Last updated: December 23, 2019
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Note that any capitalized terms not defined in these Developer Terms have the meanings set forth elsewhere in the Developer Agreement.
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1. Our Licenses To You
1.1. Our Developer Tools. Subject to your ongoing compliance with the Developer Agreement, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable license to use the Developer Tools to develop, test and create your products and services (“Developer Products”). You acknowledge that as between you and Squarespace, Squarespace retains all worldwide right, title and interest in the Developer Tools, including without limitation all intellectual property rights therein, and that the Developer Agreement doesn't grant you any rights in any of our Services or the content accessed through the Services. If you acquire any rights in the Developer Tools, by operation of law or otherwise, you, at no expense to Squarespace, hereby assign all such rights to Squarespace. Some of the software used in the Developer Tools may be offered under an open source license. The provisions in the open source license and not these Developer Terms govern your use of that software.
1.2. Our Brand Assets. You may use the words, phrases, symbols, designs and other distinctive brand features associated with Squarespace and our Services (collectively, “Brand Assets”) provided in the Developer Tools, provided that your use complies with the Developer Agreement and any documentation provided with the Developer Tools. You agree that any goodwill derived from your use of the Brand Assets only benefits Squarespace. If you acquire any rights in the Brand Assets, by operation of law or otherwise, you, at no expense to Squarespace, hereby assign all such rights to Squarespace.
1.3. Developer Tools and Consumer Law. Developer Tools used to develop, test and create Developer Products are intended for use by Developers in a professional capacity. Such Developer Tools are not intended to be used by consumers. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree that consumer laws do not apply to your use of the Developer Tools. If however any consumer laws cannot be lawfully excluded, nothing in the Developer Agreement will restrict, exclude or modify any statutory rights or remedies you may have.
1.4. Template Source Code. The Developer Tools include source code that you may use to build websites or other materials (“Templates”). Except as otherwise set forth in our Terms of Service, you own any website you develop using the Templates (“Developed Website”), subject to Squarespace’s ownership of the Templates. You may only use the Templates to develop websites hosted by Squarespace. If you are a web developer who creates a Developed Website for a client, you may transfer the Developed Website to your client, provided that you and your client comply with these Developer Terms.
2. Your Licenses To Us
2.2. License To Marks. You grant to Squarespace a non-exclusive, non-transferable, perpetual license to use your trademarks, service marks, logos, or trade names (collectively, “Marks”) and descriptive materials you publish about any version or portion of your Developer Products or your use of the Developer Tools for the purpose of Squarespace marketing and promotional activities and to acknowledge or promote your use of the Developer Tools, and where applicable distribute your Developer Products. We agree that the Developer Agreement does not grant us ownership of your Marks, and any goodwill derived from use of your Marks benefits only you.
3. Your Representations And Warranties
You represent, warrant and covenant that: (a) all information you have provided and will provide to Squarespace is true, accurate and complete; (b) you have the full right, power and authority to make, distribute, operate, support and promote your Developer Products, use the Developer Tools and enter into the Developer Agreement; and (c) your Developer Products, their contemplated use and your use of the Developer Tools will not violate the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of others, or violate any laws, including without limitation: (i) the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679); (ii) the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) or any local or European law implementing or replacing the same; (iii) the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (S.C. 2000, c. 5); (iv) the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 (15 U.S.C. § 43); (v) the California Consumer Privacy Act; (vi) the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (15 U.S.C. § 6501-6505) or any regulations implemented pursuant thereto; and (vii) any guidelines, modifications or other amendments to the foregoing (i)-(vi).
4. Your Use Of The Developer Tools
4.1. Complying With Our Policies. Any use of the Developer Tools must comply with the Developer Policy and any other policies and requirements set forth in the Services or other documentation provided by Squarespace, which may be modified from time to time.
4.2. Prohibited Actions. In addition to your obligations under the Developer Policy, you, your use of the Developer Tools and your Developer Products may not, and may not attempt to, do any of the following:
4.2.1. Violate, or encourage or facilitate the violation of, the Developer Agreement.
4.2.2. Access or attempt to access the Developer Tools by means other than as described in the documentation provided by Squarespace. If you are assigned Developer credentials (e.g., client IDs or API keys), you must use them with the applicable Developer Tools and cannot misrepresent or mask either your identity or your client’s identity, nor impersonate another's identity.
4.2.3. Mislead, confuse or surprise Your Users. For example, your Developer Products should be transparent with Your Users about what they do, and you should obtain Your Users’ prior affirmative consent to: (a) modify Your Users’ account settings, data or device; (b) store or share Your Users’ content or data; or (c) attempt to gain any rights to Your Users’ content or data.
4.2.4. Unless authorized in writing by Squarespace, substantially replicate the Services or any other products or services offered by Squarespace or a Squarespace affiliate.
