Terms of Use and Service

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
Step by Step Stories provides its services subject to the following Terms of Service ("TOS"), which may be updated from time to time. Please bookmark this page to review the most current version of the TOS at any time. Your use of any purchased materials constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, policies, and notices (the "Agreement"). This Agreement is a legal document that governs the terms and conditions of your subscription to Step by Step Stories. You are also agreeing to accept a non-exclusive, non-assignable right and license to use Step by Step Stories and its resources. Step by Step Stories is offered and sold on a subscription and single product basis; however, certain areas are available to visitors without cost on a trial or demonstration basis.
 
2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
Step by Step Stories provides users with access to a rich collection of teaching resources. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new resources, shall be subject to the TOS. You understand and agree that the Service is provided "AS-IS" and that Step by Step Stories assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery, or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.
 
You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service, and that access may involve third-party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service.
 
3. LICENSE USAGE
A license grants access to the purchased Step by Step Stories website as well as permission to use its copyrighted resources as part of the classroom curriculum and/or home education. Each person using the resources must have a license in order to obtain the necessary permission. Each Step by Step Stories license is valid for one family or classroom only (with up to 25 students). If your family or classroom has less than 25 students, it is not permitted to share a license with another family or classroom. Purchasers of Step by Step Stories Licenses may not resale, distribute or otherwise share to parties outside of the individual classroom or family for which the license is purchased. Licenses must be maintained for continued permission to use downloaded, copyrighted materials. Each license must be registered in the name of the individual, family or corporation using the resources.

You also agree that Access Codes may not be shared within anyone outside the registered family, classroom and/or corporation. They may only be used by the administrator, educator, or caregiver to whom they are assigned. Users always remain solely and fully responsible for the proper use of Access Codes issued hereunder. Users also agree to supervise and take full responsibility for the use of the Website by minors under the age of 13 years.

All Users are entirely liable for all activities, and are responsible for ensuring that any other person within the registered family, classroom and/or corporation who uses Step by Step Stories is aware of, and complies with, the terms of this Agreement. Each person who uses Step by Step Stories agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, whether or not such person is a Member.

You are responsible for notifying us immediately of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your Access Code, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your personal information. We will have no liability for any circumstances arising from the unauthorized use of an Access Code. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity on your Account may be reported to appropriate law-enforcement agencies by us.
 
4. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE
Step by Step Stories reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Step by Step Stories shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Service.
 
Step by Step Stories may change, add, or remove any part of this Agreement, or any other terms associated with the use of the website, at any time, by posting a notice of such changes to the Terms of Service page of the website. Any changes shall become part of the Agreement and shall apply as soon as such a notice is posted. By continuing to use the services after the notice is posted, you are indicating your acceptance of those changes.

5. SPONSORS, THIRD PARTIES, AND ADVERTISERS
Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, sponsors, third parties, or advertisers found on or through the Service, 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 sponsor, third party, or advertiser. You agree that Step by Step Stories 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 sponsors, third parties, or advertisers on the Service.
 
6. LINKS
Step by Step Stories may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or Internet resources. Because Step by Step Stories has no control over such websites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Step by Step Stories is not responsible for the availability of such external websites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, or other materials on, or available from, such websites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Step by Step Stories shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused, or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of, or reliance on, any such content, goods, or services available on, or through any such website or resource.

7.DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:

A. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. STEP BY STEP STORIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

B. STEP BY STEP STORIES MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (II) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (III) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (IV) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, (V) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED, (VI) OR THAT THIS WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND THE SERVERS ON WHICH THE WEBSITE AND CONTENT ARE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

C. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOURSELF, TO OTHERS, TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.

D. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM STEP BY STEP STORIES OR THROUGH, OR FROM, THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.

