Terms of Service
The Heart of Skills4Industry
We set out in 2000 to provide at-risk youths the basic work task skills to get and stay on top of their jobs and discovered that our mission must include reducing the barriers to employability in society and within us to inextricably link learning and work. To reduce these barriers that exist in societies globally we established a framework consisting of eleven core skills we call Skills4Industry, occupational tasks performed in all industries, and academic subject matter curricula. With this, we defined human capabilities across ten levels and called this framework integrative competencies. To eliminate the barriers we often face in applying new concepts especially for some of us who hate reading manuals, we established a community where we can get the handholding we need when we ask why? We called this community S4iHub, a hub where everyone can provide learning support and take the know-how that can be applied at home, school, work, playgrounds, and performances. To ensure it becomes your true companion we extensively used technology; 1. to ensure you will never forget what you have done in the past and how; 2. to ensure when you need help understanding a new concept you are presented what someone at your level or group did in a place thousands of miles from where you are to solve the same exact problem. These and 78 value-based features can be found in this global learning community portal s4ihub.io and you are welcome onboard. We will continue to apply our skills in areas that improve your knowledge and skills, as well as their application in different contexts globally. Including keeping your data secured, your privacy protected, and our systems up to date to gather the world’s competencies to ensure success for all that is at the heart of our mission.
These Terms of Service (“Terms”) describe our commitments to you, and your rights and responsibilities when using our services. Please read them carefully and reach out to us if you have any questions. These Terms include a mandatory arbitration provision in Section 16. If you don’t agree to these Terms, don’t use our services.
We’ve made these Terms available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means that you’re more than welcome to copy them, adapt them, and repurpose them for your own use. Just make sure to revise them so that your Terms of Service reflect your actual practices. Also, if you do use these Terms, we’d appreciate a credit and link to Skills4Industry somewhere on your website.
Terms of Service
These Terms govern your access to and use of the products and services we provide through or for Skills4Industry.com, Skills4Industry.org, S4iHub.io, and all the Skills4Industry educational institutions established to focus learning a new competence on research (collectively, “Services”).
Please read these Terms carefully before accessing or using our Services. By accessing or using any part of our Services, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms and all other operating rules, policies, and procedures that we may publish via these Services from time to time (collectively, the “Agreement”). You also agree that we may automatically change, update, or add on to our Services, and this Agreement will apply to any changes.
“You” means any individual or entity using our Services. If you use our Services on behalf of another person or entity, you represent and warrant that you’re authorized to accept the Agreement on that person’s or entity’s behalf, that by using Skills4Industry Services you’re accepting the Agreement on behalf of that person or entity, and that if you, or that person or entity, violates the Agreement, you and that person or entity agree to be responsible to us (Skills4Industry).
Please see below to determine which entity your Agreement is with, which depends on where you reside and which Services you use. We use the term “Designated Countries” to refer to all countries in the world.
2. Your Account
We may limit your access to our Services until we’re able to verify your account information, like your email address.
When you create an S4ihub.io account, we consider that to be an inquiry about our learning support products and services, which means that we may also contact you to share more details about what we have to offer (i.e., marketing). Don’t worry — if you aren’t interested, you can opt-out of marketing communications, whether it’s an email, phone call, or text message.
You’re solely responsible and liable for all activity under your account. You’re also fully responsible for maintaining the security of your account (which includes keeping your password secure). We’re not liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of your acts or omissions. If you get fired because of a blog post you write about your boss, that’s on you. If you are reported to law enforcement for inappropriately soliciting a minor that’s on you.
Don’t share or misuse your access credentials. And notify us immediately of any unauthorized uses of your account, publications, LearningLog or website, or of any other breach of security. If we believe your account has been compromised, we may suspend or disable it.
3. Minimum Age Requirements
Our Services are directed to everyone who can learn a skill. If you register as a user or otherwise use our Services, you represent that you’re at least 13 (or 16 in Europe) or a parent, caregiver, guardian, and teacher of anyone younger than that age. You may use our Services only if you can legally form a binding contract with us. In other words, if you’re under 18 years of age (or the legal age of the majority where you live), you can only use our Services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to this Agreement.
