Terms and Conditions
Please read these Terms and Conditions ("Terms") carefully before accessing or using the website at www.itsfoto.com and all related websites, software, apps, and/or plug-ins (together the "Service") made available by ItsFoto ("ItsFoto", "us", "we" or "our").
1. Acceptance of Terms
1.1. ItsFoto operates the website www.itsfoto.com ("Website"), a platform that allows you to post, link, store, share and otherwise make available certain information, text, graphics, photos, videos, or other material (together "Content"). Our goal is to help designers, bloggers and everyone who is looking for an image to find photos and other Content that you can use for free subject to and in compliance with these Terms.
1.2. Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all photographers, visitors, users and others who access and/or use the Service.
1.4. We reserve the right to change or adapt these Terms at any time and without giving reasons with effect for the future. You will be notified of these changes on this page only. Changes shall be deemed approved by you if you continue to use the Service after the new Terms come into effect.
1.5. The use of the Service is subject to the Terms in force at the time of use.
2. User Content
2.1. When you upload any Content to the Service, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, permanently, irrevocable, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to reproduce, adapt and modify (incl. translation), distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, broadcast, make available, store and archive and otherwise use such Content (in whole or in part) on and through the Service.
2.2. You acknowledge and confirm that your Content will be made available to the public on and through the Service for personal and commercial use of third parties subject to these Terms without providing you attribution or compensation.
2.3. You may not upload, post or transmit any Content that:
Infringes any third party’s copyrights or other intellectual property rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person;
Contains any pornographic, racist, defamatory, libelous or otherwise immoral, vulgar or obscene content;
Depicts unlawful or violent, hateful or threatening or otherwise inappropriate acts;
Offends, defames, harasses or otherwise damages ItsFoto or any third party;
Violates any law, statute, or regulation.
2.4. We reserve the right to remove any Content at any time if we believe it’s defective, of poor quality, or in violation of these Terms.
2.5. You represent and warrant that: (i) the Content is yours (you own it) or you have the right to use it and grant us the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and (ii) ItsFoto will not need to obtain licenses from any third party or pay a compensation or royalties to any third party with respect to the Content; (iii) your Content does not infringe any third party rights (including in particular copyrights, neighboring rights, intellectual property rights, name rights, right of personality, rights of privacy, data rights or other property rights), and (iv) your Content complies with these Terms and all applicable laws.
2.6. When you upload any Content to the Service you also authorize us under your copyrights to enforce any violations of the sublicense we grant in the Content to others. In other words, ItsFoto is entitled to take appropriate measures to pursue the rights granted to us hereunder. You shall support us in the court or non-court assertion of the acquired rights, in particular by providing information, providing the necessary original documents and other documents, making or having made the necessary assignment of rights to ItsFoto, as well as preparing any further declarations or documents which should be required or useful for the realisation of the license granted by you to ItsFoto.
3. Intellectual Property; License to Users
3.1. Subject to your compliance with these Terms, you may access and use the Website and Service.
3.2. The Website and the Service are protected by copyright, trademark and/or other protective rights and are subject to copyright law and other protective laws ("ItsFoto Rights"). ItsFoto is the rightful owner or licensee of all rights to the Website and the Service. With the exception of the use of the Website and Service in accordance with these Terms, use of ItsFoto Rights is only permitted with the prior written consent of ItsFoto.
3.3. Except for certain sponsored content (i.e. content from partners that you can buy from them by getting redirected to their website, hereinafter "Sponsored Content"), all Content made available for download on the Service can be used for free for personal and/or commercial purposes subject to some limitations as set out in these Terms. You do not need to, but you can, credit the photographer or owner of the Content or ItsFoto.
3.4. CC0 License
Some of the Content made available for download on the Service is subject to and licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license ("CC0 Content"). The CC0 Content on the Service is marked with the reference "CC0 License" next to the respective picture / content made available for download. This means that to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law, the authors of the work have dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the CC0 Content worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. Subject to the CC0 License Terms the CC0 Content can be used for all personal and commercial purposes without attributing the author/ content owner of the CC0 Content or ItsFoto.
Be aware that the patent or trademark rights of any person, nor the rights that other persons may have in the CC0 Content or in how the CC0 Content is used, such as publicity or privacy rights, are not affected by CC0. Therefore, depending on the intended use of the CC0 Content (in particular commercial purposes), in the case of the depiction of identifiable people, logos, trademark or copyrightable work depicted in the CC0 Content, you therefore may still need the permission or consent from third parties.
Furthermore, when using the CC0 Content, you may not imply endorsement of products and services by the author of the CC0-Content and/or any person, company or brand depicted in the CC0-Content.
3.5. ItsFoto License
For all Content made available for download on the Service, that is not CC0-Content or Sponsored Content, ItsFoto grants you an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and otherwise use the Content (this does not include Sponsored Content), including for commercial purposes, without attributing the photographer/ content owner or ItsFoto ("ItsFoto License"). The Content made available for download on the Service under the ItsFoto-License ("ItsFoto Content") is marked with the reference "ItsFoto License" next to the respective picture / content. The ItsFoto License does not include:
the right to compile any ItsFoto Content to replicate a similar or competing Service;
the right to sell copies of the ItsFoto Content without first updating, modifying, or otherwise incorporating new creative elements into the Content (i.e., selling unaltered copies of photos, videos or other content), including selling the Content as prints or printed on physical goods.
