Terms of Service
- General Terms
- Subscription Terms
- Linking Terms and Conditions
- Inquiries Regarding this Site’s Content
- Law enforcement data request statement
- Intellectual Property Issues
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR THIS WEB SITE (“Terms of Service”) BEFORE USING THIS SITE. By continuing to access, link to, or use this site, or any service on this site, you signify YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 14 BELOW.
A. General Terms
1. User Consent to the Terms of Service.
You represent that you have read and agree to be bound by the Terms of Service.
2. Intellectual Property.
This website, and all of the content it contains, or may in the future contain, including but not limited to text, content, photographs, video, audio and graphics, goods, designs, information, applications, software, music, audio files, articles, directories, guides, photographs as well as the trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, copyrights, logos, domain names, code, patents and/or any other form of intellectual property (collectively, the “Service”) that relates to this site, are owned by or licensed by Forkast or other third parties and are protected from any unauthorized use, copying and dissemination by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, international treaties, and/or other proprietary rights and laws of the U.S. and other countries. The Service is also protected as a collective work or compilation under U.S. copyright and other laws and treaties. All individual articles, columns and other elements making up the Service are also copyrighted works. You agree to abide by all applicable copyright and other laws, as well as any additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in the Service. You acknowledge that the Service has been developed, compiled, prepared, revised, selected, and arranged by Forkast, its general and limited partners, and its subsidiaries, and their respective general partners and affiliates (collectively the “Forkast Group”) and others (including certain other information sources) through the application of methods and standards of judgment developed and applied through the expenditure of substantial time, effort, and money and constitutes valuable intellectual property of the Forkast Group and such others. You agree to protect the proprietary rights of the Forkast Group and all others having rights in the Service during and after the term of this agreement and to comply with all reasonable written requests made by the Forkast Group or its suppliers and licensors of content, equipment, or otherwise (“ Suppliers”) to protect their and others’ contractual, statutory, and common law rights in the Service. You agree to notify Forkast in writing promptly upon becoming aware of any unauthorized access or use of the Service by any individual or entity or of any claim that the Service infringes upon any copyright, trademark, or other contractual, statutory, or common law rights. All present and future rights in and to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, know-how, and other proprietary rights of any type under the laws of any governmental authority, domestic or foreign, including rights in and to all applications and registrations relating to the Service (the “Intellectual Property Rights”) shall, as between you and Forkast, at all times be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Forkast. All present and future rights in and title to the Service (including the right to exploit the Service and any portions of the Service over any present or future technology) are reserved to Forkast for its exclusive use. Except as specifically permitted by the Terms of Service, you may not copy or make any use of the Service or any portion thereof. Except as specifically permitted herein, you shall not use the Intellectual Property Rights or the Service, or the names of any individual participant in, or contributor to, the Service, or any variations or derivatives thereof, for any purpose, without Forkast’s prior written approval.
3. Restrictions on Use.
You may not use the Service for any illegal purpose, for the facilitation of the violation of any law or regulation, or in any manner inconsistent with the Terms of Service. You agree to use the Service solely for your own noncommercial use and benefit, and not for resale or other transfer or disposition to, or use by or for the benefit of, any other person or entity. You agree not to use, transfer, distribute, or dispose of any information contained in the Service in any manner that could compete with the business of the Forkast Group or any of its suppliers.
Except as expressly permitted by Forkast in writing you may not copy, reproduce, recompile, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, upload to, create derivative works from, transmit, transfer, sell, license, upload, edit post, frame, link, or in any way exploit any part of the Service, except that you may download material from the Service and/or make one print copy for your own personal, noncommercial use, provided that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices. You may not recirculate, redistribute or publish the analysis and presentation included in the Service without Forkast’s prior written consent. Nothing contained in the Terms of Service or on this site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any Service in any manner without the prior written consent of Forkast or such third party that may own the Service or intellectual property displayed on this site. UNAUTHORIZED USE, COPYING, REPRODUCTION, MODIFICATION, PUBLICATION, REPUBLICATION, UPLOADING, FRAMING, DOWNLOADING, POSTING, TRANSMITTING, DISTRIBUTING, DUPLICATING OR ANY OTHER MISUSE OF ANY OF THE SERVICE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any use of the Service other than as permitted by the Terms of Service will violate the Terms of Service and may infringe upon our rights or the rights of the third party that owns the affected Service. You agree to report any violation of the Terms of Service by others that you become aware of.
