Terms of Service
Effective: August 27, 2020
Welcome to Bark!
These terms and conditions (the “Terms of Service”) govern your (“you” or “your”) access to and use of the BARK family of websites - Barkbox, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively, “BARK”, “we”, “our” or “us”). These Terms of Service apply to all BARK websites that link to this Policy, including www.barkbox.com (opens in a new window), www.barkpost.com (opens in a new window), www.barkeats.com (opens in a new window), www.barkbright.com, www.barkessentials.com (opens in a new window), www.superchewer.com (opens in a new window), www.barkshop.com (opens in a new window) and www.bark.co (opens in a new window) (together with any other BARK websites, the “Sites”) as well as to any downloadable applications that BARK makes available (the "Apps" and, together with the Sites, the "Platforms"), and all services provided by BARK via the Sites, including without limitation, our monthly subscription, product and gift services (collectively, the “Services”).
THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, AS WELL AS CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS, AND EXCLUSIONS THAT APPLY TO YOU. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.
We reserve the right to change these Terms of Service from time to time for any reason, which shall be effected by posting of the updated Terms of Service to our Platforms; provided that such changes shall not apply to any fee-bearing subscriptions to the Services which are then in effect until the expiration or termination of such subscription. These Terms of Service apply to all BARK’s services and features unless otherwise indicated.
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY, AS THEY CREATE A BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND BARK. FURTHER, THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CONTAIN AN AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE, WHICH REQUIRES THAT YOU AND BARK ARBITRATE CERTAIN CLAIMS BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION INSTEAD OF GOING TO COURT AND LIMITS CLASS ACTION CLAIMS, UNLESS YOU OPT OUT OF THE AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE AS DESCRIBED IN THE ARBITRATION SECTION (SEE SECTION 24 “ENFORCEMENT - AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE”).
1. Acceptance of Terms
By using the Platforms or subscribing to our Services, you indicate your unconditional acceptance of the following Terms of Service. Please read them carefully, as they may have changed since your last visit. The most recent version of these Terms of Service may be viewed at barkbox.com/terms-of-service.
2. Scope of Service
BARK maintains the Platforms as a service to the users who visit the Platforms subject to these Terms of Service. You are responsible for obtaining any equipment and Internet service necessary to access the Platforms and for paying any fees for the equipment and service you select. We may alter, suspend, or discontinue the Platforms, or the Services in whole or in part, at any time and for any reason, without notice. We may restrict access to portions of our Platforms and/or Services, for some or all users, from time to time. The Platforms may also periodically become unavailable due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment or for other reasons.
3. Website Content
Users have a personal, non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access and use the Content of these Platforms subject to these Terms of Service. The term “Content” means all information, text, images, data, links, software, or other material accessible through the Platforms, or Services, whether created by us or provided by another person for display on the Platforms, or through the Services.
The Content may contain typographical errors, other inadvertent errors or inaccuracies. We reserve the right to make changes to document names and content, descriptions or specifications of products or services, or other information without obligation to issue any notice of such changes.
You may view, copy, download, and print Content that is available on this website or through the Services, subject to the following conditions:
The Content may be used solely for internal informational purposes. No part of this website or its Content may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording for any other purpose.
The Content may not be modified.
Copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices may not be removed.
4. Registration and Subscriptions; Product Sales
As a registered user of BARK, you agree to receive emails promoting any special offer(s), including third party offers. We may from time to time send you push notifications or email messages with information about upcoming events, or information about our service offerings from us and our partners monthly newsletter. You may opt-out from receiving correspondence from us special promotions or our newsletter by you may opt out of receiving them by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link in any promotional email.
5. Monthly Delivery
a. Ordering. Clients may from time to time order products through certain of the Platforms, including through one-time purchases (in the case of BarkShop) or through monthly subscriptions. We or a third-party shipping company will ship such products to the address you provide in the course of ordering such products. You shall be responsible for shipping costs unless otherwise provided on the Platform with respect to your order.
b. Subscription Product Selection. If you choose to register with BARK, the selection of items that may be included in your dog’s monthly delivery is subject to change. Accordingly, BARK cannot guarantee that a selection available in a particular timeframe will be available in any subsequent timeframe.
Transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, offensive, obscene, pornographic, lewd, lascivious, or otherwise objectionable, as determined by BARK.
Use a name or language that BARK, in its sole discretion, deems offensive.
Post defamatory statements.
Post hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable Content.
Post Content which infringes another's copyright, trademark or trade secret.
Post unsolicited advertising or unlawfully promote products or services.
Harass, threaten or intentionally embarrass or cause distress to another person or entity.
Impersonate another person.
Promote, solicit, or participate in any multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes.
Exploit children under 18 years of age.
Engage in disruptive activity such as sending multiple messages in an effort to monopolize the forum.
Introduce viruses, worms, Trojan horses and/or harmful code to the Website.
Obtain unauthorized access to any computer system through the Website.
Invade the privacy of any person, including but not limited to posting personally identifying or otherwise private information about a person without their consent (or their parent's consent in the case of a child under 13 years of age).
Solicit personal information from children under 13 years of age.
Violate any federal, state, local, or international law or regulation.
Encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal or civil offense.
As a subscribed BARK member, each month we will ship you a package with a different selection of items for your dog that may consist of a selection from toys, treats, shampoos, bones, bully sticks, hygiene products, food samples, or other canine-related items (“Products”). Each month of your subscription, the selection of Products may change. Accordingly, BARK cannot guarantee that a selection available in a particular timeframe will be available in any subsequent timeframe.
BY SUBSCRIBING YOU AGREE TO PAY THE MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION FEE FOR THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE SUPPLIED EACH MONTH.
6. Billing and Payments
We may make the Services available, including monthly BARK subscriptions, for free or for a fee from time to time. We reserve the right to change our fee structure at any time, except for the subscription fees applicable to any then-current fee-bearing subscription period. We also reserve the right to initiate special incentive pricing, membership and other programs, which may be limited, at our sole discretion, to defined and limited existing users or new users. If you purchase any Services that we offer for a fee, either on a one-time or subscription basis, you agree to pay BARK directly or via its third party payment processing service provider. You also agree to pay the applicable fees for such Services (including, without limitation, periodic fees for subscriptions) as they become due plus all related taxes.
The price of the Services and/or goods is payable in full before delivery. We accept the following credit cards at this time: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.
7. Subscription Renewals
You will automatically be charged each month for your ongoing subscription. IF YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO A SUBSCRIPTION PLAN LASTING LONGER THAN ONE MONTH (I.E., 6 OR 12 MONTH PLANS), YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE CHARGED EACH MONTH DURING THAT SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD, EVEN IF YOU HAVE CANCELLED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PRIOR TO THE END OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD. FURTHER, YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO SUCH SERVICE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL YOU CANCEL AND, IF YOU CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE END OF AN EXISTING SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD. To cancel, you must login and cancel the subscription on the Platform applicable to such Service by the first day of the month following the end of your then-current subscription period, or contact our Happy team through the contact information on our website. YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL YOU CANCEL AND, IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE END OF A SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD, YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW FOR A NEW SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD OF THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. All cancellation requests received after the first day of the calendar month following a subscription period will apply to the following subscription period. We may refuse to renew any subscription in our sole discretion.
You agree that BARK may charge your payment method for any services, subscriptions or products you purchase and for any additional amounts (including any taxes, including local sales tax or VAT, and late fees, as applicable) that may be accrued by or in connection with your account associated with your Login Credentials. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TIMELY PAYMENT OF ALL FEES AND FOR PROVIDING BARK WITH A VALID PAYMENT METHOD FOR PAYMENT OF ALL FEES THROUGH ONE OF THE METHODS THAT WE LIST ON THE SHIPPING, RETURN AND EXCHANGE POLICY FOR THE PLATFORM APPLICABLE TO SUCH SERVICE, SUBSCRIPTION OR PRODUCT FROM TIME TO TIME. You may be charged, and you agree to pay, local sales tax or VAT, if applicable.
Prices for the products and services offered via the Platforms may change at any time, and we do not provide price protection or refunds in the event of a price reduction or promotional offering. For your convenience and continuous subscription benefits as a member, if your payment method reaches its expiration date and you do not edit your credit card information or cancel your account, you authorize us to continue billing that credit card on file including extending the expiration date until we are notified by you or the credit card company that the account is no longer valid. We encourage you to constantly update your payment method information or cancel your account should you wish to discontinue your monthly purchase of products.
