LinkConnector Affiliate Terms and Conditions
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INTRODUCTION: LinkConnector Corporation (“LinkConnector”), of 1001 Winstead Drive, Suite 300, Cary, North Carolina 27513, provides you access to LinkConnector’s Merchant Affiliate Programs subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions below (“Agreement”). Please read this Agreement carefully. By enrolling or participating as an Affiliate, defined herein, with LinkConnector (“LC Affiliate”), you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and are eligible to receive compensation from a Merchant based on tracked actions of your End Users related to the promotion of a Merchant’s products or services. As of November 1, 2019; and in consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged; Affiliate and LinkConnector agree as follows…
The following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
“Account Detail” means Affiliate name, Affiliate Sites, Affiliate’s contact information—including, but not limited to any contact name, email address, physical address, tax ID and telephone number.
“Adware” means any software application, residing on an End User’s machine, with their permission, which is used by LC Affiliate in conjunction with an Affiliate Program.
“Affiliate” means a person or company that agrees to promote Merchant Services or the Merchant Site in accordance with Merchant Terms and Merchant Campaign Terms in exchange for a Commission.
“Affiliate Event” means an individual action by an End User; such as a Click Event, Lead Event, Sale Event, Revenue Event, or Go Event; within an approved Campaign that is tracked and recorded in a LinkConnector Transaction Table for which payment has been promised to an LC Affiliate by the Merchant.
“Affiliate Program” means a pay-for-performance program where an Affiliate receives a commission for sending an End User to the Merchant Site which then generates an Affiliate Event.
“Affiliate Promotion” means any link, banner, and other creative used by an Affiliate on any electronic device (e.g., laptop, desktop, mobile phone, etc.) or printed material (e.g., magazine ad, signage, etc.) to promote a merchant’s product or services with the intention of receiving compensation from the merchant through their Affiliate Program.
“Affiliate Site” means the Internet World Wide Web presence operated by or for LC Affiliate, (as modified to comply with the provisions of this Agreement, and future versions, upgrades, successors and replacements thereof).
“Affiliate Transaction” means any Event caused by the action of an End User which is recorded by LinkConnector and written to the LinkConnector Transaction Table.
“Campaign” means a logical grouping of Merchant Links and Events in the LinkConnector network through which Merchants manage their program. By way of example, a Campaign might be called ‘Book Sales’ and include Merchant Links which promote only books and Events which record only sales for books.
“Click Event” is an Affiliate Event that allows the Merchant to credit LC Affiliates for incoming clicks originating from an Affiliate Promotion to the Merchant Site. The minimum commission payable to Affiliates for a Click Event is typically $0.02 per click.
“Commission” is the amount payable to Affiliates for Affiliate Events. The Merchant, generally in the form of either a percentage of the sale amount or a flat fee, determines commission amounts.
“Cookie Duration” is an Event property representing the period in which an End User can return to Merchant Site and an LC Affiliate might still receive a Commission.
“Data Protection Regulation” means any applicable data protection, privacy or similar laws that apply to data processed in connection with this Agreement, including for EU citizens any regulations implementing the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC or GDPR (as applicable) or Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive 2002/58/EC and for US citizens, FTC Guidance, US state and federal legislation relating to data privacy and security.
“End User” means an Internet user who clicks to the Merchant Site using a Merchant Link.
“End User Data” means all information and data of an End User collected by LC Affiliate, including, but not limited to, name, address, telephone number and email address.
“Event” is an Affiliate Event.
“Event State” is an Affiliate Event designated as a Valid Event, Pending Event, or Invalid Event.
“Go Event” is an Affiliate Event that allows the Merchant to credit LC Affiliates for outgoing clicks from the Merchant Site. The minimum commission payable to LC Affiliates for a Go Event is typically $0.02 per event.
“Intellectual Property” means all industrial and intellectual property rights existing from time to time including any patents, design rights, registered designs, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, moral rights, trade secrets, know-how, and all applications and registrations therefore, and all goodwill associated therewith.
“Invalid Event” is an Affiliate Event that has been disapproved by Merchant or LinkConnector for payment to LC Affiliate.
“Lead Event” is an Affiliate Event that allows the Merchant to credit LC Affiliates for End User Data obtained when an End User performs a specified action such as filling out a form, registering for a service, or downloading a file from the Merchant’s Site. The minimum commission payable to LC Affiliates for a Lead Event is typically $1.00 per lead.
“LinkConnector Affiliate Manager” is the web-based interface that can be accessed with one username and password which LC Affiliate uses to manage its Merchant Affiliate Program(s). The LinkConnector Affiliate Manager is accessible on LinkConnector’s login page at Account Login.
“LinkConnector Services” means the various related content, links, products and services provided by LinkConnector on or through the LinkConnector Site.
“LinkConnector Site” means the Internet World Wide Web presence operated by or for LinkConnector, located on the Internet through the http://www.LinkConnector.com URL (as modified to comply with the provisions of this Agreement, and future versions, upgrades, successors and replacements thereof).
“LinkConnector Transaction Table” means a table in LinkConnector’s online database that contains information about End User actions related to Merchant Links, Events, and related Affiliates.
“Marks” means logos, trademarks, trade names, service marks or other identifying emblems, words or designs of LinkConnector or LC Affiliate, as the case may be, to designate and identify itself or the particular products or services its offers.
“Merchant” means a person or company that offers an Affiliate Program through LinkConnector and agrees to pay Affiliates for promoting Merchant Services.
“Merchant Affiliate Program” means all of the Merchant’s past and present Campaigns within the LinkConnector Services.
“Merchant Campaign Terms” are the terms set by the Merchant as conditions for participating in a particular Merchant’s Campaign. At a minimum they include this Agreement in its entirety, the Merchant’s Terms and any Campaign-specific terms reflected in the Merchant Campaign information available to LC Affiliate online through the LinkConnector Affiliate Manager.
“Merchant Link(s)” means an advertisement in the form of a banner, text link, or object (e.g., HTML creative, Flash creative, etc.) used in an Affiliate Promotion. When clicked, the link directs an End User to the Merchant Site.
“Merchant Service(s)” means the product(s) or service(s) offered by the Merchant through the Merchant Site.
“Merchant Site” means the Internet World Wide Web presence operated by or for Merchant, (as modified to comply with the provisions of this Agreement, and future versions, upgrades, successors and replacements thereof).
“Merchant Terms” are the terms set by the Merchant as conditions for participating in their Merchant Affiliate Program. At a minimum they include this Agreement in its entirety and any account-specific terms reflected in the Merchant Campaign information available to LC Affiliate online through the LinkConnector Affiliate Manager.
“Pending Event” is an Affiliate Event that is being considered for approval as a Valid Event or disapproval as an Invalid Event by Merchant or LinkConnector.
“Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“Data Subject”) who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
“Revenue Event” is an Affiliate Event that allows the Merchant to reward an Affiliate beyond any Commissions paid for individual Merchant Transactions.
