GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.1 For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them below:
“Agreement” refers to the Order, together with these General Terms & Conditions and the applicable Supplement(s).
“Company” refers to PR NewsChannel and/or any of its affiliates that provide the Service to Customer.
“Customer” refers to the company, organization or person purchasing the Services from Company.
“Order” refers to (i) each order or other agreement between Company and Customer governing Customer’s purchase of Services, and (ii) any request by Customer for Company to provide Services.
“Service(s)” refers to each of the services, individually and collectively, as set forth in the Order or otherwise requested by Customer.
“Supplement(s)” refers to the supplemental terms and conditions applicable to the Service.
1.2 Capitalized terms not defined in Section 1.1 have the meanings set forth in the Section in which they are defined. All references to Sections or Section numbers in these General Terms & Conditions refer to the Sections of these General Terms & Conditions, unless stated otherwise.
1.3 In this Agreement, any reference to a statute, statutory provision or any subordinate legislation shall be construed as including a reference to that statute, provision or subordinate legislation as in force as of the date of this Agreement and as from time to time modified or consolidated, superseded, re-enacted or replaced.
2.1 The Service. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company shall provide the Service to Customer as set forth in the Order. Company reserves the right, in its discretion, to (i) make changes to the Service, including issuing enhancements, modifications, new versions, and making changes to the format, medium or method of delivery, so long as such changes do not have a material, adverse impact on the Service; (ii) delegate the performance of the Service (or any portion thereof) to one or more third party suppliers, provided that unless expressly stated otherwise, Company shall be liable to Customer for those of its obligations that are performed by such third party suppliers; or (iii) discontinue the Service for any reason on notice to Customer, in which event, Company shall provide a refund to Customer for the unused portion of the discontinued Service, which refund shall constitute Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy and Company’s sole liability for the discontinuation of the Service.
2.2 Customer Information. Customer shall promptly notify Company in writing of any change to its contact, administrator or user names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card or other information provided to Company in connection with the Service. Customer acknowledges that Company’s performance of the Service may be delayed or disrupted by Customer’s failure to update such information in a timely manner and Company is not liable for any damages caused to Customer in connection therewith.
2.3 Third Party Agreements. If Customer enters into this Agreement as an agent for the end user of the Service, Customer shall bind the end user to a written agreement containing terms and conditions similar in all material respects to those of this Agreement, and shall make Company a third party beneficiary of that agreement.
2.4 Third Party Sites. To the extent applicable to Customer’s use of the Service, Customer shall be subject to and comply with any third party website’s current terms of service and use (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.), as such terms are set forth on such third party website or otherwise, and we encourage you to review and become familiar with such terms.
2.5 Usernames and Passwords. To the extent an individual authorized on behalf of Customer (each a “Registered User”) creates or is provided with a username and password to access the Service, such Registered User may not share his or her login or password with any person or third party, authorize any person or third party to use such login or password, or impersonate another person in their registration information. Failure to comply with the foregoing shall constitute a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of Customer’s and/or the Registered User’s account. Registered Users are responsible for all usage or activity on their PR NewsChannel account and maintaining the confidentiality of their passwords. Registered Users shall immediately notify email@example.com of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of their accounts, or any known or suspected breach of security. Any failure to abide by these registration and security requirements or fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of Customer or a Registered User’s account, at PR NewsChannel's sole discretion, and PR NewsChannel may refer such Registered User to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
3.1 Agreement Term. This Agreement shall be effective upon Company’s acceptance of the Order, and shall continue in effect until the expiration, cancellation or termination of the Service Term (as defined below).
3.2 Service Term: Term-Based Services. With respect to Services that are to be provided for/over a specific period of time (e.g., packages, term-based projects and subscription services), the Service Term shall commence on the start date indicated in the Order (or, if no start date is indicated, upon Company’s acceptance of the Order, or as otherwise agreed by the parties), and shall remain in effect for the initial term set forth in the Order (the “Initial Term”), unless sooner terminated as provided for in the Agreement. Except as otherwise provided in the Order, the Service Term shall automatically renew for consecutive one-year renewal periods (each, a “Renewal Period”) until cancelled or terminated in accordance with the terms hereof. Except as otherwise provided in the Order, Customer may prevent the Service Term from renewing by sending written notice to Company not less than ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or the then-current Renewal Period, as applicable. The Initial Term together with all Renewal Periods shall be referred to as the “Service Term.”
3.3 Service Term: Non-Term-Based Services. With respect to any Service for which no term is specified in the Order, the Service Term shall commence upon Company’s acceptance of the Order, and remain in effect until the Service has been rendered and payment of all amounts due in respect of the Service is received in full, unless sooner terminated as provided for in the Agreement.
- FEES & PAYMENT TERMS
4.1 Payment Terms. Customer shall pay all amounts owed to Company in respect of the Service, whether quoted as a set price (individually, or as part of a bundle or package) or based on Company’s rate card, including any applicable cancellation or other fees set forth in an Order or applicable Supplement to these General Terms & Conditions or otherwise agreed between Company and Customer (collectively, the “Fees”). All Fees are exclusive of applicable taxes and, except as specifically provided herein, non-refundable. Payment in full of the Fees and applicable taxes is due before any press release is distributed. Customer shall reimburse Company for all legal fees and collection costs and expenses incurred in connection with enforcement of this Agreement, including collection of the Fees. Company also reserves the right to impose a reasonable charge for any costs it may incur in connection with a regulatory request, court order or subpoena pertaining to Customer or Customer’s use of the Service and/or Customer’s business in general where Company is not a party to such action.
4.2 Refunds or Exchanges There are no refunds for any reason. Exchanges are, however, allowed.
4.3 Rate Card. With respect to Customers that pay fees based on Company’s rate card, Company reserves the right to change its rate card for services at any time.
- REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES
5.1 Customer represents and warrants that (i) it has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to grant the rights granted to Company hereunder; (ii) it will comply with all federal, state, local and international laws, rules and regulations in connection with its use of the Service; and (iii) there exists no legal reason that Company should deny Service to Customer.
5.2 Company represents and warrants that (i) it has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement; (ii) it will comply with all federal, state, international and local laws, rules and regulations applicable to Company’s business in connection with the provision of Services to Customer hereunder; and (iii) it will perform its obligations under the terms of this Agreement in accordance with applicable industry standards.
6.1 Customer shall indemnify and hold harmless Company and its agents, affiliates, assigns, employees, directors, officers, representatives, contractors and third party suppliers, licensors and distributors from and against any and all loss, damage, liability, cost and expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) incurred in connection with:
6.1.1 any third party claim or action arising out of or relating to acts or omissions that, if proven, would constitute Customer’s breach of a representation, warranty, covenant or other obligation under this Agreement (including Customer’s breach of Section 2.3); or
6.1.2 Customer’s use of the Service, including any work product or data provided in connection with the Service.
6.2 Company shall promptly notify Customer of any indemnified claim or action; provided however that, Company’s failure or delay to notify Customer of an indemnified claim or action shall only relieve Customer of its obligation to indemnify Company to the extent that Customer is prejudiced thereby. Customer shall not have the right to enter into any settlement that adversely affects Company’s rights or interests without Company’s prior signed written consent.
- DISCLAIMER & LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
7.1 Company will promptly correct any error or defect in the Service or, if Company determines in its sole judgment that correction is commercially impracticable, Company may provide a refund to Customer for the affected portion of the Service, which correction or refund shall constitute Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy and Company’s sole liability for any error or defect in the Service.
7.2 OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, COMPANY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY WORK PRODUCT OR DATA PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, WILL BE DELIVERED ERROR-FREE OR WITHOUT DEFECT (INCLUDING ERRORS OF OMISSION, OR INTERRUPTIONS, DELAYS OR OTHER TIMING ERRORS), WHETHER HUMAN OR MECHANICAL. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN, THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY WORK PRODUCT OR DATA PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND COMPANY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR SUITABILITY FOR PRINT OR BROADCAST.
7.3 COMPANY’S TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS OR ACTIONS OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING CLAIMS OR ACTIONS BASED IN TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF WARRANTY, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF THE FEES PAID BY CUSTOMER ALLOCABLE TO THE SERVICE GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM(S) OR ACTION(S); PROVIDED THAT, FOR A SUBSCRIPTION OR PROJECT-BASED SERVICE, COMPANY’S LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE FEES PAID FOR THE IMPLICATED SERVICE DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE INCIDENT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM(S) OR ACTION(S).
7.4 REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY REMEDY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT FAILS ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, COMPANY SHALL NEVER BE LIABLE TO OR THROUGH CUSTOMER FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS, DAMAGE OR EXPENSE INCLUDING; LOSS OF ACTUAL OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOSS OF USE, EVEN IF COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS, DAMAGE OR EXPENSE; LOSS OF BUSINESS OR BUSINESS REVENUE; OR LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY OR GOODWILL, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY WORK PRODUCT OR DATA PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF COMPANY RELATING THERETO, OR CUSTOMER’S USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY WORK PRODUCT OR DATA PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, OR ARISING FROM ANY OTHER CAUSE WHATSOEVER.
7.5 Nothing in this Agreement excludes or limits Company’s liability for any personal injury, property damage or other liability that, by law, cannot be excluded or limited.
- SUSPENSION & TERMINATION
8.1 Company may suspend its performance under this Agreement, in whole or in part, immediately on notice, without liability to Customer, if Customer materially breaches this Agreement. Company will resume performance as soon as commercially practicable upon Customer’s cure of the breach. Company may, immediately on notice, without liability to Customer, terminate this Agreement, in whole or in part, if Customer (i) fails to cure a material breach of this Agreement within ten (10) days of notice; (ii) undergoes a change of control, including by merger, acquisition, corporate reorganization, sale of all or substantially all of its assets or otherwise; or (iii) is affected by a change in its ability to direct its affairs or insolvency event, or is unable to pay its debts when due; provided that, if Company terminates the Agreement, in whole or in part, pursuant to (ii) or (iii), Company will provide a refund to Customer for the unused portion of the Service, which refund shall constitute Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy and Company’s sole liability for the termination of the Agreement. Customer acknowledges that failure to pay the Fees when due shall be deemed a material breach of this Agreement.
8.2 Termination, expiration or cancellation of this Agreement for any reason shall not release either party from any obligation or terminate any right under this Agreement which, by its nature, is intended to survive, including the payment obligations under Section 4.
- FORCE MAJEURE
Company shall not be liable to or through Customer for delays or inability to perform due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including fire, flood, explosion, severe weather, acts of God, acts of terrorism, civic commotion, acts of government (including the request or actions of any federal or state regulatory agency, any national securities exchange, or by any professional regulatory organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)), acts or omissions of third parties, strikes or labor disputes, failure or unavailability of communications infrastructure (including, but not limited to, networks, carriers, and internet and satellite providers), and system malfunctions.
This Agreement supersedes all prior proposals, negotiations, representations, agreements and understandings between the parties, including those contained in any confidentiality agreements, and all terms and conditions contained in any Customer-provided purchase orders, and constitutes the complete and exclusive agreement between Customer and Company regarding the subject matter hereof, and the Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not set out in this Agreement. Any reference to a purchase order or similar documentation on an invoice or other acceptance thereof is solely for Customer's convenience in record keeping, and no such reference or the provision of Services to Customer shall be deemed an acknowledgment of or a agreement to any terms or conditions associated with any such purchase order or other Customer-provided documentation. Any such associated terms and conditions shall be of no force and effect, and shall not in any way be deemed to amend, modify, supersede, alter or supplement this Agreement. If there is any inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these General Terms & Conditions and those of a Supplement and/or an Order, the Supplement and/or Order, as applicable, shall control, unless specifically set forth therein to the contrary. Except as expressly provided herein (i) this Agreement shall not be construed to grant Customer any right to resell or redistribute access to the Service, or any work product or data provided in connection with the Service, as any and all rights not specifically granted herein to Customer are expressly reserved by Company; (ii) these General Terms & Conditions and any applicable Supplements may be amended, modified, superseded or terminated, and their terms or conditions may be waived, only in a writing signed by duly authorized representatives of the parties; (iii) the rights and remedies set forth in this Agreement are cumulative and are in addition to and may modify, but are not in substitution for those provided in law and equity; and (iv) there are no third party beneficiaries of this Agreement. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision hereof and the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be deemed to be restated to reflect as nearly as possible the original intentions of the parties to the maximum extent enforceable under applicable law. In this Agreement (i) “or” connotes any combination of all or any of the items listed; (ii) where “including,” or “include” is used to refer to an example or begins a list of items, such example or items shall not be exclusive; (iii) “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder,” “hereto” and similar terms refer to this Agreement as a whole and not merely to the specific document, section, paragraph or clause in which the respective word appears; (iv) any defined terms may, unless the context otherwise requires, be used in the singular or the plural; and (v) section headings are inserted for reference only and are not a part of this Agreement. Any attempt by Customer to assign or otherwise transfer its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of Company shall be void. Customer agrees that Company may refer to it as a customer in its marketing materials and other promotional efforts (online or offline). Any notice by Customer alleging a breach or dispute arising hereunder, and any other notice required hereunder (including, an notice of non-renewal) shall be sent by confirmed e-mail to Customer’s Company sales representative, with a confirmation copy sent in writing and delivered by hand or by an overnight carrier with proof of delivery, to PR NewsChannel, Attn: Legal Department, Northdale Plaza, 3903 Northdale Blvd., Suite 150W, Tampa, FL. 33624. All other notices in connection with this Agreement may be given by e-mail. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue shall lie in the State of Florida, County of Hillsborough, including the U.S. federal courts therein.
DISTRIBUTION SERVICES SUPPLEMENT*
1.1 For purposes of this Supplement, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them below:
“Authorized Sender” refers to those individuals identified by Customer in writing as being authorized to submit Content and issue Releases on Customer’s behalf.
“Content” refers to information, data or content of any kind posted, delivered, uploaded or submitted by Customer or on Customer’s behalf in connection with the Service, whether in the form of copy, text, images, video, audio files or other form, and regardless of the format, including all logos, proprietary marks, distribution lists, links and URLs.
“Release” refers to Content, as processed by Company for distribution.
1.2 Capitalized terms not defined in Section 1.1 have the meanings set forth in the section in which they are defined. Any capitalized term not defined in this Supplement, shall have the meanings set forth in the Order or the General Terms & Conditions. All references to sections or section numbers in this Supplement refer to the sections of this Supplement, unless stated otherwise.
- THE SERVICE
2.1 Only Authorized Senders may submit Content or issue Releases on Customer’s behalf. Customer acknowledges that it is its responsibility to provide Company a current, accurate list of the names of its Authorized Senders, and all related contact information, at all times.
2.2 For each Release, Customer shall indicate, in writing, (i) the name of the issuer of the Release (i.e., not the issuer’s agency), which name shall be displayed to the public as the source of the Release; and (ii) the name and phone number of the person responsible for responding to questions or requests for additional information by members of the media and other readers of the Release.
2.3 As part of its performance of the Service, Company may process Content, including for the purposes of (i) incorporation of metatags, urls, beacons, logos, and copyright notices; (ii) formatting for distribution; and (iii) correction of typographical, spelling, and other non-substantive errors. Company reserves the right to impose a processing fee for any Content that is not distributed after its submission to Company.
2.4 If changes are required because Customer’s press release don’t meet Company’s editorial standards, Company will work diligently with the Customer to work through those changes as quickly as possible.
2.5 Company agrees to send Customer’s press release within 48 hours of receipt, at times much less, Monday-Friday, 8:30a – 6:00p ET, excluding holidays, depending on work load.
By submitting Content to Company in connection with the Service, Customer grants to Company and its third party content distributors a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and sublicensable right and license to reproduce, distribute, sublicense, translate, archive and create derivative works of the type created by a news release distribution business from any Content or Release.
- CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
- REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES
Customer represents, warrants and covenants that (i) it has the right, power and authority to submit the Content to Company for distribution and to issue Releases; (ii) it has all of the necessary right, title and interest in and to the Content to grant the rights granted herein; (iii) it shall comply with all federal, state, local and international laws, rules and regulations applicable to its use of the Service; (iv) it has obtained all of the authorizations and consents required in connection with its distribution lists; (v) the Content will not contain any material that (a) is obscene or pornographic; (b) is libelous, slanderous, defamatory, or otherwise false or misleading; or (c) violates any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary right, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any individual or entity; and (vi) it shall take commercially reasonable precautions to ensure that the Content will not contain any (a) computer virus, Trojan horse, trap door, back door, Easter egg, worm, time bomb, packet bomb, cancelbot, scripts, macros; (b) programs or links to macros, scripts, or programs; or (c) other code that alters, destroys or inhibits the operation of, or infiltrates computer systems or data run through such computer systems.
Customer further represents, warrants and covenants that, if any part of its business includes online gambling, gaming or lotteries (collectively, “Online Gambling Business”): (i) Customer shall conduct its Online Gambling Business in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations in all applicable jurisdictions (including, without limitation, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 31 U.S.C. 5361 et seq.); and (ii) Customer shall take all necessary measures (including, without limitation, any and all technological measures, such as “geo-filtering”) to ensure that persons residing in jurisdictions whose laws prohibit the participation in any online gambling, gaming or lotteries, are unable to access any of Customer’s websites (including any pages or microsites) that offer Online Gambling Business.