). You may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that an activity is infringing your copyright.

Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK, AND THAT ALL CONTENT IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS." TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ATLAS OBSCURA, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE AND YOUR USE THEREOF. ATLAS OBSCURA MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SERVICE'S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THE SERVICE 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 THE SERVICE, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF ATLAS OBSCURA'S SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SERVICE, AND/OR (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE THAT MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE SERVICE BY ANY THIRD PARTY. ATLAS OBSCURA DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE ATLAS OBSCURA SERVICE OR ANY HYPERLINKED SERVICE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND ATLAS OBSCURA 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.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ATLAS OBSCURA BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY (I) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING) OR (II) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) $100. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.

The Service is controlled and offered by Atlas Obscura from its facilities in the United States of America. Atlas Obscura 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.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Atlas Obscura and its affiliates, 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; (iv) any claim that one of your User Submissions caused damage to a third party; or (v) any action taken by a third party using your account or user ID. This obligation will survive these Terms of Service and your use of the Service.

Code of Conduct for Atlas Obscura Users

You may not use the Service for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by Atlas Obscura. In furtherance, and not in limitation, of the foregoing, you agree not to take any of the following actions in connection with your use of the Service: (i) abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate others; (ii) contribute any User Submission that is infringing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party; (iii) engage in any activity intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any user; (iv) transmit unwanted email or other communications; or (v) submit stories or comments linking to affiliate programs, multi-level marketing schemes, sites/blogs repurposing existing stories (source hops) or off-topic content; (vi) take any action that might impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Atlas Obscura's infrastructure; (vii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (viii) bypass any measures Atlas Obscura may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site; or (ix) participate in any effort that in any way artificially alters the results of any voting or rating mechanism on the Service.

Miscellaneous

You agree that the Service shall be deemed a passive application based solely based in New York and shall not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Atlas Obscura, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than New York. These Terms of Service shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and Atlas Obscura that arises in whole or in part from the Service shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and State courts located in New York, New York. These Terms of Service, together with the Privacy Policy and any other legal notices published by Atlas Obscura on the Service, constitute the entire agreement between you and Atlas Obscura 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 these Terms of Service shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Atlas Obscura's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.