Publisher Membership Agreement

(United States)


This is the Publisher Membership Agreement that will govern your participation on this LinkShare Network. To print a copy of this Agreement, please use your browser’s print command. 

PUBLISHER MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

This Publisher Membership Agreement is between LinkShare Corporation, a Delaware, U.S.A.  ("LinkShare") and You ("You" or "Your"). If You have registered for or on behalf of an entity, you are deemed to have accepted this Agreement on behalf of that entity.

This "Agreement" refers to, individually and collectively depending upon the context, this Publisher Membership Agreement and any and all Network Policies and Guidelines as in effect from time to time.

In consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:


1 Registration, etc.

1.1 Registration. To use (or continue to use) any LinkShare Network as a Network Publisher, You must provide LinkShare with truthful, accurate and complete registration information. If any such information changes, You must immediately update Your registration information.

1.2 Verification. LinkShare has the right to confirm or otherwise verify or check, in its sole determination, the truth and accuracy of any registration information at any time.

Please note that the verification of Your registration information, specifically, your name, address and Tax identification number, against a third party database may be considered under certain laws to constitute a "credit check." Notwithstanding that, your participation in the LinkShare Network as a Network Publisher does not depend on Your credit worthiness or financial stability. LinkShare is not making as part of the registration process, and will not otherwise make, any type of inquiry to any third party regarding any individual's credit history and personal financial information without first obtaining such individual's express prior authorization to do so.

Please be advised that if any information is determined in good faith by LinkShare to be misleading, inaccurate or untruthful, LinkShare may restrict, deny or terminate Your account, Your access and use of, and/or any benefits derived from Your participation on, any LinkShare Network; LinkShare may also withhold payment of any commissions and/or other fees that may be or become due or payable to You, and may assess charges against such amounts for LinkShare's activities in connection with the investigation and/or verification of such information and/or otherwise in accordance with this Agreement.

1.3 Participation. To join any LinkShare Network, You must be an individual who is at least 18 years old or an entity, and must provide at Your expense your own computer equipment and Internet access.

1.4 Use of the Network. You may use any LinkShare Network only for business purposes and not for personal, household or family purposes.
If You have registered in your personal capacity, you hereby acknowledge that the basic services made available by LinkShare to Network Publishers are provided to You free of charge and solely for the purpose of facilitating business transactions. You hereby agree that You will only use such service for the purpose of facilitating business transactions for your business and for no other purpose.

2 Defined Terms 

2.1 The following terms have the meanings indicated:

"Advertiser" means any person that owns or operates a Site and/or other business that can acquire customers or other types of end users by way of the Internet.


“Content" means information, data, text, documents, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics and video.

A "corporate " of a person is any other person that, directly or indirectly, controls such person, is controlled by such person, or is under common control with such person, with "control" meaning the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person.


An “end usermeans an actual or potential consumer, customer or other natural person.

An
"Advertiser Engagement"means any type of agreement or arrangement between a Network Advertiser and any Network Publisher or between LinkShare and any Network Publisher that can be performed on or in relation to the Internet, including affiliate marketing, performance-based linking, insertion order, or any other type of agreement or arrangement.

A "
LinkShare Engagement" means any type of agreement or arrangement between LinkShare and any Network Publisher that can be performed on or in relation to the Internet, including affiliate marketing, performance-based linking, insertion order, or any other type of agreement or arrangement.

An “entitymeans a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, government agency or instrumentality or other entity recognized by law as a legal person separate from its owners.

The words "include," "includes" and "including" shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase "without limitation."


"Intellectual Property Rights" means technology, templates, designs, Sites, methodologies, processes, names, strategies, marks, logos, Content, documentation, training manuals, and other materials, as well as any and all patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein and thereto.


A "link" means any software, software code, programming or other technology or method (or any combination of the foregoing) that (i) creates a hyperlink between two Sites, or (ii) otherwise causes a Web access device to display to its user a "banner," "button," text-mention, word, phrase, logo or other textual or graphical material that, when activated by a person, results in a Site being served to such person or such person being able to electronically access, receive or obtain Content, products, services or other offerings from the linked Site.

 

"LinkShare Network" means one or more of the online advertising networks operated by LinkShare.

 

LinkShare Offerings” means (a) LinkShare’s offerings to be a Network Publisher or Network Advertiser participating on any LinkShare Network and (b) offerings provided by LinkShare or any LinkShare Related Parties in the form of technology, software, reports and databases, customer support, account management and other client services, symposia, summits and other educational and networking events, as well as any other tools, services, and other resources that may be provided or otherwise made available from time to time.


LinkShare Related Parties” means LinkShare’s corporate affiliates and its and their contractors, licensors, licensees and suppliers.

Thephrase “provided by LinkShare” or “LinkShare-providedshall, when used in relation to tools, services, resources or other offerings, encompass the provision thereof by LinkShare or LinkShare Related Parties.

The
phrase “tracked by LinkShare” or “LinkShare-tracked” shall, when used in relation to any engagement, encompass the tracking thereof by LinkShare or LinkShare Related Parties.

