By visiting thegirlmirage.com, formerly geenamatuson.com, you are consenting to the policies of this site, "policies" being referred to as a legally-binding list of all Policies, Terms, and Conditions, regarding the website ("website" being referred to in these policies as both thegirlmirage.com and geenamatuson.com) and the content creator ("content creator" being referred to in these policies as Geena Matuson and pseudonym The Girl Mirage®). Policies may be updated at any time without prior notice. By using the website you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to review these policies and be aware of any modifications.
These Policies covers personal information that is gathered when a user ("user" or "you") is on the website and when you use the website's services ("services" collectively referring to the website and blog posts with optional comment area). This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that the website and content creator do not own or control, nor does it apply to individuals that the website and content creator do not employ or manage.
Last updated: April, 2018
By using this website you agree to the Privacy Policies and understand that it is your responsibility to periodically check the policy for updates and modifications. The content creator is committed to protecting your privacy online and the text below outlines how your private information is collected and used:
Your email address, first and last name(s) are collected to sign up for the newsletter, with the ability for a user to optionally enter additional information into their account such as name and URL. See section V-a "Email Communications."
Your name, email address and URL are collected when contacting content creator via email and/or through form on the website contact page.
The website receives and stores certain types of information whenever you interact with it. The website and its authorized agents (e.g. Google Analytics) automatically receive and record certain "traffic data" on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested. The website uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with servers, analyze trends and administer the website. This is anonymized data and does not involve collecting any of your personal information. The website may collect and, on any page, display the total counts that page has been viewed. Your information will never be shared or sold. *Note that there is an automatic email sent to your email address when a user replies to a comment you made on a website blog post.
a. Third party links: Third parties are responsible for their own privacy policies; we are not responsible for outside policies or practices.
The "help" portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. Please note, however, that if your browser does not accept cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of some website features.
c. Security: The website is hosted in a secure server with an SSL certificate, which generates the 's' in https:// at the beginning of the website address; you often see this in online payment form URLs, and on other secure sites. This site maintains security measures to ensure your personal information is safe. However, no exchange over the internet is 100% guaranteed to be protected. You acknowledge that any information submitted through the website could be accessed by a third party and shared without the website or content creator's knowledge or permission, and you therefore release content creator and the website from any blame, claims and/or liability arising from such situation.
The rights granted to you in these terms are subject to the following restrictions: (a) you shall not license, sell, rent, lease, transfer, assign, distribute, host or otherwise commercially exploit the services or content creator, whether in whole or in part, or any content displayed on the website, (b) you shall not modify, make derivative works of, disassemble, reverse compile or reverse engineer any part of the website, (c) you shall not access the website in order to build a similar or competitive website or service, and (d) except as expressly stated herein, no part of the website or content herein may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form by any means.
All written content used across the website and services is copyright of the associated content creator unless otherwise stated. If you wish to share, reference, quote or re-post written content, attribute your reference to The Girl Mirage®, the content creator, and provide a link to the original content on the website.
You recognize that any advice shared on the website and/or by content creator is solely from personal experience or stems from personal opinion. You therefore release the website and content creator and its employees or contractors from any blame, claim and/or liability, damage, loss, or injury to person and property, which has been sustained as a consequence from using our content.
You recognize that any advice shared on the website by its users (i.e. a user posts a comment on a blog post) is solely from personal experience or stems from personal opinion. You therefore release the website and content creator and its employees or contractors from any blame, claim and/or liability, damage, loss, or injury to person and property, which has been sustained as a consequence from using our content.
Content creator reserves the right to remove content at any time and reserves the right to remove any website comments that are inflammatory, inappropriate, disrespectful or promotional spam as determined by, and at the discretion of, content creator. Note that if your comment contains too many links it may be automatically flagged as spam.
a. Downloads: The website occasionally provides free downloads. You may not resell, package or distribute these downloads or upload them to other websites. If you are promoting these shared downloads, link back to the original post or page on the website.
b. Additional Terms: The website contains articles on art, writing, film, design, digital processes, entrepreneurship and other topics. Information on such topics is subject to change and content creator makes no representation or warranty that the information provided is accurate, reliable, current or error-free. Content creator and website are not liable for any inaccuracy, error or incompleteness in the content. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and there is no guarantee that any advice given will work for or suit everyone. Content creator and the website are not liable for any losses, damages or injuries from the display or use of this information or from information contained in any provided links.
c. Pricing: Any and all prices stated on this website are subject to change at any time and it is your responsibility to check for updated pricing.
