Terms & Policies

​Disclaimer and Liability

By accessing our content, you expressly agree to use Thrillbent.com at your own risk. Under no circumstances will Thrillbent.com be liable for direct, indirect or incidental damages or loss or injury resulting from the use of our site, including, but not limited to, the downloading of content, errors, interruptions, delays in operation or transmission, omissions, deletion of files or e-mail, defects, viruses, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to Thrillbent.com’s records or services.

We encourage you to abide by the copyright laws of your country in regards to any content downloaded from Thrillbent.com.

THRILLBENT PRIVACY POLICY

1.  Introduction

Thank you for visiting Thrillbent.  Please read our Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy carefully, as you must agree to both documents in order to be permitted to use our Service.

2.  Definitions

Throughout this document, we may use certain words or phrases, and it is important that you understand the meaning of them.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of definitions of words and phrases found in this document:

“App” refers to our mobile software application;

“Service” refers to the services that we provide through our Site, including our digital comics and our Site itself;

“Site” refers to our website, www.thrillbent.com;

“Thrillbent” refers to our company, known as “Thrillbent LLC”; our Site; our Service; or a combination of all or some of the preceding definitions, depending on the context of the word;

“User” refers to anyone who uses our Service, including general visitors to our Site;

“You” refers to you, the person who is governed by this Privacy Policy.

3.  Information Collected

Identifying Information

We collect certain personal information from you when you sign up to our Service that can be used to identify you, such as your name, e-mail address, PayPal address (if different from e-mail address), mailing address, credit card information, and any other information that we deem relevant for the purpose of providing you with our Service or which you provide to us voluntarily.  The information we collect from you, to the extent that it is private, is disclosed only in accordance with our Terms of Service and/or this Privacy Policy.

Non-Identifying Information

Whenever you visit our Site or use our App, we may collect non-identifying information from you, such as your IP address, referring URL, browser, operating system, cookie information, and Internet Service Provider.  Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, this information alone cannot usually be used to identify you.

4.  Use of Your Information

We may use your information to:

  • Enhance or improve User experience or our Service.
  • Process transactions.
  • Send e-mails about our Service or respond to inquiries.
  • Send e-mails and updates about Thrillbent, including our e-mail newsletter.
  • Perform any other function that we believe in good faith is necessary to protect the security or proper functioning of our Service.

5.  Accessing, Editing, and Removing Your Information

Users may in some cases be able to review and edit the personal information they have provided to us by logging into your account on the Service and editing their account.  Although most changes may occur immediately, information may still be stored in a web browser’s cache.  We take no responsibility for stored information in your cache, or in other devices that may store information, and disclaim all liability of such.  In addition, we may, from time to time, retain residual information about you in our backup and/or database.

6.  Cookies

We use cookies to remember your preferences, track advertisements, and remember your shopping cart items.  For these reasons, it is necessary that you enable cookies in your browser, and you hereby acknowledge that we have informed you of our use of cookies and that you consent to our use of cookies in relation to your computer system.

7.  Third Party Websites

Thrillbent or its Users may post links to third party websites on our Site or in our App.  These third party websites are not screened for privacy or security issues by Thrillbent, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites.

Please be aware that this Privacy Policy, and any other policies in place, in addition to any amendments, does not create rights enforceable by third parties or require disclosure of any personal information relating to members of the Service or Site.  Thrillbent bears no responsibility for the information collected or used by any advertiser or third party website.  Please review the privacy policy and terms of service for each site you visit through third party links.

8.  Third Party Access to Your Information

Although you are entering into an Agreement with Thrillbent to disclose your information to us, we do use third party individuals and organizations to assist us, including contractors, web hosts, and others.

Throughout the course of our provision of our Service to you, we may delegate our authority to collect, access, use, and disseminate your information.  For example, our web host stores the information that you provide us, and we may hire outside contractors to perform maintenance or assist us in securing our Service.

