Ekobai.com Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions (hence the "Agreement") relate to use of the www.ekobai.com internet site (hence the "Site") and the users and viewers of the Site (hence the "Users").
1. Application of Terms and Conditions.
1.1 For purposes of this Agreement, a "User" is any person who accesses the Site for whatever purpose, regardless of whether said User has registered with ekobai.com as a registered User. A User includes the person using this Site and any legal entity which may be represented by such person under actual or apparent authority.
1.2 By accessing or using the Site, the User hereby agrees to accept the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement as a User. You shall be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement with respect to your access or use of this Site and any further upgrade, modification, addition or change to this Site. If you do not accept all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, please do not view or use this Site.
1.3 Ekobai.com may amend this Agreement at any time by posting the amended and restated Agreement on the Site. The amended and restated Agreement shall be effective immediately upon posting. This Agreement was created and updated in August, 2008. Posting by Ekobai of any amended and restated Agreement and your continued use of the Site shall be deemed to be acceptance of the amended terms.
2. Charges to Use the Site.
2.1 Access to the Site and certain of its features are provided to all Users free of charge. However, Ekobai.com reserves the right, without prior notice, to restrict access to certain areas or features of the Site to paying Users or Users who undergo a specific registration process. Access to and use of these areas are governed by additional terms and conditions under separate agreements in addition to this Agreement.
3. Users of this Site.
3.1 Users may use this Site solely for their own personal or internal purposes. Each User agrees that it shall not copy, reproduce or download any information, text, images, video clips, directories, files, databases or listings available on or through the Site (hence know as the the "Ekobai.com Content") for the purpose of re-selling or re-distributing, mass mailing (via emails, wireless text messages, physical mail or otherwise), operating a business that competes with the Site Ekobai.com, or otherwise commercially exploiting the Ekobai.com Content. Systematic retrieval of Ekobai.com Content from this Site to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory (whether through robots, spiders, automatic devices or manual processes) without written permission from Ekobai.com is prohibited. In addition, use of the content or materials for any purpose not expressly permitted in this Agreement is prohibited.
3.2 Some of the Ekobai.com Content displayed or linked to via hyperlinks on the Site, is provided or posted by third parties ("Third Party Content"). Ekobai.com is not the author of third-party content, whether contributed by anonymous users or paid content providers. Neither Ekobai.com nor any of our affiliates, directors, officers or employees has entered into any sales agency relationship with such third party by virtue of our display of the Third Party Content on the Site. Any Third Party Content is the sole responsibility of the party who provided the content. Ekobai.com is not responsible for the accuracy, propriety, lawfulness or truthfulness of any Third Party Content, and shall not be liable to any User in connection with such User's reliance of such Third Party Content. In addition, Ekobai is not responsible for the conduct of any User's activities on the Site, and shall not be liable to any person in connection with any damage suffered by any person as a result of such User's conduct.
3.3 Ekobai.com may allow Users access to content, products or services offered by third parties through hyperlinks (in the form of word link, banners, channels or otherwise) to such Third Party's web site. You are cautioned to read such sites' terms and conditions and/or privacy policies before using such sites in order to be aware of the terms and conditions of your use of such sites. User acknowledges that Ekobai.com has no control over such third party's web site, does not monitor such sites, and Ekobai.com shall not be responsible or liable to anyone for such web site, or any content, products or services made available on such a website.
3.4 Messages or information sent by a User through communication systems provided by the Site, or through emails, fax or letters to addressees obtained from the Site, shall not contain any of the materials described in the provisions of Section 5 of this Agreement.
3.5 Ekobai.com reserves the right to limit, deny or create different access to the Site and its features with respect to different Users, or to change any of the features or introduce new features without prior notice. Each User acknowledges that inability to use the Site wholly or partially for whatever reason may have adverse effects on its business. Each User hereby agrees that in no event shall Ekobai.com be liable to the User or any third parties for any inability to use the Site (whether due to disruption, limited access, changes to or termination of any features on the Site or otherwise), any delays, errors or omissions with respect to any communications or transmission, or any damage (direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise) arising from the use of or inability to use the Site or any of its features.
3.6 No User shall undertake any scheme to undermine the integrity of the computer systems or networks used by Ekobai Limited or ekobai.com and/or any other User and no User shall attempt to gain unauthorized access to such computer systems or networks.
