TotalChoice Hosting: Terms of Service
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TotalChoice Hosting, LLC. Terms & Conditions Agreement
Term and Payment for Services
Use of Services
Intellectual Property Rights
Warranty; Warranty Disclaimer
Limitation and Exclusion of Liability
TotalChoice Hosting, LLC. Terms & Conditions Agreement
NOTWITHSTANDING, BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN AS WELL AS ALL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE.
TotalChoice Hosting reserves the right to change or modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, any Addendum and any policy or guideline incorporated by reference at any time and from time to time in its sole discretion, and to determine whether and when any such changes apply to both existing or future customers. Any changes or modification will be effective upon posting of the revisions on the TotalChoice Hosting website (the "Site"). Your continued use of Services following TotalChoice Hosting 's posting of any changes or modifications will constitute your acceptance of such changes or modifications.
1. TERM AND PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
This Agreement shall be for an "Initial Term" as chosen by you in the Order Form located on this Site at the time you register for the Services. This Agreement will be automatically renewed (the "Renewal Term") at the end of the Initial Term for the same period as the Initial Term unless you provide TotalChoice Hosting with notice of termination thirty (30) days prior to the end of the Initial Term or the Renewal Term.
1.2. Termination Policy
If you terminate your receipt of the Services prior to the end of the Initial Term or the Renewal Term, whichever is then applicable, (a) TotalChoice Hosting will not refund to you any fees paid in advance of such termination and (b) you shall be required to pay 100% of TotalChoice Hosting's standard monthly charge for each month remaining in the term, unless otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you terminate your receipt of Shared Hosting Services prior to the end of the first thirty (30) days of the Initial Term, you are entitled to a refund of the fees you paid in advance for the monthly Services, not including any setup fees. Your termination request or notice must be submitted to TotalChoice Hosting in the manner described in Section 1.1. TotalChoice Hosting may terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason by providing to you written notice thirty (30) days prior to the date of termination. If TotalChoice Hosting terminates this Agreement, TotalChoice Hosting will refund to you the pro-rata portion of prepaid fees attributable to Services (excluding setup fees) not yet rendered as of the termination date unless otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement. If termination was enforced to due violations that result in damages or fees assigned to TotalChoice Hosting on your behalf, no refunds shall apply and you will be held liable for such fees.
1.3 Default and Cure
In the event that either party hereto defaults in the performance of any of its material duties or obligations under this Agreement, including failure to make any payments due under this Agreement, and such default is not cured within five (5) days after written notice is given to the defaulting party specifying the default, then the party not in default, after given written notice thereof to the defaulting party, may terminate this Agreement.
You agree to pay for all charges attributable to your use of the Services at the then current TotalChoice Hosting prices, which shall be exclusive of any applicable taxes. You are responsible for the payment of all federal, state, and local sales, use, value added, excise, duty and any other taxes assessed with respect to the Services, other than taxes based on TotalChoice Hosting's net income.
All charges for Services must be paid in advance according to the then current prices applicable to the Services. Upon entering this Agreement, you must choose to pay either by direct charge to a credit or debit card. If you choose to pay by credit or debit card upon registering for the Services, you thereby authorize TotalChoice Hosting to charge your credit or debit card to pay for any charges that may apply to your account. You must notify TotalChoice Hosting of any changes to your card account (including, without limitation, applicable account number or cancellation or expiration of the account), your billing address, or any information that may prohibit TotalChoice Hosting from charging your account. TotalChoice Hosting may also create periodic invoices for any applicable Supplemental Charges associated with your use of the Services. You agree to pay to TotalChoice Hosting the amount indicated in each invoice by the due date reflected on that invoice. If you fail to pay any fees and taxes by the applicable due date for credit card or invoice payments, late charges of the lesser of one and one-half per cent (1.5%) per month or the maximum allowable under applicable law but at no time less than $15 shall also become payable by you to TotalChoice Hosting . In addition, your failure to fully pay any fees and taxes within five (5) days after the applicable due date will be deemed a material breach of this Agreement, and TotalChoice Hosting may, in addition to any other remedy it may have: (i) suspend its performance of the Services and/or terminate this Agreement; and/or (ii) At the time of such nonpayment, TotalChoice may, delete any and all content from the TotalChoice Servers. Any such suspension or termination of the Services would not relieve you from paying past due fees plus interest.