"Network Advertiser" refers to an Advertiser that participates on one or more LinkShare Networks and, through such participation and use of the appropriate LinkShare Offerings, desires or seeks to recruit Network Publishers to enter into Advertiser Engagements with such Advertiser in order to display, distribute or place its qualifying links for compensation.

"Network Publisher Account Area" means, for any LinkShare Network, the Webpage(s) or other area of the Site having the URL designated from time to time by LinkShare for use by members of that Network for the purpose of facilitating formation of qualifying links, accessing reports and otherwise participating in such LinkShare Network.


A "person" is to be broadly construed and includes any natural person or entity.


A "qualifying link" means any type or format of link that is provided or
authorized by LinkShare or a Network Advertiser to be displayed, distributed or placed on or by a Site pursuant to an engagement and which, through addition and/or use of any technology and/or methodology, can be tracked so that such LinkShare or a Network Advertiser can monitor the impressions, click-throughs and/or other tracked activities achieved by the display, distribution and/or placement of such link. The term “qualifying link” shall also refer to any equivalent link, mechanism or technology that, upon being activated, causes the same result as clicking on a qualifying link.

"Site" means, as the context requires, either (a) one or more Web pages, database, computer files, emails, scripts, software or other application, or other destination, together with supporting files and programming, that are on, provided, or accessible through the Web or works on or in relation to the Web, or (b) a person owning or operating any such Site, or (c) both.  A person that owns or operates a Site may have offline businesses which would not preclude it from being a Site for the purposes of this Agreement.

A "tracked activity" means any type of preagreed or predefined activity or result that is sought by an Advertiser in relation to a qualifying link. The kinds of tracked activities that an Advertiser may seek to promote through such arrangements may include, by way of example, impressions, click-throughs, the sale of products or services, the downloading of software, files or other items, the completion of an application, registration or other form, the opening of an account, membership enrollment, or any other kind of action, transaction or activity that can be tracked and reported upon.

"Web" or "Internet" or "online" means the global computer network currently referred to as the Internet, including the World Wide Web, and any and all successor networks, irrespective of what wired, wireless or otherwise connected device, platform or technology is used to access it.


3 Participation; Your Business

3.1 Participation.
Subject to the terms and conditions in this Agreement, You may use the LinkShare Offerings to Network Publishers via the Network Publisher Account Area or otherwise to enter into, track and report on, and/or manage (or have managed) LinkShare-tracked engagements on behalf of Your business.

3.2 Voluntary Participation. Your participation in any one or more LinkShare Networks is as
a Network Publisher. Your participation is purely voluntarily and You may terminate Your participation at any time. Neither LinkShare nor any Network Advertiser shall be construed or deemed as having solicited, requested or procured You or Your services to promote LinkShare or any Network Advertiser or its respective trade or business, or goods, products, property, or services.

3.3 Not a Supplier, etc. You are not and shall not, at any time, be deemed to be a vendor, supplier or provider of goods or services to LinkShare, and neither Your participation on any LinkShare Network, use of any LinkShare Offerings or receipt of payment of any compensation under any LinkShare-tracked engagement shall be construed or be deemed to be an inducement for, solicitation of You to provide any products or services to LinkShare.


3.4 Prohibited Activities. In respect or in relation to any Site (or portion thereof) used by You in connection with Your participation on any LinkShare Network, You may not engage in any activity that is or constitutes, or that involves, facilitates, advocates or promotes, one or more of the following: (a) discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability
or any other unlawful basis under applicable law; (b) libelous, defamatory, threatening, harassing, tortious, or similarly abusive activities; (c) obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or similar activities; (d) gambling; (e) sale, export or use of illegal substances; (f) terrorism, sedition or other illegal activities; (g) MP3, MPEG and/or other proprietary materials for download, sale or otherwise, in any case without the permission of the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights (h) a conflict or violation of any law or regulation or any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of any person or entity; (i) harm to minors in any way; or (j) impersonation of any person, including any LinkShare representative, or misrepresentation of affiliation with any person.

4    Engagements; Qualifying Links. 

 

4.1   Use of Qualifying Links.  Each qualifying link used by You in relation to a LinkShare-tracked engagement must include, in unaltered form, the special "tagged" link codes and/or other transaction tracking codes in the manner and format made available or otherwise dictated by LinkShare that, among other things, associate such qualifying link with such engagement. 

4.2Valid Referrals Only. You will place or use qualified links only with the intention of delivering valid sales, leads, applications, accounts, clicks or other specified compensable tracked activities. You may not, nor knowingly permit any person to, activate a qualifying link or inflate the amount of any sought-after or resulting tracked activities through any method or technology that does not actually deliver an end user to the destination Site associated with such qualifying link.

