This is our Member Agreement, or basically, what members of BlockSpaces agree to when they use our space. It’s both a legal document and goes over some finicky ground rules we think are important in this space. Your signature will mean you are agreeing to this whole thing, so please grab some coffee, take a seat and read all of it.
BlockSpaces, LLC was created by its co-founders to foster and support a coworking community at 4465 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611 by providing its members with space, tables, PO boxes, chairs, trash cans, Internet connectivity, a podcast studio, a retail space, a collaborative community, and other resources and stuff. By joining BlockSpaces, our members agree to certain rules for our community. The goal of a community such as BlockSpaces is to help each of us work hard, so we should be considerate of each other, play well together, follow the Rules of BlockSpaces. If one of us doesn’t follow the Rules, it affects all of us and BlockSpaces as a condition to membership, we each agree to abide by this Agreement (“Agreement”).
Any questions about this Agreement, the Anti-Harassment Policy, or any rules not covered here, should be addressed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, here are the Rules of BlockSpaces, which all members, including you, agree to:
Behave well and treat others the way you would want to be treated. Keep in mind that people who are annoyed or offended may not tell you so directly, but instead engage less with BlockSpaces which hurts everybody.
At the co-founders’ discretion, or upon notice from other members, disruptive or abusive language or behavior will result in a warning and a mark against your membership (a “strike”). On the third strike, your membership will be revoked. Your membership may be revoked prior to the third strike upon the sole discretion of the co-founders.
These are the general rules we ask you to abide by:
Believe in yourself, believe in others, and especially believe in the collaborative power of the BlockSpaces community. Network. Collaborate. Work hard. Have fun. Improve BlockSpaces for all. Give input to make BlockSpaces better. And if this isn’t your sort of thing, see 1. Conduct.
We will do our best to notify members of changes to the Rules and this agreement. We will strive to keep an up-to-date copy of this agreement on BlockSpaces’s website.
We collect fees for monthly memberships, day passes, 10-packs, and after-hours usage through (mostly) automatic credit card billing. If you believe you have been billed in error, you should contact the co-founders before disputing the charge with your card company (they are usually easy to solve). You are expected to pay for services up front; Cowork cannot maintain a “tab” for you.
See section 1. Conduct for reference to what actions could lead to termination of your Cowork membership. Beyond those day-to-day rules, you agree not to use Cowork for any purpose that is unlawful, prohibited, or that could damage, disable or impair any of the Cowork Stuff, or keep other members from using the Cowork Stuff, or that would hurt Cowork as an ongoing business. This also means you won’t attempt to gain access to any computer systems or networks of Cowork (beyond general web access), or attempt to obtain any materials or information not intentionally made available to all Cowork members. If you attempt to do any of these bad things, then forget about the three strikes under Rules of Cowork No. 1, as your membership may be terminated immediately with notice from Cowork.
You also agree not to use Cowork or Cowork Stuff in connection with:
You acknowledge that during your membership in Cowork, you are going to be exposed to Cowork Confidences. “Cowork Confidences” means information (such as business information, trade secrets, technology, customers and prospects, and other secret stuff) disclosed by Cowork or by other members of Cowork (including through your keen observation) that is confidential or proprietary in nature and simply just not known by others. It’s plain and simple – you agree to keep confidential and not to disclose or use Cowork Confidences, you understand that they remain the exclusive property of whomever disclosed them, and you don’t acquire any rights to such Cowork Confidences.
Please don’t make defamatory or disparaging comments about Cowork or other members. Frankly, if you don’t have anything good to say, then keep it to yourself or let us know about it. We can probably fix it or at least talk about it.
Neither Cowork nor its members will assume any liability to you with respect to your access to, participation in, use of Cowork or Cowork Services, or any loss of information or other property resulting from such participation or use. Basically, if you leave stuff here and it disappears, we are not liable (but we will certainly look into how it happened and work to prevent such losses).
Cowork will not assume liability for damages or injuries to clients, guests, or other parties that members may invite to the Cowork space. We would be glad to put you in touch with our insurance agent about a general liability policy, if this is of particular concern.
Legal types ask that the following sections be CAPITALIZED, which means you’re really supposed to pay attention (frankly, you’re supposed to pay attention to ALL these Rules of Cowork). Here goes:
Besides all that CAPITALIZED stuff in 11. Disclaimer, you also release, and agree to indemnify, defend and save harmless Cowork, its agents, owners, members and employees, from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, expenses, judgments, fines and penalties based on or arising out of your negligent actions, errors and omissions, willful misconduct or fraud, breach or violation of the Rules of Cowork or otherwise suffered in connection with your participation in Cowork or use of Cowork Services.
You are near the end, so keep your pace up. Take note that you can’t assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Cowork. Since Cowork is situated in the City of Buffalo, we all agree that the law of the great State of New York governs this Agreement. And we further agree that exclusive jurisdiction and venue for all purposes under this Agreement shall be in Buffalo, New York and everybody consents to such jurisdiction and venue. Finally, in the highly unlikely event that any provision or portion of this Agreement is determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unaffected and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Believe it or not, I acknowledge that I have stayed awake, read and even understand this Agreement and the Rules of Cowork. Further, I agree to be bound by this Agreement and the Rules of Cowork regarding my participation in Cowork and the use of Cowork Services.