WebsiteSecure.org (WSS) WEBMASTER AFFILIATE PROGRAM
TERMS OF SERVICE (TOS) AGREEMENT
This Agreement contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to your participation as a webmaster of the WebsiteSecure.org affiliate program (the "Program" or "WSS") operated by Imperial Publishing Inc. ("Company," "we" or "us"). As used in this Agreement, "you" or "your" means the applicant and/or participating webmaster.
THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND THE COMPANY. BY CLICKING ON THE "CREATE ACCOUNT" BUTTON TO ENROL IN THE PROGRAM YOU ARE AFFIRMATIVELY STATING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN AND ARE AFFIRMATIVELY INDICATING YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AFFILIATE PROGRAM AGREEMENT AND YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS HEREOF. YOU CANNOT BECOME A MEMBER OF THE AFFILIATE PROGRAM UNLESS YOU HAVE ACCEPTED EACH AND EVERY TERM HEREOF AS WRITTEN.
1. Enrollment in this Program
To begin the enrollment process, you will submit a completed Program Application through our website http:/clients.websitesecure.org which will be evaluated by WSS. We will evaluate your application in good faith and will accept or reject your application at our sole discretion. We will reject your application if we determine that you have provided inaccurate or incomplete signup information, if we determine that you are under 18 years of age (21 in some jurisdictions) or if we determine that your site and/or marketing tactics are not suitable for the Program for any reason, including, but not limited to, if your site incorporates images or content that is unlawful, defamatory, obscene, harassing or otherwise objectionable, such as sites that facilitate illegal activity or promote violence or promote or assist others in promoting copyright infringement (collectively, "Content Restrictions").
2. Utilizing Links on Your Site
As an affiliate website of COMPANY ("Affiliate Site"), you may only utilize forms of promotion that are consistent with the terms of this Agreement. You may use banner advertisements, button links and/or text links to our site (the "Links"), however, you cannot employ deceptive language or misleading URL's in the Links, and you CANNOT MARKET BY SENDING UNSOLICITED E-MAILS. (As used herein, UE, or "Spam" refers to the transmission of unsolicited e-mails, i.e., not derived from a verifiable opt-in program or sent absent a prior business relationship with the recipient). Any activity by you or on your behalf that we determine or reasonably suspect to be the result of an unsolicited e-mail program will result in your immediate termination from the Program and your forfeiting of monies otherwise due you hereunder. (For further guidelines on this topic, please see Section 5, below.) Allowable promotional links may contain COMPANY's trade names, service marks, and/or logos for display on your Affiliate Site. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, you are granted a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and download such Links and other designated promotional materials for placement on your Affiliate Site for the sole and exclusive purpose of promoting websites owned, operated or controlled by COMPANY. In utilizing the Links, you agree that you will cooperate fully with us in order to establish and maintain such Link or Links. A Link may only be modified with our consent. This limited license is subjection to immediate revocation at any time by Company for any reason at our sole discretion. Unauthorized usage of intellectual property owned by Company may result in immediate legal action against you.
Currently, affiliates will earn 25% of the FIRST invoice paid by any new member referred by the affiliate. Any fees charged by the respective billers are not deducted from commissions earned before checks are issued: we absorb the biller fees. The Commission Rate is subject to change from time to time. You will be notified via e-mail notice to the address on file in your account settings if any changes are being made. Please be sure your email address is accurate and current at all times so that you receive important notices. It is your sole responsibility to update and verify the accuracy of your contact, billing and payment information. Note that a commission will only be paid if the visitor to our site can be tracked by the system from the time of the Link to the time of the sale. No commission will be paid if the visitor's payment to our site cannot be tracked directly to your site by our system or if full payment for services is not made to us by the customer. No commission will be paid for signups by you or anyone within your organization. No commission will be paid for signups that result in charge-backs. Determination of what amount is rightfully due will be made at the sole discretion of company in all instances.
4. Commission Payment
Commissions due and owing to you under the Program will be paid to you by Imperial Publishing Inc at the end of each month. Payments due and owing to you for an amount less than $100.00 will be rolled over into subsequent payment periods until the $100.00 payment threshold is reached, at which time you will receive payment. Payments will be in the form of a check in US dollars payable to you. For that reason it is imperative that you make sure you address and contact information is current. WSS is not be responsible for payments properly made to incorrect or outdated addresses or payment details you have entered incorrectly. You may request and receive payment via bank wire transfer instead if the amount due exceeds $1,000.00
If you dispute the manner or amount of calculation of your commission with regard to any given payment period, you must inform COMPANY within sixty (60) days of said due date, otherwise you are deemed to have waived your right to challenge said payment calculation.