1.6. Chargebacks, Reversals, and Retrievals
If you have a billing issue, please contact TotalChoice Hosting to address and resolve the issue. If TotalChoice Hosting receives a chargeback or payment dispute from a credit card company, bank, or PayPal, your Services may be suspended or terminated without notice and you will be responsible for a $50 chargeback fee. Any outstanding balances accrued as a result of the chargeback(s) must be paid in full before Services will be restored..2. USE OF SERVICES
2.1. Applicable Use Policy
The TotalChoice Hosting Acceptable Use Policy (the "Usage Policy") govern the general policies and procedures for use of the Services. The Usage Policy is posted on TotalChoice Hosting's website (or such other location as TotalChoice Hosting may specify) and may be updated from time-to-time. YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE USAGE POLICY. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THE USAGE POLICY AND ANY MODIFICATIONS. TotalChoice Hosting RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THE USAGE POLICY OR THIS AGREEMENT.
2.2. Material and Product Requirements
Unless we have agreed otherwise in a separate agreement, you must ensure that all material and data placed on TotalChoice Hosting's equipment is in a condition that is "server-ready," which is in a form requiring no additional manipulation by TotalChoice Hosting . TotalChoice Hosting will make no effort to validate any of this information for content, correctness or usability. If your material is not "server-ready", TotalChoice Hosting has the option at any time to reject this material. TotalChoice Hosting will notify you of its refusal of the material and afford you the opportunity to amend or modify the material to satisfy the needs and/or requirements of TotalChoice Hosting . Use of the Services requires a certain level of knowledge in the use of Internet languages, protocols and software. This level of knowledge varies depending on the anticipated use and desired content of your website. You must have the necessary knowledge to create and maintain a website. It is not TotalChoice Hosting 's responsibility to provide this knowledge or customer support outside of the Services agreed to by you and TotalChoice Hosting .
2.3. Bandwidth and Storage Usage
You agree that use of the Services under this Agreement will not exceed the bandwidth and storage usage limits set out. If you use any bandwidth or storage space in excess of the agreed upon number of megabytes per month, you agree to pay the associated additional charges. Data stored in your user account on a TotalChoice Server is not owned by TotalChoice Hosting; therefore Data preservation is the ultimate responsibility of you, the client. TotalChoice Hosting is in no way responsible for the client's data and or the backup of that data.3. ENFORCEMENT
3.1. Investigation of Violations
TotalChoice Hosting may investigate any reported or suspected violation of this Agreement, its policies or any complaints and take any action that it deems appropriate and reasonable under the circumstance to protect its systems, facilities, customers and/or third parties. TotalChoice Hosting will not access or review the contents of any e-mail or similar stored electronic communications except as required or permitted by applicable law or legal process.
TotalChoice Hosting reserves the right and has absolute discretion to restrict or remove from its servers any content that violates this Agreement or related policies or guidelines, or is otherwise objectionable or potentially infringing on any third party's rights or potentially in violation of any laws. If we become aware of any possible violation by you of this Agreement, any related policies or guidelines, third party rights or laws, TotalChoice Hosting may immediately take corrective action, including, but not limited to, (a) issuing warnings, (b) suspending or terminating the Service, (c) restricting or prohibiting any and all uses of content hosted on TotalChoice Hosting 's systems, and/or (d) disabling or removing any hypertext links to third party websites, any of your content distributed or made available for distribution via the Services, or other content not supplied by TotalChoice Hosting which, in TotalChoice Hosting 's sole discretion, may violate or infringe any law or third-party rights or which otherwise exposes or potentially exposes TotalChoice Hosting to civil or criminal liability or public ridicule. It is TotalChoice Hosting 's policy to terminate repeat infringers. TotalChoice Hosting's right to take corrective action, however, does not obligate us to monitor or exert editorial control over the information made available for distribution via the Services. If TotalChoice Hosting takes corrective action due to such possible violation, TotalChoice Hosting shall not be obligated to refund to you any fees paid in advance of such corrective action.
3.3. Disclosure Rights
To comply with applicable laws and lawful governmental requests, to protect TotalChoice Hosting 's systems and customers, or to ensure the integrity and operation of TotalChoice Hosting 's business and systems, TotalChoice Hosting may access and disclose any information it considers necessary or appropriate, including, without limitation, user profile information (i.e., name, e-mail address, etc.), IP addressing and traffic information, usage history, and content residing on TotalChoice Hosting's servers and systems. TotalChoice Hosting also reserves the right to report any activity that it suspects violates any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties.
4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
4.1. Your License Grant to TotalChoice Hosting
You hereby grant to TotalChoice Hosting a non-exclusive, worldwide, and royalty-free license for the Initial Term and any Renewal Term to use your content as necessary for the purposes of rendering and operating the Services to you under this Agreement. You expressly (a) grant to TotalChoice Hosting a license to cache materials distributed or made available for distribution via the Services, including content supplied by third parties, and (b) agree that such caching is not an infringement of any of your intellectual property rights or any third party's intellectual property rights.
