Terms of Use

Effective Date: March 23, 2018

Welcome to OpenLaw! Please read these Terms of Use (the “Agreement” or “Terms”) carefully, along with any other policies or notices and our Privacy Policy (defined below) located at openlaw.io/privacy, as they lay out the rules, terms, and guidelines for you to follow when using and accessing our website openlaw.io (“OpenLaw” or the “Site”) (collectively, the “Services”). This Agreement governs your use of OpenLaw and constitutes a legally binding agreement between each user (“you,” “your,” or “User”) and Consensys, Inc. (“we,” “us,” or “our”).

By using OpenLaw, you agree to follow and be bound by these Terms and agree to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, do not access OpenLaw.

We may revise these Terms at any time without notice to you. If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at hello@openlaw.io.

In order to use OpenLaw you must register for and maintain an active personal user Services account (“Account”). You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, or the age of legal majority in your jurisdiction (if different than 18), to obtain an Account, unless a specific Service permits otherwise.


We know terms and conditions can be long, confusing, and full of legalese, so we will do our best to keep things as clear and concise as possible. This section is a brief summary of the highlights of this Agreement. Know that when you accept this Agreement, you are accepting all of our Terms and not just this section. Simply by using OpenLaw, including browsing the Site, you are agreeing to our Terms, so please read carefully. Grab a pair of glasses if you need to.

OpenLaw is an online legal contracts portal which provides users with a blockchain-based protocol for an automated solution for individuals and entities who choose to prepare legal documents. OpenLaw hosts blockchain software as a backend service for customers who create their own legal documents. You can use the OpenLaw platform to create smart contracts, add information to blockchain using cryptocurrency (ETH), and other actions permitted by these Terms.

At no time do we, or will we, review your content or agreements for legal sufficiency, draw legal conclusions, or provide legal advice, opinions, or recommendations about your legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms, or strategies. OpenLaw is not a law firm and may not perform services performed by an attorney. Please note that any communications between you and OpenLaw are not protected as confidential information under the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrine. OPENLAW, ITS SERVICES, AND ITS FORMS OR TEMPLATES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE ADVICE OR SERVICES OF AN ATTORNEY.

OpenLaw attempts to keep its legal documents accurate and up-to-date. However, because the law changes rapidly, OpenLaw cannot guarantee that all of the information is completely current. The law differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and may be subject to interpretation by different courts. The law is a personal matter, and no general information or legal tool like the kind OpenLaw provides can accommodate all circumstances.

The legal information contained on OpenLaw and the Service does not constitute legal advice and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up-to-date. Therefore, if you need legal advice for your specific problem, or if your specific problem is too complex to be addressed by our tools, you should consult a licensed attorney in your area. AGREEMENTS OR CONTRACTS PROVIDED BY OPENLAW ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN AN APPROPRIATE JURISDICTION.

These Terms outline approved uses of OpenLaw, various licenses we grant to you, and the licenses you grant to us. We take our commitment to customer service seriously and will work with you to make sure you are happy with your programming challenges.

How You Accept These Terms

By accessing or using OpenLaw in any manner, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to these Terms, as well as the accompanying privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”), which is accessible at openlaw.io/privacy.

Note that we reserve the right to modify the Terms at any time in our sole discretion. Any changes to the Terms will be posted on our website at openlaw.io.com/terms and will become effective immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to check for updates to this Agreement periodically.

If the changes are significant, we will do our best to notify you via email or through a notification. Please check the effective date above to determine if there have been any changes since you last reviewed these Terms.

If you do not agree to this Agreement or any modifications to this Agreement, you should not use OpenLaw. Your continued use of OpenLaw after any amendment or modification to the Agreement constitutes your consent to the amended or modified Agreement.


You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, or the age of legal majority in your jurisdiction (if different than eighteen (18) years of age), to use our Services. If you are under eighteen (18) years old and would like to use OpenLaw, you can, but only if a parent or legal guardian who is at least eighteen (18) years old supervises you. In all cases, such adult will be considered the User and is responsible for any and all activity on your Account.

