Terms and Conditions
End-User Services Agreement
Customer and DecisionLink hereby agree as follows:
- Scope. These Terms and Conditions shall apply to Customer's use of DecisionLink's subscription services, packaged professional services, all linked pages, content, products, and offline components ("Service" or "Services") identified in one or more ordering documents signed by the parties, including any exhibits or Statements thereto ("Order" or "Orders"). These Terms and Conditions and all Orders (collectively referred to as the "Agreement") represent the parties' entire understanding regarding the Services and shall control over any different or additional terms of any purchase order or other non-DecisionLink ordering document, and no terms included in any such purchase order or other non-DecisionLink ordering document shall apply to the Services. In the event of a conflict between these Terms and Conditions and an Order, the terms of the Order shall control. All capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings attributed in the Order.
- Right to Use the Services.
- During the Subscription Term set forth in an Order, DecisionLink grants to Customer, a nontransferable, nonexclusive, worldwide right to permit those individuals authorized by Customer or on Customer's behalf, and who are Customer's employees, agents, or contractors ("Users"), to access, use or benefit from the Services subject to the terms of the Agreement.
- The Services are provided by DecisionLink from a data center facility to which Users have remote access via the Internet in conjunction with certain offline components provided by DecisionLink hereunder. Each Order defines specific Usage Rights, and Customer shall at all times ensure that its use does not exceed its Usage Rights.
- DecisionLink will provide support and maintain service levels in accordance with the terms included in Schedule A attached hereto.
- Customer shall be solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining appropriate equipment and ancillary services needed to connect to, access, or otherwise use the Services, including, without limitation, computers, computer operating system, and web browser (collectively, "Equipment"). Customer shall ensure that Equipment complies with all configurations and specifications set forth in DecisionLink's published documentation.
- Usage Restrictions and Representations.
- Customer shall not, directly or indirectly: (i) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to discover the source code, object code or underlying structure, ideas or algorithms of the Services or any software, documentation, or data related to or provided with the Services ("Software"); (ii) modify, translate, or create derivative works based on the Services or Software; or copy (except for archival purposes), rent, lease, distribute, pledge, assign, or otherwise transfer or encumber rights to the Services or Software; (iii) use, access or otherwise exploit the Services to build or support, and/or assist a third party in building or supporting, products or services competitive to DecisionLink; or (iv) remove any proprietary notices or labels from the Services or Software. Customer shall use the Services and Software only for its own internal business operations, and not for the operation of a service bureau or timesharing service, or otherwise for the benefit of a third party.
- Customer shall not knowingly or willfully use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, impair or otherwise interfere with DecisionLink's provision of the Services. Customer shall be responsible for maintaining the security of the Equipment and Customer's account access passwords. Customer and DecisionLink agree to make every reasonable effort to prevent unauthorized third parties from accessing the Services. Customer shall be liable for all acts and omissions of its Users.
- DecisionLink owns or has rights to all intellectual property rights in and to the Services and Software (including all derivatives or improvements thereof). All suggestions, enhancements requests, feedback, recommendations or other input provided by Customer or any other party relating to the Services or Software shall be owned by DecisionLink, and Customer hereby does and shall make all assignments and take all reasonable acts necessary to accomplish the foregoing ownership. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by DecisionLink.
- Customer owns any data, information or material originated by Customer that Customer submits or compiles in the course of using the Services ("Customer Data"). DecisionLink has no ownership rights in or to Customer Data. Customer shall be solely responsible for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to Customer Data. Customer Data shall be deemed to be Customer Confidential Information pursuant to Section 9 below.
- Billing and Payment.
- Customer shall pay all fees set forth in an Order. All fees are non-cancelable and non-refundable, except as expressly specified in Section 7.2 of the Agreement. All fees are exclusive of taxes, levies, or duties imposed by taxing authorities, and Customer shall be responsible for payment of all such taxes, levies, or duties (excluding U.S. taxes based on DecisionLink's income), even if such amounts are not listed on an Order. Customer shall pay all fees in U.S. Dollars or in such other currency as agreed to in writing by the parties.
- All amounts invoiced hereunder are due and payable as specified in the Order. Unpaid invoices that are not the subject of a written good faith dispute are subject to a finance charge of 1.5% per month on any outstanding balance, or the maximum permitted by law, whichever is lower, plus all reasonable expenses of collection.
- If at any time DecisionLink determines that Customer is exceeding the Usage Rights, DecisionLink shall notify Customer and Customer shall bring its usage within the limits of such Usage Rights. If Customer fails to do so within 30 days of receipt of DecisionLink's notice, DecisionLink reserves the right to charge and Customer agrees to pay DecisionLink's then-current usage fees for such overage.
- Term and Termination.
- The Agreement shall commence as of the date set forth in the first Order and, unless earlier terminated as set forth below, shall remain in effect through the end of the Subscription Term in any current Order. All sections of the Agreement which by their nature should survive termination will survive, including without limitation, accrued rights to payment, use restrictions and indemnity obligations, confidentiality obligations, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability.
- In the event of a material breach by either party, the non-breaching party shall have the right to terminate the applicable Order for cause if such breach has not been cured within 30 days of written notice from the non-breaching party specifying the breach in detail. DecisionLink may immediately suspend Customer's password, account, and access to the Services if (i) Customer fails to make payment due within ten business days after DecisionLink has provided Customer with notice of such failure; or (ii) Customer violates Section 2.1, 3, or 9 of these Terms and Conditions. Any suspension by DecisionLink of the Services under the preceding sentence shall not relieve Customer of its payment obligations under the Agreement. If DecisionLink terminates an Order for Customer's material breach, all fees set forth on such Order are immediately due and payable.
- Upon any termination or expiration of an Order, Customer's right to access and use the Services covered by that Order shall terminate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at Customer's request if received within 30 days of termination of the Order, DecisionLink will permit Customer to access the Services solely to the extent necessary for Customer to retrieve a file of Customer Data then in DecisionLink’s possession. Customer acknowledges and agrees that DecisionLink has no obligation to retain Customer Data and that DecisionLink will irretrievably delete and destroy Customer Data after 30 days following the termination of the Agreement.
- Representations, Disclaimer of Warranties, Indemnities.
- Each party represents and warrants to the other party that it has the power and authority to enter into the Agreement. DecisionLink warrants to Customer that it will use best efforts to (a) perform the Services substantially in accordance with its documentation under normal use; and (b) provide the Services in a manner consistent with generally accepted industry standards. Customer must notify DecisionLink of any warranty deficiencies within 30 days from performance of the relevant Services in order to receive warranty remedies.
- For breach of the express warranty set forth above, Customer's exclusive remedy shall be the re-performance of the deficient Services. If DecisionLink cannot re-perform such deficient Services as warranted, Customer shall be entitled to recover a pro-rata portion of the fees paid to DecisionLink for such deficient Services, and such refund shall be DecisionLink's entire liability.
- DecisionLink will make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that access to the Service will be available in accordance with the service levels set forth in Exhibit A. The Services may be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance or for unscheduled emergency maintenance, or because of other causes beyond DecisionLink's reasonable control, but DecisionLink shall use reasonable efforts to provide advance notice in writing or by e-mail of any scheduled unavailability of the Services.
- DecisionLink shall defend, indemnify and hold Customer harmless against any loss, damage, or costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred in connection with claims, demands, suits, or proceedings ("Claims") made or brought against Customer by a third party alleging that the use of the Service as contemplated hereunder infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party; provided, that Customer (a) promptly gives written notice of the Claim to DecisionLink; (b) gives DecisionLink sole control of the defense and settlement of the Claim (provided that DecisionLink may not settle or defend any Claim unless it unconditionally releases Customer of all liability); and (c) provides to DecisionLink, at DecisionLink's cost, all reasonable assistance. Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold DecisionLink harmless against any loss, damage, or costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred in connection with Claims made or brought against DecisionLink by a third party alleging that Customer Data, or Customer's use of the Services in violation of the Agreement, infringes the intellectual property rights of, or has otherwise harmed, a third-party or violates any law or regulation; provided, that DecisionLink (a) promptly gives written notice of the Claim to Customer; (b) gives Customer sole control of the defense and settlement of the Claim (provided that Customer may not settle or defend any Claim unless it unconditionally releases DecisionLink of all liability); and (c) provides to Customer, at Customer's cost, all reasonable assistance.
- EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES SET FORTH HEREIN, DECISIONLINK AND ITS THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND QUALITY. DECISIONLINK AND ITS THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, SUITABILITY, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SERVICES OR THE RESULTS CUSTOMER MAY OBTAIN BY USING THE SERVICES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, DECISIONLINK AND ITS THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT (A) THE OPERATION OR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE TIMELY, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE; OR (B) THE QUALITY OF THE, SERVICES WILL MEET CUSTOMER'S REQUIREMENTS. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT NEITHER DECISIONLINK NOR ITS THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS CONTROLS THE TRANSFER OF DATA OVER COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, AND THAT THE SERVICES MAY BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, DELAYS, AND OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE USE OF SUCH COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES. DECISIONLINK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS, DELIVERY FAILURES, OR OTHER DAMAGE RESULTING FROM SUCH PROBLEMS. EXCEPT WHERE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE BY DECISIONLINK, THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO CUSTOMER ON AN "AS IS" BASIS.
- Limitation of Liability. EXCEPT FOR EACH PARTY'S CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS, BODILY INJURY, OR DEATH, NEITHER PARTY OR ITS THIRD-PARTY LICENSORS SHALL BE LIABLE UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY: (A) FOR ERROR OR INTERRUPTION OF USE, INACCURACY OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS, SERVICE OR TECHNOLOGY OR LOSS OF BUSINESS; (B) FOR ANY INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (C) FOR ANY MATTER BEYOND IT'S REASONABLE CONTROL, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE; OR (D) FOR ANY AMOUNTS THAT, TOGETHER WITH AMOUNTS ASSOCIATED WITH ALL OTHER CLAIMS, EXCEED THE LESSER OF $500,000 OR THE FEES PAID BY CUSTOMER IN THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS. Certain states and/or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the exclusions set forth above may not apply.
- Confidential Information. Each party (the "Receiving Party") understands that the other party (the "Disclosing Party") has disclosed or may disclose information relating to the Disclosing Party's business (hereinafter referred to as "Confidential Information" of the Disclosing Party). Such information includes, without limitation, Customer Data, information related to Customer's login identifiers and credentials for Accounts, and the nature and performance of Customer's marketing programs. The Receiving Party agrees: (i) to take reasonable precautions to protect such Confidential Information; and (ii) not to use (except as expressly permitted in Section 10 below) or divulge to any third person any such Confidential Information. The Disclosing Party agrees that the foregoing shall not apply with respect to Confidential Information after five years following the termination of the Agreement or any Confidential Information that the Receiving Party can document (a) is or becomes generally available to the public; or (b) was in its possession or known by it prior to receipt from the Disclosing Party; or (c) was rightfully disclosed to it by a third party; or (d) was independently developed without use of any Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party; or (e) is required by law. Customer Data will be destroyed as set forth in Section 6.3, and, upon Customer's request, DecisionLink shall certify to such destruction in writing.
- Statistical Information. Notwithstanding anything else in the Agreement or otherwise, DecisionLink may monitor Customer's use of the Services and use Customer Data in an aggregate and anonymous manner, compile statistical and performance information related to the provision and operation of the Services, and may make such information publicly available, provided that such information does not incorporate Customer Data and/or identify Customer's Confidential Information. DecisionLink retains all intellectual property rights in such information.
- Notices. DecisionLink may give notice applicable to DecisionLink's general Services customer base by means of a general notice on the Services portal, and notices specific to Customer by electronic mail to Customer's e-mail address on record in DecisionLink's account information or by written communication sent by first-class mail or pre-paid post to Customer's address on record in DecisionLink's account information. If Customer has a dispute with DecisionLink, wishes to provide a notice under the Agreement, or becomes subject to insolvency or other similar legal proceedings, Customer shall promptly send written notice to DecisionLink at 3423 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.
- Force Majeure. Neither party shall be responsible for failure or delay of performance if caused by: an act of war, hostility, or sabotage; act of God; electrical, internet, or telecommunication outage that is not caused by the obligated party; government restrictions (including the denial or cancellation of any export or other license); or other event outside the reasonable control of the obligated party. Each party will use reasonable efforts to mitigate the effect of a force majeure event. If such event continues for more than 20 days, either party may cancel unperformed Services upon written notice. This section does not excuse either party of its obligations to take reasonable steps to follow its normal disaster recovery procedures or Customer's obligation to pay for the Services provided.