3.6. While photographers and users that upload Content to our Website represent and warrant to us that they have all the rights therein and that the Content does not infringe any third party rights, ItsFoto cannot reasonable monitor all Content uploaded to the Service. We therefore do not make any representations or guarantees for the rights granted hereunder to you.
3.7. Be aware that, depending on your intended use of the Content, you may need the permission or consent of a third party (e.g. owner of a brand, identifiable person or author/rights holder of copyrightable work depicted in the Content).
4. Restrictions on use of the Service and Content
4.1. You represent and warrant to ItsFoto that by using the Service you will NOT:
impersonate any other person on the Services, e.g. a representative of ItsFoto or any other person responsible for the Services, or impersonate any non-existent relationship with such persons;
use the Service and/or Website for the storage, publication and/or transmission of "junk mails", chain letters, unsolicited bulk e-mails, etc., or for any other purpose. "("spamming");
send any data or store any data on a ItsFoto data carrier which, by its nature or nature (e.g. viruses), size or reproduction (e.g. spamming), is intended to impair or endanger the existence or operation of the Services and the ItsFoto data network;
make any electronic attacks of any kind on the Service or network; in particular, the use of computer programs to automatically read out data such as robots, spiders, etc. is prohibited;
use or exploit any metatags or other hidden texts containing the name or trademark of ItsFoto without the express written consent of ItsFoto;
collect, store or use any personal information, including member names and profiles, about other users;
copy the look and feel of the Website.
4.2. Furthermore, despite the ItsFoto License provided to you by ItsFoto hereunder you agree to NOT use any ItsFoto Content made available via the Service (in whole or in part):
to portray any person depicted in the Content (a "Person") in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive, including but not limited to depicting a Person: a) in connection with pornography, adult entertainment venues, escort services, dating services, or the like; b) in connection with the endorsement of products and services (i.e. statement made to the Person highlighting the benefits or recommending products/services to the public) ; c) in a political context, such as the promotion, advertisement or endorsement of any party, candidate, or elected official, or in connection with any political policy or viewpoint; d) as suffering from, or medicating for, a physical or mental ailment; or e) engaging in immoral or criminal activities;
in a pornographic, defamatory, or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libelous, obscene, or illegal;
as a trademark, service mark, logo or other indication of origin, or as part thereof;
in a manner that infringes upon any third party’s copyright, trademark or other intellectual property, or gives rise to a claim of deceptive advertising or unfair competition;
falsely represent, expressly or by way of reasonable implication, that any Content was created by you or a person other that the copyright holder(s) of that Content;
access, download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, or use any Content to create a similar or competitive service or to contribute the Content to an existing similar or competitive service.
5. Violation of Terms and Termination of Use
5.1. ItsFoto reserves the right to reject the publication of Content at its own discretion and to delete Content already published.
5.2. ItsFoto further reserves the right to restrict or suspend your access to the Services in whole or in part at any time, without prior notice and excluding any claim for damages on your part ("Suspension"), if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting violations by you of these Terms and/or the applicable Conditions of Participation.
5.3. ItsFoto expressly reserves the right to take legal action, in particular to assert claims for damages or to file criminal charges.
6. Notice of Infringements
6.1. Please let us know if you believe that any Content made available on and via the Service contains a violation of the law. The message can be sent by using the Contact Form.
6.2. If you as the copyright owner or as its representative believe that your copyrights are infringed by the Content of users stored, published or transmitted on the Website, please notify us by using the Contact Form including the following information:
a description of the rights you consider to have been infringed;
a statement of the content you believe infringes your rights, preferably including a URL, and the part of the content you believe infringes the law;
your address, telephone number and email address to contact you;
a statement by you that, to the best of your knowledge and in good faith, you believe that the use in question has not been approved or is not authorized by the rightsholder or its agent.
7. Disclaimer of Warranty; Links to other third party sites
7.1. The use of the Service is at your own risk. The Website and the Service are offered to you on an "as is" and "as available" basis. We do not warrant that the Website or the Services will always be uninterrupted, current, timely, secure, error-free or suitable for use for any particular purpose or to achieve any particular result.
7.2. ItsFoto does not guarantee that the content on the Website or on linked other sites is correct or complete. The content of the users does not reflect our opinions or views on life. The presence of links to other websites does not imply that ItsFoto endorses or recommends the linked website. ItsFoto has no influence on the contents of the linked external sites and is not responsible for them. We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party websites or services that you visit. ItsFoto is also not responsible for the advertising of third parties published on the Website or for the goods or services offered therein.
7.3. If ItsFoto becomes aware of any violations of the law through content, links to third-party websites or advertising published on the website, ItsFoto will immediately delete such content, links or advertising.
7.4. ItsFoto accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, communication line failures or unauthorized access or theft, destruction or modification of user communications. Likewise, ItsFoto is not liable for problems or technical malfunctions in connection with telephone networks or lines, online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software or for failures of e-mails or players due to technical problems or data jams on the internet and/or one of the Service, even if these are within the sphere of influence of ItsFoto.
ITSFOTO SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY GENERAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENT.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold ItsFoto and its affiliates harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, losses or demands arising out of or in connection with (i) your use and access to the Website and/or Service; (ii) your violation of these Terms; (iii) infringement of third party rights (copyrights, trademark rights, personal rights, etc.) by you or your Content. The indemnity obligation includes the reasonable costs of legal defence, in particular lawyer's fees, necessary to defend against such claims.
10. Data Protection
11.2. Should individual clauses of these Terms be wholly or partially invalid or should these Terms contain gaps, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining Terms.