3.8 As a condition of your access to and use of Ekobai.com, you agree that you will not use the Ekobai.com service to infringe the intellectual property rights of others in any way. Ekobai.com will in appropriate circumstances terminate the accounts of members or users who are repeat infringers of the copyrights, or other intellectual property rights, of others. In addition, Ekobai.com reserves the right to terminate the account of a user upon any single infringement of the rights of others in conjunction with use of the Ekobai.com service, or if Ekobai believes that user conduct is harmful to the interests of Ekobai.com, its affiliates, or other users, or for any other reason in Ekobai.com's sole discretion, with or without cause.
4. Registered Users
4.1 Each User who has filled out an on-line registration form on the Site by giving its information (e-mail address and password as minimum requirements) is a registered user of Ekobai.com (a "Registered User"). Ekobai.com will establish an account ("Account") for each Registered User and each Registered User will choose a password ("Password") for log-in access to its own Account. A Registered User must agree to these Terms and Conditions and will be sent an e-mail confirmation by the Site prior to the User’s account being activated.
4.2 If the Registered User is a business entity, you represent that (a) you have the authority to bind the entity to this Agreement; (b) the address you use when registering is the principal place of business of such business entity; and (c) all other information submitted to Ekobai.com during the registration process is true, accurate, current and complete. For purposes of this provision, a branch or representative office will not be considered a separate entity and its principal place of business will be deemed to be that of its head office.
4.3 By becoming a Registered User, you consent to the inclusion of your personal data in our Global Buyer Database and authorize Ekobai.com to share such information with other Users.
4.4 Ekobai.com may suspend or terminate a Registered User's Account at any time by giving no less than 24-hour notice to the Registered User; provided, however, that notice is not required for such termination if (a) in Ekobai.com's determination, there is any breach of the provisions of this Agreement by the Registered User; or (b) Ekobai.com has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information provided by a Registered User is untrue, inaccurate or is not current or complete, or (c) Ekobai believes that the Registered User's actions may cause financial loss or legal liability to such Registered User, Ekobai.com's other Users, or Ekobai.com or its affiliates.
4.5 The Registered User shall not use the ekobai.com internal messaging system for junk mail, chain letters or spamming or the transmission of any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature. Further, the Registered User shall not use the ekobai.com internal messaging system to publish, distribute, transmit or circulate any unsolicited advertising or promotional information or any content that is obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, defamatory, threatening, or which incites or results in causing racial hatred, discrimination, menace or breach of confidence.
4.6 A Registered User may not sell, attempt to sell, offer to sell, give, assign or otherwise transfer an Account, User ID or Password to a third party without the prior written consent of Ekobai.com. Ekobai.com may suspend or terminate the Account of a Registered User or the transferee of a Registered User in the event of a sale, offer to sell, gift, assignment or transfer in violation of this Section.
4.7 Notwithstanding Section 4.1 above, Ekobai.com may refuse registration and deny the issuance of an Account associated User ID and Password to any User for whatever reason.
5. Users Who Post Information on Ekobai.com
5.1 You must be a Registered User in order to post information on the Site using the submit and edit tools provided through the Site. Your status as a Registered User is governed by the provisions of Section 4 above.
5.2 No commercial relationship is created between any User and Ekobai.com, our affiliates, directors, officers or employees by virtue of Ekobai.com's display of any of the User's information on the Site.
5.3 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees to (a) provide Ekobai.com with true, accurate, current and complete information to be displayed on the Site and (b) maintain and promptly amend all information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. Each User hereby grants an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide and royalty-free, licensable (through multiple tiers) license to Ekobai.com to display and use all information provided by such User in accordance with the purposes set forth in this Agreement and to exercise the copyright, publicity, and database rights you have in such material or information, in any media now known or not currently known.
5.4 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it has obtained all necessary third party copyright, trademark trade secret or patent licenses and permissions, or such other licenses or permissions as may be required in connection with any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party (including but not limited to rights of personality and rights of privacy), for any material or information it posts on the Site or provides to Ekobai.com or authorizes Ekobai.com to display. Third party copyrights, trademarks, trade secret rights, patents and other personal or proprietary rights affecting or relating to material or information displayed on the Site, including but not limited to rights of personality and rights of privacy, or affecting or relating to products that are offered or displayed on the Site, are hereafter referred to as "Third Party Rights." Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it shall be solely responsible for ensuring that any material or information it posts on the Site or provides to Ekobai.com or authorizes Ekobai.com to display does not, and that the products represented thereby do not, violate any Third Party Rights, or is posted with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights. Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it has the right to manufacture, offer, sell, import and distribute the products it offers and displays on the Site, and that such manufacture, offer, sale, importation and/or distribution of those products violates no Third Party Rights.
