In keeping with our mission to explain contracts in plain English, we’ve tried to minimize the legalese in this one and make it easy to understand.
Yes, this is actually a contract, even if you don’t sign it or click “I agree.”
Quaint, right? And not very eco-friendly.
Software companies would print the license terms on the back of the box, and tell people that if they didn’t agree to the terms they shouldn’t tear open the plastic.
Most (but not all) US courts that considered the issue started enforcing shrink-wrap agreements back in the 1990s.
When most software moved out of the box and online, many software companies switched to “click-wrap” – where you had to click an “I agree” button before using or downloading stuff.
These days, many Internet sites and services (especially the free kind) use browsewrap agreements like this one, and again many US courts enforce them.
The contract boils down to this:
By using our Site and Services you agree to these Terms.
So if you don't agree to these Terms you’re not allowed to use the Site and Services. Seriously. The law actually says that. So keep reading to see what you’re getting into.
You may have noticed that certain words are capitalized in the sentence in bold above. If you were paying attention in second grade English, you know that plain old vanilla nouns like “services” aren’t normally capitalized when they appear in the middle of a sentence.
Lawyers often use capital letters to show that certain terms in a contract have a special meaning.
For example, in this contract “Site” means www.lawgeex.com, rather than just some random other website.
The “Tool” means the LawGeex software that provides an automated review of legal documents.
“Services” means the use of the Tool and any other services we might give you via the Site.
The “Terms” are the terms of this contact – the stuff you’re reading right now.
Using defined terms actually makes contracts shorter. For example, you don’t have to explain which “site” you’re talking about every time you use the word if you’ve defined “Site” once.
We put defined terms in bold when we first define them, so that when these odd capitalized words show up later you can look back and remind yourself what they mean.
Our legal name is Legalogic Ltd. and we’re an Israeli company based in Tel Aviv. “LawGeex” is the name of our Site and Tool. When we talk about “us” and “we” and LawGeex we’re talking about Legalogic and everybody who works here and all our related companies.
If you’d like to know more about us, click here .
If you’d like to get in touch with us, please click here.
Laws change and our Services might change too. Stuff happens. So we might change these Terms from time to time. If we do change stuff, we’ll send you an email (if you’ve given us your email address) and/or post a notice here on the Site.
If you keep using the Site and Services after we change the Terms, you agree to the new stuff too.
We don’t have anything too racy here, unless an NDA makes you get all hot and bothered, but the Site and Services aren’t intended for people under the age of 18.
So if we find out you’re really a seven-year-old with a law fetish, we’re going to cancel your account and/or block your access to the Site. Also, you should talk to your parents about supervising your computer time.
You shouldn’t rely on any website for legal advice, and that’s not what we’re offering here.
We’re providing information, and that’s not the same thing as advice.
It’s like that mole on your back. You can find lots of websites with pictures of moles and information about moles, but that’s not the same thing as advice on what to do about YOUR mole.
It’s good to know about contracts, just like it’s good to know about moles. Being educated helps you make smarter decisions – including decisions about when to see a lawyer or a dermatologist.
So you understand and agree that:
We’re not your lawyer, and using the Site and Services doesn’t create an attorney- client relationship.
We’ll give you a general idea of what your contract says, but we’re not going to tell you what we think you should do in your situation – because we don’t know about your situation.
We use statistical analysis to show whether contract terms are common, uncommon, or missing. “Common” doesn’t necessarily mean “good” for your situation and “uncommon” or “missing” doesn’t necessarily mean the contract is bad for you.
The Site and Service aren’t a substitute for the advice of a real-live lawyer licensed in your state.
Like we said, the law changes all the time. So we can’t guarantee that everything on the Site or provided as part of the Service will be current and accurate. Caveat Emptor.
The laws are different in different places and so are contracts. For example, a contract term that’s unusual for the US as a whole might be more usual in your area. Right now, the Tool only deals with the US as a whole, though that might change in the future.
For the time being, we only deal with US law.
In addition to the laws being different from state to state, different judges even in the same courthouse may interpret the same contract clauses in different ways. This is why lawyers get the big bucks, and this is why you should talk to one if you need legal advice.
Certain Services or features of the Tool might only be available on a paid basis. If you use stuff you’re supposed to pay for, then you agree to actually pay for it. This means you allow us to charge your credit card (or other payment method) for stuff you buy, including taxes and fees.
Normally, we don’t give refunds. If you’re not happy with the Tool or Services, we’re very sorry but we’re not giving you your money back.
However, if you pay for the use of the Tool or other Services and you’re unable to use them at all for technical reasons that are our fault (such as the Site being down for an extended period) then we will give you a refund. Please click here> if you want to claim a refund.
