WEBMASTER AFFILIATE AGREEMENT
Effective Date: March 01,2004
Last Modified:June 25,2008
I. INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS:
A. Party Definitions and Introductory Terms
The operative parties referred to in this Agreement as follows:
Us, the publisher – XFC, Inc. is the publisher of the following websites:
You, the Affiliate – This Affiliate Agreement will refer to the Affiliate as “You” or through any second-person pronouns, such as “Yours,” etc. Hereinafter, the Affiliate shall be referred to as “Affiliate” or by applicable second-person pronouns.
B. This Agreement and the provisions hereof, shall be in full force and effect commencing on the date accepted by the Affiliate and continuing until terminated by either of the parties in accordance with the Termination provisions set forth infra. Acceptance is effective upon clicking “I Accept” or any similar syntax, and/or the installation or opening of any Publisher software or any other product produced by the Publisher.
C. What this Agreement is – This Agreement is a legal contract between You, the Affiliate and the Publisher. You should treat it as any other legal contract by reading its provisions carefully, as they will affect Your legal rights. By accessing the Sites in any manner, You are affirmatively agreeing to be bound by all of the terms contained in this Agreement. You may not pick and choose which terms apply to You. If You do not agree with all of the terms in this Agreement, You must cease all access and use of the Sites and any other services provided by the Publisher.
D. Electronic Signatures / Assent Required – Nobody is authorized to act as an Affiliate for these Sites unless they have signed this Agreement. Such signature does not need to be a physical signature, since this Agreement is intended to be governed by the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign Act). You manifest Your agreement to this Affiliate Agreement by taking any act demonstrating Your assent thereto. Most likely, You have clicked a button containing the words “I agree” or some similar syntax. You should understand that this has the same legal effect as You placing Your physical signature on any other legal contract. If You have not yet done so, You must immediately click here to electronically sign this Agreement. If we discover that you have not signed this Agreement, You will be terminated from the Affiliate program, any funds otherwise due will be forfeited, and you will be required to refund any payments made to You. If you fail to remit this refund within 30 days of Our demand for repayment, we will take legal action against you.
E. Revisions to this Agreement:
From time to time, We may revise this Agreement. We reserve the right to do so, and You agree that We have this unilateral right. You agree that all modifications or changes to this Agreement are in force and enforceable immediately upon posting. The updated or edited version supersedes any prior versions immediately upon posting, and the prior version is of no continuing legal effect unless the revised version specifically refers to the prior version and keeps the prior version or portions thereof in effect.
We agree that if we change anything in this Agreement, we will change the “last modified date” at the top of this Agreement. You agree to periodically re-visit this web page, and to use the “refresh” button on Your browser when doing so. You agree to note the date of the last revision to this agreement. If the “last modified” date remains unchanged from the last time You reviewed this Agreement, then You may presume that nothing in the Agreement has been changed since the last time You read it. If the “last modified” date has changed, then You can be certain that something in the Agreement has been changed.
Waiver – if You fail to periodically review this Agreement to determine if any of the terms have changed, You assume all responsibility for such omission and You agree that such failure amounts to Your affirmative waiver of Your right to review the amended terms. We are not responsible for Your neglect of Your own legal rights.
F. Nothing provided -- Acting as an Affiliate does not mean that you are an employee of the Publisher. In fact, you are specifically placed on notice that you are not an employee of the Publisher. You are, at most, an independent contractor. No tools, no materials, and no support (other than what is specifically described in this Agreement) shall be provided to you. You are responsible for all internet access, computer equipment, modems, software, and other necessary requisites that you may need in order to function as an Affiliate.
A. WHEREAS, Publisher has developed an affiliate marketing program for its Sites and intends to market its websites and associated documentation for the Program, (collectively, the “Program”), through its Sites, various online and traditional media, and elsewhere;
B. WHEREAS, Affiliate desires to become a member of the Publisher’s Affiliate Program, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein; and,
C. WHEREAS, Affiliate has determined that it is in its interest to enter into this Agreement.
D. NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, and in consideration of the mutual covenants and conditions herein set forth, and with the intent to be legally bound thereby, Affiliate hereby agrees as follows:
III. ENROLLMENT: In order to enroll in our Affiliate program, the first step is to submit a completed application form through our Affiliate Program website, http://businesscenter.ccbill.com/html_forms/acceptable_use.html. After your application is complete, we will evaluate your application and notify you of your acceptance. We reserve the right to refuse acceptance at any time and for any reason.
IV. ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT Policy for Affiliates: Affiliate agrees to be bound by the following general policies in connection with all content with which Publisher’s Materials are associated:
A. No defamatory, obscene, child pornographic, harassing, or otherwise objectionable content may appear the Affiliate’s site;
B. Affiliate shall have no content on the Affiliate’s site that promotes or facilitates illegal activity, or violates the rights of others such as copyright, trademark, other intellectual property infringement, right to privacy, right to publicity, or other similar rights;
C. Affiliate shall have no content that is prohibited; prohibited content includes, but is not limited to: child pornography, incest, warez content, scat, depictions of coffins (or other death images), defecation, urination, genital mutilation, teen modeling, actual or simulated rape, sexual violence, menstruation, obscenity, bestiality, threats of physical harm to persons or property, programs containing viruses, pirated software, wire fraud, drug trafficking, and/or violations of international export control laws. Publisher, reserves the right to review and/or reject any content created and/or posted by Affiliate.
D. Our Affiliates are strictly forbidden to engage in any fraudulent, deceptive or unfair transactions or trade practices. The Affiliate agrees to fully comply with the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) statutes and regulations (if Affiliate does business in the United States or with United States based customers), and any related rules, policies, and advisory opinions issued by the FTC. No commissions will be paid on violation transactions, and may be withheld if such conduct is suspected.
E. Affiliate may not promote any Publisher Sites on any website that encourages password trading, distribution, or hacking. The Affiliate may not engage in promotion through the direct or indirect use of warez content, spamming, listing on newsgroups, search engines, bulk emailing, or hidden frames.
F. Affiliate shall not engage in any activities that may be harmful to the image, goodwill, or reputation of the Publisher.
G. Affiliate agrees not to utilize any false, misleading or infringing metatags tied to the Affiliate’s site. An Affiliate is not permitted to use its domain name and/or its metatags on the Affiliate’s site to garner search engine traffic. In addition, Affiliate agrees not to utilize any metatags that would imply or suggest that underage or illegal content may be found on the submitted website.
H. Affiliate shall not directly or indirectly display on Affiliate’s website any advertising links, banners, or promotional materials for other external websites other than those that have been pre-approved in compliance with this Agreement.
I. Affiliate may not attempt to cheat, defraud or mislead the Publisher, in any way.
J. Violation of the restricted nonexclusive license provided in this Agreement is prohibited.
K. Affiliate may not use the Publisher’s Material or images to promote other sites or businesses.
L. Affiliates shall not use any material that contains “Trojan Horses,” viruses, or the like, which causes damage to any computer or programs regardless of intent. Affiliate will be solely responsible for any damage caused by the aforementioned destructive materials and the use of such materials may result in the termination of this Agreement.
M. The free areas of the Affiliate’s site must not contain sexual activity or graphic display of the genitals. All such content must be restricted to password-protected areas.
N. Affiliate may not circumvent, nor attempt to circumvent, the access screen requiring users to enter their birth date and requiring agreement to The Publisher’s User Agreement.
O. PROMOTIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND SPAM:
Affiliate may use any reasonable promotional tool desired, with the following exceptions:
SPAM. The Affiliate agrees not to use the facilities and capabilities of Sites to solicit the performance of any activity that is prohibited by the CAN-SPAM Act dealing with illegal distribution of Unsolicited Commercial Bulk Email (“UCBE”), commonly known as “spam,” nor shall Affiliate forge or use without authorization, any mail header information. Affiliate agrees to the Sites’ Spam Policy http://www.nubiles.net/webmasters/spampolicy.html which is hereby incorporated by reference. Any breach of the Sites’ Spam Policy may result in immediate termination from the Program and forfeiture of any further commissions or payments. Any violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is strictly prohibited. Any Affiliate using unsolicited email, which does not strictly comport with the provisions of the CAN-SPAM Act, will be immediately terminated as an Affiliate and no commissions will be paid to any such offending Affiliate. If such conduct is suspected, any commissions will be withheld. Publisher reserves the right to conduct random audits of all of its Affiliates to determine whether this provision is being complied with, and any suspected offending activity will result in immediate termination and suspension of all payments. Any violation will result in the forfeiture of any payments due.
P. WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY REGARDING PEDOPHILES OR ANY PEDOPHILIC ACTIVITY.
1. You understand that all depictions of all persons in all Materials produced or published by the Publisher are of persons over the age of 18 as of the date of the production of the depiction. We take great measures to ensure that no underage models appear in any of our Materials.
2. If You traffic in, possess, or ever possessed any form of child pornography (including so-called “virtual” child pornography), you must exit these Sites immediately and you are ineligible to be an Affiliate. We do not provide this kind of material and We do not tolerate those who provide this kind of material nor do we tolerate consumers of this kind of material.
3. In order to further Our zero-tolerance policy, all Affiliates agree that they will report any images, real or simulated, that appear to depict minors on any Affiliate’s site. If You see any images or other depictions that are questionable, You agree to report these images by emailing us at email@example.com
4. Include with Your report any appropriate evidence, including the date and time of identification. All reports will immediately be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken.
5. We enthusiastically cooperate with any law-enforcement agency investigating child pornography. If You suspect other outside websites are participating in unlawful activities involving minors, please report them to http://www.asacp.org.
6. The Affiliate my not alter any image to make models appear younger than they actually are, and they may especially not modify any content whatsoever to make it appear that any models are under the age of 18.