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3    LinkShare’sDetermination Final and Binding. All determinations of qualifying links and the compensation due to You made by LinkShare shall be final and binding on You.  LinkShare is under no obligation to investigate or resolving any claim or dispute involving You and any Network Advertiser or other third party person..  You acknowledge that, even if the specific LinkShare Network that you participate in entails contracting directly with LinkShare for payments, such payments are ultimately tied to decisions made by Network Advertisers, and the provisions of this Section will apply to Your participation in such LinkShare Network(s) as well.   If LinkShare, in its sole discretion, elects to investigate or otherwise become involved in any such claim or dispute, it shall not thereby undertake, assume or have any duty, obligation or liability to You or any other party to the claim or dispute.

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    Advertisers’ Terms and Conditions; Additional LinkShare Terms and ConditionsIn addition to and without limiting Your obligations under this Agreement, Your participation in specific LinkShare Networks may require that You enter into agreements with LinkShare or with those Network Advertisers in whose programs you participate. In such event, the terms and conditions of each such Network Advertiser’s Engagement governs Your relationship with that Network Advertiser, including Your use of the qualifying links associated with that Network Advertiser, the tracked activities sought, the compensation that might become payable, and any limitations or restrictions that may apply to Your promotion of such Network Advertiser or its qualifying links. LinkShare has no liability or responsibility to review, endorse, police or enforce any such engagements.   In addition, in certain LinkShare Networks, Your participation in specific engagements may also be governed by additional terms and conditions established by LinkShare. 


4.5Distribution of Qualifying Links. If You currently distribute, or plan to distribute, qualifying links on, to or through Sites other than those owned or operated by You and registered with LinkShare, You hereby agree that upon LinkShare’s request from time to time, You will provide LinkShare a list of Sites that are not owned or operated by You (together withany reasonably requested information about any such Sites) where qualifying links (and associated materials) have been, or are planned to be distributed and/or used, and (ii) You agree to provide prompt and reasonable cooperation to LinkSharein responding to any requests, complaints, claims or other issues raised by any NetworkAdvertiser regarding where and how such Network Advertiser’s qualifying links are distributed and/or used, including ceasing further distribution of such qualifying links (and associated materials) as appropriate.

4.6No Modification. etc. of Qualifying Links. You will not modify, circumvent, impair, disable or otherwise interfere with any tracking codes and/or other technology and/or methodology required or made available by LinkShare and/or the Network Advertiser to be used in connection with such qualifying link so that it may be properly tracked by LinkShare.

4.7 Termination of Qualifying Links. LinkShare or the relevant Network Advertiser may terminate any qualifying links associated with any LinkShare-tracked engagements with which You have entered into with such Network Advertiser.
LinkShare may also terminate any qualifying links associated with any LinkShare-tracked engagements with which You have entered into directly with LinkShare.  You must remove any qualifying links after any termination of the corresponding engagements, including due to termination or expiration of a relevant Network Advertiser’s participation. If qualifying links are not so removed, LinkShare may redirect such links as it determines in its sole discretion, with or without compensation to You.

4.8     No Modification of Content.  You may not modify, resize, reformat, edit or otherwise alter any Content provided by any Network Advertiser, unless specifically permitted to do so by a Network Advertiser. In such event, any such modifications shall be strictly limited in accordance with such Network Advertiser’s specific authorization. 

 

4.9   Discontinuing Use of Qualifying Links.  You may at any time discontinue use of qualifying links by removing such qualifying links from Your Site, with or without notice to LinkShare or, subject to the terms of Your engagement with the relevant Network Advertiser, such Network Advertiser, provided, however, that You remain subject to such engagement and this Agreement until you separately terminate such engagement or Agreement.

4.10   LinkShare as Neutral Host. Participation in any LinkShare Network is not an endorsement by LinkShare of any Network Advertiser or Network Publisher. LinkShare operates the LinkShare Networks and/or provides the LinkShare Offerings as a neutral host, and LinkShare does not regularly or proactively monitor, regulate or police the usage thereof by any of its participants. LinkShare is not responsible or liable for the acts, omissions, agreements or promises of or by any Network Advertiser, Network Publisher or other Site using LinkShare offerings to enter into any arrangement or otherwise work with any other person or entity.

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11    Independent Contractors.  LinkShare is the host of each LinkShare Network. Network Advertisers and Network Publishers are independent parties and LinkShare does not and shall not have any responsibility or liability for the acts, omissions, promotions, Content or qualifying links or other links of any Network Advertiser, Network Publisher or other third party, including breaches of engagements by Network Advertisers, or for screening or policing the Sites or actions of Network Advertisers or Network Publishers.

 

5 Provision of Information

5.1Reports; Revisions. You acknowledge and agree that each Network Advertiser whose Program You join shall receive reports from LinkShare that identify You and may include data about You and Your qualifying links with that Network Advertiser. If LinkShare is notified by a Network Advertiser that it believes that its reports about its relationship with You contain an error or omission or otherwise require adjustment, LinkShare may elect to revise those reports as requested by the Network Advertiser and make corresponding changes to Your Publisher Reports. Since the reports LinkShare provides You and such Network Advertiser are the bases for calculating the compensation, if any, due to You from that Network Advertiser, any such adjustment may affect the amount of compensation to which You are entitled.

