Terms and Conditions
RAMPIT, LLC (“RAMPIT”) provides an online platform for peer review competitions through various websites, including but not limited to this website, which are subject to the following terms and conditions. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DEFINE A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND RAMPIT FOR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES. BY RECOGNIZING YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, EITHER BY REGISTERING A USER ACCOUNT AND/OR BY ACCESSING AND USING THIS WEBSITE, AS APPLICABLE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, YOU MUST CEASE USING THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES.
1. Definitions and interpretation
In this document, the following terms have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:
1.1 "Agreement" means:
a. these terms and conditions;
b. any amendments subsequently made to these terms and conditions;
c. any replacement or novation of this Agreement;
d. terms and conditions incorporated into this Agreement by reference; and,
1.2 “Competition" means any challenge or contest posted on this Website, however expressed, including the Open Government Awards.
1.3 "Competition Information" means all Content provided in relation to a particular Competition, including the Competition Terms and Conditions.
1.4 "Competition Host" means in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, the person or entity responsible for the Competition or those procuring RAMPIT and/or its owners to post the Competition. The Competition Host of the Open Government Awards is the Open Government Partnership, a Project of the Tides Center. See www.opengovpartnership.org.
1.5 "Competition Terms and Conditions" has the meaning given to that term in Clause 2.3.
1.6 "Competitor" means in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, a person, a team of persons and/or a corporate entity (which may work together as one team), who submits or proposes to submit an Entry to the Competition.
1.7 "Content" means any information, files, text, code, material, images, data, sounds, graphics, software, photos, designs, software downloads, goods, services documents, layouts, applet, CGI interfaces, descriptions, illustrations, catalogues, advertisements, audio and video material or specifications contained in or referred to in this Website, obtained through or via this Website or available to be viewed by accessing any part of this Website (which may be out of date or superseded), whether it be obtained directly or indirectly, in any machine or human readable format. Without limiting the foregoing, 'Content' includes any Entry submitted through or via this Website.
1.9 "Entry" means an entry by a Competitor in response to a Competition.
1.10 "Entry Content" means any text, code, map, proposal, plan, materials, designs, documents, descriptions or specifications used, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in describing, drafting, developing, devising, calibrating, testing, evaluating, analyzing or generating an Entry, or which itself constitutes the whole or part of an Entry. The term "Entry Content" may include physical copies of the foregoing in addition to electronic copies.
1.11 "Intellectual Property Rights" means all intellectual property rights of any type whatsoever throughout the world including all rights which subsist in copyright, patent rights, or trademark rights, whether or not such rights are registered or capable of being registered.
1.12 “Judge” means any individual, organization or other entity represented on this website as responsible for the subjective assessment of Entry Content, either for the purposes of determining or informing the determination of any Award(s) or designation(s) of Winner(s) in the Competition.
1.13 "Loss" means any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential liabilities, damages, claims, losses, costs, expenses, actions, demands or suits, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), statute or otherwise and whether pecuniary or non-pecuniary. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of profits, legal costs and defense or settlement costs.
1.14 "User" means any person who has registered a user account on this Website. The term "User" includes all Competitors and Competition Hosts.
1.15 "Posting" means any addition, insertion or uploading of content to this Website, as well as any submission or communication made through or via this Website. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes (in the case of a Competitor) all Entries and Entry Content posted by that Competitor.
1.17 "Award" means any form of recognition or honors bestowed on Competitors, including any specific accompanying benefits provided by the Competition Host to those receiving Award(s), as set out in the Competition Terms and Conditions. The Competition Host of the Open Government Awards does not intend to provide any cash incentives for participation and/or any gifts of substantial cash equivalent value to those receiving Award(s), unless or until a specific amendment is made to these Terms to represent the value of one or more Award(s).
1.18 "RAMPIT" means RAMPIT, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, with a place of business at 1004 Hickory Lane, Suite 3, Hermitage, TN 37076.
1.19 "RAMPIT Affiliate" means an entity affiliated with RAMPIT by ownership or common ownership (including The Common Pool, LLC and 23Com Software, LLC) or any subsidiary of RAMPIT.
1.20 "Services" means the services provided by RAMPIT on or via this Website and includes all Competitions.
1.21 "Third Party Sites" means sites and resources located on servers maintained by others over whom RAMPIT has no control.
1.22 "User Account" means your online account with RAMPIT which enables you to use this Website and includes (but is not limited to) your username, password, rating score, and feedback.
1.23 "Website" means any web pages contained within this domain and any sub-domains and all underlying software and infrastructure which permits the hosting of Competitions. Where the context permits, 'website' includes the Services provided on the Website.
1.24 "Winner" means, in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, the Competitor(s) whose Entries are selected by the Competition Host as winner(s) of one or more Award(s). Competitors may disqualify their Entries from this selection by expressly informing the Competition Host of their decision within 48 hours after the close of the Competition. Subject to the Competition Terms and Conditions, there can be more than one Winner in relation to any Competition.
1.25 "You" the person using the Website, including a User.
2. Agreement to be bound
2.1 Use of this Website is subject to this Agreement. You agree to be bound by this Agreement and any subsequent amendments to this Agreement, as set forth below.
2.2 RAMPIT reserves the right to amend or modify this Agreement at any time, provided that if such modifications materially limit Your rights and/or expand Your obligations hereunder, RAMPIT will notify You electronically, such as by email or through the Website. Such material modifications will take effect on the earlier of the date You indicate Your assent (by clicking "Accept" or otherwise) or 30 calendar days after RAMPIT's notice. No modification of the Agreement will apply to any dispute between You and RAMPIT that arose prior to the effective date of the modification. If at any time You disagree with the Agreement or any modifications thereof, You may terminate this Agreement and shall cease using this Website. Your continued use of the Website after the revised Agreement becomes effective (such as following any notice, as set forth above) indicates that You have read, understood, and agreed to the revised Agreement. Any new or different terms supplied by You are specifically rejected by RAMPIT unless RAMPIT agrees to them in a signed writing specifically including those new or different terms.
2.3 Particular Competitions may be subject to additional terms and conditions ("Competition Terms and Conditions"). Competition Terms and Conditions will apply in addition to this Agreement and will not limit this Agreement in any way unless RAMPIT notifies the parties to a Competition that this Agreement is amended by the Competition Terms and Conditions. If RAMPIT does not provide such notification to the parties, this Agreement will prevail in the event of any inconsistency between it and the Competition Terms and Conditions.
2.4 RAMPIT may alter this Website from time to time by adding or removing features. This Agreement will not be affected by any alterations to this Website.
2.5 Users may use this Website in the capacity of a Competition Host or Competitor or both. This Agreement will apply to Your use of the Website in either or both of those capacities.
3.1 In order to participate as a Competition Host or as a Competitor in any Competition, You must register as a User. Participation on this Website is free.
3.2 Participation is available only to persons and entities who are able to form legally binding contracts under applicable law. If You do not accept this Agreement, You will not be permitted to host or participate in any Competition, or otherwise access or use the Website in any way.
3.3 Without limiting Clause 3.2 above, participation is not available to:
a. Individuals under the age of 18 years;
b. Persons whose participation has been permanently suspended or terminated under Section 4 below.
3.4 When registering as a User, You warrant to RAMPIT that:
a. if You are an individual, You are 18 years of age or older, and You may conduct yourself on Your own behalf and in Your own name (and not on behalf of and/or in the name of a third person);
b. if You are a corporation, other business entity, or represent a government agency or department, You are duly authorized, incorporated or organized under the laws of the place of Your incorporation or organization and have full legal capacity and power to enter into and perform Your obligations under this Agreement; and,
c. You agree to act in good faith and in accordance with this Agreement.
3.5 No individual or entity may register more than once (for example, by using a different ID code, username/email, etc.).