5. Acceptable use policy regarding bulk e-mailings
We do not allow Webmasters to market websites promoted through this Program through the transmission of e-mail. It is IMPERITIVE that your marketing practices conform to APPLICABLE STATE AND FEDERAL LAW, and to OUR POLICIES. YOU MUST COMPLY IN ALL RESPECTS WITH THE FEDERAL "CAN-SPAM ACT" and all other authorities having jurisdiction. YOU MUST KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE LAW. The marketing of websites promoted by this Program is strictly prohibited if done through the transmission of unsolicited email. Failure to comply with all legal authorities will result in immediate account termination, forfeiture of any unpaid amounts and possible civil or criminal legal action.
6. Non-Exclusive Limited License and Use of Affiliate Logos and Trademarks
You grant company a non-exclusive license to utilize your names, titles and logos, trademarks (collectively the "Affiliate Trademarks), to advertise, market, promote and publicize in any manner our rights hereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we shall not be required to so advertise, market, promote or publicize. You hereby represent and warrant that you are the sole and exclusive owner of the Affiliate Trademarks and have the right and power to grant to us the license to use same in the manner contemplated herein, and such grant does not or will not (i) breach, conflict with or constitute a default under any agreement or other instrument applicable to you or binding upon you, or (ii) infringe upon any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, or other proprietary right of any other person or entity. This license shall terminate upon the effective date of the expiration or termination of this Agreement.
7. Responsibility for Your Site
You will be solely responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of your site and for all materials that appear on your site. You are not COMPANY's agent, and company shall have no responsibility for the development, operation and maintenance of your site or for materials that appear on your site. You shall also be responsible for ensuring that materials posted on your site do not violate or infringe upon any laws, or the rights of any third party (including, for example, copyrights, trademarks, privacy, or other personal or proprietary rights), and ensuring that materials posted on your site are not libelous or otherwise illegal. You must have express permission to use another party's copyrighted or other proprietary material. We will not be responsible if you use another party's copyrighted or other proprietary material in violation of the law. In addition to the foregoing, we will immediately terminate your participation in the Program if we believe you have engaged in any of the following:
- Unsolicited e-mail (see Section 5, above), IRC postings, forged header mailings or any other form of mailing, including but not limited to, newsgroups or AOL customers or otherwise violate the anti-UBE policies of ISPs or state law;
- Provide inaccurate or incomplete information to COMPANY concerning your identity, bank account, address or other required information;
- Attempt to cheat, defraud or mislead us in any way;
- Misrepresent to the public the terms and conditions or content of our sites or your sites;
- Promote piracy, password theft, or Warez;
- Own or operate a website in connection with a person who is under 18 years of age; or
8. Procedure Relating to Alleged or Actual Third Party Rights Infringement by a Participating Webmaster
Upon COMPANY's receipt of a proper notice of alleged copyright, trademark, service mark or publicity rights violation by Your participating website, COMPANY will notify You and ask that You provide written documentation of your right to use the allegedly infringing material in your website. That documentation must be: (a) a license of the rights; (b) consent from the rights holder or their agent; or (c) a written statement from You or Your attorney (in either email or fax form) explaining Your claim to have a lawful right, or a legal defense, to display the allegedly infringing material. If You do provide COMPANY with appropriate rights documentation (a, b or c, above), COMPANY will forward that documentation to the rights holder or their agent, as appropriate. Should the rights. holder/agent not be satisfied, COMPANY will provide the rights holder/agent with Your contact information in order that they may contact You and pursue any remaining dispute with You directly. If you fail to provide the COMPANY an appropriate written response (a, b or c, above), You will have ten (10) days from the date of COMPANY's original notification to You to remove the complained of content. Should you fail to remove said content within ten days, the referring URL containing the complained of content will be blocked and any funds otherwise due and payable to You relating to the referring URL will be forfeited, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS YOU PROVIDE AN APPROPRIATE WRITTEN RESPONSE. You will also be placed in an "infringer" database, and should repeated complaints be made against you for rights violations, COMPANY has the right to permanently terminate You from the WSS program.
9. Term of the Agreements
The term of this Agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your Affiliate Program Application and will end when terminated by either party. Either you or we may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party notice of termination. Notice sent by e-mail, to your e-mail address in our records, is considered sufficient notice to terminate this Agreement. If this Agreement is terminated because you have violated the terms of this Agreement you are not eligible to receive any payments, even for commissions earned prior to the date of termination. If this Agreement is terminated for any other reason, you are only eligible to earn a commission on sales occurring during the term of the Agreement prior to termination, and commissions earned through the date of termination will remain payable only if the related orders are not canceled or returned. We reserve the right to 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. Notice of any change sent by e-mail, to your address in our records, or the posting on our WSS site of a change notice or a new agreement, is considered sufficient notice for notifying you of a modification to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Modifications may include, but are not limited to, changes in the scope of available commission fees, commission schedules, payment procedures, and Affiliate Program rules. All such modifications shall take effect 48 hours after we serve notice as provided above, unless we indicate otherwise. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate this Agreement. Your continued participation in the Affiliate Program, following our posting of a change notice or new agreement on our site, will constitute binding acceptance of the change.