“Sale Event” is an Affiliate Event that allows the Merchant to credit LC Affiliates for purchases by an End User of Merchant Services on the Merchant Site. The minimum commission payable to LC Affiliates for a Sale Event is typically $1.00 per sale.
“Server-Side Cookie” is information, stored by LinkConnector, about End User actions related to Affiliate Promotion. This information is stored in a LinkConnector Transaction Table at the time of a click from the End User to the Merchant Site.
“Service Level Guarantee” means the LinkConnector Site will be unavailable to the general public for no more than forty-eight (48) aggregate hours during any thirty (30) day period, excluding routine maintenance which shall occur during the hours of 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Eastern Time no more than twice per month.
“Service Level Minimums” means industry standard service levels for like services, including, without limitation, standards for supporting online transactions, providing accurate and secure transmission of personal, credit card and other information, prevention of unauthorized access to End User Data, and availability of the Affiliate Site to End Users.
“Spyware or Malware” means any software application, residing on an end user machine, without their permission, which is used by LC Affiliate in conjunction with an Affiliate Program.
“Valid Event” is an Affiliate Event that has been approved by Merchant or LinkConnector for payment to LC Affiliate.
All other initially capitalized terms shall have the meanings assigned to them in this Agreement.
2. LICENSES/OWNERSHIP OF LINKCONNECTOR SITE.
2.1 Rights Granted by LC Affiliate.
(a) License; License Restrictions. LC Affiliate grants to LinkConnector a nonexclusive, nontransferable, royalty-free (without right to sublicense) license to use and display, during the Term of this Agreement, LC Affiliate Marks, solely for the purpose of linking to the Affiliate Site. LinkConnector agrees that LC Affiliate Marks are and will remain the sole property of LC Affiliate and agrees not to contest the ownership of such LC Affiliate Marks, nor misappropriate LC Affiliate Marks for LinkConnector’s own use. Affiliate reserves all rights to control the use of LC Affiliate Marks, and LinkConnector shall not change or modify LC Affiliate Marks in any manner without prior written authorization from LC Affiliate.
(b) Reservation of Rights. Except as expressly granted in this Agreement, LinkConnector shall have no other rights of any kind in LC Affiliate Marks or the Affiliate Site. Under no circumstances will anything in this Agreement be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, a license to any of LC Affiliate’s Intellectual Property or proprietary technology other than the use of LC Affiliate Marks in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. LinkConnector acknowledges that LC Affiliate Marks and the Affiliate Site are the sole property of LC Affiliate, and this Agreement only grants LinkConnector a limited right to link to the Affiliate Site under the terms and conditions of this Agreement. The LC Affiliate Marks may not be used as a feature or design element of any other logo without prior written authorization from LC Affiliate.
2.2 LinkConnector Ownership Rights. All content, writings, graphics, tables, sounds and other materials on the LinkConnector Site, the design, layout and general look and feel of the LinkConnector Site, and all Intellectual Property embodied therein or pertaining thereto, (other than LC Affiliate supplied materials or LC Affiliate Marks on the LinkConnector Site) shall remain the sole and exclusive property of LinkConnector or its licensors. LinkConnector will retain sole control and ownership over the look and feel, content, layout and design of the LinkConnector Site. Nothing under this agreement shall be construed as granting to LC Affiliate any license or right in or to any Intellectual Property of LinkConnector.
3. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES.
3.1 LinkConnector’s Rights and Obligations.
(a) LinkConnector shall meet the Service Level Guarantee.
(b) LinkConnector shall be solely and exclusively responsible for all operation, hosting, and maintenance on the LinkConnector Site.
(c) LinkConnector shall provide automated, real-time tracking; reporting; and analysis of Merchant Links and Events on every Affiliate Transaction recorded for LC Affiliate.
(d) LinkConnector shall provide monthly Commission processing and payment for LC Affiliate on behalf of Merchant.
(e) LinkConnector has the right to not accept individuals, or any multi-level marketing, franchised, reseller, or third-party websites, and reserves the right to not accept Affiliates in certain vertical markets or Affiliates it deems, in its sole discretion, harmful to LinkConnector.
(f) LinkConnector reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without liability, to reject, omit or exclude any Affiliate Site for any reason at any time, with or without notice to LC Affiliate and regardless of whether such Affiliate Site was previously accepted.
(g) LinkConnector or Merchant may change the Event State for Events to Invalid Event in the LC Affiliate Account in circumstances of (i) product returns; (ii) duplicate entry or other clear error; (iii) non-bona fide Event; (iv) LC Affiliate’s failure to comply with Merchant Campaign Terms; and (v) non-receipt of payment from, or refund of payment to, the User by the Merchant for a Sale Event. A Merchant shall not have the right to invalidate Affiliate Transactions because of a Merchant’s determination that Commissions or fees were paid out through other promotional efforts.
(h) LinkConnector has the right to consider assigning an Affiliate Event to any Affiliate not using Adware, before considering such assignment to any Affiliate using Adware.
(i) LinkConnector shall observe any applicable Data Protection Regulations.
(j) LinkConnector shall provide Data Subjects, defined herein, with information about how Personal Data is being processed on the LinkConnector Site.
(k) LinkConnector shall notify LC Affiliate in accordance with section 12.7 without undue delay upon becoming aware of a breach affecting Personal Data. Additionally, LinkConnector shall provide LC Affiliate with sufficient information to allow LC Affiliate to meet any obligations to report or inform Data Subjects of the breach under or in connection with any applicable Data Protection Regulation.
3.2 LC Affiliate’s Rights and Obligations.
(a) LC Affiliate shall be solely and exclusively responsible for all operation, hosting, and maintenance on Affiliate Site(s) and shall meet Service Level Minimums on any Affiliate Site used in a Merchant Affiliate Program.
(b) Except as provided herein, LC Affiliate may not modify LinkConnector Affiliate Code without prior written consent from LinkConnector or the affected Merchant. LC Affiliate may not alter, copy, modify, take, sell, reuse, or divulge any LinkConnector Affiliate Code, except as is necessary to partake in a Merchant Affiliate Program. Requests for changes to LinkConnector Affiliate Code should be sent to in accordance with section 12.7.
(d) LC Affiliate agrees and represents that all information provided for the purpose of enrolling as an Affiliate will be accurate, complete and current. LC Affiliate is responsible for keeping account information up to date using the Affiliate Manager, including, but not limited to, financial information and contact name, phone number, and email.
(e) In addition to and without limiting LC Affiliate obligations under this Agreement, the LC Affiliate is obligated to abide by any Merchant Terms and Merchant Campaign Terms applicable to any Campaign in which LC Affiliate participates. If any conflict arises amongst this Agreement and the Merchant Terms and/or Merchant Campaign Terms, this Agreement shall prevail. If any conflict arises between the Merchant Terms and the Merchant Campaign Terms, the Merchant Terms shall prevail.
(f) LC Affiliate is obligated to comply with the CAN SPAM Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-187 or any successor legislation) and any other laws or regulations that govern email marketing and communications when promoting any Merchant Affiliate Program.
(g) LC Affiliate may use approved Adware only after receiving written approval from LinkConnector, which LinkConnector may withhold at its sole discretion. LC Affiliate may not use Spyware or Malware.
