SimplyE Terms of Service
Please take a moment to read the Terms of Service (“Terms”) below. These Terms are important because they provide the conditions for your use of the NYPL SimplyE application, your relationship with NYPL, and your relationship with the software contributors that help to power SimplyE. By continuing to use SimplyE, you accept these Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, you are not authorized to use NYPL SimplyE.
NYPL SimplyE Partner Library Terms of Service
Last Updated: 9.4.2019
These Terms of Service are a legal agreement made between The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations (“NYPL”, “we”, “us”, or “our”), and you (“you” and “your”) as a licensee and user of NYPL SimplyE’s machine-readable object code (“the Software”), an eReader application for mobile devices developed and distributed by NYPL. By continuing to use the Software, you are confirming your acceptance of the Software and are agreeing to become bound by these Terms. If you are acting as an agent of a company or another legal person, then "you" and "your" mean your principal, the entity or other legal person for whom you are acting. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, then you may not use the Software. Failure to abide by these Terms may result in termination of your access to the Software, eBook content (the “Content”), and any related websites or applications provided by NYPL. Notwithstanding the foregoing, software having a separate end user license agreement shall be covered by that separate end user license agreement and shall be expressly excluded from the definition of Software. Questions concerning these Terms, Software and/or Content shall be directed here: EULA@librarysimplified.com.
I. Use of Software
A. You shall not:
i. copy, rent, lease, sell, repair, transfer, assign, sublicense, disassemble, circumvent, reverse engineer or decompile, modify or alter the Software including, but not limited to, translating or creating derivative works, under any circumstances;
ii. separate the Software into its component parts for independent use;
iii. remove any proprietary notices and/or labels on or in the Software; and/or
iv. use the Software for any commercial or illegal purpose.
B. End User Terms Required by Adobe. The Software contains Adobe Digital Rights Management (“the Adobe Software”), which NYPL has provided to you by license arrangement with Adobe Systems Incorporated (“Adobe”), a Delaware corporation having a place of business at 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2704, and with webqem pty ltd (the “Adobe Supplier”), a corporation having a place of business at 59 Backland Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. As a condition of that license, you agree to be bound by the specific terms of this subsection. THIS SUBSECTION ONLY LIMITS YOUR USE OF THE ADOBE SOFTWARE, AND ONLY REQUIRES YOU TO USE THE ADOBE LICENSE SIGNING SERVICE (THE “ADOBE SERVICE”), AND COMPLY WITH ITS TERMS, WHEN USING THE ADOBE SOFTWARE. If you use an alternate Digital Rights Management service, such as Readium LCP, the Adobe Software terms may not apply to your use of the Software or only to extent that you access the Adobe Software. You agree as follows:
i. No Modification or Reverse Engineering. You specifically acknowledge and agree that other than as expressly set forth in these Terms, you shall not modify, port, adapt or translate the Adobe Software or its documentation. You will not reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of the Adobe Software not supplied to you in source code form. Notwithstanding the foregoing, decompiling the Adobe Software is permitted to the extent that the laws of a jurisdiction give you the right to do so to obtain information necessary to render the Adobe Software interoperable with other software; provided, however, that you must first request such information from Adobe or the Adobe Supplier, and Adobe or the Adobe Supplier may, in their discretion, either provide such information to you or impose reasonable conditions, including a reasonable fee, on such use of the Adobe Software to ensure that Adobe and the Adobe Supplier’s proprietary rights in the Adobe Software are protected.
ii. Proprietary Notices. You agree that as a condition of your rights hereunder, each copy of the Adobe Software and its documentation shall contain the same proprietary notices of Adobe, the Adobe Supplier, and their suppliers that appear in such Adobe Software or documentation provided by the Adobe Supplier, and as otherwise may be reasonably required by the Adobe Supplier.
iii. Ownership. Adobe, the Adobe Supplier, and their suppliers are the sole and exclusive owners of all rights, title and interest, including all trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade names, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights in and to the Adobe Software. Except for the rights expressly granted in these Terms, you are not granted any rights to patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trade names, trademarks (whether or not registered), or any other rights, franchises or licenses with respect to the Adobe Software or its documentation, and you agree that you will not exceed the scope of the licenses granted herein. There are no implied licenses granted under these Terms, and all rights not expressly granted to you in these Terms are reserved.
v. The Adobe Service. You will use the Adobe Software only when the Adobe Software is integrated with the Adobe Service. You agree that Adobe will collect, transmit and use the eBook Transaction Data to provide the Adobe Service and to enable billing under the applicable pricing models. You have adequate rights to allow Adobe, for such collection, use and sharing of eBook Transaction Data. eBook Transaction Data means all the data required to provide the Adobe Service, for digital content, primarily eBooks; which shall include but is not limited to the Adobe Software version, fulfillment ID, transaction type (permanent or expiring), eBook metadata like geo, subscription ID, price, currency, epub version, resource type (epub/PDF), or users Internet Protocol.
vi. Use Restrictions. In connection with your access or use of the Adobe Service, you will not:
(a) introduce a virus, worm, Trojan horse or other harmful software code or similar files that may damage the operation of a third party’s computer or property or information;
(b) use the Adobe Service in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server, or the network(s) connected to any server or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Adobe Service;
(c) attempt to gain unauthorized access to service, materials, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any server or to the Adobe Service, through hacking, password mining, or any other means;
(d) obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Adobe Service;
(e) host, on a subscription basis or otherwise, the Adobe Service, including any related application, to permit a third party to use the Adobe Service to create, transmit, or protect any content;
(f) engage in any systematic extraction of data or data fields, including without limitation email addresses;
(g) disclose, harvest, or otherwise collect information, including email addresses, or other private Information about any third party without the party’s express consent;
(h) transmit junk mail, spam, surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, or other unsolicited e-mail or duplicative messages;
(i) sell, lease, or rent access to or use of the Adobe Service, or otherwise transfer any rights to use the Adobe Service under these Terms (including without limitation, on a timeshare or service bureau basis); or
(j) defraud, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
vii. Termination of Service. Upon your material breach of a provision of these Terms respecting the Adobe Service, Adobe or the Adobe Supplier may discontinue your access to the Adobe Service.
viii. Termination of Vendor ID. Adobe or the Adobe Supplier may terminate any Vendor ID in the event that it believes, in its sole and absolute discretion, that continued use of the Vendor ID, may compromise the effectiveness of the Adobe Software or the Adobe Service.
II. Use of eBook Content Accessed Using the Software
A. Multiple Providers; Multiple Licenses. The SimplyE Application is designed to be a platform for digital content provided by your local library from multiple sources. To upload Content using the Software, you must register an account with NYPL as a participating library (a “Provider”), and agree to these Terms.
B. Authorized Use. NYPL respects the intellectual property of others and asks that you do too. The laws of copyright protect Content that is made available through the Software. Copyrights in Content are held by their respective owners. Content embodies the intellectual property of a third party and is protected by law. You agree to provide Content consistent with the copyright and other intellectual property laws which apply to such Content. You agree, represent and warrant that Content you provide through the Software 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 NYPL all of the license rights granted herein. You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting your Content to, and distributing your content through, the Software. 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 NYPL all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and other proprietary rights in and to such Content for provision through the Software pursuant to these Terms.
C. Additional information. For general information about copyright, fair use, public domain, and related topics, you may consult http://www.copyright.gov/.
D. Intellectual Property. NYPL does not endorse any Content submitted to the Software by you or other licensor, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and NYPL expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content. NYPL does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the Software, and NYPL will remove all Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. NYPL reserves the right to remove Content without prior notice. Although NYPL reserves the right to remove all content that appears on the Software, NYPL does not necessarily review all of it. So, we cannot--and do not--take responsibility for any Content that others provide through the Software.
A. All text, graphics, user interfaces, visual interfaces, photographs, trademarks (whether or not registered), logos, sounds, music, and artwork (collectively, “Marks”), including but not limited to the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, “look and feel” and arrangement of such Marks, contained on the Software is owned, controlled or licensed by or to NYPL and its suppliers, and is protected by trade dress, copyright, patent and trademark laws, and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. The Marks of NYPL and NYPL’s suppliers may not be used without prior written consent of NYPL or NYPL’s suppliers, as the case may be.
IV. Age of Users
A. The Software is not intended for use by any person under the age of 13. Furthermore, NYPL does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an account online or to post personal information online. Should NYPL learn that someone under the age of 13 has provided any personal information to or on the Software, NYPL will remove that information as soon as possible.