Q. Affiliate’s websites must contain all information required by 18 U.S.C. §2257, supported by all required documents. Affiliate represents that each site operated by the Affiliate is in full compliance with Section 2257 of Title 18, United States Code, the “Records Keeping and Labeling Act,” including all applicable regulations. Affiliate acknowledges that it is Affiliate’s legal obligation to comply with the disclosure provisions of the Records Keeping and Labeling Act, and that Affiliate must identify a records custodian and records address for each image appearing on the Affiliate’s website and maintain all required age records, indexed in the required manner. Affiliate represents and warrants that any and all content it provides on its website is compliant with Title 18 U.S.C. § 2257, and that all models depicted thereon were at least eighteen (18) years of age when the content was taken. Affiliate also warrants that all materials shall only be transmitted and distributed by Affiliate’s Website to willing adults.
R. Affiliates may not “hotlink” to any of the Publisher’s images, banners and/or graphics unless they have been provided to the Affiliate for this purpose.
S. Affiliates must provide within 24 hours, upon request by the Publisher, access to any password protected area where the Publisher’s Sites are being or have been promoted.
T. Affiliates may neither solicit nor permit any minor to become a customer of the websites. Publisher, takes a strong stance in favor of preventing minors from accessing sexually-oriented materials. Accordingly, any and all images, web pages, or tours depicting sexual activity must be protected by some form of legal age verification.
U. Suspected violation of a portion of the Acceptable Conduct Policy may result in termination from the Program and forfeiture of any past or future commissions or payments, whether earned or unearned. If, in Our sole opinion, You have violated any of the acceptable use policy provisions, You will forfeit all funds otherwise due, and We will fully cooperate with the law enforcement with the investigation of your actions.
V. The Publisher shall retain the discretion to interpret, modify, terminate and/or enforce any of the general policies for Affiliates. http://businesscenter.ccbill.com/html_forms/acceptable_use.html.
W. If Affiliates violate any part of CCBILLS acceptable use policy, the Publisher may cancel the Affiliate's account.
V. AFFILIATE’S NOTIFICATION DUTY:
Affiliate agrees to notify the Publisher, of any and all URL’s where the Publisher’s Sites will be promoted.
VI. Compensation AND BENEFITS:
A. Affiliates will be compensated in accordance with the program posted here http://businesscenter.ccbill.com/html_forms/acceptable_use.html which may be altered from time to time without notice.
B. We are not responsible for any billing errors.
C. Affiliate will be compensated with a commission or referral fee according to the terms of this Agreement and the pay program referred to above. Affiliate’s payouts will be debited for cancelled subscriptions.
D. Affiliates will receive no commission for activity determined to be fraudulent, including but not limited to credit card numbers in a negative bin number data base, multiple subscriptions from a single email address, multiple subscriptions with the same credit card number, sequential names or patterns of names, many subscriptions from a specific Website in a short time span, and multiple attempts to subscribe from the same credit card, or any subscriptions that suggest a violation of our Spam Policy. We will also deny or withhold commission for any links coming from any practices that violate the Acceptable Conduct Policy (infra) of this Agreement. Any Affiliate site found to be engaging in such actions will not receive any credit or payment and will forfeit any and all credit or payment earned.
E. Affiliate agrees that the Publisher, in its sole discretion, may deny or withhold payment and terminate Affiliate’s membership due to suspicious behavior including but not limited to numerous charge backs or subscription cancellations.
VII. BILLING AND DISBURSEMENT:
A. The Publisher has the sole right to determine the manner in which payments will be processed, and the identity of any third party processor used for billing purposes. Determination of the third-party billing service shall be made at the convenience of the Publisher and may be unilaterally changed by the Publisher at the Publisher’s sole convenience.
B. Affiliate will provide the Publisher with a Social Security Number or Federal Tax ID, if requested so that an IRS form 1099 may be issued. Failure to provide the Publisher such information may result in termination of this Agreement.
VIII. Representations and Warranties:
A. You, the Affiliate, warrant and represent that You own or operate a lawful, and otherwise valid Internet website.
B. Affiliate warrants that Affiliate is the sole owner of any and all necessary rights, title, and interest to any content contained on the Affiliate’s website, and that such website is free of claims to the content by third parties.
C. You represent that You have the requisite power and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform the obligations set forth herein and that You are an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age; that performance under this Agreement does not and will not constitute a breach of any existing contract or obligation undertaken by You; and that there are no outstanding orders, judgments, decrees, rules or regulations which would preclude You from entering into this Agreement.
D. The Publisher makes no representations or warranties other than those specifically contained herein, and specifically disclaims any implied warranties, including merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
A. “Confidential Information” shall mean any confidential technical data, trade secret, intellectual property, know-how or other confidential information disclosed by any party hereunder in writing, orally, or by drawing or other form and which shall be marked by the disclosing party as “Confidential” or “Proprietary.” If such information is disclosed orally, or through demonstration, in order to be deemed Confidential Information, it must be specifically designated as being of a confidential nature at the time of disclosure and reduced to writing and delivered to the receiving party within ten (10) days of such disclosure.
B. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include information which:
Is known to the receiving party at the same time of disclosure or becomes known to the receiving party without breach of this Agreement;
Is or become publicly known through no wrongful act of the receiving party or any subsidiary of the receiving party;
Is rightfully received from a third party without restriction on disclosure;
Is independently developed by the receiving party or any of its subsidiary;
Is furnished to any third party by the disclosing party without restriction on its disclosure;
Is approved for release upon a prior written consent of the disclosing party; or
Is disclosed pursuant to judicial order, requirement of a governmental agency or by operation of law.
C. The receiving party agrees that it will not disclose any Confidential Information to any third party and will not use Confidential Information of the disclosing party for any purpose other than for the performance of the rights and obligations hereunder during the term of this Agreement and for a period of five (5) years thereafter, without the prior written consent of the disclosing party. The receiving party further agrees that Confidential Information shall remain the sole property of the disclosing party and that it will take all reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information by its employees. The disclosing party shall grant no license to the receiving party with respect to Confidential Information disclosed hereunder unless otherwise expressly provided herein.
D. Upon the request of the disclosing party, the receiving party will promptly return all Confidential Information furnished hereunder and all copies thereof.
E. The Parties agree that all publicity and public announcements concerning the formation and existence of this Agreement shall be jointly planned and coordinated by and among the Parties. Neither party shall disclose any of the specific terms of this Agreement to any third party without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any party may disclose information concerning this Agreement as required by the rules, orders, regulations, subpoenas or directives of a court, government or governmental agency, after giving prior notice to the other party.
F. If a party breaches any of its obligations with respect to confidentiality and unauthorized use of Confidential Information hereunder, the non-breaching party shall be entitled to equitable relief to protect its interest therein, including but not limited to injunctive relief, as well as money damages notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein.
G. Except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement, the Publisher shall be entitled to make any public statement, press release or other announcement relating to the websites without any prior written approval of Affiliate.
X. SPECIFIC grant of License for copyrighted materials:
A. Publisher agrees to provide access to, and membership in, the Affiliate Program to the Affiliate and to provide Affiliate with the right to market, advertise and promote the Publisher’s online services and content.
B. Publisher will provide Affiliate access to a selection of promotional content including images, recordings, video, audio, links, computer script, advertising banners, and other promotional materials (hereinafter, “Materials”) that are associated with the Program from time to time, and hereby grants a non-exclusive, restricted, license to use such Materials solely for the purposes set forth in this Agreement. THIS LICENSE IS REVOCABLE AT WILL. SUCH REVOCATION DOES NOT REQUIRE PRIOR NOTICE.
C. The Publisher reserves all rights to select, alter, delete, add to, or remove any and all Materials used by the Affiliate to promote the Publisher’s content. Publisher’s Materials may not be used in violation of any term contained in this Agreement.
D. Affiliate’s license to use the Materials shall automatically terminate, and all rights shall automatically revert to Publisher upon cancellation of the Affiliate’s membership or withdrawal from the Program by the Affiliate. Affiliate may not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, change, broadcast, distribute, transmit, disseminate, sell, nor offer for sale in any manner, the Materials at any time anywhere in the world except as expressly authorized by the Publisher, in writing.
E. Once the Affiliate is accepted into the Affiliate program, the Publisher will provide the Affiliate with the information necessary to operate as an Affiliate. The Affiliate may create his or her own materials as well, but any such materials must be approved by the Publisher, and any such materials may not utilize the Publisher’s trademarks unless the use is expressly permitted by the Publisher.
F. If the Affiliate creates his or her own marketing materials, the Publisher shall have the right to exercise editorial control over the materials and shall have the right to demand that the Affiliate cease use of any materials whatsoever that may be used to promote the Affiliate Program directly or indirectly. Failure to adhere to any demand made by the Publisher in this regard within 48 hours of the demand being made shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement and shall subject the Affiliate to immediate termination.
G. If the Affiliate creates his or her own marketing materials, the Publisher shall have the absolute right to demand that these materials contain certain text, online agreements, documents, notices, disclaimers, or age verification devices that may be necessary or desirable to protect the Publisher’s or the Affiliate’s legal interests.
H. The Affiliate shall be solely responsible for all content available on or through its Affiliate Website. Affiliate warrants that its website and Materials will not infringe or contain any content that infringes upon or violates any intellectual property rights, or otherwise violates any applicable law, rule or regulation. Publisher shall have no obligations with respect to the content available on or through any participating website, including but not limited to, any duty to review or monitor any such content. Thus, Affiliate is solely responsible for the content on Affiliate’s Website.
