Effective Date: 01/03/2022
These are the general terms and conditions on which we supply all our services. If you use our services, you agree to abide by these terms.
At Taptapsell, we supply a lot of different services. Some of them will have specific terms tailored for them. If that is the case, Taptapsell’s contract with you for that service will be on these terms, supplemented by any terms specific to the service. In the case of any conflict, service-specific terms will take precedence.
Warning: unless we have agreed on a particular level of service with you, we make absolutely no promises about the quality or existence of any of our services. Please read the sections below and our general exclusion of liability.
All use of our web services is subject to our terms for web users. There are further terms if you have signed up for an account with one of our services and, if you have agreed to pay us for a service, please see the additional terms for paid-for services. At the end are some general terms and definitions.
If you believe there may be illegal content hosted on our web services, please let us know at support@Taptapsell.com
Terms for the use of our web services
Web services include our APIs as well as any of our websites.
While we are proud of the services we provide to the world for free and try to make them reliable and useful, we make no promises. All web services are sure to fail some of the time. We adapt and change our services occasionally, so you may find that something that worked for you may cease to function. We may also stop supplying any service, temporarily or permanently or block access to our services to anyone for any reason.
If you need some guarantee of a particular service level, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss whether we could offer you another service (assuming one is not already available).
We are not a law firm, and nothing we do is intended to be taken as legal advice. In particular:
We encourage the use of our open data commons licences, but we cannot guarantee that they will work in the way expected or should be used for any specific purpose. If in doubt, you should take your legal advice.
Our API is not guaranteed to provide an answer with 100% certainty. Copyright law is complex, and obscure cases may not be handled correctly.
What you agree
You agree not to use our websites to do any of the following:
You agree not to post/publish invalid data or ads. You are responsible for making sure the information on your post/ads is valid. Any invalid data will be amended or deleted if the post/ads do not follow our terms and conditions.
Anything illegal either where you are in the world or where we are.
Cause nuisance to other users of our services.
Interfere with the regular running of our services.
Try to access our systems other than those advertised by us and, in particular, to use a web crawler that does not respect the robots exclusion policy.
Some of our activities are carried out on web platforms provided by third parties. For example, the source code for AnnotateIt is hosted on GitHub. If you make use of any service where that is the case, you are responsible for complying with any third-party platform terms of service.
Some of our services require you to create an account in order to make certain kinds of, or any, use of the service. All our accounts are subject to the following rules.
You must be at least 18 years old and a human being.
You are responsible for the security of your accounts and making sure that any contact details in the account are kept up to date. If we need to contact you but cannot do so, for example, because your email address is no longer valid, then any consequences of that failure will be your responsibility.
You must not let anyone else use your account. If pressure is applied to you to do so — for example, if an employer demands your username and password — please inform them that their attempt to subvert your agreement with us will mean that they have no permission to use any of our services. We may take action, including criminal prosecution, if they use our services using an account they have obtained in this way.
You must let us know of any unauthorised use of your account as soon as you can after becoming aware of it.
Unless an account is associated with a paid-for service, we may suspend or terminate it. Equally, you may close your account at any time
By registering, you are acknowledging your connection to us. You are subject to any rules we may publish, and we may send you email messages we think appropriate, for example, to poll you on some critical issue.
Content and intellectual property
What we do with your content
If you contribute content to any of our services, for example, by selling, commenting on a blog, or uploading data, then as a general rule, you agree to licence that content to us under the same licence as prevails for that service or website.
For example, any comment you make on the blog, which is licensed under a CC-BY licence, will be licensed to us under the same licence.
The only exception to this policy is where a service we supply to you expressly allows a different licence. For example, a private instance would contain your data under whatever licence — including no licence — you choose.
Unless otherwise stated, all our services are offered under open content or data licences, and you should refer to the provisions of the right in question to find out what you are allowed to do. Some of our content belongs to third parties. Most third party data is subject to an open licence, but we cannot guarantee it. You should refer to the third party if you are in doubt.
Ownership does not change
As a general rule, this agreement will not change the ownership of any intellectual property belonging to either party. Where your content is used by us or vice versa, both you and we would do so under a licence (see above).
Any payment you have agreed to us is subject to any applicable taxation or similar financial imposition. You are responsible for paying any additional sum imposed in this way. For example, many of our services are subject to Value-Added Tax, which you must pay to us.
If you have agreed to pay a sum at regular intervals (“payment periods”), then:
We will only terminate the service by giving notice of at least one payment period in length;
We may increase the price for the service by giving you at least one payment period’s notice of the new price.
You may terminate a paid-for service by giving us notice of termination. Any payment you have already made to us will not be repayable, but we will continue to supply the service — unless you ask us otherwise — until the next payment date.
We may suspend a paid-for service if we reasonably believe:
We must do so to prevent any unlawful activity;
You have breached this agreement in a sufficiently severe way to justify suspending the service to prevent that breach.
You have failed to pay us any sum of money you owe.
If we do suspend service for any of the above reasons, we will take all reasonable steps to inform you promptly of what we have done, and we will lift the suspension as soon as we are satisfied that the reason for the suspension is no longer applies.
Indemnities — where you may owe us
Suppose you breach any of your obligations under this agreement and, as a result, cause us to be sued by anyone else. In that case, you will have to compensate us for any loss we have suffered as a result, which includes any costs, such as paying lawyers, or for our own time, we incur defending a claim and any damages awarded.
If your breach causes you to be sued by someone else, you will not sue us for any loss you suffer.
Exclusion — what we do not owe you
We limit our liability in several different ways — all of which we believe to be fair. In case any one of them is found to be unenforceable by a court, each of the following limitations of liability is separate and our liability to you is limited by all of them.
All exclusions of liability are only in so far as we are allowed to do so by whatever law applies to the situation. For example, the law of England and Wales prevents us from excluding our liability for any personal injury or death caused by our negligence. We do not exclude such liability.
We will not be liable for any damage that was not reasonably foreseeable when we made this agreement.
Any liability to you is limited by the amount you have paid us for a service, where:
Our liability is zero for a free service.
Where you make periodic payments, our liability is limited to the value of the last amount you paid us.
We are not liable for any loss which is indirect or consequential. That includes any loss of business or profit.
In so far as we are allowed, we exclude any warranties that would be implied by law.
We may update these terms and conditions at any time. If we do so, we will announce the change on our blog. Any changes will be binding on you from the moment we tell them.
This agreement is made under the laws of England and Wales.
These final “boilerplate” terms should go without saying, but we are saying them anyway, to be precise.
If any part of this agreement is ineffective (for example, because it is unlawful), then the rest of the contract should be read.
This agreement is between you and us and is not intended to give anyone else any rights.
We may sometimes fail to enforce our rights under this agreement (for example, we decide not to or did not realise you were in breach of contract). Just because we have not enforced any of our rights does not stop us from doing so in the future.
Neither party is liable for anything which is beyond their reasonable control.
Suppose, for some reason beyond Taptapsell’s reasonable control, we are unable to, or it would not be commercially viable for us to continue to supply any of our services. In that case, we may cease to provide that service, ending any agreement between us for its supply. If we do so, we will return to you a fair proportion of any sum you have paid us in advance to collect that service, taking into account the service we have already supplied to you.