Updated: January 29, 2014
Your access to and use of certain BTN Services may require you to accept additional terms and conditions applicable to such BTN Services, including any future modifications (collectively, “Additional Terms”) in addition to this Agreement, and may require you to download software or Content (as defined below). The Additional Terms are made a part of this Agreement by this reference. In the event of a conflict, between any such Additional Terms and this Agreement, such Additional Terms will prevail over this Agreement with respect to your use of that specific BTN Service.
Use of the BTN Services is limited to users aged 13 years and above.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE “ARBITRATION AGREEMENT” SECTION BELOW CONTAINS PROVISIONS THAT REQUIRE (i) WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS, ALL DISPUTES ARISING BETWEEN YOU AND BTN UNDER THIS AGREEMENT BE HANDLED BY ARBITRATION, AND (ii) YOU AND BTN WAIVE THE RIGHT TO BRING OR PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH DISPUTES. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT.
BTN furnishes the BTN Services (as defined below) for your personal enjoyment and entertainment. By using any BTN Service (whether or not you have an account or subscription) or by clicking a box that states that you accept and agree to this Agreement, you signify your agreement to be bound by this Agreement, including any future modifications, and any Additional Terms and to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations (“Applicable Law”). Please read through this Agreement carefully. If you do not agree to be bound by this Agreement and to abide by all Applicable Law, you may not use the BTN Services and must discontinue use of the BTN Services immediately. BTN may modify this Agreement at any time, and each such modification will be effective upon posting on or to the BTN Service. All material modifications will apply prospectively only. Your continued use of the BTN Services following any modification constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by this Agreement as so modified. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly. BTN may also use third-party service providers, such as vendors, contractors, agents or sponsors, to operate, develop or help BTN manage and provide the BTN Services.
BTN Account Registration and Security
Some BTN Services require you to create an account (including setting up a BTN credential and password) to participate in or to secure additional BTN Services, such as viewing and commenting on BTN Content (defined below), purchasing BTN Site Products, and signing up for specific BTN newsletters. If you would like to subscribe to any of the newsletters BTN offers, please visit www.bigtennetwork.com/newsletter.
All registration information you submit directly to us or through a Third-Party Service (defined below) to create an account must be accurate and must be kept updated by you. It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in such information, including, but not limited to your contact information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all your passwords, and are responsible for all use of your account. It is therefore critical that you do not share your account information with anyone. You may be held liable for losses incurred by BTN, BTN Affiliates (defined below) or any other BTN user or visitor in the event someone else uses your account as a result of your failure to keep your account information secure and confidential and you agree to indemnify BTN and all BTN Affiliates from any third-party claims arising from such actions. You agree not to use the email address or password of another member or subscriber at any time and not to allow any other person to use your account. You agree to notify BTN immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of, or access to, your account or password. BTN shall retain the right to change your username, but no obligation, for any reason, including, without limitation, if the username you have selected violates this Agreement.
Unless terminated by BTN in its sole discretion, this Agreement remains in full force and effect while you use the BTN Services. You may terminate your account at any time, for any reason, in the following ways: (i) to terminate your account please submit your request at www.btn.com/about/contact-us or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: Terminate BTN Account.; (ii) to terminate a BTN newsletter subscription, you may do so by sending an e-mail with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line to webfans@bigtennetwork com; or click the unsubscribe link on the bottom of the BTN newsletter.
BTN may terminate your account, any subscription (both free and paid) and/or access to all (or any portion of) the BTN Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or any explanation, and without liability. Furthermore, even after your account subscription and/or access to the BTN Services is terminated by you or BTN, this Agreement will remain in full force and effect with respect to your past and future use of the BTN Services. If we terminate your user account, subscription and/or access to the BTN Services (or any portion of the BTN Services) you may not create a new account, purchase a new subscription or try to access the BTN Services without BTN’s prior written approval. You agree that your account and/or subscription is non-transferable. Any rights to your account and/or BTN Services terminate upon your death.
You acknowledge that BTN reserves the right to charge a fee for any portion of the BTN Services. BTN will provide you with advance notice of any such fees, including any change in the amount of such fees, and a way to cancel your account and/or subscription in the event you do not wish to pay the modified fee. If you continue to use the BTN Services after the applicable fee has been imposed or increased, you are expressly agreeing to the subscription fee or increase thereto and you will be responsible for paying such fee for the balance of your subscription service. You will not be entitled to a refund of any unused portion of such fees or other payments if BTN suspends or terminates your account, and/or access to an BTN Site (or any portion of the BTN Site), due to your breach of this Agreement or violation of Applicable Law, as determined by BTN, in its sole discretion.
Purchasing BTN Site Products
If you purchase certain subscription based BTN Site Products, your subscription will be automatically renewed and the credit card you provided to the Processor for such BTN Site Product will be charged per the billing cycle of your subscription (e.g., monthly, 3-month, 6-month, annual), unless you cancel the subscription prior to the automatic renewal date of the subscription. The renewal charge for your subscription shall be the same as the original purchase price, unless you are otherwise notified in advance. You acknowledge and agree that the authorization to charge your credit card for the subscription shall automatically transfer to any successors or assigns of BTN or the Processor, for a substantially similar subscription. Some subscription options include a free trial period. You are allowed only one free trial period. Subsequent subscriptions or upgrades do not qualify for additional free trials.
BTN makes no warranty and accepts no liability for any loss or damages whatsoever, relating to, or in connection with, your placement of an order for a BTN Site Product with the Processor. BTN provides no refunds for, makes no warranty for and accepts no liability, regarding purchases you make on or through any BTN Service. You are solely responsible for any and all transactions utilizing your Personal Financial Information, including, but not limited to, any and all charges. You acknowledge and agree that in the event the Processor experiences a data breach that affects any of your information, BTN will in no way be responsible or liable to you for any such data breach.
If you have any questions regarding your purchases or transactions or believe that there is an error or unauthorized transaction or activity associated with transactions utilizing your information, you must contact the Processor.
The BTN Services contain information, text, files, images, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, materials, applications, software, product names, company names, trade names, logos, designs, and any other materials or content (collectively, “Content”) of BTN and BTN Affiliates and their licensors and assignors (“BTN Content”), as well as materials and Content provided by users (“User Content”) or other third-parties. BTN Content contained in the BTN Services is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws and, as between you and BTN, BTN, its licensors, or its assignors, own and retain all rights in the BTN Content and BTN Services. BTN hereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable, nontransferable license, to access and display or perform the BTN Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal, non-commercial use, in connection with using the BTN Services. The BTN Services may also contain User Content. Except as provided in this Agreement or as explicitly allowed in the Additional Terms on the applicable BTN Service, you may not copy, download, stream capture, reproduce, duplicate, archive, upload, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, distribute, perform, display, sell, frame or deep-link, make available or otherwise use any Content contained in or through the BTN Services.
Except as explicitly and expressly permitted by BTN or by the limited license set forth above, you are strictly prohibited from creating works or materials (including but not limited to fonts, icons, link buttons, wallpaper, desktop themes, on-line postcards, montages, mash-ups and similar videos, greeting cards and unlicensed merchandise) that derive from or are based on the BTN Content. This prohibition applies regardless of whether such derivative works or materials are sold, bartered or given away. Also, you may not, either directly or through the use of any device, software, internet site, web-based service or other means, remove, alter, bypass, avoid, interfere with, or circumvent any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notice marked on the BTN Content contained in the BTN Services or any digital rights management mechanism, device, or other content protection, copy control, or access control measure associated with the BTN Content, including geo-filtering mechanisms. Except as necessary in order to make reference to BTN or BTN Services in a purely descriptive capacity, you are expressly prohibited from using any BTN Content in any manner.
Restrictions on Use of the BTN Services
BTN reserves the right to remove commercial Content in its sole discretion. You understand that you are responsible for all User Content that you post, upload, transmit, email or otherwise make available on, through or in connection with the BTN Services. Additionally, you acknowledge that you have no expectation of privacy in or confidentiality with respect to your User Content. Accordingly, please choose carefully the information that you post on, through or in connection with the BTN Services. You understand that BTN does not control the User Content posted by users via the BTN Services and, as such, you understand you may be exposed to offensive, inaccurate or otherwise objectionable User Content. BTN assumes no responsibility or liability for any User Content. If you become aware of any misuse of the BTN Services, please report this immediately to email@example.com .
BTN assumes no responsibility for monitoring the BTN Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time, BTN chooses in its sole discretion to monitor the BTN Services, BTN nonetheless assumes no responsibility for Content other than BTN Content, assumes no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of any user or visitor.