I. Publisher, owns the rights to any and all content and Materials located on any of Affiliate’s sites if the Publisher’s services are in any way promoted by that site. This intellectual property rights transfer applies whether the Publisher provided any content on the site or not. Publisher shall always remain the owner of all intellectual property rights pertaining to the Materials, which may be licensed from third party content producers. Any and all derivative works generated by Affiliate shall inure to the benefit of the Publisher, which shall be considered the owner or license holder of such derivative works, to the extent permitted by law.
J. Affiliate’s license to use any of the Publisher’s Materials shall automatically terminate, and all such rights shall automatically revert to Publisher upon cancellation of the Affiliate’s membership or withdrawal from the Program by the Affiliate.
XI. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND RESERVATIONS:
A. The Parties agree that:
Each party’s marks are and shall remain the sole property of that party;
Nothing in this Agreement shall convey to either party any right of ownership in the party’s marks;
Neither party shall now or in the future contest the validity of the other party’s marks; and
The Parties acknowledge and agree that all use of the other party’s marks by a party shall inure to the benefit of the party whose marks are being used.
B. Violations of Our marks
This Agreement covers all of the following marks, whether rights to them are derived from registration or from the common law, whether they are registered or recognized in Your country or jurisdiction or not:
Nubiles, Nubiles.net ®
Hereinafter, these marks will be referred to as “Our Marks.”
Affiliate specifically acknowledges that any of Our Marks are retained by Us and are not owned by the Affiliate, licensed by the Affiliate, or useable by the Affiliate except to the extent specifically outlined in the Affiliate Agreement and modified by this Agreement.
As a specific matter – the Affiliates are not permitted to registered any Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or world wide web address that contains any of Our Marks or URLs or that contains any terms that are confusingly similar to Our Marks or our URLs.
Affiliate may not register any URL or world wide web address that consists of, or contains, common or likely misspellings of Our Marks or any URLs operated by Us or Our partners.
In the event that you wish to register a URL and you are unclear as to whether the URL would be considered to be a violation of this Agreement, You must pre-notify Us prior to registering the domain at firstname.lastname@example.org . Upon receipt of Your request, We will issue a determination to You within seventy-two (72) hours as to whether the URL would be a violation of Our rights.
If We determine that the URL would not be a violation of Our rights, We will notify You within 72 hours with express permission to register the URL. Upon receipt of Our permission, You may register the URL and operate it according to the rights and responsibilities of the Affiliate Agreement.
In the event that You do not receive a response from Us within 72 hours, You should consider registration of the URL to be a violation of this Agreement and You should not register the URL.
If You have pre-notified Us of a proposed URL that We believe would be violative of Our rights, We will register the URL ourselves. However, You will be permitted to operate the URL under the following conditions:
You remain an Affiliate in good standing.
You do not operate the URL to promote any commercial enterprise except those We expressly authorize (in writing).
You do not otherwise violate the Affiliate Agreement or any of its riders or other documents that are, or may be, incorporated by reference from time to time.
If any of these conditions are triggered, any website at the URL in question will be immediately removed from the world wide web, Your account will be terminated, and all funds otherwise due to You will be retained by Us and will not be paid to You.
Amnesty Provision: In the event that You already operate or have registered a URL that may violate Our rights and You wish to receive amnesty for this violation:
You may bring the URL to Our attention by e-mailing email@example.com .If so, You will be offered amnesty until 180 days from date of finalized agreement, at which point all amnesty is revoked. Amnesty requires that You not only contact Us before We contact You, but that You voluntarily transfer the domain name to Us within 72 hours of receiving notice from Us that the domain infringes on Our rights.
If You are granted amnesty and You voluntarily comply with Our demand that You transfer the domain name to Us, You will not be required to pay any costs, damages, or fees.
If You do not bring the URL to Our attention, then You will not be eligible for amnesty, and even if You do and if You fail to transfer the domain or explain to Us, in writing, why the domain does not infringe on Our rights, within 72 hours of Our demand, You will not be eligible for amnesty. Accordingly, You will be required to pay liquidated damages, Our attorney’s fees, and any other costs that are described in this Agreement unless it is eventually determined that the URL was not an infringement upon Our rights.
In the event that You already operate, or have registered, a URL that may violate Our rights and You fail to take advantage of the Amnesty provision, or if You otherwise fail to adhere to the strict requirements of the Amnesty provision, upon detection of Your URL, We will serve you with a demand that You transfer the offending URL to Us.
If We serve You with a demand or request to transfer any URL that We believe, in Our sole discretion, is a violation of any of Our rights in Our Marks, You shall pay five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) in liquidated damages if We are determined to be the prevailing party in any dispute over the domain name. We reserve the right to waive this amount in exchange for rapid compliance with Our demand. Upon issuance of Our demand, We have the option of treating the Affiliate as a violator under Part XI(C) of this Agreement and We may take on the role of the “Aggrieved Party.”
We may also exercise the following rights against the Affiliate:
Upon demand, the Affiliate must transfer the offending URL to Us. If the demand is not met within 72 hours of the demand being sent via e-mail, then the Affiliate agrees to pay Us an additional two-hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) in liquidated damages per twenty-four (24) hour period or portion thereof until the domain is transferred to Us. We reserve the right to withhold any payments otherwise due the Affiliate in escrow in order to collect these liquidated damages from the Affiliate. We will not collect them from escrow until You have exhausted or waived Your appeal rights and other legal remedies.
If the Affiliate transfers the domain within 72 hours of the initial request, then the Affiliate will be permitted to continue to operate the domain as a licensee, without interruption, as long as the Affiliate pays any liquidated damages that are due, and as long as the Affiliate is otherwise in compliance with the terms of all applicable agreements with Us, including all of the terms of the Affiliate Agreement.
In various portions of this Agreement, liquidated damages are outlined. In agreeing to pay these liquidated damages, the Affiliate acknowledges that these amounts are not penalties, and that the actual damages are uncertain and difficult to ascertain, but that these amounts represent the parties’ good faith attempt to calculate an appropriate compensation based on anticipated actual damages.
If We are required to enlist the assistance of an Attorney or other person to collect any liquidated damages or any other amount of money from the Affiliate, or if We are required to seek the assistance of an Attorney to pursue legal or equitable claims against the Affiliate, or if We are required to file a complaint under the UDRP (or similar proceedings including the STOP and international domain name dispute protocols) against the Affiliate in order to bring about the transfer of an offending URL to Us from the Affiliate, then the Affiliate additionally agrees that the Affiliate will reimburse Us for all fees incurred in these proceedings.
The Affiliate understands that recovery of even a nominal amount of damages in a court of law may require the expenditure of extensive legal fees, travel expenses, costs, and other amounts that may dwarf the liquidated damages themselves. The Affiliate agrees that the Affiliate will pay all of these fees and costs. The Affiliate agrees that We may withhold any of the Affiliate’s otherwise-due payments in order to collect these liquidated damages from the Affiliate
C. Violations of Others’ Marks
The Affiliate is not permitted to register any Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or world wide web address that contains or infringes upon any other person or entity’s trademarks. Affiliates may not register URLs that contain any terms that are confusingly similar to any other person or entity’s trademarks or URLs. This includes use of any URLs that may be considered to be cybersquatting on another person or entity’s trademark rights, including but not limited to, those owned by XFC and discussed herein.
If the Affiliate violates this provision or infringes on the trademark rights or other intellectual property rights of any other third party, XFC will cooperate with any aggrieved party who can demonstrate that the Affiliate has engaged in conduct that could be reasonably considered to be an infringement upon that party’s legitimate trademark or other intellectual property rights, and who can show that the Affiliate’s URL violates those rights.
If XFC has a reasonable belief that Affiliate’s URL is in violation of another’s rights, XFC reserves the right to do the following:
Provide the Affiliate’s personally-identifying information to the aggrieved party so that the party may contact the Affiliate in order to serve formal demand upon the Affiliate, or so that the trademark owner may serve proper legal process upon the Affiliate.
If a lawsuit also determines that the legitimate trademark holder is entitled to damages, any funds that remain in the Affiliate’s account may be turned over to the aggrieved party, if an arbitrator, mediator, court, or other adjudicative body so orders.
Withhold any funds otherwise due to the Affiliate in order to reimburse XFC for any administrative or other expenses incurred in executing Our rights under this Agreement. This includes paying Our own attorneys to evaluate any reasonable claims made against the Affiliate. If the claims are determined to be meritless, the Affiliate will receive reimbursement of any withheld funds.
D. At any time, the Publisher may, at its sole discretion, require a copy of any and all legal documentation showing rightful ownership, or licensed distribution for any item displayed on the Affiliate’s website so as to resolve any copyright or other legal claims that may arise. If Affiliate is unable to provide ownership or licensing information to the complaining party and/or website, then Affiliate must remove the objectionable material, or face having the applicable pages taken down by the Publisher.
XII. Appeal Process for URLs
If you disagree with any of Our determinations under this Agreement that Your URL is in violation of Our rights, You may appeal Our determination as follows:
You may submit a written appeal to Us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will duly consider Your position, request an opinion from Our legal counsel, and issues Our final decision.
If our final decision is that Your URL was not a violation of Our rights, We will:
Drop all demands;
If We registered a proposed URL, We will transfer it to You free of charge;
Reverse all liquidated damages that You may have accumulated;
Release all funds from Your affiliate account or any escrow account that may have been withheld due to a violation of this Agreement; and
Pay you $250.
If Our final decision is that We stand by Our initial determination that the URL was a violation of Our trademark or domain name rights, You are entitled to additional appeal rights as follows:
You agree that the language of any dispute resolution shall be English.
We may, by mutual agreement, submit this matter to a mutually agreeable neutral third-party for resolution;
You may submit this matter to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) for resolution under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) (or similar proceedings);
You may request that We submit this issue to WIPO under the UDRP (or to equivalent bodies under equivalent protocols);
If You choose to appeal through these processes, You agree that if We prevail, You will reimburse Us for Our attorneys fees and any costs, including all filing fees. We reserve the right to require You to place into escrow an amount equal to the filing fees ($1,500 USD for UDRP proceedings as of the date of this Agreement) and an amount equal to a reasonable estimate of the fees We may expend on this matter. If You prevail in Your appeal, all of these funds will be returned to You; and
We agree that if these issues are submitted to any of the above appeal procedures and You prevail, We will reimburse You for all costs and fees including any and all attorneys fees, filing fees, and costs.
The following termination rights are in addition to the termination rights that may be provided elsewhere in this Agreement:
A. Mutual Right to Termination Upon Notice: Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason upon written notice to the other party. In the event that the Publisher terminates this Agreement for breach, Affiliate shall not be entitled to receive any further commissions or payments, including commissions earned prior to the date of termination. Further, upon termination, Affiliate shall immediately cease using any marks and materials referring to or supplied by the Publisher, including banners and promotional materials.
B. Affiliate’s Right to Terminate: Affiliate shall have the right to terminate this Agreement at any time, however Affiliate shall cease receiving commissions as of the date of termination.
C. Publisher’s Right to Terminate: Publisher, shall have the right to terminate this Agreement upon discontinuation of the Program without prior notice.
XIV. DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATIONS:
A. Affiliate expressly agrees that Affiliate’s use of the Publisher’s services is at Affiliate’s sole and exclusive risk. The services are provided on an “as is, with all faults” and “as available” basis. Publisher expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. Publisher makes no warranty that the services will meet Affiliate’s requirements, or that the services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; nor does Publisher make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Publisher’s services or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through the services or that defects in any software, hardware or the services will be corrected. Affiliate understands and agrees that any use Affiliate makes of any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Publisher’s services is at Affiliate’s own discretion and risk, and that Affiliate will be solely responsible for any damage to Affiliate’s computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material and/or data.
B. In no event shall either party be liable to the other for any indirect, special, incidental, punitive or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of profits, loss of data, loss of business or other loss arising out of or resulting from this Agreement, even if the other party has been advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing shall apply regardless of the negligence or other fault of either party and regardless of whether such liability sounds in contract, negligence, tort or any other theory of liability. Notwithstanding the aforementioned limitations of liability, you agree that if Publisher is held liable to You for damages, the total amount of liquidated damages for any and all claims shall not exceed ten dollars ($10.00).
C. Affiliate shall remain solely responsible for the operation of their own site, and Publisher shall remain solely responsible for operation of the Program and its Sites. Each party acknowledges that the other’s site may be subject to temporary shutdowns dues to causes beyond the operating party’s reasonable control.
XV. DISCLAIMER AND INDEMNIFICATION
A. The provision of any services which is in violation of any laws is strictly prohibited. If We determine that You or any user has provided or intends to utilize Our services in violation of any law, Your status as an Affiliate will be terminated immediately. We do hereby disclaim any liability for damages that may arise from any user providing any services for any purpose that violates any law. You do hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold Us harmless from any liability that may arise for us should You violate any law.
B. You agree to defend and indemnify Us should any third party be harmed by Your illegal actions or should We be obligated to defend any claims including, without limitation, any criminal action brought by any party.
C. Our Sites contain material that may be offensive to third parties. You agree to indemnify and hold Us harmless from any liability that may arise from someone viewing such material and You agree to cease review of the Site(s) should you find it offensive.
D. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Publisher, its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, independent contractors, telecommunication providers, and agents, from and against any and all claims, actions, loss, liabilities, expenses, costs, or demands, including without limitation legal and accounting fees, for all damages directly, indirectly, and/or consequentially resulting or allegedly resulting from Your, or You under another person’s authority including without limitation to governmental agencies, use, misuse, or inability to use the Sites or any of the Materials contained therein, or Your breach of any of this User Agreement. Publisher shall promptly notify You by electronic mail of any such claim or suit, and cooperate fully (at Your expense) in the defense of such claim or suit. We reserve the right to participate in the defense of such claim or defense at its own expense, and choose its own legal counsel, but are not obligated to do so.
E. The Affiliate understands that Publisher will take drastic measures to protect itself from any legal or civil litigation including, but not limited to, removing an Affiliate’s web page(s) or website(s) from its servers for any reason deemed appropriate by Publisher. Affiliate also understands that Publisher will charge, on an hourly basis, for any and all time spent responding to any third party complaints, disputes, copyright claims or actions involving Affiliate or Affiliate’s websites. Affiliate agrees to pay any such amounts without delay, and Affiliate agrees to pay $500 in liquidated damages should any amount due under this subsection be due for more than 45 days.
XVI. RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES:
The relationship between Publisher, and Affiliate under this Agreement is that of independent contractors and neither shall be, nor represent themselves to be, a partner, franchiser, franchisee, broker, employee, servant, agent, or representative of the other for any purpose whatsoever. No party is granted any right or authority to assume or create any obligation or responsibility, express or implied, on behalf of, or in the name of, another party or to bind another in any manner or thing whatsoever.
XVII. FORCE MAJEURE:
Neither party will be held liable for, or will be considered to be in breach of or default under this Agreement on account of any delay or failure to perform as required by this Agreement as a result of any causes or conditions that are beyond such party’s reasonable control and that such party is unable to overcome through the exercise of commercially reasonable diligence, including but not limited to acts of God; war, riot, embargoes, acts of civil or military authority, or terrorism; fire, flood, earthquakes, hurricanes, tropical storms or other natural disasters; fiber cuts; strikes, or shortages in transportation, facilities, fuel, energy, labor or materials; failure of the telecommunications or information services infrastructure; hacking, SPAM, net congestion, or any failure of a computer, server or software. If any force majeure event occurs, the affected party will give prompt written notice to the other party and will use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize the impact of the event.
XIX. NOTICE AND PAYMENT:
A. Any notice or payment required to be given under this Agreement may be provided by email to a functioning email address of the party to be noticed, or personal delivery by commercial carrier such as FedEx or DHL.
B. Either party may change the address to which notice or payment is to be sent by written notice to the other under any provision of this paragraph.
C. When Notice is Effective. Notices shall be deemed effective upon delivery. Notices delivered by overnight carrier (e.g., United States Express Mail or Federal Express) shall be deemed delivered on the business day following mailing. Notices mailed by United States Mail, postage prepaid, registered or certified with return receipt requested, shall be deemed delivered five (5) days after mailing. Notices delivered by any other method shall be deemed given upon receipt. Notices by email and facsimile transmission, with confirmation from the transmitting machine that the transmission was completed, are acceptable under this Agreement provided that they are delivered one (1) hour after transmission if sent during the recipient's business hours, or 9:00 a.m. (recipient's time) the next business day. Either Party may, by giving the other Party appropriate written notice, change the designated address, fax number and/or recipient for any notice or courtesy copy, hereunder.
D. Any correctly addressed notice that is refused, unclaimed, or undeliverable, because of an act or omission of the Party to be notified shall be deemed effective as of the first date that said notice was refused or deemed undeliverable by the postal authorities, messenger, facsimile machine, email server, or overnight delivery service.
A. Right to Injunctive Relief. Both Parties acknowledge that remedies at law may be inadequate to provide an aggrieved party with full compensation in the event of the other party’s breach, and that an aggrieved party shall therefore be entitled to seek injunctive relief in the event of any such breach, in addition to seeking all other remedies available at law or in equity.
B. Assignment. The rights and liabilities of the Parties hereto will bind and inure to the benefit of their respective assignees, successors, executors, and administrators, as the case may be.
C. Severability. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction or an arbitrator finds any provision of this Affiliate Agreement, or any portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the remainder of this Affiliate Agreement will continue in full force and effect.
D. Attorney’s Fees. In the event any party shall commence any claims, actions, formal legal action, or arbitration to interpret and/or enforce any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, or relating in any way to this Agreement, including without limitation asserted breaches of representations and warranties, the prevailing party in any such action or proceeding shall be entitled to recover, in addition to all other available relief, its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred in connection therewith, including attorney’s fees incurred on appeal.
E. No Waiver. No waiver or action made by the Publisher shall be deemed a waiver of any subsequent default of the same provision of this Affiliate Agreement. If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from this Affiliate Agreement.
F. Headings. All headings are solely for the convenience of reference and shall not affect the meaning, construction or effect of this Affiliate Agreement.
G. Complete Agreement. This Affiliate Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to Your access and use of the Sites and the Materials contained therein, and Your Membership as an Affiliate of the Sites, and supersede and replace all prior understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.
H. Other Jurisdictions. Publisher makes no representation that the Sites or any of the Materials contained therein are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from territories where their content may be illegal is otherwise prohibited. Those who choose to access the Sites from such locations do so on their own initiative and are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws.
If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from this Agreement.
This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the Parties, and revokes and supersedes all prior agreements between the Parties and is intended as a final expression of their Agreement. It shall not be modified or amended except in writing signed by the Parties hereto and specifically referring to this Agreement. This Agreement shall take precedence over any other documents which may conflict with this Agreement.
Other than those set forth herein, the Parties make no other warranties or representations including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Neither party represents the other, and both Parties have had an opportunity to seek legal counsel of their choice.
XXIV. BINDING AGREEMENT:
The Parties acknowledge the legally binding nature of this Agreement. By clicking on the “SEND APPLICATION” button on the following web page: http://www.nubiles.net/webmasters/signup.html .You are affirmatively stating that You have read and understand the terms set forth herein and that You agree to be bound by the terms hereof. You hereby adopt the /s/ mark appearing on the signature line below, as your electronic signature on this document.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto, intending to be legally bound hereby, have each signed this document electronically pursuant to the E-SIGN Act.