5.5 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that information submitted to Ekobai.com for display on the Site shall not:
a. contain fraudulent information or make fraudulent offers of items or involve the sale or attempted sale of counterfeit or stolen items or items whose sales and/or marketing is prohibited by applicable law, or otherwise promote other illegal activities;
b. be part of a scheme to defraud other Users of the Site or for any other unlawful purpose;
c. relate to sale of products or services that infringe or otherwise encourage the infringement or violation of any third party's copyright, patent, trademarks, trade secret or other proprietary right or rights of publicity or privacy, or any other Third Party Rights;
d. violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising);
e. be defamatory, libelous, unlawfully threatening or unlawfully harassing;
f. be obscene or contain or infer any pornography or sex-related merchandising or any other content or otherwise promotes sexually explicit materials or is otherwise harmful to minors;
g. promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
h. contain any material that constitutes unauthorized advertising or harassment (including but not limited to spamming), invades anyone's privacy or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law or regulation;
i. solicit business from any Users in connection with a commercial activity that competes with Ekobai;
j. contain any computer viruses or other destructive devices and codes that have the effect of damaging, interfering with, intercepting or expropriating any software or hardware system, data or personal information;
k. link directly or indirectly to or include descriptions of goods or services that are prohibited under this Agreement;
l. or otherwise create any liability for Ekobai.com or its affiliates.
5.6 Ekobai reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any material displayed on the Site which it reasonably believes is unlawful, could subject Ekobai.com to liability, violates this Agreement or is otherwise found inappropriate in Ekobai.com's opinion. Ekobai.com reserves the right to cooperate fully with governmental authorities, private investigators and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected criminal or civil wrongdoing. Furthermore, Ekobai.com may disclose the User's identity and contact information, if requested by a government or law enforcement body, an injured third party, or as a result of a subpoena or other legal action, and Ekobai.com shall not be liable for damages or results thereof and User agrees not to bring any action or claim against Ekobai.com for such disclosure. In connection with any of the foregoing, Ekobai.com may suspend or terminate the Account of any User as Ekobai.com deems appropriate in its sole discretion. User agrees that Ekobai.com shall have no liability to User, including no liability for consequential or any other damages, in the event Ekobai.com takes any of the actions mentioned in this Section, and that User agrees to bear the risk that Ekobai.com may take such actions.
6. Transactions between Buyers and Suppliers
6.1 Through the Site, Ekobai.com provides an electronic web-based platform for exchanging information between buyers and suppliers of products and services. Ekobai.com does not represent the seller nor the buyer in specific transactions and does not charge any commissions from completing any transactions. As a result, Ekobai.com does not control and is not liable to or responsible for the quality, safety, lawfulness or availability of the products or services offered for sale on the Site or the ability of the suppliers to complete a sale or the ability of buyers to complete a purchase.
6.2 Users are hereby made aware that there may be risks of dealing with people acting under false pretenses. Ekobai.com uses best effort measures to verify the accuracy of the information our users provide us when they register on the Site. However, because user verification on the Internet is difficult, Ekobai.com cannot and does not confirm each User's purported identity. We encourage you to use the various tools available on the Site, as well as common sense, to evaluate with whom you are dealing.
6.3 Each User acknowledges that it is fully assuming the risks of purchase and sale transactions when using the Site to conduct transactions, and that it is fully assuming the risks of liability or harm of any kind in connection with subsequent activity of any kind relating to products or services that are the subject of transactions using the Site. Such risks shall include, but are not limited to, mis-representation of products and services, fraudulent schemes, unsatisfactory quality, failure to meet specifications, defective or dangerous products, unlawful products, delay or default in delivery or payment, cost mis-calculations, breach of warranty, breach of contract and transportation accidents. Such risks also include the risks that the manufacture, importation, distribution, offer, display, purchase, sale and/or use of products or services offered or displayed on the Site may violate or may be asserted to violate Third Party Rights, and the risk that User may incur costs of defense or other costs in connection with third parties' assertion of Third Party Rights, or in connection with any claims by any party that they are entitled to defense or indemnification in relation to assertions of rights, demands or claims by Third Party Rights claimants. Such risks also include the risks that consumers, other purchasers, end-users of products or others claiming to have suffered injuries or harms relating to product originally obtained by Users of the Site as a result of purchase and sale transactions in connection with using the Site may suffer harms and/or assert claims arising from their use of such products. All of the foregoing risks are hereafter referred to as "Transaction Risks." Each User agrees that Ekobai shall not be liable or responsible for any damages, liabilities, costs, harms, inconveniences, business disruptions or expenditures of any kind that may arise a result of or in connection with any Transaction Risks.
