Greenpeace Greenwire Community Agreement of Greenpeace USA

Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org) is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. It consists of 27 independent national and regional offices with presence in 40 countries, and a coordinating body, Greenpeace International.

Every national or regional Greenpeace office may choose to set up a Greenpeace Greenwire community for their respective supporters and each have their own terms and conditions.

When you join the Greenpeace Greenwire community website of Greenpeace USA (hereinafter referred to as "Greenpeace Greenwire"), you are joining a community of like-minded people which is supported - and not controlled or directed - by Greenpeace USA.  By accepting this community agreement and linked policies, you acknowledge that being part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community involves responsibilities for both yourself and Greenpeace USA:

Greenpeace USA will provide you with support and do so professionally, by providing good, well-informed guidance. If you participate in activities organized by Greenpeace USA it will ensure an appropriate duty of care for your safety. And in addition, Greenpeace USA will ensure that your data will not be used for any purpose other than what you have signed up for.

You have a responsibility within the Greenpeace Greenwire community to stick to the rules; to not act in such a way that is not in line with the objectives of Greenpeace USA, and to ensure that you keep information confidential which may harm Greenpeace USA, the global Greenpeace organization, its allies or the wider movement, if that information is intended for internal use within the community.

This way, Greenpeace USA can together with you move people to choose a green and peaceful future.

Art. 1 Community goals and membership

Greenpeace USA has designed the Greenpeace Greenwire community to:

enable its volunteers, supporters and allied activists to connect with each other,

invite them to participate in legal activities and campaigns that Greenpeace USA organizes, and

to provide a platform for volunteers, supporters and allied activists to organize their own legal activities which are aligned with Greenpeace’s long-term goals and campaigns, but are not directed by Greenpeace USA.

You cannot participate in the Greenpeace Greenwire community without creating a personal profile on Greenpeace Greenwire. As a community member, you have a responsibility to invest time into the community, according to your own availability, through proposing or joining activities and through self-driven initiatives.  As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you are responsible for joining activities which fit your own needs and availability. When you agree to take on a task, you are responsible for completing that activity - and you agree that you will contact the activity organizer as soon as possible to arrange your own replacement if you cannot perform due to e.g. illness or a change in circumstances.

Art. 2 Commencement and termination of this Agreement

By checking the box “I agree to the terms of the User Agreement,” you are agreeing to become part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community of Greenpeace USA.

Greenpeace USA may choose to unilaterally terminate the agreement if the code of conduct articulated in this community agreement (See article 3 and article 11) are violated.   This agreement will be terminated if you delete your Greenpeace Greenwire profile.  Please also sign out of any activities you have committed to prior to deleting your profile, to make sure the organizer of that activity is not counting on you.

Art. 3 Code of Conduct in the Greenpeace Greenwire community

Be kind to one another.  By using Greenpeace Greenwire, you warrant to Greenpeace that you will not use Greenpeace Greenwire, or any of the content obtained from Greenpeace Greenwire, for any purpose that is unlawful, intentionally or unintentionally, in accordance with any applicable local, state, national or international law or prohibited by this agreement. Should content be found or reported to be in violation with, but not limited to, the following terms, it will be in Greenpeace's sole discretion as to what action should be taken.  Prohibited unlawful actions include, but are not limited to: 

  1. uploading, posting, transmitting or otherwise making available any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy (including, but not limited to, any address, email, phone number, or any other contact information without the written consent of the owner of such information), or hateful (including content that is racially or ethnically hateful) or otherwise objectionable;
  2. harming minors in any way;
  3. impersonating any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Greenpeace official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
  4. forging headers or otherwise manipulating identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any content transmitted through Greenpeace Greenwire;
  5. uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting any content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  6. uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary rights of any third party;
  7. language that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation;
  8. repeatedly posting the same comment or link or any content designed to promote unrelated items that could be seen as spam;
  9. personal attacks and/or threats against us or other commenters;
  10. anything that contains lewd, violent, or profane commentary or images.



    This is not an exhaustive list, and other types of comments that threaten the community spirit will be hidden or deleted. Greenpeace USA reserves the right to ban anyone who violates these policies and guidelines without formal warning.

Stay on topic, or start a new discussion. Respect the choices of other Greenpeace Greenwire members to start or to join groups or events because they wish to act together towards a certain purpose. If you find that your personal goals and actions are not being addressed, it is your responsibility to start new groups or events to take action, rather than to distract from the agreed purpose of other groups or events.

Do not spam. You cannot use your account for commercial purposes or mass promotion of a product, service or idea.

Be open and honest. Greenpeace USA is transparent and accountable and we expect Greenpeace Greenwire members to be transparent and accountable as well. If you are paid by a company, organization or government for your participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community - online or in activities - or if you may otherwise have a conflict of interest, you must clearly state that conflict of interest in your profile and in any discussions in which you engage.

Do not spread computer viruses, malicious software or malicious programs in order to damage or compromise the security of people’s computers or the Greenpeace Greenwire website of Greenpeace USA itself.

