What is ELANCE?
Where the world's top talent works online
As the world's leading platform for online employment, Elance helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud. For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online and provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results.
If you are looking to jump-start a project, broaden your reach or just simply get things done, you will find that Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing. You name it and Elancers will deliver results, often with a flourish: from writing code, crafting a marketing plan, designing your website, managing your day-to-day schedule and a thousand other projects.
If you have skills and talent and are seeking independent work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. To help make delivering great results easier for you, Elance offers a suite of tools to help make your work life as efficient as possible.
We want you to follow your passion. Whether you are a business or an independent professional providing services, Elance strives to give you all the tools you need to hire great talent and take on interesting work.
Together we are pioneering a new way to work and a new way to build and grow companies.
Guidelines – For Working on Elance
Elance is a professional community centered around work. In many respects, Elance is a workplace, only virtual.
The Water Cooler is meant to be a place to interact with other professionals while at work; to learn from others, build relationships, and otherwise just ‘hang out’. This is the spirit in which these guidelines have been established. The discussions and manner in which all members are treated is to be professional at all times. The general rule of thumb to follow is if the talk would not be appropriate for a traditional workplace, then it is not appropriate here. Forums like the Water Cooler are at their best when participants treat each other with respect and courtesy. Please be mindful of this when participating here in the Water Cooler.
Rules of Conduct
Violation of these rules may result in the removal of a post, a warning, a suspension from the Water Cooler, or suspension from the Elance site. These rules are not exhaustive and the forum moderators will have full discretion to remove any content they deem inappropriate. You will receive a notification from Elance if your post is removed or access is suspended.
Use profanity (even when indicated with alternative letters and symbols), racist, threatening, adult, or violent language.
Degrade a specific job, profile, or member.
Post links or content from another job, profile, or member.
Quote private communications from another member or Elance employee.
Post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages (“trolling”)
Include contact information, links, or references to other websites with the intent of advertising.
Repost deleted threads or repeated posting for the sole purpose of moving threads to the top (‘bumping’).
Post consistently negative content (for example, “laundry lists” or “rants”) without recommending or suggesting a potential solution.
Give advice freely to your colleagues.
Be friendly. Welcome new members.
Elance is a global platform for work. Be considerate of all members.
Let your personality shine. Witty humor is encouraged.
Send your ideas for improvement to Elance in the Suggestion Box.
Report inappropriate content.
Build your Water Cooler reputation by posting helpful comments.
Connect with each other and build a vibrant community.
This User Agreement is effective as of
2011. Your continued use of the Site after such
time will signify your acceptance of
this User Agreement. Welcome to Elance.com, the website and online service of
Elance, Inc., including our corporate subsidiaries (collectively “Elance”, “we”, or “us”). This page explains the terms by which you may
use our web site, web widgets, feeds,
mobile device software applications, applications for third-party web sites and
services, and any other mobile or web
services or applications owned, controlled, or offered by Elance (collectively
the “Site”). By accessing or using the Site you signify
that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the following User Agreement (“User
Agreement” or this “Agreement”), which includes and hereby incorporates by reference the agreements and
policies referenced in this User Agreement or linked from the following URL:
http://www.elance.com/p/legal.html (collectively the “Terms of
Service”). Certain capitalized terms
used in this User Agreement are defined here or below. We reserve the right to revise this User
Agreement and the Terms of Service and all linked information from time to time
in our sole discretion by updating this posting or any linked information. We may make such revisions without prior
notice to you, so please check back often for updates. Unless otherwise provided in such revision,
the revised User Agreement or Terms of Service, or part thereof, will take
effect when they are posted.
Elance makes the Site available as an online venue where clients for professional services (“Client(s)”) and providers of professional services (“Contractor(s)”) identify each other and work together online to complete, invoice, and pay for jobs (“Jobs”). The Site contains features that enable Clients and Contractors to do, among other things, the following:
Clients: Post Jobs and Requests for Proposals, identify, interview, negotiate contract terms, hire, manage engagements, rate and pay Contractors.
