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Before you start using the platform, we want to make you aware of your rights as a user and our policies. These policies will likely evolve and change as Polyphonic Futures grows.
We welcome any feedback you may have and the team can be reached at info@polyphonicfutures.com. These terms are effective September 14th, 2016.

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“Stages”: Stages form the backbone of a “Silken Future”. Each submission gets interpreted into a visual to form stage 1. The subsequent stage 2 will be consist of three participating groups that will comment. Each stage will be only open for commenting for a specific period of time. Subsequent interpretation of the comments will lead to another visual that forms stage 3. The same steps will be repeated until stage 5 has been reached. The aim is to reach rich and diverse perspectives on each idea.

“Pocket conversation”: A pocket conversation forms the backbone and start of our discussion panel . It follows the “seeding” Stage 1 and consists of two discussant parties, the SilkLab scientists and an invited group of non-scientists (but experts in their own right), who are given first access to comment on submitted futures.

“Silken Futures”: A submitted “Silken Future” forms the entry point to your Polyphonic Futures account. It represents the member’s individual perspective in form of a narrative and drawing submission that takes applied reverse engineered silk technology at its core.

1. User Agreement

1.1 These Terms of Use constitute an agreement between you and the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team that governs your use of www.polyphonicfutures.com and all associated services. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team is part of The Creative Exchange Lab at the Royal College of Art in London, UK (“RCA”). Please read the Terms of Use carefully. By using POLYPHONIC FUTURES you affirm that you have read, understood, and accepted the terms and conditions in the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with any of these conditions, please do not use POLYPHONIC FUTURES.

1.2 Your privacy is important to us. Please read our Privacy Policy, which identifies how the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team uses, collects, and stores information it collects through the Services. By using POLYPHONIC FUTURES, you additionally agree that you are comfortable with POLYPHONIC FUTURES’s Privacy Policy.

1.3 You must be (a) 17 years or over or (b) 13 years or over and have obtained legal parental or guardian consent to access registration-only features on this Site. If we discover or have any reason to suspect that you have not met either of these conditions, then we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your registration to this Site immediately and without notice.

1.4 The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team may change the Terms of Use from time to time. You can always find the latest version of the Terms of Use hyperlink in the footer of the website. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page. Your continued use of the Services after we have posted changes to the Terms of Use constitutes your acceptance of those changes.

2. Account Creation and Maintenance

2.1 In order to use some features of the Services, you will need to register with POLYPHONIC FUTURES and create an account. You can create an account by entering your email and additional information, and by completing registration by submitting your own “Silken Future”. Creating an account is optional to read Silken Futures, but without an account you will not be able to comment, or see in-depth information to be found on the Silk & Design page of POLYPHONIC FUTURES. When registering for a personal account, you will be asked to provide certain personal information, such as your email address and name. Please see POLYPHONIC FUTURES’s Privacy Policy for POLYPHONIC FUTURES’s data retention and usage policies.

2.2 You are responsible for keeping your password secret and your account secure. You are solely responsible for any use of your account, even if your account is used by another person. If any use of your account violates the Terms of Service, your account may be suspended or deleted.

2.3 You may not use another person's POLYPHONIC FUTURES account without permission.

2.4 At this point, account names cannot be changed, although this may change in the future and if so, these terms will be updated. If you want a different account name, create a new account.

2.5 If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (for example, in the event of a loss, theft, or unauthorised disclosure of your password), promptly change your password. If you cannot access your account to change your password, notify us at info@polyphonicfutures.com.

3. Rules of Usage

3.1 The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team supports freedom of expression. However, POLYPHONIC FUTURES is intended to gradually open from a specialist audience to a wide audience, and some content is inappropriate for the POLYPHONIC FUTURES community. You may not use the POLYPHONIC FUTURES service in any way, that: 1. Promotes bigotry, discrimination, hatred, or violence against any individual or group; 2. Threatens, harasses, or intimidates any other person, whether that person is a POLYPHONIC FUTURES user or not; 3. Contains foul language or personal attacks; 4. Contains sexually explicit or graphically violent material; 5. Provides instructions on how to commit illegal activities or obtain illegal products; 6. Exposes any others person's personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords without that person's permission.
3.2 You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations when you use POLYPHONIC FUTURES. You may not use POLYPHONIC FUTURES in any unlawful way, including to harass, stalk, or defame any other person.