Greenpeace USA reserves the right to unilaterally cancel this agreement with members, and to permanently deny Greenpeace Greenwire Community membership to repeat offenders of the code of conduct.  Greenpeace USA further reserves the right to including, but not limited to, erase, close for further comment, or  intervene with content posted by members online in the Greenpeace Greenwire community if such content is considered inappropriate, for example where the code of conduct above has been violated, in whole or in part.

Greenpeace USA reserves the right to terminate this agreement with Greenpeace Greenwire members who do not follow the code of conduct, and reserves the express right to suspend or remove their profile from the site without prior warning.

Art. 4 Guidance, information and training

As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you can seek out quality guidance from Greenpeace USA and from other Greenpeace Greenwire community members. If you choose to participate in an activity, you will receive the necessary information to perform your job or  task, and the organizer – Greenpeace USA or other community members – will provide you with that information. You are obligated to provide the required information and guidance to community members who join activities or groups that you choose to organize. It is expected that you read and understand the provided information; meet activity/campaign deadlines and commitments; and keep information confidential when necessary.

Greenpeace USA will offer you, depending on your geographic location and your role in the Greenpeace Greenwire community, the opportunity to participate in training. Participation in some activities or roles will require a mandatory training.

Art. 5 Expenses

There are no costs associated with participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community. Trainings offered by Greenpeace USA will always be offered on a not-for-profit basis - they will be provided either at no cost, or at a reasonable fee to cover any venue, accommodation, travel or logistical costs. The fee, if any, will be set at the discretion of the Greenpeace USA. If trainings require a fee, a limited number of scholarships may be offered to ensure that ability-to-pay is not a barrier to participation.  Greenpeace USA will handle all questions about training participation and cost on an individual basis.

Art. 6 Insurance

Greenpeace USA does not provide individual or collective liability insurance or accident insurance for Greenpeace Greenwire community members during their participation in activities or events organized using the Greenpeace Greenwire platform. It is your own responsibility to provide for protection and/or insurance before participating in any activities organized using the Greenpeace Greenwire platform

Art. 7 Conflicts

In the event of ambiguities, complaints or conflicts between you and a staff member from Greenpeace USA or any other national or regional Greenpeace office, that cannot be resolved through dialogue, you may request the local Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator to mediate in the conflict and they will involve other Greenpeace USA staff as needed.

Art. 8 Confidentiality

As a member of the Greenpeace Greenwire community, you will have access to information regarding Greenpeace USA and other national and regional Greenpeace offices across the world, information that is intended for internal use and/or information that is intended only to be used to enable you to participate in activities. By accepting the terms of this community agreement, you agree to keep confidential such information and not distribute such information to third parties (including through online social networks), unless a Greenpeace USA staff person gives you express consent in writing, in advance, to disclose that information. This applies both during the term of the agreement, as well as after termination of your profile on Greenpeace Greenwire. You are wholly responsible for the information you release, and shall bear responsibility for the security of any information you have access to.

Art 9. Privacy

It is your responsibility to enter your personal data as accurately and completely as possible, and, should your personal data change, to update the information as quickly and accurately as possible. Giving false information gives Greenpeace USA the express right to terminate this agreement and suspend or remove your Greenpeace Greenwire account without prior warning.

Greenpeace USA will not disclose personal information to third parties without your consent, unless required to do so by law. By providing your personal information Greenpeace USA may contact you by email, text or phone with campaign updates and other offers of engagmement. You can unsubscribe at anytime. We respect your privacy, you can view Greenpeace USA’s full privacy policy here: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/about/Privacy-Policy/.

Art 10. Right to use images and content

Art 10.1 - Greenpeace use of your content

You retain your rights to any content you submit, post or display on or through Greenpeace Greenwire. By submitting, posting or displaying content on or through Greenpeace Greenwire,  you grant Greenpeace USA a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). Greenpeace USA will endeavor to contact you in advance, and to attribute the source in publication, however, Greenpeace USA cannot guarantee that this or that such contact would happen prior to usage. You will receive no compensation for Greenpeace USA’s use of your content. Greenpeace is under no obligation to post or use any content that you provide and may remove any content at any time in Greenpeace’s sole discretion.

Art 10.2 - Your use of Greenpeace logo and content

The Greenpeace logo is an internationally registered trademark of Stichting Greenpeace Council, and should only be shown with prior written permission from Greenpeace USA. If you are granted permission to use the Greenpeace logo by Greenpeace USA, you must clearly state that it is a volunteer initiative, and you must follow the international Greenpeace style guide. 

It is your responsibility, if using the Greenpeace logo and other images, to ensure that you have appropriate permission and that you therefore are not infringing trademark law. If in doubt, contact a staff member of Greenpeace USA, greenwire [dot] usa [at] greenpeace [dot] org, for advice.

Where articles and other texts written by Greenpeace USA  are not intended for internal use only, (see Article 8), you are free to reproduce such articles and other texts for personal or educational purposes, provided that you adhere to the Copyright Statement of Greenpeace USA http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/about/Copyright/ and  state at the beginning of the article: “Source: Greenpeace USA”, and that you also reproduce the name of the author and any copyright information from the original text.