Contractors: Create profiles, advertise capabilities, submit proposals, interview, negotiate contract terms, get hired, manage engagements, invoice, get rated by and receive payment from Clients.
Relationship between Clients and Contractors
The dealing, contracting and fulfillment of a Job are between a Client and a Contractor. Upon Client’s award and Contractor’s acceptance of a Job on the Site, Client agrees to purchase, and Contractor agrees to deliver, the Contractor Services in accordance with the following agreements (collectively, the “Member
Contract”): (1) the Terms of Service; (2) the Job terms as awarded and accepted on the Site, to the extent not inconsistent with the Mandatory Terms (defined below); (3) any other contractual provisions accepted by both Client and Contractor and uploaded to the Site, to the extent not inconsistent with the Mandatory Terms (defined below); and (4) either the Elance Payroll Services Agreement or the Services Agreement.
The provisions of the Services Agreement may be modified by Job terms awarded and accepted on the Site or other contractual provisions accepted by both Client and Contractor and uploaded to the Site. However, the other provisions of the Terms of Service besides the Services Agreement (the “Mandatory Terms”) may not be modified.
Unless the Members are using Elance Payroll Services, conflicts in the Member Contract shall be resolved in the following order of precedence: (1) the Mandatory Terms; (2) the Job terms, as awarded and accepted on the Site, to the extent not inconsistent with the Mandatory Terms; (3) any other contractual provisions accepted by both Client and Contractor and uploaded to the Site, to the extent not inconsistent with the Mandatory Terms; and (4) the Services Agreement. If the Members are using Elance Payroll Services, conflicts in the Member Contract shall be resolved as described in the Elance Payroll Services Agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, Client and Contractor both agree not to enter into any contractual provisions or Job terms in conflict with the Mandatory Terms. Any part of the Member Contract that conflicts with or modifies the Mandatory Terms shall be null and void while the other parts of the Member Contract shall remain valid and binding.
Client is responsible for managing, inspecting, accepting and paying for satisfactory Contractor Services in accordance with the Member Contract in a timely manner. Contractor is responsible for the performance and quality of the Contractor Services in accordance with the Member Contract in a timely manner and professional manner, consistent with industry practice, at a location, place and time that Contractor deems appropriate. The manner and means that Contractor chooses to perform the Job are in Contractor’s sole discretion and control. In performing the Job, Contractor agrees to provide its own equipment, tools, and other materials at its own expense. Client and Contractor each covenants and agrees to act with good faith and fair dealing in performance of the Member Contract.
Client is responsible for managing, inspecting, accepting and paying for satisfactory Contractor Services in accordance with the Member Contract in a timely manner. Contractor is responsible for the performance and quality of the Contractor Services in accordance with the Member Contract in a timely manner. Client and Contractor each covenants and agrees to act with good faith and fair dealing in performance of the Member Contract. Client and Contractor each acknowledges and agrees that it is its responsibility to understand the requirements for each Job.
When a Contractor is not also a Payroll Employee, Client and Contractor each acknowledges and agrees that their relationship is that of independent contractors. The Contractor shall perform the Contractor Services as an independent contractor and nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a partnership, joint venture, agency, or employer-employee relationship between Contractor and Client or between Elance and any Contractor or Client.
The relationship between a Client and a Contractor that is also a Payroll Employee is described in the Elance Payroll Services Agreement.
Taxes, Reporting and Elance 1099 Service
Contractor Form W-9 Requirements. As a Contractor, if you enter and maintain timely, complete and accurate Account registration information on the Site, Elance will automatically fulfill your Form W-9 requirements, if any, to Clients who pay you through the Site by any means other than Elance Payroll Services.
Client Form 1099-MISC and Form 1096 Requirements. As a Client, if Elance notifies you that you have successfully requested and implemented the Elance 1099 service when posting a Job on the Site, and if you enter and maintain timely, complete and accurate Account registration information on the Site, Elance will automatically fulfill your Form 1099-MISC and Form 1096 requirements, if any, to Contractors and to the US IRS for payments you make to Contractors through the Site.