It is therefore necessary that you grant the third parties we may use in the course of our business the same rights that you afford us under this Privacy Policy.  For this reason, you hereby agree that for every authorization which you grant to us in this Privacy Policy, you also grant to any third party that we may hire, contract, or otherwise retain the services of for the purpose of operating, maintaining, repairing, or otherwise improving or preserving our Service or its underlying files or systems.  You agree not to hold us liable for the actions of any of these third parties, even if we would normally be held vicariously liable for their actions, and that you must take legal action against them directly should they commit any tort or other actionable wrong against you.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you authorize us to collect, share, store, and otherwise use your information in conjunction with:

  • Apple
  • Dwolla
  • Google Analytics
  • PayPal
  • Stripe

9.  Release of Your Information for Legal Purposes

At times it may become necessary or desirable to Thrillbent, for legal purposes, to release your information in response to a request from a government agency or a private litigant.  You agree that we may disclose your information to a third party where we believe, in good faith, that it is desirable to do so for the purposes of a civil action, criminal investigation, or other legal matter.  In the event that we receive a subpoena affecting your privacy, we may elect to notify you to give you an opportunity to file a motion to quash the subpoena, or we may attempt to quash it ourselves, but we are not obligated to do either.  We may also proactively report you, and release your information to, third parties where we believe that it is prudent to do so for legal reasons, such as our belief that you have engaged in fraudulent activities.  You release us from any damages that may arise from or relate to the release of your information to a request from law enforcement agencies or private litigants.

10.  Commercial and Non-Commercial Communications

By providing information to the Service that forms the basis of communications with you, such as contact information, you waive all rights to file complaints concerning unsolicited e-mails from Thrillbent since, by providing such information, you agree to receive communications from us or anyone else covered under this Privacy Policy.  However, you may unsubscribe from certain communications by notifying Thrillbent that you no longer wish to receive solicitations or information and we will endeavor to remove you from the database.

11.  Security Measures

We take certain measures to enhance the security of our Service, including using SSL certificates.  However, we make no representations as to the security or privacy of your information.  It is in our interest to keep our Service secure, but we recommend that you use anti-virus software, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security threats.

12.  Your California Online Privacy Rights

Thrillbent permits residents of California to use its services.  Therefore, it is the intent of Thrillbent to comply with the California Business and Professions Code §§ 22575-22579.  If you are a California resident you may request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to any third parties for their direct marketing purposes.  Various provisions throughout this Privacy Policy address requirements of the Californian privacy statutes.  In summary, you must presume that we collect electronic information from all visitors.  You may contact us at alex@thrillbent.com with any questions.

13.  International Transfer

Your information may be transferred to—and maintained on—computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction.  If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, Thrillbent transfers Personal Information to the United States and processes it there.  Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

14.  Amendments

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time.  When we amend this Privacy Policy, we will update this page accordingly.  You must read this page each time that you use our Service, and your continued use of our Service shall constitute your acceptance of any such amendments.

Last Modified:  June 2, 2014

 

THRILLBENT TERMS OF SERVICE

1.  Introduction

Thank you for visiting Thrillbent.  Please read these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy carefully, as you must agree to both documents in order to be permitted to use our Service.

2.  Definitions

Throughout this Agreement, we may use certain words or phrases, and it is important that you understand the meaning of them.  The list is not all-encompassing and no definition should be considered binding to the point that it renders this Agreement nonsensical:

“Agreement” means these Terms of Service;

“App” refers to our mobile software application;

“Service” refers to the services that we provide through our Site, including our digital comics and our Site itself;

“Site” refers to our website, www.thrillbent.com;

“Thrillbent” refers to our company, known as “Thrillbent LLC”; our Site; our Service; our App; or a combination of all or some of the preceding definitions, depending on the context of the word;

“User” refers to anyone who uses our Service, including general visitors to our Site;

“You” refers to you, the person who is entering into this Agreement with Thrillbent.

3.  What Thrillbent Offers

Thrillbent is a digital comics publisher.  We offer Users the ability to digitally download our comics by purchasing them, as well as a paid subscription Service that gives a User access to our content via our Site or an iPad app.

4.  Eligibility

In order to use our Service, you must meet a number of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • You must not be in violation of any embargoes, export controls, or other laws of the United States or other countries having jurisdiction over this Agreement, Thrillbent, and yourself.  For example, if the Office of Foreign Assets Control prohibits conducting financial transactions with nationals, residents, or banks of your country, you must not use our Service.
  • You must be the minimum age required to enter into a contract in the area in which you reside, and, in any event, must not be less than 18 years of age.
  • You must provide us with personal information, payment information, and other information that we deem necessary to provide you with our Service.

5.  Nature of Service

Thrillbent is provided on an as-is, where-is basis.  You agree to hold Thrillbent harmless for any loss arising from your use of our Service.