Content produced by third parties - even if posted on Greenpeace Greenwire re-published by Greenpeace USA - remain the intellectual property of those third parties, and you must seek permission for their use from the original sources before reproducing their content. This also includes content from other national and regional Greenpeace offices.

If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on Greenpeace Greenwire in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent with the following information in writing:

  1. the electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
  2. identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit Greenpeace USA to locate the material, including the full URL.
  4. your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  6. a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

If Greenpeace USA receives such a claim, Greenpeace USA reserves the right to refuse or delete content, or to terminate a member’s account.

Our designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ("DMCA") is:

Thomas W. Wetterer

Greenpeace USA

702 H Street, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20001

tom [dot] wetterer [at] greenpeace [dot] org

(202) 462-1177

After receiving a claim of infringement, Greenpeace USA will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. Upon receipt of notices complying or substantially complying with the DMCA, Greenpeace USA will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity, and will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is claimed to be infringing. Greenpeace USA will take reasonable steps to expeditiously notify the member that it has removed or disabled access to such material.

Upon receipt of a proper counter notification under the DMCA, Greenpeace USA will promptly provide the person who provided the initial notification of claimed infringement with a copy of the counter notification and inform that person that it will replace the removed material or cease disabling access to it in ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days. Additionally, Greenpeace USA will replace the removed material and cease disabling access to it ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days following receipt of the counter notice, unless Greenpeace USA's designated agent first receives notice from the person who submitted the initial notification that such person has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the member from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on the Greenpeace Greenwire USA system or network.

You may provide us with a counter notification by providing our copyright agent the following information in writing:

  1. your physical or electronic signature;
  2. identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled, including the full URL;
  3. a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled, and your reasons for such belief;
  4. your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Greenpeace USA may be found and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the initial notification of infringement.

Please check the Copyright Policy of the relevant Greenpeace office’s website for the terms and conditions.

Art. 11 Liability

All messages in the Greenpeace Greenwire community are written by individual members of the community and thus represent the opinion of the individual and not necessarily the opinion of Greenpeace USA, other regional or national Greenpeace offices or Greenpeace International. Greenpeace USA is not liable for acts or omissions of users, including the files, data and / or materials that they make available on this website.

Greenpeace USA therefore provides no guarantees regarding the accuracy or quality of the contents of files, data and/or materials provided by its users. Greenpeace USA accepts no liability for any damages resulting from use of content shared by community members on Greenpeace Greenwire, and is not responsible for the accuracy and completeness of such content. Official positions and statements of Greenpeace USA can be found on (website NRO). The contents of any activities organized by Greenpeace Greenwire community members on the Greenpeace Greenwire platform should never conflict with the law or the principles of Greenpeace. Greenpeace USA accepts no liability arising from Greenpeace Greenwire community members choosing to act contrary to the law, or the willful infliction of harm. Greenpeace USA has no control over the actual activities of Greenpeace Greenwire community members, and accepts no liability for the consequences of activities by Greenpeace Greenwire community members. Greenpeace USA is not obliged to compensate damages resulting from any activities organized through Greenpeace Greenwire.

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Each member shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Greenpeace, and its affiliates and their respective officers, employees and agents, and each of Greenpeace Greenwire's website partners, from any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, and liabilities including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of that member's acts or omissions, including claims arising out of that member's use of the Greenpeace Greenwire Site; his or her submission, posting or transmission of content or his or her violation of the agreement.

Art. 12 Links

Greenpeace, any Greenpeace Site or a third party may provide links to other websites. Greenpeace exercises no control whatsoever over such other websites and web-based resources and is not responsible or liable for the availability thereof or the content, advertising, products or other materials thereon. Greenpeace shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss incurred or suffered by any member in connection therewith. Your access and use of linked websites, including information, material, products and services therein, is solely at your own risk.

The Greenpeace Sites' Privacy Statement is applicable only when you are on a Greenpeace Site. Once you choose to link to another website, you should read that website's privacy statement before disclosing any personal information.

Art. 13 Notice

All notices to you shall be in writing and shall be made either via email or conventional mail. Greenpeace USA may broadcast notices or messages through Greenpeace Greenwire to inform you of changes to this agreement, Greenpeace Greenwire, or other matters of importance; such broadcasts shall constitute notice to members.

Art. 14 Modification of Services

Greenpeace reserves the right, at Greenpeace’s sole discretion, at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any or all Greenpeace Sites or the Greenpeace Greenwire community agreement (or any part thereof).  Such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement to the website unless provided otherwise (e.g., when implementing major, substantive changes, Greenpeace intends to provide members with up to fourteen days of advance notice). Your continued use of the Greenpeace Greenwire website following the posting of changes to the Greenpeace Greenwire website or Greepeace Greenwire community agreement means that you accept those changes.  Greenpeace reserves the right that Greenpeace shall not be liable to any member or other third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance except as expressly provided herein.