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Terms of Service - Effective From May 1,2015

WatStory Aug 23, 20163 Responses

Even the thought of reading a lengthy Terms of Service document has the same numbing effect on our minds as an impending visit to the dentist, let alone reading the document to its convoluted end. We, ourselves, have been guilty of just pressing the "I Accept" or similar button in our impatience to play that cool game or to get registered on that fancy website without reading the document in its entirety on more occasions than we dare to admit.




This is a contract (“Terms”) between the user ("you" or "your") and Chalten Technology Private Limited (the "Company") incorporated under the provisions of the Indian Companies Act 1956 having its office at GD-205, Pitam Pura, New Delhi– 110034, hereinafter referred to as WatStory ( “we,” “us” and "our"), applicable when you use our sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content provided by WatStory, globally, in existence now or in the future (“WatStory Services”).



Terms Of Use


These Terms­­­ of Use together with our Privacy Policy are the terms on which you may make use of our services, whether as a registered user or as a visitor without a WatStory account. Use of services includes registering, accessing, browsing, sharing or interacting in any way with our services. Please read these Terms carefully before you use any of our services.


By using WatStory, you confirm that you accept these Terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use WatStory.



Privacy Policy


When you use WatStory you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate and that you consent to our Privacy Policy, which states the terms on which we process any data we collect from you, or any data that you provide to us.



Your content


You own the rights to the content you post on WatStory. We don’t claim ownership over it. However, by posting or transferring or uploading content to WatStory, you give us worldwide royalty free non-exclusive license to use your content solely to do the things we need to do to provide WatStory Services, including, without limitation, storing, displaying, reproducing, and distributing your content. This may include promoting your content with partner companies or services for broader broadcast, distribution, or publication. We will never sell your content to third parties without your explicit permission.


By publishing on WatStory, you agree to allow others to view your content and share the content including, without limitation, on social networks and other such sites for broader broadcast .Additionally, by uploading content to WatStory, you warrant, represent and agree that you have the right to grant us and other WatStory users and viewers the licenses described above.


As a user you must not use any part of the content on WatStory for commercial purposes without obtaining a license to do so from the copyright owners or licensors. If you print off, copy or download any part of the website, services or content in breach of these Terms, your right to use our service will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.


We don’t pre-screen your content, but we have the right (though no obligation) to refuse or remove any content you post or transfer to WatStory Services for any reason.


You are free to delete your content at any time, though there may be a delay in removing it from public view due to operational requirements. We retain, but do not publicly display, backup copies of your deleted content on our servers for a limited number of days after you delete your account. If you delete your account or content, it may be permanently unrecoverable.


You’re responsible for the content you submit to WatStory and assume all risks associated with it, including anyone else’s reliance on its accuracy, or claims relating to intellectual property or other legal rights. By posting, you represent that you own or have the necessary rights to post the content on WatStory, and that doing so doesn’t conflict with any other licenses you’ve granted.


You will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to WatStory constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.


We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of WatStory.


The views expressed by other users on WatStory do not represent our views or values.



WatStory Content


The look and feel of our services are our copyright. All rights reserved. We retain all rights to our code, logo, visual design and the content we post. You may not duplicate, copy, or reuse any portion of the HTML/CSS, JavaScript, logos, visual design elements and content without express written permission from WatStory unless otherwise permitted by law.



Changes To These Terms And Our Services


We can change these terms at any time. If the changes are material, we’ll let you know by email or posting a notice on the site before the changes go into effect. The notice will designate a reasonable amount of time (the “Notice Period”) after which the new terms will go into effect for all users. If you don’t agree to the new terms, please delete your account within the Notice Period. If you do not delete your account within the Notice Period, your content and use of the site will be subject to the new terms going forward.


We do our best to provide you a reliable and evolving service, but we may change, terminate, or restrict access to any aspect of the service, at any time, without notice. We do not guarantee that our services or any content on it will be free from errors or omissions.



Accessing Our Services


We do not guarantee that your use of our services, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to WatStory is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of the service without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our services are unavailable at any time or for any period.


You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our services through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.



