Welcome to ChangeIowa.org. This website is operated by Progress Iowa, a Minnesota nonprofit organization ("we," "us," "our," "ABM"). The following terms and conditions (together with any documents referred to in them) (collectively, these Terms") apply to your use of our website and any petition or other services offered at www,ChangeIowa.org or through any mobile application we develop utilizing the tools from the website (collectively, our "Petition Platform"), which is owned and operated by us.
As an initial matter, our Petition Platform is a space for people who want to create a more progressive world. At times we may disagree with what is and isn't progressive - that's healthy, but we reserve the right to remove any campaign that is not considered progressive. We've included more details under "Petition Campaign Standards."
Petition Platform Campaign
When setting up a Petition Campaign, we will ask you to provide information such as the company, legislative body or other individual you are petitioning, what actions you want them to take, a description of the importance of the petition, and the location of the campaign. You may also provide photos or other graphics related to your Petition Campaign. All of the information and images you submit related to your Petition Campaign is collectively referred to as "Petition Content."
By using the Petition Platform, registering a Petition Campaign, and submitting Petition Content you represent and warrant that: (1) all Account Information and Petition Content is truthful, accurate, current and owned by you or your organization, (2) you will maintain the accuracy of your Account and any Petition Content; and (3) your use of the Petition Platform does not violate any applicable laws or regulations.
Petition Campaign Standards
The Petition Platform is to provide a progressive voice for various individuals and organizations to advocate for community or legislative initiatives. We will not grant accounts to or use of the Petition Platform to any individual candidate or for direct votes or support for a specific elected or appointed official. Your use of the Petition Platform and all Petition Campaigns must be for non-commercial use only and may not be used for direct election or fundraising purposes.
Our goal is to provide the Petition Platform to assist individuals and organizations to engage in progressive, grassroots, digital politics. We have the sole right to accept or reject your Petition Campaign. In this section, we try to cover all the grounds for our rejections, but we can reject your Petition Campaign because it just does not fit our mission and the goal of ChangeIowa.org. We know enough to know that we may not be able to list all those grounds in this small section.
Upon setting up a Petition Campaign, the information you submitted will be review by us prior to posting the Petition Campaign, usually within one business day, and we will contact you with approval or rejection of your proposed Petition Campaign. All users must be respectful and authentic in their uses of the Petition Platform. Beyond the general restrictions stated above, a Petition Campaign may be rejected for any of the following reasons:
- It is not a progressive goal (i.e., advocates against gay rights, climate change, women's rights, minority rights, etc.);
- It includes inappropriate, hateful, defamatory, libelous or slanderous content;
- It infringes upon the third party intellectual property rights of another (including graphics or other uploaded content);
- It advocates hate, violence, abuse, threats, harms against any group or otherwise seen as harassment;
- It solicits funds for or contributions to any candidate;
- It discloses confidential or private information;
- It is patently offensive to any community standard or particular community; or
- Is otherwise inconsistent with the goals, objectives, and purpose of ChangeIowa.org.
We will not continuously review Petition Campaigns for content and reserve the right at any time to remove a Petition Campaign that is found to violate our Petition Campaign Standards. Any content that violates these Standards may be removed or may result in the suspension or deactivation of your Account. We may remove commercial advertisements or links to other websites without notice to you. We also provide users with the ability to "flag" any Petition Campaigns as inappropriate and we will review any "flags" posted by other users of the Petition Platform.
Petition Campaign Signatures and Information Practices
Account Inactivity or Deactivation of Your Account
Use of Petition Platform, Petition Campaigns and Petition Content
Once a Petition Campaign has been created, each organizer will be sent an email with a specific URL ("Petition Campaign Landing Page") to share and promote the Petition Campaign. From the Petition Campaign Landing Page, you will also have the ability to promote your Petition Campaign through radio buttons to various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. To share the Petition Campaign through these social media platforms, you must have a valid account with each platform and comply with all terms and conditions listed on those websites or platforms.
You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with any features related to the Petition Platform, such as security, access to other users' information or account or otherwise violate the purpose of the Petition Platform. You agree to abide by all rules of content when using the Petition Platform and agree, at a minimum, to not do any of the following:
- Collect usernames or email addresses from any other user of the site;
- Fundraise or solicit contributions for any candidate or organization, other than as allowed through these Terms;
- Use the Petition Platform in any way that violates applicable laws and regulations
- Abuse, stalk or otherwise harass another user or any Petition Campaign creator;
- Partake in any act that would be considered "trolling" on the Petition Platform or links to any Petition Campaign;
- Upload or post any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, cancel bots or any other horrible online tool that will damage or attach to any aspect of the Petition Platform or any individual utilizing the Petition Platform;
- Collect information online from individuals under 13;
- Include links to personal or commercial websites that are not in keeping with these Terms;
- Provide information that is false or misleading or otherwise mislead anyone reading a Petition Campaign; or
- Otherwise violate the tenant of these Terms or ChangeIowa.org.
