Please read this agreement carefully. It governs your use of the 2282150 Ontario Inc. (“Ritchies”) web site located at ritchies.com (the “Web Site”) and the services and goods provided through the Web Site. It exempts Ritchies and other persons from liability or limits their liability and contains other important provisions that you should read. Each time you use the Web Site you acknowledge and signify that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by this agreement. If you do not agree with each provision of this agreement each time you use the Web Site, you may not use the Web Site.
Each time you use the Web Site, the text of this agreement, as it then reads, will govern your use. Accordingly, when you use the Web Site you should check the date of this agreement and review any changes since the last time you visited. The changes will be clearly shown in the revised document for ease of reference.
This agreement contains the following provisions:
1. Your Acceptance of this Agreement
2. Changes to this Agreement
3. Permitted Users and Access
4. Misprints and Errors, Prices and Purchases
5. On-line Auction
6. No Advice or Solicitation
7. Disclaimer, Liability Exclusion, Liability Limitation, Release and Indemnity
8. Login Names and Passwords
9. Termination of this Agreement and the Web Site
10. Information Submissions
11. Ownership and Permitted Use of the Web Site
12. Personal Information Privacy
13. Trade-mark Information
14. Other Sites
15. Linking and Framing the Web Site
16. Postings and Unsolicited Submissions
17. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
18. Export Laws and Related Matters
19. Other Matters
1. YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT
This is an agreement between you and Ritchies, and governs your use of the Web Site and its content, as well as the Services, as defined below, and goods provided through the Web Site. Each time you use the Web Site and its services, including but not limited to visiting, logging on to your account, browsing, registering a bid, bidding, adding a lot to your watch list, requesting e-flyers, ordering a catalogue, purchasing, accessing or otherwise using the Web Site (the “Services”) you signify your acceptance and agreement, and the acceptance and agreement of any person you purport to represent (and for purposes of this agreement, “person” includes any type of incorporated or unincorporated entity, including your employer), without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this agreement for using this Web Site, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and you represent and warrant that you have the legal authority to agree to and accept this agreement on behalf of yourself and any person (such as your employer) you purport to represent. If you do not agree with each provision of this agreement, or you are not authorized to agree to and accept this agreement, or you do not have the legal authority to agree to and accept this agreement, you may not use the Web Site.
2. CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT
You may not change, supplement, or amend this agreement in any manner. However, Ritchies may, in its sole discretion, change, supplement or amend this agreement as it relates to your future use of the Web Site and the Services from time to time, for any reason, and without any notice or liability to you or any other person, by posting a revised Agreement on the Web Site. You should check for revisions each time you log into the Web Site.
3. PERMITTED USERS AND ACCESS
The Web Site may be used only by persons who have reached the age of majority or legal age in their jurisdiction and who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. The Web Site may not be used by persons in jurisdictions where access to or use of the Web Site or any part of it may be illegal or prohibited. It is solely your responsibility to determine whether your use of the Web Site is lawful, and you must comply with all applicable laws.
4. MISPRINTS AND ERRORS, PRICES AND PURCHASES
Ritchies endeavours to provide current and accurate information on the Web Site. Nevertheless, misprints or other errors may occur. Accordingly, Ritchies reserves the right to change the prices, fees, charges and processes relating to the Web Site or the Services at any time and from time to time without any notice or liability to you or any other person. Also, Ritchies cannot guarantee that the Services advertised on the Web Site will be available when a bid is submitted, or a lot is purchased, or at any relevant time. Accordingly, Ritchies reserves the right at any time to reject, correct, cancel or terminate any Services or other request. Ritchies reserves the right to refuse to accept any request for Services, notwithstanding any course of dealing between Ritchies and you in the past.
Your online request for Services delivered over the Web Site constitutes your request to engage Ritchies to supply those Services. Your request for Services shall be deemed to be accepted only if and when Ritchies actually carries out your instructions. If you wish to cancel a request for Services, you may request a cancellation by sending an email to online account management. However, Ritchies may not receive and process your cancellation request before it accepts and processes your request for Services, in which case your cancellation request may not be effective.
5. ON-LINE AUCTION
Wherever used in this section 5 or otherwise in this agreement, the word “auctioneer” means Ritchies. The word “prospective purchaser” and “purchaser” refers to you, in submitting a bid in relation to a lot and having your bid selected by the auctioneer, respectively.
You agree to be bound by these further terms and conditions, applicable to on-line auctions conducted through the Web Site:
(a) While the auctioneer has endeavoured to catalogue and describe correctly each lot to be sold, guarantee is not made of the correctness of the catalogue, description or other descriptions of the physical condition, merchantability, size, medium, importance authenticity, attribution, provenance, exhibitors, literature, historical relevance of any lot and no statement anywhere shall be deemed such a warranty, representation or condition, and no sale will be set aside on account of any imperfections not noted. Each lot is sold “as is”, “where is” and without recourse. Each and every lot is sold by the vendor with all faults and defects and with all errors of description and is to be taken and paid for whether genuine and authentic or not and no compensation shall be paid for same.
(b) All descriptions appearing on-line are subject to any variation announced by the auctioneer, on-line or otherwise, prior to the time of sale. No representation is made in respect to any copyrights available to any purchaser. All prospective purchasers shall have an opportunity to inspect all lots prior to the time of the auction and it is recommended that they do so.
(c) Notwithstanding the previous conditions of sale in paragraph (a) hereof, if within twenty one (21) days after the sale of the lot the purchaser gives notice in writing to Ritchies Inc. that the lot sold is a forgery and within seven days after such notification the purchaser returns the same to Ritchies Inc. in the same condition as at the time of sale, Ritchies Inc. shall have the right to have the purchaser obtain, at the purchaser’s expense, the written opinion of two recognized experts in the field, mutually acceptable to Ritchies and the purchaser, before Ritchies determines whether, at its sole discretion, to rescind the sale. The purchaser’s sole and only remedy against Ritchies and the consignor shall be for a cancellation of the sale and the refund of the original purchase price paid for the particular lot and neither Ritchies nor the consignor shall be liable in whole or in part for any other, special, incidental or consequential damages, including without limitation loss of profits.
(d) The auctioneer has the right to refuse any bid and to advance the bidding and set bidding increments, at his absolute discretion. The highest bidder accepted by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser. If any dispute should arise between bidders, or in the event of any doubt on the part of the auctioneer as to the validity of any bid, the auctioneer may, at his discretion, determine the successful bidder, or he may reoffer the lot. Note that Ritchies acts solely as agent for the consignor and makes no representation as to any attribute of, title to, or restriction affecting the property consigned for sale.
(e) If the auctioneer decides that any opening bid is too low, he may reject the same. The auctioneer reserves the right to withdraw any lot from the sale or to divide any lot, or to combine any two or more lots at his sole discretion.
(f) The purchaser will be the highest bidder for the lot accepted by the auctioneer and such purchaser shall assume full risk and responsibility for such lot thereafter, and will thereupon pay the full purchase price therefore according to paragraph (h), or such part as may be required by Ritchies. The purchaser shall, at the time of opening an on-line account and at the time of registering and placing a bid, make available to Ritchies, the name, address and telephone number of the purchaser and make payment as aforesaid. Also, if the required payment is not complied with, Ritchies may assert a lien and first security interest on any works purchased by the purchaser and any funds owing by Ritchies to the consignor and in addition to all other remedies the Purchaser may, in its sole discretion, resell any of the lots affected without notice to the original purchaser and in such case the original purchaser shall be responsible to Ritchies and the consignor for: (a) any deficiency in price between the resale amount and the amount that should have been paid by the original purchaser, (b) reasonable charges for storage, (c) any excess commission which would have been earned by Ritchies had the original sale been completed in full, and (d) such additional fees and charges as may be reasonably incurred by Ritchies.
(g) Each lot sold is subject to a buyer’s premium of 20% of the purchase price, payable by all successful purchasers, charged on the first $50,000.00 of each lot purchased and 15% on the excess and shall form a lien and first security interest on any such purchased works.
(h) Payment shall be made by CERTIFIED CHEQUE, CASH, VISA, MASTERCARD, INTERAC or WIRE TRANSFER and all property shall be removed by the purchaser at purchaser’s expense not later that one business day following the sale. If it is not so removed and paid for, and if the account is not settled in full, a handling charge of the greater of 5% of the purchase price or 2% of the purchase price per month (24% per year) until settled and removed, will be payable by the purchaser. In the event that the property is not removed within thirty (30) days after the sale, Ritchies shall, in addition, have in its discretion the right to sell the property without notice to the original purchaser, similar to and subject to the same terms as outlined in paragraph (f) and Ritchies may in its sole discretion send the purchased property to a public warehouse for the account, risk and expense of the purchaser. All charges are subject to applicable taxes including G.S.T. and P.S.T. The purchaser is solely responsible to arrange and pay for the removal of the property purchased and any insurance, packing, crating or transport thereof.
(i) Each lot offered for sale may be subject to an unpublished reserve in consultation between the consignor and Ritchies. The auctioneer may bid on behalf of the consignor. Ritchies also, as a service, may provide absentee order bids for purchasers who cannot participate in the on-line auction. Ritchies shall attempt to execute the absentee bid at the lowest possible price taking into account the reserve price and other bids. If identical bids are left by two or more parties, the first bid received by Ritchies will take priority. Ritchies shall not be responsible for errors or failures to execute such bids.
(k) Ritchies reserves the right to refuse admission to any preview, on-line auction or to accept any bids from any particular person or persons at any on-line auction in Ritchies’ sole discretion.
6. NO ADVICE OR SOLICITATION
THE CONTENT OF THE WEB SITE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE ESTIMATE LISTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH EACH LOT. YOU SHOULD SEEK THIRD PARTY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE ACTING OR OMITTING TO ACT BASED UPON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OR THOUGH THE WEB SITE.
7. DISCLAIMER, LIABILITY EXCLUSION, LIABILITY LIMITATION, RELEASE AND INDEMNITY
Ritchies strives to make your use of the Web Site a useful experience, and an easy way to purchase utilize the Services offered by Ritchies. Nevertheless, Ritchies and its service providers (the “Providers”) do not accept any liability for your use of the Web Site. For that reason, the following provisions apply to your use of the Web Site:
YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEB SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, PERFORMANCE OR USEFULNESS, ALL OF WHICH EACH OF RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS HEREBY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
YOU (AND NOT RITCHIES OR ITS PROVIDERS) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION TO ANY COMPUTER OR OTHER EQUIPMENT ARISING FROM, CONNECTED WITH, OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE.
THE OPERATION OF THE WEB SITE MAY BE AFFECTED BY NUMEROUS FACTORS BEYOND RITCHIES’ CONTROL. THE OPERATION OF THE WEB SITE MAY NOT BE CONTINUOUS OR UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE. SECURITY AND PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY RISKS CANNOT BE ELIMINATED.
RITCHIES IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF USERS OF THE WEB SITE. HOWEVER, YOU PROMISE NOT TO SHARE USE OF YOUR LOGIN NAME OR PASSWORD NOR TO ALLOW ANYONE TO USE THE WEB SITE POSING AS YOU.
THROUGH OR BECAUSE OF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE, YOU MAY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS WITH OTHER PERSONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE WHERE RITCHIES ACTS AS AN AGENT TO A CONSIGNOR IN THE COURSE OF AN ON-LINE AUCTION. ALL SUCH TRANSACTIONS ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. RITCHIES IS NOT A PARTY TO ANY SUCH TRANSACTIONS AND DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY REGARDING ALL SUCH TRANSACTIONS.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR CONDITION THAT:
(i) THE WEB SITE WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR COMPUTER AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE;
(ii) THE WEB SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE OR WILL FUNCTION WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR WILL BE FREE OF ERRORS OR THAT ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED;
(iii) THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE WEB SITE WILL BE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, SEQUENTIAL, OR TIMELY;
(iv) PARTICULAR RESULTS OR ANY RESULTS AT ALL MAY BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE WEB SITE;
(v) THE USE OF THE WEB SITE, INCLUDING THE BROWSING AND DOWNLOADING OF ANY INFORMATION, WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, WORMS OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE OR DISRUPTIVE COMPONENTS; OR
(vi) THE USE OF THE WEB SITE WILL NOT INFRINGE THE RIGHTS (INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS) OF ANY PERSON;
AND RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY REGARDING SUCH MATTERS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
(b) LIABILITY EXCLUSION
RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PRODUCTION, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFITS (ANTICIPATED OR OTHERWISE), LOSS OF MARKETS, ECONOMIC LOSS, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OR DAMAGE OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR UNDER ANY OTHER THEORY OF LAW OR EQUITY, ARISING FROM, CONNECTED WITH, OR RELATING TO THE USE OF THE WEB SITE BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR THE SERVICES PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, AND REGARDLESS OF ANY NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER FAULT OR WRONGDOING BY RITCHIES OR ANY OF ITS PROVIDERS OR ANY PERSON FOR WHOM RITCHIES OR ANY OF ITS PROVIDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THAT RITCHIES OR ITS PROVIDERS MAY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES BEING INCURRED BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON.
(c) LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT WILL RITCHIES’ OR ANY OF ITS PROVIDERS’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY CLAIMS, PROCEEDINGS, LIABILITIES, OBLIGATIONS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND COSTS, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR UNDER ANY OTHER THEORY OF LAW OR EQUITY, AND REGARDLESS OF ANY NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER FAULT OR WRONGDOING BY RITCHIES OR ANY PERSON FOR WHOM RITCHIES IS RESPONSIBLE, EXCEED THE LESSER OF (I) THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO RITCHIES FOR THE PURCHASE OR USE OF SERVICES VIA THE WEB SITE AND (II) ONE THOUSAND ($1000) DOLLARS.
YOU HEREBY RELEASE, REMISE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE EACH OF RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS AND LICENSEES, AND ALL OTHER RELATED, ASSOCIATED, OR CONNECTED PERSONS FROM ANY AND ALL MANNER OF RIGHTS, CLAIMS, COMPLAINTS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, PROCEEDINGS, LIABILITIES, OBLIGATIONS, LEGAL FEES, COSTS, AND DISBURSEMENTS OF ANY NATURE AND KIND WHATSOEVER AND HOWSOEVER ARISING, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, WHICH NOW OR HEREAFTER EXIST, WHICH ARISE FROM, RELATE TO, OR ARE CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR THE SERVICES.
YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF RITCHIES AND ITS PROVIDERS AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS AND LICENSEES, AND ALL OTHER RELATED, ASSOCIATED, OR CONNECTED PERSONS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “INDEMNIFIED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, EXPENSES AND COSTS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION REASONABLE LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES, INCURRED BY THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CLAIM OR DEMAND ARISING OUT OF, RELATED TO, OR CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE, THE USE OF THE WEB SITE BY SOMEONE POSING AS YOU, YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, OR YOUR BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT. YOU WILL ASSIST AND CO-OPERATE AS FULLY AS REASONABLY REQUIRED BY THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES IN THE DEFENCE OF ANY SUCH CLAIM OR DEMAND. YOU FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY RITCHIES AND THE PROVIDERS FROM ALL SUITS, DAMAGES, COSTS AND LIABILITIES WHATSOEVER ARISING FROM ANY TRANSACTIONS IN WHICH YOU ENGAGE USING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE WEB SITE.
ADVICE AND INFORMATION PROVIDED BY RITCHIES OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, WILL NOT CREATE ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR CONDITION OR VARY OR AMEND THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE ABOVE DISCLAIMER, LIABILITY EXCLUSION, LIABILITY LIMITATION, RELEASE AND INDEMNITY PROVISIONS, AND YOU MAY NOT RELY UPON ANY SUCH ADVICE OR INFORMATION.
The exclusion of certain warranties and the limitation of certain liabilities is prohibited by legislation in some jurisdictions. Such legislative limitations may apply to you.
The disclaimer, liability exclusion, liability limitation, release, and indemnity provisions in this agreement survive indefinitely after the termination of this agreement.
8. LOGIN NAMES AND PASSWORDS
Web Site accounts may be accessed only by use of a unique login name and password. The use of a password does not restrict access by Ritchies and its Providers to the password-protected information. Login names and passwords may not be shared. For security reasons, you must keep your login name and password confidential and not disclose them to any person or permit any other person to use them, except an authorized Ritchies representative. Also, passwords must be non-obvious, hard-to-guess, confidential and changed on a regular basis, and you must log-out at the end of each session.
You (or your employer, if you use the Web Site on behalf of your employer) are solely responsible and liable for any use and misuse of your login name and password and for all activities that occur under your login name and password. You must ensure that all uses of your login name and password comply with this agreement.