6.  Rules of Use

You must not:

  • Violate the laws of the United States, its states, or any foreign political entity having jurisdiction over this Agreement, whether or not the foreign political entity is a country or a subdivision (such as a state or province) or municipality (such as a city, town, county, or region) of a foreign country.
  • Post or send anything violent, threatening, pornographic, racist, hateful, or otherwise objectionable according to the opinion of Thrillbent or its delegates.
  • Infringe on anyone’s intellectual property rights, defame anyone, impersonate anyone, or otherwise violate the rights of a third party.
  • Hack, crack, phish, SQL inject, or otherwise compromise the security or integrity of the Thrillbent Site, App, Service, or its Users’ computers.
  • Do anything else which could bring Thrillbent into disrepute or violate the rights of any person.

7.  Payment and Refunds

Payment can be made by means of Dwolla, PayPal, or Stripe.  If you pay within our iPad app, payment will be made through Apple.  Unless otherwise stated, all prices are listed in United States dollars.

Refunds will be addressed by Thrillbent if you make a purchase through our Site and have a problem, or through Apple if you purchase through our iPad app—we are not responsible for Apple’s refund policies.

Additional terms surrounding payment, pricing, subscription intervals, and refunds, shall be posted on our Site or in our App and are hereby incorporated into this Agreement by reference.  You authorize us to rebill your chosen payment method according to the pricing and intervals listed on our Site or in our App if you purchase a subscription from us.

8.  Mobile Charges

Your mobile provider may charge you for the use of data or other services while using our Service.  You agree that Thrillbent is not liable to you for such charges, and you are advised to review your contract with your mobile provider to ensure that you do not incur any unexpected charges as a consequence of using our Service.

9.  Limited License

You agree that you are being granted a license to use one copy of our App at the price listed on a device for which it is intended.  You must not reverse engineer, copy, or otherwise tamper with or distribute our App.  Thrillbent may revoke this license to you at any time, at which point you must make all reasonable efforts to delete our App from any devices under your possession or control, and our liability in the event of such a revocation shall be limited to the amount that you have paid to us for any portion of our Service that has not been rendered, on a pro rata basis.  Provided, Users shall not be entitled to any refund whatsoever if Thrillbent revokes its license to them under this section as a consequence of their breach of this Agreement.

10.  Discounts

Thrillbent may offer discounts and may refuse to honor such discount offers for any reason including, but not limited to, fraud, mistake on the part of our publication of information, actual or expected financial hardship, sale of all or part of our business, or any other reason.

Discounts for referrals or other financial benefits given in reward for referring Users to us may be considered a taxable benefit by any revenue agency having jurisdiction over you, and you should consult an accountant and/or tax attorney in your jurisdiction to determine your tax liabilities incurred as a result of participating in our referral program.

11.  Chargebacks, Credit Card Cancellations, and PayPal Disputes

Where a User conducts a chargeback or PayPal dispute against Thrillbent, such User shall be liable to Thrillbent for the full amount of the chargeback or PayPal dispute, as well as any reasonable attorneys’ fees, collection agency fees, court costs, disbursements, and other expenses incurred by Thrillbent in its enforcement of its rights under this section.

In the event that your credit card or other payment method is declined due to cancellation of the card, expiry, insufficient credit or funds, anti-fraud blocks, or any other reason, you agree that Thrillbent may immediately terminate the provision of our Service to you without notice.

12.  Our Copyright

Our content is important to us as it distinguishes us from third party competitors.  You agree not to copy, distribute, display, disseminate, or otherwise reproduce any of the information on the Site or our App, including but not limited to comics, without receiving our prior written permission.

13.  Your Copyright

Thrillbent must be assured that it has the right to use the content that is posted to its Site or App by its Users.  Such content may include, but is not limited to, photographs, videos, text, audio, and other materials.  Whenever submitting content to our Site or App, you agree that you are granting us a non-exclusive, universal, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable, commercial and non-commercial right to use, distribute, sell, publish, and otherwise make use of the content that you submit to us.  You warrant to us that you have the right to grant us this right over the content, and that you will indemnify us for any loss resulting from a breach of this warranty and defend us against claims regarding the same.

14.  Trademarks

“Thrillbent” is a trademark used by us, Thrillbent LLC, to uniquely identify our Site, App, Service, and business.  You agree not to use this phrase anywhere without our prior written consent.  Additionally, you agree not to use our trade dress, or copy the look and feel of our Service or its design, without our prior written consent.  You agree that this paragraph goes beyond the governing law on intellectual property law, and includes prohibitions on any competition that violates the provisions of this paragraph, including starting your own competing service.

15.  Revocation of Consent

We may revoke our consent for your use of our intellectual property, or any other permission granted to you under this Agreement, at any time.  You agree that if we so request, you must take immediate action to remove any usage of our intellectual property that you may have engaged in, even if it would cause a loss to you.

16.  Copyright & Trademark Infringement

We take copyright infringement very seriously, and we have registered a Copyright Agent with the United States Copyright Office, which limits our liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  If you believe that your copyright has been infringed, please send us a message which contains:

 

  • Your name.
  • The name of the party whose copyright has been infringed, if different from your name.
  • The name and description of the work that is being infringed.
  • The location of the infringing copy.
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted work described above is not authorized by the copyright owner (or by a third party who is legally entitled to do so on behalf of the copyright owner) and is not otherwise permitted by law.
  • A statement that you swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in this notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or have an exclusive right in law to bring infringement proceedings with respect to its use.

You must sign this notification electronically and send it to our Copyright Agent at alex@thrillbent.com.

 

Although U.S. law does not provide for a similar procedure for trademark infringement, we recommend that you send us similar information to that above in regards to any allegation of trademark infringement, and we will address it as soon as practicable.

17.  Communications Decency Act

Similar to the DMCA provisions above, United States law—specifically Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—creates a defense for us for the actions of third parties in regards to any defamatory content posted on our Site or App.  Although we are not liable for defamatory words posted on our Site or App by our Users even if given notice, we do prohibit defamation under this Agreement and we may, if we believe the situation warrants it, take action against the offending User.  Please notify us at alex@thrillbent.com if any of our Users have posted anything that you believe is defamatory.

18.  Representations & Warranties

WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OF OUR SERVICE OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE RELEASING US FROM ANY LIABILITY THAT WE MAY OTHERWISE HAVE TO YOU IN RELATION TO OR ARISING FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR OUR SERVICES, FOR REASONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FAILURE OF OUR SERVICE, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER TORT.  TO THE EXTENT THAT APPLICABLE LAW RESTRICTS THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY, YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE ONLY LIABLE TO YOU FOR THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF DAMAGES THAT THE LAW RESTRICTS OUR LIABILITY TO, IF SUCH A MINIMUM EXISTS.

 

YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY THIRD PARTIES WHO MAY USE OUR SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PEOPLE WHO COMMIT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT, DEFAMATION, TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH ECONOMIC RELATIONS, OR ANY OTHER ACTIONABLE CONDUCT TOWARDS YOU.

 

YOU AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE ON THE PART OF A PAYMENT PROCESSOR, INCLUDING PAYPAL OR THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY OR BANK THAT YOU USE TO FUND PAYPAL, TO DIRECT PAYMENTS TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION, OR ANY ACTIONS ON THEIR PART IN PLACING A HOLD ON YOUR FUNDS.

 

WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY FAILURE OF THE GOODS OR SERVICES OF OUR COMPANY OR A THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING ANY FAILURES OR DISRUPTIONS, UNTIMELY DELIVERY, SCHEDULED OR UNSCHEDULED, INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL, ON OUR SERVICE WHICH PREVENT ACCESS TO OUR SERVICE TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY.

 

THE PROVISION OF OUR SERVICE TO YOU IS CONTINGENT ON YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THIS AND ALL OTHER SECTIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT.  NOTHING IN THE PROVISIONS OF THIS “REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES” SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE GENERALITY OF THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS SECTION.

 

For Jurisdictions that do not allow us to limit our liability: Notwithstanding any provision of these Terms, if your jurisdiction has provisions specific to waiver or liability that conflict with the above then our liability is limited to the smallest extent possible by law.  Specifically, in those jurisdictions not allowed, we do not disclaim liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence or that of any of its officers, employees or agents; or (b) fraudulent misrepresentation; or (c) any liability which it is not lawful to exclude either now or in the future.