You may not input, distribute, upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content through the Service that: (i) is promotional in nature, including solicitations for funds or business, without the prior written authorization of Forkast, or constitutes junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or the like; (ii) is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; (iii) you do not have the right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iv) infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; (v) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware, or telecommunications equipment; (vi) is harmful to minors; or (vii) constitutes the personally identifiable information of any other person that such person has not authorized you to disclose.
You may not use any of the trademarks, trade names, service marks, copyrights, or logos of Forkast in any manner which creates the impression that such items belong to or are associated with you or are used with Forkast’s consent, and you acknowledge that you have no ownership rights in and to any of such items.
You may neither interfere with nor attempt to interfere with nor otherwise disrupt the proper working of the Service, any activities conducted on or through the Service or any servers or networks connected to the Service. You may neither obtain nor attempt to obtain through any means any materials or information on the Service that have not been intentionally made publicly available either by public display on the Service or through accessibility by a visible link on the Service. You shall not violate the security of the Service or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Service, data, materials, information, computer systems or networks connected to any server associated with the Service, through hacking, password timing or any other means. You may neither take nor attempt any action that, in the sole discretion of Forkast, imposes or may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load or burden on the Service or the infrastructure of the Service. You shall not use or attempt to use any “scraper,” “robot,” “bot,” “spider,” “data mining,” “computer code,” or any other automate device, program, tool, algorithm, process or methodology to access, acquire, copy, or monitor any portion of the Service, any data or content found on or accessed through the Service, or any other Service information without the prior express written consent of Forkast. You may not forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any other content.
(i) You acquire absolutely no rights or licenses in or to the Service and materials contained within the Service other than the limited right to utilize the Service in accordance with the Terms of Service. Should you choose to download content from the Service, you must do so in accordance with the Terms of Service. Such download is licensed to you by Forkast ONLY for your own personal, noncommercial use in accordance with the Terms of Service and does not transfer any other rights to you.
(ii) Forkast’s company policy does not allow it to accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, or materials other than those it has specifically requested (see below). Accordingly, we ask that you do not send us any original creative materials that you expect to be compensated for or that you would like to keep private. If you nevertheless choose to make any such submission, Forkast may freely use the submission, in whole or in part, for any purpose without any obligation to you.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if you submit material (i.e., user-generated content, including, but not limited to: comments, text, video, audio, and photographs) to this site, any other site owned by Forkast and its affiliates or to Forkast or its representative, or if you send us creative suggestions, ideas, notes, concepts, or any other information (each, a “Submission” and collectively, the “Submissions”), despite our request that you not send us any unsolicited Submissions or other creative materials, the Submission will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary in each instance. None of the Submissions shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of Forkast, and Forkast shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submissions. Unless Forkast indicates otherwise, you grant to Forkast a perpetual, nonexclusive, irrevocable, fully paid, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable (in whole or in part) worldwide right and license in any and all media, now known or later developed, to use, publish, reproduce, display, modify, transmit digitally, create derivative works based upon, distribute, copy, and otherwise exploit Submissions for any purpose whatsoever (including, without limitation, advertising, commercial, promotional and publicity purposes) in Forkast’s discretion without additional notice, attribution or consideration to you or to any other person or entity. You also permit any other user to access, store, or reproduce Submissions for that user’s personal use. You grant Forkast the right to use the name that you submit in connection with Submissions. You agree and understand that Forkast is not obligated to use any Submission you make to this site or Forkast and you have no right to compel such use. You hereby acknowledge and agree that your relationship with Forkast is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that your decision to submit any material to Forkast does not place Forkast in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to your Submission. You represent and warrant that you are the original author or creator of the Submissions (except as expressly indicated otherwise), that neither the permission nor consent of any other person or entity is required to enable Forkast to legally use your Submission in accordance with this license and that Forkast’s use of your Submission in accordance with this license will not violate or infringe upon the rights of any person or entity, and that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the Submissions that you submit; that the Submissions you submit are truthful and accurate; that use of the Submissions you supply does not violate this Terms of Service and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Forkast and its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns for all claims resulting from Submissions you supply. Forkast and its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns disclaim any responsibility and assume no liability for any Submissions submitted by you or any third party. You hereby irrevocably waive, release and give up any claim that any use of such Submission violates any of your rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, privacy rights, proprietary or other property rights, publicity rights, or right to credit for the material or ideas, and forever release and discharge Forkast and its licensees from any and all claims you may have in connection with Forkast’s use of your Submission in accordance with this license. Finally, you acknowledge that, with respect to any claim you may have relating to or arising out of Forkast’s actual or alleged exploitation or use of any material you submit to this site and/or Forkast, the damage, if any, thereby caused will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle you to injunctive or other equitable relief or to in any way enjoin the exploitation or other use of any Forkast product or service based on or allegedly based on the material, and your rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law. You agree that this authorization contains the full and complete understanding between Forkast and you regarding Forkast’s use of your Submission and cannot be modified except by a document signed by Forkast and you.
5. Fees and Payments.
Forkast reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to portions of the Service or the Service as a whole. This includes, but is not limited to any subscription service, that may require payment for additional access. Additional information regarding the terms of any subscription service may be found by contacting to Forkast.
If at any time Forkast requires a fee for portions of the Service or the Service as a whole, Forkast may require you to register and create an account. The decision to provide the information required to create an account is purely voluntary and optional; however, if you elect not to provide such information, you would not be able to access certain content or participate in certain parts or features of this site. You would be required to pay all fees and charges incurred through your account at the rates in effect for the billing period in which such fees and charges are incurred, including but not limited to charges for any products or services offered for sale through the Service by Forkast or by any other vendor or service provider. All fees and charges shall be billed to you, and you shall be solely responsible for their payment. You shall pay all applicable taxes relating to the use of the Service through your account and the purchase of any other products or services. Certain portions of the Service or the Service as a whole may require a prepaid fee (“Prepaid Fee”) which may be modified from time to time in Forkast’s sole discretion. Any Prepaid Fee, and all taxes and other fees related thereto, would be paid by you in advance. In no event would you receive any portions of the Service or the Service as a whole if a Prepaid Fee is required unless Forkast receives all fees and charges payable by you, including the Prepaid Fee.
6. Registration and Account Creation.
As part of the registration and account creation process that may be necessary to obtain access to certain portions of the Service, including those portions that require a fee or payment for access, you may be required to select a username and a password. If so, you will provide Forkast with certain registration information, all of which must be accurate, truthful, and updated. You shall not: (i) select a username already used by another person; (ii) create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission; (iii) use a username in which another person has rights without such person’s authorization; or (iv) use a username or password that Forkast, in its sole discretion, deems offensive or inappropriate. Forkast reserves the right to deny creation of your account based on Forkast’s inability to verify the authenticity of your registration information. You shall be solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You shall immediately notify Forkast by submitting feedback of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or credit card information. You are fully responsible for all usage and activity on your account, including, but not limited to, use of the account by any third party authorized by you to use your username and password. You agree you will not sell, transfer or assign your membership or any membership rights. The use of your account by any individual under age eighteen (18) is strictly prohibited. If the computer system on which you accessed the Service is sold or transferred to another party, you warrant and represent that you will delete all cookies and software files obtained by or through use of the Service. Forkast reserves the right to terminate your account, in its sole discretion, at any time without notice. If we disable your account, you agree that you will not create another one without our permission. You may terminate your account at any time by submitting feedback. Upon termination, you will receive an automated confirmation via e-mail that the request was received, and your account will be terminated within five (5) business days. You are responsible for all charges incurred up to the time the account is terminated. Notwithstanding anything else herein, Forkast reserves the right to pursue any and all claims against any user of your account. You agree to maintain only one account with the Service at any time and certify that you currently have no other account(s) with the Service.
7. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability.
(i) YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SERVICE AND ANYTHING CONTAINED WITHIN THE SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CONTENT, SERVICES, GOODS, OR ADVERTISEMENTS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE,” AND THAT FORKAST MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR THOSE ARISING BY STATUTE OR OTHERWISE IN LAW FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. FORKAST DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF OR THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THIS SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THIS SITE, THE SERVICE OR SERVER DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PATENT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ANY PERSON OR ENTITY. FORKAST DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THIS SITE OR THE SERVICE IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU (AND NOT FORKAST) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT FULLY APPLY TO YOU.
