Medium Partner Program Terms

Effective as of August 21, 2017

These terms (the “Partner Program Terms”) govern A Medium Corporation’s (“Medium”) partner program (“Partner Program”). Through Medium’s Partner Program, you can put a post from your user account behind Medium’s paywall (“locking” a post) and receive revenue based on its performance among Medium Members.

By participating in the Partner Program, you agree to these Partner Program Terms, as well as Medium’s Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Rules, and Partner Program Guidelines, and all other terms and conditions that generally apply to the Medium website and mobile applications (all of these together are the “Terms”).

Please read the Partner Program Terms carefully. If you don’t understand them, or don’t accept any part of them, then you can’t participate in the Partner Program. Your online acceptance of Medium’s Terms form a binding agreement between you and Medium and show your intent to be bound by them.

Locked Posts & Monetization

User posts

For each locked post associated with your account (other than those appearing in a Medium publication), you have the chance to receive revenue based on various performance factors, including reader engagement. Based on the performance of a post, Medium will pay you a portion of revenues received by Medium from subscription fees, as determined by Medium. Medium will send you payment for any revenues accrued during a given calendar month by sending payment after that month. Medium reserves the right to adjust at any time the factors by which post performance and revenue are determined.

User Posts & Medium Publications

The owner and editors of a given Medium publication have the ability to lock posts in that publication. The publication owner’s account will receive all revenue related to any locked post in the publication. The post author’s account will not have control over locking or unlocking a post and will not receive revenue from a post included in a publication. However, the post author can remove the post from the publication, which will unlock the post and cause the publication owner to stop receiving revenue for it.

If you are owner or editor of a Medium publication, do not lock a post unless you have sufficient rights and permissions to do so. If you do not have a written agreement with the writer of a post, you may not have sufficient rights to lock and monetize that post;

Where a user post has been locked by a Medium publication, Medium may disclose the email address of the publication owner to the user upon request.

Necessary Rights

You may only lock a post (i.e., place it behind Medium’s paywall) if you have sufficient rights to make commercial use of the content in it, including text, video, and audio elements. Medium may require you to provide documentation proving you own sufficient rights to lock a post.

The consequences of locking posts when you lack the rights to do so or failing to provide adequate documentation upon request include the unlocking of posts, withholding of revenue, suspension or termination from the Partner Program, and suspension or termination of your Medium account.

You are not entitled to earn or receive any revenue in connection with your content in any of the following circumstances: (1) if one or more third parties claim rights to any element(s) of your content, (2) if monetization is disabled by Medium for a post, or (3) if your participation in the Medium Partner Program is suspended or terminated. If any of these occur, Medium will use reasonable efforts to notify you.

These Partner Terms are not legal advice. If you plan to lock and monetize 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.

Termination

Medium reserves the right to unlock a post at any time, which will end that post’s ability to generate revenue. Medium reserves the right in its sole discretion to terminate your participation in the Partner Program at any time.

Account and Payment Method Requirement

In order to accrue or receive payment of any revenues under the Partner Program, you must have at all times an active Medium account and a bank account associated with it. Medium does not owe you for any revenues that may be associated with your content during any period in which you do not have a valid account or payment method.

Changes or Discontinuation of Partner Program

Medium reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Partner Program with or without notice to you. Medium will not be liable to you or any third party for any such modification, suspension, or termination. Medium may change these Partner Program Terms from time to time so we encourage you to periodically review this page for most up-to-date version. If you refuse to accept the updated Partner Program Service Terms then Medium reserves its right to suspend or terminate your participation in the Partner Program.

Communications

By using the Partner Program, you consent to receiving communications from us related to it, including marketing communications such as newsletters, special offers, promotional announcements, and customer surveys, to your registered email address or via other methods.

Taxes

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 Medium’s Terms of Service also apply to these Partner Program Terms and any dispute arising under them.

Miscellaneous

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.

Any capitalized terms used but not defined in these Partner Program Terms have the meanings given to them in Medium’s Terms of Service. Except as modified by these Terms, Medium’s Terms of Service remain in effect. Medium’s right to modify or revise the Terms of Service also applies to these Partner Program Terms.

Contact Us

If you have questions or feedback about the Partner Program, you can email at us at yourfriends@medium.com