3.3 You may not impersonate, imitate, or pretend to be somebody else when using the Services.

3.4 You agree not to use POLYPHONIC FUTURES in any way intended to disrupt the service, gain unauthorised access to the service, or interfere with any other user's ability to use the service. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to: 1. Posting content deliberately designed to crash the POLYPHONIC FUTURES website or editor; 2. Linking to pages containing viruses or malware; 3. Using administrator passwords or pretending to be an administrator; 4. Repeatedly posting the same material, or "spamming."

3.5 Commercial use of POLYPHONIC FUTURES, user-generated content posted by others, and support materials is permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. However, the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team reserves the right to block any commercial use of POLYPHONIC FUTURES that, in the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team’s sole discretion, is harmful to the community. Harmful commercial use includes spamming or repeated advertisement through projects, comments, or forum posts.

3.6 You agree not to post links to any content outside of the POLYPHONIC FUTURES website, if to do so would violate any part of the Terms of Use.

4. Silken Futures, Pocket Conversations, and Licensing

4.1 For the purposes of the Terms of Use, “Silken Future” refers to the an image-plus-text backbone of any submission you make. The term “Pocket Conversation” refers to subsequently started discussion panel that surround each Silken Future. Pocket Conversation will be created by attending a real-world event and by submitting a Silken Future to POLYPHONIC FUTURES, as well as by being a SilkLab scientist. A completed Silken Future from Stage1-5 consists of a Silken Future submission and any accompanying discussion stages, including its iterated visual material.

4.2 The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team encourages its users to foster creativity by referencing content However, we also understand the need for individuals and companies to protect their intellectual property rights. You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary rights, licenses, or permission for any content you submit to POLYPHONIC FUTURES.

4.3 By default, content posted on POLYPHONIC FUTURES is Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY). However, users have the option of retaining copyright on their Silken Future at the time of publishing.
4.4 By submitting a Silken Future to POLYPHONIC FUTURES, you grant to the Royal College of Art and members of the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team a worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, sub-licensable and non-exclusive license to reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, create derivative works of, and distribute said content on the POLYPHONIC FUTURES platform at your direction and subject to your right to delete the content as provided below.

4.5 Submitted Silken Futures may be saved and reused by other authors, and thus remain CC-BY. You agree that upon creating and submitting a Silken Future to POLYPHONIC FUTURES, you grant a CC-BY license to the Royal College of Art and members of the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team. Any Silken Future you produce that are reused, reposted, or remixed by another author should be credited and attributed to the original author. The full crediting of each Silken Future happens only after Stage 5 has been completed, to avoid unwanted hierarchies in the commenting process. The originator of the idea will be contacted via email by the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team and written consent will be obtained. If not constant can be obtained, the Silken Future remains to exist on the site as anonymous entry. You cannot permanently delete your Silken Future once it has been used in another author’s Future, though you may decide to remove any attribution linking the Silken Future to you. If you do not want to license your Silken Future under the CC-BY license, then do not create them on POLYPHONIC FUTURES.

4.6 You may request the deletion of your submitted Silken Future at any time. However, by submitting a Silken Future you agree to allow us to store, display, publicise, and distribute it. We will never sell to third parties any of the content you post to POLYPHONIC FUTURES. We don’t screen content but we reserve the right to remove any content you post to POLYPHONIC FUTURES. You are responsible for the content you post and assume all risks associated with it. By submitting a Silken Future, you represent and warrant that you have the necessary rights to post that content.

4.7 The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team requires all users to comply with these Terms of Use, but even so, when you use POLYPHONIC FUTURES, you may be exposed to user-generated content that you find objectionable or offensive. If you see any content that you believe violates these Terms of Use, please let us know by emailing the team at info@polyphonicfutures.com. You only need to report an item once. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team reviews reported content every day. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team retains full discretion to determine whether and how to edit, move, or delete the content that you report.