11. Relationship of Parties
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 site or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section. You are not an agent of the COMPANY and the COMPANY expressly disclaims responsibility for any conduct by you in violation of our terms of agreement. You shall remain and independent contractor with a limited affiliation to our company for compliant marketing purposes only.
12. 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 Affiliate 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 Affiliate Program will never exceed the total commissions paid or payable to you under this Agreement under any circumstances.
We make no express or implied warranties or representations with respect to the Affiliate Program or any COMPANY services or other items 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.
14. Representations and Warranties
You hereby represent and warrant to us that this Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by you and constitutes your legal, valid and binding obligation, enforceable against you in accordance with its terms; and that the execution, delivery and performance by you of this Agreement are within your legal capacity and power; have been duly authorized by all requisite action on your part; require the approval or consent of no other persons; and neither violate nor constitute a default under the (i) provision of any law, rule, regulation, order, judgment or decree to which you are subject or which is binding upon you, or (ii) the terms of any other agreement, document or instrument applicable to you or binding upon you. We reserve the right to cooperate in any investigation relating to your activities including disclosure of your account information in connection therewith with any enforcement authorities.
We may disclose to you certain information as a result of your participation as part of the Program, which information we consider to be confidential (herein referred to as "Confidential Information"). For purpose of this Agreement, the term "Confidential Information" shall include, but not be limited to, any modifications to the terms and provisions of this Affiliate Program Agreement made specifically for your site and not generally available to other members of the Affiliate Program, website, business and financial information relating to COMPANY, customer and vendor lists relating to COMPANY and any members of the Affiliate Program, other than you. Confidential Information shall also include any information that we designate as confidential during the term of this Agreement. You agree not to disclose any Confidential Information and that such Confidential Information shall also include any information that we designate as confidential during the term of this Agreement. You agree not to disclose any Confidential Information and that such Confidential Information shall remain strictly confidential and secret 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 or if same is required by law or legal process. Should you received a court notice, complaint or subpoena requesting or seeking to compel disclosure of Confidential Information, you shall immediately inform COMPANY and COMPANY shall have the right, and be given the opportunity, to obtain a protective order to prevent disclosure of such Confidential Information. We make no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to any information delivered hereunder, including implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from patent, trademark or copyright infringements, whether arising by law, custom or conduct, or as to the accuracy or completeness of the information and we shall not have any liability to you or to any other person resulting from your or such third person's use of the information. All information provided to you from Company is deemed to be confidential unless specifically noted otherwise in writing.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless COMPANY, its shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, successors and assigns, from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages or expense (including attorneys' fees and costs) of any nature whatsoever incurred or suffered by us (collectively the "Losses"), in so far as such Losses (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based on (i) any claim or threatened claim that our use of the Affiliate Trademarks infringes on the rights of any third party; (ii) the breach of any promise, covenant, representation or warranty made by you herein; or (iii) or any claim related to your site.
Terminated accounts cannot later apply to the Program without our express written consent. You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement. This Agreement and the legal relations between the parties hereto shall be governed in all respects, including validity, interpretation, performance and effect, by the laws of New York, applicable to contracts made and to be wholly performed therein. The parties hereto expressly and irrevocably consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts of New York with respect to any legal action or proceeding that may be brought pursuant to this Agreement. The parties hereby expressly and irrevocably waive any claim or defense in any such action or proceeding based on any alleged lack of personal jurisdiction, improper venue or forum non convenient or similar theory.
18. Other Grounds for Termination
In addition to the foregoing, we will immediately terminate your participation in the Program if we believe you have engaged in any of the following: Altering by electronic, mechanical or automated means or other technologies, that may now exist or come into existence, the Program webmaster affiliate code or Program site URLs belonging to or identified with accounts other than your own, or causing the modification or substitution of Program webmaster affiliate code or Program site URLs belonging to or identified with accounts other than your own that may reside within or originate from a third party system in the form of bookmarks, cached pages, cookies or other stored forms that may be passed to the Program and/or Company system by user operation of said third party system.
THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND COMPANY. BY CLICKING ON THE "CREATE ACCOUNT" BUTTON TO ENROL IN THIS AFFILIATE PROGRAM AGREEMENT, YOU ARE AFFIRMATIVELY STATING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN AND ARE AFFIRMATIVELY INDICATING YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AFFILIATE PROGRAM AGREEMENT AND YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS THEREOF.