As of May 23, 2023
1. Ownership and use restrictions
The Site is owned and operated by MLS. MLS reserves the right to contract with, and has contracted with, third parties for the operation of various components or services of the Site, each on our behalf.
The content and materials contained on or distributed within the Site and Services including, without limitation, video, audio, photos, text, images, user interfaces, graphics, statistics, updated scores, news, contests, fantasy games, message features, merchandise, tickets, logos and all copyrights and intellectual property related to the Site and/or Services, MLS, Soccer United Marketing, LLC (“SUM”) any affiliate of MLS or SUM, MLS NEXT, MLS GO, any of the MLS member clubs, or any of the MLS, MLS NEXT, MLS GO or MLS Club sponsors, licensees and other affiliates (the "Content") are either owned by, or licensed to, MLS. We maintain the Site and Services for your personal entertainment, information, education, and communication. You may download one copy of each piece of Content from the Site and/or Services to any single computer for your personal, noncommercial use only, provided that you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on such Content. You may not, reproduce, republish, prepare derivative works based upon, modify, upload, post, compile, transmit, distribute, copy, publicly display or otherwise use the Content in any manner, except as expressly provided in these Terms of Service, without the express written permission of MLS, and nothing herein shall imply any license or right otherwise. Modification of any Content on the Site or Services in any manner is a violation of the applicable owner's copyright and other proprietary rights.
The word marks, logos, trade names, packaging and designs of MLS, SUM, MLS NEXT, MLS GO, the current and former MLS member clubs and the Site and the Services are the exclusive property of MLS or our affiliates. All other word marks and logos (each, a "Trademark" and, collectively the "Trademarks") appearing on the Site and on the Services are Trademarks of their respective owners, regardless of whether such Trademarks are displayed with the trademark symbol. Nothing contained on the Site or as part of the Services should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site or on the Services in any manner without the express written permission of its respective owner. Any use of the Trademarks displayed on the Site, or any other Content on the Site, or in the Services except as expressly provided in these Terms of Service, is strictly prohibited.
Images of people or places displayed as part of the Content on the Site or on the Services are either the property of, or used with permission by, MLS. Any use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless expressly permitted by these Terms of Service or by express permission that is granted elsewhere on the Site or in connection with the Services. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.
We neither warrant nor represent that your use of Content displayed on the Site and/or Services will not infringe upon the rights of third parties neither owned by nor affiliated with MLS.
2. Access to site
To access the Site, you must have access to the World Wide Web, either directly or through devices that access Web-based content, and you are solely responsible for payment of any service fees associated with such access. Certain features of the Site and the Services may require additional software downloads and minimum technical requirements that are presented when you first register, which minimum technical requirements may change from time to time in MLS's sole discretion. You are solely responsible for determining whether your computer satisfies the minimum technical requirements before you register to access the Site and/or the Services. Your exclusive remedy in the event MLS changes the minimum technical requirements is to terminate your use of the Site and/or the Services.
3. Registration for certain features
3.1 Registration; Privacy
3.2 User Name
In order to use certain functionalities of the Site and/or Services, you may be asked to select a user name (a "User Name") for identification purposes. You must not use any User Name that violates these Terms of Service or any of the Code of Conduct (below). You may also receive or choose a password upon completing the registration process. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password, and are solely responsible for all activities that occur under your password. Without limiting anything else in these Terms of Service, we are not responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of or related to your failure to comply with this Section 3.
4. Services and Content
The Content on the Site and the Services provided may be updated, deleted or otherwise modified from time to time at the discretion of MLS.
a. The Site and the Services may offer opportunities for you to send messages or postings in connection with various features which may include, without limitation, vanity email, auctions, contests, games, message boards, chat rooms, blogs and video submissions (each a "Message Feature" and, collectively, the "Message Features").
b. You must use the Message Features in a responsible manner. By entering the Site or using the Services, you expressly agree to not transmit any message (each, a "Message" and, collectively, the "Messages") in connection with any Message Feature that violates the Code of Conduct for the Site and Services as set forth below.
d. Although we or our Vendors may from time to time monitor or review Messages or User Names submitted on the Site/Services, neither MLS nor our Vendors are under any obligation to do so and assume no responsibility or liability that may result from the content of any Message nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy contained therein. Display of any Message in any Message Feature or any User Name does not constitute approval or endorsement by us or our Vendors. You acknowledge that neither MLS nor our Vendors are responsible for, and cannot and do not guarantee, the accuracy or reliability of information in any Message posted or submitted by any user of the Site or Services.