(h) LC Affiliate agrees not to pursue any Affiliate Program directly with any Merchant for which the LC Affiliate has had a relationship in LinkConnector with a Merchant’s Affiliate Program in the previous six (6) months. LC Affiliate further agrees to contact LinkConnector, in accordance with section 12.7, if contacted directly by any Merchant with the intent to establish any Affiliate Program outside of LinkConnector providing the LC Affiliate has had a relationship with a Merchant’s Affiliate Program in LinkConnector in the previous six (6) months.
(i) LC Affiliate agrees that all communications with Merchants using LinkConnector’s internal e-mail system provided as part of the LinkConnector Services will be solely related to the promotion or execution of the Merchant Affiliate Program.
4.1 The LC Affiliate is not barred by this agreement from participating in any other Affiliate Program offered by a LinkConnector competitor or from participating in any in-house Merchant Affiliate Program.
5.1 Commissions. LC Affiliate will receive commission (“Commission”) for all Valid Events.
5.2 Payment Terms.
(a) All payments are based on Affiliate Events, designated as a Valid Event, Invalid Event, or Pending Event, which are accounted and audited by LinkConnector. The Event State shall be considered binding on LC Affiliate.
(b) LC Affiliate will be paid on funded Commissions typically within twenty (20) business days after the end of a calendar month. All accounts will be settled in U.S. dollars ($US). No payments will be issued for any amounts less than $100, if issued by check; or for any amounts less than $50, if issued by any other payment method (each collectively known as “Minimum Payment”). Any Commissions earned less than the Minimum Payment will carry over to the next month. If LinkConnector terminates this Agreement in accordance with section 11.2(a) or if LC Affiliate terminates this Agreement in accordance with section 11.2(b) and earned Commissions of less than the Minimum Payment are owed to LC Affiliate, such Commissions shall be forfeited to LinkConnector. If a Minimum Payment has not been earned for over 365 days, those Commissions older than 365 days shall be forfeited to LinkConnector. Also, if a Commissions check is not cashed within 120 days, those Commissions shall be forfeited to LinkConnector.
(c) Every Affiliate account based in the United States must have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number, as applicable, associated with the account. If LC Affiliate is based in the United States, payments exceeding six hundred dollars ($600.00) per calendar year will be made to LC Affiliate only after they provide proper tax identification information.
(d) Any bank service fees incurred by LinkConnector due to an error in LC Affiliate account information are LC Affiliate’s responsibility and will be deducted from Commissions due to LC Affiliate.
(e) LinkConnector is hereby released by LC Affiliate for any claim for payment of a Commission until such time as LinkConnector has received payment from the relevant Merchant. LC Affiliate recourse for any earned Commissions not paid to LC Affiliate shall be to make a claim against the relevant Merchant(s), and LinkConnector disclaims any and all liability for such payment.
(f) If LinkConnector discovers that LC Affiliate was overpaid in error for any reason, LinkConnector has the right to recover the overpayment from future Commissions earned by LC Affiliate.
6. REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND COVENANTS.
6.1 By LinkConnector. LinkConnector represents, warrants and covenants that (i) it has sufficient rights to grant LC Affiliate the rights and licenses set forth herein; (ii) to the best of its knowledge, the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site do not and will not violate any applicable law or regulation; (iii) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by it does not conflict with any agreement to which it is a party or by which it may be bound; (iv) it has full legal authority to enter into this Agreement and to carry out the provisions hereof; (v) to the best of its knowledge, the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site do not infringe in any manner any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other Intellectual Property right of any third party; (vi) to the best of its knowledge, the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site do not breach any duty toward or rights of any person or entity including, without limitation, rights of publicity or privacy, or has not otherwise resulted in any consumer fraud, product liability, tort, breach of contract, injury, damage or harm of any kind to any person or entity; (vii) the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site are not false or misleading; (viii) the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site do not produce, provide or are in any manner related to pornographic products or services (which LinkConnector shall have complete discretion to define); and (ix) the LinkConnector Services and the LinkConnector Site are neither defamatory, libelous, militant, hateful, slanderous or threatening.
6.2 By LC Affiliate. LC Affiliate represents, warrants and covenants that (i) it has sufficient rights to grant LinkConnector the rights and licenses set forth herein; (ii) to the best of its knowledge, the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site do not and will not violate any applicable law or regulation; (iii) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by it does not conflict with any agreement to which it is a party or by which it may be bound; (iv) it has full legal authority to enter into this Agreement and to carry out the provisions hereof; (v) to the best of its knowledge, the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site do not infringe in any manner any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other Intellectual Property right of any third party; (vi) to the best of its knowledge, the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site do not breach any duty toward or rights of any person or entity including, without limitation, rights of publicity or privacy, or has not otherwise resulted in any consumer fraud, product liability, tort, breach of contract, injury, damage or harm of any kind to any person or entity; (vii) the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site are not false or misleading; (viii) the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site do not produce, provide or are in any manner related to pornographic products or services (which LinkConnector shall have complete discretion to define), or their subsidiaries or foundations funded by such companies whose function is to improve acceptance of such products by the public; (ix) the LC Affiliate and the Affiliate Site are neither defamatory, libelous, militant, hateful, slanderous or threatening (which LinkConnector shall have complete discretion to define); and (x) that LC Affiliate will not engage in pop-up or pop-under advertising using any means involving third party properties and/or services (software) without prior permission from LinkConnector, which LinkConnector may withhold at its sole discretion.
7. DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
7.1 Disclaimer of Warranties. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN SECTIONS 3 AND 6, LC AFFILIATE’S OBLIGATION TO MEET SERVICE LEVEL MINIMUMS, AND LINKCONNECTOR’S OBLIGATION TO MEET A SERVICE LEVEL GUARANTEE, NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE AFFILIATE SITE(S) OR THE LINKCONNECTOR SERVICE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY.
7.2 Limitation of Liability. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 9, IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER PARTY, OR ITS RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, PARENT COMPANIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES, BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, POTENTIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOST PROFITS OR LOST REVENUES) EVEN IF A PARTY HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
8. FORCE MAJEURE.
8.1 A party shall not be considered to be in default in the performance of any obligations under this Agreement when a failure of performance shall be due to an uncontrollable force. The term “uncontrollable force,” as used in this Agreement, shall mean an unanticipated event which is not reasonably within the control of the affected party and which by exercise of reasonable due diligence, such affected party could not reasonably have been expected to avoid, overcome or obtain or cause to be obtained a commercially reasonable substitute therefor. Such causes may include, without limitation, the following: flood, earthquake, tornado, storm, fire, terrorist attack, explosion, public emergency, civil disobedience, labor dispute, labor or material shortage, sabotage, restraint by court order or public authority (whether valid or invalid), and action or non-action by or inability to obtain or keep the necessary authorizations or approvals from any governmental agency or authority; however, no party shall be relieved of its obligations hereunder, if its failure of performance is due to removable or remediable causes which such party fails to remove or remedy using commercially reasonable efforts within a reasonable time period. Either party rendered unable to fulfill any of its obligations under this Agreement by reason of an uncontrollable force shall give prompt notice of such fact to the other, followed by written confirmation of that notice, and shall exercise due diligence to remove such inability with all reasonable dispatch.