3.6 Acceptance of registration is at the sole discretion of RAMPIT. If RAMPIT believes that any registration has been made in contravention of clauses 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 or 3.5 above (or otherwise in breach of this Agreement), it may refuse to accept the registration.
3.7 You are responsible for all use of this Website made using Your User Account (and/or username/email or password), whether or not You are aware of that use or could reasonably have been aware of that use. You agree to notify RAMPIT immediately, if You become aware of any unauthorized use of Your User Account.
3.8 Your User Account may not be sold, assigned or transferred to a third party. If You attempt to sell, assign or transfer Your User Account to a third party, RAMPIT may suspend or terminate Your participation at its sole discretion.
3.9 RAMPIT may communicate with You through the username/email that You provide at registration. You agree to notify RAMPIT within a reasonable time if there are any changes to Your details. If You fail to notify RAMPIT of any changes to Your details, You agree to waive any objection, claim, defense or recourse You might have had as a consequence of RAMPIT failing to communicate with You. If You change Your email address and fail to notify RAMPIT of the change, RAMPIT will be deemed to have communicated with You on the date on which it communicated with the email address most recently provided by You.
3.10 You warrant that any Content provided or posted by You (upon registration or otherwise):
a. is not false, inaccurate, misleading or fraudulent;
b. does not infringe any third party's Intellectual Property Rights or other rights arising at law or otherwise;
c. is not obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening or harassing;
d. does not violate any applicable law;
e. does not contain or describe pornography and is not otherwise harmful to persons under the age of 18 years; and
f. will not create liability for RAMPIT or cause it to lose the services of its internet service providers or other suppliers (in whole or in part).
3.11 If RAMPIT believes that any Content contravenes Clause 3.10 (or any other provision of this Agreement), it may remove that Content and/or take any other steps as it deems necessary to protect itself or third parties against any Loss. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RAMPIT will not be liable for any Loss to any person or organizaton arising from the removal of Content under this Section.
4. Terminating Your Participation
4.1 Subject to Clause 4.2, You may terminate Your participation at any time and without cause by notifying RAMPIT through this Website.
4.2 If You terminate Your participation, this Agreement and any other applicable terms and conditions will continue to apply to any Postings made by You prior to giving the notice described in Clause 4.1 above.
4.3 RAMPIT may, in its absolute discretion, terminate or suspend Your participation at any time and without notice if it believes that:
a. You have breached this Agreement or any other applicable terms and conditions;
b. You have acted in a way which is unlawful, or which may create liability for You, RAMPIT, our Users, our internet service providers or any other supplier;
c. RAMPIT is unable to verify any information provided by You; or
d. other Users give negative feedback about You, which RAMPIT determines in its absolute discretion is worthy of termination.
4.4 If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Postings submitted or made by You. If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may, at its sole discretion, immediately withdraw Your Entries, which will have no force and effect from the date on which Your participation was terminated.
4.5 Subject to Clause 4.4, if RAMPIT suspends Your participation, any entries or other Postings submitted or made by You will be suspended for the period in which Your participation is suspended.
4.6 If You are a Competition Host and You have a Competition running at the time of termination under this Section 4, RAMPIT may in its absolute discretion allow the Competition to continue to run. If RAMPIT decides to allow the Competition to continue to run, unless otherwise agreed between RAMPIT and the Competition Host, RAMPIT may decide the Winner in accordance with this Agreement and the criteria set out in the Competition Information.
4.7 If Your participation is terminated, either by You or by RAMPIT:
a. You are no longer authorized to access this Website;
b. all restrictions imposed on You, licenses granted by You, and all indemnities, disclaimers and limitations of liability set out in this Agreement will survive.