Your Account and Password


If you choose to register with us, we will create an account for your use (“Account”) on and you will be provided with required Account Information to enable your access to the Account. The term “Account Information” refers to a user identification code, password or any other piece of information which may be provided to you as part of our security procedures. If you access our services after logging into any third party website like Facebook or Twitter, the login information of such third party account, as the case may be, shall be considered as the Account Information. By using those third-party services, you agree to their terms of use, privacy policy, and other agreements between you and them.


You must always treat Account Information as confidential and must not disclose it to any third party. Any access to our services through your Account shall be considered an access by you or on your behalf and you shall be solely responsible for any activity carried out in, by or through your Account either on WatStory Services or any other website accessed by you through our services.


You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, (i) you are over thirteen years of age and (ii)you are of age as required to enter into a binding contract as is prescribed under the laws of the country in which you reside, or (iii) that if you are registering on behalf of an entity, that you are authorized to enter into, and bind the entity to, these Terms and register for the Services, in accordance with the laws of the country in which you reside. Any person under the age of eighteen (18) years accessing WatStory Services should do so only under parental guidance. If we change the eligibility criteria to be registered with WatStory Services and you no longer comply with the new eligibility criteria, as determined by us in our sole discretion, you accept that we may close your Account without any liability for us. You are solely responsible for ensuring that these Terms are in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to you and the right to access the Services is revoked where these Terms or use of the Services is prohibited and, in such circumstances, you agree not to use or access the Services in any way.


We have the right to disable your use of the Account Information or any part of it, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms.


If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows or has unauthorized access to your Account Information or any part of it, you must promptly notify us by sending us an e-mail at

report@watstory.com. We are not liable for any losses or other consequences of unauthorized use of your account.



WatStory rules


WatStory is a shared space and we want writers and readers to feel encouraged to create. We want disparate ideas to thrive and have listed down a few community rules which you can read here . They all boil down to one thing: treat others in the community in the same way you will like to be treated.


We have also listed a few content guidelines

here, which you should read before posting any content on WatStory.


Conduct which is in violation of the community or content rules may result in us removing such content or deleting your account.



Your Responsibilities


These Terms govern your behaviour on our services and set forth your obligations. You agree and confirm to the following:

  • You shall comply with all the obligations set forth in these Terms.
  • You will use the Services rendered by us for lawful purposes only and comply with these Terms and all applicable laws and regulations while using WatStory
  • Creation and maintenance of all content in your account shall be your sole responsibility.
  • You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use as a part of your Account Information to access the Services and for any activities or actions under your Account.
  • Provide us with only such information that is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. 

Payment Terms


Our services are currently made available free of charge.



Interactive Services


WatStory may provide interactive services including, without limitation:

  • Bulletin boards
  • Messaging

We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on WatStory, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on WatStory , and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.


The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not foolproof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.



No Reliance On Information


We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our services. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on WatStory, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied that the content on WatStory is accurate, complete or up-to-date.



Disclaimer Of Warranties


You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of our services is at your sole risk. The services are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Although we make best efforts to provide high quality services to all our users, to the fullest extent allowed by law, we expressly disclaim all warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The contents on WatStory may contain bugs, errors, problems or other limitations. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in content.


We are not responsible for the content uploaded by you on WatStory. We are not responsible for any direct or indirect damages or losses caused to you, including without limitation, lost profits, business interruption or other loss resulting from use of or reliance in any way on anything available on WatStory. It is solely your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, reliability, completeness and usefulness of WatStory and content on it that is used by you.


We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements or that our services will be uninterrupted, timely, accurate or reliable; nor do we make any warranty as to any information that may be obtained through the services. In case there is any defect in any software being used for the provision of the services, we do not make any warranty that defects in such software will be corrected. You understand and agree that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through use of the services is done at your own discretion and risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material or data.


No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from our services shall create any warranty not expressly made herein.



Viruses And Malicious Code


You will be responsible for introduction of any viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our services, the server on which our services are hosted or any server, computer or database connected to our services. You must not attack WatStory via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Information Technology Act, 2000. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our services will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, denial-of-service attack, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our services or your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.