5.2 Data Furnished by Network Advertisers. In providing LinkShare Offerings, including giving You reports on Your Network activities, LinkShare relies on data provided by Network Advertisers. LinkShare is not obligated to confirm, and does not warrant or guarantee, the accuracy, truth or completeness of any data provided by Network Advertisers.


5.3 Errors. If You believe that any of Your Publisher Reports for any month contains errors in the data about Your engagement with any Network Advertiser, You must notify that Network Advertiser (with a copy to LinkShare) within ten days after the end of that month or any shorter period in Your engagement so that, if possible, the matter may be resolved. If any Publisher Reports for any month are corrected or adjusted after the end of the month, then the period within which You must notify the Network Advertiser (with a copy to LinkShare) of errors in the corrected or adjusted data shall be ten days after such correction or adjustment is posted or any shorter period in Your engagement.
Any dispute between You and a Network Advertiser about any error You report must be resolved by You and that Network Advertiser. In the event LinkShare is in receipt of funds from an advertiser for the purpose of paying commissions to You, and a dispute arises between you and the Advertiser regarding the amount of the funds that are due, LinkShare will be entitled to return such funds to the Advertiser, and to decline to offer further processing services until such dispute is resolved and LinkShare is notified, in writing, by all parties, that payments should resume. You agree that LinkShare shall have no obligations and incur no liabilities to You in connection with any such dispute.

5.4    No Personal End User Data.  In order to provide the majority of the LinkShare Offerings, LinkShare does not require to be provided, nor does it capture, certain personally-identifiable information (such as name, address, credit card numbers) about any end user who undertakes tracked activities in relation to You or any Network Advertiser. LinkShare has no obligation or liability to You, to the extent permitted by applicable law, if You, any Network Advertiser or other person should provide such information, for whatever reason, to LinkShare.


5.5    Privacy PolicyYou will ensure that any and all Sites employed by You in connection with Your participation in any LinkShare Network or any LinkShare-tracked Engagement will feature an easy-to-understand privacy policy, linked, at a minimum, conspicuously from such Site's home page, with a link that contains the word "Privacy", "Legal", "Terms" or similar language. Such privacy policy shall, in addition to the disclosures about Your privacy practices, identify the collection, disclosure and use of any information related to an end user that You provide or may provide to LinkShare and to any Network Advertiser or other Sites or persons with which You have any LinkShare-tracked Engagement or other arrangement in relation thereto. Such privacy policy shall also provide information on your use of tracking devices, such as but without limitation to, cookies, including tracking devices enabled by LinkShare at your request on your behalf.  Your website will also include all legally required information regarding your use of tracking devices, such as cookies, including where required, information regarding the removal of cookies and other tracking devices.  As to Your personal information, LinkShare may use Your personal information (i) for the purpose of facilitating Your participation in the LinkShare Network, which may include, indexing your name and relevant information about your business in the Network Publisher database and making such information available to Network Advertisers in furtherance of possible business relationships, and (ii) to contact You generally regarding Your use of LinkShare's services. 

5.6 Backing Up Data and Other Precautions. Data transfer, conversion, processing and storage are subject to the likelihood of human and machine errors, delays, interruptions and losses. LinkShare is not liable for any such events or their consequences. You are solely responsible for adopting measures to limit the impact of such events, including backing up any reports or data provided to You. LinkShare may, from time to time, with or without notice, change the time period covered, type and/or scope of current or historical data stored by LinkShare and/or to which it provides You with access.


6 Your Obligations

6.1
You may not use any LinkShare Offerings in connection with aggregating, soliciting or recruiting Network Advertisers, Network Publishers, other Sites or other persons to form or join an marketing, advertising or similar network.

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2 NoSublicense, etc. You may not sublicense, rent, lease, sell, resell, outsource or service bureau any LinkShare Offerings, and any attempt to do so shall be null and void.

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3 No Reverse Engineering.  You will not make unauthorized modifications, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or attempt to derive source code of any LinkShare Offerings.

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4 No Hacking, etc. You agree not to hack, abuse, adversely interfere with, infect with viruses, worms or other malicious or destructive code, or use or cause to be used in extraordinary and unreasonable or inappropriate ways or amounts, any LinkShare Offerings, including any servers, bandwidth supply, equipment, software and other technological resources provided by LinkShare.

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5 No Spam. You may not use any qualifying links in any electronic message unless (a) You have received the express written authorization of LinkShare or the Network Advertiser to use email or other electronic messages to promote it or its qualifying link and (b) any and all such electronic messages comply in all respects with this Agreement, the Network Advertiser’s terms and conditions, and any and all applicable laws, including the requirements of the Can Spam Act of 2003 (Public Law No. 108-187). Further, no electronic message initiated or sent by You or on Your behalf may identify LinkShare or, except as expresslyauthorized by an individual Network Advertiser, any Network Advertiser as a sender or sponsor of such electronic message.