We use a third party payment service in lieu of directly processing your credit card information. By submitting your credit card information, you grant BARK the right to store and process your information with the third party payment service, which it may change from time to time; you agree that BARK will not be responsible for any failures of the third party to adequately protect such information. All financial matters regarding your information are subject to the conditions of the third party payment service provider's terms of service and privacy policies; the current version of which is attached as a link at http://recurly.com/legal/terms. You acknowledge that we may change the third party payment service and move your information to other service providers that encrypt your information using secure socket layer technology (SSL) or other comparable security technology.
9. Shipping and Risk of Loss
Unless otherwise indicated at the time of your purchase, shipping and handling fees are included with your order. Shipping dates and/or arrival times are only estimates. For loss/damage claims, you must notify BARK within 30 days of the date of your purchase if you believe all or part of your order is missing or damaged.
Replacement of Products and credits to your account for shipped merchandise claimed as not received are subject to our investigation, which may include postal-service notification. We will adjust your account at our discretion. Repeated claims of undelivered merchandise may result in the cancellation of your membership.
10. International Access
The Platforms may be accessed from countries other than the United States. The Platforms, and the Services contain products or references to products that are only available within the United States and U.S. territories. Any such references do not imply that such products will be made available outside the United States. If you access and use the Platforms outside the United States you are responsible for complying with your local laws and regulations.
11. Order and Subscription Cancellations
We work hard to make your subscription satisfying; however, you may cancel your ongoing membership through the account page on the Sites or by contacting our Happy team. You must update your account by the first day of the month following the end of your then-current subscription period.
YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS CONTINUOUS UNTIL YOU CANCEL AND, IF YOU CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE END OF AN EXISTING SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD.
YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL YOU CANCEL AND, IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE END OF A SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD, YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW FOR A NEW SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD OF THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME.
All cancellation requests received after the first day of the calendar month following a Subscription Period will apply to the following Subscription Period.
We may terminate your membership, without notice, for conduct we believe violates these Terms of Service or our policies, is harmful to our business interests, or for an inactive account.
12. Content Submitted by Users
a. Submitted Content. Certain BARK Platforms and Services enable users to upload additional information which can be made accessible to other users and/ or the general public. You are solely responsible for any data, text, files, information, usernames, images, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, links and other content or materials (collectively, “User Content”) that you submit, use, display or share on or via the Platforms. You must not submit, upload, post, display or share any User Content that you do not have the right to copy, use or share for the purpose of your use of the Platforms.
b. Ownership of Content. BARK does not claim ownership of any User Content. By submitting such User Content, however, you hereby grant BARK the right to copy, store and make that User Content available to other users in connection with your use of our Platforms and our Services, and to otherwise use such User Content online (including web, mobile and email) and in print, film and broadcast media. When you make available the User Content to users of our Platforms or Services, you provide all such recipients a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use such User Content. This license shall remain in effect until we delete the User Content from our systems.
c. User Representations. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the User Content submitted and used by you on or through the Platforms or otherwise have the right to grant the rights and licenses set forth in these Terms of Service; (ii) the submission and use of your User Content on or through the Platforms does not violate, misappropriate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights; (iii) the User Content you provide will not contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, abusive or obscene materials; (iv) you agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owed by reason of User Content you submit or use on or through the Platforms; (v) BARK will be entitled to use any User Content, as permitted herein, without incurring obligations of confidentiality, attribution or compensation to you; and (vi) you have the legal right and capacity to enter into these Terms of Service in your jurisdiction.
d. Required Disclosures. You acknowledge and agree that BARK may store and/or preserve User Content and may also disclose User Content and/or other information provided by you if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the terms of these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any User Content violates the rights of third-parties in accordance with these Terms of Service; and/or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of BARK, its representatives and/or agents, its users or the public.
f. Liability: We are not responsible or liable for the conduct of users or for any views, opinions and statements expressed in Content submitted for public display through the Platforms, such as through an online discussion forum or chat room. We do not prescreen information posted to online discussion forums or chat rooms, if any. With respect to such forums and chat rooms, we are acting as a passive conduit for such distribution and are not responsible for Content. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information in Content expressed or made available by users of an online discussion forum or chat room are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of BARK. We neither endorse nor guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any such Content. You are responsible for ensuring that Content submitted to the Platforms is not provided in violation of any copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property rights of another person or entity. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights, or any other harm resulting from your uploading, posting or submission of Content to the Platforms.
g. Monitoring: We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor Content submitted to our Platforms through an online discussion forum or chat room, to determine compliance with these Terms of Service and any other applicable rules that we may establish. We have the right in our sole discretion to edit or remove any material submitted to or posted in any online discussion forum or chat room provided through these Platforms. Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to remove any material that BARK, in its sole discretion, finds to be in violation of these Terms of Service or otherwise objectionable, and you are solely responsible for the Content that you post to the Platforms.
h. Lobbying: Federal law restricts lobbying activities by tax-exempt organizations. “Lobbying” includes certain activities intended to influence legislation. Content posted by users does not constitute lobbying by BARK, but may constitute lobbying by you or an organization that you represent. You are responsible for complying with any applicable lobbying restrictions.
13. Prohibited Content
By accessing the Platforms or any chat room, online discussion forum, or other service provided through our Platforms, you agree to abide by the following standards of conduct. You agree that you will not, and will not authorize or facilitate any attempt by another person to use our Platforms or any related chat room or online discussion forum to:
BARK services are available only to, and may only be used by, individuals who are 18 years and older who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. Individuals under the age of 18 can use this service only in conjunction with and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. In this case, the adult is the user and is responsible for any and all activities, subscribers and purchasers.
15. Intellectual Property Rights
Unless otherwise noted, all Content contained on the Platforms is the property of BARK and/or its affiliates or licensors, and is protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by United States copyright law, trademark law, international conventions and other intellectual property laws. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Unless otherwise noted, all information, text, images, audio, video, data, links, software, or other material which is not posted, uploaded or otherwise provided by you (“BARK Content”) is the property of BARK or its licensors (who may be other users of our Services). BARK Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other rights of BARK and its licensors, and, as between you and BARK, BARK retains all rights in the BARK Content, the Services and the Platforms, provided that, you have a non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, revocable, and limited right to access and use the Services, the Platforms and BARK Content solely for your use of the Services, subject to these Terms of Service.
Proprietary Markings; No Other Licenses. You shall not remove, alter or conceal any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying BARK Content and you will not reproduce, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works based on, perform, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast, sell, license or otherwise exploit the BARK Content. Nothing contained on our Platforms or the Services should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use our Services, Platforms or BARK Content or trademarks, through the use of framing or otherwise, except: (a) as expressly permitted by these Terms of Service; or (b) with our prior written permission or the permission of such third party that may own the trademark or copyright of material displayed on our Platforms. The service marks and trademarks of BARK, including without limitation “BarkBox,” “Super Chewer,” “BarkEats,” “Bark Bright,” and the logos, service marks and trademarks used and owned by Barkbox, Inc. Any other trademarks, service marks, logos and/or trade names appearing via the Platforms are the property of their respective owners. You may not copy or use any of these marks, logos or trade names without the express prior written consent of the owner.
You may view, copy, download, and print BARK Content that is made available to you on our Platforms or through our Services, subject to the following conditions: You may only use the BARK Content for your internal informational purposes in compliance with all laws and regulations that apply to you. You may not resell or use the Services to provide services to any third party. You may not reproduce or transmit any part of our Services or the BARK Content in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording for any other purpose. You may not modify, alter, or prepare derivative works based on the BARK Content, or distribute copies of or publicly distribute, perform or display the BARK Content, including without limitation by posting the BARK Content on any network computer or distributing the BARK Content on or in any media, except as we may permit on a case-by-case basis. III. You may not remove copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices from the BARK Content. Nothing contained within our Services should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use our Services or any BARK Content displayed on our Platforms, through the use of framing or otherwise, except: (a) as expressly permitted by these Terms of Service; or (b) with BARK’s prior written permission or the permission of the third party that owns the trademark or copyright of the BARK Content displayed on our Platforms.
We do not claim ownership of Content submitted by users without compensation by BARK and with the expectation that such Content will be made publicly accessible through our Website. By submitting such Content, however, you agree to grant us a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, create derivative works from, and publicly perform or display such Content. This license shall remain in effect until we delete the Content from our systems.
16. Copyright Infringement; Notice and Take Down Procedures
We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and require that all who use our Platforms do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to BARK’s Copyright Agent, designated as such pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(2), named below:
(a) Your address, telephone number, and email address;
(b) A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
(c) A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
(d) A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
(e) An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
(f) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
221 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
E-mail: [email protected] (opens in a new window)
In an effort to protect the rights of copyright owners, we maintain a policy for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of these Platforms who are repeat infringers.
When you register to participate in BARK services on the Platforms, you may be required to establish a login identifier and a password. You are responsible for protecting your login and password from unauthorized use, and you are responsible for all activity that occurs on your account (including without limitation financial obligations). You agree to notify us immediately if you believe that your login or password has been or may be used without your permission so that appropriate action can be taken. We are not responsible for losses or damage caused by your failure to safeguard your login and password.
18. Disclaimer of Warranty
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING IF THE PRODUCTS ARE SUITABLE FOR USE OR CONSUMPTION BY YOUR DOG. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY ASSURANCES REGARDING ALLERGIES.
Under no circumstances will we be liable for any loss or damage caused by your use of the Products or your reliance on information in any Content on this Website. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY ARISING FROM OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO ANY PRODUCT SHALL BE ITS REPLACEMENT OR A CREDIT TOWARDS ANOTHER MONTHLY SHIPMENT, IN BARK'S DISCRETION.
EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, ALL PRODUCTS SUPPLIED, AND ALL TEXT, IMAGES, AND OTHER INFORMATION ON OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND MAY BE BASED IN PART ON CONTENT PROVIDED BY USERS AND THIRD PARTIES, WHICH ARE NOT VERIFIED BY BARK, AND THAT ANY RESUME OR OTHER CONTENT OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR PLATFORMS IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND DISCRETION. BARK AND ITS AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS ARE NOT LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RESULTS GENERATED THROUGH THE USE OF THE PLATFORMS, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WE PROVIDE NO WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SPECIFICALLY, BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION, BARK DOES NOT WARRANT THAT: (i) THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THESE PLATFORMS IS TIMELY, ACCURATE, RELIABLE, PRECISE, THOROUGH, CORRECT OR COMPLETE; (ii) THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ARE NOT DEFECTIVE; (iii) THE PLATFORMS OR ANY SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS, INFORMATION, MATERIALS OR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PLATFORMS WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE QUALITY OF ANY GOODS, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE PLATFORMS WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS; (iv) THE FUNCTIONS OR SERVICES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MECHANISMS FOR THE DOWNLOADING AND UPLOADING OF CONTENT) PROVIDED BY THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS; (v) DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR (vi) THESE PLATFORMS OR THE SERVER(S) THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
19. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL BARK OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE, WHETHER IN AN ACTION BASED ON A CONTRACT INDEMNIFICATION, OBLIGATION, TORT (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION NEGLIGENCE), COLLATERALLY OR ARISING FROM ANY STATUTORY DUTY, PRE-CONTRACT OR OTHER REPRESENTATIONS, OR OTHERWISE, HOWEVER ARISING, FOR ANY ECONOMIC LOSSES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, CONTRACTS, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, BUSINESS, GOODWILL OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS) OR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM, OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO (A) ANY BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT, (B) THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE PLATFORMS OR THE CONTENT, MATERIALS, INFORMATION, FUNCTIONS OR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PLATFORMS, (C) YOUR PROVISION OF INFORMATION VIA THE PLATFORMS; (D) ANY INACCURACY OR OMISSION CONCERNING ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE PLATFORMS; (E) ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE PLATFORMS, OR (F) LOST BUSINESS OR LOST SALES, EVEN IF SUCH RELEASED PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
YOU AGREE BARK'S TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, THE PLATFORMS, THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICES WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO BARK IN THE THEN-PRIOR CALENDAR MONTH.