E. INFORMATION CREATED BY THIRD PARTIES THAT YOU MAY ACCESS ON THE WEBSITE OR THROUGH LINKS IS NOT ADOPTED OR ENDORSED BY STEP BY STEP STORIES AND REMAINS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUCH THIRD PARTIES.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
you expressly understand and agree that step by step stories shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if learning a-z has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the service; (ii) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the service; (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the service; or (v) any other matter relating to the service. In no event shall step by step stories total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action, whether in contract, negligence, tort or otherwise exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing step by step stories.
 
9. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations of sections 6 and 7 may not apply to you.
 

10. TRADEMARK INFORMATION
All materials on the Step by Step Stories websites, including without limitation, names, logos, trademarks, service marks, images, graphics, photographs, illustrations, artwork, and other elements making up the Service are protected by copyrights and other intellectual property rights owned and controlled by Step by Step Stories or by other parties that have licensed their material to Step by Step Stories. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED HEREIN, no Online Materials may be republished, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, or otherwise used for any purpose, without the prior written permission of their respective owners. You may not add, delete, distort, or otherwise modify any Step by Step Stories content. Any unauthorized attempt to modify any Online Material, to defeat security features, or to utilize this website for means other than its intended purposes is prohibited.
 
Step by Step Stories logos and product and service names are trademarks of Step by Step Stories. All other trademarks appearing on the website are trademarks of their respective owners and our reference to them does not imply or indicate any approval or endorsement by their owners unless such approval or endorsement is expressly made. Step by Step Stories will enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.
 
If you suspect that the content or trademarks of a Step by Step Stories website product are being misused please contact us as soon as possible.

 11. NON-WAIVER
The failure of Step by Step Stories to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavour to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of, or related to, use of the Service or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
 
12. HEADINGS FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY
The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
 
13. VIOLATIONS
Please contact us immediately to report any violations.
 
14. INDEMNIFICATION
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Step by Step Stories harmless from any claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising from or related to any breach by you of any terms of this Agreement.
 
15. LETTERS, REVIEWS, OR OTHER SUCH COMMENTS OR MATERIALS
Any comments, materials, or letters sent by you to Step by Step Stories, including without limitation, questions, comments, suggestions, criticisms or the like ("Received Materials") shall be deemed to be non-confidential and free of any claims of proprietary or personal rights unless you explicitly state in the correspondence that the letter is "not for publication" and contains "private and proprietary" information that may not be distributed. Step by Step Stories shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such Received Materials and Step by Step Stories will be free to reproduce, use, disclose, exhibit, display, transform, edit, abridge, create derivative works from, and/or distribute, the Received Materials without limitation or restriction. Furthermore, Step by Step Stories is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to Step by Step Stories for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing products using such information, without compensation or any other obligations to anyone, including you.
 
16. PRIVACY
Step by Step Stories is committed to protecting the privacy of website visitors and does not share personally identifiable information with third parties without your consent. Please consult our Privacy Policy for more information on our information collection, use and disclosure practices. You acknowledge that, although Step by Step Stories agrees to use its best efforts to comply with and to ensure that its users, content providers, distributors and licensees comply with our Privacy Policy, Step by Step Stories cannot be held responsible for the actions of third parties who violate our Privacy Policy.
 
17. RESTRICTIONS ON USE
You may not use Step by Step Stories or its content for any illegal purpose or in any manner inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions. You agree to use Step by Step Stories solely for your own noncommercial use and benefit and not for resale or other transfer or disposition to any other person or entity.

Permitted Use: You have our permission to print a reasonable number of copies of Step by Step Stories content displayed on the Website for noncommercial personal or classroom use, provided that any copies you print continue to show all notices concerning copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights that appear in the material you reproduce and do not exceed the classroom license set forth in Section 3.

Prohibited Uses: Except as expressly permitted by copyright law and except as permitted in the preceding paragraph, you must obtain written permission from Step by Step Stories, or the third-party owner of material appearing on the Website, for any other copying, redistributing or publishing of any Step by Step Stories or "Third Party Content." The downloading of any code from the Website is strictly prohibited. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display or in any way exploit, any of the Step by Step Stories or Third Party Content, in whole or in part, for commercial purposes without the express permission of Step by Step Stories.

