HiveMind Press User Agreement and Terms of Service
Welcome to www.hivemindpress.com. This User Agreement and Terms of Service (collectively, the "Agreement") is a contract between you (the User) and HiveMind Press that describes the terms and conditions applicable to your use of our services available under the domain and sub-domains of www.hivemindpress.com.
- Acceptance of Terms
By using our website and services, you agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, then you may not access the website or use any of our services.
- User Rights and Responsibilities
As a user, you have the right to access and use our services as per the guidelines and terms mentioned in this Agreement. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password.
- User Behavior
Users are expected to behave in a respectful, considerate, and ethical manner. Any form of harassment, discrimination, or inappropriate behavior is strictly prohibited and may result in immediate termination of the user's account.
- Intellectual Property Rights
All content generated by the creator or creator team is owned 100% by that creator or creator team. All other content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, images, and digital downloads, is the property of HiveMind Press or its content suppliers and is protected by international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of HiveMind Press, with copyright authorship for this collection by HiveMind Press, and protected by international copyright laws.
- Dispute Resolution
Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to HiveMind Press or to products you purchase through HiveMind Press shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in the jurisdiction of HiveMind Press, except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate HiveMind Press's intellectual property rights, HiveMind Press may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in the jurisdiction of HiveMind Press, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
- Termination Conditions
HiveMind Press, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if HiveMind Press believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement.
- Revenue Models and Commissions
HiveMind Press generates revenue through various channels, including but not limited to:
- Product Sales: HiveMind Press charges a 15% commission on the retail price for products sold through our HiveMind Bookstore. The creator is notified immediately at the point of sale, the order is processed immediately, and funds are transferred to the creator within 7-9 days. For third-party distribution and international retailers, the creator is notified of the sale by country at the end of that month. Funds are then transferred to the creator 90 days after this notification. Please note that third-party sales returns are much lower. For creator bulk orders, please contact HiveMind directly to process your order and maximize your commercial returns.
- Courses: For courses hosted in the HiveMind Academy, HiveMind Press charges a 5% commission. The courses are paid out within 24 hours of concluding the course. The ticket sales are administered by HiveMind Press and payouts are made at the conclusion of the lesson or satisfactory delivery of the course module. For instance, a pre-recorded video course is paid out incrementally as the user progresses through, or an upfront payment is transferred directly to the creator with HiveMind retaining our commission.
- Publication Services: HiveMind Press offers a 20% discount for upfront payment or a 12-month offset payment plan for the total amount of your production. The terms and conditions of these services are subject to separate agreements.
By using our website and agreeing to this Agreement, you understand and agree to the ways we generate revenue.
- Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Agreement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 30/10/2023
HiveMind Press reserves the right to change these conditions from time to time as it sees fit and your continued use of the site will signify your acceptance of any adjustment to these terms.
HiveMind Press Code of Conduct
At HiveMind Press, we believe in fostering a community that encourages creativity, collaboration, and mutual respect. This Code of Conduct outlines the expectations for behavior within our community and the principles by which we operate. By participating in our community, you agree to uphold these guidelines and are responsible for ensuring that your actions align with our values.
We are committed to maintaining a community where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual in the community has the right to an environment free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying. We do not tolerate any behavior that belittles, demeans, or shows hostility towards any member based on their race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected characteristic.
Our platform is a professional space where members are expected to behave in a manner that reflects positively on the community. This includes using appropriate language, respecting the opinions and ideas of others, and refraining from any form of disruptive behavior. Any content that is offensive, inappropriate, or disruptive will not be tolerated and may be removed.
- Intellectual Property
We respect the intellectual property rights of others and expect our members to do the same. Members should only share content that they have created or have the right to use and distribute. Unauthorized use of copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary material is not acceptable and may result in account suspension or termination.
We value the privacy of our members and are committed to protecting it. Members should not share or solicit personal information about other members without their explicit consent. This includes, but is not limited to, contact information, financial information, and personal photographs. Any attempt to invade another member's privacy will be taken seriously and may result in account suspension or termination.
- Compliance with Laws
Members are expected to comply with all local, national, and international laws while using our services. This includes laws related to defamation, privacy, intellectual property, and data protection. Any illegal activities or content will be reported to the appropriate authorities and may result in account suspension or termination.