You agree not to use the BTN Services to:
- Post, upload or otherwise transmit or link to content that is: unlawful; threatening; abusive; obscene; vulgar; sexually explicit; pornographic or inclusive of nudity; offensive; excessively violent; invasive of another’s privacy, publicity, contract or other rights; tortious; false or misleading; defamatory; libelous; hateful; or discriminatory;
- Violate the rights of others including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy, publicity or other proprietary rights;
- Harass or harm another person;
- Exploit or endanger a minor;
- Impersonate or attempt to impersonate any person or entity;
- Introduce or engage in activity that involves the use of viruses, bots, worms, or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of or access to a computer or a computer network;
- Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising the BTN Services;
- Delete or revise any information provided by or pertaining to any other user of the BTN Services;
- Send or cause to send (directly or indirectly) unsolicited bulk messages or other unsolicited bulk communications of any kind through the BTN Services. If you do so, you acknowledge you will have caused substantial harm to BTN, but that the amount of harm would be extremely difficult to measure. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, and by way of liquidated damages and not as a penalty, you agree to pay BTN $50 for each actual or intended recipient of such communication;
- Interfere with, damage, disable, disrupt, impair, create an undue burden on, or gain unauthorized access to the BTN Services, including BTN’s servers, networks or accounts;
- Cover, remove, disable, block or obscure advertisements or other portions of the BTN Services;
- Use technology or any automated system such as scripts, spiders, offline readers, or bots in order to collect or disseminate usernames, passwords, email addresses or other data from the BTN Services, or to circumvent or modify any security technology or software that is part of the BTN Services;
- Solicit, collect or request any personal information for commercial or unlawful purposes;
- Post, upload or otherwise transmit an image or video of another person without that person’s consent;
- Engage in commercial activity (including, but not limited to, advertisements or solicitations of, business; sales; contests; sweepstakes; creating, recreating, distributing or advertising an index of any significant portion of the BTN Content; or building a business using the BTN Content) without BTN’s prior written consent; using technology or other means to access, index, frame, or link to the BTN Services (including the Content) that is not authorized by BTN (including, without limitation, by removing disabling, bypassing, or circumventing any content protection or access control mechanisms intended to prevent the unauthorized download, stream capture, linking, framing, reproduction, access to, or distribution of BTN Content);
- Accessing BTN Services (including the Content) through any automated means, including “robots,” “spiders,” or “offline readers” (other than by individually performed searches on publicly accessible search engines for the sole purpose of, and solely to the extent necessary for, creating publicly available search indices – but not caches or archives – of BTN Services and excluding those search engines or indices that host, promote, or link primarily to infringing or unauthorized content;
- Use the BTN Services to advertise or promote competing services;
- Use the BTN Services in a manner inconsistent with any and all Applicable Law;
- Attempt, facilitate or encourage others to do any of the foregoing.
BTN reserves the right, but disclaims any obligation or responsibility, to remove User Content that violates this Agreement, as determined by BTN, or for any other reason in BTN’s sole discretion and without notice to you. You acknowledge that BTN reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in BTN’s sole discretion, violates this Agreement, including but not limited to, terminating their account and/or subscription and/or reporting such User Content, conduct, or activity to law enforcement authorities.
You acknowledge, consent and agree that BTN may access, preserve or disclose information you provide to or through the BTN Services or that we have collected about you, including registration information and User Content, when BTN has a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is necessary in order to: (i) protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of BTN, our parents, subsidiaries or affiliates (“BTN Affiliates”), or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of this Agreement or our other agreements); (ii) protect the safety, privacy, and security of users of the BTN Services or members of the public, including in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; (iv) comply with Applicable Law or legal process; or (v) respond to requests from public and government authorities. If BTN sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, BTN may transfer your information to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
BTN reserves the right to limit the storage capacity of User Content. You assume full responsibility for maintaining backup copies of your User Content, and BTN assumes no responsibility for any loss of your User Content due to it being removed by BTN or for any other reason.
User Content on Message Boards and Forums
BTN may offer users the ability to post messages on message boards and forums (collectively, “Forums”), which may be open to the public generally, to all members of BTN Services or to a select group of BTN Service members. You acknowledge that all User Content posted by you on Forums is User Content, and by posting on Forums you agree to comply with the rules and restrictions on User Content set forth above and any other rules specifically applicable to such Forums. BTN reserves the right, but disclaims any obligation or responsibility, to prevent you from posting User Content to any Forum and to restrict or remove your User Content from a Forum or refuse to include your User Content in a Forum for any reason at any time, in BTN’s sole discretion and without notice to you. We ask you not to disclose any sensitive information (e.g., social security numbers, health or criminal background) on or through the BTN Services, including the Forums or otherwise.
Your Proprietary Rights in and License to Your User Content
BTN does not claim any ownership rights in the User Content that you post, upload, email, transmit, or otherwise make available (collectively, “Transmit”) on, through or in connection with the BTN Services, except with respect to your unsolicited submissions, as described under “Unsolicited Submissions” below; provided, however, that User Content shall not include any BTN Content or content owned by a BTN Affiliate. By posting or transmitting any User Content on, through or in connection with the BTN Services, you hereby grant to BTN and our BTN Affiliates, licensees, assignees, and authorized users, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, freely sublicensable and transferable (in whole or in part) right (including any moral rights) and license to use, modify, excerpt, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works and compilations based upon, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, sublicense, broadcast and distribute such User Content, including your name, voice, likeness and other personally identifiable information to the extent that such is contained in User Content, anywhere, in any form and on and through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, for any and all purposes including, but not limited to, promotional, marketing, trade or any non-commercial or commercial purposes. Additionally, BTN is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained within such User Content for any purpose including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, marketing and providing commercial products and services, including BTN Services. BTN’s use of such User Content shall not require any further notice or attribution to you and such use shall be without the requirement of any permission from or any payment to you or any other person or entity. You hereby appoint BTN as your agent with full authority to execute any document or take any action, BTN may consider appropriate in order to confirm the rights granted by you to BTN in this Agreement.
You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the User Content Transmitted by you on, through or in connection with the BTN Services and/or Third-Party Services, or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the Transmission of User Content by you on, through or in connection with the BTN Services and/or Third-Party Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person or entity by reason of the use of any User Content Transmitted by you on or through the BTN Services or Third-Party Services. If you delete your User Content from any BTN Service, BTN’s license to such User Content will end after a reasonable period of time necessary for the deletion to take full effect. However, the User Content may be retained in the BTN’s back-up copies of the applicable BTN Service, which are not publicly available. Furthermore, to the extent that BTN made use of your User Content before you deleted it, BTN will retain the right to make such pre-existing uses even after your User Content is deleted. You acknowledge that (i) deletion of your User Content from BTN Services will not result in, and BTN assumes no responsibility for, the deletion of such User Content by any third-parties who were provided with or had access to such User Content prior to your deleting it from BTN Services, and (ii) termination of your account or your use of the BTN Services will not result in the immediate or automatic deletion of your User Content consistent with this Agreement.
Removal of Material that Infringes Copyrights
BTN respects the intellectual property of others and requires that our users do the same. BTN has a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users and account holders of BTN Services who are repeat infringers. BTN also reserves the right to remove or disable access to any transmission of Content that infringes the copyright of any person under the laws of the United States upon receipt of a notice that substantially complies with the requirements of 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) as set forth above.
If you believe materials on BTN Services infringes your copyright.
If you believe that any materials residing on or linked to from BTN Services infringes your copyright, you must send a written notification of claimed infringement that contains substantially all of the following information to the BTN Site Copyright Agent: (a) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (b) identification of the claimed infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit BTN to locate the material on the BTN Services (such as the URL(s) of the claimed infringing material); (c) information reasonably sufficient to permit BTN to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and an email address; (d) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or Applicable Law; (e) a statement by you that the above information in your notification is accurate and a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed or are authorized to act on the owner’s behalf; and (f) your physical or electronic signature. BTN’s Copyright Agent for notification of a claimed infringement can be reached as follows: Copyright Agent, Big Ten Network, LLC, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Facsimile: (310) 969-5660; Phone: (310)369-7069. If you wish to notify the BTN Copyright Agent electronically, please submit an email to BigTen.DMCA@Fox.com.
If you posted materials to a BTN Service that was removed due to notice by a copyright owner.