You should use your own virus protection software. We cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that any files available for downloading from our services will be free of infection by viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.



Security And Responsible Disclosures


We take security very seriously, and are always on the lookout for opportunities to make our service better. If you find any security vulnerabilities please let us know at report@watstory.com.



Limitation Of Our Liability


To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our services or any content on it, whether express or implied.

We will not be liable to any user for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, our services; or
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on WatStory

If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, business opportunity or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation 

Electronic Communications


When you visit WatStory or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on WatStory. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. You agree that in case there are any changes in any information provided by you to us, including your e-mail address and other contact details, you will be solely responsible to update them regularly. If we send any communication by e-mail, it shall be sent to your e-mail address available on the records created by you on WatStory and it shall be deemed to have been received by you once it is reflected as sent in the outbox of our e-mail id. You may cancel your account at any time by sending us an email 




Linking To WatStory


You may link to WatStory home page or other pages on WatStory, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. You must not establish a link to WatStory in any website that is not owned by you. WatStory must not be framed on any other site. The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with our content guidelines.


If you wish to make any use of content on WatStory other than that set out above, please send us an e-mail info@watstory.com.


We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.





To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you shall indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its owners, licensee, affiliates, subsidiaries, group companies (as applicable) and their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees, from any claim or demand, or actions including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party or penalty imposed due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms, or your violation of any law, rules or regulations or the rights (including infringement of intellectual property rights) of a third party.



Release And Waiver


To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you hereby release and waive all claims against the Company, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors, co-branders or other partners, and employees from any and all liability for claims, damages (actual and/or consequential), costs and expenses (including litigation costs and attorneys’ fees) of every kind and nature, arising from or in any way related to your use of our services. You understand that any fact relating to any matter covered by this release may be found to be other than now believed to be true and you accept and assume the risk of such possible differences in fact. In addition, you expressly waive and relinquish any and all rights and benefits which you may have under any other state or federal statute or common law principle of similar effect, to the fullest extent permitted by law.


If we fail to insist that you perform any of your obligations under these Terms, or if we do not enforce our rights against you, or if we delay in doing so, that will not mean that we have waived our rights against you and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we do waive a default by you, we will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that we will automatically waive any later default by you.



Applicable Law


Please note that these Terms, its subject matter and its formation, are governed by the laws of the Republic of India. The courts of New Delhi will have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any dispute arising out of or in connection with these Terms or any other terms and conditions made applicable on you by us and you consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum.





We reserve the right to refuse to continue providing you with access to our services if we discover that you are incompetent to contract by virtue of your age or otherwise under applicable law. Our services are not available to persons whose membership has been suspended or terminated by us for any reason whatsoever. In case, you choose to access our services from any jurisdiction not governed by the laws of India, you are solely responsible for compliance with local laws of that jurisdiction and all applicable laws.



Website Security And Grievance Officer


In accordance with Information Technology Act, 2000 and Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 made there under, the name and contact details of the Grievance Officer are provided below:


Varun Chawla
Address: Pitam Pura, New Delhi 110034
Tel: +91 9999082690
Email: varunchawla@watstory.com

Timings: 10a.m. – 5 p.m. IST, Monday through Friday

If you come across any abuse or violation of these Terms, please report to report@watstory.com




General Terms


Relationship of the Parties: Notwithstanding any provision hereof, for all purposes of the Terms, you and the Company shall be and act independently and not as partner, joint venturer, agent, employee or employer of the other. You shall not have any authority to assume or create any obligation for or on behalf of the Company, express or implied, and you shall not attempt to bind us to any contract.

Invalidity of Specific Terms: If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, other provisions of such the Terms shall remain in full force and effect.



Contact Us


In case of question on these terms contact us at info@watstory.com

In case you do not want to continue using our services and want to delete your account , please contact at deleteaccount@watstory.com


Thank you for spending the time to read these terms

  • sojana
    Soumik Jana

    you are welcome

  • avishekm1983774791001439490973

    Links in the terms of services do not work, redirects to the same page. 

  • WatStory

    Avishek, thank you for highlighting the issue with the broken links. We have fixed it now. Thank you.