Linking to and framing the Website: You may create and publish links to any Stepbystepstories.com homepage. Creating and publishing links to any other pages within the Website (except bookmarking such pages for your personal noncommercial use) is not permitted. Framing the Website is strictly prohibited.

Additional Restrictions: You may not: (a) access the Website by any means other than by means supporting secure and encrypted communications; (b) copy, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, translate, or modify any Website application or service;(c) sublicense, rent, lease, or permit any third party, to access any Website application or service through the use of User's Username, except as permitted hereunder; (d) publish the results of benchmark tests of any Website application or service, or use any Website application in any manner which is competitive with services provided by Step by Step Stories; and (e) knowingly use or permit any others to use any facilities or services of Step by Step Stories or its Licensors in connection with any effort that the User knows seeks to breach the security or confidentiality of any other digital or on-line environment.

Users understand that except for Step by Step Stories Content, Step by Step Stories does not control, provide, operate, and is not responsible for, any content, goods or services available on the Internet other than the Step by Step Stories Content on the Website. Internet content made accessible on the Internet by independent third parties is not part of, and is not controlled by, Step by Step Stories. Step by Step Stories neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of such Internet content, goods or services.

Users should be aware that the Internet contains content, goods and services that you may find obscene, improper, hurtful or otherwise offensive and that may not be suitable for certain users of the Website. Because of the nature of the Internet, we cannot control where children may go while using the Website. Parents, guardians or teachers should supervise children when using the Website and the Internet at all times.

Any unauthorized use may subject you to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable laws. In the event you download Content from Step by Step Stories, the software, including any files, images incorporated in or generated by the software and data that may accompany the Content are licensed to you by Step by Step Stories. Step by Step Stories, or our contract partners, does not transfer title to the Content to you. Step by Step Stories, or our contract partners, retains full and complete title to the Content and all intellectual property rights therein. You may not redistribute, sell, decompile, reverse-engineer or disassemble the Content.
 
18. SEVERABILITY
In the event any provision of this Agreement conflicts with the law or if any such provisions are held invalid by a court with jurisdiction over the parties to this Agreement, such provision will be deemed to be restated to reflect as nearly as possible the original intentions of the parties in accordance with applicable law, and the remainder of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.

19. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement and any other terms and conditions of service on a Step by Step Stories website constitute the entire agreement between you and Step by Step Stories and govern your use of the Service.

20. REFUSAL OR DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE
In the event that Step by Step Stories determines, in its sole discretion, that a User has breached any portion of these terms and conditions, or has otherwise demonstrated inappropriate conduct, it reserves the right to (i) warn the User via e-mail that she or he has violated this Agreement; (ii) delete any content provided by the User (or anyone accessing User's account); (iii) discontinue the User's account and/or any other Learning A-Z service; (iv) notify and/or send content to and/or fully cooperate with the proper law enforcement authorities for further action; (v) retroactively charge for the unauthorized use; and/or (vi) take any other action that Step by Step Stories deems appropriate.
 
21. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM
The laws of Canada will govern this Agreement. The laws of Canada will govern any dispute arising from the terms of this agreement or breach of this agreement and you agree to personal jurisdiction by the state and federal courts sitting in Ontario, Canada. The parties hereby expressly waive trial by jury in any action, proceeding or counterclaim brought by either of the parties against the other on any matters whatsoever arising out of, or in any way connected with, these Terms and Conditions and agree to submit to binding arbitration. Step by Step Stories no representation that materials on Step by Step Stories are appropriate or available for use in all locations. Those who choose to access Step by Step Stories do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. Materials from Step by Step Stories are further subject to United States export controls. No materials from Step by Step Stories may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported into (or to a national or resident of) any country to which Canada has embargoed goods. By downloading or using the materials, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.