You can’t copy, distribute, or change the Site or Services unless we tell you it’s OK in writing. (These Terms count as writing.)
You can’t use the Site to send SPAM. (We’re not sure how you COULD do this, but just in case…)
You can’t use the Site or Services to send viruses or other harmful code. (Again, we don’t think you can do this, but we’re being extra careful here.)
You can’t mess with any servers or networks connected to the Site.
You can’t use bots, spiders, or other stuff like that to access the Site or Services.
You can’t harvest personal information about other users from the Site.
In order to use some aspects of the Site or Services, you may need to create an account. Here are the rules about that.
You can’t use someone else’s account without their permission, because that would be creepy.
You have to provide accurate and complete information when creating your own account.
You’re responsible for what happens with your account, so you need to protect your password and let us know right away if there’s any unauthorized use of your account.
You’re on the hook financially for any harm to LawGeex because of any misuse of your account.
We’re not responsible for any harm to you if anyone misuses your account.
If you misbehave, we can terminate your access to the Site and Services.
The stuff on our site is our intellectual property (IP). It’s the sand in our sandbox – you can play with it as long as you play by our rules, but you can’t haul it away or try to sell it to other people.
We own (or have license rights to) all the stuff on our site: the text, the documents, the software, the graphics, the photos, the logos, the sounds, yada yada yada (“Content”).
The Content is intended just for your information and personal use.
You can’t use, copy, distribute, broadcast, display, sell, license, de-compile or otherwise use our Content unless we give you written permission.
All our Content is provided “as is.” We’re not making any promises about how good, useful, accurate, current, or error-free it is. If you make any bad decisions based on the Site or Services, that’s your problem and not ours.
This phrase is legally obsolete, but lawyers and even normal people still like to use it. It’s just a belt-and-suspenders reminder that all our Content is protected by copyright law. Just because it’s on the Internet that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want with it.
You can’t circumvent or disable any of the security features of the Site or Services.
“LAWGEEX,” the LAWGEEX logo, and other marks belong to US and our affiliates. All other trademarks, service marks, and logos used on our Site are the trademarks, service marks, or logos of their respective owners.
Any Term which imposes an obligation after termination or expiration of this agreement shall survive the termination or expiration of this agreement.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say we block your account because you keep uploading pornographic limericks instead of contracts. You might argue that you don’t have a contract with us anymore so you aren’t bound by these terms. Surprise! Even if your account is terminated, you still can’t copy our stuff.
The Tool works by analyzing contracts and other legal documents that you send us.
We also welcome any comments, questions, and suggestions you send us – though we can’t answer legal questions.
At some point we might also have forums or messaging services where users can talk about stuff and share materials. If you post anything that violates these Terms or otherwise pisses us off, we can remove it.
All of the stuff you and other users send us or other users, upload, or post (OTHER than legal documents you upload into the Tool) is called “User Submissions.”
While we’ll try to protect the confidentiality of User Submissions that aren’t posted publicly, we can’t guarantee it.
Also, we can turn your stuff over to others if we get a court order.
Stuff you upload into the Tool is called “Legal Submissions.”
While no online company can absolutely guarantee security, we follow industry standards to protect your information. All Legal Submissions are uploaded using a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) with 128-bit encryption.
For additional protection, you’re welcome to strip out the party names and any sensitive terms (like home addresses and prices) before you upload a legal document for review.
If we allow you to post stuff or use the Site or Services to send messages, you agree to play nicely with us and the other users. You may not post, submit, publish, transmit, yada yada any User Submission that:
is unfair or deceptive
violates anyone else’s intellectual property or privacy rights
creates a health or safety risk
compromises national security (!!!!)
promotes illegal drugs, violates export control laws, relates to illegal gambling or illegal drug trafficking, or encourages similar naughty behavior
is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability, violates any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.
In other words, be a mensch.
BTW, other people might not play by the rules and you may be exposed to all of the above. Sorry. You’re a grownup. Deal with it. And don’t take legal advice from strangers you meet on the Internet.
When you send, upload, or post User Submissions, you still own your stuff but we get certain limited rights to use it. This “limited right to use” is called a “license” in lawyer-speak.
(It cuts both ways! These Terms are also OUR license for you to use OUR stuff! Cool, right?)
By sending us your User Submissions, you’re giving us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty- free, perpetual, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the Site and our (and our successor's) business, including without limitation for redistributing part or all of the User Submission (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels and you hereby waive any moral rights in your User Submission, to the extent permitted by law. You also hereby grant each user of the Site or other viewer of the User Submission a non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions.
