These terms (the “Partner Program Terms”) govern The Investing Circles (“TIC”) Author Partner Program (“Partner Program”). If you apply and are accepted into TIC’s Partner Program, you can post an article from your user account on TIC and receive revenue based on its performance.
Eligibility & Application
To participate in the Partner Program, you must meet the Eligibility Requirements and be accepted into the Partner Program. TIC reserves the right to admit writers to the Partner Program at TIC’s sole discretion. Eligibility requirements are subject to change.
Ongoing Eligibility for all Partner Program participants: To remain in the Partner Program, you must continue to meet the Eligibility Requirements and actively participate in the Partner Program. For example, if you do not publish within a six (6) month period, we may disable your ability to receive any revenue under the Partner Program. Before disabling your ability to earn under the Partner Program, we will notify you. In the event that we disable your ability to receive any revenue under the Partner Program and we subsequently determine that you meet the requirements to remain in the Partner Program, we may re-enable your ability to receive revenue under the Partner Program without requiring a reapplication from you for the Partner Program.
Earning on your posts
For each post associated with your account, you have the opportunity to receive revenue derived from TIC’s monetization of such content. Based on the performance and engagement of your authored content, TIC will pay a portion of ad revenues received by TIC as determined by TIC and mutually agreed upon. TIC will send you payment for any revenues accrued as described in the Payment section. TIC reserves the right to adjust at any time the factors by which story performance and revenue are determined.
User Posts & TIC Publications
The above arrangement may be modified on a case-by-case basis, such as for organizations operating on TIC that commission or own their content. For any such organization planning to receive proceeds from a posts performance, this arrangement must be made clear to any writer potentially affected and agreed upon in advance with a given post’s writer.
You may only share a post if you have sufficient rights to make commercial use of the content in it, including text, video, and audio elements. TIC may require you to provide documentation proving you own sufficient rights.
The consequences of posting and receiving revenue when you lack the rights to do so or failing to provide adequate documentation upon request include, withholding revenue, suspension, or termination from the Partner Program, and suspension or termination of your TIC account.
You are not entitled to earn or receive any revenue in connection with your content if one or more third parties claim rights to any element(s) of your content.
These Partner Terms are not legal advice. If you plan to earn revenue on a post containing any content you did not create, you may want to talk to a lawyer first to ensure you own all rights required to do so.
TIC reserves the right in its sole discretion to disable your ability to receive any revenue under the Partner Program, suspend your participation in the Partner Program, or terminate your participation in the Partner Program at any time for any reason, including but not limited to the failure to meet the Eligibility Requirements, sustained inactivity in the Partner Program, or violation of any terms contained herein.
If your participation in the Partner Program is terminated for any reason, your posts can no longer generate revenue for your account.
To accrue or receive payment of any revenues under the Partner Program, you must be a Partner Program participant in good standing (meaning for example, your monetization is not currently disabled, you are not currently suspended, you are not violating Terms or have not violated the Terms, or have not been terminated), have at all times an active TIC account, and have at all times an active payout method associated with your TIC account. TIC does not owe you any revenue that may be associated with your content during any period when you are not in good standing in the Partner Program, do not have a valid TIC account, or do not have an active payout method. You will not receive any revenue if you do not have a payout account in a geographic region where the Partner Program is available. The list of available geographic regions is available here. TIC reserves the right to require that your revenue meet a minimum payout threshold before TIC disburses payment. In the event that you quit or are removed from the Partner Program, TIC will disburse payment to you up to and through the date you are no longer in the Partner Program, regardless of the minimum payout threshold.
Changes or Discontinuation of Partner Program
TIC reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Partner Program. TIC will not be liable to you or any third party for any such modification, suspension, or termination. TIC may change these Partner Program Terms from time to time so we encourage you to periodically review this page for the most up-to-date version.
If required by law, you are responsible for reporting and paying any applicable taxes in connection with your participation in the Partner Program. Such taxes may include duties, customs fees, or other taxes (other than income tax), along with any related penalties or interest.
Governing Law & Forum
The governing law, mandatory forum, and dispute resolution provisions of TIC’s Terms of Service also apply to these Partner Program Terms and any dispute arising under them.
You participate in the Partner Program at your own risk. You agree that you are solely responsible for your actions in connection with the Partner Program, any breach of your obligations under the Partner Program Terms, and for the consequences of any such breach. By participating in the Referral Program, you agree to comply with applicable laws and regulatory standards and guidelines, including the FTC Guides.
Any capitalized terms used but not defined in these Partner Program Terms have the meanings given to them in TIC’s Terms of Service. Except as modified by these Partner Program Terms, TIC’s Terms of Service remain in effect. TIC’s right to modify or revise the Terms of Service also applies to these Partner Program Terms.
If you have questions or feedback about the Partner Program, you can email at us at email@example.com
TIC Username/Publication Name Policy
TIC usernames and publication slugs are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. A username or publication slug can only be attached to one account or publication at a time.
A publication slug is defined as the text after the TIC.com domain. For example, for TIC.com/TIC-blog, “TIC-blog” is the slug.
We encourage you to remain active with your TIC account and publication. Account usernames or publication slugs may be reclaimed after 6 months of inactivity. We don’t accept requests for inactive accounts, unless you own a registered trademark for it.
Username, publication name, and publication slug trademark violations may involve using a trademarked logo, business or product name in a way likely to confuse people. For more information, read our Trademark Policy.
We do not allow deceptive conduct on TIC. This includes creating an account, username, or publication that posts content or impersonates a person or organization in a way likely to deceive people. When we find instances of this, we reserve the right to suspend your account pending investigation and verification.
TIC allows parody and fan accounts. Those accounts must be clearly marked as such, and need to adhere to the following guidelines:
- The bio must directly state that the account is not affiliated with the targeted subject by using words such as “parody,” “fake,” “not,” “false,” or “fan.” There’s no specific formula you must use for the disclaimer, but it must be quickly and clearly evident this is the intention of the account to any audience.
- The TIC name and username must not be the exact same as the targeted subject, and should contain a disclaiming word such as “parody,” “fake,” “not,” “false,” or “fan.” For example, if you are parodying John Smith, your username can’t be @johnsmith.
Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in suspension or removal of the TIC account.