If you posted materials to the BTN Services that BTN removed due to a notice of a claimed infringement from a copyright owner, BTN will take reasonable steps promptly to notify you that the material has been removed or disabled. This notice may be by means of a general notice on BTN Services or by written or electronic communication to such address(es) you have provided to BTN, if any. You may provide counter-notification in response to such notice in a written communication that includes substantially all of the following: (i) identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled; (ii) a statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; (iii) your name, address, telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which BTN may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification requesting the removal or disabling of access to the material or such person’s agent; and (iv) your physical or electronic signature.
Please note that, under 17 U.S.C. §512(f), any person who knowingly makes material misrepresentations in a notification of claimed infringement or any counter-notification may be liable for damages.
Third-Party Links and Services
Sweepstakes and/or Contests
Sweepstakes, contests, games and other promotions run on the BTN Services by BTN may require you to provide some information such as full name, zip code, e-mail address, and phone number, in order to participate. BTN may use a reputable third-party, selected by, but not affiliated with BTN, to manage and administer some or all of its sweepstakes, contests, games and other promotions. This third-party may have access to some or all of the information that you provided in order to participate in the sweepstakes, contests, games or other promotion. Our sweepstakes and/or contests are targeted to individuals 18 years of age and older, and individuals under 18 years of age are not eligible to participate unless specifically permitted by the official rules of the related sweepstakes or contest. BTN requires proof of age in order for an individual to collect any prizes awarded.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other BTN users and visitors, providers of Third-Party Services, Processors or any other parties with whom you interact on, through or in connection with the BTN Services. BTN reserves the right, but has no obligation, to become involved in any way with these disputes.
THE BTN SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND BTN DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF OR CONTINUOUS AVAILABILITY OF THE BTN SERVICES. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, BTN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND WARRANTIES IMPLIED FOR A COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR COURSE OF DEALING. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, BTN MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE BTN SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS TO THE BTN SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE BTN SERVICES OR THE SERVERS ON WHICH THEY ARE AVAILABLE WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU ON, THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE BTN SERVICES OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THROUGH USER CONTENT OR THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS) WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, TIMELY OR COMPLETE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BTN OR OUR BTN AFFILIATES BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH) RESULTING FROM USE OF THE BTN SERVICES, PROBLEMS OR TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF THE BTN SERVICES, ATTENDANCE AT A BTN EVENT, ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BTN SERVICES, ANY USER CONTENT, ANY THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENT OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE TRANSMITTED ON, THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE BTN SERVICES, OR THE CONDUCT OF ANY USERS OF THE BTN SERVICES, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE. YOUR USE OF USER CONTENT, THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS, THIRD-PARTY SERVICES AND THE GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY THIRD-PARTIES IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND AT YOUR OWN RISK.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE BTN SERVICES, AND ANY INFORMATION TRANSMITTED OR RECEIVED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES. YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ENTIRE COST OF ANY MAINTENANCE, REPAIR OR CORRECTION TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER PROPERTY OR RECOVERY OR RECONSTRUCTION OF LOST DATA NECESSITATED BY YOUR USE OF THE BTN SERVICES. User Content, third-party advertisements and Third-Party Services do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of BTN or our BTN Affiliates.
Limitation on Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL BTN OR OUR BTN AFFILIATES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD-PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE BTN SERVICES, EVEN IF BTN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN JURISDICTIONS THAT DO NOT ALLOW FOR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF SUCH DAMAGES, BTN AND OUR BTN AFFILIATES’ LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, BTN AND OUR BTN AFFILIATES’ LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO BTN, FOR THE BTN SERVICES DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CLAIM.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY DAMAGES YOU INCUR ARISING OUT OF BTN’S ACTS OR OMISSIONS OR YOUR USE OF BTN SERVICES ARE NOT IRREPARABLE AND ARE INSUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO AN INJUNCTION OR OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF RESTRICTING THE AVAILABILITY OF OR ANY PERSON’S ABILITY TO ACCESS ANY PORTION OF THE BTN SERVICES.
THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF BTN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGES.
United States Jurisdiction
BTN provides the BTN Services in the United States of America. BTN does not represent that the BTN Content, BTN Services are appropriate (or, in some cases, available) for use in other locations. If you use the BTN Services from a jurisdiction other than the United States, you agree that you do so of your own initiative, and you are responsible for complying with local laws as applicable to your use of the BTN Services.