By using the Platforms, our Services, or Products, you agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend BARK and its affiliates from any claims, damages, losses, liabilities, and all costs and expenses of defense, including but not limited to, attorneys' fees, resulting directly or indirectly from a claim by a third party that arises in connection with use of the Platforms, Services, or Products by you or any other person accessing the Platforms using your member login account.
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 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
22. Links to Third-Party Websites
This Website may contain links to third party websites that are provided to you as a convenience. Any outside Website accessed from our Website is independent from BARK, and we have no control over the content of such Websites. We are not responsible for the content of any linked Website or for any loss or damage incurred in connection with your use such links or dealings with the operators of such third party websites.
In no event shall any reference to any third party or third party product or service be construed as an approval or endorsement by BARK of that third party or of any product or service provided by a third party. Likewise, a link to any third party website does not imply that we endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or use of such a website. BARK does not endorse, warrant or guarantee any product or service offered by any third party through an online discussion forum or chat room accessible through these Platforms and will not be a party to or in any way monitor any transaction involving any third party providers of products or services. As with the purchase of a product or service through any medium or in any environment, you are responsible for exercising appropriate judgment and caution.
We may terminate any user's monthly subscription or access to our Platforms or Services, including access to any online discussion forum or chat room, in our sole discretion, for any reason and at any time, with or without prior notice. It is our policy to terminate users who violate these Terms of Service, as deemed appropriate in our sole discretion. You agree that we are not liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to our Platforms or Services. You may terminate your account at any time through the account page on the Platform applicable to that Service, or as otherwise provided on the Platform as updated from time to time. BARK will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to BARK. Upon termination of your account under these Terms of Service, all license rights granted by you to BARK shall survive termination. Even after your right to use the Services is terminated or suspended, these Terms of Service will remain enforceable against you.
24. Enforcement - Agreement to Arbitrate
These Terms of Service shall be governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of conflicts of law.
All disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service shall be finally resolved by arbitration conducted in the English language in New York, NY, U.S.A. under the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall appoint as sole arbitrator a retired judge who presided in the State of New York. The parties shall bear equally the cost of the arbitration (except that the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection with the arbitration in such an amount as may be determined by the arbitrator). All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on both parties and enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief, security, or other equitable remedies from federal and state courts located in the State of New York or any other court of competent jurisdiction. Under no circumstances shall the arbitrator be authorized to award punitive damages, including but not limited to federal or state statutes permitting multiple or punitive damage awards. Any purported award of punitive or multiple damages shall be beyond the arbitrator's authority, void, and unenforceable. BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOU ARE WAIVING YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE A COURT HEAR CLAIM ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, AMONG OTHER WAIVERS OF RIGHTS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT.
You may opt out of this Agreement To Arbitrate. If you do so, neither you nor BARK can require the other to participate in an arbitration proceeding. To opt out, you must notify BARK in writing within thirty (30) days of the date that you first accepted, agreed to or became subject to these Terms of Service containing this arbitration provision. The opt-out notice must state that you do not agree to the Agreement To Arbitrate and must include your name, address, phone number, your BARK account to which the opt-out applies and a clear statement that you want to opt out of this Agreement To Arbitrate. You must sign the opt-out notice for it to be effective. This procedure is the only way you can opt out of the Agreement To Arbitrate. You must use this address to opt out:
ATTN: Arbitration Opt-out/General Counsel
221 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
Notwithstanding any provision in these Terms of Service to the contrary, you and we agree that if we make any change to the arbitration procedures set forth herein (other than a change to any notice address or website link provided herein) in the future, that change shall not apply to any claim that was filed in a legal proceeding against BARK prior to the effective date of the change. Moreover, if we seek to terminate the arbitration procedures from these Terms of Service, such termination shall not be effective until thirty (30) days after the version of these Terms of Service not containing the arbitration procedures is posted to the Platforms, and shall not be effective as to any claim that was filed in a legal proceeding against BARK prior to the effective date of removal.
This Arbitration section will survive the termination of your relationship with BARK.
To the extent you are located in the United States, if any provisions of this Agreement are not permitted by applicable law or regulation, those provisions shall be of no force or effect as between you and BARK. If any part of these Terms of Service is held to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions as between you and BARK.
26. Entire Agreement
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter herein. We may, at our sole discretion and without notice, revise these terms at any time by updating this posting.
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