(ii) Forkast does not warrant that the Service is compatible with your equipment or that the Service, or e-mail sent by Forkast or its representative, is free of errors or viruses, worms or ‘Trojan horses,’ or any other harmful, invasive, or corrupted files, and is not liable for any damage you may suffer as a result of such destructive features. You agree that Forkast and its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns shall have no responsibility or liability for: (i) any injury or damages, whether caused by the negligence of Forkast, its parent, or their respective affiliates, Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, general partner, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns, or otherwise arising in connection with the Service and shall not be liable for any lost profits, losses, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any claim against Forkast by any other party; or (ii) any fault, inaccuracy, omission, delay, or any other failure in the Service caused by your computer equipment or arising from your use of the Service on such equipment. The content of other websites, services, goods, or advertisements (“Third Party Sites”) that may be linked to the Service is not maintained or controlled by Forkast. Our provision of links to Third Party Sites is not an endorsement of any information, product or service that is offered on or reached through such Third Party Site Forkast is not responsible for the availability, content, or accuracy of other websites, services, or goods that may be linked to, or advertised on, the Service. Forkast does not: (a) make any warranty, express or implied, with respect to the use of the links provided on, or to, the Service; (b) guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or adequacy of any other websites, services, goods, or advertisements that may be linked to the Service; or (c) make any endorsement, express or implied, of any other websites, services, goods, or advertisements that may be linked to the Service. If you decide to leave this site and access the Third Party Sites, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Forkast is also not responsible for the reliability or continued availability of the telephone lines, wireless services, communications media, and equipment you use to access the Service. You understand that Forkast and/or third-party contributors to the Service may choose at any time to inhibit or prohibit their content from being accessed under the Terms of Service.
(iii) You acknowledge that: (i) the Service is provided for information purposes only and is not intended for trading purposes; (ii) the Service may include certain information taken from stock exchanges and other sources from around the world; (iii) Forkast does not guarantee the sequence, accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the Service or any information, facts, views, opinions, statements or recommendations contained on this site and/or the Service; (iv) the provision of certain parts of the Service is subject to the terms and conditions of other agreements to which Forkast is a party; (v) none of the information contained on this site constitutes a solicitation, offer, opinion, endorsement or recommendation by Forkast to buy or sell any security, or to provide legal, tax, accounting, or investment advice or services regarding the profitability or suitability of any security or investment; and (vi) the information provided on this site is not intended for use by, or distribution to, any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such use or distribution would be contrary to law or regulation. Accordingly, anything to the contrary herein set forth notwithstanding, Forkast, its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns shall not, directly or indirectly, be liable, in any way, to you or any other person for any: (a) inaccuracies or errors in or omissions from the Service including, but not limited to, quotes and financial data; (b) delays, errors, or interruptions in the transmission or delivery of the Service; or (c) loss or damage arising therefrom or occasioned thereby, or by any reason of nonperformance.
(iv) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL FORKAST, ITS PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, SUPPLIERS, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, SUCCESSORS, LICENSORS OR ASSIGNS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER BASED IN TORT, CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES EVEN IF FORKAST HAS BEEN ADVISED SPECIFICALLY OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, ARISING IN ANY WAY FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SITE, THE SERVICE, USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS OR ITEMS ON THE SERVICE OR ANY PROVISION OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT SHALL FORKAST’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE) EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.
BY ACCESSING THIS SITE, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY BE WAIVING RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR UNSUSPECTED. IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH WAIVER, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE THE BENEFITS OF ANY LAW OF ANY JURISDICTION WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:
“A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOUR AT THE TIME FO EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
You hereby waive any and all rights you have or may have under any provision of law similar to that set forth immediately above with respect to an claims you may have in connection with this site or these Terms and Conditions. In connection with this waiver and release, you acknowledge that you are aware that you may hereafter discover claims presently unknown or unsuspected, or facts in addition to or different from those which you now know or believe to be true. Nevertheless, you intend by these Terms of Service to release fully, finally and forever all such matters under these Terms of Service In furtherance of such intention, the releases set forth in these Terms of Service shall be and shall remain in effect as full and complete releases notwithstanding the discovery or existence of any such additional or different claims or facts relevant hereto.