- Reporting Violations
If you encounter behavior or content that violates this Code of Conduct, please report it to us immediately. We take all reports seriously and will investigate them promptly. You can report violations by contacting our support team.
- Consequences for Violations
Violations of this Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the violation, consequences may include a warning, temporary suspension, or permanent ban from our services. We reserve the right to remove any content that violates this Code of Conduct.
- Changes to the Code of Conduct
We may update this Code of Conduct from time to time to reflect changes in our community, legal or regulatory requirements, or for other reasons. We will notify you of any significant changes and encourage you to review the Code of Conduct regularly to stay informed.
HiveMind Membership Accounts
Welcome to HiveMind's account section. Here, we detail the various account types available on our platform, each tailored to cater to the unique needs of our diverse community of creators and enthusiasts.
- Registration and Acceptance:
By registering for an account on HiveMind, you're not just joining a platform; you're becoming part of a community dedicated to fostering creativity and innovation. By using our services, you agree to our terms of service, ensuring a harmonious experience for all members.
- Account Eligibility:
HiveMind is a professional platform designed for business purposes. To ensure the integrity of our community, we have set specific criteria for eligibility. By registering, you confirm that you meet these criteria and will use the platform in a manner consistent with its intended purpose.
- User Profile:
Your profile is your identity on HiveMind. It's how other members get to know you and your work. Ensure that the information you provide is accurate and reflects your true self.
- Account Types:
HiveMind offers a diverse range of account types to cater to the varied needs of our community:
- Story Seeker: Our entry-level membership, perfect for those curious about self-publishing. Dive into the vibrant world of independent publishing with access to our public Discord server, connecting with fellow creatives and exploring valuable resources.
- Dreamer: Elevate your HiveMind experience with exclusive access to a thriving community. Share insights, contribute to our blog, manage your own community forum, and enjoy increased access to our Discord server.
- Creator: Designed for passionate authors, the Creator membership provides full access to HiveMind’s comprehensive suite of independent publishing tools. From reduced fees on essential services to showcasing your work in our HiveMind Bookstore, this membership is tailored for those ready to bring their manuscripts to life.
- MasterMind: The pinnacle of HiveMind memberships, MasterMind offers unparalleled support and exclusive benefits. From personalized creative accountability services to priority access to all HiveMind services, this VIP membership is for dedicated authors committed to achieving publishing success.
- Account Permissions:
With great power comes great responsibility. As a HiveMind member, you have certain permissions and responsibilities. Ensure you're familiar with these to maintain a positive experience on the platform.
- Identity and Location Verification:
To maintain the trust and safety of our community, we may occasionally require identity and location verification. This process is straightforward and ensures that HiveMind remains a secure space for all.
- Usernames and Passwords:
Your account's security is paramount. Ensure that your username and password are unique and kept confidential. If you suspect any unauthorized activity, notify us immediately.
HiveMind Purpose and Services
Welcome to HiveMind, a platform dedicated to fostering creativity and collaboration. This section outlines our purpose, services, and the responsibilities of our members.
- Platform Overview:
HiveMind serves as a digital gateway to our vibrant Creative Community hosted on Discord. Our primary mission is to engage individuals positively in their creative pursuits, offering guidance and resources to help them achieve their goals. Additionally, we aim to foster positive creative connections, uniting individuals on their unique journeys.
- Our Services:
HiveMind offers a plethora of services to its users. While we facilitate the formation of service contracts and assist in resolving potential disputes, our platform's core is to provide a space for collaboration and growth. When members enter a service contract, HiveMind provides invoicing and payment tools for a seamless transaction experience.
- HiveMind Bookstore:
Supporting creators is at the heart of what we do. Purchases made through the HiveMind Bookstore directly benefit the title's creator. By bypassing traditional retail and distribution fees, creators see a significant increase in their net profit.
RELATIONSHIP WITH HIVEMIND
- Platform Role:
HiveMind provides a platform for members to find and interact with each other. While we may occasionally offer introductions, our primary role is to provide the tools and space for members to connect independently. Any service contract formed is directly between the members, with HiveMind remaining a neutral facilitator.
- Publication Services:
HiveMind offers publication services in two distinct methods. Members can opt for an upfront payment with a 20% discount or choose a no-interest payment plan tailored to their needs. The payment plan offers flexibility, while the upfront payment provides cost savings.
