Our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

What is Paperchain?

Paperchain is a webapp designed to celebrate and encourage daily creativity. It’s an online community where photographers, artists and doodlers can share their responses to a common Chain and develop a creative habit- one day at a time.

How it works

Our members upload images in response to a Creative Chain which is active for 24 hours. Every day at 00:00 UTC the Chain automatically closes and all of the images which have been successfully uploaded are made available for visitors to view, share and like. At the same time a new Creative Chain is revealed and the process starts again. Registered users can upload images, like images, leave comments, write their own Chains as well as vote for upcoming Chains.

This document describes how we all work together. If you have any feedback feel free to contact us at [email protected].

These terms were originally created by editorially.com and made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. (Read more about the license)

1. Definitions

When we say “site,” we mean paperchain.co and the services offered through that site. When we say “Users” we mean both members of the public who access paperchain.co as well as people who have registered an account with the site. Note that many functions of the site are only available to registered users. When we say “your content,” we mean any text, sound, graphics or other material which you post, upload, or otherwise share on the site; similarly, when we say “Paperchain content,” we mean the copyrightable text, sound, graphics, and other material owned by Paperchain. And when we say “terms,” we mean these terms of service.

2. Accepting these terms

Please read these terms before using the site. If you do not agree to these terms do not use, or register an account, with the site. If we make changes to these terms, we’ll let you know either through the site or by email (at the email address you provide). If you do not agree to the changes, you may send a request to cancel your account to [email protected]. If we don’t hear from you within ten days, the revised terms will apply to you.

3. Privacy policy

Your Email address

When you register with the site, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. We will store this information, but will not share it with any third parties, except as necessary to provide the services offered, to monitor usage and to improve the service. For example, we may store your personal information along with your files and data on a third party server, or we may use a third party analytics tool to learn how you are using Paperchain and see how we can improve the site.

Your Profile page

Your Profile page allows you to add personal information such as Name, Occupation, Location (to the city level), Personal Website, Social Network links and Biography. Only the Name field is mandatory in order to use the site. Please note that your Profile page and the information you add to it are visible to other Paperchain users as well as the general public. Do not include any information which you are not comfortable sharing or which might endanger yourself. You can update your personal information by logging in to your account and clicking Edit on your Profile page.

How we use your personal information

We will never share your email address with advertisers or send you promotions for unrelated services. However we may be required to disclose your personal information in order to comply with the law or legal process. If we must disclose your personal information in order to comply with the law or legal process, we will inform you (at the email address you provide) as soon as practicable, provided that it is lawful for us to do so.

Aggregate information

We will also aggregate user information and analyze the collective behavior of our members so that we can improve the site. We may share this information with third parties (such as Google Analytics), but such aggregate information does not contain personal information other than IP addresses. In addition, we may compile and disclose aggregate information about our users for promotional or other purposes. For example, we might want to disclose that a certain percentage of our users are located within a particular geographic area. We use session and login cookies, which help us keep track of when a person is logged in and determine the content or sites users link to, and which services people use. We will also capture login timestamps, and usage statistics, as well as IP addresses.


We will communicate with you by email, using the email address you provide to us. We use this to respond to customer support requests or send you notifications about the service. Registered users receive a daily email update containing the latest Creative Chain. You can choose to receive this email only on certain days or turn this feature off on the Settings page. You can also opt out of group emails using the unsubscribe link in the email. If you would like to cease all communications with us, please send an email to [email protected] and we will cancel your account.

4. Permitted users

You must be thirteen years of age or older to use Paperchain. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of thirteen, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under the age of thirteen, please contact us at [email protected]. When you use the site, you represent and warrant that you have the legal capacity to form a binding contract with us, and are doing so by your agreement to these terms.

5. Copyright and intellectual property


You retain ownership of all content you post, upload to, or otherwise share on the site. However, by posting, uploading, or sharing your content, you grant us a non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to access, use, and display your content in connection with the site and services we provide to you. This license permits us to perform the services that you registered for; for example, it permits us to store your content on redundant data servers and make it available to the general public on the pages of the site. However this license does not permit us to sell your content to advertisers nor does it transfer the copyright to us. This license ends when you delete the material or your account. In addition, the site provides features that allow you to share your content with others. There are many things that others may do with that content, including copying it, modifying it, and re-sharing it. So, please consider carefully what you choose to share and with whom; we take no responsibility for that activity. When you delete your account some content such as comments or content that has been shared by other users will remain on the site, and will not be deleted.


Creative Chains are up to 70 characters long and are themes or challenges intended to inspire Paperchain users. Registered users as well as visitors to the site can write, vote and promote Chains. At 00:00 UTC the Chain with most votes becomes the active Chain. The name of the user who wrote the Chain is only revealed after it becomes an active Chain. Chains which receive no votes are eventually removed from the site. Users are free to interpret the Chain however they like. Chains for commercial work or contests are not permitted on the site. The content produced in response to the Chain does not belong to the user who wrote the Chain. We reserve the right to remove Chains which do not follow the Community Guidelines.

Paperchain IP

All Paperchain content, the selection, compilation, arrangement and presentation of all materials, and the overall design of the site are copyrighted by us, and are protected. Use of our content without our express prior written permission is strictly prohibited. Our trademarks- Paperchain.co, Paperchain, the Paperchain wordmark and Paperchain icon, may not be used in connection with any product or service without our express written permission.

6. Copyright issues

Paperchain is about exercising your creativity. Don’t post, upload, or place any content or information on the site that belongs to a third party, unless you have the legal right to do so. If you believe that any such information or content has been posted on the site, please send a notice of copyright infringement to [email protected]. Include your name, the location of the content and your relationship to the copyright holder.

Upon notification of the claimed infringement, we will remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. We will also notify the person who posted, uploaded, or otherwise placed the allegedly infringing material on the site that we have removed or disabled access to such material.

7. Paperchain community guidelines

Paperchain is intended to be a supportive and positive environment. As such, we have some ground rules which you must adhere to when using the site. By joining the site you agree not to do any of the following:

  1. Threaten other users with violence.
  2. Use hateful, abusive, harassing, libellous, or obscene language towards other users.
  3. Post any material that infringes or violates any third party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, or other proprietary or property right;
  4. Post any material which promotes illegal or dangerous activity, which could constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable law or regulation;
  5. Use the site to send spam, chain letters, junk mail, or any other type of unsolicited mass email;
  6. Use the site to distribute viruses or other harmful, disruptive, or destructive files;
  7. Use or attempt to use another person’s account;
  8. Disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse, the site, or any servers or networks connected to the site;
  9. Attempt to obtain unauthorised access to the site;
  10. Impersonate another person;
  11. Share with any minor any content or materials inappropriate for children, or allow any minor access to such materials;
  12. Systematically harvest data from the site, or programmatically register accounts on the site.
  13. Post Chains for commercial work or competitions.

By using the site you agree that you are responsible for your actions in relation to the site, and for any communications transmitted under your account will comply with all applicable international laws and regulations.

If it appears you have violated any of these rules, we reserve the right to remove any offending material or immediately limit or close your account.

8. Cancelling your account

You can cancel your account at any time by sending an email to [email protected]. If you like, you may export your image files prior to cancelling your account. Upon cancelling your account, your files will be marked for deletion in sixty days, and will be deleted upon expiration of that sixty-day period.

9. Disclaimer of warranties

We will strive to prevent interruptions to the service and be good stewards of your data. However, the site and our services are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. We do not make any warranty that the site or our services will meet your requirements, or that the services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free, or that defects, if any, will be corrected. You understand that you download from or otherwise obtain content or services through the site at your own discretion and risk. Paperchain is not a data back-up service.

10. Limitations of liability

Under no circumstances — including, without limitation, negligence — shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, resulting from (1) the use or the inability to use the site; (2) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services; (3) unauthorised access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (4) loss of profits, use, data or other intangibles, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

11. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless us, our officers, directors, employees, members, partners, agents, and suppliers, and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees, members, shareholders, partners, and agents, from any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the site, including but not limited to your violation of this agreement. We may, at our sole discretion, assume the exclusive defence and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you. The assumption of such defence or control by us, however, shall not excuse any of your indemnity obligations.

12. Right to terminate

We may at any time decide to alter, amend, modify, or terminate the site, any functionality or portion of it, all in our sole discretion, and you understand that there is no guarantee that the site or any portion or functionality of it will continue to operate or be available for any particular period of time.

13. General

These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Irish law, without giving effect to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that you will bring any claim or cause of action arising out of your use of the site in the courts located within the Republic of Ireland and you also agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of those courts. You agree that any claim or cause of action arising out of your use of the site or these terms must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or it shall be forever barred, notwithstanding any statute of limitations or other law to the contrary. If any provision contained in these terms is determined unenforceable, then such provision will be severed and replaced with a new provision that most closely reflects the intent of the original provision, and the remaining provisions of these terms will remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any provision of these terms shall be effective except pursuant to a written instrument signed by us expressly waiving compliance, and any such waiver shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose stated in such writing. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of these terms and/or your use of the site. You may not assign any right, interest, or benefit provided under these terms or through the site without our express prior written consent. These terms set forth the entire agreement between you and us, and supersede any and all prior communications, agreements and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and us with respect to the site and our services. A printed version of these terms and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these terms and/or your use of the site to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

By using the site you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to the Paperchain Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines.