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5. IP ADDRESSES
6. SOFTWARE LICENCE AND RIGHTS
7. SERVICE LEVELS AND DATA BACKUP
8. ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
9. ALTERATIONS AND UPDATES
All alterations and updates to the website shall be made by the Customer using the online account management facility, FTP access or SSH access where available. The Customer will be issued with a user name and password in order to access the account. The Customer must take all reasonable steps to maintain the confidentiality of this user name and password. If the Customer reasonably believes that this information has become known to any unauthorised person, the Customer agrees to immediately inform VARiHOST and the password will be changed.
The Customer agrees to indemnify and hold VARiHOST and its employees and agents harmless from and against all liabilities, legal fees, damages, losses, costs and other expenses in relation to any claims or actions brought against VARiHOST arising out of any breach by the Customer of the terms of this Agreement or other liabilities arising out of or relating to the Website.
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
13. TERM AND TERMINATION
15. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party shall be liable for any delay or failure to perform any of its obligations if the delay or failure results from events or circumstances outside its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lock outs, accidents, war, fire, the act or omission of government, highway authorities or any telecommunications carrier, operator or administration or other competent authority, the act or omission of any Internet Service Provider, or the delay or failure in manufacture, production, or supply by third parties of equipment or services, and the party shall be entitled to a reasonable extension of its obligations after notifying the other party of the nature and extent of such events.
If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any Court of competent jurisdiction such provision shall be severed and the remainder of the provisions hereof shall continue in full force and effect as if this Agreement had been agreed with the invalid illegal or unenforceable provision eliminated.
Any notice to be given by either party to the other may be sent by either email or recorded delivery to the address of the other party as appearing in this Agreement or such other address as such party may from time to time have communicated to the other in writing, and if sent by email shall unless the contrary is proved be deemed to be received on the day it was sent or if sent by recorded delivery shall be deemed to be served 2 days following the date of posting.
18. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement contains the entire Agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter and supersedes any previous agreements, arrangements, undertakings or proposals, oral or written. This Agreement may be updated without notice.
19. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
20. DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION
VARiHOST are not responsible for customer programming issues other than ensuring that programming languages such as Perl, PHP, Ruby, Python, Miva, ASP.NET and ASP are installed and functioning on the web hosting system.
To protect your privacy we will not distribute your details to third parties, unless required to do so by law.
24. SERVER USAGE
25. EMAIL NEWSLETTER
VARiHOST communicates with it’s customers via email and as such you agree to receive by email our regular newsletter which contains amongst other things changes to our terms and conditions, notification of major outages, updates to our products & features and special offers.
26. WEBSPACE USAGE
Web space is available for genuine web site content, content must be linked into web pages. Customers are prohibited from using the server as a file/backup repository. Customers are expected to employ good house keeping when maintaining their account.
27. MAIL BOXES
Mail boxes not accessed for 100 days or more will be deleted from the system.
28. DEACTIVATED ACCOUNTS
When a web hosting account is deactivated, you agree that after 50 days this account may be deleted from the system without notice and all data will be removed.
29. FREE DOMAIN OFFER
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Cookies and how they Benefit You
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- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve our website for
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive
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Further information can be found at http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
VARiHOST Limited's Uptime Guarantee
Thanks to our data centres multiple redundant connections to the internet, we are so confident that your service (website hosting or email) will experience the highest levels of up-time, that if you do experience downtime… we’ll refund you accordingly: 1 day of downtime = 1 day service refund
If we fail to meet the up-time guarantee for your service, then you’ll be eligible to claim a refund of one day’s service fee for every day that your service is unavailable.
But don’t hold your breath… our track record is formidable when it comes to uptime and we’ll be doing everything we can to keep your service operating at its optimum level.
Dedicated Server SLA
Service Level Agreement
We know that your server is an important part of your business, so every Dedicated Server we sell comes with a comprehensive Service Level Agreement.
- 99.99% Uptime Guarantee – In the unlikely event that we experience a network failure, we will credit your account with one day of service for every hour of downtime over four hours. Simply contact a member of our customer services team to arrange the credit.Please note that this guarantee applies to VARiHOST’s network connectivity and excludes scheduled maintenance.
- Instant Reboot Guarantee – You will be able to instantly reboot your server anytime by accessing your online control panel.
VARiHOST Limited's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may use the hosting services we provide (“Hosting Services”).
Your use of the Hosting Services means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms and conditions of sale.
You must not allow a third party to access or use the Hosting Services. If you have purchased one of our reseller hosting packages, you can allow a third party (a “Third Party”) to access or use the Hosting Services. If you do so, they will also be regulated by this acceptable use policy. As such, you will monitor the use of the Hosting Services by a Third Party and you will procure that they abide by this acceptable use policy. A breach of this acceptable use policy by a Third Party will be deemed to be a breach of this acceptable use policy by you.
The Hosting Services are provided by VARiHOST Limited (“we”, “us” and “our”). We are registered in England and Wales under company number 4080318 and we have our registered office at VARiHOST Limited, Suite 36, 88-90 Hatton Garden, LONDON, EC1N 8PN.
1. Resource usage
1.1 The Hosting Services comprise the provision of web space on our servers to enable you to upload pages and files for the purpose of publishing websites.
1.2 The Hosting Services allow you ‘unlimited’ server space for normal routine “non-file-distribution” web usage. For websites that allow downloading of video, audio or other files we reserve the right to impose a bandwidth limit of twenty-five (25) gigabytes (26,843,545,600 bytes) per calendar month. Non-file-distribution usage will remain unaffected by any limit imposed on downloading of video, audio or other files.
2. Prohibited uses
2.1 You may use the Hosting Services only for lawful purposes. You may not use the Hosting Services:
2.1.1 in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;
2.1.2 in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;
2.1.3 for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;
2.1.4 to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards (see section 5);
2.1.5 to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (also known as SPAM); or
2.1.6 to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.
2.2 In your use of the Hosting Services (other than where you are using your own dedicated server), you may not:
2.2.1 use more than 5 % of our server’s processing capacity. There are numerous activities that could cause such problems, including (but not limited to) CGI scripts and intensive FTP, PHP or HTTP operations;
2.2.2 run stand-alone, unattended server-side processes or any daemons; including (but not limited to) IRCd;
2.2.3 run any type of web spider or indexer; including (but not limited to) GoogleCash and AdSpy;
2.2.4 run any software that interfaces with an Internet Relay Chat network;
2.2.5 run any bit torrent application, tracker, or client. You may link to legal torrent files off-site, but may not host or store them on our servers;
2.2.6 participate in any file-sharing/peer-to-peer activities;
2.2.7 run any gaming servers; or
2.2.8 run cron entries or other scheduled tasks other than by configuring them through our control panel http://www.extendcp.co.uk
2.2.9 give away web space under a domain (including Resellers giving away free websites)
2.2.10 operate a proxy website or service.
2.2.11 As a remote file host for other websites.
2.3 You must not use the Hosting Services as an offsite backup facility. Therefore, all files uploaded to our servers as part of your usage of the Hosting Services must be visible and accessible to the outside world (web-visible) unless they are needed to operate the website of which they form part; We reserve the right to delete files or directories that are not web-visible without giving notice to you.
2.4 All pages of website stored on our servers as part of the Hosting Services will be available to search engines unless you take action to prevent this. If you wish to optimise your web pages for search engines you agree to use coding and techniques which comply fully with the guidelines issued by Google, MSN, Yahoo and other large search engines.
3.1 You agree:
3.1.1 not to re-sell or offer for the use of third parties any part of our Hosting Services, unless you have purchased the Hosting Services designated for resellers;
3.1.2 not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
18.104.22.168 any part of the Hosting Services;
22.214.171.124 any equipment or network used to provide the Hosting Services;
126.96.36.199 any software used in the provision of the Hosting Services; or
188.8.131.52 any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.
4. Interactive services
4.1 Where you use, or allow the use of, the Hosting Services to host a website on which interactive services (for example, chat rooms or bulletin boards) are provided (“interactive services”), you must ensure the use of best practice to operate those interactive services.
4.2 Notwithstanding the use of best practice in operating the interactive services, you must assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service you allowed to be hosted using the Hosting Services and use appropriate moderation in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee or monitor your use of the Hosting Services in relation to any interactive services you provide or allow to be provided.
5. Content standards
5.1 These content standards apply to any and all material that you allow to be hosted through the Hosting Services (“Material”), and to any interactive services associated with it.
5.2 You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any Material as well as to its whole.
5.3 Material must:
5.3.1 be accurate (where they state facts);
5.3.2 be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and
5.3.3 comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
5.4 Material must not:
5.4.1 contain any material which is defamatory of any person;
5.4.2 contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;
5.4.3 contain any material that is pornographic;
5.4.4 promote violence;
5.4.5 promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
5.4.6 infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person;
5.4.7 be likely to deceive any person;
5.4.8 be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;
5.4.9 promote any illegal activity;
5.4.10 be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;
5.4.11 be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;
5.4.12 be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;
5.4.13 give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or
5.4.14 advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
6. Suspension and termination
6.1 We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of the Hosting Services. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.
6.2 Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the our terms and conditions of sale upon which you are permitted to use the Hosting Services, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:
6.2.1 immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Hosting Services;
6.2.2 immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Material (as defined in paragraph 5.1) uploaded to our servers;
6.2.3 issue of a warning to you;
6.2.4 issue of legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;
6.2.5 further legal action against you; or
6.2.6 disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.
6.3 We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.
7. Changes to the acceptable use policy
7.1 We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you.
- 2- Any dealings you have with third parties via the Site are your responsibility. Should a dispute arise between yourself and any third party due to use of the site we will do our best to assist its resolution but will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered as a result.
- 3- We may provide links to other web sites, resources, advertisements or sponsorships either directly or through contractual partners. VARiHOST accepts no responsibility for these links and does not endorse their contents. If you decide to access other web sites, you do so at your own risk.
- 5- The Terms and Conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
- 6- VARiHOST is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. The information we collect from you is only that required by us to provide you with the information and service/s you have requested. We do not and will not supply your personal information to any other person unless you have expressly authorised us to do so.
- 7- VARiHOST may log IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers and for system administration. VARiHOST shall only use these addresses for technical & tracking purposes.
- 8- VARiHOST captures industry standard information solely for the purposes of analysis. Information contained in log files is intended for internal use only and will not be disclosed to our partners.
- 9- VARiHOST does not store any customers financial details (credit or debit card numbers). All details payments are handled by our Merchant provider PayPal.
- 10- All online payments are handled securely using SSL encryption.
- 11- We welcome your views about our website and its content. If you have any queries or comments please Contact Us
Nominet UK Terms & Conditions
WARNING: by registering a domain name within the .uk Top Level Domain (a “Domain Name”), you enter into a contract of registration with Nominet UK (“We”, “Our” or “Us”) on the following terms and conditions. This is a separate contract to any arrangement you may have with any third party for the provision of internet services. By registering a domain name, you agree to the publication of your name and address as part of the public WHOIS database service. If you are a Consumer, and you do not wish your address to be published, please see our web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk for more information on the Consumer opt out. Nominet is the Registry for all internet Domain Names ending in .uk and provides a public service for the .uk namespace on behalf of the Internet community. You can find out more information about Nominet from our web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk. Nominet is a not – for – profit company limited by guarantee which is performing services on a cost recovery basis. This is why we consider it reasonable to limit our liability in certain respects so that we may continue to offer our services in the interests of the whole internet community. This Contract includes our current Rules For The .uk Domain And Sub-Domains (“Rules”) and the Policy and Procedure for our Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service (“Policy” and “Procedure” as appropriate). Copies of the Policy, Procedure and Rules are here or can be obtained from us. You may have registered a Domain Name through a third party (usually, but not always, your internet service provider). In these terms and conditions, the term “Agent” means such a third party.
What we will do
We will process your application to register a Domain Name and consider whether or not to accept it in accordance with the criteria laid down in the Rules;
1.1. If your application is accepted, we will inform you or your Agent. If your application is rejected, we will inform you or your Agent as soon as reasonably practicable and return to you or your Agent (as appropriate) any payments received;
1.2. Unless the current Rules of the relevant sub-domain state to the contrary, we will register Domain Names on a first come, first served basis. Until we accept your application, there is no guarantee that the Domain Name you applied for will be entered in the Register as such. We therefore recommend that you do not take any action in respect of a Domain Name until you have received confirmation from us that your application has been accepted.
1.3. After your application has been accepted, we will enter the Domain Name and other relevant details (namely the data described in clause 6 below, together with details of your Agent, if any) in the Domain Name register database for the requested second level of the .uk top level domain (the “Register”).
1.4. We will use the information in the Register entry for the Domain Name to enable the resolution of requests for the Domain Name, by pointing to the authoritative name servers listed in the Register Entry for the Domain Name. For further information about the technical requirements for registering a Domain Name, please contact your Agent.
1.5. After your application has been accepted and we have received your registration fee, we will issue you with a registration certificate and a reply form.
1.6. Subject to clause 8 below, we will transfer your Domain Name and update the Register accordingly on receipt of correctly completed transfer documentation from you and any relevant transfer fee applicable at the time of transfer. We will not transfer a Domain Name whilst it is the subject of legal proceedings or proceedings under our Dispute Resolution Service. 1.7. Please note that subject to clauses 8.5 and 8.6 we will not refund any fees after your Domain Name and details have been entered in the Register.
1.8. Subject to clauses 8.7 and 8.8 below, we will only make changes to the details contained on the Register (other than the registrant field), if we receive instructions and approval from you or your Agent.
1.9. Subject to clauses 8.7 and 8.8, we shall only alter the details contained in the “registrant” field of the Register if we receive authorisation directly from you.
What you must do
2.1. You must ensure that we receive the registration or renewal fee within one month after the issue of our invoice. For the avoidance of doubt, if you use an Agent it will be your responsibility to ensure that the Agent has paid the registration or renewal fee to us within one month of the issue of our invoice.
2.2. You must sign and return to us the reply form which we will send to you after registration or renewal as appropriate.
2.3. You must inform us promptly of any change in your registered details, and those of your Agent if applicable. It will be your responsibility to maintain and update any details you submit to us and to ensure that your details are up to date, and accurate. In particular, it is your responsibility directly or by your Agent to ensure that we have your full and correct postal address.
2.4. You must promptly inform us of any court proceedings brought in respect of the Domain Name.
2.5. Any name server listed in the Register entry for the Domain Name must respond authoritatively to requests for the Domain Name at all reasonable times.
Renewal of your Domain Name Registration
3.1. The registration period is two years from the date of entry into the Register of your Domain Name registration. Provided you pay us your renewal fee and subject to clause 8 below, you will have the right to renew the Domain Name registration by entering into a new Contract with us for further periods of two years.
3.2. Subject to clause 3.3 below, when the Domain Name registration falls due for renewal, we will contact your Agent (at the Agent’s address appearing in the Register) to request payment of the relevant renewal fee.
3.3. If no Agent is listed on the Register entry for the Domain Name, or if the Register entry for the Domain Name indicates that you wish to be invoiced direct, we will request payment of the relevant renewal fee direct from you at the registrant address appearing in the Register.
3.4. If we fail to receive the renewal fee within thirty (30) days of our making a request for the renewal fee, we will suspend your registration for at least 6 weeks and if we do not receive payment within the suspension period we will cancel your registration without further notice to you. During any period of suspension, we will not point to any name servers listed in the Register entry for the Domain Name, and you will be unable to use or transfer the Domain Name.
Exclusions and Limitations of Liability
4.1. Nominet does not carry out any investigation as to whether you are entitled to register or have any rights in the Domain Name. By registering the Domain Name we are not acknowledging that you have any rights in the name comprised in the Domain Name, and we are not authorising you to use the Domain Name in the course of trade.
4.2. Nothing in these terms and conditions limits or excludes our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraudulent misrepresentation.
4.3. We shall not be liable to you whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for:
4.3.1. any loss of profit, revenue or other type of economic loss (whether direct or indirect);
4.3.2. loss of business or contracts;
4.3.3. loss of anticipated savings or goodwill; or
4.3.4. any losses which a court holds to be consequential, or indirect losses; arising out of or in connection with the Contract, including but not limited to:
4.3.5. any error or omission in entries to the Register; and
4.3.6. loss of registration and/or use (for whatever reason and whether temporary or otherwise) of the Domain Name.
4.4. All conditions and warranties which may be implied by law into any Contract with you are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law.
4.5. Our aggregate liability to you whether under these terms and conditions or otherwise (including liability for negligence) shall not exceed £5,000.
4.6. If you are a consumer (ie you are not registering or intending to use the Domain Name in the course of a business, trade or profession) (a “Consumer”), the provisions of clauses 4.3 4.4 and 4.5 above will not apply to you.
4.7. Nothing in these terms and conditions will reduce your statutory rights relating to faulty or misdescribed goods. For further information about your statutory rights contact your local authority Trading Standards Department or Citizens Advice Bureau.
By entering into this agreement you consent to and warrant the following:
5.1. That you (or your Agent) have obtained the consent of any individual whose personal data is to be held on the Register in accordance with clause 6;
5.2. That the details and information submitted by you to us are true and correct, and that any future additions or alterations to your details and information will be true and correct, and that you will submit them in a timely manner. Unless you are a Consumer, you shall pay us (including the current or past members of Nominet UK’s Council of Management) any and all reasonable costs, claims and expenses (whether direct or indirect) arising out of any claim resulting from your breach of this warranty; and
5.3. That by registering or using the Domain Name (in whatever manner) you will not knowingly infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party, that you are entitled to register the Domain Name, and that you have not registered the Domain Name in breach of trust. Our right to rely upon this warranty will continue to be available after completion of the registration process and will not be affected by any surrender, cancellation or transfer of the Domain Name. Unless you are a Consumer, you shall pay us (including the current or past members of Nominet UK’s Council of Management) any and all reasonable costs, claims and expenses (whether direct or indirect) arising out of any claim that your registration or use of the Domain Name directly or indirectly infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party.
6.1. The Register is a public register for the purposes of data protection legislation. The Register will include your name and postal address, telephone and fax number and email address together with any other relevant details. This information (if it refers to individuals) is ‘personal data’ for the purposes of data protection legislation.
Personal data submitted by you will be:
Posted onto the Register;
Unless you are a Consumer and have selected the Consumer opt out provision , posted onto the WHOIS database by us. The WHOIS database is provided on our web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk. Other Agents which provide an online Domain Name registration service may point to our WHOIS database. We will publish your name and address but will not publish your telephone or fax number or email address as part of the WHOIS database; and
Used as part of the Public Register Subscription Service (“PRSS”), or any other service(s) amending or replacing it. Under the PRSS we provide a compressed form of the Register to subscribers. We provide the PRSS only to trusted third parties, based within the European Economic Area, under strict contractual terms which prohibit the use of PRSS data for the purposes of direct marketing. Any service(s) which may replace the PRSS will be provided on similar terms. The PRSS enables subscribers to perform WHOIS queries and reverse look-ups. We will publish your name and address but not your telephone or fax number or email address as part of the PRSS and/or as part of any other service(s) amending or replacing it. If you are a Consumer you may select the Consumer opt out provision in respect of the PRSS, or any other service(s) amending or replacing it;
We may provide your personal data to governmental or law enforcement agencies at their written request in connection with the conducting of any investigation. We may provide your name and address to third parties with a legitimate reason for requesting the information upon their written request; and
Otherwise, we will provide your personal data to third parties only if required to do so by a court order. You may write to us to request a copy of the personal data held by us about you. We may charge a reasonable fee for the provision of such data. As required by the Data Protection Act 1998, we will adopt appropriate security procedures in relation to the storage and disclosure of information provided by you in order to prevent unauthorised access. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of your identity before we are able to disclose personal information to you. Other than the uses identified above, we will not disclose your personal information to others. Please note that if at any point we discover that you are no longer a Consumer, we will automatically post your personal data onto the WHOIS and the PRSS and/or onto any other service(s) amending or replacing the PRSS in accordance with clause 6.1(b) and (c) above without further notice to you.
You should be aware that personal data posted on the WHOIS database may be accessible to countries outside the European Economic Area. By registering a Domain Name you consent to your personal data being transferred out of the European Economic Area and to our use of your personal data for the purposes specified above.
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service
7.1. You will be bound by the Policy and Procedure of our Dispute Resolution Service which are incorporated into these terms and conditions and made a part of the Contract by reference. The current version of the Policy and Procedure can be found at our web site: http://www.nominet.org.uk/drs.html
7.2. If a dispute arises, you agree to be bound by the Policy and Procedure which are current at the time that proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service are commenced until the dispute is over.
7.3. Neither we nor our directors, officers, employees or servants nor any expert shall be liable to a party for anything done or omitted in connection with any proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service unless the act or omission is shown to have been in bad faith.
Termination/Cancellation, Suspension and Amendment of the Register
8.1. You or your Agent may surrender registration of the Domain Name by notice in writing to us at any time prior to our receiving payment.
8.2. After we have received payment for a Domain Name, only you (and not your Agent) may surrender the Domain Name.
8.3. After payment has been received but prior to the issue of a registration certificate you may surrender the registration by writing to us on headed notepaper which corresponds to the registrant address field of the Register entry for the Domain Name.
8.4. If a registration certificate has been issued, you may surrender the Domain Name by correctly completing the surrender of registration form (on the reverse of the registration certificate).
8.5. If you are a Consumer, then you may cancel the Contract by giving notice to us by any of the means set out in clause 10.4 below at any time up to and including 7 working days following the day on which the Contract is concluded, i.e. the date on which we give notice to you or your Agent that we have accepted your application to register a Domain Name. If you register or use the Domain Name in the course of a business, trade or profession, you will not have this right to cancel the Contract.
8.6. If you cancel the Contract in accordance with clause 8.5 then we will provide you or your Agent (as appropriate) with a full refund of our registration fee within 30 days from the day on which we receive notice of your cancellation. If we refund your Agent, you may have to seek direct from your Agent any further component of the fees which you have paid.
8.7. We may cancel or suspend the registration of a Domain Name by providing you with notice in writing in the event of the following:
8.7.1. if we do not receive your registration or renewal fees in accordance with clause 2.1 above;
8.7.2. if you are in breach of the terms of this Contract (including the Rules) and in the case of a breach which is capable of remedy you fail to remedy this within 30 days of receiving written notice from us to do so;
8.7.3. if we receive independent verification that you have provided grossly inaccurate, unreliable or false registrant contact details, or failed to keep such contact details up to date;
8.7.4. if you are in breach of the warranties contained in clauses 5.1 and 5.3 of the Contract; or
8.7.5. if the Domain Name is being administered in a way likely to endanger the operation of the Domain Name System.
8.8. We may transfer, suspend, cancel or amend the Domain Name registration in the following circumstances:
8.8.1. upon receiving written instructions from you to take such action together with any relevant fee;
8.8.2. upon receiving a copy of a perfected order of a court of competent jurisdiction requiring such action, or where the retention of a Domain Name by you would be inconsistent with the terms of a perfected court order received by us or any other legal requirements;
8.8.3. if such changes are necessary in order to correct an error relating to the Domain Name registration; or
8.8.4. following a Decision requiring such action or an agreement reached between the parties and approved by us relating to proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service; or
8.8.5. should you at any time withdraw your consent to having your personal data displayed on the WHOIS and/or the PRSS and/or any other service(s) amending or replacing the PRSS as set out in Clause 6.1 above; or
8.8.6. if you are a Consumer, should you withdraw from the Consumer opt out and refuse to allow Nominet to provide your personal data on the WHOIS and/or the PRSS and/or any other service(s) amending or replacing the PRSS in accordance with Clause 6.1 above.
8.9. If a name server listed for the Domain Name registration does not respond authoritatively to requests for the Domain Name, we may remove the name server from the Register entry for the Domain Name.
Change of Agent
9.1. If you wish to change your Agent, you should first approach your current Agent to arrange this. If your approach is unsuccessful, we will at your request and on payment of the required fee record a change of Agent directly onto the Register entry for your Domain Name registration. On receipt of your request, we will notify your Agent. You will remain liable for any charges you have incurred under the terms of the contract with your Agent, which may include a fee payable upon change of Agent.
10.1. If any clause of these terms and conditions is held to be unenforceable in whole or in part the other terms and the rest of the provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. 10.2. We may transfer our rights and obligations under the Contract to any third party. You may transfer the Contract, only on the transfer of the Domain Name, in accordance with clauses 1.7 and subject to clause 8 above.
10.3. The internet is an emerging and evolving medium and the regulatory and administrative framework under which we operate is constantly developing. For these reasons we reserve the right to make reasonable modifications to the terms and conditions of this Contract (including the Policy, Procedure and Rules) at any time during the term. We will only do so when we have good reason. No change will have the effect of requiring an increase in fees from you in advance of the next renewal of the Domain Name. Except where we are acting in pursuance of a statutory requirement or a court order, changes will be implemented across the board in all of our Domain Name contracts following a process of open public consultation. Each such change will be published in advance (where practicable, 30 days in advance) on our web site: http://www.nominet.org.uk/ and will become binding and effective upon the date specified therein. You should review our web site regularly in order to be aware of all such changes. If you do not agree with any change or proposed change to these terms and conditions you are entitled to terminate the Contract by providing us with thirty (30) days notice in writing, in which case you will receive a pro-rata refund of your registration fee in respect of any unexpired portion of the term.
10.4. If you wish to contact us our postal address is Nominet UK, Sandford Gate, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB, England and our telephone number is +44(0) 1865 332211. Our offices are open from 9.00a.m. to 5.30pm (UK local time) Monday to Friday, except for public holidays. Except as set out in the Policy and Procedure any notice to be given under the Contract shall only be deemed to be served if delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid post, by fax or e-mail, to the party to whom it is given at its last known postal or e-mail address or fax number. Except as otherwise set out in the Policy and Procedure the notice will be effective: if delivered, on delivery; if sent by fax or email, on the date of sending; and if by post, on the date of posting. For the avoidance of doubt, any notice sent to you will be deemed served if sent to the address appearing in your Registrant’s address field.
10.5. This contract is a binding document. Consumers should read it carefully and ensure that it contains everything you want and nothing you are not prepared to agree to. These terms and conditions, together with the Rules Policy and Procedure, constitute the entire agreement between you and us for the registration of the Domain Name, and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings and representations whether oral or written.
10.6. These terms and conditions shall be governed by the relevant United Kingdom law, and by agreeing to be bound by them you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the relevant courts of the United Kingdom.
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
(As Approved by ICANN on October 24, 1999)
This Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Policy”) has been adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), is incorporated by reference into your Registration Agreement, and sets forth the terms and conditions in connection with a dispute between you and any party other than us (the registrar) over the registration and use of an Internet domain name registered by you. Proceedings under Paragraph 4 of this Policy will be conducted according to the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Rules of Procedure”), which are available at www.icann.org/udrp/udrp-rules-24oct99.htm, and the selected administrative-dispute-resolution service provider’s supplemental rules.
2. Your Representations
By applying to register a domain name, or by asking us to maintain or renew a domain name registration, you hereby represent and warrant to us that (a) the statements that you made in your Registration Agreement are complete and accurate; (b) to your knowledge, the registration of the domain name will not infringe upon or otherwise violate the rights of any third party; (c) you are not registering the domain name for an unlawful purpose; and (d) you will not knowingly use the domain name in violation of any applicable laws or regulations. It is your responsibility to determine whether your domain name registration infringes or violates someone else’s rights.
3. Cancellations, Transfers, and Changes
We will cancel, transfer or otherwise make changes to domain name registrations under the following circumstances:
a. subject to the provisions of Paragraph 8, our receipt of written or appropriate electronic instructions from you or your authorized agent to take such action;
b. our receipt of an order from a court or arbitral tribunal, in each case of competent jurisdiction, requiring such action; and/or
c. our receipt of a decision of an Administrative Panel requiring such action in any administrative proceeding to which you were a party and which was conducted under this Policy or a later version of this Policy adopted by ICANN. (See Paragraph 4(i) and (k) below.)
We may also cancel, transfer or otherwise make changes to a domain name registration in accordance with the terms of your Registration Agreement or other legal requirements.
4. Mandatory Administrative Proceeding
This Paragraph sets forth the type of disputes for which you are required to submit to a mandatory administrative proceeding. These proceedings will be conducted before one of the administrative-dispute-resolution service providers listed at www.icann.org/udrp/approved-providers.htm (each, a “Provider”).
a. Applicable Disputes. You are required to submit to a mandatory administrative proceeding in the event that a third party (a “complainant”) asserts to the applicable Provider, in compliance with the Rules of Procedure, that
(i) your domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights; and
(ii) you have no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and
(iii) your domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
In the administrative proceeding, the complainant must prove that each of these three elements are present.
b. Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. For the purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the Panel to be present, shall be evidence of the registration and use of a domain name in bad faith:
(i) circumstances indicating that you have registered or you have acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of your documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or
(ii) you have registered the domain name in order to prevent the owner of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that you have engaged in a pattern of such conduct; or
(iii) you have registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor; or
(iv) by using the domain name, you have intentionally attempted to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to your web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant’s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your web site or location or of a product or service on your web site or location.
c. How to Demonstrate Your Rights to and Legitimate Interests in the Domain Name in Responding to a Complaint. When you receive a complaint, you should refer to Paragraph 5 of the Rules of Procedure in determining how your response should be prepared. Any of the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the Panel to be proved based on its evaluation of all evidence presented, shall demonstrate your rights or legitimate interests to the domain name for purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(ii):
(i) before any notice to you of the dispute, your use of, or demonstrable preparations to use, the domain name or a name corresponding to the domain name in connection with a bona fide offering of goods or services; or
(ii) you (as an individual, business, or other organization) have been commonly known by the domain name, even if you have acquired no trademark or service mark rights; or
(iii) you are making a legitimate noncommercial or fair use of the domain name, without intent for commercial gain to misleadingly divert consumers or to tarnish the trademark or service mark at issue.
d. Selection of Provider. The complainant shall select the Provider from among those approved by ICANN by submitting the complaint to that Provider. The selected Provider will administer the proceeding, except in cases of consolidation as described in Paragraph 4(f).
e. Initiation of Proceeding and Process and Appointment of Administrative Panel. The Rules of Procedure state the process for initiating and conducting a proceeding and for appointing the panel that will decide the dispute (the “Administrative Panel”).
f. Consolidation. In the event of multiple disputes between you and a complainant, either you or the complainant may petition to consolidate the disputes before a single Administrative Panel. This petition shall be made to the first Administrative Panel appointed to hear a pending dispute between the parties. This Administrative Panel may consolidate before it any or all such disputes in its sole discretion, provided that the disputes being consolidated are governed by this Policy or a later version of this Policy adopted by ICANN.
g. Fees. All fees charged by a Provider in connection with any dispute before an Administrative Panel pursuant to this Policy shall be paid by the complainant, except in cases where you elect to expand the Administrative Panel from one to three panelists as provided in Paragraph 5(b)(iv) of the Rules of Procedure, in which case all fees will be split evenly by you and the complainant.
h. Our Involvement in Administrative Proceedings. We do not, and will not, participate in the administration or conduct of any proceeding before an Administrative Panel. In addition, we will not be liable as a result of any decisions rendered by the Administrative Panel.
i. Remedies. The remedies available to a complainant pursuant to any proceeding before an Administrative Panel shall be limited to requiring the cancellation of your domain name or the transfer of your domain name registration to the complainant.
j. Notification and Publication. The Provider shall notify us of any decision made by an Administrative Panel with respect to a domain name you have registered with us. All decisions under this Policy will be published in full over the Internet, except when an Administrative Panel determines in an exceptional case to redact portions of its decision.
k. Availability of Court Proceedings. The mandatory administrative proceeding requirements set forth in Paragraph 4 shall not prevent either you or the complainant from submitting the dispute to a court of competent jurisdiction for independent resolution before such mandatory administrative proceeding is commenced or after such proceeding is concluded. If an Administrative Panel decides that your domain name registration should be canceled or transferred, we will wait ten (10) business days (as observed in the location of our principal office) after we are informed by the applicable Provider of the Administrative Panel’s decision before implementing that decision. We will then implement the decision unless we have received from you during that ten (10) business day period official documentation (such as a copy of a complaint, file-stamped by the clerk of the court) that you have commenced a lawsuit against the complainant in a jurisdiction to which the complainant has submitted under Paragraph 3(b)(xiii) of the Rules of Procedure. (In general, that jurisdiction is either the location of our principal office or of your address as shown in our Whois database. See Paragraphs 1 and 3(b)(xiii) of the Rules of Procedure for details.) If we receive such documentation within the ten (10) business day period, we will not implement the Administrative Panel’s decision, and we will take no further action, until we receive (i) evidence satisfactory to us of a resolution between the parties; (ii) evidence satisfactory to us that your lawsuit has been dismissed or withdrawn; or (iii) a copy of an order from such court dismissing your lawsuit or ordering that you do not have the right to continue to use your domain name.
5. All Other Disputes and Litigation.
All other disputes between you and any party other than us regarding your domain name registration that are not brought pursuant to the mandatory administrative proceeding provisions of Paragraph 4 shall be resolved between you and such other party through any court, arbitration or other proceeding that may be available.
6. Our Involvement in Disputes.
We will not participate in any way in any dispute between you and any party other than us regarding the registration and use of your domain name. You shall not name us as a party or otherwise include us in any such proceeding. In the event that we are named as a party in any such proceeding, we reserve the right to raise any and all defenses deemed appropriate, and to take any other action necessary to defend ourselves.
7. Maintaining the Status Quo.
We will not cancel, transfer, activate, deactivate, or otherwise change the status of any domain name registration under this Policy except as provided in Paragraph 3 above.
8. Transfers During a Dispute.
a. Transfers of a Domain Name to a New Holder. You may not transfer your domain name registration to another holder (i) during a pending administrative proceeding brought pursuant to Paragraph 4 or for a period of fifteen (15) business days (as observed in the location of our principal place of business) after such proceeding is concluded; or (ii) during a pending court proceeding or arbitration commenced regarding your domain name unless the party to whom the domain name registration is being transferred agrees, in writing, to be bound by the decision of the court or arbitrator. We reserve the right to cancel any transfer of a domain name registration to another holder that is made in violation of this subparagraph.
b. Changing Registrars. You may not transfer your domain name registration to another registrar during a pending administrative proceeding brought pursuant to Paragraph 4 or for a period of fifteen (15) business days (as observed in the location of our principal place of business) after such proceeding is concluded. You may transfer administration of your domain name registration to another registrar during a pending court action or arbitration, provided that the domain name you have registered with us shall continue to be subject to the proceedings commenced against you in accordance with the terms of this Policy. In the event that you transfer a domain name registration to us during the pendency of a court action or arbitration, such dispute shall remain subject to the domain name dispute policy of the registrar from which the domain name registration was transferred.
9. Policy Modifications
We reserve the right to modify this Policy at any time with the permission of ICANN. We will post our revised Policy at least thirty (30) calendar days before it becomes effective. Unless this Policy has already been invoked by the submission of a complaint to a Provider, in which event the version of the Policy in effect at the time it was invoked will apply to you until the dispute is over, all such changes will be binding upon you with respect to any domain name registration dispute, whether the dispute arose before, on or after the effective date of our change. In the event that you object to a change in this Policy, your sole remedy is to cancel your domain name registration with us, provided that you will not be entitled to a refund of any fees you paid to us. The revised Policy will apply to you until you cancel your domain name registration.
UK Domain Dispute Policy
Abusive Registration means a Domain Name which either:
i. was registered or otherwise acquired in a manner which, at the time when the registration or acquisition took place, took unfair advantage of or was unfairly detrimental to the Complainant’s Rights; OR
ii. has been used in a manner which took unfair advantage of or was unfairly detrimental to the Complainant’s Rights;
Complainant means a third party who asserts to us the elements set out in paragraph 2 of this Policy and according to the Procedure;
Contract means the contract between us and the Respondent, made up of our Terms and Conditions, the Rules for .uk domain and sub-domains, this Policy and the Procedure;
Days means unless otherwise stated any day other than Saturday, Sunday or any Bank or public holiday in England and Wales;
Decision means the decision reached by an Expert and where applicable includes decisions of an appeal panel;
Dispute Resolution Service means the service provided by us according to this Policy and the Procedure;
Domain Name means a domain name registered in any sub-domain of the .uk domain;
Expert means the expert(s) we appoint under paragraphs 8 or 18 of the Procedure and references to Expert where applicable also refer to the Experts appointed under paragraph 18 of the Procedure;
Informal Mediation means impartial mediation which we conduct to facilitate an acceptable resolution to the dispute;
ISP means the internet service provider through which the Domain Name in dispute has been registered or is hosted; Party means a Complainant or Respondent and ‘Parties’ has a corresponding meaning;
Procedure means the Procedure for the conduct of proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service;
Respondent means the person (including a legal person) in whose name or on whose behalf a Domain Name is registered and against whom the Complainant makes a complaint;
Rights includes, but is not limited to, rights enforceable under English law. However, a Complainant will be unable to rely on rights in a name or term which is wholly descriptive of the Complainant’s business;
we means Nominet UK (company no. 3203859) whose registered office is at Sandford Gate, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6LB and us and our have corresponding meanings.
Dispute Resolution Service
a. A Respondent must submit to proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service if a Complainant asserts to us, according to the Procedure, that:
i. The Complainant has Rights in respect of a name or mark which is identical or similar to the Domain Name; and
ii. The Domain Name, in the hands of the Respondent, is an Abusive Registration.
b. The Complainant is required to prove to the Expert that both elements are present on the balance of probabilities.
Evidence of Abusive Registration
a. A non-exhaustive list of factors which may be evidence that the Domain Name is an Abusive Registration is as follows:
i. Circumstances indicating that the Respondent has registered or otherwise acquired the Domain Name:
A. primarily for the purposes of selling, renting or otherwise transferring the Domain Name to the Complainant or to a competitor of the Complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of the Respondent’s documented out-of-pocket costs directly associated with acquiring or using the Domain Name;
B. as a blocking registration against a name or mark in which the Complainant has Rights; or
C. primarily for the purpose of unfairly disrupting the business of the Complainant;
ii. Circumstances indicating that the Respondent is using the Domain Name in a way which has confused people or businesses into believing that the Domain Name is registered to, operated or authorised by, or otherwise connected with the Complainant;
iii. In combination with other circumstances indicating that the Domain Name in dispute is an Abusive Registration, the Complainant can demonstrate that the Respondent is engaged in a pattern of making Abusive Registrations; or
iv. It is independently verified that the Respondent has given false contact details to us.
b. Failure on the Respondent’s part to use the Domain Name for the purposes of e-mail or a web-site is not in itself evidence that the Domain Name is an Abusive Registration.
How the Respondent may demonstrate in its response that the Domain Name is not an Abusive Registration
a. A non-exhaustive list of factors which may be evidence that the Domain Name is not an Abusive Registration is as follows:
i. Before being informed of the Complainant’s dispute, the Respondent has:
A. used or made demonstrable preparations to use the Domain Name or a Domain Name which is similar to the Domain Name in connection with a genuine offering of goods or services;
B. been commonly known by the name or legitimately connected with a mark which is identical or similar to the Domain Name;
C. made legitimate non-commercial or fair use of the Domain Name; or
ii. The Domain Name is generic or descriptive and the Respondent is making fair use of it.
b. Fair use may include sites operated solely in tribute to or criticism of a person or business, provided that if:
i. the Domain Name (not including the first and second level suffixes) is identical to the name in which the Complainant asserts Rights, without any addition; and
ii. the Respondent is using or intends to use the Domain Name for the purposes of a tribute or criticism site without the Complainant’s authorisation then the burden will shift to the Respondent to show that the Domain Name is not an Abusive Registration.
a. After we have received the Parties’ submissions under the Procedure, we will initiate and conduct a period of Informal Mediation under paragraph 7 of the Procedure.
Appointment of Expert
a. If an acceptable resolution cannot be found by Informal Mediation we will notify the Parties that we will appoint an Expert when the Complainant has paid the applicable fees set out in paragraph 21(a) of the Procedure and within the time specified in paragraph 21(c) of the Procedure. The Expert will come to a written Decision.
Notification and Publication
a. We will communicate a Decision to the Parties according to paragraph 17 of the Procedure and will publish all Decisions in full on our web site.
b. Fees are payable by the Complainant or otherwise according to paragraph 21 of the Procedure only if an acceptable resolution has not been reached by Informal Mediation and once we have notified the Parties that an Expert is to be appointed.
Exclusion of Liability
a. Neither we nor our directors, officers, employees or servants nor any Expert shall be liable to a party for anything done or omitted in connection with any proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service unless the act or omission is shown to have been in bad faith.
Appeal and Availability of Court Proceedings
a. Either Party will have the right to appeal a Decision under paragraph 18 of the Procedure. The appeal panel will consider appeals both on the basis that a matter be re-examined on the facts, and that procedure has not been correctly followed.
b. We may refer questions of interpretation of the Policy and Procedure to the appeal panel. Any decision rendered as a result of our referral will not affect any Decision previously made under the Dispute Resolution Service.
c. We will publish decisions of the appeal panel. Appeal decisions will not have precedent value, but will be of persuasive value to Experts in future decisions.
d. The operation of the Dispute Resolution Service will not prevent either the Complainant or the Respondent from submitting the dispute to a court of competent jurisdiction.
Implementation of Expert Decisions
a. If the Expert makes a Decision that a Domain Name registration should be cancelled, suspended, transferred or otherwise amended, we will implement that Decision by making any necessary changes to the Register according to the process set out in paragraph 17 of the Procedure.
Other action by us a. We will not cancel, transfer, activate, deactivate or otherwise change any Domain Name registration except as set out in paragraph 10 above and as provided under [paragraph 8] of the Terms and Conditions. Transfers During a Dispute a. A Respondent may not transfer a Domain Name registration:
i. whilst proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service are ongoing in relation to the Domain Name or for a period of ten (10) Days after their conclusion, unless to the Complainant as a result of a settlement reached between the Parties and approved by us whether or not pursuant to Informal Mediation; or
ii. whilst a court proceeding or arbitration in respect of the Domain Name registration is ongoing in a court of competent jurisdiction.
We reserve the right to reverse any transfer of a Domain Name registration which does not comply with this paragraph.
b. A Respondent may not without the Complainant’s consent (which the Complainant will not unreasonably withhold) transfer the hosting of a Domain Name to another ISP whilst proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service are ongoing in relation to the Domain Name or for a period of ten (10) Days after the conclusion of the Dispute Resolution Service.
Modifications to the Policy and Procedure of the Dispute Resolution Service
a. The internet is an emerging and evolving medium and the regulatory and administrative framework under which we operate is constantly developing. For these reasons we reserve the right to make reasonable modifications to the Policy and Procedure at any time. We will only do so when we have good reason. Except where we are acting in pursuance of a statutory requirement or a court order, changes will be implemented following a process of open public consultation. Each such change will be published in advance (where practicable, 30 calendar days in advance) on our web site: http://www.nominet.org.uk/ and will become binding and effective upon the date specified therein.
b. The Respondent will be bound by the Policy and Procedure which are current at the time the Dispute Resolution Service is commenced until the dispute is concluded.
.com, .net gTLD Contract
1. AGREEMENT. In this Registration Agreement (“Agreement”) “you” and “your” refer to the registrant of each domain name registration, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Tucows Inc. and “Services” refers to the domain name registration provided by us as offered through VARiHOST Limited, the Registration Service Provider (“Reseller”). This Agreement explains our obligations to you, and explains your obligations to us for the Services.
2. SELECTION OF A DOMAIN NAME. You represent that, to the best of the your knowledge and belief, neither this registration of a domain name nor the manner in which it is directly or indirectly to be used infringes upon the legal rights of a third party and, further, that the domain name is not being registered for nor shall it at any time whatsoever be used for any unlawful purpose whatsoever.
3. FEES. As consideration for the Services, you agree to pay Reseller the applicable service(s) fees. All fees payable hereunder are non-refundable. As further consideration for the Services, you agree to: (1) provide certain current, complete and accurate information about you as required by the registration process, and (2) maintain and update this information as needed to keep it current, complete and accurate. All such information shall be referred to as account information (“Account Information”). By submitting this Agreement, you represent that the Account Information and all other statements put forth in your application are true, complete and accurate. Both Tucows and the Registry reserve the right to terminate your domain name registration if: (i) information provided by you or your agent is false, inaccurate, incomplete, unreliable, misleading or otherwise secretive; or (ii) you have failed to maintain, update and keep your Account Information true, current, complete, accurate and reliable. You acknowledge that a breach of this Section 3 will constitute a material breach of our Agreement which will entitle either us or the Registry to terminate this agreement immediately upon such breach without any refund and without notice to you.
4. TERM. This Agreement will remain in full force during the length of the term of your Domain Name Registration as selected, recorded, and paid for upon registration of the Domain Name. Should you choose to renew or otherwise lengthen the term of your Domain Name Registration, the term of this Registration Agreement will be extended accordingly. Should the domain name be transferred to another Registrar, the terms and conditions of this contract shall cease.
5. MODIFICATIONS TO AGREEMENT. You agree that either we or the Registry may: (1) revise the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and (2) change the services provided under this Agreement. You agree to be bound by any such revision or change which shall be effective immediately upon posting on our web site or upon notification to you by e-mail or your country’s postal service pursuant to the Notices section of this Agreement. You agree to review this Agreement as posted on our web site periodically to maintain an awareness of any and all such revisions. If you do not agree with any revision to the Agreement, you may terminate this Agreement at any time by providing us with notice by e-mail or postal service pursuant to the Notices section of this Agreement. Notice of your termination shall be effective after processing by us. You agree that, by continuing the use of Services following notice of any revision to this Agreement or change in service(s), you shall be bound by any such revisions and changes. You further agree to be bound by the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (“Dispute Policy”) as presently written and posted on http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp-policy-24oct99.htm and as such shall be amended from time to time. You acknowledge that if you do not agree to any such modifications, you may request that your domain name be deleted from the domain name database.
6. MODIFICATIONS TO YOUR ACCOUNT. In order to change any of your account information with us, you must use your Account Identifier and Password that you selected when you opened your account with us. You agree to safeguard your Account Identifier and Password from any unauthorized use. In no event shall we be liable for the unauthorized use or misuse of your Account Identifier or Password.
7. DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE POLICY. If you reserved or registered a domain name through us, or transferred a domain name to us from another registrar, you agree to be bound by the Dispute Policy that is incorporated herein and made a part of this Agreement by reference. The current version of the Dispute Policy may be found at http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp-policy-24oct99.htm. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this policy.
8. DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES. You agree that, if the registration or reservation of your domain name is challenged by a third party, you will be subject to the provisions specified in the Dispute Policy. You agree that in the event a domain name dispute arises with any third party, you will indemnify and hold us harmless pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Dispute Policy. For any dispute, you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of you, the registrant’s domicile, and the courts where we, Tucows, are located.
9. POLICY. You agree that your registration of the domain name shall be subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer pursuant to a Tucows, Registry, ICANN or government-adopted policy, or pursuant to any registrar or registry procedure not inconsistent with a Tucows, Registry, ICANN or government-adopted policy, (1) to correct mistakes by us or the Registry in registering the name or (2) for the resolution of disputes concerning the domain name. 10. AGENCY. Should you intend to license use of a domain name to a third party you shall nonetheless be the domain name holder of record and are therefore responsible for providing your own full contact information and for providing and updating accurate technical and administrative contact information adequate to facilitate timely resolution of any problems that arise in connection with the domain name. You shall accept liability for harm caused by wrongful use of the domain name. You represent that you have provided notice of the terms and conditions in this Agreement to any third party licensee and that the third party agrees to the terms hereof.
11. ANNOUNCEMENTS. We reserve the right to distribute information to you that is pertinent to the quality or operation of our services and those of our service partners. These announcements will be predominately informative in nature and may include notices describing changes, upgrades, new products or other information to add security or to enhance your identity on the Internet.
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. You agree that our entire liability, and your exclusive remedy, with respect to any Services(s) provided under this Agreement and any breach of this Agreement is solely limited to the amount you paid for such Service(s). We and our contractors shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages resulting from the use or inability to use any of the Services or for the cost of procurement of substitute services. 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. We disclaim any and all loss or liability resulting from, but not limited to: (1) loss or liability resulting from access delays or access interruptions; (2) loss or liability resulting from data non-delivery or data mis-delivery; (3) loss or liability resulting from acts of God; (4) loss or liability resulting from the unauthorized use or misuse of your account identifier or password; (5) loss or liability resulting from errors, omissions, or misstatements in any and all information or services(s) provided under this Agreement; (6) loss or liability resulting from the interruption of your Service. You agree that we will not be liable for any loss of registration and use of your domain name, or for interruption of business, or any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind (including lost profits) regardless of the form of action whether in contract, tort (including negligence), or otherwise, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
13. INDEMNITY. You agree to release, indemnify, and hold us, our contractors, agents, employees, officers, directors and affiliates and VeriSign, Inc., and its directors, officers, employees, agents and affiliates harmless from all liabilities, claims and expenses, including attorney’s fees, of third parties relating to or arising under this Agreement, the Services provided hereunder or your use of the Services, including without limitation infringement by you, or someone else using the Service with your computer, of any intellectual property or other proprietary right of any person or entity, or from the violation of any of our operating rules or policy relating to the service(s) provided. You also agree to release, indemnify and hold us harmless pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Dispute Policy. When we are threatened with suit by a third party, we may seek written assurances from you concerning your promise to indemnify us; your failure to provide those assurances may be considered by us to be a breach of your Agreement and may result in deactivation of your domain name. This indemnification obligation will survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.
14. TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP. The person named as registrant on the WHOIS shall be the registered name holder. The person named as administrative contact at the time the controlling user name and password are secured shall be deemed the designate of the registrant with the authority to manage the domain name. You agree that prior to transferring ownership of your domain name to another person (the “Transferee”) you shall require the Transferee to agree, in writing to be bound by all the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Your domain name will not be transferred until we receive such written assurances or other reasonable assurance that the Transferee has been bound by the contractual terms of this Agreement (such reasonable assurance as determined by us in our sole discretion) along with the applicable transfer fee. If the Transferee fails to be bound in a reasonable fashion (as determine by us in our sole discretion) to the terms and conditions in this Agreement, any such transfer will be null and void.
15. BREACH. You agree that failure to abide by any provision of this Agreement, any operating rule or policy or the Dispute Policy provided by us, may be considered by us to be a material breach and that we may provide a written notice, describing the breach, to you. If within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of such notice, you fail to provide evidence, which is reasonably satisfactory to us, that you have not breached your obligations under the Agreement, then we may delete the registration or reservation of your domain name. Any such breach by you shall not be deemed to be excused simply because we did not act earlier in response to that, or any other breach by you.
16. NO GUARANTY. You acknowledge that registration or reservation of your chosen domain name does not confer immunity from objection to the registration, reservation or use of the domain name.
17. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. You agree that your use of our Services is solely at your own risk. You agree that such Service(s) is provided on an “as is,” “as available” basis. We expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. We make no warranty that the Services will meet your requirements, or that the Service(s) will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; nor do we make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service(s) or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through the Service or that defects in the Service will be corrected. You understand and agree that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material and/or data. We make no warranty regarding any goods or services purchased or obtained through the Service or any transactions entered into through the Service. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through the Service shall create any warranty not expressly made herein. 18. INFORMATION. As part of the registration process, you are required to provide us certain information and to update us promptly as such information changes such that our records are current, complete and accurate. You are obliged to provide us the following information:
(i) Your name and postal address (or, if different, that of the domain name holder);
(ii) The domain name being registered;
(iii) The name, postal address, e-mail address, and voice and fax (if available) telephone numbers of the administrative contact for the domain name; and
(iv) The name, postal address, e-mail address, and voice and fax (if available) telephone numbers of the billing contact for the domain name.
Any other information, which we request from you at registration, is voluntary. Any voluntary information we request is collected such that we can continue to improve the products and services offered to you through your Reseller.
19. DISCLOSURE AND USE OF REGISTRATION INFORMATION. You agree and acknowledge that we will make domain name registration information you provide available to ICANN, to the registry administrators, and to other third parties as applicable. You further agree and acknowledge that we may make publicly available, or directly available to third party vendors, some, or all, of the domain name registration information you provide, for purposes of inspection (such as through our WHOIS service) or other purposes as required or permitted by ICANN and applicable laws.
You hereby consent to any and all such disclosures and use of, and guidelines, limits and restrictions on disclosure or use of, information provided by you in connection with the registration of a domain name (including any updates to such information), whether during or after the term of your registration of the domain name. You hereby irrevocably waive any and all claims and causes of action you may have arising from such disclosure or use of your domain name registration information by us.
You may access your domain name registration information in our possession to review, modify or update such information, by accessing our domain manager service, or similar service, made available by us through your Reseller.
We will not process data about any identified or identifiable natural person that we obtain from you in a way incompatible with the purposes and other limitations which we describe in this Agreement.
We will take reasonable precautions to protect the information we obtain from you from our loss, misuse, unauthorized accessor disclosure, alteration or destruction of that information.
20. REVOCATION. Your wilful provision of inaccurate or unreliable information, your wilful failure promptly to update information provided to us, or any failure to respond to inquiries by us addressed to the email address of the registrant, the administrative, billing or technical contact appearing in the “WHOIS” directory with respect to a domain name concerning the accuracy of contact details associated with the registration shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement and be a basis for cancellation of the domain name registration. Any information collected by us concerning an identified or identifiable natural person (“Personal Data”) will be used in connection with the registration of your domain name(s) and for the purposes of this Agreement and as required or permitted by the ICANN Agreement or an ICANN/Registry Operator policy.
21. RIGHT OF REFUSAL. We, in our sole discretion, reserve the right to refuse to register or reserve your chosen domain name or register you for other Services. In the event we do not register or reserve your domain name or register you for other Services, or we delete your domain name or other Services within such thirty (30) calendar day period, we agree to refund your applicable fee(s). You agree that we shall not be liable to you for loss or damages that may result from our refusal to register, reserve, or delete your domain name or register you for other Services.
We reserve the right to delete or transfer your domain name within a thirty (30) day period following registration if we believe the registration has been made possible by a mistake, made either by us or by a third party.
22. SEVERABILITY. You agree that the terms of this Agreement are severable. If any term or provision is declared invalid or unenforceable, that term or provision will be construed consistent with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining terms and provisions will remain in full force and effect.
23. NON-AGENCY. Nothing contained in this Agreement or the Dispute Policy shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, or other form of joint enterprise between the parties.
24. NON-WAIVER. Our failure to require performance by you of any provision hereof shall not affect the full right to require such performance at any time thereafter; nor shall the waiver by us of a breach of any provision hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of the provision itself.
25. NOTICES. Any notice, direction or other communication given under this Agreement shall be in writing and given by sending it via e-mail or via regular mail. In the case of e-mail, valid notice shall only have been deemed to be given when an electronic confirmation of delivery has been obtained by the sender. In the case of e-mail notification to us or to Reseller to email@example.com or [Insert E-mail Address for Reseller] or, in the case of notice to you, at the e-mail address provided by you in your WHOIS record. Any e-mail communication shall be deemed to have been validly and effectively given on the date of such communication, if such date is a business day and such delivery was made prior to 4:00 p.m. EST, otherwise it will be deemed to have been delivered on the next business day. In the case of regular mail notice, valid notice shall be deemed to have been validly and effectively given 5 business days after the date of mailing and, in the case of notification to us or to Reseller shall be sent to:
Registrant Affairs Office
96 Mowat Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3M1
Attention: Legal Affairs
and in the case of notification to you shall be to the address specified in the “Administrative Contact” in your WHOIS record.
26. ENTIRETY. You agree that this Agreement, the rules and policies published by us and the Dispute Policy are the complete and exclusive agreement between you and us regarding our Services. This Agreement and the Dispute Policy supersede all prior agreements and understandings, whether established by custom, practice, policy or precedent.
27. GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND INTERPRETED AND ENFORCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND THE FEDERAL LAWS OF CANADA APPLICABLE THEREIN WITHOUT REFERENCE TO RULES GOVERNING CHOICE OF LAWS. ANY ACTION RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE BROUGHT IN ONTARIO AND YOU IRREVOCABLY CONSENT TO THE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COURTS.
28. INFANCY. You attest that you are of legal age to enter into this Agreement.
29. FORCE MAJEURE. You acknowledge and agree that neither we nor the Registry shall be responsible for any failures or delays in performing our respective obligations hereunder arising from any cause beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to, acts of God, acts of civil or military authority, fires, wars, riots, earthquakes, storms, typhoons and floods.
30. FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Controlling Language. In the event that you are reading this agreement in a language other than the English language, you acknowledge and agree that the English language version hereof shall prevail in case of inconsistency or contradiction in interpretation or translation.
31. ACCEPTANCE OF AGREEMENT. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOU HAVE INDEPENDENTLY EVALUATED THE DESIRABILITY OF THE SERVICE AND ARE NOT RELYING ON ANY REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT, GUARANTEE OR STATEMENT OTHER THAN AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT.