AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND VARNEX
The Varnex Website is composed of various web pages operated by Varnex. “Varnex Website” shall be defined herein to include www.varnexcommunity.com, www.varnexcanada.com and all other web pages operated or hosted exclusively by Varnex (“Services”).
The Varnex Website is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions and notices contained herein. Your use of the Varnex Website constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions and notices.
Varnex reserves the right to disclose aggregated data, or information or statements we publish without attribution to any identifiable individual, or specific data or statements that you separately and specifically agree we can share with the larger public or media, without infringing upon the user's confidentiality.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
The Varnex Website may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of Varnex, and Varnex is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. Varnex is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. Varnex is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Varnex of the site or any association with its operators.
NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE
As a condition of your use of the Varnex Website, you warrant to Varnex that you will not use the Varnex Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions and notices. You may not use the Varnex Website in any manner, which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Varnex Website or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Varnex Website. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Varnex Website, including, but not limited to, data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.
Varnex and Varnex members need to be mindful of constraints of anti-trust or competition laws when engaging with each other at Varnex–hosted activities. Varnex’ Meetings, events, workshops, group gatherings, webcasts, seminars/sessions, electronic community platforms, social networking groups, and any other group gathering (facilitated by technology or in person) are conducted for educational purposes, to provide a forum for the open discussion and free exchange of ideas even amongst companies that may otherwise compete in the marketplace. At any gatherings, members are reminded that it is their responsibility to avoid (and where they see others acting in such a manner, to discourage) any agreement or inappropriate conversations that could have anti-competitive effects or could constitute a restraint on trade. In discussing the pros and cons on a topic of discussion, members may express an opinion, but must avoid collective agreements on how any particular issue/matter should be handled.
PASSWORDS AND SECURITY
You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the Services. Accordingly, you agree that you will be solely responsible to Varnex for all activities that occur under your account. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account, you agree to notify Varnex immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. You agree to not share access to the Varnex Website.
USE OF COMMUNICATION SERVICES
The Varnex Website may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, commentary services, communities, personal web pages, calendars, membership directory, and/or other message or communication facilities (collectively, “Communication Services”) designed to enable you to communicate with an individual, the public at large or with a group. You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service. To use the Communication Services you represent and warrant that you are at least of 18 years of age.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:
- Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose;
- Use Communication Services for political campaigning, recruiting votes, or soliciting support for legislative or other initiatives;
- Conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters;
- Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner;
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
- Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information;
- Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents;
- Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;
- Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
- Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without their consent;
- Interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Communication Services, any portion or contents thereof, or related systems or networks;
- Use the Communication Services in any way which degrades their reliability, speed or operation, or their underlying hardware or software;
- Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services;
- Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service;
- Violate any applicable laws or regulations.
Varnex has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. Varnex cannot verify the accuracy of statements that users make or place on or through the Communication Services, and does not guarantee that any User Materials have been submitted with the permission of the copyright or proprietary owner or are otherwise in compliance with these Terms.
However, Varnex reserves the right to:
- Review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove or edit any materials in its sole discretion, including those in violation of these Terms.
- Disclose your identity to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
- Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Varnex Website.
- Change, terminate or suspend the Communication Services, any features of the Communication Services, and any content or materials contained in the Communication Services, in any way, at any time and for any reason or no reason. Varnex also has the right to require you to cease accessing any features, content or materials of the Communication Services.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. Varnex does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, Varnex specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Varnex Members are not authorized Varnex spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of Varnex.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.
MATERIALS PROVIDED TO VARNEX OR POSTED TO ANY VARNEX WEBSITE
Varnex does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to Varnex (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Varnex Website (collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting Varnex and necessary sub-licensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; none of which will reveal your name in connection with your Submission unless you, the individual user, agree to permit such in a separate agreement with Varnex.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. Varnex is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in Varnex’ sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
Varnex reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post, or remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, or to terminate your access to the Varnex Website and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VARNEX WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VARNEX AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES TO THE VARNEX WEBSITE AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE VARNEX WEBSITE SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION.
VARNEX AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE VARNEX WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. VARNEX AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Except as prohibited by law, you will hold Varnex harmless for any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damage, however it arises (including attorneys' fees and all related costs and expenses of litigation and arbitration, or at trial or on appeal, if any, whether or not litigation or arbitration is instituted), whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, or arising out of or in connection with these Terms, including without limitation any claim for personal injury or property damage, arising from (i) your use of and access to the Services; (ii) your violation of any of these Terms; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your content caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms and your use of the Services.
PRIVACY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and liabilities that you and Varnex have benefited from, been subject to (or which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force) or which are expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and the provisions of this agreement shall continue to apply to such rights, obligations and liabilities indefinitely.
Some of the Services may be supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the content of information stored on the Services, queries made through the Services or other information. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by Varnex on the Services are subject to change without specific notice to you.
All contents of the Varnex Website are: Copyright 2016 by Varnex and/or its suppliers. All rights reserved.
All Varnex trademarks are strictly owned by Varnex, and nothing in these terms can be construed to transfer ownership rights or grant any permission, license or other rights to any Varnex trademark without written authorization from Varnex.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned within the Varnex Website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
GENERAL LEGAL TERMS
The Terms constitute the whole legal agreement between you and Varnex and govern your use of the Services (but excluding any services which Varnex may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely replace any prior agreements between you and Varnex in relation to the Services.
You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services, which Varnex provides, may change from time to time with or without prior notice to you.
As part of Varnex’ continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that Varnex may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users generally at Varnex’ sole discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any time. You do not need to specifically inform Varnex when you stop using the Services.
You acknowledge and agree that if Varnex disables access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other content, which is contained in your account.
Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with Varnex, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose, most especially including not sharing the data supplied by other Varnex members to law firms or other vendors who are not Varnex members. You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that Varnex has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations under the Terms and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which Varnex may suffer) of any such breach.
You acknowledge and agree that while Varnex may not currently have set a fixed limit on the number of transmissions you may send, receive or store/manage through the Services, such fixed limits may be set by Varnex at any time, at Varnex’ discretion.
You agree that if Varnex does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy which is contained in the Terms (or which Varnex has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of Varnex’ rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to Varnex.
Unless Varnex has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the Services, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the Services, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the Software. This means also that you shall not share your password or member access with non-members or ineligible members.
When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and liabilities that you and Varnex have benefited from, been subject to (or which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force), or which are expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and the provisions of this agreement shall continue to apply to such rights, obligations and liabilities indefinitely.
If any disagreement or dispute arises regarding these Terms or any rights or obligations conveyed hereunder, the disagreement shall be resolved, whenever possible, by meeting and conferring. If such efforts are unsuccessful, either you or Varnex (collectively “Parties” or individually “Party”) shall seek a resolution via binding arbitration, to be conducted in Greenville, South Carolina and in accordance with the then-prevailing rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any award conferred shall be enforceable in any court of suitable jurisdiction in South Carolina. The arbitration requirement does not apply to requests for injunctive relief.
Parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, both Parties each waive any right to a jury trial. Parties both agree that either Party may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.
The Terms, and your relationship with Varnex under the Terms, shall be governed by the laws of the State of South Carolina, USA, without regard to conflict of laws provisions. You and Varnex agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Greenville County, South Carolina to resolve any legal matter arising from the Terms. Notwithstanding this, you agree that Varnex shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.
If any court of law, having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter, rules that any provision of these Terms is invalid, then that provision will be removed from the Terms without affecting the rest of the Terms, which will remain in full force and effect.
These Terms are effective as of 01 October 2016.