You can only use OpenLaw to the extent the laws of your jurisdiction or the United States do not bar you from doing so. Please make sure these Terms are in compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations that apply to you.

By using OpenLaw, you represent and warrant that you meet all eligibility requirements we outline in these Terms. We may still refuse to let certain people access or use our Services. We may also change our eligibility criteria at any time.

We offer our Services only for personal, non-commercial use and not for the use or benefit of any third party (unless you are a parent or legal guardian using our Services for your minor child).

Your Account With OpenLaw

You will need to create an Account with OpenLaw in order to download, upload, edit, send, or execute any agreement made available on the Site. In order to create an Account, you will need to provide us with your your full name, organization, email address, phone number, billing address and account login information. In addition, we may collect information regarding other accounts you choose to link with OpenLaw (e.g., Metamask, Google, etc.).

By creating an Account, here are a few common sense rules and acknowledgements that we ask you comply with and understand:

Be honest with us. Provide accurate information about yourself. It’s not OK to use false information or impersonate another person or company through your Account. Any failure to provide complete and accurate information can lead to the immediate termination of your Account -- and we don’t want to do that!

You’re responsible for your Account. You’re solely responsible for any activity on your Account. If you’re sharing an Account with other people (e.g., if you’re representing a business entity), then you will ultimately be responsible for all activity. If you’re registering as a business entity, you personally guarantee that you have the authority to agree to the Terms on behalf of the business. Your Account is not transferable. You are solely responsible for any activity on your Account, so it’s important to keep your Account password secure. In case of a dispute over the identity of the user, the authorized account holder of the OpenLaw account will be deemed to be the user. “Authorized account holder” of an account is defined as the natural person assigned to the email address associated with the Account.

Be clear about our relationship. Creating an account with OpenLaw, or using our Site or Services, does not create an agency, partnership, joint venture, employment, attorney-client, or franchisee relationship with us. No confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied, or other relationship is created with us other than pursuant to these Terms.

Passwords. You’re responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access OpenLaw and for any activities or actions under your password -- that means no sharing with third parties either. We encourage you to use “strong” passwords with your Account. Your password must be at least eight (8) characters long.

Emails. By creating an Account, you agree that you may receive communications from OpenLaw, such as newsletters, special offers, and account reminders and updates. You also understand that you can remove yourself from these communications by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link in the footer of the actual emails.

Impersonation. If someone has created an account in which he or she pretends to be you, and you send us a request to take down that account, please be sure that you have included the email address of the fake account. You agree to: (a) immediately notify us upon becoming aware of any unauthorized use of your password or Account or any other breach of security; and, (b) ensure that you exit from your Account at the end of each session when using OpenLaw.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this section of the Terms.

Please contact hello@openlaw.io if you have any questions about registering your Account with OpenLaw.

Third Party Services and Content

Our Services may contain links to third-party websites or services that are not owned or controlled by OpenLaw.

We utilize links and other tools to connect users to third party services and websites, such as Google Analytics (“Third Party Services,” each a “Third Party Service”). We have no control over, and assume no liability or responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of these Third Party Services, or the accuracy, reliability, or currentness of those services.

Users who access or use a Third Party Service through OpenLaw are solely responsible for complying with the terms and policies of these third parties. We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any Third Party Service that you visit.

In no event shall a description or reference to a third party’s product or service (including, but not limited to, providing a description or reference via hyperlink) be construed as an endorsement of such third party product or service by us. We retain the exclusive right to add to, modify, or cancel the availability of any Third Party Service at any time.

Intellectual Property

OpenLaw contains copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information, including but not limited to text, software, photos, and graphics, and may in the future include video, graphics, music, and sound (“Content”), which is protected by copyright law, registered and unregistered trademarks, database rights, and other intellectual property rights. Unless otherwise provided, we exclusively own the the Content and your use of OpenLaw does not grant you any right, title, or interest in or to the Content.

