Terms and Conditions ("Terms")
Please read these Terms and Conditions ("Terms") carefully before accessing or using the website at www.expert-choice.com and all related websites, software, apps, and/or plug-ins (together the "Service") made available by Expert Choice GmbH ("Expert Choice", "us", "we" or "our").
1. Acceptance of Terms
1.1. Expert Choice operates the website www.expert-choice.com ("Website"), a platform that allows you to post, link, store, share and otherwise make available certain information, text, graphics, photos, videos, or other material (together "Content"). Our goal is to help designers, bloggers and everyone who is looking for an image to find photos and other Content that you can use for free subject to and in compliance with these Terms.
1.2. Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all photographers, visitors, users and others who access and/or use the Service.
1.4. We reserve the right to change or adapt these Terms at any time and without giving reasons with effect for the future. You will be notified of these changes at least two weeks before they take effect by posting them on the Website and should you have created a user account on our Website by notifying your registered e-mail address. You have the right to immediately cancel and terminate your account on our Website if you do not agree to the changes to the Terms. Changes shall be deemed approved by you if you continue to use the Service after the new Terms come into effect.
1.5. The use of the Service is subject to the Terms in force at the time of use.
2. Accounts and Registration
2.1. You have the option of creating a user account on our Website so that you can use the additional functions of the Website, in particular for uploading photos and other Content or for participating in any contests made available through the Service. The opening of a user account can only take place with the agreement to these Terms.
2.2. Upon registration, Expert Choice and you enter into a contract for the use of the Website and the Services. There is no claim to the conclusion of this contract. Expert Choice is entitled to refuse your registration without giving reasons.
2.3. You may only register with Expert Choice if you are 18 years of age or if you act with the consent of your parents or guardian to register under these Terms. Expert Choice reserves the right to verify the consent of your parents or guardian. Therefore, you must provide an e-mail address of your parents or guardian when you register, so that we can obtain a declaration of consent from your parents or guardian.
2.4. When you create an account with us, you must provide us with the information and data requested by Expert Choice that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. If your data changes after registration, you are obliged to correct the information in your account immediately.
2.5. You may not use as a username the name of another person or entity or that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trademark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than you without authorization, or a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene.
2.6. You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password, whether your password is with our Service or a third-party service. If you are not responsible for the misuse of your member account, you are not liable. You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately at info@Expert Choice.com upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.
3. Contests, Sweepstakes and Promotions
3.1. Occasionally, Expert Choice or our partners and/or advertising partners conduct promotional activities on the Website, such as contests, sweepstakes or other promotions (together "Promotions"). Each of these Promotions are subject to additional special conditions ("Conditions of Participation"), which will be published on our Website or otherwise notified to you by Expert Choice.
3.2. When participating in Promotions, you must separately agree to the applicable Conditions of Participation. After approval, the Conditions of Participation are an integral part of these Terms. In the event of a conflict between the Conditions of Participation and the Terms, the Conditions of Participation shall prevail with respect to the Promotion in question.
3.3. All prizes in connection with a Promotion are non-transferable and cannot be changed for cash or other products or services. Expert Choice reserves the right to modify or replace the Promotion prizes.
Information on Data Protection Participation in the Promotion requires the participant to provide personal data such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. These personal data will be collected and processed by Expert Choice GmbH and/or by appointed providers (e.g. companies providing tech gadgets, coupons or other prizes) for the purpose of participation, implementation and handling of the Promotion and the possible notification of a win on the basis of Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR (performance of contractual relationships with you). Personal data will not be passed on to third parties, with the exception of partners, which are also involved in the Promotion. In the event of a win, the personal data collected for participation in the Promotion will be transferred to the respective third party involved (hotels, travel agents/organisers) exclusively for the above-mentioned purpose. As soon as the process of determining the winner and of handing-out the price is completed and the data provided is no longer required, they are deleted, unless continued storage is required on legal grounds.
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4. User Content
4.1. When you upload any Content to the Service, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, permanently, irrevocable, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to reproduce, adapt and modify (incl. translation), distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, broadcast, make available, store and archive and otherwise use such Content (in whole or in part) on and through the Service.
4.2. You acknowledge and confirm that your Content will be made available to the public on and through the Service for personal and commercial use of third parties subject to these Terms without providing you attribution or compensation.
4.3. You may not upload, post or transmit any Content that:
Infringes any third party’s copyrights or other intellectual property rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person; Contains any pornographic, racist, defamatory, libelous or otherwise immoral, vulgar or obscene content; Depicts unlawful or violent, hateful or threatening or otherwise inappropriate acts; Offends, defames, harasses or otherwise damages Expert Choice or any third party; Violates any law, statute, or regulation. 4.4. We reserve the right to remove any Content at any time if we believe it’s defective, of poor quality, or in violation of these Terms.
