Terms & Conditions

(Last updated February 2006)

1. General

The following terms and conditions of use (the "Terms and Conditions") govern your ("You") use of the RBI Web site (www.zibb.com), which shall include, without limitation, several Reed Business Information websites which syndicate www.zibb.com, and all content thereon (the "Site") as provided by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. ("Reed Business Information" or "we"). BY USING THE SITE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS APPLIED TO YOUR USE OF THE SITE. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you may not access or otherwise use the Site.

2. Services Available on the Site

Reed Business Information may make certain services available to individuals who register on the Site ("Registered Users") and general visitors to the Site ("Visitors") (Registered Users and Visitors are collectively referred to as "Users"). For example, Users may be able to register to receive a print publication or an e-mail newsletter, participate in forums or moderated discussions with other Users, post comments on a bulletin board, post and respond to classified ads, or enter a sweepstakes (collectively, "Services ", and with the Site, the "Site "). Users may also access articles and perform research.

Reed Business Information may make certain forums available on the Site that allow Registered Users the opportunity to participate in moderated discussions and to post information on bulletin boards (collectively, "Forums"). Registered Users who participate in these Forums are solely responsible for the information and other content they post on and through these Forums and should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g., name, e-mail address, telephone number) on or through these Forums, that such information is generally accessible to and may be collected and used by other Registered Users, as well as Visitors, and may result in unsolicited online and offline messages from such viewers. Registered Users are encouraged to exercise discretion when providing personal information about themselves in and through Forums.

You acknowledge and agree that in connection with your use of the Site you must: (a) provide for your own access to the World Wide Web and pay any service fees associated with such access, and (b) provide all equipment necessary for you to make such access and connection to the World Wide Web, including a computer, software, a modem and a means of connecting to or accessing the Internet. Reed Business Information shall not be responsible for any malfunctions, errors, crashes or other adverse events that may occur from your use of the Site.

3. Proprietary Rights

As between you and Reed Business Information (including our affiliates), we are the owner and/or authorized user of any trademark, and/or service mark appearing on the Site, and are the copyright owner or licensee of the content and/or information on the Site, unless otherwise indicated. Except as otherwise provided herein, use of the Site does not grant to you a license to any content, features or materials you may access on the Site. Any commercial use of the Site is strictly prohibited, except as allowed herein or otherwise approved by us. You may not download or save a copy of any of the content or screens except as otherwise provided in these Terms and Conditions, for any purpose. You may, however, print one (1) copy of the information on the Site solely for your personal use or records. If you make other use of the Site, except as otherwise provided above, you may violate copyright and other laws of the United States, other countries, as well as applicable state laws and may be subject to liability for such unauthorized use. We do not grant any license or other authorization to any user of our trademarks, service marks, other copyrightable material or any other intellectual property, by including them on the Site. You also agree and acknowledge that any ideas, concepts, methods, systems, designs, plans, techniques or other similar materials that you submit or otherwise communicate to the Site, may be used by us in any manner. You may not send automated queries of any sort to Zibb.com without express permission in advance from Reed Business Information. Note that "sending automated queries" includes, among other things:

  • "meta-searching" zibb.com; and
  • performing "offline" searches on zibb.com.

4. User Information

In the course of your use of the Site, you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself to us ("User Information"). RBI information collection and use policies with respect to such User Information are set forth in the Site Privacy Policy Click Here for Privacy Policy. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the accuracy and content of the User Information.

5. Submitted Material

Any information or material that you submit or send to Reed Business Information or otherwise make available on or through the Site ("Your Material") will be deemed not to be confidential or secret. By submitting or otherwise making Your Material available on the Site, you:

· Agree and acknowledge that Your Material will not be treated as confidential or proprietary.

· Represent and warrant that Your Material:

· Is original to you and that no other party has any rights to the material;

· Does not contain any content that is unlawful, threatening, harassing, profane, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts (including but not limited to sexual language of a violent or threatening nature directed at another individual or group of individuals), invasive of another's privacy, or hateful;

· Does not contain a virus or other harmful component; and

· Does not contain, unless the specific Service allows, any advertising of any kind, or false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact.

· Grant Reed Business Information the royalty-free, unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, edit, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display Your Material (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. You also warrant that any "moral rights" in Your Material have been waived. No Endorsement.

Reed Business Information does not represent or warrant the truthfulness, accuracy or reliability of any material posted by others on or through the Site, nor does Reed Business Information endorse any opinions expressed by Users or others, such as responses provided in the "Ask the Expert" portions of the Site. Users acknowledge that any reliance on material posted by others will be at their own risk. Any content placed on any discussion area by Users are the views of the User posting the statement, and do not represent the views of Reed Business Information.

6. Unsolicited Materials

Unless specifically requested, Reed Business Information does not solicit nor does it wish to receive any confidential, secret or proprietary information or other material from you through the Site, any of its services, by e-mail, or in any other way.