Your Use of Our Services

You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with OpenLaw and for any use of your OpenLaw Account. When using OpenLaw in accordance with these Terms, we grant you a limited, personal, non-commercial, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable, and revocable license to use OpenLaw. When using our Services, we ask that you abide by some common sense ground rules:

Don’t Use Our Services to Break the Law. You agree that you will not violate any laws when using OpenLaw. This includes any local, provincial, state, federal, national, or international laws or regulations that may apply to you.

Don’t Try To Harm Our System. You agree not to distribute any virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful computer code through OpenLaw. You also agree to not take any action that may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our, or any of our Third party Services’, infrastructure.

Don’t Attempt to Circumvent Our Security. You agree not to bypass, circumvent, or attempt to bypass or circumvent any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to OpenLaw, including without limitation other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to OpenLaw.

Don’t Steal From Us. You agree not to “crawl,” “scrape,” “spider,” decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to derive any source code, data, or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of OpenLaw.

Don’t Copy From Us. You agree not to copy, imitate, mirror, reproduce, distribute, publish, download, display, perform, post, store, or transmit any of OpenLaw’s Content, including without limitation any marks, in any form or by any means, including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise.

Respect our Intellectual Property. The name “OpenLaw” and any graphic elements, design elements, presentations, phrases, designs, logos, layout, and source code of OpenLaw are owned by us and are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Respect our Service. Do not take any action that: (i) interferes or attempts to interfere with the proper working of OpenLaw or any activities conducted using OpenLaw; (ii) circumvents any security-related features of OpenLaw; builds, or authorizes another party to build, a competitive product to OpenLaw; (iii) recruits or otherwise solicits any user of OpenLaw to join third-party services or websites that are competitive to OpenLaw; or, (iv) bypasses any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to OpenLaw.

Provide Us with Feedback. Your feedback can help us improve your experience and our Services. Any unsolicited ideas or other materials you submit to OpenLaw (and are not including your User Content (defined below)) are considered non-confidential and non-proprietary to you. You grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, sub-licensable, perpetual license to use and publish those ideas and materials for any purpose, without compensation, credit, or acknowledgement.

Operation of Smart Contracts. OpenLaw smart contracts will be issued on the Ethereum blockchain. In general, the underlying protocols are open source and anyone can use, copy, modify, and distribute them.Therefore, any failure or malfunctioning of the Ethereum protocol may renderOpenLaw temporarily inoperable.

Smart contracts are a new and relatively untested technology. In addition to the risks mentioned in these Terms, there are certain additional risks that the OpenLaw platform cannot foresee. OpenLaw is not responsible for the execution of smart contracts. These risks may manifest themselves in other forms of risk than those specified herein. By using OpenLaw, you acknowledge and agree that OpenLaw is not responsible for the operation of the underlying protocols and that OpenLaw makes no guarantee of their functionality, security, or availability. You acknowledge and agree that OpenLaw assumes absolutely no responsibility whatsoever with respect to any cryptocurrency loss or smart contract malfunction/mistake.

Use of Cryptocurrency. You represent and warrant that any cryptocurrency transfer that you make through OpenLaw is legal in your jurisdiction. We will not be held liable for any loss or damages due to your non-compliance. All cryptocurrency transfers are made voluntarily and at your sole discretion, and you realize all risks of using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, which are generally understood and recognized in accordance with the warnings of the financial regulators of countries across the world, as well as the risks specified in this Agreement. OpenLaw is not responsible for any cryptocurrency that may be lost through the process of smart contract execution.

Any use of OpenLaw other than as specifically authorized in this Agreement, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will terminate your license to use OpenLaw.

License You Grant to Us Over User Content

There are areas of OpenLawand areas on Third Party Services where you can communicate with us. We do not own any of your content. However, by providing content to us, you grant us a license to use it. These communications between you and OpenLaw will be referred to as “User Content.”

When you submit code, post, or otherwise direct communications to OpenLaw (through the use of the Site, or via a phone call, email, Slack message, etc., with a member of our team) you give us a license to modify, use, adapt, copy, and publish your User Content. You agree that this license includes the right for OpenLaw to use your User Content for commercial advertising and promotional purposes and to improve the Site. You agree that the User Content provided to OpenLaw is non-confidential and that OpenLaw has the right to unrestricted use for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

In uploading any work through our Services as User Content, you authorize other members who have access to that Service to make personal and customary use of the work and acknowledge that its may not be protected by copyright.

