This Agreement sets out the terms by which you, as an independent contractor, known as the Writer, will provide written content and/or original images or graphics, known as The Content, to any or all of the Decoded websites.
All content published on a Decoded site will be reviewed and/or edited by representatives of the Decoded site prior to publication.
Decoded editorial staff reserve the right to edit or remove any content that, upon later review, is determined to be non-compliant with Decoded site policy.
Decoded editorial staff reserve the right to remove a Writer’s access to publication tools, and the right to remove a Writer’s content from the site at any time, for any reason.
This Agreement is effective on the date on which you accept these terms, and will remain in effect until a new Agreement is in force.
1. TERM AND RIGHTS GRANTED
Decoded retains the exclusive right to electronically publish all original Content on the Internet, on the Decoded websites, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
Decoded retains the perpetual right to use Fair Use excerpts of the Content, as well as the Writer’s name, likeness and approved biography in any materials created to promote the Website in any medium.
The Writer retains the right to request removal of the Content from the Decoded websites, for any reason, within 24 hours of publication, upon notice to Decoded.
Decoded retains the right to remove the Content from the Decoded website at any time, for any reason.
The Writer retains the right to republish the Content in other formats, such as print or ebooks, with notification to Decoded, and credit to Decoded as the original publisher.
This Agreement shall remain in effect until terminated by either party at any time on written notice sent to the other party at the email addresses of record, or until a new Agreement is published. Upon publication of a new Agreement, Decoded will notify all Writers via RSS feed email, as well as social media.
In the event of termination, the Writer’s content will remain on Decoded.
By continuing to publish articles on Decoded, the Writer agrees to adhere to the editorial guidelines and policies as published on Decoded Everything, as well as the more specific site guidelines provided by the site’s editors, which form a part of this Agreement.
2. WARRANTY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
The Writer warrants that the Writer is the copyright holder of the Content and the Writer has rights to publish that Content on the Internet.
The Writer agrees to notify Decoded of any third party claims against the Content.
Decoded cannot guarantee immediate, constant and perpetual access to the Writer’s Content, but Decoded will make all possible efforts to maintain continuity.
Decoded is not obliged to display, backup or archive the Writer’s Content on the Website.
The creation and maintenance of an original backup version of the Content shall be solely the Writer’s responsibility.
The Writer agrees that any information supplied by Decoded shall be confidential and may not be disclosed at any time for any reason to any person or entity. Such confidential information shall include, but is not limited to, the Website design, documentation, research, procedures, marketing timetables, strategies, development plans, contract details, communication, and other technical, business, operating and financial information.
The Writer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless all Decoded web properties, its officers, directors, employees, agents, sponsors or other partners from claims that any Content submitted by the Writer to Decoded sites defames or infringes the rights of any other person, including but not limited to any copyright, trademark, other proprietary rights or confidential information of any other person, and any third party claims resulting from actual or alleged Click Fraud abuses by the Writer.
This Agreement, the Policy page, the site Writing Guidelines document, and individual instructions provided by your Editors set forth the entire agreement between the Writer and Decoded.
These documents supersede all prior written or oral agreements. This agreement shall be binding upon the Writer and may not be assigned by the Writer without the prior written consent of Decoded, which may be withheld at Decoded’s discretion. This agreement shall be binding on Decoded, its successors and assigns.
No modification or waiver of this agreement shall be binding on either party unless agreed to by each party.
If Decoded makes modifications to this agreement, the Writer will be notified immediately by RSS feed newsletter sent to the writer’s email of record, by notification on Decoded’s Social Media Writer’s groups, and a notification which will appear when logging in to the Website as a writer.
If the Writer continues to provide Content to Decoded after the changes are effective, or does not contact Decoded within 30 days of the changes becoming effective to object, the Writer agrees to have been deemed to have accepted such changes to the agreement.
In the event of any dispute arising from this agreement, the parties agree to seek resolution through good faith mediation and/or arbitration, prior to seeking recourse through the courts.
The parties irrevocably agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of Texas, USA to determine all issues, whether at law or in equity, arising from this agreement.