e. Messages submitted to the Site or the Services by Message Feature or otherwise, including without limitation any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like, and User Names are, and will be treated as, non-confidential and nonproprietary. By submitting a Message or User Name to the Site or in connection with any Services, you acknowledge that any information disclosed by you therein (i) may be used by any third party; (ii) is not confidential, may be read or intercepted by others and you have no expectation of privacy with regard thereto; (iii) creates no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship between you and us or our Vendors other than as expressly set forth in these Terms of Service; and (iv) is subject to the grant of Rights to us and our Vendors described in "Submissions" below.
By transmitting any Message or User Name or submitting ideas, articles, scripts, story lines, fan fiction, characters, drawings, creative ideas, concepts, know-how, processes, techniques, proposals, suggestions, plans, product names, technologies or materials, whether solicited or unsolicited, (each, a "Submission" and, collectively, "Submissions"), you are granting us a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide and irrevocable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, translate, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, perform or display such Submissions, in whole or in part, in any form, media or technology known or hereafter developed for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes (collectively, "Rights"). MLS, SUM, MLS NEXT, MLS GO, the operators of the MLS member clubs, and each of the foregoing entities’ respective affiliates shall also have the absolute right, but not the obligation, to use your name in connection with the broadcast, print, online or other use or publication of your Submission and to license your Submission to third parties without seeking or receiving your further consent.
a. Solicited Submissions: At times, we may solicit Submissions from visitors to the Site, including, without limitation, information, ideas, artwork or other materials. It is our practice to post notices on the Site regarding our planned use of such materials where we solicit the Submission. Your provision of information in response to such a solicitation constitutes a grant by you to us of the Rights described above. In the event we seek to claim full ownership, rather than an irrevocable perpetual license of your Submission, you hereby assign all right title and interest to such Submission without any payment or further obligation to you and to take any and all action necessary to effect such assignment.
b. Unsolicited Submissions: Although we welcome your comments regarding, and your ideas and proposals for, the Site or Services, it is our policy not to accept or consider any Submissions that are unsolicited. The intent of this policy is to avoid the possibility of future misunderstandings, legal or otherwise, when creative ideas, concepts or materials developed by MLS and/or our partners or affiliates might appear to be similar to your Submission(s). If you do send any Submission(s) to MLS via the Site, Services, or otherwise, that are unsolicited, however, you agree that (i) your unsolicited Submission(s) are not being made in confidence or trust and that by making such Submission(s) no contractual or fiduciary relationship is created between you and MLS; (ii) any such unsolicited Submission(s) and copyright become the property of and will be owned by MLS and may be used, copied, sublicensed, adapted, transmitted, distributed, publicly performed, published, displayed or deleted as MLS sees fit; (iii) you are not entitled to any compensation, credit or notice whatsoever in connection with such Submission(s); and (iv) by sending an unsolicited Submission you waive the right to make any claim against MLS or our partners and/or affiliates relating to any unsolicited Submissions by you, including, without limitation, unfair competition, breach of implied contract or breach of confidentiality.
4.3 Ownership and Non-Infringement
By posting or submitting your content to the Site and/or Services, you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights thereto, and that use of your content on the Site and/or Services will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party or any applicable law.
5. Code of Conduct
5.1 Code of Conduct
You agree not to use the Site and Services, including, but not limited to transmitting Messages, links or Submissions in manner that:
i) imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Site's infrastructure, interferes or disrupts the Site, the Services or the networks connected thereto or otherwise restricts or inhibits any other user from using and enjoying the Site or the Services;
ii) is, or encourages conduct that is, unlawful, violent, threatening, abusive, bigoted, hateful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit, indecent, or otherwise deemed objectionable by MLS;
iii) constitutes, advocates or encourages conduct that would constitute or give rise to a criminal offense, civil liability or other violation of any local, state, national or international law;
iv) violates, plagiarizes or infringes the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy or publicity or any other proprietary right or reveals confidential information or trade secrets in an unauthorized manner;
v) contains any virus, Trojan horse, worm, time bomb, cancelbot, ransomware, malware or other similar harmful or deleterious programming routine;
vi) harms or attempts to harm minors;
vii) contains any information, software or other material of a commercial nature;
viii) contains advertising, promotions, spam or commercial solicitations of any kind;
ix) constitutes or contains false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact; or
x) contains material irrelevant to the subject matter of the Message Feature, including that which incites disputes, demeans, or wishes injury on a player or us or other users.