8. Your Authority to Agree to this Terms of Service.
You represent, warrant and covenant that: (i) you have the power and authority to enter into this agreement; and (ii) you are at least eighteen (18) years old.
9. Sponsor Content.
(i) What Is Sponsor Content?
“Sponsor Content” consists of: (i) all paid-for content created by Forkast (“Forkast Custom Content”) in collaboration with advertisers, and served by or appears in any Forkast medium and (ii) paid-for content supplied by advertisers that is served by or appears in any Forkast medium. The foregoing categories include any paid-for content purchased under the AAAA/IAB Standard Terms and Conditions.
(ii) Standards And Procedures For Sponsor Content
In addition to the general advertising guidelines established by Forkast, the standards listed below apply to Sponsor Content.
All Sponsor Content, regardless of platform, will comply with Forkast’s guiding principles:
Transparency: All Sponsor Content and marketing messages will be clearly and distinctly differentiated from independent news content.
Independence: Forkast will provide sole independent editorial guidance and retain 100% editorial direction and control of all productions, including sponsored content, promotion of customized content and advertisements. Sponsorship agenda and/or concern will neither dictate nor delay editorial direction.
Editorial judgment: Forkast maintains the right to reject any program, advertiser or speaker whose presence would compromise the Forkast brand.
All Sponsor Content will be appropriately labeled and distinguished from Forkast editorial content in form, function and placement through the use of different type fonts, colors and graphics.
Paid programming, advertorials, and sponsored programs/segments will be clearly and prominently labelled as advertising. No Sponsored Content will imply endorsement of any product or service by Forkast, nor will it feature any recognizable Forkast names or logos.
Forkast may, in its sole discretion, allow the use of a Forkast Custom Content logo to be used in Sponsor Content. The design and placement of such logo will be at the discretion of Forkast, and any and all such uses shall be subject to Forkast’s prior written approval.
All Sponsor Content must be approved in advance and in writing by a Forkast Custom Content editor before it appears on any Forkast medium.
Sponsor Content does not necessarily reflect the views of any members of Forkast or its editorial team. A disclaimer similar to the following will be included with all Sponsor Content: “A sponsor paid for the creation and placement of the content on this page. Sponsorship neither dictates nor delays editorial direction, and sponsored content does not necessarily reflect the editorial views of Forkast or any of its affiliated entities.”
Forkast may, in its sole discretion, include a more detailed disclaimer with certain Sponsor Content.
Forkast reserves the right to refuse or remove any program, advertiser or speaker that in any way: (i) disparages, defames or discredits Forkast or its products or services or otherwise compromises- in quality or presence- Forkast’s brand or (ii) is false, misleading, deceptive or illegal.
Where Sponsor Content allows user participation, the moderation and functionality of this element will be determined and implemented solely by Forkast and will be subject to the general Terms of Service for the applicable Forkast medium.
In the case of Sponsored events, sponsors will be clearly identified to all on-site participants and in marketing materials tied to the relevant conference or event in language that indicates their role as underwriters. Forkast does not guarantee speaking roles or other on-stage participation for paying sponsors and maintains editorial control and veto power.
You agree, at your own expense, to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Forkast, its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ and experts’ fees, arising out of or in connection with the Service, or any links on the Service, including, but not limited to: (i) your use or someone using your computer’s use of the Service; (ii) use by someone using your account (where applicable); (iii) a violation of the Terms of Service by you or anyone using your computer (or account, where applicable); (iv) a claim that any use of the Service by you or someone using your computer (or account, where applicable) infringes any intellectual property right of any third party, or any right of privacy or publicity, is libelous or defamatory, or otherwise results in injury or damage to any third party; (v) any deletions, additions, insertions or alterations to, or any unauthorized use of, the Service by you or someone using your computer (or account, where applicable); (vi) any misrepresentation or breach of representation or warranty made by you contained herein; or (vii) any breach of any covenant or agreement to be performed by you hereunder. You agree to pay any and all costs, damages, and expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs awarded against or otherwise incurred by or in connection with or arising from any such claim, suit, action, or proceeding attributable to any such claim. Forkast reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with Forkast in asserting any available defense. You acknowledge and agree to pay Forkast’s reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with any and all lawsuits brought against you by Forkast under the Terms of Service and any other terms and conditions of service on this site, including without limitation, lawsuits arising from your failure to indemnify Forkast pursuant to the Terms of Service.