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6 No Interference. You may not, through downloadable or other technology, replace, intercept, redirect, block, alter or otherwise interfere with the full functioning and intended actions of any qualifying link that has been placed or distributed by another Network Publisher including any action that would in any way prevent the behavior or result that would occur or would have occurred had an end user activated such qualifying link without Your interference.

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7 No Infringing Uses. You may not use any name, trademark, service mark, domain name or other Intellectual Property Rights of any third party in connection with Your use of any qualifying links, any LinkShare Network or any other LinkShare Offerings, in any way or for any purpose that infringes or violates any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of such third party, whether for the purpose of increasing the levels of tracked activities attributable to Your qualifying links or for any other purpose.

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8 Fraud, Abuse, etc. You will not, and will not knowingly permit other persons to, engage in any fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity in connection with Your participation on any LinkShare Network or in connection with any Network Advertiser's program or engagement.

7 Grant of Licence to You

7.1Your Use of LinkShare Offerings. For each LinkShare Network of which You are a member in good standing, LinkShare grants You a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicenseable, revocable and limited license and right, subject to the terms of this Agreement, to:

(a)    Participate in any LinkShare Network for which You have registered as a Network Publisher.

(b)    Access the areas of the relevant Network Publisher Account Area necessary for Your participation in such LinkShare Network as a Network Publisher.

(c)    Solely for Your use in connection with Your participation in such LinkShare Network, download any reports made available to You by LinkShare.

(d)    Use any software code or other Content that is provided by LinkShare Solely for the purpose of creating and maintaining qualifying links in accordance with this Agreement and Your engagements, for such purpose, and no other purpose, but only in the form so provided.
All other use of any LinkShare Network, Network Publisher Account Area, any reports made available to You by LinkShare and such software code or Content, including modification, publication, transmission, transfer or sale of, reproduction, creation of derivative works, distribution, performance, display, incorporation into another Site or mirroring is prohibited.
LinkShare may change the form and/or content of any report at any time without notice to You.

7.2 Use of the LinkShare Name. This Agreement does not grant to You any
license or right to use LinkShare's name or any of its logos or trade or service names or marks, except to the extent required to be used in connection with an URL. Any press release or other public announcement by You regarding this Agreement or any LinkShare Network or that mentions LinkShare shall require the prior written approval of LinkShare. You agree that You shall not disparage LinkShare or any of the LinkShare Networks or any other participants thereof.

7.3Duration of License Rights; Reservation. The above licenses with respect to any LinkShare Network are valid only while You remain a member of such LinkShare Network as a Network Publisher in good standing and comply with this Agreement. LinkShare may revoke any such license at any time by giving You notice by e-mail or in writing. LinkShare reserves all rights that are not specifically granted to You by this Agreement.

8 Grant of Licences to LinkShare

8.1Use of Your Content. Other than as provided below, in order to participate in the LinkShare Network, You are not required to provide LinkShare with any Content or other materials. Should You do so, by way of uploading, delivering or otherwise making available to LinkShare any Content and/or other materials (including any Intellectual Property Rights therein and thereto), You agree to grant, and hereby grant, to LinkShare a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicenseable, perpetual license to use and store the same including in relation to conducting its business or performing any services in relation to any LinkShare Network. This Section will survive any termination.

8.2Use of Your Name. LinkShare shall have the right to refer to You by Your name in connection with any LinkShare Network and/or the performance or provision of any LinkShare Offerings, including in communications sent to actual or prospective participants of the LinkShare Networks in which You participate.

8.3 Disclosure of Business Relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent LinkShare from making any public or private statements about Your business relationship with LinkShare and/or any Network Advertiser and/or Your participation in any LinkShare Network.


8.4 Use of Your Logo. Except as expressly provided above, LinkShare shall not use any of Your logos and/or other trademarks without Your prior written approval. Any and all uses of Your logos and/or other trademarks shall be in accordance with Your specified usage guidelines.


9 Representations and Warranties

9.1 You represent, warrant and covenant as follows:

(a)    You have the legal right to conduct any business conducted by You including in respect of any Site(s) participating in any LinkShare Network; and
(b)    Any and all information You provided as part of the registration process or otherwise shall be truthful, accurate and complete, irrespective of any independent verification or other determination made by LinkShare; and
(c)   
This Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, accepted, executed and delivered by You (or Your authorized representative) and constitutes Your legal, valid, and binding obligation, enforceable against You in accordance with its terms; and
The performance by You of this Agreement and the participation by You in any LinkShare Network and any relevant Network Advertiser's engagement does not and shall not conflict with or violate (i) any law, rule, regulation, order, judgment, decree, agreement or instrument applicable to You or (ii) if You are an entity, any provision of Your certificate of incorporation or other organizational documents.


10 Non-Disclosure

10.1Confidential Information. You acknowledge that in connection with Your participation on a LinkShare Network and/or in one or more Network Advertisers’ engagements, You will be provided with confidential and proprietary data and information from time to time through reports as well as other LinkShare Offerings to You through Your Network Publisher Account Area or otherwise. Such confidential and proprietary data and information may be owned variously by LinkShare or Network Advertisers and/or its or their suppliers or contractors. You will retain ownership of any data and information that You independently collect through Your Sites without the use of LinkShare Offerings, provided that any data and information that may be provided by You to LinkShare shall be deemed to be covered by the licenses granted to LinkShare under this Agreement.

