Here are some of the more common requests for clarification about our Terms of Service. Hope these answer will clear up any confusion. If not, just let us know. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.
Under the Terms of Services sections:
ACCOUNT & BLOG:
"...you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog..."
Q: I thought BlogPress took care of securing the site.
We ensure that all of your data is secure on the backend (on our servers) and that any information transmitted from our site to those servers is done so in a secure manner.
This section specifically refers to your account login & password information and any users to which you give access to your account. It is your responsibility to keep your personal account information secure and to notify us immediately if you notice anything strange.
For example, if you lose your wallet, and your login and password is written on a note in your wallet. If someone uses that information to access your account, we are not responsible for that.
Or, if you create a user account for another person, and they do something malicious to your blog, we cannot be responsible for those actions.
Q: Is this only if the site owner cancels or does it apply to the site being shut down by BlogPress?
If BlogPress cancels the site (one day before the end of the billing cycle and with no notification), how would the site owner retrieve content and how would they cancel their ongoing payments without being able to access the site? This really concerns me, both the cancellation thing as well as being so vulnerable to the whims of a web host.
A: If you cancel your account, you will have full access to all content and everything on your blog until the end of your current subscription term. We also, keep your blog for a minimum of 90 days so you can still come back, reactivate your account, and retrieve the data.
We will never cancel your account when there is an active subscription. There are only 2 reasons that we would ever cancel your account: 1. For non-payment, 2. A legal takedown notification (from the proper authorities - not someone complaining).
Q: Same general concerns as the previous quote/question. I've had bank mistakes and unintentional overdrafts before. Why wouldn't you give notice before just shutting down the site?
A: If we suspend your account, we will not take down your site. Even in the previous situation where the account is cancelled, we will not take down your site - only your account access will be blocked. This means that your site is still visible to the public, but you will not be able to login and make changes.
The only reason we would literally "take down" the site is if there is a legally enforceable take down notification. In this case, the site would be taken down and the site owner would be notified.
RESPONSIBILITY OF CONTRIBUTORS:
Q: Sorry, but that just seems a little arbitrary. Shouldn't there be some sort of definitive guidelines, so that a site owner doesn't just wake up one morning and find they've inadvertently done something untoward and that their livelihood is compromised or eliminated because of it—without due process or warning? Also, I don't understand this: "Your blog is not getting adv'd via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods? Isn't this one of the techy things the site owner wouldn't have to be concerned with?
A: This section deals entirely with the content (specifical copyright infringement, malicious content, and defamation of character) on your blog and the use of internet spam to promote your blog. Both of these are illegal and will result in a legal takedown notice to which we are legally required to respond.
We will never take down or remove any of your content for our own personal, religious, or moral beliefs. That's actually one of the main reasons that we started BlogPress - we've had this happen to us one too many times. :)
In the years we've been in business, we've never taken down anyone's site or removed any content that was not in direction violation of copyright law. And we've only had to remove one article for that - the person literally stole someone else's article
RESPONSIBILITY OF WEBSITE VISITORS:
Q: Again, sounds like a lot of stuff I would still be responsible for and need to understand to operate safely and legally. Yes, No? Specifically, protection against "viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, etc." Again, I thought BlogPress took care of the security and protections? What am I not understanding about this, please?
A: Again, this has to do specifically with the content that you create an upload to your site. If you don't understand what these things are then it's highly unlikely that you will attempt to do this.
We have measure in place to prevent our users from doing this. For example, certain file uploads are prevented that can cause an issue.
The best example that I can think of for this scenario would be if you found an animated image on the internet and added it to your blog. You don't know who created this image, what's in the code behind it, etc.
As long as the content you put on your blog is original and from a reputable source, this is not something you need to worry about.
Q: Will BlogPress notify users of new changes to the Terms and Conditions, so that the entire T & C wouldn't have to be re-read each month to note changes?
A: If we make major changes to the terms of service we will notify you. These would be things that material changes the way our service operates
This includes things like:
-- changes to our billing process
-- a change in the cancellation process
-- if we change the way the free trial or coupons work
If the changes are grammatical or clerical in nature, we will not notify you.
This includes things like:
-- Correcting spelling or typos
-- Clarification of terminology (there will likely be some of those based on your questions :))
-- typographical and layout changes - things like changing the font size or add additional paragraph breaks to make the terms more readable
Q: What is a "BlogPress Service Account"? Is this any different than what the free trial and continued service would include? Is it an additional cost? Also, again...if BlogPress cancels a site, how would the user (under the strict cancellation protocol) be able to cancel further payments without having access to their site?
A: A BlogPress Service Account is just your account with BlogPress. It is no different than described above.
If your site is cancelled, whether by your or by us for non-payment, you will no longer be billed. You will still be able to login and reactivate the account.