You must immediately notify Ritchies of any unauthorized use of your login name or password, or if you know or suspect that your login name or password has been lost or stolen, has become known to any other person, or has been otherwise compromised.
All login names and passwords remain the property of Ritchies, and may be cancelled or suspended at any time by Ritchies without any notice or liability to you or any other person. Ritchies is not under any obligation to verify the actual identity or authority of the user of any login name or password.
You must respond promptly to all email and other correspondence from Ritchies, including without limitation email and correspondence concerning complaints or concerns regarding your use of your login name or password or your use of the Web Site.
THE SECURITY AND PRIVACY PROVIDED BY PASSWORDS IS NOT COMPLETE, AND CAN BE CIRCUMVENTED. YOUR USE OF PASSWORDS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
9. TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE WEB SITE
If you breach any provision of this agreement, you may no longer use the Web Site.
Ritchies may, in its sole discretion, change, suspend or terminate, temporarily or permanently, the Web Site, the Services provided, or any part of it or any of its features at any time, for any reason, without any notice or liability to you or any other person.
Ritchies may at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and in its sole discretion, immediately suspend or terminate (in whole or in part) your permission to use the Web Site, the Services and your login name and password, all without any notice or liability to you or any other person.
If this agreement or your permission to use the Web Site is terminated by you or Ritchies for any reason, this agreement will nevertheless continue to apply and be binding upon you in respect of your prior use of the Web Site and your engagement of the Services of Ritchies through the Web Site and anything connected with, relating to or arising from those matters.
10. INFORMATION SUBMISSIONS
All information you provide through the Web Site, including registration information (name and email address), payment information (credit card numbers and expiration dates), and transaction-related or bid-related information, must be true, accurate, current and complete. You must also provide Ritchies with updated registration information within 30 days of any changes.
Ritchies will rely on the information you provide. You will be solely responsible and liable for any and all loss, damage, and additional costs that you, Ritchies or any other person may incur as a result of your submission of any false, incorrect or incomplete information or your failure to update your registration information, bidding information and payment information within 30 days of any change. Ritchies may require a copy of a government-issued form of identification before making any changes to your registration information.
11. OWNERSHIP AND PERMITTED USE OF THE WEB SITE
The Web Site and all information (in text, graphical, video and audio forms), images, icons, software, design, applications and other elements available on or through the Web Site are the property of Ritchies, its Providers and others, and are protected by Canadian and international copyright, trade-mark, and other laws. Your use of the Web Site does not transfer to you or any other person any ownership or other rights in the Web Site or its content. You may only use the Web Site in the manner described specifically in this agreement.
The Web Site may not be used for any purpose not expressly permitted by this agreement. In particular, except as expressly stated otherwise in this agreement, the Web Site may not be copied, imitated, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, modified, indexed, catalogued, or distributed in any way, in whole or in part, without the express prior written consent of Ritchies. You may not use any of the software that is used in the operation of the Web Site except in the course of using the Web Site. You may not reproduce, copy, duplicate, sell, or resell any part of the Web Site (including the software used in the operation of the Web Site) or access to the Web Site.
The Web Site is made available to you for your lawful use only. You may access and browse the Web Site using commercially available, SSL-capable Web browser software. You may print or download the pages of the Web Site for your personal use provided that you do not modify any of the Web Site pages or other content and you do not remove or alter any visible or non-visible identification, marks, notices, or disclaimers. You may modify the business forms, such as contracts, notices and the like that you download from the Web Site, without being in breach of this provision.
12. PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVACY
13. TRADE-MARK INFORMATION
Ritchies and the Ritchies logo are unregistered trade-marks and trade names owned by Ritchies Inc. Other product and company names and logos appearing on the Web Site may be registered or unregistered trade-names, trade-marks and service-marks of their respective owners.
Any use of the trade-names, trade-marks, service-marks and logos (collectively “Marks”) displayed on the Web Site, except as expressly provided in this agreement, is strictly prohibited. Nothing appearing on the Web Site or elsewhere shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any licence or right to use any Marks displayed on the Web Site.
14. OTHER SITES
The Web Site may include links to other Web Sites or resources and businesses operated by other persons (“Other Sites”). Other Sites are independent from Ritchies, and Ritchies has no responsibility or liability for or control over Other Sites, their businesses, goods, Services, or content. Links to Other Sites are provided solely for your convenience. Ritchies does not sponsor or endorse any Other Sites or their content or the Services available through those other Web Sites. Your use of Other Sites and your dealings with the owners or operators of Other Sites is at your own risk, and you shall not make any claim against Ritchies arising out of your use of any Other Sites or your dealings with the owners or operators of any Other Sites. As between you and Ritchies, the provisions of this agreement under the section headed Disclaimer, Liability Exclusion, Liability Limitation, Release and Indemnity apply, with all necessary modifications, to your access to and use of any Other Sites and their business, goods, Services, and content.
15. LINKING AND FRAMING THE WEB SITE
Links to the Web Site without the express written permission of Ritchies are strictly prohibited. To request permission to link to the Web Site, please contact Ritchies. Ritchies reserves the right to cancel and revoke any permission it may give to link to the Web Site at any time, for any reason, without any notice, and without any liability to you or any other person. The framing of the Web Site or any of its content in any form and by any method is strictly prohibited.
16. POSTINGS AND UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS
You may not modify the Web Site or post comments, communications, or any other data of any kind to or on the Web Site with the intention that such postings may be viewed by other users of the Web Site.
Ritchies does not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new advertising campaigns, new promotions, new or improved goods, services or technologies, product enhancements, processes, materials, marketing plans, or new product names. The purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes. Accordingly, please do not send any unsolicited ideas, suggestions or other materials (“Submissions”) to Ritchies or the Web Site. However, if you do send Submissions to Ritchies or the Web Site you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of the Submissions grants) to Ritchies and its assigns a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, unrestricted, non-exclusive, world-wide, assignable, sub-licensable, right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and otherwise exploit the Submissions or any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques associated with the Submissions for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, using any form, media or technology now known or later developed, without providing compensation to you or any other person, without any liability whatsoever, and free from any obligation of confidence or other duties on the part of Ritchies or its assigns, and you agree, represent and warrant that all moral rights in the Submissions are waived in favour of Ritchies and its assigns.
17. GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
This agreement, your use of the Web Site and the Services provided by Ritchies, and all related matters are governed solely by the laws of the Ontario, Canada and applicable federal laws of Canada, excluding any rules of private international law or the conflict of laws which would lead to the application of any other laws.
Any dispute between Ritchies and you or any other person arising from, connected with or relating to the Web Site, the Services, this agreement or any related matters must be resolved by way of mediation by a mediator to be chosen by Ritchies, in its sole discretion, in discussion with you and any other party involved in the dispute. Failing the ability to settle the dispute through mediation, you agree that the dispute shall be settled by arbitration, in accordance with the Arbitration Act (Ontario). The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding and not subject to appeal. The mediation and/or arbitration shall be held in the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario.
Any dispute you may have arising from, connected with, or relating to your use of the Web Site, this agreement, or any related matters must be brought to the attention of Ritchies within six (6) months after the claim or cause of action arises, after which time the claim or cause of action is forever barred, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary.
18. EXPORT LAWS
19. OTHER MATTERS
(a) If any provision of this agreement is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed to be severed from the rest of this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
(b) The provisions of this agreement will enure to the benefit of and be binding upon each of Ritchies and its Providers and each of their respective successors and assigns and related persons and you and your heirs, executors, administrators, successors, permitted assigns, and personal representatives. You may not assign this agreement or your rights and obligations under this agreement without the express prior written consent of Ritchies, which may be withheld in Ritchies’ sole discretion. Ritchies may assign this agreement and its rights and obligations under this agreement without your consent.
(c) No waiver, express or implied, by either party of any breach of or default under this agreement will constitute a continuing waiver of such breach or default or be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.
(d) You and Ritchies are independent contractors and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employment or franchise relationship is intended or created by this agreement or your use of the Web Site.
(e) The parties have expressly requested and required that this agreement and all other related documents be drawn up in the English language. Les parties conviennent et exigent expressement que ce Contrat et tous les documents qui s’y rapportent soient rédigés en anglais.
(f) Any rights not expressly granted by this agreement are reserved to Ritchies.
(g) This agreement is subject to change without notice.