Terms of Service

Welcome to Hivemapper. We provide mapping, visualization, and analytic tools—for humans and machines alike—that uncover changes humans can’t see.

We have tried to draft the Terms of Service to be readable, but should you have any questions or concerns or would simply like to better understand how we do things at Hivemapper please do not hesitate to contact us: hi@hivemapper.com.

1. Accepting the Terms of Service

Please read these Terms of Service (TOS) and our Privacy Policy (collectively, the "Agreement") carefully before using Hivemapper.com or Hivemapper mobile applications (the "Service") and/or the other websites, products, applications, mobile applications, services, and/or Content provided by Hivemapper Inc. (all of those collectively the "Services"), a Delaware corporation (collectively with its agents, representatives, consultants, employees, officers, and directors, "Hivemapper," "we," "our," or "us"). By using or accessing the Services, you ("Subscriber" or "you") agree to be bound by all the terms and conditions of this Agreement and our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you should not, and are not permitted to, use the Services.

The Services are offered and available to users who are 14 years of age or older. By using the Services, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract with the Company and meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use the Services.

2. Modifications to this Agreement

Hivemapper reserves the right to modify this Agreement by (1) posting a revised Agreement on and/or through the Services and (2) providing notice to you that this Agreement has changed, generally via email where practicable, and otherwise through the Services (such as through a notification on hivemapper.com or in our mobile applications). All changes are effective immediately when we post them. Modifications will not apply retroactively. You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any modifications to this Agreement.

In cases where we do not ask for your explicit agreement to a modified version of this Agreement, but otherwise provide notice as set forth above, the modified version of this Agreement will become effective twelve hours after we have posted the modified Agreement and provided you notification of the modifications. Your use of the Services following that period constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement as modified. If you do not agree to the modifications, you are not permitted to use, and should discontinue your use of the Services.

As Hivemapper grows and improves, we might have to make changes to these Terms of Service. When we do, we'll let you know. You will always be able to see old versions of the terms.

3. Access and Use of the Services


No individual under the age of fourteen (14) may use the Services, provide any personal information to Hivemapper, or otherwise submit personal information through the Services (including, for example, a name or telephone number). You may only use the Services if you can form a binding contract with Hivemapper and are not legally prohibited from using the Services.

You have to be at least 14 years old to use Hivemapper. If you really really love maps ask your parents to create an account and create a map with them.

Service Changes and Limitations:

The Services change frequently, and their form and functionality may change without prior notice to you. Hivemapper retains the right to create limits on and related to use of the Services in its sole discretion at any time with or without notice. Hivemapper may also impose limits on certain Services or aspects of those Services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Services without notice or liability. Hivemapper may change, suspend, or discontinue any or all of the Services at any time, including the availability of any product, feature, database, or Content (as defined below). Hivemapper may also terminate or suspend accounts created on the Services (“Account” or “Accounts”) at any time, in its sole discretion with or without notice.

Hivemapper is an ever-evolving platform. With new products, services, and features launching all the time, we need flexibility to make changes, impose limits, and occasionally suspend or terminate certain features that are no longer in line with providing you the best experience. We can also terminate or suspend any account at any time. While it sounds harsh, we only use that power when we have a reason, as outlined in these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy.

Restrictions on Use

You may not, without prior express written permission, do any of the following while accessing or using the Services: (a) tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Services, or the computer or delivery systems of Hivemapper and/or its service providers; (b) probe, scan, or test any system or network (particularly for vulnerabilities), or otherwise attempt to breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures; (c) access, search, or attempt to access or search the Services by any means (automated or otherwise) unless permitted by Hivemapper's robots.txt file or other robot exclusion mechanism; (d) scrape the Services, and particularly scrape Map Content (as defined below) from the Services; (e) use the Services to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying information, including, without limitation, by forging TCP-IP packet headers or email headers; (f) interfere with, or disrupt (or attempt to do so), the access of any Subscriber, host or network, including, without limitation, by sending a virus to, spamming, or overloading the Services, or by scripted use of the Services in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on the Services; (g) copy, modify, or make derivative works of the Content or any part thereof; (h) use the Services in a manner that gives you or any other person access to mass downloads or bulk feeds of any Content, including but not limited to numerical latitude or longitude coordinates, imagery, and visible map data; (i) use the Services in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage or impair the computer or delivery systems of Hivemapper and/or its service providers; (j) use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Services, or the computer or delivery systems of Hivemapper and/or its service providers; or (k) introduce any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, logic bombs or other materials which are malicious or technologically harmful.