4.2.5. Sell, rent, transfer, sublicense or otherwise provide use of any rights granted in the Developer Agreement to any third party except as expressly permitted herein.
If we believe, in our sole discretion, that you have violated or attempted to violate any term, condition or the spirit of any of these rules, your license to and ability to use and access the Developer Tools may be temporarily or permanently revoked, with or without notice.
4.3. Usage Limits. Squarespace sets and enforces limits on your use of the Developer Tools (e.g., limiting the number of API requests that you may make or the number of users you may serve), in our sole discretion. You may not, and may not attempt to, circumvent such limits.
5. Your Users and Developer Products
5.1. Developer Tools may include features that enable you to connect your services to Users’ websites. We’re not a party to, and we aren’t liable for, your Developer Products and the services you provide to Your Users. The relationship between Your Users and you is strictly between Your Users and you. You're solely responsible for your Developer Products and the services you provide to Your Users, and compliance with any laws or regulations related thereto, including without limitation the following:
5.1.1. Taxes. You're solely responsible for: (a) all taxes and fees associated with your Developer Products and services, including without limitation any taxes related to the sale or provision of services in connection with your Developer Products; (b) collecting, reporting and remitting required taxes to relevant government authorities; (c) informing Your Users of required taxes, and providing them with invoices as required by applicable law; (d) monitoring distance sales thresholds in the EU and other indirect taxes (such as value-added tax or goods and services tax) and registration thresholds in the countries where you have customers, or to where you ship goods or provide services; and (e) registering for indirect taxes in countries where you are required to register. You also agree that any tax estimates, reporting or related materials that we may provide via the Services are for illustration purposes only, and you may not rely on them to comply with your tax obligations. We do not give tax advice, and nothing we communicate should be interpreted as such.
5.1.2. Fulfillment And Delivery. You're solely responsible for fulfilling and delivering your services to Your Users.
5.1.3. Claims And Warranties. You're solely responsible for any claims or warranties you make in connection with your Developer Products and your services, and any claims made by Your Users against you.
5.1.4. Support. You acknowledge that we are not obliged to offer any support for the Developer Tools or your Developer Products (or their interoperation with the Developer Tools or our Services). You are solely responsible for providing all support, maintenance and technical assistance to Your Users with respect to your Developer Products or services. You will not represent that Squarespace will provide any support, maintenance or technical assistance to Your Users with respect to your Developer Products and services (or their interoperation with the Developer Tools or our Services). If your Developer Product(s) are listed on Squarespace Extensions, you must respond to inquiries regarding your listed Developer Product(s) within a reasonable period of time, with good quality, in a professional and workmanlike manner consistent with standards generally accepted in your Developer Product(s)’ industry.
5.1.5. Consumer, eCommerce And Other Laws. You are also responsible for complying with any consumer, eCommerce, products, services and related laws for your Developer Products and services, including without limitation laws relating to privacy, advertising or marketing.
5.2. In accordance with our Terms of Service, your Developer Products and services are Third Party Services. Squarespace is not liable for Third Party Services.
5.3. In accordance with our Developer Policy, you are responsible for obtaining proper consent to collect, use, process, store and/or share Your Users’ data, User Content, or personal information. We only provide you and your Developer Products with access to Your Users’ data or User Content solely as a result of Your Users’ express request and permission obtained by you. We do not sell Developers any of Your Users’ data or User Content. If your Developer Product(s) have read and/or write access to data or content in or otherwise related to Your Users’ Squarespace Accounts or websites, you are responsible for ensuring that Your Users are aware of what your Developer Product(s) do.
6.1. "Confidential Information" means financial, business, legal or technical information, including without limitation software, specifications or other non-public information, related to the Developer Tools that is marked or otherwise identified as proprietary or confidential at the time of disclosure, or that by its nature would be understood by a reasonable person to be proprietary or confidential. Confidential Information shall include without limitation API credentials.
6.2. Unless otherwise authorized in writing by Squarespace, you agree that you will only use Confidential Information as permitted herein, and you will not disclose, sell, license, transfer or otherwise make available any Confidential Information to any person or entity (including without limitation Your Users) except to your affiliates, employees, agents or professional advisors who need to know it and who have agreed in writing (or in the case of professional advisors, who are otherwise bound) to keep it confidential. You agree that you will protect the Confidential Information from unauthorized use, access or disclosure in the same manner that you would use to protect your own confidential and proprietary information of a similar nature, and in no event with less than a reasonable degree of care. Your confidentiality obligations, as they apply to any Confidential Information disclosed prior to termination, will survive termination.