ACK, you say. WTF does all THAT mean?
Basically, it means that we can use your stuff in pretty much any way we want. So if you don’t want us to use your stuff, don’t sent it to us.
The Site may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by us. We’re not responsible for those sites and you won’t sue us for anything that happens to you because of those other sites.
(This is one of those “duh” clauses that everyone has in their terms and conditions. We’re including it just in case it turns out to be important.)
Brace yourself. Serious legal stuff ahead.
THE FOLLOWING SECTION REGARDING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND WARRANTY APPLIES WHETHER OR NOT THE SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER THE SITE ARE FOR PAYMENT.
EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE IN A WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND LAWGEEX, THE SITE (INCLUDING THE CONTENT AND ANY OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED THEREBY), IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND THOSE ARISING BY STATUTE OR FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. WHILE WE MAKE REASONABLE EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT THE SITE WILL FUNCTION AS CLAIMED, LAWGEEX DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE SITE WILL BE FREE OF BUGS, SECURITY BREACHES, VIRUS ATTACKS AND THE LIKE, OR THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE. THE SITE WILL OCCASIONALLY BE UNAVAILABLE FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE, UPGRADING, OR OTHER REASONS. IN ADDITION, YOU AGREE THAT LAWGEEX WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES TO ITS USERS THAT MAY RESULT FROM TECHNICAL PROBLEMS OF THE INTERNET, SLOW CONNECTIONS, TRAFFIC CONGESTION OR OVERLOAD OF OUR OR OTHER SERVERS, ETC.
YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LAWGEEX SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER SUBMISSIONS 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.
LAWGEEX DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE OR GUARANTEE ANY CONTENT, PRODUCT, OR SERVICE THAT APPEARS IN ITS USERS' SUBMISSION OR THAT IS FEATURED OR ADVERTISED ON THE SITE.
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER LAWGEEX USERS. IF YOU HAVE A DISPUTE WITH ANY OTHER USER OF THE SITE, YOU AGREE THAT LAWGEEX IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH SUCH A DISPUTE. LAWGEEX RESERVES THE RIGHT, BUT HAS NO OBLIGATION, TO MONITOR ANY SUCH DISPUTE BETWEEN TWO OR MORE USERS, ARISING OUT OF THEIR USE OF THE SITE.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL LAWGEEX, ITS AFFILIATES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, ASSIGNS AND AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF MONEY, GOODWILL, REPUTATION, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE AND ITS SERVICES EVEN IF LAWGEEX HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT AND WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THIS SECTION TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW YOU AGREE THAT THE LAWGEEX’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES AND LOSSES SHALL NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EXCEED THE GREATER OF (A) THE AGGREGATE OF THE AMOUNT (IF ANY) PAID BY YOU IN THE 12 MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING BRINGING OF A CLAIM AGAINST LAWGEEX OR ITS AFFILIATES, OR (B) $100.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Phew. OK, sorry about all that.
What that all boils down to is that it’s not our fault if bad stuff happens to you because you use the Site or Service. If any bad stuff DOES happen to you (which we really hope it won’t), we’re not going to pay you more than $100.
More legal stuff.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LAWGEEX, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees) arising from: (i) Your use of the Site; (ii) Your violation of these Terms; (iii) Your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, publicity or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that one of Your User Submissions caused damage to a third party. This defense, hold harmless and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms and Your use of the Site.
What that means is that if WE get sued because of something YOU did you have to pay the damages and also pay our lawyer’s bills. So don’t do anything that gets us sued.
We’re almost done! This is the section at the end of the contract where we put all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else and that even people who read contracts don’t read. Here goes:
We can stop offering the Site or Service, or any part of them, at any time.
This contract is governed by the laws of the State of Israel without regard to its principles of conflict of laws. So if you want to sue us you might need to come here. But since you’re only going to get $100 at most if you win (see above) it’s probably not worth it, even if you get a great deal on EasyJet. So don’t sue us. But come anyway! It’s a lovely country – great beaches.
These Terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by us without restriction or notification to you.
If a court decides that any part of these Terms are invalid, you’re still stuck with the rest of the Terms.
No waiver of any term of these Terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and a party's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or
That means that even if we let you submit pornographic limericks these Terms ONCE that doesn’t mean we have to keep doing it.
If you sue us, it has to be within one (1) year of whatever happened that made you want to sue us. If you dilly dally for more than one year, your cause of action is permanently barred. But please don’t sue us. Seriously – for $100? How is that worth it?
Last updated: January 21, 2016