Don't do bad things to Hivemapper or to other users. Some particularly egregious examples of "bad things" are listed in this section.

Appropriate Conduct; Compliance with Law.

You agree that you are responsible for your own conduct and content while using the Services, and for any consequences thereof. You agree to use the Services only for purposes that are proper and in accordance with all laws and regulations applicable to you. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Services or the Content, you will not:

(a) defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; (b) fly aircraft (if applicable) in a manner that is not in accordance with all laws and regulations applicable to you; (c) share, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any defamatory or unlawful content; (d) share, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any content that infringes any copyright, trade secret or other proprietary right of any party, unless you are the owner of the rights, or have the permission of the owner or other legal justification to use such content; (e) share, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available messages that promote disruptive commercial messages or advertisements; (f) share, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any other content, message, or communication prohibited by applicable law, the Terms of Service or any applicable Privacy Policy; (g) impersonate or attempt to impersonate Hivemapper, a Hivemapper employee, another Account holder or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses or screen names associated with any of the foregoing); or (h) to engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Services, or which, as determined by us in our sole discretion, may harm the Company or users of the Services or expose them to liability.

We don’t want to list users who don’t want to be listed, so you may send an email to hi@hivemapper.com stating that you do not wish to be used as a reference.

Don't do bad things to Hivemapper or to other users. Some particularly egregious examples of "bad things" are listed in this section.

4. Privacy

For information about how Hivemapper collects, uses, and shares your information, please review our Privacy Policy. You agree that by using the Services you consent to the collection, use, and sharing (as set forth in the Privacy Policy) of such information, including the transfer of this information to the United States and/or other countries for storage, processing, and use by Hivemapper.

5. Map Content and Subscriber Content


For purposes of this Agreement: (1) the term "Map Content" or “Content” means map information and includes, without limitation aerial videos, flight logs, building heights, building boundaries, comments, information, data, text, software, scripts, executable files, graphics (2) the term "Subscriber Content" means Content that a Subscriber submits, transfers, or otherwise provides to the Services. Content includes, without limitation, all Subscriber Content.

Subscriber Content Rights:

Subscribers retain ownership and/or other applicable rights in Subscriber Content, and Hivemapper and/or third parties retain ownership and/or other applicable rights in all Map Content other than Subscriber Content. When you share things like Waypoint Photos, Comments, etc. you retain ownership you have of any intellectual property you share with Hivemapper.

Subscriber Content License to Hivemapper:

When the Subscriber sends us or shares any feedback or suggestions regarding the Services, you grant Hivemapper an unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual, free license to use any such feedback or suggestions for any purpose without any obligation to you.

When you provide Subscriber Content to Hivemapper through the Services, you grant Hivemapper and its affiliates and service providers, and each of their respective licensees, successors and assignees, a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right and license to use, host, store, cache, reproduce, publish, display (publicly or otherwise), perform (publicly or otherwise), distribute, transmit, modify, adapt (including, without limitation, in order to conform it to the requirements of any networks, devices, services, or media through which the Services are available), and create derivative works of, such Subscriber Content for any purpose directly or indirectly related to the conduct of Hivemapper’s business.

When you upload your videos to Hivemapper, you’re giving us permission to make them available in all the ways you would expect us to (for example, via hivemapper.com, on 3rd party websites to promote Hivemapper, etc.).

You also agree that this license includes the right for Hivemapper to make all publicly-posted Content available to third parties selected by Hivemapper, so that those third parties can syndicate and/or analyze such Content on other media and services.

An example of what it means to "make all publicly-posted Content available" to a Hivemapper partner for distribution or analysis would be licensing a live feed of all public activity on our Services (e.g., videos, maps, etc.), to search engines.