(a) You may terminate the Terms of Service, with or without cause and at any time, by discontinuing your use of the Service and destroying all materials obtained from the Service.
(b) You agree that, without notice, Forkast may terminate the Terms of Service, or suspend your access to the Service, with or without cause at any time and effective immediately. The Terms of Service will terminate immediately without notice from Forkast if you, in Forkast’s sole discretion, fail to comply with any provision of the Terms of Service.
(c) Forkast shall not be liable to you or any third party for the termination or suspension of the Service, or any claims related to the termination or suspension of the Service. Upon termination of the Terms of Service by you or Forkast, you must discontinue your use of the Service and destroy promptly all materials obtained from the Service and any copies thereof. Forkast will determine your compliance with the Terms of Service in its sole discretion and its decision shall be final and binding and not subject to challenge or appeal. Any violation of the Terms of Service may result in restrictions on your access to all or part of this site and may be referred to law enforcement authorities. No changes to or waiver of any part of the Terms of Service shall be of any force or effect unless formally posted or made in writing and signed by a duly authorized officer of Forkast. Upon termination of your membership or access to this site, or upon demand by Forkast, you must destroy all materials obtained from this site and all related documentation and all copies and installations thereof. You are advised that Forkast will aggressively enforce its rights to the fullest extent of the law.
12. Non-Hong Kong Residents & Jurisdictional Issues.
(i) Forkast operates this site in Hong Kong. Forkast makes no representation that the Service, including merchandise offered for sale on this site and their copyrights, trademarks, patents, and licensing arrangements, are appropriate or available for use in locations other than Hong Kong. If you access this site from locations outside of Hong Kong you do so on your own initiative and at your own risk, and you are solely responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
(ii) This site is controlled and operated by Forkast from its office in Hong Kong. Forkast makes no representation that materials in this site are appropriate or available for use in other locations.
13. Governing Law.
The Terms of Service shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Hong Kong, without giving effect to conflicts-of-law principles thereof. With respect to any disputes or claims not subject to arbitration, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of Hong Kong with respect to any legal proceedings that may arise in connection with the Service or from a dispute as to the interpretation or breach of the Terms of Service.
Any disputes, controversy, difference or claim arising out of or in connection with or relating to this Terms of Service, including, but not limited to, the existence, interpretation, performance, breach, termination or validity thereof or any dispute regarding non-contractual obligations arising out of or relating to this Terms of Service shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration under the HKIAC Arbitration Rules in force when the notice of arbitration is submitted. The law of this arbitration provision shall be Hong Kong law. The appointing authority shall be Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“Centre”). The place of arbitration is Hong Kong. The number of arbitrators shall be one (1) to be appointed by the Centre. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English. The decision of the sole arbitrator to any such dispute, controversy, difference or claim shall be final and binding upon both Parties.
You accept that Forkast has the right to change the content or technical specifications of any aspect of the Service at any time in Forkast’s sole discretion. You further accept that such changes may result in your being unable to access the Service. The failure of Forkast to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Section A, Clauses 2 through 10, 11(c), and 12 through 19 shall survive any termination of the Terms of Service.
The section titles in the Terms of Service are used solely for the convenience of you and Forkast and have no legal or contractual significance.
If any provision of the Terms of Service is found invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the other provisions of the Terms of Service will remain in force.
18. Entire Agreement.
The Terms of Service and any other terms and conditions of service on this site, and its successor, constitute the entire agreement between you and Forkast, govern your use of the Service, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. These Terms of Service may not be amended, nor any obligation waived, without Forkast’s written authorization.
B. SUBSCRIPTION TERMS
1. Payment Policy
Subscriptions purchased via Forkast.com/subscriptions are billed either monthly or annually. Your selected payment method will be charged automatically on a recurring monthly or annual basis. Your subscription will be renewed automatically, and you will be charged in advance of each billing cycle unless you cancel.
If you subscribed under an introductory offer, at the end of your introductory period, your payment method on file will be charged automatically each month for the full price of your subscription.
2. Cancellation & Refund Policy
We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we do issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.
If you purchased your subscription through a third party, please refer to any terms and conditions provided to you in connection with purchase.
When cancelling a monthly subscription, all future charges associated with future months of your subscription will be cancelled. You may notify us of your intent to cancel at any time; your cancellation will become effective at the end of your current monthly billing period. You will not receive a refund; however your subscription access and/or delivery and accompanying subscriber benefits will continue for the remainder of the current monthly billing period.
When cancelling an annual subscription, all future charges associated with future years of your subscription will be cancelled. You may notify us of your intent to cancel at any time; your cancellation will become effective at the end of your current annual billing period. You will not receive a refund, prorated or otherwise, for the remainder of the annual term. However, your subscription access and/or delivery and accompanying subscriber benefits will continue for the remainder of the current annual billing period.
YOU MAY NOT FRAME THIS WEBSITE, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN. IF YOU LINK TO THIS WEBSITE, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, WE REQUIRE THAT YOU FOLLOW THESE TERMS.
1. Intellectual Property.
Upon linking to this website pursuant to the Terms of Service, you will be granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free sub-license to use the Forkast mark owned by Forkast solely for providing an underlined, textual link from your website to www.Forkast.News. No other use of Forkast’s marks, names or logos is permitted without express written permission from Forkast.
2. Restrictions on Linking to this Website.
Without limiting other provisions contained in our Terms of Service, you may include a link(s) on your website to www.Forkast.News’ publicly accessible webpages (i.e., any webpage which does not require a login and password and/or restrict access). You may not link to www.Forkast.News any site containing an inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information that violates any applicable intellectual property, proprietary, privacy or publicity rights, or is otherwise deemed inappropriate, as determined by Forkast in its sole discretion. The link to this site must not damage, dilute or tarnish the goodwill associated with any Forkast names and/or intellectual property, nor may the link create the false appearance that your website and/or organization is sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated and/or associated with Forkast. Forkast reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate a link with any website for any reason or no reason at all, including without limitation any website that Forkast deems to be inappropriate or inconsistent with or antithetical to this site and/or these Terms of Service.
3. Restrictions on Framing Activities.
Forkast is concerned about the integrity of this website when it is accessed in a manner solely determined by third parties or viewed in a setting solely created by third parties. Specifically, Forkast is concerned with activities such as bringing up or presenting content of this website within another website (“framing”). In this regard, without limiting the provisions contained in our Terms of Service, you may not frame any webpage from www.Forkast.News, except with our express written permission. Further, you may not archive, cache, or mirror any www.Forkast.News webpage or portions of a Web page. If you would like to use, reprint, frame, or redistribute any Forkast.com content other than as permitted herein, you must request prior permission from Forkast by writing to Forkast. Please include: (a) your name, e-mail address, and telephone number; (b) the name of your company; (c) the website address(es) where the proposed use will occur; and (d) specific details about the contemplated linking or framing activities, including the content or webpage(s) of this website which you would like to use.
D. INQUIRIES REGARDING THIS SITE’S CONTENT
Please email [email protected] for inquiries regarding this site’s content.
E. LAW ENFORCEMENT DATA REQUEST STATEMENT
Forkast will not disclose Client Data (which may include personal information, together “Client Data”) in response to requests from law enforcement, governmental, or regulatory agencies except where required to do so by law (for example, in response to valid and properly-served legal process such as a subpoena or search warrant). Forkast will attempt to notify its client prior to disclosing client data unless: (1) prohibited by applicable law from doing so, or (2) there are clear indications of unlawful conduct in connection with the client’s use of Forkast services. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, Forkast reserves the right to respond to urgent law enforcement requests if Forkast believes in good faith that an emergency involving imminent danger of death or serious physical injury justifies such disclosure
F. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
1. General Inquiries:
Please send general inquiries regarding intellectual property issues to [email protected]
2. Copyright Agent for Copyright Infringement Claims:
Following guidelines issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), if you believe that any content appearing on this site has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to the Copyright Agent named below:
a. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address;
b. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
c. The exact URL or a description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
d. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
e. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
f. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
The designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement is: Sandra Wu.
3. Trademark Notice:
Forkast.News is a trademark and service mark of Forkast Limited, a company incorporated in Hong Kong or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.