5. Use of this Website
5.1 You must not use the Website to facilitate or participate in any illegal activity or engage in any activity which RAMPIT, in its absolute discretion, considers inappropriate. RAMPIT reserves the right to terminate or restrict Your access to this Website immediately and indefinitely if it suspects that You are engaging in any such behavior or are in breach of any terms of this Agreement. You agree that You will only use Your User Account and this Website for the purposes of using the Services and for no other purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, in using Your User Account and accessing the Website, You agree not to:
a. use Your User Account in a fraudulent or illegal manner, or email or otherwise send any materials from Your User Account which are offensive, unlawful, harassing, libelous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable;
b. use Your User Account to stalk or harass another person;
c. use Your User Account to impersonate any person in any way whatsoever;
d. use Your User Account to infringe the copyright, trademark, patent or other Intellectual Property Rights of any person or entity;
e. use Your User Account to send advertising, chain letters, junk mail, spam or any other type of unsolicited electronic communications;
f. use Your User Account to send or distribute any Content of any kind which contains a virus, spyware, malware or other harmful, disruptive or destructive component;
g. intentionally or negligently use Your User Account in a way that degrades performance of this Website to other persons;
h. manipulate, or attempt to manipulate, any Competition;
i. use Your User Account or any mechanism, software or other scripts in relation to the Website which could disrupt or interfere with the Website or any servers, software, hardware or equipment connected to or via the website;
j. restrict or inhibit any other User from using or enjoying the Website;
k. distribute any pornographic, extremist or racist material or any material which might otherwise be harmful to persons under the age of 18 years;
l. violate any applicable law relating to Your use of the website.
6. Terms specific to Competition Hosts
6.1 Competition Hosts will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Competition and Competition Terms and Conditions on the Website. The Competition Host may delegate some or all of those responsibilities to RAMPIT and/or its Affiliates, but the Competition Host remains the controlling authority of the Competition.
6.3 If You are registered as a Competition Host, when You post a Competition on the Website or have RAMPIT run a Competition for You on Your behalf, You warrant that any Content provided by You has not been obtained:
a. by fraud;
b. in breach of any copyright, trademark or other Intellectual Property Right;
c. in breach of any right of privacy or other right arising under applicable law or any agreement entered into by You;
d. without limiting any of the foregoing, in breach of any other applicable law; or
e. in any way that may create liability for RAMPIT, its Users, its internet service provider or any other suppliers.
6.4 If You are registered as a Competition Host, You further agree when posting a Competition:
a. to be bound by this Agreement and all Competition Information (including the Competition Terms and Conditions) relating to the Competition;
b. to be bound by any representations made in relation to the Competition (including the Competition Information and Competition Terms and Conditions), whether made directly or indirectly, in writing or orally, by or for You;
c. that You may only post Competitions that are skills-based challenges to resolve bona fide problems and not, for clarity, games of chance;
d. that You will select the Winner according to the criteria set out in the Competition Information;
e. that RAMPIT does not guarantee the quality of Entries or any minimum number of Entries, nor the Competitors' title to any Intellectual Property Rights therein;
f. to inform RAMPIT of any additional Competition Terms and Conditions that will govern the relationship between You and Competitors; and
g. that RAMPIT may at its sole discretion republish or make available the Competition Information through this Website.
6.5 You agree and warrant that You will not cancel a Competition initiated by You for the purpose of contracting separately with any User or Competitor or to avoid making any Award(s).
6.6 If You wish to withdraw a Competition, You must notify RAMPIT in writing. RAMPIT will in its sole discretion decide whether to withdraw the Competition.
7. Terms specific to Competitors
7.1 If You are registered as a Competitor, You agree and further acknowledge and agree that:
a. in making an Entry, to be bound by this Agreement and all Competition Information (including the Competition Terms and Conditions) relating to the Competition;
b. RAMPIT does not guarantee the accuracy of the Competition Information (or other Content posted on the Website), ownership of any Content, or the availability of any Award(s);
c. any leader board appearing in connection with a Competition is indicative only and makes no representations and creates no entitlements in relation to any Award(s);
d. RAMPIT does not control the decisions of the Competition Host and that any claims You may have in relation to the decisions of the Competition Host (including the selection of Winner(s) and ranking of Competitors), may be taken solely against the Competition Host, including any defamation or other claims arising from its ranking of Competitors;
e. RAMPIT is not responsible for any Postings provided by other Users or for the accuracy of Content provided by other Users;
f. RAMPIT is not liable to designate or provide any Award(s), and You will look solely to the Competition Host for the designation or bestowal of any Award(s);
g. in the event that You have any dispute with another User, You release RAMPIT from all claims of any kind arising from that dispute;
h. an Entry will be deemed to have been lodged at the time that it is received by RAMPIT. You agree that neither RAMPIT nor the Competition Host is responsible for any Entry not being received due to technical reasons or otherwise.