10.2Duty of Care. You will keep all reports, data and other confidential information provided to You through the Network Publisher Account Area or otherwise strictly confidential. Without LinkShare’s prior written consent, You will not disclose any such confidential information to any third party or use any such confidential information other than solely as and to the extent required for you to perform under this Agreement and/or Your engagements with LinkShare or any Network Advertisers.

10.3Need to Know Basis. You may disclose any such confidential information only to Your employees, officers and directors who need to know such information in order to perform their respective duties; provided that each such person has a legal or contractual obligation to maintain the confidentiality of such information.

10.4Legally Required Disclosures. If You receive any document request, interrogatory, subpoena or other legal process (“Request”) that would, by its terms, require the disclosure of any Confidential Information protected by this Agreement, then promptly upon receipt thereof, and prior to making any response thereto, You will notify LinkShare in writing of Your receipt of such Request, and shall provide a copy thereof. Upon receipt of such notice, LinkShare may seek to intervene in the matter in which the Request was issued to seek protection of the confidentiality provided for by this Section. Absent written agreement signed by LinkShare, You may not make such disclosure absent an order or directive from the tribunal from which a Request was issued. LinkShare will be entitled to seek and obtain injunctive relief preventing any breach of Your obligations under this Section, without the need to show irreparable harm, and without the need to post a bond or undertaking.

11 Payment; Fees

11.1Network Advertiser Responsible for Payment. You acknowledge that, in any LinkShare Network in which you are compensated by the applicable Network Advertiser, Your entitlement to any compensation reported with respect to any tracked activity (including if reported) is solely a function of the terms of Your agreement with the relevant Network Advertiser and that such Network Advertiser is solely responsible for its payment. LinkShare is not liable or responsible for payment or collection.  This is true even if LinkShare performs the function of processing payments to you on behalf of Network Advertisers. You further acknowledge that, in any LinkShare Network in which you are compensated by LinkShare (not including where LinkShare performs the function of processing payments to you on behalf of Network Advertisers), Your entitlement to any compensation reported with respect to any tracked activity is subject to LinkShare’s receipt of funds from the Network Advertiser associated with the applicable engagement giving rise to the purported compensation .

11.2Payment Terms. The fact that a compensation amount is reported for any tracked activity does not necessarily mean that a payment is due to You from the relevant Network Advertiser or from LinkShare, since payment may be subject to conditions established by that Network Advertiser and/or LinkShare, including policies regarding order cancellation, returned merchandise, receipt of pending credit card authorizations and/or chargebacks and minimums for earned compensation before payment is made.

11.3
    LinkShare’s Right to Assess Fees. LinkShare may, at any time upon prior written notice to you as described below, commence charging or assessing fees in relation to any or all LinkShare Offerings made available to You including Your participation on any LinkShare Network(s). Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, in the event LinkShare elects to charge or assess fees, You will be notified at least one (1) month in advance in writing by email or posting through the Network Publisher Account Area. You may elect not to pay any such fees by discontinuing Your participation in all LinkShare Offerings prior to the commencement of such fees. Any and all fees or other charges may be offset against or debited from any amounts that might be held in account for You by LinkShare or LinkShare Related Parties including any amounts that may be due, payable or paid to You by any Network Advertisers, by LinkShare,  or other third parties.

11.4Tax. You agree that You are solely responsible for any and all tax obligations, if any, due to all taxing authorities arising from or in connection with Your participation in any LinkShare Offerings, LinkShare Network or any Network Advertiser engagement.

11.5 Exchange Rate Risk. In the event that LinkShare is retained by a Network Advertiser to process payments on its behalf, You may be permitted, at LinkShare's sole discretion, to elect to receive payment in a currency other than the default currency for the applicable LinkShare Network. You agree that, should You choose to do so, You will bear all risk of any fluctuations in the applicable currency exchange rate. 

12    Compliance with Laws

12.1    You and Your affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents and representatives, and the conduct of Your business, Your performance under any engagements with LinkShare or any Network Advertiser, and Your use of any LinkShare Network and/or LinkShare Offerings shall comply at all times with all applicable federal, state, provincial and foreign laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, orders, judgments and decrees.

13 Termination of Network Advertisers

13.1 Any Network Advertiser's participation in any LinkShare Network may end or be suspended for a number of reasons, including expiration or early termination of its advertiser agreement with LinkShare, and You shall not necessarily receive any prior notice that such Network Advertiser's participation is ending.

13.2 If a Network Advertiser's participation in any LinkShare Network ends or is suspended for any reason, its program conducted through such LinkShare Network shall end or be suspended and LinkShare may, without notice to You, terminate or suspend all qualifying links that You have with that Network Advertiser immediately or, in LinkShare's discretion, at any time thereafter. LinkShare shall have no obligation or liability to You because of any such termination or suspension of any Network Advertiser.