We reserve the right but do not monitor, endorse, edit or screen any Petition Content, once posted. Petition Content and individual Petition Campaigns do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Progress Iowa. You acknowledge, understand and agree that we shall neither assume nor have any responsibility or liability for any Petition Campaigns, Petition Content or for any claims, damages, injury or losses resulting from the use of the Petition Platform.
You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use www.ChangeIowa.org, the Petition Platform and our Services. As a condition of your use of the Petition Platform, you warrant that you will not use the Petition Platform or our Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the Petition Platform in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Petition Platform or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Petition Platform. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Petition Platform.
All content included as part of the Petition Platform, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Petition Platform, is our property or the property of our suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
You will not modify, public, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Petition Platform. Our content is not for resale. Your use of the Petition Platform does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without our express written permission. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to our intellectual property or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Submitting a claim of copyright infringement, however, is a serious claim and before you send us notification, you should attempt to reach out to the sponsor of the Petition Campaign and may work with that individual regarding the infringing content.
If you believe that any content on the Petition Platform, including content contained in an individual Petition Campaign violates the copyrights of another individual, you may send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org . To submit a claim, you must identify your full name, mailing address and phone number, a description of the copyrighted work that has been infringed, a description of the content on the Petition Platform that infringes upon the copyright, and a declaration that: (i) you, in good faith, believe the information is infringing on the copyright of a third party, (ii) the information you include in your notice is accurate, and (iii) you are authorized on behalf of the copyright owner to submit the claim. You may not submit a copyright claim on behalf of another individual or organization with which you have no affiliation.
Links to Other Websites and Connecting Through Social Media
The Petition Platform and individual Petition Campaigns may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties. We do not control such websites and will not be responsible for their content or for any breach of contract or any intentional or negligent action on the part of such third parties, which results in any loss, damage, delay or injury to you or your companions. We are not responsible for the accuracy of opinions expressed in the Petition Campaigns or any linked websites, whether in the Petition Campaigns or otherwise on the Petition Platform, and such websites and links are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by us. Inclusion of any linked website on the Petition Platform does not imply or constitute approval or endorsement of the linked website by us. If you decide to leave the Petition Platform to access these third-party sites, you do so at your own risk. All rules, policies (including privacy policies) and operating procedures of websites operated by third parties will apply to you while on such sites. We are not responsible for information provided by you to third parties.
Individuals accessing your Petition Campaign may be able to directly link to the Petition Campaign through abbreviated URLs on social media sites such as twitter and Facebook. When creating your Petition Campaign, you cannot disable these features and cannot control the sharing of your Petition Campaign, once created. We cannot control any content added by individuals to any social media site regarding your Petition Content or Petition Campaign.
In the future, you may also be able to connect your Account to third party applications, such as Facebook and Twitter. By connecting through such third party account, you acknowledge and agree that you are consenting to the continuous release of information about you to others (in accordance with your privacy settings on those third party applications). If you do not want information to be shared, do not use those sites or that feature.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Progress Iowa, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) relating to or arising our of your use of or inability to use the Petition Platform, any claim that your Petition Content or Petition Campaign violates the intellectual property rights of a third party, any use or publicizing of the Petition Campaign or any portion of the Petition Content, your violation of these Terms or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. We reserve the right, at our own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.
Visiting www.ChangeIowa.org or sending emails to use constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Petition Platform, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. To opt out of receiving an email from us or, where applicable, the creator of a Petition Campaign, follow the "unsubscribe" link on the email to change your user preferences. There are certain system generated and legal notices that you cannot opt out of without deactivating your account.
Warranty and Limitation of Liability
THE PETITION PLATFORM AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PETITION PLATFORM INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. PROGRESS IOWA ANDOR ITS SUPPLIES MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES TO THE PETITION PLATFORM AT ANY TIME.
PROGRESS IOWA AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES OR SUPPLIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE PETITION PLATFORM FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. PROGRESS IOWA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REFARD TO THE PETITION PLATFORM, INDIVIDUAL PETITION CAMPAIGNS, ALL PETITION CONTENT, AND RELATED INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
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