Terms of Service

This legal agreement between you and this website sets forth the terms of service that govern use of PassDownYourStory.com. We reserve the right to modify these terms from time to time without notice. Continuing to use our site after we post changes to the terms of service constitutes acceptance of the changes.

No Warranties

PassDownYourStory.com and all materials, content, information, services and communications on its behalf, are provided “as is,” “with all faults,” and “as available.”  This site and its components are offered for informational purposes only.

We, our agents and licensors cannot and do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, noninfringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of the materials, information, services and communications on behalf of the website, nor do we guarantee that the materials, information, services or communications will be error-free, continuously available, or free of viruses or other harmful components.

Limitations on Liability

Neither PassDownYourStory.com nor our affiliates, agents and licensors are liable to you or anyone else for any damages arising from use of PassDownYourStory.com or any service of this website, including, without limitation, liability for consequential, special, incidental, indirect, or similar damages.

Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain categories of damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. In such states, our liability and the liability of our affiliates, agents and licensors is limited to the fullest extent permitted by such state law.

You agree that our liability and the liability of our affiliates, agents and licensors, if any, arising out of any legal claim connected to the website shall not exceed the amount you paid for the use of the website, which is nil.

You expressly agree that PassDownYourStory.com shall bear no liability for delays, inaccuracies, errors and omissions or defamation for any content provided by any third party, including site users and visitors, or for material on third-party sites to which PassDownYourStory.com may be linked.

PassDownYourStory.com is not liable or responsible for any problems or situations arising from the use of information posted on this site or communicated to you by other means on behalf of the site.

Intellectual Property Rights

The contents of PassDownYourStory.com and all communications on its behalf are automatically copyrighted when written and posted on the website or distributed to you via other means such as email.

All materials and information on our site, and in other communications such as emails, are the sole property of PassDownYourStory.com, its licensors, vendors, agents and/or content providers. These materials include but are not limited to artwork, photographs, graphics, audio clips, video clips, text and trademarks (collectively, “content“), except for user submissions.

The exclusive right to all content on the site is protected by U.S. and international laws of copyright, trademark and unfair competition.

Anyone who believes his or her intellectual property rights have been infringed must contact this site immediately.  Anyone who suspects this site inadvertently infringed the intellectual property rights of others should contact this site immediately.


Content on PassDownYourStory.com may include logotypes, trademarks and service marks (collectively “marks”) owned by the site or by other information providers and third parties. No marks may be used in any manner unless approved in advance, in writing.

Registration and Opting In

To access certain services and to contribute to the conversation on PassDownYourStory.com, you may be asked to register by providing contact information such as your name, address, and email address.

Those who register or otherwise opt in to receive communications from the site are required to provide and maintain accurate information.

You may not impersonate anyone in your registration information or in any comments you post. You may post information using only your own account, and you are responsible for anything posted under your name, including defamatory material, illegal activity, and infringement of other people’s intellectual property rights. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and the secrecy of your password.

While PassDownYourStory.com may allow you to post comments under a “screen name,” be aware that you are not anonymous.

Only those 13 years of age and older may register and post comments.  PassDownYourStory.com does not solicit or accept personally identifying information from persons under the age of 13.

If you are under 18 years of age you may use this site only with parental or guardian consent to accept and abide by these terms of service. Those who post information, participate in discussions or purchase products or services via the site warrant that they are over the age of 18, that they have the right and authority to enter into these terms of service, and that they are fully able and competent to abide by them.

Conditions of Use of Site Content

The mission of PassDownYourStory.com is to encourage people to write their life stories. Accordingly, unless particular content is specifically restricted, we allow limited reproduction and distribution of our content, excluding user submissions, as follows:

Users in good standing are granted a nontransferable license to use content for personal, non-commercial purposes, provided all such usage is properly attributed to PassDownYourStory.com. PassDownYourStory.com content may not be stored in whole or in part in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use.

You may copy, reproduce and distribute content from this site, excluding user submissions, provided that:

(1) the particular article or section is reproduced in its entirety in its original form; you may not edit or otherwise change the substance of the content, or change or delete any copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices;

(2) all copies of site content contain a statement that the content was reproduced from PassDownYourStory.com with permission of PassDownYourStory.com;

(3) all copies of site content contain the following notice “©2017-2018 PassDownYourStory.com. All Rights Reserved.” or other copyright notice as stated on the materials copied;

(4) the copies are distributed only for non-commercial purposes and

(5) the copies are distributed at no charge.

Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else in these terms of service, except as authorized under copyright laws, you are responsible for obtaining permission before reusing any third party copyrighted material on the site.

Content You Contribute to the Site

By uploading or posting content you represent and warrant:

(1) you own the content or otherwise have all necessary rights, including but not limited to copyrights;

(2) all information you provide is true, accurate, current and complete, and does not violate the terms of service; and

(3) the content does not defame, cause injury to, or harass, any person or entity.

