1. Using Our Services
You must follow any policies made available to you within the Services. Do not misuse our Services and use them only as permitted by law. We may suspend or stop providing our Services if found non-compliant with our terms and policies or if suspected of misconduct. Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access. With use of our Services, we may send you announcements or information concerning our Services. You may opt out of some of those communications.
2. Your Registration Information
In consideration of your use of our Services, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form of the Services and (b) maintain and promptly update your information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if Merritt Research has reasonable grounds to believe that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Merritt Research has the right to suspend or terminate your account and to refuse any and all current or future use of the Services (or any portion thereof).
3. Your Obligation to Pay Fees
You agree to pay all subscription, service and use fees, if any, Merritt Research charges you for the Services. You agree to pay all costs (including attorney's fees), if any, incurred by Merritt Research in collecting overdue fees from you, and to pay a late charge on any overdue fees at a rate equal to the lesser of 1.5% per month or the maximum rate allowed under applicable law. You also agree to pay all foreign, federal, state and local taxes applicable to your access, use or receipt of the Services.
4. Access, Passwords and Security
You will be responsible for the confidentiality and use of your access number(s), password(s), and account number(s). You will be responsible for all electronic communications, including account registration and other account holder information, e-mail, financial and other data ("Electronic Communications") entered through or under your access number(s), password(s) or account number(s). Merritt Research will act as though any Electronic Communications it receives under your access number(s), password(s) or account number(s) will have been sent by you. You agree immediately to notify Merritt Research if you become aware of any loss or theft or unauthorized use of any of your access number(s), password(s) and/or account number(s).
5. The Way We Handle Electronic Communication Between You and Merritt Research
The Services allow you to send Electronic Communications directly to Merritt Research and interact within applicable areas of the Services. You acknowledge and agree to the following with respect to use of Electronic Communications through the Services:
A. Merritt Research shall be entitled, but is not obligated, to review or retain your Electronic Communications for your compliance with the TOS and the security of the Services. Merritt Research may also review or retain Electronic Communications for other reasons that Merritt Research believes in good faith will improve the quality of the Services;
B. Merritt Research may disclose Electronic Communications if required to by law or in the good-faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce the TOS; (iii) respond to claims that any Electronic Communications violate the rights of third parties; or (iv) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Merritt Research, its users or others;
C. You will not use any Electronic Communication for any purpose that is unlawful, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene or threatening. Neither you, nor someone on your behalf, will use the Services to solicit Merritt Research customers or others for any purpose;
D. You will not upload, post, reproduce or distribute any information, software or other material protected by copyright or any other intellectual property right (as well as rights of publicity and privacy) without first obtaining the permission of the owner of such rights;
E. You will not in any way express or imply that any opinions contained in your Electronic Communications are endorsed by Merritt Research;
F. You agree to provide Merritt Research with your e-mail address, promptly provide Merritt Research with any changes to your e-mail address and accept Electronic Communications from Merritt Research at the e-mail address you specify;
G. You agree that Merritt Research may provide notices, statements and other communications to you solely through e-mail, posting on the Services or other electronic transmission; and
H. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Services, including your Electronic Communications, may involve (i) transmissions over various networks; and (ii) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
6. Security of Data Transmission
You agree to use software produced by third parties, including, but not limited to, "browser" software that supports a data security protocol compatible with the protocol used by Merritt Research. Until notified otherwise by Merritt Research, you agree to use software that supports the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol or other protocols accepted by Merritt Research and to follow procedures for Services that support such protocols. You acknowledge that Merritt Research is not responsible for notifying you of any upgrades, fixes or enhancements to any such software or for any compromise of data transmitted across computer networks or telecommunications facilities, including, but not limited to, the Internet. You acknowledge that it is possible that Electronic Communications may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when communicated between you and Merritt Research using the Internet, other network communications facilities, telephone or any other electronic means.
7. General Practices Regarding Use of the Services
You acknowledge that Merritt Research may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Services. You acknowledge that Merritt Research reserves the right to disable accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that Merritt Research reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, as provided in Section 18 below.
8. Security and Storage of User Query Constraints
The security of your query constraints may be maintained through the use of data encryption, data security protocols, passwords and other methods which Merritt Research may employ, or which Merritt Research may suggest or require that you employ. You agree that Merritt Research has no responsibility or liability either for the deletion or failure to store any data transmitted by you or anyone else to the Services or the operation, or failure, or weakness, of any data encryption, data security protocols, passwords or other security methods employed by Merritt Research.
9. Merritt Research's Proprietary Rights
You acknowledge and agree that the Services and any necessary software used in connection with the Services ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that content contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the Services or by advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. You agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Services or the Software, in whole or in part. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Services, use of the Services, or access to the Services.
"DATA Content" as used herein means the literary, pictorial, graphic, multimedia and interactive works included in the Services furnished to you, under the TOS, including the compilations, data and information in those works. Merritt Research grants you a non-transferable, non-exclusive and terminable right and license to use its DATA Content; provided you are a registered user of the Services, you may view, print or copy the DATA Content; you may reproduce, modify and distribute the DATA Content as part of your product and/or service, provided that: a) You may not sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the DATA Content or derivative works of the DATA Content on a stand alone basis or as part of a collection, or as part of any product or service for resale. Examples of allowed use include the following: reports, newsletters, brochures, presentations or flyers; b) You may not transmit or distribute the DATA Content by any broadcast medium (e.g. television, radio, internet); c) You may not use the DATA Content in any defamatory, libelous or other unlawful manner.