4.5. You represent and warrant that: (i) the Content is yours (you own it) or you have the right to use it and grant us the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and (ii) Expert Choice will not need to obtain licenses from any third party or pay a compensation or royalties to any third party with respect to the Content; (iii) your Content does not infringe any third party rights (including in particular copyrights, neighboring rights, intellectual property rights, name rights, right of personality, rights of privacy, data rights or other property rights), and (iv) your Content complies with these Terms and all applicable laws.
4.6. When you upload any Content to the Service you also authorize us under your copyrights to enforce any violations of the sublicense we grant in the Content to others. In other words, Expert Choice is entitled to take appropriate measures to pursue the rights granted to us hereunder. You shall support us in the court or non-court assertion of the acquired rights, in particular by providing information, providing the necessary original documents and other documents, making or having made the necessary assignment of rights to Expert Choice, as well as preparing any further declarations or documents which should be required or useful for the realisation of the license granted by you to Expert Choice.
5. Intellectual Property; License to Users
5.1. Subject to your compliance with these Terms, you may access and use the Website and Service.
5.2. The Website and the Service are protected by copyright, trademark and/or other protective rights and are subject to copyright law and other protective laws ("Expert Choice Rights"). Expert Choice is the rightful owner or licensee of all rights to the Website and the Service. With the exception of the use of the Website and Service in accordance with these Terms, use of Expert Choice Rights is only permitted with the prior written consent of Expert Choice.
5.3. Except for certain sponsored content (i.e. content from partners that you can buy from them by getting redirected to their website, hereinafter "Sponsored Content"), all Content made available for download on the Service can be used for free for personal and/or commercial purposes subject to some limitations as set out in these Terms. You do not need to, but you can, credit the photographer or owner of the Content or Expert Choice.
5.4. CC0 License Some of the Content made available for download on the Service is subject to and licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license ("CC0 Content"). The CC0 Content on the Service is marked with the reference "CC0 License" next to the respective picture / content made available for download. This means that to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law, the authors of the of work have dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the CC0 Content worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. Subject to the CC0 License Terms the CC0 Content can be used for all personal and commercial purposes without attributing the author/ content owner of the CC0 Content or Expert Choice.
Be aware that the patent or trademark rights of any person, nor the rights that other persons may have in the CC0 Content or in how the CC0 Content is used, such as publicity or privacy rights, are not affected by CC0. Therefore, depending on the intended use of the CC0 Content (in particular commercial purposes), in the case of the depiction of identifiable people, logos, trademark or copyrightable work depicted in the CC0 Content, you therefore may still need the permission or consent from third parties.
Furthermore, when using the CC0 Content, you may not imply endorsement of products and services by the author of the CC0-Content and/or any person, company or brand depicted in the CC0-Content.
5.5. Expert Choice License For all Content made available for download on the Service, that is not CC0-Content or Sponsored Content, Expert Choice grants you an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and otherwise use the Content (this does not include Sponsored Content), including for commercial purposes, without attributing the photographer/ content owner or Expert Choice ("Expert Choice License"). The Content made available for download on the Service under the Expert Choice-License ("Expert Choice Content") is marked with the reference "Expert Choice License" next to the respective picture / content. The Expert Choice License does not include:
the right to compile any Expert Choice Content to replicate a similar or competing Service; the right to sell copies of the Expert Choice Content without first updating, modifying, or otherwise incorporating new creative elements into the Content (i.e., selling unaltered copies of photos, videos or other content), including selling the Content as prints or printed on physical goods. 5.6. While photographers and users that upload Content to our Website represent and warrant to us that they have all the rights therein and that the Content does not infringe any third party rights, Expert Choice cannot reasonable monitor all Content uploaded to the Service. We therefore do not make any representations or guarantees for the rights granted hereunder to you.
5.7. Be aware that, depending on your intended use of the Content, you may need the permission or consent of a third party (e.g. owner of a brand, identifiable person or author/rights holder of copyrightable work depicted in the Content).
6. Restrictions on use of the Service and Content
6.1. You represent and warrant to Expert Choice that by using the Service you will NOT:
impersonate any other person on the Services, e.g. a representative of Expert Choice or any other person responsible for the Services, or impersonate any non-existent relationship with such persons; use the Service and/or Website for the storage, publication and/or transmission of "junk mails", chain letters, unsolicited bulk e-mails, etc., or for any other purpose. "("spamming"); send any data or store any data on a Expert Choice data carrier which, by its nature or nature (e.g. viruses), size or reproduction (e.g. spamming), is intended to impair or endanger the existence or operation of the Services and the Expert Choice data network; make any electronic attacks of any kind on the Service or network; in particular, the use of computer programs to automatically read out data such as robots, spiders, etc. is prohibited; use or exploit any metatags or other hidden texts containing the name or trademark of Expert Choice without the express written consent of Expert Choice; collect, store or use any personal information, including member names and profiles, about other users; copy the look and feel of the Website.