4.2. TotalChoice Hosting Materials and Intellectual Property
All materials, including but not limited to any computer software (in object code and source code form), data or information developed or provided by TotalChoice Hosting or its suppliers or agents pursuant to this Agreement, and any know-how, methodologies, equipment, or processes used by TotalChoice Hosting to provide the Services to you, including, without limitation, all copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other proprietary rights are and will remain the sole and exclusive property of TotalChoice Hosting or its suppliers, including but not limited to any software programs, inventions, products and/or technology innovations and methodologies utilized, developed, or disclosed by TotalChoice Hosting during the term of this Agreement. Unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, decompiling, and creating derivative works based on the any such software is expressly forbidden except as permitted in this Agreement. You may be held legally responsible for violation of any patent rights, copyright or trade secret rights that is caused or encouraged by failure to abide by the terms of this Agreement.
You hereby grant to TotalChoice Hosting a limited right to use your trademarks, if any, for the limited purpose of permitting TotalChoice Hosting to fulfill its duties under this Agreement. This is not a trademark license and no other rights relating to the trademarks are granted by this Agreement. Specifically, but without limitation, the rights granted by this Agreement do not include the right to sub-license use of your trademarks or to use your trademarks with any other products or services outside the scope of the Services provided under this Agreement. The limited trademark use rights granted under this section terminate upon termination of this Agreement.
5. WARRANTY; WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
5.1. Customer and/or Third Party Acts
TotalChoice Hosting is not responsible in any manner for any non-confirming Services to the extent caused by you or your customers. In addition, TotalChoice Hosting is not responsible for loss or corruption of data in transmission, or for failure to send or receive data due to events beyond TotalChoice Hosting's reasonable control.
5.2. No Express or Implied Warranty
ALL SERVICES, SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY TotalChoice Hosting UNDER THIS AGREEMENT ARE PROVIDED WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHATSOEVER. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT TotalChoice Hosting EXERCISES NO CONTROL OVER, AND ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR, THE CONTENT OF THE INFORMATION PASSING THROUGH TotalChoice Hosting's COMPUTERS, NETWORK HUBS AND POINTS OF PRESENCE, OR THE INTERNET. TotalChoice Hosting DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR COMPLETELY SECURE, AND DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADE SECRET OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT. ALL SERVICES PERFORMED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT ARE PERFORMED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY AGAINST FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY FAILURE DUE TO COMPUTER HARDWARE OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, TotalChoice Hosting DOES NOT MAKE AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE ALL RELIANCE ON, ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, ARISING BY LAW OR OTHERWISE, REGARDING THE SERVICES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR CONDITIONS OF QUALITY, AND ANY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADESECRET OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT.
5.3 Your Warranties and Representations to TotalChoice Hosting
You warrant, represent, and covenant to TotalChoice Hosting that (a) you are at least eighteen (18) years of age or are a duly organized and validly existing entity; (b) you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this Agreement; (c) you will use the Services only for lawful purposes and in accordance with this Agreement and all applicable policies and guidelines; (d) you will be financially responsible for the use of your account; (e) you have acquired or will acquire all authorization(s) necessary for hypertext links to third-party websites or other content; (f) you have verified or will verify the accuracy of materials distributed or made available for distribution via the Services, including, without limitation, your content, descriptive claims, warranties, guarantees, nature of business, and address where business is conducted, and (g) your content and/or any software that you install or provide does not and will not infringe or violate any right of any third party (including any intellectual property rights) or violate any applicable law, regulation or ordinance.
6. LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT SHALL TotalChoice Hosting HAVE ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR DAMAGE, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OF INFORMATION PROVIDED TO TotalChoice Hosting , DISTRIBUTED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION VIA THE SERVICES. TotalChoice Hosting SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT OR OTHERWISE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES EVEN IF TotalChoice Hosting HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT, THE LIABILITY OF TotalChoice Hosting TO YOU FOR ANY REASON AND UPON ANY CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID TO TotalChoice Hosting BY YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT DURING THE THIRTY (30) DAYS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE ON WHICH SUCH CLAIM ACCRUED. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES TO ALL CAUSES OF ACTION IN THE AGGREGATE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, MISREPRESENTATIONS, AND OTHER TORTS. THE FEES FOR THE SERVICES SET BY TotalChoice Hosting UNDER THIS AGREEMENT HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE BASED UPON THIS ALLOCATION OF RISK. ACCORDINGLY, YOU HEREBY RELEASE TotalChoice Hosting FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES, AND CLAIM IN EXCESS OF THE LIMITATION STATED IN THIS SECTION 6.1. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
6.2. Interruption of Service
You hereby acknowledge and agree that TotalChoice Hosting will not be liable for any temporary delay, outages or interruptions of the Services. Further, TotalChoice Hosting shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement, where such delay or failure results from any act of God or other cause beyond its reasonable control (including, without limitation, any mechanical, electronic, communications or third-party supplier failure).