7.2 Judges are permitted to interact with Competitors to carry out due diligence, as necessary to evaluate an Entry against the judging criteria. As a Competitor it is your responsibility to communicate with those Judges, upon request.
7.3 The Competition Host reserves the right to conduct an administrative review of any Entry in order to screen for completeness and other Entry Content requirements (as described in the Competition Terms and Conditions) before distributing approved Entries to Judges.
8. RAMPIT's relationship with Competitor(s) and Competition Host
8.1 RAMPIT is not involved in any way in the formation of any contract between a Competitor and a Competition Host. RAMPIT at no time acts as an agent for a Competitor or a Competition Host.
8.2 RAMPIT will not be liable to You in any respect if a Competition Host or Competitor fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Competition.
8.3 The Competition Host will at all times be liable to designate and/or bestow Award(s) to the Winner(s) in accordance with the Agreement and the Competition Terms and Conditions. RAMPIT will have no liability whatsoever in respect to the failure of a Competition Host to designate and/or bestow Award (s) to Winner(s), and You acknowledge and agree that You will not take action of any kind against RAMPIT in respect to any claim for Award(s) that You may or may not have or wish to make.
9. Terms specific to Winners and Competition Hosts
9.1 Any Winner(s) agree that designations or bestowals of any Award(s) are conditional upon receipt by the Competition Host of any Entry Content submitted by the Winner and that Award(s) will not be made until this condition has been satisfied.
9.2 Any Winner(s) and the Competition Host acknowledge and agree that once a Winner has been chosen and notified, the Winner will work with the Competition Host to negotiated any other terms and/or separate agreement(s), as may be necessary to bestow the Award(s), including but not limited to joint participation in Award ceremonies and/or the reimbursement of travel and other expenses to participate in those Award ceremonies. Neither RAMPIT, its Affilaites, nor any third party providers will be a party to any separate agreement(s) and will have no responsibility or liability whatsoever in relation to the performance or failure to perform under those separate agreement(s).
9.3 Each Competition Host acknowledges that RAMPIT does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or utility of any Entry or associated Entry Content.
10.1 You will be responsible for any consequences of receiving or providing an Award, such as any tax, levy, or other charge that may arise under any applicable law where that Award may have some cash equivalent value. You acknowledge that You will not be entitled to demand any payment by reason of any Award(s) being subject to any tax, levy, or other charge in any jurisdiction.
11. Limitation of liability
11.1 THIS WEBSITE AND SERVICES, AND ALL CONTENT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, RAMPIT AND ITS OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RAMPIT DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES AND THE CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE ENTRIES AND ASSOCIATED ENTRY CONTENT, TO BE AVAILABLE, ACCURATE, USEFUL, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER HARM THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE SERVICES). THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY HOLDS EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN ANY AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP AND ITS CONTRACTORS.
11.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RAMPIT OR ITS OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, EVEN IF RAMPIT OR A RAMPIT AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. THIS LIMITATION SHALL NOT APPLY TO SERVICES DESCRIBED IN THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP AND ITS CONTRACTORS. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, You agree that RAMPIT is not responsible for any Loss arising out of, or in any way connected with:
a. delay or inability to access or use this Website;
b. reliance on any Competition Information or other Content;
c. the transmission of any computer virus, however occurring;
d. any unauthorized access to, modification or alteration of Content;
e. any Content sent or received or not sent or received;
f. any transaction entered into through this Website;
g. any infringement of rights, including Intellectual Property Rights;
h. any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, harmful, inappropriate or illegal Content or conduct of any party;
i. any Content sent by any third party using and/or included in this Website;
j. termination of Your participation; or
k. any delays, interruptions, inaccuracies, errors, omissions or cessation of services.
11.3 For the avoidance of doubt, You acknowledge that RAMPIT is a provider of an interactive computer service and not a publisher under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 [see 47 United States Code (USC) § 230], and therefore not responsible for any of the Users' Postings. If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Clause 11.3, a court of competent jurisdiction holds RAMPIT liable in respect of any matters arising under or incidental to this Agreement, RAMPIT'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR RELATED SERVICES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE) WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR USING THIS WEBSITE DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM, OR, IF NO AMOUNT WAS PAID, SUCH LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO $1,000 (USD).
11.4 You agree that RAMPIT and its third party providers will not be liable or responsible for any failure in, or delay to, the provision of the Services or in RAMPIT complying with its obligations under this Agreement where such failure or delay has arisen as a direct or indirect result of:
a. fire, earthquake, storm, flood, hurricane, inclement weather or other act of God, war, terrorism, explosion, sabotage, industrial accident or industrial strike;
b. telecommunications failure, hardware failure or software failure;
c. the failure of any third party to fulfill any obligations to RAMPIT; or
d. any other circumstance or event which is or is not within the reasonable control of RAMPIT.
12.1 You agree to indemnify and hold RAMPIT and the Competition Host, its owners, officers, employees, agents and suppliers, harmless from all claims and Losses (including legal fees) due to or arising out of or in connection with Your Postings, Competition, Competition Information and other Content (as applicable), Your use of this Website, or Your breach of this Agreement. Any issues of indemnity between any RAMPIT affiliate and the Competition Host, the Open Government Partnership, are addressed in a separate agreement between those parties.
13. Access to the Site outside of the United States
13.1 RAMPIT does not represent or warrant that the content on this Website complies with the laws of any country outside of the United States. If You access this Website from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk.
14. Intellectual property
14.1 You acknowledge that, as between the parties, RAMPIT is the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in and to this Website (excluding Postings). You acknowledge that You have no Intellectual Property Rights in or to this Website except for a limited license to use as necessary to participate in a Competition or evaluate the possibility of such participation.
14.2 You acknowledge that all text, graphics, user interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos and artwork, including the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, 'look and feel' and arrangement of such Content, provided by RAMPIT or its licensors on this Website is owned or licensed by or to RAMPIT and is protected by applicable copyright, patent and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. No such Content can be copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without RAMPIT's prior written consent.
15. Third party sites
15.1 From time to time, RAMPIT may provide, or any Content may contain, links to Third Party Sites and resources (e.g., www.youtube.com). You acknowledge that:
a. RAMPIT has no control over Third Party Sites and resources;
b. RAMPIT is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources; and
c. RAMPIT does not endorse and are not responsible for any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.
15.2 You acknowledge and agree that RAMPIT will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any Loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with Your use of or reliance on any Content or material available on or through any Third Party Sites or resource.
16.1 In the interest of resolving disputes between You and RAMPIT in the most expedient and cost effective manner, You and RAMPIT agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, You and RAMPIT are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
16.2 Exceptions. All parties agree that nothing herein shall be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our right to: (i) bring an individual action in small claims court; (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available; (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law; (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims; or, (v) if You are a Competition Host, resolve any dispute that primarily relates to any separate but applicable agreement pursuant to the provisions of said agreement.
16.3 Any arbitration between You and RAMPIT will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
16.4 A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for You, by electronic mail ("Notice"). RAMPIT's address for Notice is: RAMPIT, LLC, 1004 Hickory Lane, Suite 3, Hermitage, TN 37076 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and, (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 calendar days after the Notice is received, You or RAMPIT may commence arbitration proceedings.