14 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

14.1 EACH LINKSHARE NETWORK AND ANY LINKSHARE OFFERINGS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS, WHERE IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE."

14.2 EACH OF LINKSHARE AND LINKSHARE RELATED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES  , EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY AS TO ACCURACY, ADVERTISERABILITY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, SECURITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF ANY LINKSHARE NETWORK OR ANY LINKSHARE OFFERINGS OR THAT YOUR USE OF THE SAME WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT ANY NETWORK ADVERTISER WILL BE AVAILABLE (INCLUDING IN THE EVENT OF BEING TERMINATED FOR WHATEVER REASON FROM ANY LINKSHARE NETWORK) OR CAN OR WILL BE WILLING TO ENTER INTO ANY ENGAGEMENT WITH YOU.

15 LIMITATION ON LIABILITY

15.1 If You reasonably determine that any LinkShare Offering does not materially meet LinkShare’s obligations under this Agreement, then You must notify LinkShare in writing within ten (10) days of receiving any such allegedly nonconforming services. Your failure to so notify LinkShare on a timely basis shall mean that You accept such services, and LinkShare shall thereafter have no liability whatsoever with respect to such services. If upon receipt of any notice under this Section, LinkShare may, at its sole discretion, reperform the service in question or otherwise provide You with any substitution or replacement services in lieu thereof. Any reperformance or provision of substitute or replacement services shall in no event be construed as an admission that the original service was nonconforming or otherwise improper, and Your acceptance of the same constitutes Your sole remedy and in such case constitutes LinkShare’s maximum liability for any such alleged breach of this Agreement.

15.2 IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, LIABILITY IS IMPOSED ON LINKSHARE OR LINKSHARE RELATED PARTIES, THEN YOU AGREE THAT THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF LINKSHARE AND LINKSHARE RELATED PARTIES, AND ITS AND THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, TO YOU WILL NOT EXCEED TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS ($25). YOU RECOGNIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS LIMITATION OF DAMAGES IS FAIR AND REASONABLE, IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT LINKSHARE IS PROVIDING THIS SERVICE TO YOU AT NO CHARGE TO YOU.

15.3 NONE OF LINKSHARE AND LINKSHARE RELATED PARTIES WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR BASED ON WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, RELIANCE, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFITS, EVEN IF SUCH PERSON WAS AWARE THAT SUCH DAMAGES COULD RESULT.

15.5 THE LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY LIABILITY FOR (I) DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY RESULTING FROM LINKSHARE'S NEGLIGENCE OR (II) FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION ON THE PART OF LINKSHARE. ADDITIONALLY,
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN LIABILITIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF THIS SECTION 15 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

16 Indemnification

16.1 You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LinkShare and LinkShare Related Parties, and its and their directors, officers, employees, agents, subcontractors and representatives for and against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, penalties, interest, judgments, settlements, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that directly or indirectly arise out of or are based on: any misrepresentation or breach of any representation, warranty, or covenant made by You in this Agreement, any conduct, or activity, error or omission by You, including in relation to Your participation on any LinkShare Network, performance of any LinkShare-tracked engagement, or otherwise, any violation by You of any law, regulation or rule, Your use of any other LinkShare Offerings, and/or any actual or alleged infringement by You of any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of any person.

 
16.2 LinkShare may, at its election in its sole discretion, assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You. LinkShare may participate in the defense of all claims as to which it does not assume defense and control, and You shall not settle any such claim without LinkShare's prior written consent.

17 Amendments

17.1Amendments. Upon at least fourteen (14) days’ prior written notice, LinkShare may, at any time, add to, remove or otherwise amend any or all terms, conditions and/or other provisions of this Agreement, including any Network Policies and Guidelines. 


17.2 Changes in Service. Upon prior written notice, LinkShare may add, remove, suspend or discontinue any aspect of any LinkShare Network or any other LinkShare Offering.


17.3 YOUR CONTINUED USE OF ANY LINKSHARE NETWORK AND/OR LINKSHARE OFFERING AFTER EXPIRATION OF ANY APPLICABLE PRIOR NOTICE PERIOD SHALL CONSTITUTE YOUR BINDING AND LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENT TO SUCH CHANGE. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO ACCEPT ANY SUCH CHANGE, THEN YOU MUST TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT WITH SUCH LINKSHARE NETWORK AND/OR LINKSHARE OFFERING AND CEASE USING SUCH LINKSHARE NETWORK AND ANY ASSOCIATED LINKSHARE OFFERING.


18 Termination, etc.

18.1Termination. You or LinkShare may, at any time, with or without cause, terminate this Agreement and Your participation on any LinkShare Network or use of any other LinkShare Offering. You may affect such termination through Your Network Publisher Account Area or by written notice to LinkShare subject to actual receipt thereof.

18.2 Restricted Use. Alternatively, LinkShare may, in its sole discretion, suspend, limit, restrict, condition or deny Your access to or use of all or any part of any LinkShare Network or any LinkShare Offering.