4. Responsibility of Visitors and Users
We review, and have ensured users can only be friends and in a group with those within their learning levels or grade in our Service websites. All content (like text, photo, video, audio, code, computer software, learning artifacts submitted for awards, and other materials) posted to or made available through our Services by users or anyone else (“Content”) or on websites that link to, or are linked from, our Services, are the burden of the user and their responsibility for any use or effects of such Content or third-party websites on minors. So, for example:
- We don’t have any control over third-party websites.
- A link to or from one of our Services does not represent or imply that we endorse any third-party website.
- We don’t endorse any Content or represent that Content is accurate, useful, or not harmful. Content could be offensive, indecent, or objectionable; include technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, or other errors; or violate or infringe the privacy, publicity rights, intellectual property rights, or other proprietary rights of third parties.
- You’re fully responsible for the Content available on your website, collected learning artifacts, and any harm resulting from that Content. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your website’s and LearningLog Content abides by applicable laws and by this Agreement.
- We aren’t responsible for any harm resulting from anyone’s access, use, purchase, or downloading of Content, or for any harm resulting from third-party websites and LearningLog. You’re responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content.
- Any Content that’s for sale through any of our Services is the seller’s sole responsibility, so you must look solely to the seller for any damages that result from your purchase or use of Content.
- We are not a party to, and will have no responsibility or liability for, any communications, transactions, interactions, or disputes between you and the provider of any Content.
Please note that additional third-party terms and conditions may apply to Content you download, copy, purchase, or use.
5. Fees, Payment, and Renewal
Fees for Paid Services. By using a Paid Service, you agree to pay the specified fees. Depending on the Paid Service, there may be one-time fees, recurring fees, or revenue-based fees. For recurring fees, we’ll bill or charge you in the automatically-renewing interval (such as monthly, annually, or biennially) you select, on a pre-pay basis until you cancel, which you can do at any time by contacting the relevant support team. For revenue-based fees —you pay us a percentage of the revenue your website generates. Revenue-based fees are ongoing.
Taxes. To the extent permitted by law, or unless explicitly stated otherwise, all fees do not include applicable federal, provincial, state, local, or other governmental sales, value-added, goods and services, harmonized or other taxes, fees, or charges (“Taxes”). You’re responsible for paying all applicable taxes relating to your use of our Services, your payments, or your purchases. If we’re obligated to pay or collect Taxes on the fees you’ve paid or will pay, you’re responsible for those Taxes, and we may collect payment.
Payment. If your payment fails, Paid Services are otherwise not paid for or paid for on time (for example, if you contact your bank or credit card company to decline or reverse the charge of fees for Paid Services), or we suspect a payment is fraudulent, we may immediately cancel or revoke your access to Paid Services without notice to you.
Fees and Charges. We may change our fees at any time in accordance with these Terms and requirements under applicable law. This means that we may change our fees going forward, start charging fees for Services that were previously free, or remove or update features or functionality that were previously included in the fees. If you don’t agree with the changes, you must cancel your Paid Service.
No-Show Policy. We may have a “no-show policy” for some Paid Services that require your participation. For instance, this may mean that if you don’t show up or are late for a scheduled session, you’ll still be charged and won’t be entitled to a refund.
Refunds. We may have a refund policy for some of our Paid Services, and we’ll also provide refunds if required by law. In all other cases, there are no refunds and all payments are final.
b. Fees Collected by Website Owners
Fees Paid to Websites or Website Owners. Website owners on s4ihub.io are teachers, mentors, and professionals who are here to teach, mentor, and coach you at no cost. While we pay them for their publications and other knowledge products, they can sell items (goods, content, services, etc.), offer subscriptions for their websites at specific price points and intervals, or simply collect payments. We’re not involved in a website’s subscription details or store operations (including the quality, timing, pricing, or legality of what may or may not be included in exchange for payment, or any goods or services purchased). If you buy items or subscriptions from a website, you’re making the purchase directly from the website owner, and they’re solely responsible for the items sold. Please contact the website owner if you have any questions or complaints. Contact us if you are a registered learner and the website owner insists that you pay for any services, products, and materials for which they have been paid to make it free to you.
Refunds. We’re not responsible for refunding fees paid to a website owner because those transactions are between website owners and their users. If you’d like to request a refund, please contact the website owner. If you have a complaint regarding a website owner, you can contact us.
