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Terms of Use

We would like you to be aware of our Terms of Use before using our website, the services offered by us or through our website, and any parts or sections thereof. These Terms of Use may be updated from time to time without notice to you. Unless otherwise indicated, all references in these Terms of Use to (1) "XO Group" refer to XO Group Inc., formerly The Knot Inc., and (2) “our website” refer to http://www.xogroupinc.com.

You understand and agree that our website is provided “AS-IS” and that XO Group assumes no responsibility for your ability to (or any costs or fees associated with your ability to) obtain access to our website. Nor does XO Group assume any liability for the failure to store or maintain any user communications or personal settings.

1. In consideration of your visiting and using our website, you represent that you are able to form a binding contract. You also agree that any information you provide about yourself is accurate and complete at the time provided. You agree to timely update any information provided to XO Group to keep it accurate and complete. Failure to accurately and completely provide and timely update information about yourself is reasonable grounds for XO Group to suspend or terminate your account and refuse you service in the future.

In addition to these Terms of Use, when using a particular area of our website, you are also bound by the posted guidelines and rules for that particular area.

2. Information and data provided by you are subject to our Privacy Policy. This policy, as updated from time to time, may be found at http://www.xogroupinc.com/privacy-policy.aspx.

3. Certain names, logos, and/or phrases on our website may constitute trademarks and/or copyrights of XO Group or its clients. The mark “XO Group”, "The Knot", and the contents of this website are the sole property of XO Group. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited without our express written permission.

All of the writing on our website is the copyrighted property of XO Group and is protected as such. None of the material may be reproduced without our written permission, with the exception of downloading or printing a single copy for yourself. This copyright extends to original material of XO Group, any user-generated content, and any compilations of user-generated content, whether or not edited or filtered. The right to download and store or output the materials found on our website is granted for viewing use only. Materials may not be reproduced in any form. Any reproduction or editing by any means mechanical or electronic without explicit written permission is expressly prohibited.

We reserve the right to republish any material contributed by our users. By posting a message, a user expressly grants the right to XO Group to republish or sell the message as part of any edited compilation. Material that is copyright protected may not be submitted without permission from the copyright owner. Since there are many thousands of possible sources spread out across the Internet, it is impossible for us to know if a posting represents a copyright infringement. Please remember you are responsible for the material you submit to our website, including taste, reliability, originality and copyright. Author(s) may be held legally responsible for copyright infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy, as well as any damages arising out of actions resulting from materials submitted by you and posted by us. You are responsible for ensuring that your message or posting does not violate any extant copyrights. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been posted to our website without permission, please see http://www.xogroupinc.com/the-knot-copyright.aspx for our policies regarding its removal.

XO Group will have a nonexclusive global license to publish, adapt and resell the content submitted by users and contributors within our website. These nonexclusive publishing license and resale/adaptation rights extend to any materials submitted “for publication” within our website, including both message board postings and content submitted to XO Group for uploading and subsequent publishing within non-message board areas. XO Group and our website’s staff are not and will not be responsible for any misleading, false, or otherwise injurious information and advice communicated in our website or for any results obtained from the use of such information or advice. XO Group will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by a user through the user’s reliance on information and advice gained in these areas.

4. Given the interactive nature of user forums and blogs, both our staff and our users may generate content in these areas. We can control our staff members’ contributions; however, we are not able to edit and ensure the accuracy of the content generated by our users, many of whom use anonymous screen names and with whom we have no official relationship.

Therefore, users should handle the information generated by fellow users with common sense caution. Users should consider any information and advice given by other users as a starting point for their own research. XO Group cannot guarantee the accuracy, efficacy, or veracity of any information provided within our website’s forums.

XO Group cannot guarantee that all content and materials that appear on our website is not infringing on any registered or non-registered copyrights. On any given day, potentially thousands of new postings may appear on our website’s message boards, and it is humanly impossible to verify that each and every one of these postings are free of copyright infringement.