- General provisions.
- Any action, Claim, or dispute related to the Agreement will be governed by Georgia law, excluding its conflicts of law provisions, and controlling U.S. federal law. The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act will not apply to the Agreement. In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under the Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover costs and attorneys' fees. The failure of either party to enforce any right or provision in the Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by such party in writing. Except for actions for nonpayment or breach of either party's proprietary rights, no action, regardless of form, arising out of or relating to the Agreement may be brought by either party more than two years after the cause of action has accrued.
- The Agreement and all Order(s), represent the parties' entire understanding relating to the Services, and supersede any prior or contemporaneous, conflicting or additional communications. The exchange of a fully executed Order by fax or electronic signature shall be sufficient to bind the parties to the Terms and Conditions of the Agreement and such Order. The Agreement may be amended only by written agreement of the parties. If any provision of the Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then such provision(s) shall be construed to reflect the intentions of the invalid or unenforceable provision(s), with all other provisions remaining in full force and effect.
- No joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between DecisionLink and Customer as a result of the Agreement or use of the Services. Neither party may assign the Agreement without the prior written approval of the other, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed, provided that such approval shall not be required in connection with a merger or acquisition of all or substantially all of the assets of the assigning company. Any purported assignment in violation of this Section shall be void.
Service Levels & Support
DecisionLink will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide 100% System Uptime (see definition below). If System Uptime is less than 95% in a calendar month, and provided that Customer notifies DecisionLink through its support channels below of any disruptions in service, DecisionLink will issue a credit to Customer in accordance with the following schedule for the month in which the reduced uptime occurred. (Credits will be calculated on the basis of the prorated charges applicable to the System Downtime):
"System Uptime" is the percentage of time per month that the DecisionLink application is available excluding weekends (Monday 8 AM ET – Friday 8 PM ET) for access to its customers.
"System Downtime" is the percentage of time per month that the DecisionLink application is unavailable for access to its customers between the hours of Monday 8:00 AM ET - Friday 8:00 PM ET.
|System Uptime||Credit Percentage|
|95.01% to 100%||0%|
|90.01% to 95%||25%|
|80% - 90%||35%|
|0% - 79.9%||50%|
Customer shall not receive any credits under this Agreement in connection with any failure or deficiency of system availability caused by or associated with:
- Scheduled maintenance and scheduled system upgrades. All scheduled maintenance will occur on weekends (between Friday midnight to Sunday midnight).
- Problems with Customer’s hardware, software, internet connectivity, or other problems within the control of Customer
- Telecommunications failures, domain name system (DNS) and domain name registration problems, general internet problems, and other problems outside of the control of DecisionLink
General Support and Service:
DecisionLink shall provide support between the hours of 8:00 AM ET and 6:00 PM ET on weekdays to resolve emergency operational outages associated with the Software web interface infrastructure, including server hardware and software, firewalls, load balancer, and routers, systems administration, co-location services, and bandwidth provision (each, a “System Outage”), and critical, production-stopping errors in the Software. In addition, within 72 hours following an unscheduled System Outage with a duration greater than 4 hours, DecisionLink shall provide Customer with a brief description of the nature of the problem causing the outage and the steps taken to prevent a future occurrence of the problem. Scheduled maintenance may be undertaken from time to time during periods outside of normal business hours.
DecisionLink shall provide day-to-day support:
- telephonically at 800-670-8301 x2;
- via email at email@example.com; or
- on-line via support website at the following link support.decisionlink.com.
Such support consists of assistance with usage questions or troubleshooting bugs. For bug reports and technical questions that affect Customer’s use of the Software and Service, DecisionLink will respond to major issues within four (4) business hours. For minor issues, DecisionLink will respond to all concerns within two (2) business days. Major issues involve problems that significantly adversely affect Customer's use of the Software or Service. Minor issues involve problems with the Software or Service which do not significantly hinder normal operation, requests for usage advice or enhancements, and similar items.