Not all of the BTN Services are available worldwide or nationwide, and BTN makes no representation that you will be able to obtain any BTN Services in any particular jurisdiction, either within or outside of the United States.
U.S. Export Controls
Software available in connection with the BTN Services (the “Software”) is further subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from the BTN Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk.
(1) BTN, including its BTN Affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, and you agree that any and all disputes and claims that each of you and BTN may have against the other that arise out of or relate to the BTN Services and your use of them, including the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity of this Agreement, including the agreement to arbitrate (the “Arbitration Agreement”) and the scope or applicability of this Arbitration Agreement (collectively, “Disputes”), including but not limited to the arbitrability of any and all Disputes, and even if the events giving rise to Disputes occurred before this Arbitration Agreement became effective, will be resolved in a binding, confidential, individual and fair arbitration process, and not in court. Each of you and BTN agrees to give up the right to sue in court. Each of you and BTN also agrees to give up the right to have Disputes heard by a jury and the ability to seek to represent, in a class action or otherwise, anyone but each of you and BTN (see paragraph 9 of this Arbitration Agreement below). The only exceptions to this Arbitration Agreement are that (i) each of you and BTN retains the right to sue in small claims court and (ii) each of you and BTN may bring suit in court against the other to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.
(2) This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16, governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement shall survive termination of this Agreement.
(3) Any arbitration between you and BTN will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) and will be governed by the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, the “AAA Rules”), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. The AAA Rules are available online at www.adr.org, or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The arbitration will be conducted by a single arbitrator. If you and we cannot agree on who that single arbitrator should be, then the AAA shall appoint an arbitrator with significant experience resolving the type of Dispute at issue. The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement.
(4) If either you or BTN wants to arbitrate a Dispute, you or BTN must first send by mail to the other a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”) that sets forth the name, address, and contact information of the party giving notice, the specific facts giving rise to the Dispute, the BTN Service to which the Notice relates, and the relief requested. Your Notice to the BTN must be sent by mail to Arbitration Notice of Dispute, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, California, 90067. The BTN will send any Notice to you at the contact information we have for you or that you provide. It is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that the recipient receives the Notice. During the first 45 days after you or we send a Notice to the other, you and we may try to reach a settlement of the Dispute. If you and we do not resolve the Dispute within those first 45 days, either you or we may initiate arbitration in accordance with the rules and procedures provided for by the AAA. A form for initiating formal arbitration may be found on the AAA website at www.adr.org (“Arbitration Form”). In addition to filing this Arbitration Form with AAA in accordance with its rules and procedures, you must send a copy of this completed Arbitration Form to the BTN at the address listed above to which you sent your Notice of Dispute.
(5) AAA charges fees to conduct arbitrations. Ordinarily, the claimant has to pay that fee to start a case, but if you wish to commence an arbitration against BTN, and you are seeking to recover less than $10,000 (inclusive of attorneys’ fees), you will not have to pay this filing fee; BTN will pay it on your behalf. If you are seeking to recover $10,000 or more, you will have to pay the filing fee charged by AAA, but BTN will reimburse that fee if you win the arbitration.
(6) If you are seeking to recover $10,000 or less, AAA rules provide that the Dispute should be resolved without a hearing, by submission of documents only. Either you or we may request a hearing, however, and be responsible for the fees associated with it. If the arbitrator recommends a hearing even if neither you nor we request one, BTN will pay the arbitrator’s fees associated with the hearing. If the claim is for more than $10,000, the manner and place of the hearing will be determined in accordance with the AAA Rules.
(7) Regardless of how the arbitration proceeds, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain his or her findings and conclusions.
(8) Each of you and BTN may incur attorneys’ fees during the arbitration. In addition to whatever rights you may have to recover your attorneys’ fees under Applicable Law, if you prevail in the arbitration, and if BTN failed to make a settlement offer to you before the arbitration or the amount you win is at least 25% greater than BTN’s highest settlement offer to resolve the Dispute, then BTN will pay your reasonable attorneys’ fees in addition to the amount the arbitrator awarded. If BTN wins the arbitration, you will be responsible for your own attorneys’ fees. In addition, if the arbitrator, at the request of the winning party, finds that the losing party brought a Dispute or asserted a defense frivolously or for an improper purpose, then regardless of the amount in dispute, the arbitrator must order the losing party to pay both sides’ arbitration fees and may order the losing party to pay the winning party’s reasonable attorneys’ fees, unless such an award of fees is prohibited by Applicable Law.