Except for reporting requirements fulfilled in accordance with the above, each Member is solely responsible for satisfying any income tax, VAT, payroll tax, payroll withholding, sales and use tax, governmental reporting and other legal requirements under applicable law, and all other requirements applicable to the
purchase and sale of services from and by independent contractors.
RELATIONSHIP WITH ELANCE
Elance Not a Party to Jobs
Elance is not a party to the dealing, contracting and fulfillment of a Job between a Client and a Contractor, including the Contractor Services. Elance has no control over and does not guarantee the quality, safety or legality of Contractor Services advertised, the truth or accuracy of Job listings, the qualifications, background, or abilities of Members, the ability of Contractors to deliver Contractor Services, the ability of Clients to pay for Contractor Services, or that a Client or Contractor can or will actually complete a transaction.
Elance is not required to and does not verify any information given to us by Contractors, nor does Elance perform background checks on Contractors However, Elance may provide information about a Contractor, such as a risk score or geographical location, or third party valuations based on data given to us by the Contractor or a third party. Such information is provided solely for the convenience of Clients and is not an endorsement or recommendation by Elance.
All rights and obligations for the purchase and sale of Contractor Services are solely between Client and Contractor. Client and Contractor must look solely to the other for enforcement and performance of all the rights and obligations arising from Member Contracts and any other terms, conditions, representations, or warranties associated with such dealings.
Elance Hourly Work Guarantee For hourly Jobs, excluding Jobs using Elance Payroll Services, Elance provides a limited guarantee that Clients pay only for work performed and Contractors get paid for hours worked (“Elance Hourly Work Guarantee”). The maximum amount of the Elance Hourly Work Guarantee for the life of a relationship between the same Client and Contractor is $2,500 or 50 Work View hours, whichever is less.
Elance Hourly Work Guarantee to Contractors: Subject to and conditioned on the below restrictions and limitations, Elance will pay Contractor for documented work not paid for or otherwise adjusted as follows:
a. Both Client and Contractor must agree to use the Tracker software with Work View™ (“Work View”) as part of the Job terms.
b. Client must have an account in good standing, the default payment method must be a valid authenticated credit card or PayPal with billing agreement enabled, and Client must agree to automatically pay for hours billed through Work View.
c. Contractor’s account must be in good standing with Elance.
d. Contractor must use Tracker with Work View enabled to document hours subject to the guarantee.
e. Contractor must provide adequate comments (at least one comment per hour) for the Screenshots documented by Work View.
f. The Screenshots documented by Work View must be clearly related to the applicable Job requirements or Client instructions in the Workroom.
g. The number of hours billed must be within the hours authorized for the week in the Workroom.
h. Within thirty (30) days after submission of the Work View timesheet, Contractor must submit a dispute specifically identifying the documented work not otherwise paid for.
i. Elance will investigate and make a determination in its sole discretion.
The Elance Hourly Work Guarantee to the Contractor shall not apply to:
(1) Hours not authorized by the Client in the Workroom;
(2) Miscellaneous and Bonus payments;
(4) Time added while Work View is not enabled;
(5) Time added after Client has disputed a billing and before the resolution of that incident; and
(6) Jobs using Elance Payroll Services. The maximum rate per hour guaranteed by Elance to a Contractor under the Elance Hourly Work Guarantee shall not exceed: (i) the rate provided in the Job terms; (ii) the usual hourly rate billed by the Contractor on the Site across all Clients; and (iii) the going rate for the same skills on the Site in Contractor’s area (such determination to be made in Elance’s sole discretion).
Elance Hourly Work Guarantee to Client:
Subject to and conditioned on the below restrictions and limitations, Elance will adjust the invoice or refund Client for work that is not clearly related to either Job requirements or Client instructions in the Workroom as follows:
a. Both Client and Contractor must agree to use Work View as part of the Job terms.
b. Client must have an account in good standing, the default payment method must be a valid authenticated credit card or PayPal with billing agreement enabled, and Client must agree to automatically pay for hours billed through Work View.
c. Within the Timesheet Review Period, Client must submit a dispute specifically identifying the time billed that is not clearly related to either Job requirements or Client instructions in the Workroom. The “Timesheet Review Period” means the time between submission of a Work View timesheet at Eastern time on Sunday and the following Friday at Eastern time.
d. Elance will investigate and make a determination in its sole discretion.