You hereby acknowledge and agree that TotalChoice Hosting reserves the right to temporarily suspend services for the purposes of maintaining, repairing, or upgrading its systems and network. TotalChoice Hosting will use best efforts to notify you of pending maintenance however at no time is under any obligation to inform you of such maintenance.
You will defend, indemnify and hold harmless TotalChoice Hosting and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, consultants, agents, affiliates and suppliers (an "Indemnitee") from any and all threatened or actual claims, demands, causes of action, suits, proceedings (formal or informal), losses, damages, fines, penalties, liabilities, costs and expenses of any nature, including attorneys' fees and court costs, sustained or incurred by or asserted against any Indemnitee by any person, firm, corporation, governmental authority, partnership or other entity by reason of or arising out of or relating to: (i) your violation or breach of any term, condition, representation or warranty of this Agreement or any applicable policy or guideline; (ii) your conduct, including but not limited to your negligence, gross negligence, or willful misconduct; (iii) your use of the Services, including any improper or illegal uses; (iv) any claim by a former employee of yours whose employment has been or may be terminated in connection with or as a result of the execution of this Agreement and performance of the Services by TotalChoice Hosting ; or (v) any claim relating to your services or products, or your installation and/or use of any third-party software, including but not limited to advertising, product liability claims or infringement of any trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets or nonproprietary right of a third party (including, without limitation, defamation, libel, or violation of privacy or publicity).
The parties each agree that all Confidential Information (as defined below) communicated to it by the other is done so in confidence and will be used only for the purposes of this Agreement and will not be used to compete with the other party or disclosed to any third party without the prior written consent of the other party except as permitted under this Agreement. "Confidential Information" means all information in any form, including, without limitation, printed or verbal communications and information stored in printed, optical or electromagnetic format, which relates to the Services; or computer, data processing or electronic commerce programs and software; electronic data processing applications, routines, subroutines, techniques or systems; information which incorporates or is based upon proprietary information of either party; or information concerning business or financial affairs, product pricing, financial conditions or strategies, marketing, technical systems of either party; or any information concerning customers or vendors of either party; or any data exchange between a party and any customers or vendors. Exceptions to Confidential Information include (1) information in the public domain; (2) information developed independently by a party without reference to information disclosed under this Agreement; or (3) information received from a third party without restriction and/or breach of this or a similar Agreement. It is not a violation of this provision to disclose Confidential Information in compliance with any legal, accounting or regulatory requirement beyond the control of either Party or, but in such case, prior to disclosure, the disclosing Party shall give written notice to the other Party to permit that Party an opportunity to challenge such disclosure. If either Party is subpoenaed, such Party shall give written notice to the other Party to permit that Party an opportunity to challenge the disclosure of Confidential Information. Upon the termination of this Agreement and upon written request of the disclosing Party, each Party shall promptly return all Confidential Information of the other Party. This provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement for two (2) years.
All notices, reports, requests, or other communications given pursuant to this Agreement shall be made in writing, shall be delivered by hand delivery, overnight courier service, fax, or electronic mail, shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered.
8.3. Choice of Law and Forum
THIS AGREEMENT, WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO RULES GOVERNING CHOICE OF LAWS. ANY ACTION RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE FEDERAL OR STATE COURTS LOCATED IN MICHIGAN, AND YOU IRREVOCABLY CONSENT TO THE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COURTS.
8.4. Entire Agreement
This Agreement and all policies and guidelines incorporated in this Agreement by reference constitutes the entire Agreement of the parties and may not be modified or altered orally but only by an agreement in writing signed by both parties.
8.5. No Fiduciary Relationship
No Third-Party Beneficiaries TotalChoice Hosting is not the agent, fiduciary, trustee or other representative of you. Nothing expressed or mentioned in or implied from this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give to any person other than the parties hereto any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect to this Agreement. This Agreement and all of the representations, warranties, covenants, conditions and provisions hereof are intended to be and are for the sole and exclusive benefit of the parties hereto.
You may not transfer or assign your rights, duties, or obligations under this Agreement without TotalChoice Hosting's prior written consent. TotalChoice Hosting may assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement and may utilize affiliate and/or agents in performing its duties and exercising its rights under this Agreement, without your consent. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assignees.
8.7. No Waiver
TotalChoice Hosting's failure to enforce the strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of TotalChoice Hosting's right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provisions under this Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is deemed illegal, invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable in whole or in part, that provision shall be severed or shall be enforced only to the extent legally permitted, and the remainder of the provision and the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed to be invalid, void or unenforceable only with respect to a particular application, such term or provision shall remain in full force and effect with respect to all other applications.
All provisions of this Agreement relating to your warranties, intellectual property rights, limitation and exclusion of liability, your indemnification obligations and payment obligations shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.