(9) The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim. The arbitrator may not order BTN to pay any monies to or take any actions with respect to persons other than you, unless BTN explicitly consents in advance, after an arbitrator is selected, to permit the arbitrator to enter such an order. YOU AND BTN AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE OR MULTI-CLAIMANT PROCEEDING. Further, unless BTN agrees, the arbitrator may not consolidate other persons’ claims with yours, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative, multi-claimant or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void, but the rest of this Agreement, including the provisions governing where actions against BTN must be pursued, will remain in effect.
(10) You and BTN agree to maintain the confidential nature of the arbitration proceeding and shall not disclose the fact of the arbitration, any documents exchanged as part of any mediation, proceedings of the arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision and the existence or amount of any award, except as may be necessary to prepare for or conduct the arbitration (in which case anyone becoming privy to confidential information must undertake to preserve its confidentiality), or except as may be necessary in connection with a court application for a provisional remedy, a judicial challenge to an award or its enforcement, or unless otherwise required by law or court order.
This Agreement will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Except with respect to Disputes to be resolved through an arbitration process in accordance with the Arbitration Agreement contained above, you and BTN agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in New York, New York to resolve any Dispute arising out of this Agreement or the BTN Services. YOU HEREBY KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS, COUNTERCLAIMS, CROSS-CLAIMS, OR THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS) ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT.
YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE BTN SERVICES MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. AFTER SUCH PERIOD, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE PERMANENTLY BARRED.
You agree to indemnify and hold BTN, its BTN Affiliates, subcontractors and other partners, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of or in connection with your use of the BTN Services, your breach of this Agreement, your violation of any rights of another or any User Content that you post or otherwise submit on, through or in connection with the BTN Services.
BTN does not knowingly accept, via the BTN Services or otherwise, unsolicited submissions including, without limitation, submissions by you of blog ideas, articles, scripts, story lines, fan fiction, characters, drawings, information, suggestions, proposals, ideas or concepts. BTN requests that you do not make any unsolicited submissions. Any similarity between an unsolicited submission and any elements in any BTN or BTN Affiliate creative work, including without limitation, a film, series, story, title or concept would be purely coincidental. If you do send any submissions to BTN via the BTN Services that are unsolicited (including but not limited to any Forum), however, you agree that (i) your unsolicited submissions are not being made in confidence or trust and that by making such submissions, no contractual or fiduciary relationship is created between you and BTN; (ii) any such unsolicited submissions and copyright becomes the property of and will be owned by BTN (and are not User Content licensed by you to BTN under “Your Proprietary Rights in and License to Your User Content”) and may be used, copied, sublicensed, adapted, transmitted, distributed, publicly performed, published, displayed or deleted as BTN sees fit; (iii) you are not entitled to any compensation, credit or notice whatsoever in connection with such unsolicited submissions; and (iv) by sending an unsolicited submission, you waive the right to make any claim against BTN or BTN Affiliates relating to any unsolicited submissions by you, including, without limitation, unfair competition, breach of implied contract or breach of confidentiality.
BTN may, from time to time, post BTN employment opportunities on the BTN Services and/or invite users to submit resumes to it. If you choose to submit your name, contact information, resume and/or other personal information to BTN in response to employment listings, you are authorizing BTN to utilize this information for all lawful and legitimate hiring and employment purposes. BTN also reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to forward the information you submit, to its BTN Affiliates for legitimate business purposes. Nothing in this Agreement or contained in the BTN Services will constitute a promise by BTN to contact, interview, hire or employ any individual who submits information to it, nor will anything in this Agreement or contained in the BTN Services constitute a promise that BTN will review any or all of the information submitted to it by users of the BTN Services.
The failure of BTN to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The Section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, if any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
You agree that any notices the BTN may be required by Applicable Law to send to you will be effective upon BTN’s sending an e-mail message to the e-mail address you have on file with BTN or publishing such notices on the informational page(s) of BTN Services.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and BTN as a result of this Agreement or your use of the BTN Services. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice related to it shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
Nothing contained in this Agreement limits BTN’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the BTN Services or information provided to or gathered by us in connection with such use.
If you would like to contact any BTN Site with any questions regarding this Agreement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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