One thing you should consider before uploading videos: When you make something publicly available on the Internet, it becomes practically impossible to take down all copies of it. You also agree that you will respect the intellectual property rights of others, and represent and warrant that you have all of the necessary rights to grant us this license for all Subscriber Content you transfer to us.

Additionally, you understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any Subscriber Content you provide, and you, not Hivemapper, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy and appropriateness. Hivemapper is not responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any Subscriber Content provided through or otherwise in connection with the Services.

Termination and Deletion:

On termination of your Account, or upon your deletion of particular pieces of Subscriber Content from the Services, Hivemapper shall make reasonable efforts to make such Subscriber Content inaccessible and cease use of it; however, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) removed Subscriber Content may persist in caches or backups for a reasonable period of time and (b) copies of or references to the Subscriber Content may not be entirely removed (due to the nature of referencing this content in comments).

6. Use of Trademarks

Any use of Hivemapper trademarks, branding, logos, and other such assets in connection with the Services shall use Hivemapper approved logos.

7. Warranty Disclaimer; Services Available on an "AS IS" Basis

Your access to and use of the Services or any Content is strictly at your own risk and risk to your aircraft and/or video capturing equipment. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, HIVEMAPPER DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. Hivemapper makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the Services, including any representation or warranty that the use of the Services will (a) be error-free, timely, uninterrupted or operate in combination with any other hardware, software, system, or data, (b) meet your requirements or expectations, (c) be free from errors or that defects will be corrected, or (d) be free of viruses or other harmful components. Hivemapper also makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to Map Content; Subscriber Content, in particular, is provided by and is solely the responsibility of, the Subscribers providing that Content. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from Hivemapper or through the Services, will create any warranty not expressly made herein. Furthermore, Hivemapper makes no representations or warranties about the completeness, security, reliability, quality, accuracy or availability of the Services.

While we work hard to provide and improve the accuracy and quality of our maps, this is a reminder that there may be gaps at any moment.

8. Time Limitation on Claims and Releases From Liability

You agree that any claim you may have arising out of or related to this Agreement or your relationship with Hivemapper must be filed within three months after such claim arose; otherwise, your claim is permanently barred. You further release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, Hivemapper and its employees, agents, consultants, directors, shareholders, any other person or entity that directly or indirectly controls, is under common control with, or is directly or indirectly controlled by, Hivemapper from responsibility, liability, claims, demands, actions, causes of action, proceedings, penalties and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown (including but not limited to claims of negligence), arising out of or related to the following:

  • Disputes between Subscribers, including those between you and other Subscribers.

  • The acts of third parties generally (i.e., individuals or entities who are not Hivemapper), including third party sites and services.

  • Disputes concerning any use of or action taken using your Account by you or a third party.

  • Claims relating to the unauthorized access to any data communications relating to, or Content stored under or relating to, your Account, including but not limited to unauthorized interception, use, or alteration of such communications or your Content. For the sake of clarity, this includes any and all claims related to the security of your Account credentials.

  • Claims relating to any face-to-face meetings in any way related to Hivemapper at any venues ("Meetups"), including without limitation claims related to the actions or omissions of any Subscribers or third parties who organize, attend, or are otherwise involved in any Meetups. Unless otherwise expressly disclosed in writing, Hivemapper does not sponsor, oversee, or in any manner control Meetups.

If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code § 1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor."

9. Limitation of Liability



10. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Hivemapper, its affiliates, licensors and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors and assigns from and against any claims, actions, obligations, liabilities, damages, penalties, fines, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses or fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Service or your use of the Services, including, but not limited to, your Subscriber Contributions, other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Service.

11. Termination

Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time by notifying the other party. Hivemapper may terminate or suspend your access to or ability to use any and all Services immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason or no reason, including but not limited to if you breach any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. In particular, Hivemapper may immediately terminate or suspend Accounts that have been flagged for inappropriate comments, sharing inappropriate content, and/or unsafe modes of video collection.

Upon termination of your access to or ability to use a Service, including but not limited to suspension of your Account on a Service, your right to use or access that Service and any Content will immediately cease. All provisions of this Agreement that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability. Termination of your access to and use of the Services shall not relieve you of any obligations arising or accruing prior to such termination or limit any liability that you otherwise may have to Hivemapper or any third party.

Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Services. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS HIVEMAPPER AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

12. Choice of Law and Forum; Geographic Restrictions

The Terms of Service and the relationship between the parties shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of laws principles which would result in the application of any laws other than the laws of the State of California. Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Service or the Services that require federal or state court oversight shall be instituted exclusively in the federal or state courts located in California, although we retain the right to bring any suit, action or proceeding against you for breach of these Terms of Service in your country of residence or any other relevant country. You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and to venue in such courts.

The owner of the Services is based in the State of California in the United States. We make no claims that the Services are accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Access to and/or use of the Services may not be legal by certain persons in certain countries. If you access the Services from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are solely responsible for compliance with local laws.

13. Dispute Resolution

In order to expedite and control the cost of disputes, you and we agree that any legal or equitable claim arising out of or relating in any way to your use of the Services or these Terms of Service, and the formation, validity, enforceability, scope, or applicability of this Terms of Service will be resolved as follows:

Informal Resolution. We will first try to resolve any Claim informally. Accordingly, neither of us may start a formal proceeding for at least 30 days after one of us notifies the other of a Claim in writing. Notice of the Claim will include a brief written statement that sets forth the name, address, and contact information of the party giving it, the facts giving rise to the dispute, claim, or controversy and the relief requested. You will send your notice via email to hi@hivemapper.com; and via mail to Hivemapper Inc., 1801 Murchison Drive, Suite 128, Burlingame, CA, 94010, Attn: Legal Department.

Formal Resolution: If we cannot resolve a Claim informally, any Claim either of us asserts will be resolved only by binding arbitration and not in courts of general jurisdiction. The arbitration will be conducted under the rules of JAMS that are in effect at the time the arbitration is initiated (referred to as the "JAMS Rules") and under the rules set forth in this Terms of Service. If there is a conflict between JAMS Rules and the rules set forth in this Terms of Service, the rules set forth in this Terms of Service will govern. ARBITRATION MEANS THAT YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL. Neither you nor we shall be entitled to join or consolidate claims in arbitration by or against other individuals or entities, or arbitrate any claim as a representative member of a class or in a private attorney general capacity.

Any notice to Hivemapper that is required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective upon receipt, when delivered in person by nationally recognized overnight courier, registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to Hivemapper Inc., 1801 Murchison Drive, Suite 128, Burlingame, CA, 94010, Attn: Legal Department.

If you are (a) a United States federal, state, or local government agency or body, (b) using the Services in your official capacity, and (c) legally unable to accept the clauses in this Section, then this Section doesn't apply to you. For such entities, this Agreement and any related action will be governed by the laws of the United States of America, without regard to conflict of law provisions, and, in the absence of federal law and to the extent permitted under federal law, the laws of the State of California, excluding choice of law.

14. Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright or Intellectual Property Infringement

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Hivemapper’s Copyright Agent the following information:

  1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;

  2. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

  3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;

  4. your 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 by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Hivemapper’s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached by mail as follows: Hivemapper Inc., 1801 Murchison Drive, Suite 128, Burlingame, CA 94010, Attn: Copyright; or by email at hi@hivemapper.com.

15. Miscellaneous

This Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy, in each case as amended, restated, modified or supplemented from time to time, constitutes the entire agreement between you and Hivemapper with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement and the Privacy Policy replace all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding the subject matter hereof and constitutes the entire and exclusive agreement between the parties. The failure of either party to exercise, in any way, any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement shall otherwise remain enforceable and in full force and effect. This Agreement is not assignable, transferable, or sublicensable by you except with Hivemapper's prior written consent. Hivemapper may assign this Agreement in whole or in part at any time without your consent. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Hivemapper in any respect whatsoever. Any notice to Hivemapper that is required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective upon receipt, when delivered in person by nationally recognized overnight courier, registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to Hivemapper Inc., 1801 Murchison Drive, Suite 128, Burlingame, CA, 94010, Attn: Legal Department.

16. Open Source Disclosures

You can find disclosures related to our use of open source software packages here

17. Link to Prior Versions

You will find prior versions of our Terms of Service on GitHub, which will allow you to compare historical versions and see which terms have been updated.

Link to GitHub