Terms of Use

Welcome to Shear on Social Media Law, which is owned and operated by Theseus Group LLC, at 7801 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 201, Bethesda, MD 20814 (“Theseus Group”). We offer this website to you subject to the following Terms of Use, which we may update from time to time without notice to you. You should review these Terms of Use from time to time because their terms are binding on you, and your use of the website constitutes your acceptance of them.

  1. PRIVACY POLICY

We are committed to protecting your personal information. For more information on how your personal data will be used, please review our Privacy Policy.

  1. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

Shear on Social Media Law logos and product and service names are trademarks of Theseus Group (the “Marks”). Without our prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner the Marks. Other logos, product and service names are the property of their respective owners, as may be indicated on the website.

3.  COPYRIGHT

Users may link to Shear on Social Media Law’s home page or to any post without the express written consent Bradley Shear. This material may not be republished, rebroadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of Bradley Shear or Theseus Group LLC.

All information published on this web site are opinions. The content is for intellectual curiosity purposes only and none of the information may be considered legal advice or advertising. The opinions expressed on this blog may not necessarily reflect the legal positions of Bradley Shear, any law firm he is affiliated with, or any position he may advocate or defend. The content on this blog is protected under the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Sections 101 et seq., and you must receive permission from the copyright holder to republish the posts contained on this platform. Users grant Shear on Social Media Law a transferable, in perpetuity, royalty free license to utilize any content that is posted onto this web site. Bradley Shear and Theseus Group LLC make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this web site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from the content on Shear on Social Media Law.

4.  NO RESALE OF SERVICE

The content on our website may be protected by copyright, trademark, database and other intellectual property rights. We hereby grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable license to use our website for personal use only and subject to these Terms of Use. You must not copy, transmit, modify, distribute, make available to the public or create any derivative works from any of the content that you find on our website for commercial purposes without first obtaining our consent to do so.

5. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

You acknowledge and agree that the website and any necessary software provided through it and used in connection with it (“Software”) may contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that content contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the website or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by us or our advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the website or the Software, in whole or in part. Software, if any, that is made available to download from the website, excluding software that may be made available by end-users through the website, is the copyrighted work of Shear Law and/or its vendors.

6.  NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

Nothing on our site is intended to create, and it will not create, an attorney-client relationship with you. Please note that any information you convey to Shear on Social Media Law over the Internet or other digital platforms may not be secure, and that information conveyed prior to establishing an attorney-client relationship may not be privileged or confidential.

7.  YOUR CONDUCT

You agree that you will not use our website for any purpose that is unlawful or which could interfere with or impair the operation and functionality of the site. You further agree that, when using our website, you will refrain from emailing or otherwise transmitting:

  • copyrighted material of which you are not the copyright owner;
  • information that will breach applicable laws or regulations, including data protection or privacy laws;
  • material which is damaging, threatening, abusive, harassing, discriminatory or defamatory in nature or which another user of our website may find objectionable;
  • viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful; or
  • content that you do not have the right to submit under any law or which would put you in breach of a contractual or fiduciary obligation (for example, confidential information learned or acquired during the course of your employment with us or information that would infringe confidentiality rights).

As a further condition of your use of our website, you agree that you will not:

  • impersonate any entity or organization or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or organization; or
  • advertise, sell, offer to sell or buy goods or services or engage in solicitation or promotional activity, except in those areas of our website that have been specifically designated for such purposes.

In addition to the above, you agree that you are bound by, and will comply with, all local laws, regulations and rules to which you are subject and which regulate your use of the Internet.

8.  VIRUS, HACKING AND OTHER OFFENSES

You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our website, the server on which our website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our website. You must not attack our website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. You must not take any action that imposes an unreasonably or disproportionately large load on the website’s infrastructure. You must not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the website or any activity being conducted on the website. You must not use or attempt to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including, without limitation, browsers, spiders, robots, avatar’s or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the website other than the search engine and search agents available from the website and other than generally available third-party web browsers. You must not attempt to decipher, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up part of the website.

By breaching this provision, you may commit a criminal offense under applicable laws. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will cooperate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our website will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

9.  NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on the website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information:

  • identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
  • identification of the allegedly infringing material on the Website that is requested to be removed;
  • your name, address, and daytime telephone number, and an email address if available, so that Shear Law may contact you if necessary;
  • a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the signatory is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright right that is allegedly infringed; and
  • an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement.

Our Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached at admin@shearlaw.com.

We will remove content that infringes upon the copyright of any person under the laws of the United States upon receipt of such a statement (or, more specifically, any statement in conformance with 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)). United States law provides significant penalties for submitting such a statement falsely.

10. INFORMATION YOU POST ON THE SITE

You agree to bear all risks and liability associated with the posting of any information you voluntarily provide to us through our website. By making any such submission, you are granting us, our affiliates, sublicensees, and successors and assigns, a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty free, perpetual, non-revocable license to use your submission for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, the rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, reformat and preserve the information. We specifically reserve the right to use the information that you submit in connection with promoting Shear on Social Media Law.

11. INFORMATION WE PROVIDE THROUGH THE SITE

BY USING OUR WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS.” WE ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TIMELINESS, DELETION, IMPROPER DELIVERY, OR FAILURE TO STORE ANY USER COMMUNICATION OR PERSONALIZATION SETTING. THE MATERIAL DISPLAYED ON OUR WEBSITE IS PROVIDED WITHOUT ANY GUARANTEES, CONDITIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO ITS ACCURACY. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE AND THIRD PARTIES CONNECTED TO US HEREBY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDE:

  • ALL CONDITIONS, WARRANTIES AND OTHER TERMS WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE BE IMPLIED BY STATUTE, COMMON LAW OR THE LAW OF EQUITY.
  • ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED BY ANY USER IN CONNECTION WITH OUR WEBSITE OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, INABILITY TO USE, OR RESULTS OF THE USE OF OUR WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT AND ANY MATERIALS POSTED ON IT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY FOR: LOSS OF INCOME OR REVENUE; LOSS OF BUSINESS; LOSS OF PROFITS OR CONTRACTS; LOSS OF ANTICIPATED SAVINGS; LOSS OF DATA; LOSS OF GOODWILL; WASTED MANAGEMENT OR OFFICE TIME; OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, HOWEVER ARISING AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE.

12.  INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold us, our partners, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising from or connected with any information you submit, post, or transmit through our site, your use or misuse of our website, your violation of these Terms of Use, or your violation of any rights of another person or entity.

13. JURISDICTION AND APPLICABLE LAW

These Terms of Use and your use of our website shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action or proceeding related to the use of this website shall be brought exclusively via arbitration under the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association in Bethesda, Maryland.

14.  MISCELLANEOUS

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, then such provision shall be severable without affecting the enforceability of all remaining provisions. We reserve the right to alter or delete materials from this website at any time at its discretion.

15.  VARIATIONS

We may revise these Terms of Use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we have made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these Terms of Use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our website.

16.  YOUR CONCERNS

If you have any concerns about the material which appears on our website, please contact us.

Thank you for visiting our website.