 

IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF A JURISDICTION THAT REQUIRES A SPECIFIC STATEMENT REGARDING RELEASE THEN THE FOLLOWING APPLIES.  FOR EXAMPLE, CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS MUST, AS A CONDITION OF THIS AGREEMENT, WAIVE THE APPLICABILITY OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH STATES, “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”  YOU HEREBY WAIVE THIS SECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE.  YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY SIMILAR PROVISION IN LAW, REGULATION, OR CODE THAT HAS THE SAME INTENT OR EFFECT AS THE AFOREMENTIONED RELEASE.

19.  Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless for any claims by you or any third party which may arise from or relate to this Agreement or the provision of our service to you, including any damages caused by your use of our Site or App or acceptance of the offers contained on or in them.  You also agree that you have a duty to defend us against such claims and we may require you to pay for an attorney(s) of our choice in such cases.  You agree that this indemnity extends to requiring you to pay for our reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements.  In the event of a claim such as one described in this paragraph, we may elect to settle with the party/parties making the claim, and you shall be liable for the damages as though we had proceeded with a trial.

20.  Choice of Law

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws in force in the State of California.  The offer and acceptance of this contract are deemed to have occurred in the State of California.

21.  Forum of Dispute

You agree that any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement will be heard solely by a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of California.  Specifically, where the subject matter of a dispute is eligible for it, you agree that any disputes shall be heard solely within the Small Claims Court of the State of California (“Small Claims Court”).

If a dispute claims multiple claims and one or more of those claims would be eligible to be heard by the Small Claims Court, you agree not to bring the other claims against us and to instead proceed within the Small Claims Court.

If you would be entitled in a dispute to an amount exceeding the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court, you agree to waive your right to collect any damages in excess of the monetary jurisdiction and instead still bring your claim within the Small Claims Court.

You agree that if a dispute is eligible to be heard in Small Claims Court but you would be entitled to an additional or alternative remedy in a higher court, such as injunctive relief, you will waive your right to that remedy and still bring the dispute within the Small Claims Court.

If you bring a dispute in a manner other than in accordance with this section, you agree that we may move to have it dismissed, and that you will be responsible for our reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements in doing so.

You agree that the unsuccessful party in any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement will be responsible for the reimbursement of the successful party’s reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and disbursements.

22.  Force Majeure

You agree that we are not responsible to you for anything that we may otherwise be responsible for, if it is the result of events beyond our control, including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, insurrection, riots, terrorism, crime, labor shortages (including lawful and unlawful strikes), embargoes, postal disruption, communication disruption, unavailability of payment processors, failure or shortage of infrastructure, shortage of materials, or any other event beyond our control.

23.  Severability

In the event that a provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful, conflicting with another provision of the Agreement, or otherwise unenforceable, the Agreement will remain in force as though it had been entered into without that unenforceable provision being included in it.

If two or more provisions of this Agreement are deemed to conflict with each other’s operation, Thrillbent shall have the sole right to elect which provision remains in force.

24.  Non-Waiver

Thrillbent reserves all rights afforded to us under this Agreement as well as under the provisions of any applicable law.  Our non-enforcement of any particular provision or provisions of this Agreement or any applicable law should not be construed as our waiver of the right to enforce that same provision under the same or different circumstances at any time in the future.

25.  Termination & Cancellation

We may terminate your access to our Service at our discretion without explanation, though we will strive to provide a timely explanation in most cases.  Our liability for refunding you, if you have paid anything to us, will be limited to the amount you paid for goods or services which have not yet been and will not be delivered, except in cases where the termination or cancellation was due to your breach of this Agreement, in which case you agree that we are not required to provide any refund or other compensation whatsoever.

Under no circumstances, including termination or cancellation of our Service to you, will we be liable for any losses related to actions of other Users.

26.  Assignment of Rights

You may not assign your rights and/or obligations under this Agreement to any other party without our prior written consent.  We may assign our rights and/or obligations under this Agreement to any other party at our discretion.

27.  Amendments

We may amend this Agreement from time to time.  When we amend this Agreement, we will update this page accordingly.  You must read this page each time that you use our Service, and your continued use of our Service shall constitute your acceptance of any such amendments.

28.  California Users and Residents

Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1789.3, any questions about pricing, complaints, or inquiries about Thrillbent must be addressed to our agent for notice and sent via certified mail to that agent.  For our agent’s most current contact information, please send a request to alex@thrillbent.com.

Lastly, California users are also entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice: The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.

Last Modified:  June 2, 2014

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