- Member Responsibilities:
Members are the heart of HiveMind, and with that comes certain responsibilities. From ensuring content accuracy to determining the suitability of other members for collaboration, the onus is on the individual member. HiveMind provides the tools and platform, but the success of collaborations and projects lies in the hands of our members.
TAXES AND BENEFITS
- Financial Responsibilities:
Members are solely responsible for any tax liabilities associated with payments received through HiveMind. We do not withhold taxes, and it's up to the member to ensure they comply with local tax regulations.
MARKETPLACE FEEDBACK AND USER CONTENT
- Feedback System:
HiveMind values transparency and growth. Our feedback system allows members to share their experiences and opinions about collaborations. While we do not monitor or influence this feedback, we believe in its power to enhance the platform's integrity and trustworthiness.
- User Content:
Members are responsible for the accuracy and legality of their content. HiveMind does not investigate or guarantee the accuracy of user content. However, to maintain the platform's integrity, we reserve the right to remove feedback or content that violates our terms or negatively impacts our community.
- Payment Security:
HiveMind prioritizes the financial security of its members. All payment information is encrypted and compliant with both Australian and International security regulations. We use trusted third-party platforms, Stripe and PayPal, ensuring that members' financial information remains secure. At HiveMind, we adhere to the highest security standards, ensuring peace of mind for our members.
HiveMind's Terms of Engagement Policy
At HiveMind, we are dedicated to fostering a platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and clear communication. While our aim is always to provide a seamless user experience, we recognize the importance of having distinct guidelines. This Terms of Engagement Policy serves to clarify our stance on various aspects, including liability, disputes, and user responsibilities.
- Limitation of Liability
Engaging with HiveMind means understanding and accepting certain boundaries. For instance, while we strive to offer uninterrupted services, there might be instances of disruptions, software issues, or third-party interferences. In such cases, HiveMind has set a cap on damages related to our services, typically not exceeding $1,500. Furthermore, HiveMind is not responsible for any direct or indirect repercussions, such as legal costs, data loss, or other related damages.
- Release from Disputes
In the vast and diverse HiveMind community, disagreements between members can arise. It's essential to note that HiveMind maintains a neutral stance in such scenarios. We do not intervene in user agreements or disputes. By using our platform, you acknowledge this impartiality and willingly release HiveMind from any unforeseen claims or liabilities that might arise from such disagreements.
Your actions on our platform have consequences. If HiveMind faces any claims or incurs costs due to your actions, breaches, or the content you provide, you're responsible for the associated costs. This includes, but is not limited to, protecting HiveMind from claims related to your use of the platform, any content you post, or any breaches of our terms. The term "Indemnified Claim" refers to any costs or damages arising from claims against HiveMind due to your actions. Similarly, "Indemnified Liability" pertains to costs from claims that HiveMind might initiate against you or a third party.
- Adherence to Platform Guidelines
Every member of HiveMind is expected to operate within the boundaries set by our platform guidelines and terms of service. HiveMind is committed to ensuring a safe, respectful, and productive environment for all users, and we trust our members to uphold these values in all interactions on the platform.
- Engagement Processing
Every engagement or collaboration on HiveMind is processed with transparency and mutual agreement. We ensure that all terms are clear, understood, and agreed upon by all parties involved, facilitating a smooth and hassle-free experience for our users.
- Platform Exchanges
HiveMind values feedback and open communication. If you encounter any discrepancies or issues with the services provided, we encourage you to reach out. Our support team is always available to address concerns and work towards resolutions.
- Reach Out to Us
For any inquiries, clarifications, or feedback related to our terms, engagements, or any other aspect of this policy, we invite you to communicate with us directly. Our dedicated team is always ready to address your concerns and provide timely responses.
- Policy Amendments
HiveMind's Terms of Engagement Policy is subject to periodic reviews and amendments. We ensure that any updates are promptly reflected on our platform. Significant changes, if any, will be communicated to our users. Regularly revisiting this policy will help you stay updated on any modifications.
HiveMind's Agreement Duration and Termination Policy
Engaging with HiveMind's platform means entering into a binding agreement that outlines the duration and terms of our relationship. This policy sheds light on the duration of our agreement, the circumstances under which it can be terminated, and the implications of such termination.
