ABOUT US

What FocalNova is

We’re a fine art community inspired by the mutual needs of both those seeking to discover great art, and artists who need a place to show off their talent. Our aim is to provide a high caliber venue for both. Perfect combination? We think so. It’s really that simple!

What FocalNova is not

We’re not a personal image host. We want to enable people to discover talented artists’ art. If you wouldn’t hang it in an art gallery, then you probably shouldn’t upload it to FocalNova.

And what’s so great about it

We focus specifically on fine art and the artists that create it. You won’t see a lot of flashy distractions and crappy images.

And here’s a whole list of other pluses you may notice:

  • No cropping. We don’t trim the edges of pictures just so they will fit in our site layout. We show the whole picture. Every time.
  • Quality. This is a high caliber site and we settle for nothing less than excellence. We hold ourselves to a high standard so that you may too.
  • A consistent interface. No “How does this artist’s page work?” here.
  • Speed. FocalNova is FAST! We’ve worked hard to optimize every conceivable aspect of the site so you can get to everything without waiting longer than absolutely necessary.

And we actually care! We want you to love discovering/sharing amazing works as much as we love providing a place to do so. We’ll do our best to listen to feedback and provide the best experience possible.

Our story

Amber was finishing art school and looking for an online portfolio. Chad wanted a better resource to discover and curate fine art. What started as a summer project to create an attractive art collection turned into an endeavor to create an open community of artists and art enthusiasts focusing specifically on fine art.

It’s currently just the two of us working in our spare time. Many hours at coffee shops and coworking spaces have led us to what you see now, and we have a lot of exciting ideas for the future!

Chad’s picture

CHAD

  • founder
  • lone developer
  • designer
  • art enthusiast
  • workaholic
Amber’s picture

AMBER

  • co-founder
  • marketer
  • designer
  • organizer
  • pie baker
  • art dabbler

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is “fine art”?

Fine Art
Art produced or intended primarily or solely for its imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content rather than utility.

What is a “curation”?

A curation is simply a collection of pictures that you’ve chosen to include under a common name. Find the art you love and organize it into meaningful curation lists that you can view or share. It’s a lot like having your very own art gallery.

Are the pictures I upload “protected”?

By the copyright you choose, yes. You retain all rights to your work. And we do have a polar bear that sleeps in the server room. Otherwise, no.

This site is designed to share your work, not keep it bottled up. The last thing we want to do is “break the internet” by trying to lock down every image. And due to technical aspects of the internet it is impossible to truly protect digital works from being copied anyway. If it can be viewed, then it can be copied, period.

If you feel that your work needs more protection than we provide, we must regrettably suggest that you do not upload such pictures.

What licenses may I choose from?

The following Creative Commons licenses are currently selectable (from least to most restrictive). If you wish to suggest additional licenses, please let us know.

Public Domain

No Rights Reserved
Complete unrestricted usage.

Creative Commons

Attribution
Lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
Attribution-NonCommercial
Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
Attribution-ShareAlike
Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
Attribution-NoDerivs
Allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
The most restrictive of the six main CC licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

All Rights Reserved

All Rights Reserved
The most restricted usage. Reserves all the rights provided by copyright law.

Does size really matter?

You bet it does!

Uploaded picture limits are currently set so that

  • files may be up to 30MB.
  • the width must be at least 2160 pixels.
  • the height must be at least 2160 pixels.

As FocalNova grows, we’ll continue to change these limits for even higher quality content.

What is the policy on watermarking?

We highly discourage watermarking the pictures you upload. Don’t watermark, use metadata—which you should be using anyway, right?!

However, ultimately we feel that it is your right to watermark if you’re compelled that it is necessary. Note that if your watermark is too obnoxious your picture will likely be flagged and/or removed.

How can I comment on someone’s art?

You can’t. Not directly anyway. We’ve all seen the comment section of some other sites where there really haven’t been many examples of value added by them. We want to let the art speak for itself, and have decided to omit on-art comments.

If you wish to comment we hope you’ll choose to comment as you “share” [] it with your friends and fellow humans—which is way cooler anyway.

How can I view larger pictures?

Easy, just become a “Bona fide” member!

Visitors and “Free” members can only view pictures at a maximum resolution of 600 pixels. This helps decrease the load on our servers. “Bona fide” and “Curator” members always view pictures in their highest available resolution.*

*Based on the maximum resolution of the picture and your display.