We love hearing from you and are always looking to improve our Services. When you share comments, ideas, or feedback with us, you agree that we’re free to use them without any restriction or compensation to you.
7. General Representation and Warranty
Our mission is to organize the world’s competencies and make them available to everyone on the planet using technology to efficiently deliver the know-how whenever and wherever you want to apply your understanding. Skills4Industry Services are designed to give you control and ownership over the knowledge and skills you provide to others who need support through publications on your websites. We encourage you to express yourself freely, subject to a few requirements. In particular, you represent and warrant that your use of Skills4Industry Services:
- Will be in strict accordance with this Agreement;
- You are reminded again that minors use this website, although with legal custodian guidance;
- Will comply with all applicable laws and regulations (including, without limitation, all applicable laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content, privacy, data protection, the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside, the use or provision of financial services, notification and consumer protection, unfair competition, and false advertising);
- Will not be for any unlawful purposes, to publish illegal content, or in furtherance of illegal activities;
- Will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of Skills4Industry or any third party;
- Will not overburden or interfere with our systems or impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure, as determined by us in our sole discretion;
- Will not disclose the personal information of others especially learners who contacted you for support;
- Will not be used to send spam or bulk unsolicited messages;
- Will not interfere with, disrupt, or attack any service or network;
- Will not be used to create, distribute, or enable material that is, facilitates, or operates in conjunction with, malware, spyware, adware, or other malicious programs or code;
- Will not involve reverse engineering, decompiling, disassembling, deciphering, or otherwise attempting to derive the source code for the Services or any related technology that is not open source; and
- Will not involve renting, leasing, loaning, selling, or reselling the Services or related data without our consent.
8. Specific Service Terms
a. Skills4Industry.com Websites and Accounts
S4ihub.io enables you to create beautiful websites and blogs, and we would love for you to use it. An S4ihub.io account also allows you to sign in to some of our other Services.
Skills4Industry.com’s basic service is free, and we offer paid services that add advanced features like a custom domain name, extra storage, and access to premium themes. We don’t own your content, and you retain all ownership rights you have in the content you post to your website. However, be responsible for what you publish. In particular, make sure that nothing prohibited (like spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence) appears on your website.
If you find a Skills4Industry.com website that you believe violates these Terms, please let us know.
Your Skills4Industry.com Website’s URL. If you create a website on Skills4Industry.com, you get free use of a Skills4Industry-owned subdomain, like yourgroovysite.Skills4Industry.com or mollys.food.blog. You must not engage in “domain squatting,” claim an unreasonable number of subdomains (as determined by us) or sell access to any subdomains.
License. By uploading or sharing Content, you grant us a worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, adapt, publicly display, and publish the Content solely for the purpose of providing and improving the education and skills of learners on our site for which we have expressly compensated you. This license also allows us to make any publicly posted Content available to select third parties so that these third parties can analyze and distribute (but not publicly display) the Content through their services. You also give other S4iHub.io users permission to share your Content on other Skills4Industry.com websites and add their own Content to it (aka to “reblog” your Content), so long as they use only a portion of your post and they give you credit as the original author by linking back to your website, which the reblogging function on Skills4Industry.com does automatically.
Removing Content. If you delete Content, we’ll use reasonable efforts to remove it from public view (or in the case of a private website, from view by the authorized visitors) on S4iHub.io, but you acknowledge that cached versions of the Content or references to the Content may not be immediately unavailable.
Web Traffic. We may use a third-party service to measure Skills4Industry.com’s audience and usage. By having your website on Skills4Industry.com, you agree to assign the traffic for your website to Skills4Industry, and you authorize us to sign a Traffic Assignment Letter on your behalf. This means that your website’s traffic may be included under Skills4Industry, your website may not receive credit for traffic in the respective reports, and you must not assign your website’s traffic to any other party. If we require additional documentation to verify ownership of your website or domain name, you agree to make reasonable efforts to provide it.
Prohibited Uses. Your Content and conduct must not violate this document’s terms.
Advertisements. We may display advertisements on your website unless you notify us to remove the ads, but we guarantee they are from sectors within education, technology, and the like to improve your knowledge of industry innovations.