16.5 Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon in Nashville, Tennessee (USA), provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 calendar days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
16.6 YOU AND RAMPIT AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both You and RAMPIT agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
16.7 If only Clause 16.6 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 16 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 18 shall govern any action arising out of or related to the Agreement.
17. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
17.1 If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing RAMPIT's copyright agent (the "Copyright Agent") with the following information in writing (see 17 USC 512(c)(3) for further detail):
a. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
b. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
c. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
d. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
e. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
f. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
17.2 RAMPIT's designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Copyright Agent, RAMPIT, LLC, 1004 Hickory Lane, Suite 3, Hermitage, TN 37076, email: email@example.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 17, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
17.3 If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
a. Your physical or electronic signature;
b. Identification of the Content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the Content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
c. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the Content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the Content; and
d. Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
17.4 If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, RAMPIT may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, member or user, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at RAMPIT's sole discretion.
18.1 As defined in Clause 1.1, this Agreement is the entire agreement between You and RAMPIT relating to the subject matter herein, and supersedes all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between You and RAMPIT with respect to said subject matter. This Agreement shall not be modified except in a writing signed by both parties, or by a change made as provided in Clause 2.2. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which is severable from said provision and will remain in full force and effect.
18.2 If You breach any provision of this Agreement and RAMPIT has knowledge (either actual or constructive) of that breach, a failure to pursue legal action or to enforce any remedy against You will not constitute a waiver of its legal rights. Any waiver of rights under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by RAMPIT.
18.3 All matters relating to this Website and this Agreement are governed by and are to be construed according to the laws applicable in the state of Tennessee, USA (without regard to any rules governing choice of law). If one or more of the exceptions from arbitration expressly set forth in Section 16 above apply, You agree unconditionally to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Davidson County, Tennessee (USA), in relation to all matters arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or this Website.
18.4 RAMPIT may assign its rights and novate or transfer obligations which arise under this Agreement. You must not assign, novate or otherwise transfer Your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of RAMPIT. Any assignment attempted in violation of this Clause 18.4 shall be void.
18.5 The parties agree that no rule of construction applies to the disadvantage of a party because that party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or part of it.
18.6 Unless otherwise requested in writing by You, RAMPIT may refer to You and Your corporate identity (if applicable) as part of promoting this Website and RAMPIT in the marketplace.
18.7 RAMPIT accepts content uploaded from Users in good faith and on the basis of warranties provided by Users. It is Your responsibility at all times to investigate and become satisfied as to the accuracy of the information provided by any other party (including all Users) on this Website. RAMPIT at no time makes any representations as to the accuracy of any information provided on this Website.
18.8 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that this Agreement relates to a Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, this Agreement is intended to also be for the benefit of the Competition Host, the Competitors and other Users, who are entitled to enforce the provisions of this Agreement against You.
18.9 All notices, requests, demands, consents, approvals, offers, agreements or other communications given by You to RAMPIT must be emailed to RAMPIT at firstname.lastname@example.org
18.10 In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the contrary intention appears:
a. the words 'includes' or 'including' mean 'includes without limitation' or 'including without limitation';
b. a reference to a 'person' or 'entity' includes a reference to an individual, group of individuals, corporation, firm, association, government agency or department, or other entity;
c. the singular includes the plural and vice versa;
d. an agreement, representation or warranty made by two or more persons is made by them jointly and by each of them severally; any headings are inserted for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
The Information RAMPIT Collects:
1. User-Provided Information: You may provide to RAMPIT what is generally called "personally identifiable" information (such as your name, email address, postal mailing address, telephone numbers, etc.) when using this Website, such as when you register, when you submit Entries and/or when you provide information in order to receive recognition.
2. "Cookies" Information: When you use this Website, we may send one or more cookies – small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer. RAMPIT may use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie disappears after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to this Website. Persistent cookies can be removed. Please review your web browser "Help" file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. Please note that if you delete or choose not to accept cookies from this Website, you may not be able to utilize the features of this Website to their fullest potential.