What are the membership differences?

Free Bona fide Curator
View full-size pictures
Upload limit 10 75 unlimited
Extras
  • Contact artists directly
  • Priority access to the FocalNova team for problems, questions, and recommendations.
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Only “Free” accounts are available during the beta. Once we get some kinks ironed out and can offer more membership levels we’ll let you know.

Sign-up is easy, and takes only a moment.

Sign Up

What should I put in my bio?

Whatever your heart desires.

    Here are a few ideas:
  • Your artist statement
  • Some zany anecdotes about you
  • Your preferred contact info
  • A haiku
  • Your favorite color/hobbies

How do I change my profile picture?

Your profile picture is retrieved from Gravatar using the email you signed up with. You may add or change it there.

Why does the site look or act weird?

This site was built using 100% organic, free range code and is currently designed to work well with

  • Chrome
  • IE 10+
  • Firefox 22+
  • Safari 6.2+ (iOS 7+)

We log and occasionally review the user agents of devices that access the site. If we notice a significant amount of traffic from an unsupported browser we may take steps to accommodate it specifically. If there’s something else we’ve missed, please contact us so we can fix it.


CONTACT

If you haven’t already, please give the FAQ a quick skim before contacting us. You may get lucky and find your question already answered.

hello@focalnova.com

TERMS OF SERVICE

a.k.a. legal mumbo jumbo

Acceptance of Terms

These Terms of Service (“Terms”) govern your access to and use of FocalNova’s website and services (“Services”). Please read these Terms carefully, and contact us if you have any questions. By accessing the site, viewing any content (“Content”) or using any services available on the site you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms which govern our relationship with you in relation to the site. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the site.


1. Terms of Use
As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by FocalNova. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services:
	a. To abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate any person;
	b. To post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any Content that is libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or that infringes any copyright or other right of any person;
	c. For any purpose (including posting or viewing Content) that is not permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where you use the Services;
	d. To post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any FocalNova user;
	e. To create or transmit unwanted ‘spam’ to any person or any URL
	f. To create multiple accounts for the purpose of voting for or against users’ images or posts;
	g. To harm minors in any way, including, but not limited to, uploading, posting, or otherwise transmitting content that violates child pornography laws, child sexual exploitation laws or laws prohibiting the depiction of minors engaged in sexual conduct, or submitting any personally identifiable information about any child under the age of 13;
	h. To post copyrighted Content which doesn’t belong to you, with exception of forum discussions, where you may post such Content with explicit mention of the author’s name and a link to the source of the Content;
	i. You will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (i) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site; or (iii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site;
	j. To artificially inflate or alter vote counts, view counts, comments, or any other Service or for the purpose of giving or receiving money or other compensation in exchange for votes, or for participating in any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the results of Services;
	k. To advertise to, or solicit, any user to buy or sell any products or services, or to use any information obtained from the Services in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any user without their prior explicit consent;
	l. To promote or sell Content of another person
	m. To sell or otherwise transfer your profile.
To report a suspected abuse of the Site or a breach of the Terms please send notification to abuse@focalnova.com.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of the Site. FocalNova reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other users.


2. Prerequisites
To register as a member of the Service, you must be 13 years or lawfully permitted to enter into and form contracts under applicable law. In no event may minors submit Content to the Service. You agree that the information that you provide to us upon registration and at all other times will be true, accurate, current and complete. You also agree that you will ensure that this information is kept accurate and up to date at all times. This is especially important with respect to your email address, since that is the primary way in which we will communicate with you about your account.

You must be 13 years and older to register to use the FocalNova website. As a result, FocalNova does not specifically collect information about children. If we learn that FocalNova has collected information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. We recommend that minors between the ages of 13 and 18 ask and receive their parents’ permission before using FocalNova or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.


3. Copyrights
FocalNova does not claim ownership rights of your Content. For the sole purpose of enabling us to make your Content available through the Service, you grant to FocalNova a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, re-format, store, prepare derivative works based on, and publicly display and perform Your Content. Neither Sharing Content via Social Media nor Sharing into a Curation indicate any transfer of ownership of copyright.