4.8 In addition to reviewing reported user-generated content, the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team reserves the right, but is not obligated, to monitor all uses of the POLYPHONIC FUTURES service. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team may edit, move, or delete any content for any reason and without notice. We therefore advise you to keep a local copy of content that you author and post on POLYPHONIC FUTURES.

4.9 All user-generated content is provided as-is. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team makes no warranties about the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content available through POLYPHONIC FUTURES. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team does not endorse any views, opinions, or advice expressed in user-generated content. You agree to relieve the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team of any and all liability arising from your user-generated content.

5. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

5.1 If you are a copyright holder and believe that content on POLYPHONIC FUTURES violates your rights, you may send a DMCA notification to info@polyphonicfutures.com. For more information, including the information that must be included in a DMCA notification, please contact us at info@polyphonicfutures.com.

5.2 If you are a POLYPHONIC FUTURES user and you believe that your content did not constitute a copyright violation and was taken down in error, you may send a notification to info@polyphonicfutures.com. Please include: Your POLYPHONIC FUTURES username and email address; The specific content you believe was taken down in error; and a brief statement of why you believe there was no copyright violation (e.g., the content was not copyrighted, you had permission to use the content, or your use of the content was a "fair use")

6. Suspension and Termination of Accounts

POLYPHONIC FUTURES has the right to suspend your account for violations of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. Repeat violators may have their account deleted. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team reserves the sole right to determine what constitutes a violation of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team also reserves the right to terminate any account used to circumvent prior enforcement of the Terms of Use. If you want to delete your account, please write to info@polyphonicfutures.com.

7. Third Party Websites

Content on POLYPHONIC FUTURES, including user-generated content, may include links to third party websites. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team is not capable of reviewing or managing third party websites and assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices, content, or functionality of third party websites. You agree to relieve the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team of any and all liability arising from third party websites.

8. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify the POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities, and to defend and hold each of them harmless, from any and all claims and liabilities (including attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to your breach of the Terms of Service or your use of POLYPHONIC FUTURES. For the purposes of these Terms of Use, the “POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities” means the Royal College of Art, individual members of the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team, POLYPHONIC FUTURES’s third party service providers, and as applicable all of their affiliates, employees, faculty members, fellows, students, members of their governing boards and agents.

9. Disclaimer of Warranty

You acknowledge that you are using POLYPHONIC FUTURES at your own risk. POLYPHONIC FUTURES is provided "as is," and the POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities hereby expressly disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, including but not limited to any warranties of accuracy, reliability, title, merchantability, non-infringement, fitness for a particular purpose or any other warranty, condition, guarantee or representation, whether oral, in writing or in electronic form, including but not limited to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained therein or provided by POLYPHONIC FUTURES. Without limiting the foregoing, the POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, regarding user-generated content. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities and their third party service providers do not represent or warrant that access to POLYPHONIC FUTURES will be uninterrupted or that there will be no failures, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information, or that no viruses will be transmitted through POLYPHONIC FUTURES services.

10. Limitation of Liability

The POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities shall not be liable to you or any third parties for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or punitive damages of any kind, regardless of the type of claim or the nature of the cause of action, even if the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Without limiting the foregoing, the POLYPHONIC FUTURES entities shall have no liability to you or any third parties for damages or harms arising out of user-generated.

11. Jurisdiction

POLYPHONIC FUTURES is offered by the POLYPHONIC FUTURES team from its facilities in the United Kingdom. The POLYPHONIC FUTURES team makes no representations that POLYPHONIC FUTURES is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use POLYPHONIC FUTURES are responsible for compliance with local law.

12. Choice of Law and Venue

You agree that these Terms of Use, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of the Terms of Use must be brought in a state or federal court in London, United Kingdom. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

13. Choice of Language

If the POLYPHONIC FUTURES Team provides you with a translation of the English language version of these Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, or any other policy, then you agree that the translation is provided for informational purposes only and does not modify the English language version. In the event of a conflict between a translation and the English version, the English version will govern.

14. No waiver

No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and the POLYPHONIC FUTURES Team's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

Thank you for reading, please let us know if you have any feedback or concerns.

Best wishes,
The Polyphonic Futures Team