You retain ownership rights to material you post. By posting or uploading content such as text, images, audio and video works, however, you grant PassDownYourStory.com a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to reproduce your content and to use your publicly disclosed identity and related information for online and offline purposes, including commercial uses.

Restrictions on Site Use

Other than as specifically described above, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, prepare derivative works based on, republish, transmit, or otherwise use the content on our site without prior written authorization from PassDownYourStory.com, and, as applicable, any third party copyright owners of such content. To request such permission, send an email with the details of your specific request to mssantini@PassDownYourStory.com.

Any attempt to circumvent any technological restrictions or security measures on this website shall be a violation of these terms of service.

Accessing PassDownYourStory.com, its servers, or the servers of any third party lawfully hosting the website for any prohibited activities shall be a violation of the terms of service and may be a violation of civil and/or criminal laws.

PassDownYourStory.com may remove content at any time for any reason or no reason and is not responsible for storage or continued availability of content.

PassDownYourStory.com is not responsible or liable for preserving the privacy of any allegedly private messages or content posted or uploaded by visitors and users.


You agree to refrain from posting, uploading, emailing or otherwise making available information that:

  • Is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, and/or harmful to minors.
  • Degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward a person or group on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability.
  • Misrepresents or omits relevant information about your affiliation with a person or entity.
  • Includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person’s explicit consent.
  • Is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, or constitutes “bait and switch.”
  • Infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity, or that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships.
  • Constitutes or contains affiliate marketing, link referral code, junk mail, spam, chain letters, or pyramid schemes.
  • Constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation if posted in areas that are not designated for such purposes or emailed to users who have requested not to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests.
  • Advertises illegal services or sales of anything prohibited or restricted by applicable law.
  • Contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
  • Disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages or otherwise negatively affects other users’ ability to use the site.
  • Contains misleading email addresses or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers to disguise the origin of the content.

Additionally, you agree to not:

  • Contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted.
  • Stalk or otherwise harass anyone.
  • Engage in name-calling or other antagonistic or bullying behavior.
  • Collect personal data about users for commercial or unlawful purposes.
  • Use automated means, including scripts, spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to record, download or upload data.
  • Post irrelevant content, repeatedly post the same or similar content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the site’s infrastructure.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to PassDownYourStory.com computer systems or any user’s computer systems, or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of this website or communications on its behalf.

User Submissions

Users of PassDownYourStory.com may submit information, text, photographs and/or other materials.

User submissions do not represent the views of PassDownYourStory.com or any individual or third party associated with the website. PassDownYourStory.com does not control this content or endorse any user submission or opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein.

PassDownYourStory.com expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with user submissions. In no event shall you represent or suggest, directly or indirectly, the endorsement of PassDownYourStory.com.

The website does not vouch for the accuracy or credibility of any user submission and does not take any responsibility or assume any liability for any actions you may take as a result of reading user submissions on our site. By using our site, you assume all associated risks.

User submissions are public communications which means others may collect the information you post, which may result in unsolicited communications to you from others.

By submitting user submissions to the website, you hereby grant PassDownYourStory.com an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce, use, copy, sell, distribute, create derivative works from, or publicly display the user submission (or any portion thereof) in perpetuity. PassDownYourStory.com may sublicense all or part of its rights under this license or assign them to third parties.

PassDownYourStory.com reserves the right to sell, license and/or display advertising, attribution, links, promotional and/or distribution rights in connection with user submissions. PassDownYourStory.com and its licensees or affiliates may retain all revenue generated from any sales or licenses of such advertising, attribution, links, or promotional or distribution rights.

PassDownYourStory.com may refuse to post or remove any user submission that, in the website’s sole judgment, violates these terms of service.

Notice of Claims for Copyright Infringement

We may act as a services provider as defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA and offer services as an online provider of materials and links to third party sites. As a result, third party materials that we do not own or control may be transmitted, stored, accessed or otherwise made available using the site.

We will remove content and/or suspend any user found to have infringed on the rights of PassDownYourStory.com or of a third party or otherwise violated intellectual property laws or regulations, or the terms of service.

If you believe any material on this site or distributed on behalf of the site infringes a copyright, notify us via email.

We will remove or disable access to the material alleged to be infringing and will follow the procedures specified in the DMCA to resolve the claim between the notifying party and the alleged infringer who provided the content.

Termination of Account

Your account on PassDownYourStory.com may be terminated at any time, with or without notice, for any violation of the foregoing terms, or any other legitimate, good faith reason not enumerated above, in the sole discretion of PassDownYourStory.com.

In the event your account is terminated, you agree that your sole recourse is to request reinstatement of user privileges. You may not open alternate accounts.

International Users

PassDownYourStory.com is controlled, operated and administered within the United States. This website makes no representation that the materials or content of PassDownYourStory.com are appropriate or available for use outside the United States. Access from territories where the contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use PassDownYourStory.com or export the content in violation of U.S. Export laws and regulations. If you access PassDownYourStory.com from outside the United States you are responsible for compliance with all local laws of your jurisdiction that may apply.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Last updated December 6, 2018