Attribution. We may display attribution text or links in your website footer or toolbar, noting that your website is powered by Skills4Industry.com or attributing the creator of your theme, for example. For more details about these attributions, and under which circumstances (if any) you may alter or remove them.
Your responsibilities. You have control over your store, and with great power comes great responsibility. You’re solely responsible for all of your eCommerce activities, including managing subscriptions for your website, managing your store, all applicable taxes and fees, compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and compliance with any applicable laws (such as those relating to automatic renewal). Among other things, this means that:
- We’re not involved in your relationships or transactions with any customer or potential customer.
- You may only use Ecommerce Services for legitimate transactions with your customers.
- You must accurately communicate transaction details; set expectations appropriately; and fulfill all promises, representations, or warranties you’ve made. For example, if you’d like to offer subscribers a new post each week for contributing to your site and aren’t sure if you’ll be able to post that frequently, you should be clear that weekly posts are a goal and not a guarantee.
- You’re responsible for the nature and quality of the products or services you provide, and for delivery, support, refunds, returns, providing any appropriate warnings and for any other ancillary services you provide to your customers.
- You’re responsible for resolving all support questions, comments, and complaints, including chargebacks and pricing questions. You must provide contact information so customers can contact you with questions or complaints.
- You must maintain a fair return, refund, cancellation, or adjustment policy, and clearly explain how customers can request a refund.
- If you believe that a transaction may be erroneous or suspicious, you should research the transaction and, if necessary, contact your customer before fulfilling or completing the transaction.
- If you have transactions with individuals (i.e., consumers), you specifically agree to provide consumer disclosures required by law, and to not engage in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices.
- You’re financially liable for disputes (including chargebacks), refunds, reversals, or fines that arise from your use of Ecommerce Services.
- You must ensure that any information you provide about your business, products, and services is accurate, complete, and current.
- You agree to promptly notify us via email if you receive any inquiry or action from a government or regulatory agency (such as the Federal Trade Commission or a state Attorney General) relating to your transactions.
Prohibited Uses. You may not use Ecommerce Services for any unlawful purposes outside education; in furtherance of illegal activities; or in a manner that is unfair, deceptive, exposes us or customers to unreasonable risks, or does not disclose important terms of a transaction in advance.
We may terminate your access to our Services or force refunds (where possible) to your subscribers and customers without notice to you if we determine (in our sole discretion) that your use violates the Agreement, or if a payment processor or regulatory authority requires it.
Tax Calculations. You’re responsible for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to your eCommerce activities and your use of Ecommerce Services. You must collect, report, and/or pay the correct amounts to the appropriate authorities if applicable, and if needed, tell your customers about any taxes they may be required to pay and issue appropriate invoices. While some Ecommerce Services allow you to include sales taxes in transactions — for example, tax calculations may be provided by TaxJar — you shouldn’t rely solely on these features. We work to keep our documents and tools up-to-date, but tax laws change rapidly, and we can’t guarantee that tax calculations you receive through or in connection with our Services are complete and accurate. Tax laws also differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and may be interpreted differently by different authorities. We recommend consulting with a tax professional for your specific tax situation to assess the tax rates you should charge.
If we’re obligated to pay or collect Taxes on your eCommerce activities or your use of Ecommerce Services, you’re responsible for these Taxes, and we may collect payment for them from you.
We may also offer you the ability to process certain transactions in person through our In-Person Payments feature. As part of this feature, we may provide you with a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. These POS terminals are manufactured by third parties and are provided “as-is.”
9. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy
As we ask others to respect our intellectual property rights, we respect the intellectual property rights of others. We scraped the Web extensively for occupational, educational, and life skills data, and through data cleansing, for classification and mapping, our pedagogy is delivered to you as content to guide your subject matter learning. We may link different aspects of the content served you to different authorities and institutions worldwide as a guide to help you understand the regional variations in occupations globally and strictly for learning. If you believe any Content violates your copyright, please send us a notice.
10. Intellectual Property
The Agreement doesn’t transfer any Skills4Industry or third-party intellectual property to you, and all right, title and interest in and to such property remain (as between Skills4Industry and you) solely with Skills4Industry. Skills4Industry Educational Institutions, Skills4Industry Foundation, Skills4Industry.com, S4iHub, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with our websites or Services are trademarks or registered trademarks of Skills4Industry (or Skills4Industry’s licensors). Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with our Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Using our Services doesn’t grant you any right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Skills4Industry or third-party trademarks.