Clauses i) - x) shall collectively be referred to as the "Code of Conduct".
5.2 General Prohibited Uses
You agree that in connection with your use of the Site and the Services, you will not:
i) harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users by electronic or other means or engaging in spidering, screen scraping, database scraping or other such activity;
ii) use any incomplete, false or inaccurate biographical or other information for purposes of registering as a user of the Services, or for purposes of registering for any promotions offered through the Services;
iii) delete or revise any material or other information of any other user of the Services;
iv) take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the infrastructure of one or more of the Services;
v) use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of one or more of the Services or any activity being conducted on this Site;
vi) use or attempt to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including, without limitation, browsers, spiders, robots, avatars or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the Services to harvest or otherwise collect information from the Services to be used for any commercial purpose;
vii) allow any other person or entity to use your User Name or password for posting or viewing comments or sending or receiving materials;
viii) attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Services;
ix) access data not intended for you, gain unauthorized access to the Services or log into a server or account that you are not authorized to access;
x) attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;
xi) attempt to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, by way of submitting a virus to, or overloading, "flooding", "spamming", "mailbombing" or "crashing" the Services; or
xii) forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting;
xiii) use the Site in any manner that violates any applicable laws or is prohibited by these Terms of Service.
Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability.
MLS reserves all rights to investigate occurrences that may involve violations of the security of the use of the Site and/or Services or of the law, and MLS may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who are involved in such violations. If any unauthorized person obtains access to the Services as a result of any act or omission by you, you shall use your best efforts to ascertain the source and manner of acquisition and shall fully and promptly notify privacy@MLSSoccer.com. You shall otherwise cooperate and assist in any investigation relating to any such unauthorized access. If you commit or cause such violations, we may suspend or terminate your access to the Services for any or no reason at any time without notice.
If you become aware of any content on the Services that you believe to be objectionable or to violate these Terms of Service, or that you believe may cause injury to yourself, us, or any third party, you should notify us of such content immediately by contacting privacy@MLSSoccer.com. Even if you notify us of such content that you believe to be objectionable, you agree that we will not be obligated to take any particular steps, or any steps at all, in response to your notification. You agree that your notification under this paragraph will create no duty on our part to you or to any third party, and that we may not be held liable for any action that we take, or for our inaction, after you provide us with notification.
6. Voting, Contests and Sweepstakes
6.1. The Site may offer you opportunities to vote in connection with certain events. By casting a vote or entering contests or sweepstakes, you signify your agreement to all special terms and voting guidelines set forth on the Site applicable to that event as well as in these Terms of Service.
While we provide links to websites that sell products and Services on the Site, we do not sell products or Services directly on the Site. If you click on links to products or Services on the Site, you will be redirected to other websites, some of which we or our affiliates operate and some of which are operated by third parties. See Section 9 below for discussion of links and embedding.
If you click on the MLS Season Pass link and Subscribe, you will be directed to the Apple.com website at tv.apple.com/channel/tvs.sbd.7000. Subscriptions to MLS Season Pass and other use of Apple’s website are governed by legal terms on that site, which are currently found at www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/. Questions with respect to MLS Season Pass and subscriptions should be directed to the contacts identified in the legal terms at www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/.
8. Streaming Services
9. Links & Embedding
9.1 The Site or Services may contain links to other websites and services ("Linked Services"). The Linked Services may or may not be under MLS's control and MLS is not responsible for the contents of the Linked Services of third parties that it does not control.
The following restrictions ("Linkage Restrictions") apply to all links, including any to Embedded Content, to or from the Site or Services from or to any on-line, cable, wireless or other website, service, browser or other resource:
A. Websites, services, browsers and other resources other than Commercial Sites (e.g., fan sites, chamber of commerce sites, search engine sites, widely available Internet browsers) (each, a "Permissible Site" and, collectively, "Permissible Sites") may link to www.mlssoccer.com without the express written permission of MLS if such link is: (i) a "word" (as opposed to a "logo") link (e.g., "mlssoccer.com," "The Official Site of Major League Soccer"); and (ii) spatially separated from, and not otherwise associated with, any sponsorship advertising, or other commercial text or graphics that may be on the page/area containing such word link.
B. The www.MLSSoccer.com logo, or a link containing any other logo of MLS or its member clubs (a "logo" link) may not be used to link to www.mlssoccer.com without the express written permission of MLS.
C. No link to the Site may be "framed" by the Permissible Site where the link originated if such "frame" contains any sponsorship, advertising or other commercial text or graphics.
D. Links to and from the Site or Services from or to other sites maintained by third parties do not constitute an endorsement by MLS of any third-party website or content. We are not responsible for the availability of these third-party resources. Your linking to the Site, off-site pages or other sites is at your own risk and without the permission of MLS. By clicking on any such link, you acknowledge that the Site has no control over, and makes no representations of any kind with respect to, such other sites or any content contained within such other sites, and you hereby revoke any claim against us with respect to such other sites. You should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its website administrator or Webmaster.
E. The posting or creation of any link to the Site signifies that you have read these Linkage Restrictions and agree to abide by their terms.
Subject to your strict compliance with these Terms of Service (including, but not limited to, the Code of Conduct), you may embed certain Content (including, but not limited to, video clips and photographs) from the Site into your website, blog or profile page, provided that you do not (i) obscure the Leagues Cup’s branding of the embedded Content, assert or imply ownership or authorship of the Content, or facilitate another party's assertion or implication of ownership or authorship of the Content; (ii) sell access to embedded Content on another website, (iii) use the embedded Content for the primary purpose of procuring advertising or subscription revenue, (iv) use the embedded Content on a website that solely aggregates the embedded Content for the purpose of generating advertising revenue therefrom, or (v) use embedded Content that MLS, in its sole discretion, determines to be competing with or displacing the market for the Content: (vi) embed the Content in a setting or manner in which it may be associated with content or other material that (a) is or may be considered unlawful, threatening, abusive, bigoted, hateful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent, (b) may constitute, advocate or encourage conduct that would constitute or give rise to a criminal offense, civil liability or other violation of any local, state, national or international law; (c) violates, plagiarizes or infringes the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other proprietary right; (d) contains or may be associated with a computer virus or other harmful component; (e) constitutes or contains false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact. MLS reserves the right to disable your use of embedded Content at any time, in MLS's sole discretion.
10. Availability of Services
The availability of the Content, the Site and the Services may be affected or impaired by a variety of factors, including game delays or cancellations, application of blackout restrictions, technical problems or network delays, program rescheduling or other reasons. You agree that MLS is not obligated to provide you with any specific Content or access to the Site or the Services under these Terms of Service.
11. Disclaimer of Warranties and Damages; Limitation of Liability
While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information in and Content on the Site and through the Services, we make no warranties or representations as to its accuracy. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the Content of the Site or in the Services. We make no representation that the Content contained in the Site or the Services are appropriate or authorized for use in all countries, states, provinces, counties or any other jurisdictions. If you choose to access the Site and/or the Services, you do so of your own initiative and risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws.
THE CONTENT AND SERVICES (AND ANY OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED AS A RESULT OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS OR USE OF THE SERVICES) ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE AND OUR VENDORS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WARRANTIES AGAINST INFRINGEMENT OF ANY THIRD-PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. NEITHER WE NOR OUR VENDORS WARRANT OR REPRESENT THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE SITE OR SERVICES IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE, CORRECTLY SEQUENCED, RELIABLE OR TIMELY, OR THAT THE SITE OR SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR FREE OF ERRORS AND/OR VIRUSES. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OF THE SITE OR SERVICES OR THIRD PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU. YOU USE THE SITE AND SERVICES AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WE, MLS, SUM, MLS MEMBER CLUB OPERATORS, OUR VENDORS, NOR ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT OR NEGLIGENCE, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) THAT ARISE OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, DEFECTS, UNTIMELINESS, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, OR UNAUTHENTICITY OF ANY CONTENT IN THE SITE OR SERVICES, OR THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR SERVICES OR ANY CONTENT THEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL OUR OR OUR VENDOR'S AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR CLAIM RELATED TO OR ARISING OUT OF THE SITE AND SERVICES EXCEED THE TOTAL CASH AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THE SITE AND SERVICES, IF ANY.
THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 11 APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OUR LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers and vendors found on or through the Site or Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser and/or vendor. You agree that we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers or vendors on the Site or in connection with the Site or Services. All of your business dealings with vendors and advertisers appearing on or through the Site or Services shall be at your sole risk.
We may give notice to users of the Site or Services by means of a general notice on the Site or Services, electronic mail to a user's email address if on record, or by written communication sent by first class mail to a user's address if on record. If your email service includes functionality or software that catalogues your emails in an automated manner, it is your responsibility to ensure that those emails we send to you reach your inbox, either by routinely monitoring your bulk, junk and/or spam email folders or by adding us to your address book or safe senders list. You may give notice to us (such notice shall be deemed given when received) by any of the following means:
- Electronic mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter delivered by first class postage prepaid mail or courier to Major League Soccer at the following address:
Major League Soccer, L.L.C.
420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Attn: Legal Department
13. Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Infringement
13.1 \\ Copyright Infringement**
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2) ("DMCA"), MLS has designated to the U.S. Copyright Office an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement relating to the Site (the "Designated Agent"). All such notifications relating to the Site must be submitted in a manner consistent with the DMCA to the following Designated Agent:
Major League Soccer, L.L.C.
420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Attn: General Counsel
To be effective, the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:
(1) a signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (2) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are claimed to have been infringed, a representative list of such works; (3) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material; (4) information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as name, address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address; (5) a statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (6) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
We reserve the right to remove any posted submission that infringes the copyright of any person under the laws of the United States upon receipt of a notice that complies with the requirements of 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3). United States law provides significant penalties for submitting such a statement falsely.
We maintain a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of the Site use privileges of users who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights.
13.2 \\ Trademark Infringement**
MLS respects the intellectual property rights of others and takes intellectual property concerns seriously. MLS reserves the right to remove any content from its Services for any reason, including if it infringes the trademark rights of any person under the laws of the United States. Under the appropriate circumstances, MLS will, and expressly reserves the right to, disable or terminate the accounts of users who are repeat trademark infringers.
If you believe in good faith that any content on the Services violates or infringes your trademark rights, please submit a Notice of Trademark Infringement to MLS's DMCA Agent (with the subject line "Trademark Notice") containing the information set forth below:
(1) Complete contact information, including first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
(2) Identification of the specific word, name, symbol, or device, or combination thereof in which you claim trademark rights.
(3) Identification of the basis for your claim of trademark rights (e.g., federal registration, state registration), including the registration number or a copy of the registration certificate, if applicable.
(4) The country, territory, or jurisdiction in which you claim trademark rights.
(5) The category of goods or services for which you claim you are entitled to trademark rights.
(6) A hyperlink, screenshot, or other information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on the Services that you believe violates your trademark rights.
(7) An explanation of how you believe this content infringes your trademark.
(8) If you are not the owner of the trademark, an explanation of your relationship to the owner (e.g., attorney, authorized agent).
(9) A declaration that:
(A) You have a good faith belief that use of the trademark described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the trademark owner, its agent, or the law;
(B) The information in your notice is accurate to the best of your knowledge and belief;
(C) You are the owner of the trademark allegedly infringed, or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of that trademark; and
(D) Your electronic signature or physical signature.
Claims of trademark infringement that include the above-required information should be submitted via postal mail to MLS's DMCA Agent as follows:
Major League Soccer, L.L.C.
420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Attn: General Counsel
Agent for Notices of Infringement Only: The foregoing information is provided exclusively for notifying MLS that your trademark may have been infringed. Only notices of trademark infringement will receive a response through this process. Notices of infringement that do not contain all the required information (as described above) may not receive a response.
Please be aware that submitting a report of intellectual property infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences. For example, intentionally submitting a misleading or fraudulent report with respect to copyright infringement may lead to liability for damages under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), or similar laws in other countries.
Before submitting a notice of infringement, be sure to consider whether fair use or a similar exception to copyright or trademark law may apply to the use. If you are unsure whether the content you are considering reporting infringes your rights, you may wish to seek legal guidance before submitting a notice of infringement.
Do not submit a notice of infringement unless you are the owner of the copyrighted material or trademark that you believe is being infringed, or an agent authorized to act on the owner's behalf.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold MLS, SUM, each MLS member club operator, and each of the foregoing entities’ respective operators, affiliates, subsidiaries, vendors, partners, members, managers, owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, governors and representatives harmless from any and all claims, demands, liabilities, damages and expenses and other losses (including attorneys' fees and court costs) arising out of or relating to: (i) your use of the Site, including, without limitation, use of any Message Feature, Service, or the Store; and/or (ii) any breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Service by you. You shall not settle any such claim without the prior written consent of MLS. We reserve the right to defend any such claims and, for clarity, you agree to reimburse us for all liabilities, fines, costs and expenses associated with defending against and resolving any such claims. These obligations will survive any termination of these Terms of Service.
15. Mobile Devices
15.1 Application Venue
If you use an application on your mobile device including but not limited to iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, or Microsoft Windows mobile devices (each a “Mobile Device”) to access or use the Site or Services, you agree to the following terms and conditions to the extent they apply thereto (such Services accessed via mobile devices referred to herein as the "Licensed Application(s)"):
a. You acknowledge that these terms are between you and us only, and not with Apple, Google or Microsoft or any other store/venue, as applicable, where the application is available (“Application Venue”) and that Application Venue is not responsible for the Licensed Application(s) or the content thereof.
b. The license granted to you for the Licensed Application(s) is a limited non-transferable license to use the Licensed Application(s) on any Mobile Device that you own or control and as permitted by the Usage Rules set forth in the Application Venue Terms of Service (as applicable).
c. Application Venue, including Apple, Inc., Google or Microsoft, is not responsible for any maintenance, support, intellectual property, product warranty or product claims, whether express or implied by law, for the Licensed Application(s). You acknowledge that Application Venue has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to any third-party licensed Product.
d. In the event of any failure of the Licensed Application(s) to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Application Venue and Application Venue will refund the purchase price (if any) for the Licensed Application(s) to you; and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Application Venue will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Licensed Application(s).
e. You acknowledge that Application Venue is not responsible for addressing any claims of yours or any third party relating to the Licensed Application(s) or your possession and/or use of that Licensed Application(s), including, but not limited to: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the Licensed Application(s) fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation.
f. You acknowledge that, in the event of any third party claim that the Licensed Application(s) or your possession and use of that Licensed Application(s) infringes that third party's intellectual property rights, Application Venue is in no way responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim.
h. You acknowledge and agree that Application Venue, and Application Venue's subsidiaries, are third party beneficiaries of these Terms of Service, and that, upon Your acceptance of the terms and conditions of such license, Application Venue will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce such license against you as a third party beneficiary thereof.
15.2 Mobile Service
a. Mobile Service. The Services may include mobile entertainment content, alerts, and/or text messages transmitted through SMS, MMS, WAP, BREW and other means of mobile content delivery to certain compatible mobile devices (together, the “Mobile Service”). You acknowledge and agree that the Mobile Service is for your personal use and may be used only on your personal Mobile Device. To the extent the Mobile Service requires designation of your Mobile Device during a registration or other process, the Mobile Service may only be used on the designated Mobile Device. You agree that you may not otherwise transmit, broadcast, upload to any computer or other mobile device, create derivative works of, or make commercial use of the Mobile Service, including, but not limited to, any mobile alert (a “Mobile Alert”). You may not, or attempt to (or otherwise authorize, encourage, or support others’ attempts to) circumvent, re-engineer, decrypt, break, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Mobile Service, including, but not limited to, any Mobile Alert. We make no representation as to the compatibility of your Mobile Device with the Mobile Service, and you acknowledge and agree that we shall have no liability for the compatibility or non-compatibility of your Mobile Device with the Mobile Service. For clarity, the Mobile Service constitutes part of the Services and is therefore subject to the other provisions of these Terms of Service. In addition, on Services pages where the Mobile Service (including any Mobile Alert) is offered, the operator of such service may post additional terms (e.g., regarding additional fees) that apply to your use of the Mobile Service, and your use shall also be subject to those additional terms.
b. Access to the Mobile Service. In order to use the Mobile Service, you must have a mobile communications subscription with a participating wireless service provider (a “Carrier”), or otherwise have access to a mobile communications network for which we make the Mobile Service available, as well as any Carrier services necessary to download content to your Mobile Device. There may be service fees associated with certain Carrier services necessary to download content. Please contact your participating Carrier for details. In addition, you are responsible for ensuring that your equipment and/or software do not disturb or interfere with the operator’s operations. Any equipment or software causing interference with the operator’s operations and/or the Mobile Service shall be subject to immediate disconnection from the Mobile Service by the operator. If any upgrade in or to the Mobile Service requires changes in your equipment or software, you must effect these changes at your own expense.
c. Your Electronic Agreement to Receive Text Messages; E-Sign Disclosure. When you agree to receive text messages, you also consent to the use of an electronic record to document your agreement. To view and retain a copy of this disclosure or any information regarding your enrollment in this program, you will need (i) a device (such as a computer or mobile phone) with a web browser and Internet access and (ii) either a printer or storage space on such device.
d. Who Can Receive Text Messages? By signing up to receive texts, you represent that you are 13 years of age or older and, if you are under the age of 18, you either are an emancipated minor or have obtained the legal consent of your parent, legal guardian, or account holder to sign up for text messages and to fulfill the obligations and agree to the terms set forth in these Terms of Service, which form a binding agreement between you and us. You further represent that you are the subscriber of the cellular service at the mobile number provided or that you are authorized by the subscriber to sign-up for texts. You are responsible for notifying the operator immediately if you change your mobile number. You agree to indemnify the operator in full in connection with any third-party claims related to or caused by your failure to immediately notify the operator if you change your mobile number.
e. Cancellation of Text Messages. To stop receiving text messages from a specific operator text message program, simply text “STOP” to the short code provided in the text messages that you no longer wish to receive. After doing so, you will receive confirmation of your opt-out via text message. If you have signed up for more than one operator text message program, you will need to text “STOP” to the short code provided for each program from which you no longer wish to receive text messages. You understand and agree that texting “STOP” does not constitute a “do not call” request. You understand and agree that terms other than “STOP” may not be recognized as a cancellation request and the operator bears no responsibility for not processing an opt-out that uses a term other than “STOP.”
f. What If I Want More Information? To request more information, try texting “HELP” to the short code provided in the operator text message program about which you have questions or contact us at privacy@MLSSoccer.com or 212-450-1200.
g. How Many Text Messages Will I Receive? The number of text messages you receive from an operator text message program may vary significantly, depending in part on the specific text message program for which you sign up. Details regarding the type and frequency (or recurring nature) of text messages are included in the description of each operator text message program. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you and the operator agree that text messages may be sent between you and the operator at any time of day.
h. Who Are the Participating Carriers? Content is not available through all Carriers and Carrier participation could change. Consult with your Carrier to see if it participates in a particular text message program. The content is not compatible with all mobile phone models. The operator will not be liable for any delays in the receipt of any text messages or changes to participating Carriers, as delivery is subject to effective transmission from your Carrier with active participation at that time.
i. How Are the Text Messages Sent? The operator and/or its vendor may use automated or non-automated technology to send the text messages described above to the mobile phone number you provide when you request to receive the text messages. Consent is not a condition of the purchase of any goods or services.
16. Termination of Service
We may, in our sole discretion, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including the Services (subject to a refund to which you may be entitled), at any time with or without notice and with or without cause, including the availability of any Site or Service feature, database, or content. We may also cancel your registration password, or impose limits on certain features or services or restrict your access to parts of the Site, or the entire Site, or any or all of the Services with or without notice, and without liability, at any time, in our exclusive discretion, without prejudice to any legal or equitable remedies available to us, for any reason or purpose, including, but not limited to, conduct that we believe violates these Terms of Service or other policies or guidelines posted on the Site or conduct which we believe is harmful to other customers, to our respective businesses, or to other information providers. Upon any termination of these Terms of Service, you shall immediately discontinue your use of the Site and the Services and destroy all materials obtained therefrom. The provisions of these Terms of Service will survive the termination of your access to the Site and/or Services.
The Services, the Software and other materials downloaded from this Site may also be subject to United States Export Control. The United States Export Control laws prohibit the export of certain technical data and software to certain territories. No software from this Site (including, without limitation any Licensed Application or other Services) may be downloaded or exported (i) into (or to a national or resident of) Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, Ukraine (including the embargoed regions of Crimea and the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic), or Venezuela, or the embargoed countries of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or Syria, or any other country to which the United States has embargoed goods or has been designated by the United States as a "terrorist supporting" country; or (ii) anyone on the United States Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Deny Orders. We do not authorize the use of the Services or the downloading or exportation of any software or technical data from this Site to any jurisdiction prohibited by the United States Export Laws.
18. Arbitration; Consent to Jurisdiction In New York; Attorneys' Fees; Time Period Limitation for Claims; Waiver of Class and Representative Actions
a. Any and all disputes, claims, or controversies arising out of or relating to (i) these Terms of Service, (ii) the breach thereof, or (iii) any use of, or commercial transactions conducted through, the Site or Services (“Claims”), whether arising before or after the effective date of this Section, shall be settled by binding arbitration before a single arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures (including the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes to the extent those procedures are applicable), provided however that a Claim for money damages only (and not for any declaratory or injunctive relief) may be filed in a small claims court solely on an individual, non-class, and non-representative basis.
b. You and MLS waive all rights to a trial by jury in any action or proceeding involving any Claim in any forum.
c. Any arbitration of a Claim shall be held in New York County, New York, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction. This arbitration undertaking is made pursuant to and in connection with a transaction involving interstate commerce, and shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the Federal Arbitration Act at 9 U.S.C. Section 1, et seq. The parties agree that an award and any judgment confirming it applies only to the arbitration in which it was awarded and cannot be used in any other case or proceeding except to enforce the award itself. The arbitrator shall not have power or authority to award punitive damages, including treble damages that may otherwise be available.
d. Any and all claims shall be arbitrated on an individual, non-class, and non-representative basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party. You and MLS waive any right to have any Claim arbitrated or adjudicated as a class or representative action or in any other form other than on an individual basis. You and MLS further agree that the arbitrator shall have no authority to arbitrate any Claim as a class or representative action or in any other form other than on an individual basis. The arbitrator shall have power and authority to award only individual, non-class, and non-representative legal and equitable relief available in the courts of the State of New York. Notwithstanding any provision of the AAA’s rules and procedures, only the federal and state courts, and not the arbitrator, shall have the power to determine compliance with this paragraph, including the interpretation, validity, and enforceability of each of the foregoing sentences.
e. You agree that MLS may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in New York, New York necessary to protect its rights or property pending the completion of arbitration. These Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, excluding its conflict of law rules. By using the Services, you waive any claims that may arise under the laws of other states, countries, territories, or jurisdictions.
f. If any Claim is determined not to be subject to arbitration, the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for proceedings concerning such Claim shall be the federal or state courts of competent jurisdiction sitting within New York County, New York (the "Forum") and the parties hereby waive (i) any right to a trial by jury with respect to any Claim in such proceeding, (ii) any argument that the Forum or any court within it does not have personal jurisdiction, and (iii) any argument that the Forum is not appropriate or convenient.
g. If either party initiates a proceeding involving any Claim other than (i) an arbitration in accordance with this Section or (ii) a proceeding in small claims court permitted by this Section, or if either party initiates a proceeding involving a Claim under Paragraphs E or F other than in the Forum, the other party shall recover all attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses reasonably incurred in enforcing these Terms of Service and the agreed Forum.
h. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you permanently and irrevocably waive the right to bring any Claim unless you provide MLS with written notice of the event or facts giving rise to the Claim within one (1) year of their occurrence.
i. You acknowledge and agree that any violation of these Terms of Service relating to the disclosure, use, copying, distribution, display, or publishing of the information and/or content on the Services and/or its associated services and/or offerings may result in irreparable injury and damage to MLS that may not be adequately compensable in money damages, and for which MLS will have no adequate remedy at law. You, therefore, consent and agree that MLS may obtain injunctions, orders, or other equitable relief as may be reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with these Terms of Service. You waive any requirement of the posting of a bond that may apply for issuance of any injunctions, orders, or other equitable relief.
j. You and MLS agree that this Section shall apply to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and shall survive termination of these Terms of Service.
19. Notice to California Consumers
Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users of the Services are entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice: The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112, Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210.
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between the parties, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous written or oral agreements, proposals or communications with respect to the subject matter herein between you and us. We in our sole discretion may amend these Terms of Service, and your use of the Site or Services after such amendment is posted on the Site will constitute acceptance of it by you. The section headings in these Terms of Service are for convenience only and must not be given any legal import. If any provision of these Terms of Service is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. MLS's failure to enforce any provisions of these Terms of Service or respond to a breach by you or another user shall not serve to waive MLS's right enforce subsequently any terms or conditions of these Terms of Service or to act with respect to similar breaches.