7. User Conduct

You warrant and agree that, while using the Site, you shall not:

· Upload, post or transmit to or distribute or otherwise publish through the Site any material that violates any provision of these Terms and Conditions;

· Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying the Site;

· Constitute or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability;

· Impersonate, or misrepresent your affiliation with any other person or entity;

· Upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute or in any way exploit any information or other material obtained through the Site for commercial purposes (other than as expressly permitted by the provider of such information or other material);

· Engage in spamming or flooding; or

· Attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems through the Site.

Except as otherwise expressly permitted herein, you may not upload, post, publish, reproduce, transmit or distribute in any way any component of the Site itself or derivative works with respect thereto, as the Site is copyrighted as a collective work under U.S. copyright laws.

We have no obligation to monitor any content on or through the Site and we assume no obligation. You acknowledge and agree, however, that we do retain the right to monitor the Site and to disclose any information as necessary or appropriate to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, to operate the Site properly, or to protect ourselves or our Users. We will not intentionally monitor or disclose any private electronic mail message unless required by law. We reserve the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that, in our sole discretion, are unacceptable, undesirable, inappropriate or in violation of these Terms and Conditions. We may also suspend or terminate any User's use of the Site at any time in our sole discretion.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Reed Business Information, its directors, officers, employees, agents and affiliates harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising in any way from your use of the Site or the placement or transmission of Your Material on or through the Site by you.

8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

THE SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL CONTENT, FUNCTIONS AND MATERIALS THEREON, IS PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY FOR INFORMATION, DATA, DATA PROCESSING SERVICES, OR UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS, ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, USEFULNESS, OR CONTENT OF INFORMATION, AND ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. REED BUSINESS INFORMATION DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR THE FUNCTIONS, FEATURES OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. REED BUSINESS INFORMATION MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET USERS' REQUIREMENTS. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM REED BUSINESS INFORMATION OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE OR ANY CONTENT OR FUNCTION THEREON, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT SHALL REED BUSINESS INFORMATION OR ANY OF ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, OR CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR THE CONTENT, MATERIALS AND FUNCTIONS RELATED THERETO, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS OR LOST SALES, EVEN IF REED BUSINESS INFORMATION OR SUCH INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN USERS. IN NO EVENT SHALL REED BUSINESS INFORMATION BE LIABLE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE SITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF REED BUSINESS INFORMATION TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, ANY FEE YOU MAY PAY TO REED BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE.

10. Links to Other Sites

You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the accuracy or availability of information provided by Web sites to which you may link from the Site ("Linked Sites"). Links to Linked Sites are provided as a convenience to you, and do not constitute an endorsement by or association with Reed Business Information of such sites or the content, products, advertising or other materials presented on such sites. Reed Business Information does not author, edit, or monitor these Linked Sites. The search results that appear from Zibb indices are indexed by Zibb’s automated machinery and computers, and Zibb cannot and does not screen the sites before including them in the indices form which such automated results are gathered. A search using Zibb may produce search results and links to sites that some people find objectionable, inappropriate, or offensive. Reed Business Information cannot guarantee that a Zibb search will not locate unintended or objectionable content and assume no responsibility for the content of any site included in any search results or otherwise linked to by Zibb. You acknowledge and agree that Reed Business Information is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on such Linked Sites.

11. Request for Removal of Links

Reed Business Information reserves the right to address such requests individually, the general approach that Reed Business Information takes reflects the following principles:

Zibb indices consist of information that has been identified, indexed and compiled through an automated process with no advance review by human beings. Given the enormous volume of web site information added, deleted, and changed on a frequent basis, Zibb cannot and does not screen anything made available through its indices. For each web site reflected in Zibb's indices, if either (i) a site owner restricts access to his or her web site or (ii) a site is taken down from the web, then, upon receipt of a request by the site owner or a third party in the second instance, Zibb would consider on a case-by-case basis requests to remove the link to that site from its indices. However, if the operator of the site does not take steps to prevent it, the automatic facilities used to create the indices are likely to find that site and index it again in a relatively short amount of time.

12. Applicable Laws

We control and operate this Site from our offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access this Site from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

13. Miscellaneous

The Terms and Conditions and the relationship between you and Reed Business Information shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Reed Business Information agree that any cause of action that may arise under this Agreement shall be commenced and be heard in the appropriate court in the State of New York, County of New York. You and Reed Business Information each agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within New York County in the State of New York The failure of Reed Business Information to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms and Conditions remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Services or the Terms and Conditions must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

14. Modifications to the Site and the Services

We may change these Terms and Conditions from time to time and at any time without notice to you, by posting such changes on the Site. We reserve the right, for any reason, in our sole discretion, to terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including, but not limited to, content, features or hours of availability. By using the Site following any modifications to the Terms and Conditions, you agree to be bound by any such modifications to the Terms and Conditions. We may also impose limits on certain features of the Site or restrict your access to part or all of the Site without notice or penalty.

15. Digital Millennium Copyright Act Agent

We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and require that the people who use the Site do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to the Copyright Agent named below:

· Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;

· A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

· A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;

· A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by you, the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

· An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and

· 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.

Copyright Agent
c/o Legal Department
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
646-746-7635
copyrightagent@reedbusiness.com

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