6.2. Furthermore, despite the Expert Choice License provided to you by Expert Choice hereunder you agree to NOT use any Expert Choice Content made available via the Service (in whole or in part):
to portray any person depicted in the Content (a "Person") in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive, including but not limited to depicting a Person: a) in connection with pornography, adult entertainment venues, escort services, dating services, or the like; b) in connection with the endorsement of products and services (i.e. statement made to the Person highlighting the benefits or recommending products/services to the public) ; c) in a political context, such as the promotion, advertisement or endorsement of any party, candidate, or elected official, or in connection with any political policy or viewpoint; d) as suffering from, or medicating for, a physical or mental ailment; or e) engaging in immoral or criminal activities; in a pornographic, defamatory, or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libelous, obscene, or illegal; as a trademark, service mark, logo or other indication of origin, or as part thereof; in a manner that infringes upon any third party’s copyright, trademark or other intellectual property, or gives rise to a claim of deceptive advertising or unfair competition; falsely represent, expressly or by way of reasonable implication, that any Content was created by you or a person other that the copyright holder(s) of that Content; access, download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, or use any Content to create a similar or competitive service or to contribute the Content to an existing similar or competitive service.
7. Violation of Terms and Termination of Use
7.1. Expert Choice reserves the right to reject the publication of Content at its own discretion and to delete Content already published.
7.2. Expert Choice further reserves the right to restrict or suspend your access to the Services in whole or in part at any time, without prior notice and excluding any claim for damages on your part ("Suspension"), if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting violations by you of these Terms and/or the applicable Conditions of Participation.
7.3. If you prove within twelve (12) months after the Suspension that you have not violated the Terms the applicable Conditions of Participation, Expert Choice will lift the Suspension. If such proof is not provided within the 12-month period, Expert Choice is entitled to delete your member account including all its data.
7.4. Expert Choice expressly reserves the right to take legal action, in particular to assert claims for damages or to file criminal charges.
8. Notice of Infringements
8.1. Please let us know if you believe that any Content made available on and via the Service contains a violation of the law. The message can be sent by e-mail to the address info@Expert Choice.com.
8.2. If you as the copyright owner or as its representative believe that your copyrights are infringed by the Content of users stored, published or transmitted on the Website, please notify us by e-mail to info@Expert Choice.com including the following information:
a description of the rights you consider to have been infringed; a statement of the content you believe infringes your rights, preferably including a URL, and the part of the content you believe infringes the law; your address, telephone number and email address to contact you; a statement by you that, to the best of your knowledge and in good faith, you believe that the use in question has not been approved or is not authorized by the rightsholder or its agent.
9. Disclaimer of Warranty; Links to other third party sites
9.1. The use of the Service is at your own risk. The Website and the Service are offered to you on an "as is" and "as available" basis. We do not warrant that the Website or the Services will always be uninterrupted, current, timely, secure, error-free or suitable for use for any particular purpose or to achieve any particular result.
9.2. Expert Choice does not guarantee that the content on the Website or on linked other sites is correct or complete. The content of the users does not reflect our opinions or views on life. The presence of links to other websites does not imply that Expert Choice endorses or recommends the linked website. Expert Choice has no influence on the contents of the linked external sites and is not responsible for them. We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party websites or services that you visit. Expert Choice is also not responsible for the advertising of third parties published on the Website or for the goods or services offered therein.
9.3. If Expert Choice becomes aware of any violations of the law through content, links to third-party websites or advertising published on the website, Expert Choice will immediately delete such content, links or advertising.
9.4. Expert Choice accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, communication line failures or unauthorized access or theft, destruction or modification of user communications. Likewise, Expert Choice is not liable for problems or technical malfunctions in connection with telephone networks or lines, online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software or for failures of e-mails or players due to technical problems or data jams on the internet and/or one of the Service, unless these are within the sphere of influence of Expert Choice.
10.1. We are liable for damages according to the statutory provisions unless otherwise stated below. In the case of breach of obligation – on any legal ground whatsoever – we are responsible for intent and gross negligence. In the case of simple negligence, we are liable only for
damage due to injury to life, body or health, and damage due to serious breach of a fundamental contractual obligation (obligation the performance of which at all enables the due performance of the agreement and on the compliance on which the contractual partner usually relies and is entitled to rely). In that case, the liability is, however, limited to reimbursement of foreseeable and typical loss. 10.2. The above limitations of liability also apply in favour of our employees, staff, representatives and agents.
10.3. For claims under the Product Liability Act, the statutory provisions apply exclusively.
10.4. Claims for damages against Expert Choice shall become statute-barred after twelve (12) months from the date of their creation, unless they are based on intentional or grossly negligent acts.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Expert Choice and its affiliates harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, losses or demands arising out of or in connection with (i) your use and access to the Website and/or Service; (ii) your violation of these Terms; (iii) infringement of third party rights (copyrights, trademark rights, personal rights, etc.) by you or your Content. The indemnity obligation includes the reasonable costs of legal defence, in particular lawyer's fees, necessary to defend against such claims.
12. Data Protection
13. Choice of law, place of jurisdiction
The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply to the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. For merchants, legal entities under public law and special funds under public law, the place of jurisdiction is Berlin.
14.2. Should individual clauses of these Terms be wholly or partially invalid or should these Terms contain gaps, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining Terms.