9.1 By LC Affiliate. LC Affiliate agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless LinkConnector and its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, penalties and claims and all related costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to claims made by third parties against LinkConnector: (i) alleging that Affiliate Marks or other Intellectual Property infringe the patents, copyrights, trademarks or service marks or other Intellectual Property rights of such third parties; (ii) arising out of or relating to Affiliate Site(s) or the Affiliate Marks; or (iii) due to a breach by LC Affiliate of its warranties, representations, obligations or covenants or otherwise breaches this Agreement.
9.2 By LinkConnector. LinkConnector agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless LC Affiliate and its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, penalties and claims and all related costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to claims made by third parties against LC Affiliate: (i) alleging that LinkConnector’s Marks or other Intellectual Property infringe the patents, copyrights, trademarks or service marks or other Intellectual Property rights of such third parties; or (iii) due to a breach by LinkConnector of its warranties, representations, obligations or covenants or otherwise breaches this Agreement.
9.3 Procedures. The Indemnified Party shall (i) promptly notify the Indemnifying Party in accordance with section 12.7 of such suit, claim, or proceeding; (ii) give the Indemnifying Party reasonable information, assistance and cooperation required to defend such suit, claim, or proceeding; and (iii) allow the Indemnifying Party to control the defense of any such action and all negotiations for its settlement or compromise. The Indemnified Party may be represented in the defense of any such claim, at the Indemnified Party’s expense, by counsel of the Indemnified Party’s selection. The Indemnifying Party shall have no liability for settlements or costs incurred without its consent. The Indemnifying Party shall not enter into any settlement that imposes liability or restrictions on the Indemnified Party without the Indemnified Party’s prior written consent, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
10. OWNERSHIP OF USER DATA; CONFIDENTIALITY.
10.1 Confidentiality. LinkConnector and LC Affiliate agree that any and all information identified by the other as “Confidential” and/or “Proprietary”, or which, under all of the circumstances, ought reasonably to be treated as Confidential and/or Proprietary, will not be directly or indirectly disclosed to any third person without the express consent of the other party for a period of three (3) years following termination of this Agreement and that neither party will make use of Confidential Information except under the terms of this Agreement. These confidentiality obligations shall not apply to any information which: (i) is or subsequently becomes available to the general public other than through a breach by the receiving party; (ii) is already known to the receiving party before disclosure by the disclosing party; (iii) is developed through the independent efforts of the receiving party; (iv) the receiving party rightfully receives from a third party without restriction as to confidentiality or use; or (v) is requested pursuant to a subpoena; provided, that the party responding to such subpoena gives the other party reasonable notice and opportunity to intervene to quash such subpoena.
10.2 Privacy of Consumer Financial Information. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if it is necessary for LC Affiliate to disclose any End User Data to LinkConnector for any reason, LinkConnector agrees that at no time shall LinkConnector use or disclose any such End User Data that LinkConnector may obtain in connection with this Agreement, except as required by law; provided that nothing herein shall require LC Affiliate to disclose End User Data to LinkConnector.
11. TERM OF AGREEMENT AND TERMINATION.
If LC Affiliate is dissatisfied with LinkConnector, any Merchant Affiliate Program, or with any of the terms and conditions contained herein, LC Affiliate’s sole and exclusive remedy is to terminate Affiliate account. LC Affiliate may cancel their account with LinkConnector at any time by sending notice in accordance with section 12.7.
11.1 Term. The term of this Agreement shall begin on the date the LC Affiliate applies for an account and shall continue until terminated by any of the actions enumerated in section 11.2.
11.2 Termination. This Agreement will terminate in the event of any of the following:
(a) Immediately after a material breach, provided that the non-breaching party gives the other notice in accordance with section 12.7 of a material breach by the other of this Agreement and a request for a cure, unless the breach is cured that day.
(b) Immediately once notice of termination by either party is received by the other party in accordance with section 12.7.
11.3 Effect of Termination.
(a) Upon termination of this Agreement, all licenses granted to LC Affiliate and LinkConnector hereunder shall automatically terminate.
11.4 Survival. Sections 5 (to the extent the payment obligations accrue prior to termination), 7, 9, 10, 11.3 and 12 shall survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement.
11.5 Suspension. LinkConnector reserves the right, at its sole discretion to suspend the LC Affiliate if it suspects a material breach of section 3.2. If LinkConnector takes action to suspend, LinkConnector may do so immediately, but LinkConnector is not relieved of its obligation to notify the LC Affiliate per section 11.2(a).
12.1 Choice of Law. The Parties agree that this Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of North Carolina (including by not limited to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act as enacted in North Carolina), without regard to conflict of laws provisions thereof. Furthermore, the parties agree that any dispute (including litigation) that arises between the parties shall have its venue in the state or federal courts of Wake County, North Carolina.
12.2 Assignment. LC Affiliate may not assign all or any portion of this Agreement without the prior written consent of LinkConnector, which consent may be withheld at LinkConnector’s sole discretion.
12.3 Relationship of the Parties. No partnership, joint venture, employment, agency, franchise, or other form of agreement or relationship is implied or intended by this Agreement. The parties shall be independent contractors for all purposes in connection with this Agreement.
12.4 Entire Agreement. The parties agree that this Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties as of the date hereof with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous communications, whether oral or written. The parties agree that this Agreement may be modified or amended from time to time hereafter by LinkConnector as it deems necessary and LC Affiliate agrees (in consideration for LinkConnector agreeing to continue doing business with LC Affiliate) to be bound by such amendments after indicating their agreement through LinkConnector’s Affiliate Manager.
12.5 Press Releases. Neither party shall issue any press release or announcement relating to the relationship contemplated by this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party.
12.6 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
12.7 Notices. All notices, requests, consents, and other communications under this Agreement from LC Affiliate shall be in writing and shall be deemed delivered (i) two business days after being sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid or (ii) one business day after being sent via a reputable nationwide overnight courier service guaranteeing next business day delivery. If from LinkConnector to LC Affiliate, immediately upon email to the primary contact email address is deemed an acceptable means of notification. In each case to the intended recipient as set forth below:
If to LC Affiliate by email to the primary contact email address listed in the account summary,
If to LinkConnector, at 1001 Winstead Drive, Suite 300, Cary, North Carolina 27513, Attention: Choots Humphries, or via email using the form available at http://www.linkconnector.com/member/contact.htm or at such other address or addresses as may have been furnished in writing by LinkConnector to the other Party in the manner set forth in this section, with a copy to Richard Stephenson, Stephenson & Stephenson, LLP, 1100 Crescent Green, Suite 220, Cary, NC 27518 regarding any legal communications.
12.8 Section Headings. Section headings are for descriptive purposes only and shall not be used to interpret the meaning of this Agreement.