V. Feedback; Usage Data
B. When using the Software, you and your users are interacting with the online services of Providers and Distributors, who may collect information about users and their use of the Software and the Distributors’ own services. Your users are also solely responsible for reading and agreeing to your Privacy Policies, and the Privacy Policies of any associated Distributors.
VII. No Warranties; No Support
A. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NYPL AND ITS SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, AND DUTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ACCURACY, RESULTS OF USE, RELIABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS. FURTHER, NYPL AND ITS SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, TIMELY OR ERROR FREE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THESE TERMS DO NOT ENTITLE YOU TO ANY SUPPORT FOR THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR IN WRITING, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM NYPL OR ITS SUPPLIERS WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS.
VIII. Limitation of Liability
A. THE SOFTWARE IS BEING PROVIDED BY NYPL FREE OF CHARGE. ACCORDINGLY, YOU AGREE THAT NYPL AND ITS SUPPLIERS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR ACCESS TO AND/OR USE OF THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT (OR NYPL'S SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF SUCH ACCESS AND/OR USE). REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, AND EXCEPT FOR BODILY INJURY, IN NO EVENT SHALL NYPL OR ITS OFFICERS, TRUSTEES, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY UNDER ANY TORT, CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST OR CORRUPTED DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR OTHER SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT, EVEN IF NYPL OR ITS SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES AND WHETHER OR NOT SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE. NYPL’S MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY, OR THAT OF ITS SUPPLIERS, ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS SHALL NOT, IN ANY EVENT, EXCEED ANY AMOUNTS RECEIVED UNDER THESE TERMS.
A. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless NYPL and its officers, trustees, employees, agents, and its suppliers from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party arising from or in any way related to (i) your use or access of (or inability to use or access) the Software and/or Content; (ii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property or privacy right; and/or (iii) your violation of these Terms. You shall provide NYPL with written notice of any such claim or demand. NYPL and its suppliers reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, which shall not excuse your indemnity obligations.
X. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
A. Providing NYPL with Notice: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that Content hosted by NYPL infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send NYPL a notice requesting that the material be removed or access to it blocked. Notice can be sent to email@example.com or mailed to:
NYPL Copyright Agent
The New York Public Library
476 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
The notice must include the following information (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (or if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works); (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to allow NYPL to locate the material on the Software; (d) information reasonably sufficient to permit NYPL to contact the complaining party, such as the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) of the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. NYPL suggests that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.
B. NYPL Receives Notice: If NYPL receives a notice valid under the DMCA, we will first notify you so that you may expeditiously remove the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity yourself. If the potentially infringing content is not removed within 3 business days, NYPL reserves the right to block your Content. If NYPL is only able to block access to your Content by blocking access to the entire collection, NYPL may do so until the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity is removed from the collection, or may be made available to the public again consistent with the DMCA.
C. Counter-Notice: If you believe in good faith that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice to the NYPL Copyright Agent listed above, containing the following information: (a) your physical or electronic signature; (b) identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled; (c) a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; (d) your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; (e) a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which you are located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for the Southern District of New York; and (f) a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement or their agent. NYPL suggests that you consult your legal advisor before filing a counter-notice. Also, please be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.
If a counter-notice is received by the NYPL Copyright Agent, we may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that we may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content Provider, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after the receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.
D. Repeat Infringement: NYPL has adopted and implemented a policy to provide for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users who repeatedly infringe copyright through their use of SimplyE.
XI. U.S. Government Rights
A. The Software licensed hereunder is provided with restricted rights applicable to private and public licenses alike. Without limiting the foregoing, any use, duplication, modification, reproduction, operation, performance, release or disclosure of the Software by the U.S. Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in these Terms and as provided in DFARS 227.7202-1(a) and 227.7202-3(a) (1995), DFARS 252.227-7013 (c)(1)(ii)(OCT 1988), FAR 12.212(a)(1995), FAR 52.227-19, or FAR 52.227-14, as applicable.
B. You represent that by using the Software and accessing or providing Content that: (i) you do not reside in a country subject to embargo or export controls by the U.S. Government; (ii) you are not on the List of Denied Persons as published by the U.S. government; and (iii) you will not use the Software or any Content for any illegal purpose.
XII. Modification of the Terms and Software
A. NYPL may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms at any time and at NYPL’s sole discretion.
B. From time to time, NYPL, or third parties may automatically update or otherwise modify the Software, including, but not limited to, for purposes of enhancement of security functions, error correction and improvement of functions, at such time as you interact with NYPL’s or third parties’ servers, or otherwise. Such updates or modifications may delete or change the nature of the features or other aspects of the Software, including functions you may rely upon. You hereby agree that such activities may occur at NYPL’s sole discretion and that NYPL may condition continued use of the Software upon your complete installation or acceptance of such update or modifications. Any updates/modifications shall be deemed to be, and shall constitute part of, the Software for purposes of these Terms. By acceptance of these Terms, you consent to such update/modification.
C. IF ANY MODIFICATION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOUR SOLE RECOURSE IS TO TERMINATE THESE TERMS BY DISCONTINUING USE OF THE SOFTWARE AND CEASING TO PROVIDE CONTENT TO NYPL. YOUR CONTINUED USAGE OF THE SOFTWARE AND/OR CONTENT FOLLOWING NYPL’S MODIFICATION CONSTITUTES YOUR IRREVOCABLE AND BINDING ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGE.
D. You understand and agree that the Content might become unavailable for a number of reasons, including an operational glitch, a DMCA takedown request, or a decision on our end to terminate your account.
E. NYPL reserves the right to remove or block access to Content for any reason and without prior notice.
A. The term of these Terms ("the ToS Term") shall continue indefinitely unless terminated by NYPL or you in accordance with the provisions herein.
B. NYPL reserves the right, in its sole discretion (for any reason or for no reason) and at any time without notice to you, to modify, suspend or discontinue the Software and/or Content, and/or suspend or terminate your rights under these Terms to access and/or use the Software and/or Content. You may terminate these Terms by discontinuing use of the Software and ceasing to provide Content to NYPL.
C. Upon termination of these Terms, you shall promptly delete and remove any and all Software and NYPL Content in your possession or under your control unless otherwise specified. You shall also promptly delete and remove any and all Content to the extent necessary to terminate service. Any termination of access to the Software and/or NYPL Content will also immediately terminate any and all licenses granted to you hereunder. All disclaimers of warranties and limitation of liability set forth in these Terms shall survive any termination of these Terms.
D. NYPL will terminate your access to the Software if, under appropriate circumstances and in NYPL’s sole discretion, you are determined to be a repeat infringer of a third party’s copyright(s).
A. NYPL reserves the right to take steps NYPL believes are reasonably necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of these Terms. You acknowledge and agree that NYPL may preserve any transmittal or communication by you with NYPL or any third party through the Software or otherwise to this end. All users are advised that any library record or other information collected by NYPL as described herein is, pursuant to New York CPLR §4509, subject to disclosure upon subpoena, court order, or as otherwise authorized by applicable law.
XV. General Terms
A. All Disputes Arising From These Terms. These Terms shall be governed, interpreted, and enforced by the laws of the State of New York. Any legal action brought involving the Software, NYPL Content, and/or Terms shall be brought only in the courts of the State of New York, in the County of New York, or in the federal courts located in such state (and county). Both you and NYPL submit to venue and jurisdiction in these courts. In the event that an action or claim arises outside of the exclusive jurisdiction specified herein which names NYPL as a party, NYPL and you specifically agree to initiate, consent to and/or cooperate with any and all efforts to remove the matter to the exclusive jurisdiction named herein, or otherwise take any and all reasonable actions to achieve the objectives of this provision.
B. Entire Agreement. These Terms constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and NYPL and supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements, understandings, negotiations and proposals, oral or written.
C. Severability. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any portion of these Terms is unenforceable, said unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of these Terms.
D. Independent Transactions. NYPL makes no representation and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever in relation to your use of any Third-Party Services accessed through the Software. Any transaction completed with any Third-Party Services through the Software, and any dispute concerning the terms of service of any of the Third-Party Services, is between you and the relevant third party, and not NYPL.
E. Remedies. Violation of any of the above provisions or restrictions may result in a termination of your ability to access the Software or the Content. NYPL reserves any and all rights or remedies that may be available in the event of your breach of these Terms.
F. Waiver. The failure of NYPL to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision, nor shall any course of conduct between NYPL and you or any other party be deemed to modify any provision of these Terms.