4. Privacy
We only collect personal information that is relevant to the purpose of our website. This information allows us to provide you with a customized and efficient experience. We collect the following types of information from our FocalNova users:

	a. We receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features.
	b. Registration: In order for you to use FocalNova Services you must complete a registration form. As part of this registration form, we require select personal information.
	c. We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. FocalNova and its authorized agents automatically receive and record certain “traffic data” on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, FocalNova cookie information, and the page you requested. FocalNova uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with its servers, analyze trends and administer the website.
	d. FocalNova may collect and, on any page, display the total counts that page has been viewed.

Because FocalNova enables people to discover and share information with one another, information about the people who use FocalNova is an integral part of the FocalNova experience. Rest assured that we neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone and that we will share your personal information only as described below.
	a. FocalNova Personnel: FocalNova personnel and authorized consultants and/or contractors may have access to user information if necessary in the normal course of FocalNova business.
	b. Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if FocalNova, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred.
	c. Protection of FocalNova and Others: We may release personal information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with a law; to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other policies; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of FocalNova, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Keeping Information Secure
	a. Your FocalNova account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. Protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer by logging off once you have finished using a shared computer.
	b. Only employees who need personal information to perform a specific job (for example, a customer service representative) are granted access to it. All of our employees are kept up to date on our privacy and security practices.


5. Notification of Copyright Infringement
We respect the intellectual property rights of others and we expect our users to do the same. FocalNova will respond to clear notices of copyright infringement consistent with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).  If you believe the Services are hosting content that infringes your copyright, please let us know by submitting a notice to dmca@focalnova.com. It must contain all of the following:
	a. A description of the copyrighted work(s) you believe are infringed;
	b. The exact location (URL) where the infringing material resides on the Service;
	c. Contact information so that we can reach you, such as email address, your physical address and telephone number;
	d. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the Material identified in your notice in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
	e. A statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
	f. Your signature
Before you file an infringement notice, please carefully consider whether or not the use of copyrighted material at issue is protected by the “fair use” doctrine, as you could be liable for costs and attorney fees should you file a takedown notice where there is no infringing use. Please also check to make sure you haven’t authorized the use at issue (for example, whether you have given a creative professional who prepared materials for your company the right to use those materials as examples of his or her past work). If you are unsure whether a use of your copyrighted material constitutes infringement, please contact an attorney.  You may also wish to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright website (www.copyright.gov).

If you believe access to your content was disabled or removed by FocalNova as a result of an improper copyright infringement notice, please send a counter-notice that contains all of the following:
	a. A description of the work improperly removed, along with your user name and the location where that work resided on the Service;
	b. Contact information so that we can reach you, preferably your physical address, mailing address (if different), and telephone number;
	c. A statement under penalty of perjury, signed by you, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification;
	d. A statement that you consent to jurisdiction of the Federal District court for the district where you reside (or of Allen County, Indiana if you reside outside of the United Sates) and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under DMCA subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
Before you file a counter-notice, please carefully consider whether or not your use of the copyrighted material at issue is infringing, as you could be liable for costs and attorney fees in the event that a court decides your counter-notice misrepresented that the material was removed by mistake.  If you are unsure whether use of the material at issue constitutes infringement, please contact an attorney. In addition, you may wish to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright website (www.copyright.gov).


6. Limitation of Liability & Exclusion of Warranties
FocalNova MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE, OR THE CONTENT OR PRODUCTS, PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. FocalNova DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. FocalNova MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND PERFORMANCE OF THIS SERVICE. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT FocalNova IS NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT, OR SUCH CONDUCT BY THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGES AND LOSSES ARISING FROM SUCH CONDUCT. EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS, LIMITED REMEDIES PROVIDED HEREIN, AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, FocalNova SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM USE OF THE SERVICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, EVEN IF FocalNova HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS, WAIVERS AND LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF OR LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR DAMAGES. THEREFORE, SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL FocalNova’s AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED THE AMOUNTS PAID BY YOU TO FocalNova PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT.


8. Governing Law/Jurisdiction
These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of Indiana, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. We each agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state court located in Allen County, Indiana.

Our Products are controlled and operated from the United States, and we make no representations that they are appropriate or available for use in other locations.


9. Changes to These Terms
FocalNova reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you, and you agree to receive legal notices electronically if we so choose. We may revise these Terms from time to time and the most current version will always be posted on our website. If a revision is, by our opinion, significant, we will notify you. By continuing to access or use the Services after revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Services.

No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of the Terms and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind FocalNova in any respect whatsoever. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.