11. Third-Party Services
While using the Services, you may enable, use, or purchase services, products, software, embeds, or applications (like themes, extensions, plugins, or blocks) developed by a third party or yourself (“Third-Party Services”).
If you use any Third-Party Services, you understand that:
- Third-Party Services aren’t vetted, endorsed, or controlled by Skills4Industry.
- Any use of a Third-Party Service is at your own risk, and we won’t be responsible or liable to anyone for Third-Party Services.
- Your use is solely between you and the respective third party (“Third Party”) and is governed by the Third Party’s terms and policies.
- If you have questions or concerns about how a Third-Party Service operates or need support, contact the Third Party directly.
In rare cases, we may at our discretion, suspend, disable, or remove Third-Party Services from your account or website.
We may update, change, or discontinue any aspect of our Services at any time. Since we’re constantly updating our Services, we sometimes have to change the legal terms under which they’re offered. The Agreement may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Skills4Industry, or if Skills4Industry posts a revised version. We’ll let you know when there are changes: we’ll post them here and update the “Last Updated” date, and we may also post on one of our blogs or send you an email or other communication before the changes become effective. Your continued use of our Services after the new terms take effect will be subject to the new terms, so if you disagree with the changes in the new terms, you should stop using our Services. To the extent you have an existing subscription, you may be eligible for a refund.
We may terminate your access to all or any part of our Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. We have the right (though not the obligation) to, in our sole discretion, (i) reclaim your username or website’s URL due to prolonged inactivity, (ii) refuse or remove any content that, in our reasonable opinion, violates any of this Agreement or any Skills4Industry policy, or is in any way harmful or objectionable, (iii) ask you to make adjustments, restrict the resources your website uses, or terminate your access to the Services if we believe your website’s storage or bandwidth usage burdens our systems (which is rare and typically only occurs when a website is used for file-sharing or storage), or (iv) terminate or deny access to and use of any of our Services to any individual or entity for any reason. We will have no obligation to provide a refund of any fees previously paid.
You can stop using our Services at any time, or, if you use a Paid Service, you can cancel at any time, subject to the Fees, Payment, and Renewal section of these Terms.
Our Services are provided “as is.” Skills4Industry and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Neither Skills4Industry nor its suppliers and licensors make any warranty that our Services will be error-free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, our Services at your own discretion and risk.
15. Jurisdiction and Applicable Law.
Except to the extent any applicable law provides otherwise, the Agreement and any access to or use of our Services will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions. The proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to the Agreement and any access to or use of our Services that are not otherwise subject to arbitration (as indicated below) will be the district and federal courts located in Washington, DC.
16. Arbitration Agreement
Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under the Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in the District of Columbia, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce the Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees.
17. Limitation of Liability
In no event will Skills4Industry, or its suppliers, partners, or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of the Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability, or other legal or equitable theory for (i) any special, incidental, or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed $50 or the fees paid by you to Skills4Industry under the Agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action, whichever is greater. Skills4Industry shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond its reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Skills4Industry, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all losses, liabilities, demands, damages, costs, claims, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of or related to your use of our Services, including but not limited to your violation of the Agreement or any agreement with a provider of third-party services used in connection with the Services, Content that you post, and any eCommerce activities conducted through your or another user’s website.
19. US Economic Sanctions
You may not use the Services if such use is inconsistent with U.S. sanctions law or if you are on any list maintained by a U.S. government authority relating to designated, restricted, or prohibited persons.
20. Data Processing Agreement
If you need a data processing agreement (DPA) with us for the GDPR requirements that apply to us as a data processor for your website, please contact us.
These Terms were originally written in English (US). We may translate these terms into other languages, and in the event of a conflict between a translated version of these Terms and the English version, the English version will control.
The Agreement (together with any other terms we provide that apply to any specific Service) constitutes the entire agreement between Skills4Industry, Inc. and you concerning our s4ihub.io Services. If any part of the Agreement is unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part is severable from the Agreement and does not affect the validity or enforceability of the rest of the Agreement. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of the Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof.
Skills4Industry may assign its rights under the Agreement without condition. You may only assign your rights under the Agreement with our prior written consent.