Permission to Use Your Content. You retain all ownership rights (to the extent there is any) in any User Content that you post to OpenLaw. However, by submitting any User Content, you hereby grant us a universal, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license to use, view, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license (including under an open source licese), sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such User Content, in full or in part, in connection with OpenLaw, subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy. Note that this means that we may use any published listings for commercial means and may sell or exchange information (except personal information pursuant to our Privacy Policy) with third parties.

Responsibility for Your Content. You should only provide Content that you have the right to share and are comfortable sharing with others under this Agreement. Don’t upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content to, or through, OpenLaw that infringes, misappropriates, or otherwise violates any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property right, right of privacy, right of publicity, or any other right of any entity or person, or that is unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane, or that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law or OpenLaw rule or policy. If you do so, we reserve the right to remove any and all of your User Content from OpenLaw at any time in our sole discretion.

Approval of Content. We do not verify or pre-approve any posted User Content, and material in the form of opinions are not our opinions.

Intellectual Property Infringement

If you think any of the Content or User Content on our Site infringes on your intellectual property rights (e.g., trademarks, patents, trade secrets, rights of publicity, etc.), send us a request to take down such infringing content by emailing us at dmcaservices.OpenlawService@52400187 and we’ll do our best to take it down as expeditiously as possible. Your complaint or request should include:

  • The intellectual property you own that is being infringed;
  • A description of the content you believe infringes upon your intellectual property;
  • The website URL that contains or is associated with the infringing content; and
  • A short explanation of how the content infringes your rights.

Complaint Processing

Once we receive a complaint, we will make best efforts to review it as soon as possible. If you have provided all of the information above, we will promptly remove or block access to the content and will send a notice to the other OpenLaw user indicating that we have done so.

Counter Notice

If you receive a notice that we have removed infringing or false content, and you believe that we have acted as a result of misidentification or error, you can lodge a counter notice (“Counter Notice”) by emailing us at hello@openlaw.io. Any Counter Notice should include:

  • Your full name, telephone number, and email address;
  • An identification of the material that we have taken down;
  • A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed as a result of mistake or misidentification;
  • A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the federal district in which you reside, and that you will accept service of process from the complaining party or its agent in the event that a lawsuit is filed against you relating to such content; and
  • Your physical or electronic signature.

If we receive such a Counter Notice, we will re-upload the content, unless we first receive notice from the complaining party that it has filed a lawsuit or other action seeking a court order to keep you from engaging in the allegedly infringing activity.

Limitation of Liability & Disclaimer of Warranties

You understand and agree that we have no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding:

  • which members subscribe to OpenLaw;
  • what content you access via our Services;
  • what effect the content may have on you;
  • how you may interpret or use the content; or
  • what actions you may take as a result of your exposure to the content.

You release us from all liability related to you acquiring or not acquiring content through OpenLaw. OpenLaw may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. We make no representations concerning any such content contained in or accessed through our Site, and we will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in or accessed through OpenLaw. Your interactions with organizations and/or individuals found on or through OpenLaw, including membership payment or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals.

Warranty & Limitation of Liability (or The Things You Can’t Sue Us For)

Limitation of Liability

Warranty Disclaimer

Indemnification (or What Happens If You Get Us Sued)

To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the OpenLaw Parties from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Site; (ii) any User Content you post, program, upload, use, distribute, store, or otherwise transmit through the Site; (iii) your violation of any term of this Agreement; or, (iv) your violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or the rights of any third party.

Time Limitation on Claims

You agree that any claim you may have arising out of or related to your relationship with us must be filed within one (1) year after such claim arose where, for purposes of this section, the time that the injury or harm occurred – not when it was discovered thereafter – is where it arose; otherwise, your claim is permanently barred.