The website utilizes third party services. The website services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources (e.g. affiliate or referral links, etc.). Because the website and content creator have no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that the website and content creator is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the website and content creator shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
You have the option to use or to not use the following third party services while still maintaining use of the website:
a. Email Communications ("The Newsletter"): Content creator may send an e-mail newsletter with related news, products, offers, surveys or promotions through Mailchimp.com, a third party mail service provider. This newsletter is typically sent once per month to all subscribing parties. Signing-up for and receiving the newsletter is not a membership service; you do not need to register for an account on the website in order to sign-up for the newsletter. Your newsletter profile information (e.g. name, email address, website URL, birthdate, etc.) is stored on the server of the third party mail service provider Mailchimp.com.
You can correct, amend, add or delete personal information stored in your newsletter profile by accessing your "Preferences" profile link found at the bottom of each newsletter email. To stop receiving the newsletter, use the "unsubscribe" link in the bottom of any newsletter email. Note that you will still receive all system e-mails (e.g. website notifications via Disqus when you receive a blog comment response) outside of the newsletter.
b. Shop: The content creator's online shops are hosted on third party websites Society6.com, Blurb.com, Amazon.com, and Creativemarket.com, all of which are separate from and are not linked to the website. The information you input when purchasing a product from a third party shop is stored on the server of the third party website. The website and content creator do not have access to nor have control over your third party shop account(s), purchase(s), or stored information. Any payment, cancellation, refund, shipping complaint or inquiry in regard to your purchase should be made directly to the third party website department appropriate for your reason of contact.
c. Blog Comments: While your name, email address and URL (if provided) are collected to comment on blog posts, this information is stored on your personal Disqus account. The information you input when creating and using your third party Disqus account is not accessible to content creator or any person or entity affiliated with the content creator or the website. Disqus is a third party plugin that is not affiliated with the website, and all third parties are responsible for their own privacy policies; we are not responsible for outside policies or practices.
Some of the links contained on the website are affiliate and/or referral links. This means content creator may receive a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase from the affiliate. Content creator only recommends products and services known to be both of high quality and trustworthy, whether an affiliate relationship is in place or not.
If you would like to become an affiliate and/or would like to inquire about working with the website through referral links, contact content creator via firstname.lastname@example.org and/or through the website contact page form. Note that this will not necessarily result in an affiliation or referral link, though all inquiries are appreciated.
Sponsored posts are written in the voice of the content creator and no sponsored posts are free of charge. You can contact content creator in regard to product samples and sponsored posts via email@example.com and/or through the website contact page form with subject line "Advertising Opportunity." Note that this will not necessarily result in a follow-up response or a sponsored post, and also note that samples cannot be returned.
All giveaways are subject to state and federal sweepstakes laws.
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You acknowledge and agree that the website servers and operations are in the United States. As a result, regardless of where you live, any content and/or information you transfer (e.g. emails, blog post comments) is transferred to and stored in the United States, and you hereby consent to the transfer, processing, and storage of your content in the United States.
You hereby expressly and irrevocably release and forever discharge the website, content creator and services, affiliated and associated companies, and respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, independent and dependent contractors, licensees, successors and assigns of and from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, proceedings, liability, debts, judgments, claims and demands whatsoever in law or equity which you ever had, now have, or hereafter can, shall or may have, for or by reason of, or arising directly or indirectly out of your use of the website and services.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the website and content creator, affiliated and associated companies, and respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, independent and dependent contractors, licensees, successors and assigns from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from or arising out of (i) a breach of these Terms, (ii) Content posted on the Site, (iii) the use of the Services, by you or any person using your account(s) and/or access information, or (iv) any violation of any rights of a third party.
If any provision of this agreement becomes void, unlawful or unenforceable, then that provision will be voided and excluded from this agreement and will not affect validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Content creator may terminate or suspend any and all services and/or your IP address immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the policies. Upon termination of your access, your right to use the services will immediately cease. If you wish to terminate your access, you may simply discontinuing use of the services. All provisions of the Terms, which by their nature should survive termination, shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
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EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW, NEITHER CONTENT CREATOR NOR ANY AFFILIATES, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE, ANY FACTS OR OPINIONS APPEARING THEREON, OR THE SERVICES. CONTENT CREATOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS' FEES) IN ANY WAY DUE TO, RESULTING FROM, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR SERVICES. TO THE EXTENT THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS PROHIBITED OR FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, CONTENT CREATOR'S SOLE OBLIGATION TO YOU FOR DAMAGES SHALL BE LIMITED TO $100.00.
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