- Termination Rights
Both HiveMind and its users have the right to terminate the agreement at any time, without needing to provide a reason, unless there's a mutual written agreement stating otherwise. Termination can be initiated by providing written notice. For users, this notice can be sent to email@example.com. Upon valid termination, users' rights to the platform will be revoked, and their accounts will be closed. However, it's crucial to understand that this doesn't automatically terminate any ongoing projects or service contracts between users.
- Ongoing Projects Post-Termination
If a user attempts to terminate the agreement while having ongoing projects, several conditions apply:
- HiveMind will close any open contracts.
- The user remains bound by the agreement until all projects are concluded.
- HiveMind will continue to offer necessary services to complete any ongoing projects.
- Any outstanding payments for services rendered up to the point of termination or project conclusion must be settled.
- Grounds for Account Limitation or Closure
HiveMind reserves the right to limit or close a user's account under specific circumstances, such as:
- Breach of any terms of this agreement.
- Providing misleading information.
- Engaging in activities that might lead to legal liabilities or involve illegal actions.
- Account Re-registration Post-Closure
If an account is closed, the user cannot use or create a new account without HiveMind's explicit consent. Any attempt to bypass this can lead to the forfeiture of funds in the new account.
- Transparency on Account Closure
HiveMind values the trust and transparency within its community. If an account is closed, HiveMind may, where allowed by law, inform other users about the closure and provide a summary of the reasons behind it. This is to maintain the platform's integrity and transparency.
- Access to Data Post Account Closure
Upon account closure, users will lose access to any data, messages, or files stored on the platform. HiveMind might delete any content associated with the closed account and is not liable for any such data loss. However, HiveMind may retain certain account information as required or permitted by law.
- Survival of Terms Post-Termination
Certain terms of this agreement, by their nature, remain in effect even after the agreement's termination. This includes, but is not limited to, clauses related to arbitration, intellectual property protection, indemnification, and payment of fees. Any obligations or actions that arose before the termination will still need to be fulfilled or addressed.
- Reach Out to Us
For any inquiries or clarifications related to this policy, users are encouraged to communicate directly with HiveMind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Policy Amendments
HiveMind holds the right to periodically review and amend this policy. Users will be informed of significant changes, and it's recommended to revisit this policy regularly to stay updated.
HiveMind's Dispute Resolution Policy
While disputes between HiveMind and its users are rare, it's essential to have a clear understanding of the procedures in place should one arise. This policy outlines the steps and mechanisms to address any disagreements, emphasizing an initial informal resolution approach and, for users in Australia, the use of arbitration as an alternative to traditional court proceedings.
- Objective of Dispute Resolution
Our primary goal is to address disputes promptly and cost-effectively. Both parties, unless opting out as specified later, agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy arising from our agreement or related services through the mechanisms outlined in this policy.
- Scope of Disputes Covered
This policy encompasses a wide range of claims, including but not limited to:
- Issues arising from the Terms of Service, Site Services, or any Service Contract.
- Payment disputes.
- Claims related to employment or termination with HiveMind.
- Matters concerning trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, privacy, and more.
- Claims under various Australian acts and regulations, ensuring our vendors maintain the same standards.
- Exclusions from Arbitration
Certain disputes may not be subject to the predispute arbitration agreement as outlined in the Service Contract.
- Governing Law
All claims will be governed by the International Arbitration Act 1974 ("IAA"), Domestic Arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act ("CAA") in the respective State or Territory, known as the "Uniform Acts".
- Informal Dispute Resolution
Before initiating formal arbitration, both parties agree to notify each other of the dispute. Notifications should be detailed, including account information, a brief description of the issue, and contact details. Both parties will then engage in a 60-day period to seek an informal resolution.
- Binding Arbitration & Class Action
For users located in Australia, if the dispute isn't resolved informally within 60 days, it will be addressed through binding arbitration before an arbitrator from JAMS, rather than in court. More information about JAMS can be found at www.jamsadr.com.
- Contact Details for Dispute Notification
Users can notify HiveMind of any disputes at:
- Address: Attn: Legal, POBOX 94, BASSENDEAN, 6934, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA.
- Email: email@example.com
- Policy Amendments
HiveMind reserves the right to periodically review and amend this Dispute Resolution Policy. Users are encouraged to revisit this policy regularly to stay updated on any changes.