Governing Law

No matter where you’re located, the laws of the State of New York will govern these Terms and the parties’ relationship as if you signed these Terms in New York, without regard to New York state’s conflicts of laws rules. If any provisions of these Terms are inconsistent with any applicable law, those provisions will be superseded or modified only to the extent such provisions are inconsistent. The parties agree to submit to the federal or state courts in New York County, New York for exclusive jurisdiction of any dispute arising out of or related to your use of the Services or your breach of these Terms.You waive any objection based on lack of personal jurisdiction, place of residence, improper venue, or forum non conveniens in any such action.

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect.

Note to International Users

OpenLaw is hosted in the United States. If you are a user accessing the Site from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site, which is governed by US law, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.


We reserve the right to terminate your license to use OpenLaw or block or prevent your access to the Site without providing you with notice or reason.

If we terminate your account, you must immediately stop using OpenLaw and you agree not to attempt to regain access to OpenLaw without our express permission. Such termination will result in the suspension or deletion of your account and access to your account. In the event of termination of your account, the provisions of this Agreement shall remain in effect, and OpenLaw reserves the right to retain any data or information you have provided to OpenLaw or posted on OpenLaw. We will not be liable to you for the effect that any changes to the Services may have on you, including your income or your ability to generate revenue through the Services.

If you wish to terminate your account with OpenLaw, please contact us at hello@openlaw.io. Terminating your account will not affect the availability of User Content that you posted through the Services prior to termination.

No Waiver

Our failure to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right, power, or privilege under this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, power, or privilege preclude any other or further exercise thereof.


If it turns out that any term or provision of this Agreement is invalid, void, or, for any reason, unenforceable, such term or provision will be deemed severable and limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary. The limitation or elimination of the term or provision will not affect any other terms of this Agreement.

Arbitration & Waiver of Class Action

The parties agree to arbitrate any dispute arising from this Agreement or your use of the Site on an individual basis. ARBITRATION PREVENTS YOU FROM SUING IN COURT OR FROM HAVING A JURY TRIAL. THE PARTIES HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY. The parties agree that: (i) any arbitration will occur in New York, NY; and, (ii) the arbitration will be conducted confidentially by a single arbitrator in accordance with the rules of American Arbitration Association for arbitration of consumer-related disputes, in the English language, and with limited discovery. At your request, hearings may be conducted in person or by telephone and the arbitrator may provide for submitting and determining motions on briefs, without oral hearings. Other than class procedures and remedies discussed below, the arbitrator has the authority to grant any remedy that would otherwise be available to a court or other tribunal. THE PREVAILING PARTY IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING TO ENFORCE THESE TERMS SHALL BE ENTITLED TO COSTS AND ATTORNEYS' FEES. THE ARBITRAL DECISION MAY BE ENFORCED IN ANY COURT. WHETHER THE DISPUTE IS HEARD IN ARBITRATION OR IN COURT, YOU AND CONSENSYS, INC. WILL NOT COMMENCE AGAINST THE OTHER A CLASS ACTION, CLASS ARBITRATION, OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING.

Force Majeure

We shall not be held liable for any delays, failure in performance, or interruptions of service which result directly or indirectly from any cause or condition beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to: any delay or failure due to any act of God, act of civil or military authorities, act of terrorism, civil disturbance, war, strike or other labor dispute, fire, interruption in telecommunications or Internet services or network provider services, failure of equipment and/or software, other catastrophe, or any other occurrence which is beyond our reasonable control and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.


You agree that we may assign any of our rights and/or transfer, sub-contract, or delegate any of our obligations under these Terms. Your agreement to these Terms is personal to you and you may not transfer or assign it to any third party.

Entire Agreement

This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding and agreement as to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior discussions, agreements, and understandings of any kind (including without limitation any prior versions of this Agreement) and every nature between us. Except as provided for above, any modification to this Agreement must be in writing and must be signed by both parties.

Questions or Comments

We welcome comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions. If you are interested in advertising on OpenLaw, please send us a message at hello@openlaw.io.

We know that terms can be long. Thanks for making it to the end!