Welcome to the website of Software Productivity Strategists, Inc. a corporation with offices located at 9420 Key West Ave, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850 (the "Site"). This document explains the terms and conditions for using our Site (the "Agreement"). By using our Site, you consent to this Agreement and any new version of it posted since your last visit. If the Agreement is not acceptable, then please do not use our Site. This Agreement was last updated on: 6/10/2009.
YOUR ACCOUNT & PASSWORD.
If you register an account, you represent that you are at least 18 years old and that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, your registration information is truthful, accurate and complete. A user name and password will be assigned by us or chosen by you. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and for activities occurring under your account. Be sure to change your password promptly and notify us if you believe your account is being accessed by others. Each user must register separately. You may not loan your user name and password to others.
USING OUR CONTENT & SITE.
Our Proprietary Rights. Our Site may contain an assortment of information, data, software, images, video clips, music, links, logos and other material ("Content") that are the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property of the owners of this Site or third party suppliers. The Content in this Site is copyrighted individually and as a collective work. All rights are reserved. The name "Software Productivity Strategists, Inc" and other names appearing herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the Site or the respective third party owners. You will ensure that all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices appearing on any Content remain intact and legible. All licenses are non-exclusive.
Linking to Our Site. You may not display our Content within a frame or border, or "deep link" or harvest Content located below our top-most URL. You will not link to our Site or Content in a manner that suggests an endorsement or affiliation between our sites. You will remove any link to our Site that we find objectionable promptly upon request.
Reservation of Rights. All content, communications, software applications, digital products, updates and features of this Site are copyrighted by the Site, its owners, suppliers or other third parties. We reserve all rights not specifically granted to you. This means permission to use the Site and related intellectual property rights will be narrowly interpreted by a court in our favor. Except as specifically authorized in this Agreement, you may not store, copy, reproduce, adapt, reformat, create derivative works of, transmit, disseminate, publicly display or perform any copyrighted material from this Site. You may not reverse engineer our Site or any software obtained from it to discover its underlying design or inner workings (and you will hold in confidence for our benefit alone anything discovered in violation of this provision). If you infringe our intellectual property rights or exceed the scope of permitted use of this Agreement, you agree that we could be irreparably injured and may obtain a court order without necessity of posting bond to enjoin you from further mischief.
THIRD PARTY LINKS AND ADVERTISERS.
Content, goods or services may be offered by third parties through hotlinks or advertisements contained on our Site or through private-branded areas that are controlled by third party providers. These are offered as a convenience to you. We have no control over and do not endorse third party content, goods or services. We act as a distributor and not as a republisher of third party content and as an advertising channel for third party goods and services. Third party providers may change, add or discontinue their content or offerings at any time without notice. They may impose additional or different conditions on your use of their content or services (please read any additional terms that may be posted by such providers). WE DISCLAIM ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES REGARDING CONTENT, GOODS OR SERVICES YOU OBTAIN FROM THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS. YOU WILL LOOK SOLELY TO THE THIRD PARTY PROVIDER FOR ALL CLAIMS REGARDING SUCH MATTERS.
We follow technical and management practices that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of information stored on our system, but we do not operate a completely secure Site. For example, we generally do not use secure pages to collect information and we generally do not store data in encrypted form.
ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS.
Our Site has a career center that accepts resumes and job applications online ("Job Application"). If you submit a Job Application, you authorize us to make inquiries concerning your employment history, education, credit status and qualifications. You release from liability our company and those who may respond to our inquiries. Any false information in a Job Application is sufficient cause for denial or termination of employment. Any offer of employment will require a written offer letter manually signed by the department head making the offer. We hire on an at-will basis in which either party may terminate at any time, with or without cause. This paragraph takes precedence over other provisions of the TOS.
WARRANTIES & LIABILITIES.
Warranty Disclaimer. THIS SITE (INCLUDING ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, COMMUNICATIONS, FEATURES, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE AND SERVICES) MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES, ERRORS AND DEFECTS AND IS PROVIDED AS-IS AND AS-AVAILABLE WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY, INTEGRATION, ACCURACY, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT ARE DISCLAIMED. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR DISRUPTION OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO WITH THE SITE. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HARASSING, DEFAMATORY, ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF THIRD PARTIES, OR FOR ANY INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS BY THIRD PARTIES.
Limitation of Liability. IN NO EVENT IS THE SITE LIABLE WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE), FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST SAVINGS, LOST PROFIT, LOST GOODWILL, LOST OR CORRUPTED DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) EVEN IF NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE OF SUCH POSSIBILITY. THIS LIMITATION IS A MATERIAL CONDITION TO THIS AGREEMENT, IS COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE AND HAS BEEN FACTORED INTO THE AGREEMENT AS A WHOLE. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS LIMITATION IS INDEPENDENT OF REMEDY LIMITS.
Indemnification. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Site and its officers, directors, owners, agents, employees, advisers and consultants, from and against any claims, actions, demands, liability, damages (including legal and professional fees) asserted by any third party and arising from your use of the Site, your conduct, content, communications, alleged infringement of third party intellectual property or privacy rights, or violation of this Agreement.
Limitation of Remedies. You agree that if the Site breaches this Agreement, your sole and exclusive remedy will be to terminate this Agreement and your relationship with the Site. This applies regardless of whether the remedy fails of its essential purpose.
Protected Parties. THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS, LIABILITY LIMITS, INDEMNITIES AND RESERVATION OF RIGHTS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT PROTECT THE SITE, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, OWNERS, AGENTS, CONSULTANTS, ADVISERS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISERS, DISTRIBUTORS, RESELLERS, SUPPLIERS, PUBLISHERS AND PROMOTERS.
The Site is not responsible for any delay or failure in performance of the Site in whole or in part for any reason including, without limitation: fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, civil disturbances, disruption of telecommunications, transportation, utilities, services or supplies, governmental action, computer viruses, corruption of data, hacker attack, incompatible or defective equipment, software or services or otherwise. Nothing herein enlarges any warranty or diminishes any disclaimer under this Agreement.
NO OUTSIDE CONTACTS.
Because of the uncertainty and lack of uniformity of laws in other jurisdictions (particularly as applied to Internet sites), it is important to agree that our Site operates solely in Maryland/Montgomery County (our "Locality"). You are using the Internet as your own agent to access and use our Site from the local Internet point of presence (POP) here in our Locality and you are using the Internet or public carrier as your local agent to take delivery of any information, products or services in our Locality. This means all operations, services, deliveries, performance and contacts of our Site occur solely in our Locality. Our Site does not submit to personal jurisdiction anywhere else and you irrevocably waive any claim to the contrary.
If you violate or exceed the scope of this Agreement or infringe our proprietary rights, you agree we would be irreparably harmed and may (in addition to other relief and without having to post bond) obtain a court order enjoining you from further mischief.
THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SUBSTANTIVE LAWS OF MARYLAND (USA), WITHOUT REGARD TO CONFLICTS OF LAW PRINCIPLES. YOU AGREE TO INITIATE AND MAINTAIN ANY LEGAL ACTION IN SUCH DESIGNATED STATE/LOCALE AND IRREVOCABLY CONSENT TO EXCLUSIVE PERSONAL JURISDICTION AND VENUE THEREIN. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLYING WITH YOUR OWN LOCAL LAWS, WHICH MAY VARY WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OR PEOPLE (e.g., MINORS). You agree that U.S. District Courts can hear cases involving copyright issues between us. Since we make no warranties and have limited our liabilities, you should have little reason to have a grievance with us. Should you nevertheless bring legal action against us, you irrevocably agree it will be brought and maintained on an individual basis (and not consolidated with similar cases) within one (1) year after the claim arises or be barred. As disincentive for unwarranted litigation, you agree that if you sue us and don't win on the merits, you will pay our defense costs, including reasonable legal fees and expenses for in-house and outside counsel. If we are required to enforce this Agreement or our rights, you agree it is reasonable to send you legal notices and papers by electronic mail at your stated address (we would also attempt to send you a backup copy by regular mail).
TECHNOLOGY & DATA TRANSFER.
Technology Transfer. The transport of technology, technical data and information across national boundaries is regulated by the U.S. and certain foreign governments. You agree not to directly or indirectly export or re-export any information, software or technology obtained from or through the Site that requires an export license or governmental approval without first obtaining that license or approval. This provision will survive termination of our Agreement.
European Union Residents. If you reside in the European Union (EU) or if any transfer of information between you and our Site is governed by the European Union Data Protection Directive or national laws implementing that Directive, then you consent to the transfer of such information outside of the European Union to your country and to such other countries as may be contemplated by the features and activities provided by the Site.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS.
To the extent used by U.S. government personnel: this is a computer data base that constitutes restricted computer software and is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in the Commercial Computer Software clause at DFARS 227.7202-3 or subparagraphs (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer Software- Restricted Rights clause at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Contractor is SPS, Inc, a corporation with offices located at 9420 Key West Ave, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850.
RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES.
There are no third party beneficiaries of this Agreement. The parties are independent to one another and are not related by franchise, partnership, employment, joint venture or otherwise. This Site is not a party to any transaction between you and any third party advertisers or suppliers. You will look solely to the third party for all claims regarding their goods, services or information.
RIGHT TO RELY ON INSTRUCTIONS.
The Site may act in reliance upon any instruction, information, document, filing, name, email address or user password that meets the Site's automated criteria or which is believed by the Site's personnel to be genuine. For any password protected areas, the Site may assume a person entering a user name address and associated password is, in fact, that user or is authorized by that user to act on its behalf. The Site may assume the latest email addresses and registration information on file with the Site are accurate and current. When programmed to do so, the Site may take prescribed actions in the absence of receiving proper and complete contrary instructions.
CHANGES TO SITE.
We reserve the right to modify, change or discontinue the Site or any feature at any time without notice. You agree that the Site is not liable to you or to any third party as a result of any such action. We invite users to make suggestions for ways that the Site can be improved. If you make a suggestion, you authorize us to use the idea and to publish your name in connection with the submission. We do not pay compensation for using submissions.
Either party may terminate this Agreement in their sole discretion, at any time with or without cause and regardless of the stated registration period otherwise applicable. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate operation of this Site, or any feature of this Site, at any time upon notice. Protections afforded to us and to third parties by this Agreement will survive termination. If this Agreement is suspended or terminated as a result of unauthorized use or infringement of rights to Content obtained from the System, you agree that upon request, you will destroy all copies of such Content in your possession or under your control.
This document reflects our entire and exclusive agreement and supersedes all other agreements regarding this subject matter, whether written or verbal. We reserve the right to change this Agreement at any time by posting a new version on the Site. Your continued use of this Site after the effective date of such amendment will constitute your acceptance of it. Any other amendment to this Agreement shall be in a pen-and-ink signed writing, regardless of any course of conduct or trade practice between us. This electronic document or a hardcopy duplicate in good form shall be considered an original document admissible into evidence unless the document's authenticity is genuinely placed in question. We reserve the right to assign this Agreement or delegate responsibility to any third party, including a party acquiring any of our operating assets or ownership interests. All licenses or permissions granted to you by this Agreement are personal in nature and may not be assigned, sublicensed or otherwise transferred and any attempt to the contrary is void. Any provision of this Agreement found by a court to be illegal or unenforceable shall automatically be deemed conformed to the minimum requirements of law and shall thereupon be given full force and effect as so modified. Waiver of a provision in one instance shall not preclude our enforcement of it on future occasions. Headings are for reference purposes only and have no substantive effect.
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT PROCEDURES.
If you believe content on our Site infringes your copyrighted work and you want the Site to take down the offending material, you will need to complete the following Notice of Copyright Infringement and mail or fax it to us (do not use this procedure for any other kind of communication):
Mail or Fax it to us:
Attn: Legal Department
Software Productivity Strategists, Inc
9420 Key West Ave, Suite 220,
Rockville, MD 20850
Notice of Copyright Infringement
I certify under the penalty of perjury that I own or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyrighted work identified below. I believe in good faith that the copyrighted work has been used on your Site without authorization by the owner, its agents or according to law. I ask that you remove or block access to the infringing material.
Name of Copyright Owner:
Description of Copyrighted Work:
Description of Infringing Material:
Location of Infringing Material:
I can be contacted as follows:
I certify under the penalties of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my information, knowledge and belief.