6.4 Users are solely responsible for all of the terms and conditions of the transactions conducted on, through or as a result of use of the Site, including, without limitation, terms regarding payment, returns, warranties, shipping, insurance, fees, taxes, title, licenses, fines, permits, handling, transportation and storage.
6.5 In the event that any User has a dispute with any party to a transaction, such User agrees to release and indemnify Ekobai (and our agents, affiliates, directors, officers and employees) from all claims, demands, actions, proceedings, costs, expenses and damages (including without limitation any actual, special, incidental or consequential damages) arising out of or in connection with such transaction.
7. Limitation of Liability
7.1 The features and services on the ekobai.com site are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and ekobai.com hereby expressly disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to any warranties of condition, quality, durability, performance, accuracy, reliability, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. All such warranties, representations, conditions, undertakings and terms are hereby excluded.
7.2 Ekobai makes no representations or warranties about the validity, accuracy, correctness, reliability, quality, stability, completeness or timeliness of any information provided on or through the site. Ekobai does not represent or warranty that the manufacture, importation, distribution, offer, display, purchase, sale and/or use of products or services offered or displayed on the site does not violate any third party rights; and ekobai makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning any product or service offered or displayed on the ekobai.com site.
7.3 Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the Site is done at each User's sole discretion and risk and each User is solely responsible for any damage to its computer system or loss of data that may result from the download of any such material. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by any User from Ekobai.com or through or from the Site shall create any warranty not expressly stated herein.
7.4 Under no circumstances shall Ekobai.com be held liable for an delay or failure or disruption of the content or services delivered through the Site resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces or causes beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation, Internet failures, computer, telecommunications or any other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, flood, storms, explosions, Acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals or non-performance of third parties.
7.5 Each User hereby agrees to indemnify and save Ekobai.com, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise from such User's use of the Site (including but not limited to the display of such User's information on the Site) or from its breach of any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Each User hereby further agrees to indemnify and save Ekobai.com, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise from User's breach of any representations and warranties made by User to Ekobai.com, including but not limited to those set forth in Section 5 above. Each User hereby further agrees to indemnify and save Ekobai.com, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise, directly or indirectly, as a result of any claims asserted by Third Party Rights claimants or other third parties relating to products offered or displayed on the Site. Each User hereby further agrees that Ekobai.com is not responsible and shall have no liability to it, for any material posted by others, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material and that the risk of damages from such material rests entirely with each User. Ekobai.com 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 shall cooperate with Ekobai.com in asserting any available defenses.
7.6 Ekobai.com shall not be liable for any special, direct, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever (including but not limited to damages for loss of profits or savings, business interruption, loss of information), whether in contract, negligence, tort, strict liability or otherwise or any other damages resulting from any of the following:
a. the use or the inability to use the Site;
b. any defect in goods, samples, data, information or services purchased or obtained from a User or a third-party service provider through the Site;
c. violation of Third Party Rights or claims or demands that Users' manufacture, importation, distribution, offer, display, purchase, sale and/or use of products or services offered or displayed on the Site may violate or may be asserted to violate Third Party Rights; or claims by any party that they are entitled to defense or indemnification in relation to assertions of rights, demands or claims by Third Party Rights claimants;
d. unauthorized access by third parties to data or private information of any User;
e. statements or conduct of any User of the Site; or
f. any matters relating to Premium Services however arising, including negligence.
8. Trademarks and Copyrights Associated with Ekobai.com
8.1 Ekobai.com is the sole owner or lawful licensee of all the rights to the Site and the Ekobai Content. The Site and Ekobai.com Content embody trade secrets and intellectual property rights protected under worldwide copyright and other laws. All title, ownership and intellectual property rights in the Site and Ekobai.com Content shall remain with Ekobai.com, its affiliates or licensors of the Ekobai.com Content, as the case may be. All rights not otherwise claimed under this Agreement or by Ekobai.com are hereby reserved.
8.2 "Ekobai", "Ekobai.com” and related icons and logos are registered trademarks or trademarks or service marks of Ekobai.com Corporation in various jurisdictions and are protected under applicable copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights laws. The unauthorized copying, modification, use or publication of these marks is strictly prohibited.
9.1 All notices or demands to or upon Ekobai.com shall be effective if in writing and shall be duly made when sent to Ekobai in the following manner: to Ekobai.com Hong Kong Limited, address as noted in the Contact Us section of the Site.
9.2 All notices or demands to or upon a User shall be effective if either delivered personally, sent by courier, certified mail, by facsimile or email to the last-known correspondence, fax or email address provided by the User to Ekobai.com, or by posting such notice or demand on an area of the Site that is publicly accessible without a charge. Notice to a User shall be deemed to be received by such User if and when
a. Ekobai.com is able to demonstrate that communication, whether in physical or electronic form, has been sent to such User, or
b. immediately upon Ekobai.com's posting such notice on an area of the Site that is publicly accessible without charge.
10.1 This Agreement and the Online Security and Privacy document published by Ekobai.com on this Site constitute the entire agreement between the User and Ekobai.com with respect to access to and use of the Site, superseding any prior written or oral agreements in relation to the same subject matter herein.
10.2 Ekobai.com and the User are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement.
10.3 If any provision herein is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.
10.4 Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section.
10.5 Ekobai.com's failure to enforce any right or failure to act with respect to any breach by a User under these terms and conditions will not waive that right nor waives Ekobai's right to act with respect with subsequent or similar breaches.
10.6 Ekobai.com shall have the right to assign its obligations and duties in this Agreement and in any agreement relating to Premium Services to any person or entity.
10.7 This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("Hong Kong") without regard to its conflict of law provisions. The parties to this Agreement hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Hong Kong.
11. Intellectual Property Protection Policy and Infringement Claims
11.1 Ekobai respects the intellectual property rights of others, and we expect our users to do the same. We have instituted the following procedures to facilitate cooperation between Ekobai and you in protecting your intellectual property rights:
a. Voluntary review and removal by Ekobai of listings that appear to offer infringing items
b. Prompt removal of such listings where an appropriate intellectual property infringement claim is filed by intellectual property rights owners against the user of Ekobai's service who submitted such listings
c. Written notification to users submitting infringing listings that the items are prohibited on the Ekobai website and are thereby removed
d. Written notification to users whose listings are claimed to infringe the intellectual property rights of others, and provision of an opportunity to respond to such charges
e. Termination, when appropriate, of the accounts of users of the Ekobai.com service who appear to be repeat infringers.
11.2 Ekobai is not an expert in your intellectual property rights, and we cannot verify that the users of our online marketplace - who post literally tens of thousands of trade leads for items on the Ekobai website each day - have the right to sell the goods offered. We appreciate your assistance in identifying listings which may not appear on their face to infringe your rights but which you believe are infringing. Ekobai is also not an arbiter or judge of disputes about intellectual property rights. By taking down a listing, as a prudential matter, Ekobai is not endorsing a claim of infringement. Neither, in those instances in which Ekobai declines to take down a listing, is Ekobai determining that the listing is not infringing, nor is Ekobai endorsing the sale of goods in such cases.
11.3 We ask those who assert claims of infringement and ask Ekobai to stop others from listing trade leads on our marketplace to stand behind their claims. By submitting a report of alleged infringement to Ekobai and asking Ekobai to take down a listing, you agree to indemnify Ekobai against claims or damages arising from the removal of the accused listing.
11.4 If you have a good faith belief that a listing on Ekobai infringes your copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights, contact us immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt, we will promptly evaluate your complaint, and in cases where it appropriate, we will expeditiously take down the listing referred to. We will notify the vendor in writing of the removal of the claimed infringing product listing and provide the vendor with your contact information so that the vendor may contact you directly and with an opportunity to respond. If the vendor objects to the removal of the alleged infringing product listing, the vendor may submit to us an appropriate counter-notice to dispute the claim. Upon receipt of such counter-notice, we may resume the vendor's listing unless we receive notice from you that an action has been filed against the vendor in a court of competent jurisdiction for infringement of your intellectual property rights.
Here you will find details of all Terms and Conditions for use on Ekobai.com, a supplier directory and B2B marketplace for certified products. The section outlines important user information for areas including account registration, posting material on the site, transactions between buyers and sellers, trademarks and copyrights associated with Ekobai.com and more.