The Elance Hourly Work Guarantee to the Client guarantees only that Contractor’s work is related to either Job requirements or Client instructions in the Workroom. Elance does not guarantee the quality of the Contractor’s work. The Elance Hourly Work Guarantee to the Client shall not apply to Jobs using Elance Payroll Services.
Further details concerning the Elance Hourly Work Guarantee may be found on the Site and are hereby incorporated by reference, provided that the Terms of Service shall govern any conflicts.
Third-Party Beneficiary of Member Contract
Client and Contractor each acknowledges and agrees that the value, reputation, and goodwill of the Site depend on their performance of their covenants and agreements as set forth in their Member Contract. Client and Contractor therefore appoint Elance a third-party beneficiary of their Member Contract for
purposes of enforcing the obligations owed to, and the benefits conferred on, Elance by this Agreement. Client and Contractor further agree that Elance has the right to take such actions with respect to the Member Contract or their Accounts, including without limitation suspension, termination, or legal actions, as Elance in its sole discretion deems necessary to protect the value, reputation, and goodwill of the Site.
This Agreement and any registration for or subsequent use of this Site will not be construed as creating or implying any relationship of agency, franchise, partnership or joint venture between you and Elance, except and solely to the extent expressly stated.
Service Fee. When Client pays a Contractor or releases escrow funds to a Contractor through the Site, Elance deducts a “Service Fee” that Elance earns for creating, hosting, maintaining, and providing the Site. After deducting such amounts, Elance transfers the remaining payment amount to the Contractor. The amount of the Service Fee deducted by Elance varies as detailed on the Site. If you are a Contractor and believe a Service Fee might be in error, please log onto the Site and click the “Manage” tab at the top of the page, then click “Workroom List.” In your Workroom List, locate the appropriate job and then click “Select Action” > “Request Fee Adjustment” to fill out the Fee Adjustment Request form. This section “Service Fee” does not apply to payments made using Elance Payroll Services. For a description of the fees (the “Payroll Service Fees”) associated with Elance Payroll Services, please see the Elance Payroll Services Agreement.
Membership Fee. Contractors can choose various membership programs to subscribe to different levels of participation on the Site, as detailed in Contractor Membership Fees and on the Site.
Other Fees. Elance may choose to offer additional features, such as Featured Posts or verification features, for additional fees. Such features and fees are described in detail here. Elance may also charge fees for Inactive Accounts, as described in the Billing and Payment Service Policy, and Dormant Escrow Accounts, as described in the General Escrow Instructions.
PERIOD OF EXCLUSIVITY
Clients: By visiting or using the Site you agree to use Elance to make all payments to Contractors who identify you or whom you identify through the Site, so that Elance can collect its Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee. For all Contractors you identify via the Site on or after June 1, 2011, you acknowledge and agree that Elance earns its Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee on all payments you make to a Contractor in the first 24 months after you identify the Contractor through the Site, regardless of whether you make the payments through Elance or not. You agree not to take any action directly or indirectly to circumvent these fees. After 24 months, our Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee applies only if the payment is made through the Payment Service.
As a Client, you also agree to notify Elance immediately if your Contractor solicits payment from you outside the Site.
Contractors: By visiting or using the Site, or by communicating with Clients identified through the Site, you agree to use Elance to receive all payments from Clients who identify you or whom you identify on the Site, so that Elance can collect its Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee. For all Clients you identify via the Site on or after June 1, 2011, you acknowledge and agree that Elance earns its Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee on all payments you receive from a Client in the first 24 months after you identify the Client through the Site, regardless of whether you receive the payments through Elance or not. You agree not to take any action directly or indirectly to circumvent these fees. After 24 months, our Service Fee or Payroll Service Fee applies only if the payment is made through the Payment Service.
As a Contractor, you also agree to notify Elance immediately if your Client seeks to pay you outside the Site.
Opt-Out: Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Client pays the Opt-Out fee and Elance notifies both Client and Contractor that the Opt-Out option has been exercised for that Contractor, then the Client has the right to pay that Contractor outside the Site.
MEMBER ELIGIBILITY AND OBLIGATIONS
To access Site Services through our Site, you must be a legal entity, or an individual in business 18 years or older who can form legally binding contracts. To register for an Account with Elance and become a Member, you must accept all of the terms and conditions in, and linked to, this Agreement. By becoming a Member, you agree to: (a) abide by this Agreement and the processes, procedures, and guidelines described throughout the Site; (b) be financially responsible for your use of the Site and the purchase or delivery of Contractor Services; and (c) perform your obligations as specified by any Member Contract that you accept, unless such obligations are prohibited by law or by this Agreement. Elance reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse, suspend, or terminate service to anyone for any reason or no reason.
To become a Member and access Site Services through our Site you must register for an "Account.” You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information as prompted by the registration form and all forms you access on the Site, and to update this information to maintain its truthfulness, accuracy and completeness. You cannot register for more than one Client Account and one Contractor Account without express written permission from Elance (except that you may be a Team Member of other Accounts as provided below).
As a Member, you may create a “Team Account” by adding Users to your Account to act on your behalf in the roles you assign (each, a “Team Member”). You may also grant certain account administration privileges to one or more “Team Account Administrators.” Only the Member who registered the Team Account and the Team Account Administrators can add Team Members to the Team Account.
You will need to create a new Account and profile for each Team Member added to a Team Account. Each Team Member must be a real person. Each Team Member profile must contain the Team Member’s real name, must comply with all Terms of Service governing Accounts and must comply with the thumbnail image policy for Individual Accounts set forth in the Site Usage Policy. Elance reserves the right to require any Team Member’s identity to be verified at any time.
Member represents, warrants, and agrees to grant access to the Team Account and any related Team Member only to Users authorized to act on behalf of the Member and only in accordance with this Agreement. Additionally, Member represents, warrants, and agrees to be fully responsible and liable for any action of any Team Member and any other User who uses the Team Account, including Team Account Administrators. You agree (1) not to use any Account, Team Member, username, or password of another User of the Site that you are not authorized to use, and (2) not to allow others who are not authorized to do so to use the Team Account or any related Team Member Account at any time.
Your Elance Account (including feedback) and username are not transferable, and any transfer or attempted transfer to another party is null and void.
If your Account contains Team Members with profiles that violate the Terms of Service, it may affect your level rating on Elance. Any or all Team Member Accounts related to the Account may be suspended or terminated without warning if the Account or any related Team Member is suspended or terminated.
USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS
When a Member registers an Account, the Member will be asked to choose a username and password for the Account. The Member and any Team Account Administrator will also be asked to choose the initial username and password for any Team Account that is added to the Account (and can change the username and password for any Team Account at any time).
As a Member, you agree and you are entirely responsible to safeguard and maintain the confidentiality of the username and password you use to access this Site. In addition, if you are a Member who owns a Team Account, or if you are a Team Account Administrator, you agree to safeguard and maintain the confidentiality of all your Team Account passwords. In either case, you authorize Elance to assume that any person using the Site with your username and password or your Team Account passwords, and the username of any Team Account added by an Account Administrator (if any) either is you or is authorized to act for you. You agree to notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of the Account or any related Team Account or access to your password or the password of any User of your Account or any related Team Account.
Directory of Contractors
The Site contains a directory of Contractors. The directory is populated with information from third-party sources, from Contractors themselves, and from other Members. Elance provides this directory as a convenience and does not confirm or verify the information contained in it.
Verification and Monitoring
Elance makes available to Members on the Site various services provided by third parties to verify a Member’s credentials, provide testing services, or provide information. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content expressed or made available by these third parties or any other Members are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of Elance. Elance neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, information or statement made on the Site by anyone other than authorized Elance employees acting in their official capacities.