7.1. You may stop using the Developer Tools at any time, with or without cause or notice. Squarespace may terminate or suspend the Developer Tools or the Developer Agreement, or disable access to the Developer Tools or your Developer Account, at any time in our sole discretion, for any reason, with or without notice, without any liability to you or Your Users, including without limitation for any loss of profits, revenue, data, goodwill or other intangible losses (except where prohibited by applicable law). Upon any termination or suspension of access, you may lose access to content, materials or other information that you provided to Squarespace through the Developer Tools or related to your Developer Products. All sections of the Developer Agreement that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including without limitation Your Licenses to Us (2), Prohibited Actions (4.2), Confidentiality (5), Termination (6), Warranty Disclaimers (7), Limitation of Liability (8), and Indemnification (9).
7.2. Squarespace may independently communicate with Your Users to provide notice of the termination or suspension of your right to use the Developer Tools (including your Developer Account).
8. Warranty Disclaimers
8.1. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Squarespace makes no warranties, either express or implied, about the Developer Tools. The Developer Tools are provided “as is” and "as available" without any warranties, representations or conditions of any kind. Without limiting the foregoing, Squarespace also disclaims any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from Squarespace shall create any warranty. Squarespace makes no warranty or representation that the Developer Tools will: (a) be timely, uninterrupted or error-free; (b) meet your requirements or expectations; or (c) be free from malware or other harmful components. We make no representations that the Developer Tools are appropriate or available for use in all locations.
8.2. Under certain circumstances, some jurisdictions don't permit the disclaimers in Section 8.1, so they may not apply to you. However, the disclaimers apply to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. You may have other statutory rights and nothing in this Developer Agreement affects your statutory rights or rights under mandatory laws. The duration of statutorily required warranties, if any, shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.
9. Limitation of Liability
To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will Squarespace be liable with respect to any claims arising out of or related to the Developer Tools or the Developer Agreement for: (a) any indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages; (b) any loss of profits, revenue, goodwill or other intangible losses; (c) any damages related to your access to, use of or inability to access or use the Developer Tools, including without limitation interruption of use or cessation or modification of any aspect of the Developer Tools; (d) any damages related to loss or corruption of any content or data, including without limitation User Content and Developer Products data; (e) any User Content or other conduct or content of any user or third party using the Developer Tools, including without limitation defamatory, offensive or unlawful conduct or content; or (f) any Third Party Services or third party sites accessed via the Developer Tools. These limitations apply to any theory of liability, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, negligence, strict liability or any other legal theory, whether or not Squarespace has been informed of the possibility of such damage, and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed its essential purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event shall the aggregate liability of Squarespace for all claims arising out of or related to the Developer Tools and the Developer Agreement exceed the greater of twenty U.S. dollars ($20) or the amounts paid by you to Squarespace in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the event that gave rise to such claim. Some places don't allow the types of limitations in this paragraph, so they may not apply to you.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Squarespace from and against all damages, losses and expenses of any kind (including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of or related to: (a) your Developer Products; (b) any claims from Your Users; (c) your violation of any law or regulation or the rights of any third party (including without limitation any rights of privacy, publicity or intellectual property); (d) your use of Squarespace Extensions; (e) any actual or alleged breach of your representations, warranties or obligations set out in the Developer Agreement; (f) your wrongful or improper use of the Developer Tools, User Content or User data; and (g) any other party’s use of API credentials assigned to you.
11.1. Modifications To Developer Tools. The Developer Tools are constantly evolving as we refine, add and potentially remove features with the needs of our Users, Your Users and Developers in mind, so please check in regularly to see the latest versions. Squarespace may update and/or discontinue the Developer Tools from time to time, or may discontinue support for previous versions of the Developer Tools at our sole discretion. You acknowledge that any such modifications may have an adverse effect on your Developer Products, including without limitation changing the manner in which your Developer Products communicate or interact with the Services and/or the Developer Tools, and you agree that Squarespace shall not be liable to you in any way for any such adverse effect. Squarespace may require Developers to re-configure or update their Developer Products to continue to use the Developer Tools at your sole cost and expense. We’ll try to inform you of any changes with reasonable notice so you can adjust your use of the Developer Tools, but you agree that we have no obligation to do so.
11.2. Modifications To Developer Terms. We may modify these Developer Terms (and Developer Policy) from time to time, and we’ll post the most current version on our site. If a modification meaningfully reduces your rights, we may notify you in accordance with the procedures set forth in our Terms of Service. Your continued access to and use of the Developer Tools after the updated Developer Terms are in effect constitutes your acceptance of such updated Developer Terms. If you disagree with our changes, then you must inform Squarespace to remove your Developer Account credentials and you must immediately stop using the Developer Tools and your Developer Account.