Merritt Research grants you a non-transferable, non-exclusive and terminable right and license to use the object code of its Software; provided that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble, disassemble, or decompile the Software or any part thereof or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, or sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in or to the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Services. You agree not to access the Services by any means other than through the interfaces that are provided by Merritt Research for use in accessing the Services.
10. Trademark Information
"Merritt Research," the Merritt Research logo and other Merritt Research trademarks, service marks, logos and product and service names are marks of Merritt Research (the "Merritt Research Marks"). You agree not to display or use either the Merritt Research Marks in any manner without the owner's express prior written permission.
11. Disclaimer of Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
A. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. MERRITT RESEARCH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS 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.
B. MERRITT RESEARCH MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, OR (iv) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE OR SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED.
C. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM MERRITT RESEARCH, OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.
D. NO, FINANCIAL, LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE OR COUNSEL IS GIVEN, OR SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN, BY THE SERVICES.
E. NEITHER THESE TOS, NOR ANY DOCUMENTATION FURNISHED UNDER THEM, ARE INTENDED TO EXPRESS OR IMPLY ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED BY MERRITT RESEARCH WILL PROVIDE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY OR ERROR-FREE SERVICE. THE SECURITY MECHANISM INCORPORATED IN THE SOFTWARE HAS INHERENT LIMITATIONS AND YOU MUST DETERMINE THAT THE SOFTWARE ADEQUATELY MEETS YOUR REQUIREMENTS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF SUCH MATERIAL AND/OR DATA. MERRITT RESEARCH AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, SHALL NOT BE LIABLE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES OR LEGAL THEORIES WHATSOEVER, FOR ANY LOSS OF BUSINESS, PROFITS OR GOODWILL, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY CHARACTER, EVEN IF MERRITT RESEARCH IS AWARE OF THE RISK OF SUCH DAMAGES, THAT RESULT IN ANY WAY FROM YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR THE SOFTWARE, OR THAT RESULT FROM ERRORS, DEFECTS, OMISSIONS, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES OR THE SOFTWARE. MERRITT RESEARCH'S LIABILITY TO YOU SHALL NOT, FOR ANY REASON, EXCEED THE AGGREGATE PAYMENTS ACTUALLY MADE BY YOU TO MERRITT RESEARCH OVER THE COURSE OF THE EXISTING TERM.
F. YOU AGREE NOT TO RESELL OR ASSIGN OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER YOUR RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THESE TOS WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PRIOR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION OF MERRITT RESEARCH.
G. NEITHER MERRITT RESEARCH, NOR YOU SHALL BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER FOR ANY DELAY OR FAILURE IN PERFORMANCE UNDER THESE TOS RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM FORCE MAJEURE EVENTS.
12. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL MERRITT RESEARCH BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE ITEMS) EVEN IF MERRITT RESEARCH HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES. YOU AGREE THAT THE LIABILITY OF MERRITT RESEARCH ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF LEGAL CLAIM (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICES WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR THE SERVICES. Merritt Research shall not be liable for any loss resulting from a cause over which Merritt Research does not have direct control, including but not limited to failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines; telephone or other interconnect problems; bugs, errors, configuration problems or incompatibility of computer hardware or software; failure or unavailability of Internet access; problems with Internet service providers or other equipment or services relating to your computer; problems with intermediate computer or communications networks or facilities; problems with data transmission facilities or your telephone or telephone service; or unauthorized access, theft, operator errors, severe weather, earthquakes or labor disputes. Merritt Research is not responsible for any damage to your computer, software, modem, telephone or other property resulting from your use of the Services. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Merritt Research harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liability costs and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys' fees) arising from your violation of the TOS, state or federal laws or regulations, or any third party's rights, including but not limited to infringement of any copyright, violation of any proprietary right and invasion of any privacy rights. This obligation will survive the termination of the Services.
14. Modifications to or Discontinuation of the Services
Merritt Research reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) upon notice to you. Merritt Research also reserves the right at any time to discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) to any accounts not in good standing upon notice to you. You agree that Merritt Research shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.
15. Termination of the Services
You agree that Merritt Research, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Services, and remove and discard any Electronic Communications within the Services, for lack of use or if Merritt Research believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these TOS. Merritt Research may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Services, or any part thereof. You agree that any termination of your access to the Services under any provision of these TOS may be effected upon notice to you, and acknowledge and agree that thereafter Merritt Research may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files and/or the Services. Further, you agree that Merritt Research shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Services; provided, however, that if the termination is unrelated to your acts or omissions, Merritt Research will refund the pro rata portion of any fee that may have been paid by you for the portion of the Services not furnished to you as of the date of such termination.
The Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. Because Merritt Research has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Merritt Research is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Merritt Research shall not be 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 or through any such site or resource.
Notices to you from Merritt Research may be made by either e-mail or regular mail. Merritt Research may provide notices of changes to the TOS, modification or termination of the Services or other matters by e-mail to you or by displaying notices or links to notices to you on the Services.
Merritt Research may modify the TOS at any time. You confirm your acceptance of the modification by not closing and/or by continuing to use the Services.
19. General Provisions
The TOS constitute the entire agreement between you and Merritt Research and govern your use of the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and Merritt Research with respect to the subject matter contained in the TOS. The TOS may only be modified or amended as set forth above in Section 18 or otherwise in a writing signed by Merritt Research and you. The TOS and the relationship between you and Merritt Research shall be governed by the laws of the State of Iowa without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Merritt Research agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Linn, Iowa. The failure of Merritt Research to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS 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 TOS shall 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 TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The Section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.