12.9 Attorneys’ Fees. If either party fails to pay any amounts due under this Agreement or otherwise breaches this Agreement and the non-breaching party retains an attorney to collect such amounts or remedy such breach, then the breaching party shall be obligated to pay any amounts due herein including said non-breaching reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in collecting such amounts and court costs.
12.10 Non-Waiver. No delay or omission of either party in exercising any right accruing upon any default of the other party shall impair any such right or be construed to be a waiver thereof, and every such right may be exercised at any time during the continuance of such default. A waiver by either of the parties of a breach or a default under any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement by the other party shall not be construed to be a waiver thereof. A waiver by either of the parties of a breach or a default under any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement by the other party shall not be construed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of any other term or condition of this Agreement.
12.11 Tax Status and Obligations. LinkConnector is not obligated to provide LC Affiliate with tax and/or legal advice and nothing communicated by LinkConnector to LC Affiliate shall be construed as such. LC Affiliate is obligated to independently assess and comply with all relevant tax and legal requirements and is responsible for its own sales tax collection and reporting obligations arising from Commissions earned through the Merchant Affiliate Programs. Any Merchant information provided to LC Affiliate, including Merchant address, shall be provided accurately; however, LC Affiliate, not LinkConnector, is responsible for verifying the accuracy of information provided to LinkConnector by a Merchant.
This Gearbest.com Operating Agreement for Affiliate Program, including all exhibits and attachments, contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to a party's participation as an affiliate in the Affiliate Network of Gearbest.com (the "Program"). As used in this Agreement, "we", "us" means Gearbest.com, and "you" means the applicant party. "Site" means a World Wide Web site and, depending on the context, refers either to the Gearbest.com Site or to the portion of the Gearbest.com Site that you will link to using Qualifying Links (as defined in Section 2).
1. Enrollment in the Program
You may submit a completed Program application to begin the enrollment process ("Application"). Submission of your Application to the Gearbest.com Affiliate Program implies acceptance to the terms set forth in this Agreement. We will evaluate your Application and notify you of your acceptance or rejection. We may reject your Application if, in our sole discretion, we determine for any reason that your website is unsuitable for the Program.
Gearbest suppliers and re-sellers are not eligible to enroll in the Program.
Unsuitable websites include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Promote sexually explicit material;
- Promote violence or hate toward any persons or groups;
- Promote illegal activities;
- Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age;
- Contain, in our sole judgment, material that is defamatory, fraudulent, or harassing to us or any third party;
- Include "gearbest", "gear-best" or variations or misspellings thereof in their domain names;
- Otherwise violate intellectual property rights of Gearbest.com or its suppliers;
- Disparage Gearbest.com, Gearbest.com affiliates, or its suppliers;
- Are under construction or not live at the time of Application;
- Provide a portion of their Referral Fees (as defined in Section 5) to websites or organizations that would violate any of the above criteria.
In addition, Gearbest.com may, at its discretion, decline to accept, require adherence to an additional set of terms and conditions, or require the posting of specific copy for any website that (1) donates, directs or transfers any portion of their Referral Fees or affiliate benefits to any charitable website, education-related website, organization or program; or (2) provides rewards back to their members in the form of points or cash-back, or conduct other similar loyalty programs in connection with purchases made by members via their websites.
Regardless of your acceptance in the Program, we may terminate this Agreement for any reason, at any time.
The terms of our acceptance criteria are subject to change at any time without prior notice.
All decisions for acceptance into the Program will be made within our sole discretion.
If your Application is not accepted, you may reapply to the Program at any time; however, you should not and may not link to our Site unless you are approved for the Program.
2. Links on Your Website or Third Party Websites
Upon acceptance into the Program, we will make available to you Qualifying Links that are subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. A "Qualifying Link" is a link from a website to our Site using one of the Universal Record Locators ("URLs") or graphic links provided by Gearbest.com, The Gearbest Affiliate Network or by other means selected by us for use in the Program. All Qualifying Links must link directly and exclusively to Gearbest.com. Gearbest.com must approve each and every website that links to our Site through a Qualifying Link. If you use a Qualifying Link to link a website to our Site without seeking explicit authorization, your continued use of that Qualifying Link shall be considered a breach of this Agreement. However, continued use of the Qualifying Link will nonetheless subject such websites to the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement.
The Qualifying Links will serve to identify you website as a member of the Program and will establish a link from a website to our Site. All Qualifying Links that you will use in the Program will be provided to you from The Gearbest Affiliate Network or by other means selected by us. You also agree that you will display on the website containing the Qualifying Link only those logos, trade names, trademarks, graphic images and similar identifying material ("Licensed Materials") that are provided by us or by the Gearbest Affiliate Network, and you will substitute such images with any new materials provided by us or the Gearbest Affiliate Network from time to time throughout the term of this Agreement. A web widget that is pre-approved in writing by Gearbest.com for use on your website may be considered a Qualifying Link for purposes of this Agreement. Accordingly, web widgets are subject to all of the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement that apply to Qualifying Links.
Only valid Qualifying Links will be tracked for purposes of determining Referral Fees that you may be eligible to receive on sales of Qualifying Products (as defined below) generated through your participation in the Program.
Only Qualifying Links may be used to link a website to areas within our Site. You may not link directly to Gearbest.com without use of a Qualifying Link. You may post as many Qualifying Links to our Site as you like on a website, provided that you ensure that each website containing a Qualifying Link posted by you meets the terms of this Agreement, including without limitation, that such website does not fall into the "unsuitable website" category described in Section 1, does not fall into the "prohibitions" set forth in Section 3, and you take responsibility for all websites on which you post a Qualifying Link in accordance with Section 10. The position, prominence and nature of links on a website shall comply with any requirements specified in this Agreement but otherwise will be in your discretion.
You understand and acknowledge that this Agreement is made between you and Gearbest.com and is solely for the purpose of allowing you to link to the Gearbest.com Site.
As a condition to your acceptance and participation in the Program, you agree to the following prohibitions:
A. General Prohibitions.
You may NOT:
- engineer any website containing a Qualifying Link in such a manner that pulls Internet traffic away from Gearbest.com;
- publish, link to, sell, otherwise distribute, or place a Qualifying Link on the same page or in close proximity to any Objectionable Content. For purposes of this Agreement, "Objectionable Content" means any material, including textual, audio or video material, which is offensive (including hate speech or violence against a particular group of people); contains any nudity, explicit violence or sexual material; contains depictions of violent or sexual acts; is defamatory to any group or individual;
- attempt to modify or alter our Site in any way;
- make any representations, either express or implied, or create an appearance that a visitor to your website is visiting our Site, e.g., "framing" or "wrapping" the Site in any manner without first obtaining in advance our express written permission. Such requests must be sent to Gearbest.com, Ississ Jiang, Affiliate Program Manager, [email protected];
- "scrape" or "spider" the Site or any other websites for content (such as images, logos or text);
- place ads on, or participate in any way in, AdNetworks or Search Content Networks;
- employ, use or place any web browser add-ons, toolbars or pop-ups on your website;
- link any Qualifying Link to any website other than our Site, including, for example, your own website;
- bid on our ¡°Trademarks¡± or ¡°Trademarks + keywords¡± at any website that provides search engine services and that results in driving traffic to any website, other than our Site, including your website;
- engage in any direct or indirect relationships with ISPs and/or mobile carriers that results in the delivery or act of address bar keyword and URL error trafficking (e.g., a user mistypes a web address in the ISP's address bar or search bar, and, as a result, is redirected to a web page that contains a Qualifying Link that directs the user to sites like Gearbest.com);
- employ the use of any type of software download or technology which attempts to intercept or redirect traffic or Referral Fees to or from any website;
- use any Trademark (as defined in Exhibit A), or any Licensed Materials (as defined in Section 2), provided to you as a result of your participation in the Program to advertise or engage in services which result in a sale occurring on your website, whether or not you then have the item fulfilled through Gearbest.com;
- without the prior written approval of Gearbest.com, use any Trademark, or any Licensed Material in an advertisement that is not created or provided by Gearbest.com in any way that might suggest or imply or mislead or is likely to mislead a visitor to your website into believing that Gearbest.com was the creator or sponsor of such advertisement;
- re-distribute Licensed Materials (as defined in Section 2) to websites which can reasonably be viewed as Gearbest.com's competitors, including but not limited to, Banggood, DX, Lightinthebox, Miniinthebox, Fasttech, Geekbuying, Tinydeal;
- re-distribute, display or syndicate Licensed Materials and/or Gearbest.com's datafeed, including any product information set forth therein, to any third party partner, network or agency;
- employ, use, or receive any direct or indirect benefit from, any "cookie stuffing" methods (e.g., use of "cookie stuffing" to cause Gearbest Affiliate Network's tracking systems to conclude that a user has clicked through a Qualifying Link - and to pay commissions accordingly - even if the user has not actually clicked through any such link);
- install spyware on another person's computer; cause spyware to be installed on another person's computer, or use a context based triggering mechanism to display an advertisement that partially or wholly covers or obscures paid advertising other content on a website in a way that interferes with a person's ability to view that website;
- display any material on a website containing a Qualifying Link which contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots or other similar harmful or deleterious programming routines;
- without the prior written approval of Gearbest.com, use any widgets on your website that: (a) include any Trademarks (as defined in Exhibit A); (b) include any Licensed Materials (as defined in Section 2); or (c) directly or indirectly send traffic to Gearbest.com;
- post, publish, link to or place a Qualifying Link on the Gearbest Facebook, Twitter, G+, YouTube, VK, Instagram Page;
- forward, redistribute, or otherwise repurpose any or all Qualifying Links to any third party;
- release Gearbest¡¯s sales circulars, advertisements or other information prior to their authorized release dates;
- purchase products or services sold or promoted on Gearbest.com through a Qualifying Link for resale or commercial use of any kind.
B. Prohibitions Regarding Use of Electronic Communications
Electronic Communication includes email messages, text messages, and any other form of non-verbal communication occurring without the use of physical mail. You may NOT do any of the following using Electronic Communication unless you first obtain in advance Gearbest.com's express written permission. Such requests must be sent to Gearbest.com, Ississ Jiang, Affiliate Program Manager, [email protected] These prohibitions are in addition to, and not in place of, all prohibitions and restrictions that you are bound to under the Gearbest Affiliate Network¡¯s Affiliate Membership Agreement, as amended. You may not:
- generate or use Electronic Communication using or containing Trademarks (as defined in Exhibit A), or any variation or misspelling thereof, or products, or any of the Qualifying Links or URLs provided to you as part of the Program;
- send any other Electronic Communication that in any way suggests or implies or misleads or is likely to mislead (including without limitation, via the return address, subject heading, header information or message contents) a recipient into believing that Gearbest.com was the sender or sponsor of such Electronic Communication or procured or induced you to send such Electronic Communication;
- forward, redistribute, or otherwise repurpose any Electronic Communication that Gearbest.com sends to its affiliates and/or customers;
- generate or send any unsolicited Electronic Communication (spam) under this Agreement.
C. Prohibitions regarding use of Trademarks (as defined in Exhibit A)
In addition to the requirements and prohibitions regarding use of the Trademarks set forth in Exhibit A, and incorporated herein by reference, you may NOT:
- use the Trademarks in any manner not expressly authorized by this Agreement.
- use the Trademarks, or any variation or misspelling thereof, in metatags, hidden text or source code, in your domain name or any other part of your URL as further detailed in Exhibit A;
- bid on keywords as further detailed in Exhibit A;
- bid on our Trademarks at any website that provides search engine services and that results in driving traffic to any website, other than our Site, including your website.
In addition, you are bound to act in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including without limitation, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 ("CAN-SPAM").
We will be responsible for all aspects of order processing and fulfillment of orders placed by customers who follow your Qualifying Links to the Gearbest.com Site in accordance with applicable legal requirements. We reserve the right to reject orders that do not comply with any reasonable requirements that we periodically may establish. Among other things, we will prepare orders forms; process payments, cancellations, and returns; and handle customer service. Through the Gearbest Affiliate Network, you have the ability to track sales made to customers who purchase products using your Qualifying Links and you can review reports summarizing this sales activity. To permit accurate tracking, reporting, and fee accrual, you must ensure that your Qualifying Links are properly formatted. The form, content, and frequency of the reports are limited to those reports and capabilities available through The Gearbest Affiliate Network and may vary from time to time in our and/or The Gearbest Affiliate Network's reasonable discretion. Gearbest.com is not responsible for any changes that The Gearbest Affiliate Network's format, timing, or types of reports available to members of The Gearbest Affiliate Network and Gearbest.com's Affiliates. Gearbest.com will not be responsible for improperly formatted links regardless of whether you have made amendments to the code or not. In addition, we are unable to track or provide credit for sales from customers that are referred to us with browsers that do not have their cookies setting enabled.
5. Referral Fees
We will pay you Referral Fees on certain product sales to third parties generated from our Site only. For a product sale to generate a Referral Fee, the customer must
- use a browser that has its cookies setting enabled;
- follow a Qualifying Link (in the format specified by Gearbest.com) from a site to the Gearbest.com site;
- purchase the product using our automated ordering system;
- accept delivery of the product at the shipping destination;
- remit full payment to us.
We will pay, to Gearbest Affiliate Network for ultimate payment to you, Referral Fees on products that are actually purchased by a customer within thirty (30) days after the customer has initially entered our Site ("Referral Fee Time") as long as the customer reenters our Site directly during that time (and not through another affiliate link). We will not pay Referral Fees on any products are purchased on our Site when a customer has re-entered our Site (other than through a Qualifying Link from your website) after the Referral Fee Time, even if the customer previously followed a link from your website to our Site.
Customer Service invoice adjustments and reorders are not eligible to earn Referral Fees. Products that are entitled to earn Referral Fees under the rules set forth above are hereinafter referred to as "Qualifying Products".