12. Beta Developer Tools and Feedback
12.1. Squarespace may release, in our sole discretion, Developer Tools that we’re testing and evaluating (“Beta Developer Tools”). Those Beta Developer Tools will be marked as beta, preview or early access (or a similar phrasing), and may not be as reliable as our other Developer Tools. Beta Developer Tools may be subject to additional terms and conditions, but will always be considered Confidential Information. Squarespace makes no representations or warranties that Beta Developer Tools will function and we will have no liability for any harm or damage caused by the use of or in connection with Beta Developer Tools. We may discontinue such Beta Developer Tools at any time, in our sole discretion.
12.2. You may provide feedback (including errors, suggestions, comments, improvements, ideas, etc.) to improve the Developer Tools (including Squarespace Extensions) and Beta Developer Tools. You agree that we may use your feedback without restriction or obligation to you, even after you have stopped using the Developer Tools, without any obligation of confidentiality, attribution, accounting or compensation.
13. Service-Specific Terms: Squarespace Extensions
This section contains service-specific terms that are in addition to the general Developer Terms and only apply if you use the extensions directory made available by Squarespace to make certain Developer Products directly available to users for connection to their Squarespace websites (“Squarespace Extensions”). These service-specific terms govern if there are any conflicts with the other Developer Terms.
13.1. Squarespace has no obligation to accept a submission, list or promote your Developer Products or services on Squarespace Extensions. We reserve the right to remove or take any action (including removal of any listed Developer Products from Squarespace Extensions) for any purpose that Squarespace deems necessary, in our sole discretion.
13.2. You may be required to submit your Developer Products to Squarespace for review, including for functional testing, user experience (UX) testing, compatibility with Squarespace Extensions and Squarespace websites, security review and privacy review. It is within our sole discretion whether your Developer Products may be listed on Squarespace Extensions. By submitting your Developer Products to us for review, you are agreeing not to bring any claims against Squarespace for its refusal to list your Developer Products on Squarespace Extensions. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Squarespace, you may not publicize or otherwise disclose the availability of your Developer Products or services on Squarespace Extensions until they have been reviewed and approved by Squarespace. You provide us with a non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable license to use your Developer Products and services for testing, review or other related purposes to ensure that your Developer Products comply with the Developer Agreement. You may revoke this license at any time by providing written notice to us. If you revoke this license, your access to the Developer Tools (including Squarespace Extensions) will terminate.
13.3. Prior to your Developer Products being listed on Squarespace Extensions, or thereafter, we may require that security penetration testing be performed on your Developer Products or services by a reputable third party consistent with industry standards for such testing. A summary report of the results of the penetration testing must be provided to Squarespace for review. We may require you and you grant permission to us (or our designated third party) to perform supplemental or additional security and penetration testing on your Developer Products or services, as reasonably required by Squarespace. Unless required by law, we will treat the results of such security and penetration testing in a confidential manner and only use for the purposes of our review.
13.5. Unless authorized in writing by Squarespace, you may not use Squarespace Extensions to advertise, promote or endorse (directly or indirectly) any product or service that, in Squarespace’s sole discretion, competes with Squarespace.
13.6. We may modify, terminate or stop maintaining Squarespace Extensions at any time and without notice.
13.7. We reserve the right to take any action we deem necessary (including without limitation, termination of access and/or removal from Squarespace Extensions, and disconnecting any other Developer Tools) if Squarespace suspects in its sole discretion that your Developer Products or services violate this Developer Agreement, or any other applicable terms, policies or guidelines, or such action as necessary to protect Squarespace, Your Users, our Users or their End Users.
13.8. Squarespace Extensions may allow Your Users to rate and review you, your Developer Products or services, and/or their experience therewith (“Developer Product Feedback”), and we may make such Developer Product Feedback available to view by visitors to Squarespace Extensions. While Squarespace may from time to time and in its sole discretion remove Developer Product Feedback (for example, for violation of any Squarespace feedback policy), Squarespace shall not be obligated to (i) review Developer Product Feedback for veracity, accuracy or content, or (ii) remove any Developer Product Feedback. Such rating or reviews may determine your placement or appearance on Squarespace Extensions, subject to Squarespace’s right to change your placement or appearance at our sole discretion. Squarespace shall have no liability to you with respect to, and you hereby release Squarespace from, all claims related to, arising from or in connection with any Developer Product Feedback.
13.10. You agree that we have no obligation to review or monitor our Developer Tools or Services (including Squarespace Extensions) or your Developer Products, however we may suspend, remove and/or disconnect your Developer Products if we are notified by you or otherwise become aware that your Developer Products or services violate any term of the Developer Agreement.
14. Additional Terms
The Developer Agreement creates no third party beneficiary rights (express or implied). Our failure to enforce any provision of the Developer Agreement is not a waiver of our right to do so later. If any provision of the Developer Agreement is found unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full effect and an enforceable term will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible. You may not assign any of your rights under the Developer Agreement, without our prior written consent, which such consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. We may assign our rights under the Developer Agreement to any of our affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with the Developer Tools.