5. Online behavior requires common sense and basic etiquette. Accordingly, here are some rules that you agree to follow, particularly in those areas of our website that permit user-generated content such as forums, blogs and bulletin boards:

  • No strong, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise harmful language.
  • No racially, ethnically or otherwise, objectionable language.
  • No harassing, intimidating, stalking, or threatening other community members.
  • No libelous, defamatory, or otherwise tortious language.
  • No online vandalism. This includes using abusive language and repeatedly hitting the return key in a chat room, or otherwise acting in a manner that negatively impacts the ability to engage in real time exchanges.
  • No impersonating any person, including, but not limited to, other community members or employees.
  • No posting, distributing, transmitting, or promoting illegal content.
  • No invasion of another’s privacy.
  • No actions that are harmful to minors.
  • No manipulation or forging of identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any information posted on our website or otherwise provided to XO Group or its employees.
  • No posting, providing, transmitting, or otherwise making available any information (such as inside, proprietary or confidential information) that you do not have a right to make available due to contract, fiduciary duty, or operation of law.
  • No posting, providing, transmitting, or otherwise making available any junk mail or spam.
  • No posting, uploading, emailing, or otherwise transmitting any material that contains any malicious computer code (including spyware, worms, Trojan horses, viruses, etc.).
  • No posting, providing, transmitting, or otherwise making available any information which violates regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or that of any securities exchange, such as The New York Stock Exchange.
  • No collecting, storing, or posting of personal data about or of other community members.
  • No soliciting of any kind in user forums.

6. Content from our website, including but not limited to any user information such as names, email addresses, or other contact information, may not be taken from the website and used for any purpose. Names, email addresses and other contact information from member profile information or the pages and postings on this site may not be used by outside vendors or other third parties for purposes of solicitation. Unsolicited emails to our members or to our clients may constitute misrepresentation, misappropriation of our business name and reputation, unfair competition, and may also violate laws that prohibit unsolicited email, for which XO Group shall be entitled to take appropriate legal action including seeking injunctive relief, an accounting of profits, damages, legal fees and costs.

7. We reserve the right from time to time to make modifications and changes to our website. These modifications and changes may include, but are not limited to, discontinuing, temporarily or permanently, any service offered by, or through our website (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that XO Group shall not be liable to you or to any other party for any changes and modifications to our website.

8. You agree that, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, XO Group may terminate your access to our website, including, if applicable, purging your member account and any material and information associated with your member account (including your user name, password, and profile). Cause for such termination shall include, but not be limited to, violation of the provisions set forth in section 5 of these Terms of Use. You acknowledge and agree that all terminations for cause shall be made in XO Group’s sole discretion and that XO Group shall not be liable to you or any other party for the termination of your access to our website or the purging of any material.

9. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:

YOUR USE OF OUR WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES PROVIDED IN OUR WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. THE KNOT EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

THE KNOT MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT: (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET ANY OF YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, OR FREE FROM ERROR OR OMISSION, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF ANY SERVICE IN OUR WEBSITE WILL BE USEFUL, ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICES OFFERED IN OUR WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (V) ANY ERRORS IN THE OPERATION OF AREA INCLUDING THE OPERATION OF ANY SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.

ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF ANY SERVICE IN OUR WEBSITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM (OR ANY COMPONENT CONNECTED TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD (INTENTIONAL OR OTHERWISE) OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.

NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM OUR WEBSITE OR FROM ANY SERVICE PROVIDED IN OUR WEBSITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS OF USE.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

10. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE KNOT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL AND REPUTATION, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES. THIS LIMITATION ON LIABILITY APPLIES EVEN IF THE KNOT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

11. You agree that XO Group may access, maintain, and disclose information you provide to our website if required to do so by law or if XO Group, in good faith, believes that such access, maintenance or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with any legal process; (ii) enforce these Terms of Use; (iii) respond to claims that any material or information posted, provided, transmitted, or otherwise made available by you violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your customer service requests; or (v) otherwise protect the rights and property of XO Group, its vendors, community members, users and the general public.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless XO Group, its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, agents, vendors or other partners, and employees, from any claim or demand, including attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of any material or information posted, provided, transmitted, or otherwise made available by you in our website, or by your use of our website, or by your violation of these Terms of Use, or your violation of the rights of another.

The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and The Knot and govern your use of our website and any services offered in our website. This agreement supersedes any prior terms of use agreements between you and XO Group.

These Terms of Use and the relationship between you and XO Group shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and XO Group agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of New York, New York County.

You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms of Use, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to this agreement.

The failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the other terms and provisions of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.

You agree that your member account is non-transferable and any rights to your account or contents within your account terminate upon your death.

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of any services provided in our website or these Terms of Use must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.