Links and Applications
This Site may contain links to third party Web sites, services, or resources. The Site may also contain applications that allow you to access third party Web sites, services or resources via the Site. Such Web sites, services, and resources are owned and operated by the third-parties and/or their licensors. Your access and use of those Web sites, services, and/or resources, including online communication services such as chat, email and calls, will be governed by the terms and policies of the applicable Web site, service, or resource. You acknowledge and agree that Elance is not responsible or liable for: (i) the availability or accuracy of such sites, services, or resources; or (ii) the content, advertising, or products on or available from such sites, services, or resources. You are responsible for deciding if you want to access a third party Web site, service or resource by clicking on a link or installing an application. The inclusion of any link or application on the Site does not imply that we endorse the linked site or application. You use the links and these services at your own risk, and agree that your use of an application via the Site is on an “as-is” basis
without any warranty for any purpose.
LICENSES AND SITE ACCESS
Access and Interference
Visitors and Users must access Secure Areas through browsers employing an encryption level of at least one hundred twenty eight (128) bits. You understand and agree to immediately stop using or accessing Secure Areas if your browser does not support such a level of encryption. If your browser does not allow such encryption then you may be blocked from using the Site.
The Site contains robot exclusion headers. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (a) take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (b) copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, or publicly display any content (other than content you have submitted to the Site) from the Site, any software code that is part of the Site, or any services that are offered on the Site without the prior express written permission of Elance and the appropriate third party, as applicable; (c) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper operation of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site; (d) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site or any subparts of the Site including without limitation features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Site or the content therein; (e) transmit spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited communications; (f) attempt to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site; (g) upload invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through or to the Site; (h) collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Site; (i) access any content on the Service through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Service; or (j) directly or indirectly, advertise or promote another website, product, or service or to solicit other Users for other websites, products or services.
Accessing the audiovisual content available on the Site for any purpose or in any manner other than Streaming (as defined below) is expressly prohibited. “Streaming” means a contemporaneous digital transmission of an audiovisual work via the Internet from the Site to a User’s device in such a manner that the data is intended for real-time viewing and not intended to be copied, stored, permanently downloaded, or redistributed by the User.
Some areas of the Site may allow Users to post feedback, comments, questions, and other information (“User Content”). You are solely responsible for your User Content that you upload, publish, display, link to or otherwise make available (hereinafter, “post”) through the Site, and you agree that we are only acting as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of your User Content. You understand that whether or not such User Content is published, Elance does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any User Content.
You agree not to post User Content that: (i) may create a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to you, to any other person, or to any animal; (ii) may create a risk of any other loss or damage to any person or property; (iii) seeks to harm or exploit children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable details or otherwise; (iv) may constitute or contribute to a crime or tort; (v) contains any information or content that we deem to be unlawful, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), libelous, threatening, profane, or otherwise objectionable; (vi) contains any information or content that is illegal (including, without limitation, the disclosure of insider information under securities law or of another party’s trade secrets); (vii) contains any information or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; or (viii) contains any information or content that you know is not correct and current. You agree that any User Content that you post does not and will not violate third-party rights of any kind, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights, rights of publicity and privacy. To the extent that your User Content contains music or video, you hereby represent that you are the owner of all the copyright rights, including without limitation the performance, mechanical, and sound recordings rights, with respect to each and every musical composition (including lyrics) and sound recording contained in such User Content and have the power to grant the license granted below. You understand that publishing your User Content on the Service is not a substitute for registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office, the Writer’s Guild of America, or any other rights organization.
Elance takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content that you or any other User or third party posts or sends over the Service. You understand and agree that any loss or damage of any kind that occurs as a result of the use of any User Content that you send, upload, download, stream, post, transmit, display, or otherwise make available or access through your use of the Service, is solely your responsibility. Elance is not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User Content. You understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, objectionable, or inappropriate for children, and you agree that Elance shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of such User Content.
Furthermore, Elance has no editorial control over User Content posted by Users on the Site and is not responsible for and does not monitor such content for accuracy or reliability. Elance does not confirm or verify whether a Contractor has the expertise, or is qualified or licensed to provide the Contractor Services or advice being requested.
You further agree not to post any User Content that contains any requests for or information enabling contact or payment outside of the Site.
Elance reserves the right, but is not obligated, to reject and/or remove any User Content that Elance believes, in its sole discretion, violates these provisions.