6. Referral Fee Schedule
You will earn Referral Fees based on the sale price of Qualifying Products (as defined above), according to fee schedules to be established by us. "Sale price" means the sale price listed on our Site and excludes costs for shipping, insurance, tracking, handling, gift-wrapping, rebates, refunds, returns, chargebacks, cancellations and taxes. The current Referral Fee Schedule is available to you through the affiliate portal available to all members of the Program ("Affiliate Portal").
Because of the volume and breadth of items that we carry on our Site and our practice of continuing to add new items over time, certain items may not be listed in the Referral Fee database at the time purchases are made through your website. In addition, we reserve the absolute right and discretion to exclude items from our Referral Fee database. Therefore, you acknowledge and agree that we cannot and do not warrant or guarantee that you will be paid a referral fee on any item(s) or that all items eligible for a referral fee will be paid in accordance with the Referral Fee Rates listed on the Affiliate Portal. You acknowledge that in such circumstances, you will accept the Referral Fee Rates and payouts actually paid to you. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of this Referral Fee Schedule, at any time. If you have any questions concerning whether a certain item is eligible for a referral fee, please contact [email protected]
7. Referral Fee Payment
Approximately 60 days following the end of each calendar month, you will receive a check for the Referral Fees earned on products that were shipped during that month, less any taxes that we or Gearbest Affiliate Network are required by law to withhold from the final payment to you. If a customer returns a product that generated a Referral Fee, you will see a deduction for the corresponding Referral Fee from your next monthly payment; if there is no subsequent payment, you will receive an invoice for the Referral Fee payable within sixty (60) days of your receipt of the invoice. All determinations of Qualifying Links and whether a Referral Fee is payable will be made by The Gearbest Affiliate Network and/or Gearbest.com and will be final and binding.
8. Policies and Pricing
Customers who buy products through this Program will be deemed to be customers of Gearbest.com without affecting their status as your customer. Accordingly, all Gearbest.com rules, policies, and operating procedures concerning customer orders, customer service, and product sales will apply to those customers with respect to their transactions at Gearbest.com. We may change our policies and operating procedures at any time consistent with applicable laws. For example, we will determine the prices to be charged for products sold under this Program in accordance with our own pricing policies. Product prices and availability may vary from time to time. You may include current price information in your product descriptions only if such information is provided to you by Gearbest.com, provided that any price information must be accompanied with a statement on your website indicating to the user that in the event of any price difference between your website and Gearbest.com, the price listed on Gearbest.com will govern. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to present current and accurate information, but we cannot guarantee the availability or price of any particular product.
9. Limited License; Restrictions
We grant you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable right to access our Site through the Qualifying Links solely in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and solely in connection with the Licensed Materials (as defined in Section 2), only as provided to you by us, through The Gearbest Affiliate Network, or by other means selected by us, and solely for the purpose of identifying your website as a Program participant and to assist in generating the sale of Gearbest.com products.
You acknowledge that this Agreement does not provide you with any intellectual property rights in the Licensed Materials other than the limited rights contained herein. We reserve all of our rights in the Licensed Materials and of our other proprietary rights. You may not sublicense, assign or transfer any such licenses for the use of the Licensed Materials, and any attempt at such sublicense, assignment or transfer is void. We may terminate your license to use the Licensed Materials for any reason at any time in our sole and absolute discretion. You agree to follow our Trademark Requirements in Exhibit A, as those may change from time to time. We may revoke your license at any time by giving you written notice.
10. Responsibility for Your Website or a Third Party Website on which you place a Qualifying Link ("Third Party Site")
You will be solely responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of your website and for all content that appears on your website. For example, you will be solely responsible for:
- the technical operation of your website and all related equipment;
- creating and posting product descriptions on your website or a Third Party Site and linking those descriptions to our Site;
- updating product information, content and item descriptions (including, but not limited to, product price and availability) within 24 hours of any update of such product information, content and/or item description at Gearbest.com or from datafeed content provided through Gearbest Affiliate Network;
- the accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of content posted on your website (including, among other things, all product-related materials);
- ensuring that materials posted on your website or a Third Party Site do not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party (including, for example, copyrights, trademarks, privacy, or other personal or proprietary rights), or any term of this Agreement;
- monitoring your website content and the content of a Third Party Site to ensure your website or the Third Party Site does not publish, link to, sell or otherwise distribute Objectionable Content (as defined in Section 3);
- removing any Licensed Materials and Trademarks from your website or a Third Party Site as soon as any Objectionable Content appears on the website;
- ensuring that content posted on your website or a Thrid Party Site is not libelous or otherwise illegal;
- notifying us and The Gearbest Affiliate Network of any malfunctioning of the Qualifying Links or other problems with your participation in the Program in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
We disclaim all liability for these matters. Further, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) relating to the development, operation, maintenance, and contents of your website.
11. Term of the Agreement
The term of this Agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your Application and will end when terminated by either party. You may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause. We may terminate this Agreement immediately at any time, with or without cause. Upon termination, all Gearbest.com related content and links shall be promptly removed from your website. You are only eligible to earn Referral Fees on sales of Qualifying Products occurring during the term, and fees earned through the date of termination will remain payable only if the related orders are not canceled or returned. In the event overpayment is made by us, you agree to promptly remit such excess payment upon notification by us. We may withhold your final payment for a reasonable time to ensure that the correct amount is paid.
We may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, at any time and in our sole discretion. We will also make commercially reasonable efforts to notify you of such changes prior to or upon implementation. Modifications may include, for example, changes in the scope of available Referral Fees, Referral Fee Schedules, payment procedures, and Program rules. IF ANY MODIFICATION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOUR ONLY RECOURSE IS TO TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM FOLLOWING OUR POSTING OF A CHANGE NOTICE OR NEW AGREEMENT ON OUR SITE AND/OR SENDING YOU THE CHANGE NOTICE WILL CONSTITUTE BINDING ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGE.
13. Relationship of Parties
You and we are independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement, whether on your website or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section.
You acknowledge that by entering into and performing its obligations under this Agreement, we do not assume and should not be exposed to the business and operational risks associated with your business, or any aspects of the operation or content of your website(s). Accordingly, in addition to any other indemnification obligations contained in this Agreement, you shall protect, defend, hold harmless and indemnify us from and against any and all claims, actions, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses, even if such claims are groundless, fraudulent or false (including court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred as a result of claims of customers or other third parties against us and our affiliates, licensors, suppliers, officers, directors, employees and agents arising from or connected with any of the content or activities of your website (including without limitation any activities or aspects thereof or commerce conducted thereon) or related business, or your misuse, unauthorized modification or unauthorized use of the services or materials provided by us hereunder.
15. Limitation of Liability
We will not be liable for indirect, special, or consequential damages (or any loss of revenue, profits, or data) arising in connection with this Agreement or the Program, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Further, our aggregate liability arising with respect to this Agreement and the Program will not exceed the total Referral Fees paid or payable to you under this Agreement.
We make no express or implied warranties or representations with respect to the Program or any products sold through the Program (including, without limitation, warranties of fitness, merchantability, non-infringement, or any implied warranties arising out of a course of performance, dealing, or trade usage). In addition, we make no representation that the operation of our Site will be uninterrupted or error-free, and we will not be liable for the consequences of any interruptions or errors; however, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to correct errors or interruptions promptly.
17. Independent Investigation
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE MAY AT ANY TIME (DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY) SOLICIT CUSTOMER REFERRALS ON TERMS THAT MAY DIFFER FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT OR OPERATE WEB SITES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO OR COMPETE WITH YOUR WEB SITE. YOU HAVE INDEPENDENTLY EVALUATED THE DESIRABILITY OF PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM AND ARE NOT RELYING ON ANY REPRESENTATIONS, GUARANTEE, OR STATEMENT OTHER THAN AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT.
This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong, without regard to or application of conflicts of law rules or principles. Any dispute, controversy, or claim shall be resolved through negotiation to the extent possible. In the event the Parties fail to resolve any dispute arising hereunder through negotiation, each party shall submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Hong Kong.
You shall not create, publish, distribute, make or permit any public announcement of this Agreement or the relationship contemplated hereunder, (including, but not limited to, any press release, client list, screen shot, advertisement or any promotional material) without first submitting such material to us and receiving our written approval, which we may withhold in our sole discretion.
Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement or with our prior written consent, you agree that all information including, without limitation, the terms of this Agreement, our business and financial information, our customer lists and purchase history, and our pricing and sales information, shall remain strictly confidential and shall not be utilized, directly or indirectly, by you for your own business purposes or for any other purpose except and solely to the extent that any such information is generally known or available to the public through a source or sources other than you or your affiliates. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may deliver a copy of any such information (a) pursuant to a subpoena issued by any court or administrative agency, (b) to your accountants, attorneys, or other agents on a confidential basis, and (c) otherwise as required by applicable law, rule, regulation or legal process, upon written notification to Gearbest.com.
21. Remedies to Gearbest.com
Violation of any of the terms or prohibitions contained in this Agreement may result in, among other things, (a) the immediate termination of this Agreement; (b) the withholding of Referral Fees due to you; or (c) the commencement of an action by Gearbest.com against you seeking, without limitation, injunctive relief, recovery of actual, statutory or punitive damages.
We have the right in our sole and absolute discretion to monitor your website at any time and from time to time to determine if you are in compliance with the terms of this Agreement, and you agree to provide us with unrestricted access to your website for such purpose.
Exhibit A - Trademark Requirements
These requirements apply to your use of Gearbest.com (the "Trademarks") in content that has been approved by us.
1. You may use the Trademarks only for purposes expressly authorized by us.
2. You may not modify the Trademarks in any manner. For example, you may not change the proportion, color, or font of the Trademarks.
3. You may not display the Trademarks in any manner that implies endorsement of your website or business by Gearbest.com outside of your involvement in the Program.
4. You may not use the Trademarks to disparage Gearbest.com, its products or services, or in a manner which, in our reasonable judgment, may diminish or otherwise damage our good will in the Trademarks.
5. Each Trademark must appear by itself, with reasonable spacing (at least the height of the Trademark) between each side of the Trademark and any other graphic or textual image. You may place the Gearbest.com name or logo adjacent to competitive brands, subject to the requirements of this Agreement, including prohibitions against objectionable material and websites.
6. You acknowledge that all rights to the Trademarks are our exclusive property and all goodwill generated through your use of the Trademarks will inure to our benefit.
7. YOU MAY NOT USE THE TRADEMARKED NAME, GEARBEST, GEARBEST.COM, OR ANY VARIATIONS OR MISSPELLINGS THEREOF, IN ANY MANNER INCLUDING KEYWORD BIDDING ON SEARCH ENGINES; YOU MAY NOT USE GEARBEST, GEARBEST.COM, OR ANY VARIATION OR MISSPELLINGS THEREOF, IN METATAGS OR TO DIRECT TRAFFIC TO ANY WEBSITE OTHER THAN OUR SITE; YOU MAY NOT USE GEARBEST, GEARBEST.COM, OR ANY VARIATIONS OR MISSPELLINGS THEREOF, IN HIDDEN TEXT OR SOURCE CODE ; YOU MAY NOT USE GEARBEST, GEARBEST.COM, OR ANY VARIATIONS OR MISPELLINGS THEREOF, IN YOUR DOMAIN NAME OR ANY OTHER PART OF YOUR UNIVERSAL RECORD LOCATOR.
8. You may not bid on any keyword or on any Pay per Click Search Engines (PPCSEs) where such keyword is one of our Trademarks or any variation or misspelling of one of our Trademarks (see the non-exclusive list of examples set forth below in Section 15). You may not bid on any word or term that is confusingly similar to any of our Trademarks standing alone. Further, you may not bid on keyword strings that incorporate our Trademarks (e.g., "Gearbest.com Electronics", "Gearbest coupon").
9. You may not employ any "fat finger" domains or typosquatters redirecting web traffic to your website. A typosquatter for "fat finger" domain is any domain that amounts to misspellings of any registered or unregistered Trademarks.
10. You may not bid on any keyword or on any PPCSEs that is one of our competitors' trademarks (or a derivation of a competitor's trademark), or any other word or term that is likely to cause confusion regarding its affiliation with the competitor. Examples of these keywords include, but are not limited to: "Banggood", "DX", "Lightinthebox", "Miniinthebox","Fasttech, "Geekbuying", "Tinydeal".
11. Gearbest.com may, in its sole discretion, terminate you or withhold payment of your Referral Fees for the days that we determine that you were bidding in violation of the keyword bidding requirements above.
12. The list below sets forth examples of impermissible keywords, "fat-finger" domains, and variations of Trademarks that you may not bid on. The list is for example purposes only and is not a complete list of prohibited words which infringe a Trademark, and therefore violate a term of this Agreement.
gear best stores
super gear best
We reserve the right in our sole discretion to modify these requirements at any time.
Exhibit B - Networks & Sub-Affiliates
These requirements apply to your use of the Program as a Network. A "Network" is defined as any affiliate that operates one or more websites as sub-affiliates through one (1) Application to the Program.
1. You agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including all attached Exhibits, on behalf of all sub-affiliates operating under the Network and are responsible for any action or inaction by such sub-affiliates.
2. You must seek prior written approval from Gearbest.com before choosing to operate as a Network. Such requests must be sent to Gearbest.com, Ississ Jiang, Affiliate Program Manager, [email protected]
3. You must provide to Gearbest.com a list of all sub-affiliates working within your Network within twenty-four (24) hours of any request from Gearbest.com.
4. Any violation of this Agreement by any sub-affiliate may result in immediate termination of the entire Network from the Program.
Last Updated: April 25, 2016
|Email Marketing Allowed:||Yes|
|Search Engine Marketing Allowed:||Yes|
|Search Engine Marketing Restrictions:||We encourage our affiliates to use our keywords in their search engine optimization, SEM and SNS, however, affiliates may not use our company name, domain name, or misspellings or variations of these.|
|Naked Coupon Capable:||No|
|Incentive/Rewards Sites Allowed:||Yes|