19 Effects of Termination

19.1 Upon any termination of this Agreement and/or Your participation on all LinkShare Networks:

(a)    You shall immediately cease to use and remove from any and all Site(s), whether or not owned or operated by You, any and all qualifying links and all other Content or materials provided to You in connection with Your participation on such LinkShare Network or Your use of any other LinkShare Offerings.

(b)   Any and all licenses and rights granted to You under this Agreement shall immediately cease and terminate.

(c)    LinkShare may terminate or, in its sole discretion, direct or redirect to any destination Site any and all qualifying links continued to be used by You without LinkShare or any Network Advertiser incurring any further liability or obligation to You.


(d)   
Any and all confidential or proprietary information of LinkShare (including as applicable any confidential or proprietary information of Network Advertisers as and to the extent originally provided by LinkShare) that is in Your possession or control must be immediately returned or destroyed. If requested, You will certify in a writing signed by You or an authorized officer as to the return or destruction of all such confidential or proprietary information.

19.2 LinkShare may withhold and offset against any and all compensation and/or other fees that are then unpaid to You. Following assessment of any fees or other charges owing to LinkShare, and subject to LinkShare holding any amount it determines in its sole discretion to be needed to support any of Your indemnification and/or other obligations and/or liabilities under this Agreement, LinkShare may refund any remaining monies to any of the Network Advertisers with which You had entered into a LinkShare-tracked engagement. Such withholding of such compensation and/or other fees is in addition to any other rights and remedies that LinkShare or any Network Advertiser may have in contract, at law or in equity.

19.3 All rights or remedies arising out of a breach of any terms of this Agreement shall survive any such termination of this Agreement.

19.4 Sections 19 and 20, and any provision which by its terms are intended to survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement, will survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement. Your representations and warranties in this Agreement shall survive execution, delivery, acceptance, performance, expiration or termination of this Agreement.

20 Miscellaneous

20.1Independent Contractors. The parties are independent contractors and not partners, joint venturers or, except as specifically provided herein in respect of LinkShare being your limited commercial agent. Other than in respect of the obligation of LinkShare to pay over promptly to You any payments LinkShare receives from a Network Advertiser as agent for payment to You, nothing in this Agreement shall confer upon either party any authority to obligate or bind the other in any respect or cause either party to have a fiduciary relationship to the other.

 
20.2 Force Majeure. LinkShare shall not be liable to You by reason of any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder on account of strikes, shortages, riots, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental action,
strikes, lockouts or other industrial disputes, earthquakes, interruptions in telecommunications services or Internet facilities, or any other cause which is beyond the reasonable control of LinkShare, whether or not similar to the foregoing.

20.3 Assignability. You shall not assign or delegate any of the rights or obligations under this Agreement, and any such attempted assignment or delegation shall be void. Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement is binding on and inures to the benefit of the respective successors, heirs and assigns of each party.


20.4 Severability. If any portion of this Agreement is held by a court with jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions hereof, shall remain in full force and effect.. If any provision of this Agreement shall be judicially unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such provision shall not be affected with respect to any other jurisdiction.


20.5 Governing Law; Consent to Jurisdiction; Jury Trial Waiver. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without regard to its conflicts of law principles. You consent to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal and New York State courts sitting in New York County, New York, U.S.A.  EACH PARTY WAIVES RIGHTS TO TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY ACTION, SUIT OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT.  The U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods shall not apply to this Agreement.


20.6 Entire Agreement; Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to its subject matter, and supersedes all prior written or oral agreements (including prior versions of this Agreement and any conflicting confidentiality agreements), representations, warranties or covenants between the parties with respect to such subject matter.
You have not relied on any representation, warranty, collateral contract or other

assurance (except those set out in this Agreement) made by or on behalf of LinkShare before you entered into this Agreement, and you waive all rights and remedies which, but for this clause, might otherwise be available to you in respect of any such representation, warranty, collateral contract or other assurance.  There are no third party beneficiaries of this Agreement. The headings of sections or other subdivisions of this Agreement will not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

20.7 Notices. LinkShare may provide notices to You by posting notices or links to notices in Your Network Publisher Account Area. Notices to You also may be made via e-mail, regular mail, overnight courier or facsimile at your contact addresses of record for any LinkShare Network. If you provide notice to LinkShare, such notice shall be sent, postage prepaid by U.S. registered or certified mail or by international or domestic overnight courier, to: LinkShare Corporation, 215 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor, New York, New York 10003
, Attn: President with a copy to LinkShare Corporation, 215 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10003, Attn: President and General Counsel. Notices sent by email or telecopy, with or without electronic confirmation, will not be deemed to be valid unless actual receipt is confirmed in writing by an authorized personnel member of LinkShare.

20.8 Language. The English language versions of this Agreement and Network Policies and Guidelines are the controlling versions thereof. All support and other inquiries regarding Your use of any LinkShare Offering must be submitted to LinkShare in English, and LinkShare will communicate in English only.

 



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