3. "Flash Cookies" Information: Flash and other browser plugin applications use technology similar to cookies to enable the storage and recall settings, preferences and usage data, and other information. Because they are stored in separate software applications, these types of cookies are not managed through your web browser's cookie management interface. RAMPIT may employ such techniques, including Adobe Flash Cookies (also called "Local Shared Objects") to track information related to your interaction with features of this Website through which Flash-based content is provided. You can access various Flash Cookie management tools and configure privacy and security settings for your Flash Player from Adobe's web site directly.
4. "Automatically Collected" Information: When you use this Website or open one of our HTML emails, we may automatically record certain information from your web browser by using different types of technology, including "clear gifs" or "web beacons." This "automatically collected" information may include Internet Protocol address ("IP Address") or other device address or ID, web browser and/or device type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after this Website, the pages you view on this Website, and the dates and times that you visit this Website.
5. Third Party Web Beacons: We may also implement third party content, such as advertising, on this Website that uses "clear gifs," "web beacons," or other similar techniques, which allow the third party content provider to read and write cookies (including Flash Cookies) to your browser, or implement similar tracking mechanisms, in connection with your viewing of that third party content displayed on this Website. This information is collected directly by the third party, and RAMPIT does not participate in that data transmission. Information collected by third parties in this manner is subject to that third party's own data collection, use, and disclosure policies.
The Way RAMPIT Uses Information
1. RAMPIT uses the information you provide or that we collect to operate, maintain, enhance, and provide all of the features and services found on this Website. We will use your email address to contact you with respect to Entries, Awards, and otherwise in connection with Competitions, for any administrative and customer service purposes, to address intellectual property infringement, rights of privacy, or defamation issues, or regarding Postings.
2. RAMPIT uses all of the information that you provide or that we collect to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our Users, to improve the way this Website works and looks, and to create new features and functionality.
3. RAMPIT may use "automatically collected" information and "cookies" information to: (a) personalize our services, such as remembering your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit this Website; (b) provide customized third party content, and information; (c) monitor and analyze the operation and effectiveness of this Website and related activities; (d) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; and (e) track your status in any Competitions or other activities.
4. RAMPIT may use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send you i) messages about this Website or communications from other Users, ii) promotional messages related to this Website and the activities of third parties we work with, and iii) messages on behalf of other Users who think you may be interested in this Website. You will have the ability to opt-out of receiving any such communications, either through links provided in the messages, or by updating your Account settings through this Website.
When RAMPIT Discloses Information
We are not in the business of selling your information. We do, however, disclose your personally identifiable information in a variety of circumstances in connection with developing and maintaining this Website and supporting the operation of Competitions. For example:
1. By its nature, this Website enables Users to communicate in a variety of ways, including between Users. Any personally identifiable information that you voluntarily choose to include in an area of this Website accessible to other Users, such as Postings will be available to other Users who access that content. This also applies to information you choose to make available through features that connect to third party services, if applicable. Once you make your personally identifiable information available in any of these ways, it may be collected and used by the recipients without restriction. We urge Users to exercise common sense and good judgment about what personal information to make available to others through this Website.
2. RAMPIT may disclose your personally identifiable information to the Competition Host and/or Competitors, as applicable, to enable your participation in and the operation of Competitions.
3. RAMPIT works with third party service providers to provide general website hosting, specialized Content hosting (e.g. the hosting of video Content), maintenance, and other services. These third parties may have access to or process your personally identifiable information as a result of performing the services they were engaged to perform.
4. RAMPIT may enable Users to communicate directly with other Users of this Website. Any personally identifiable information that you voluntarily choose to include in a communication with other Users, will be available to such other Users.
5. RAMPIT may also disclose your information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary or useful to comply with applicable laws, to respond to a court order, judicial, or other government subpoena or warrant, or to otherwise assist or cooperate with law enforcement or similar activities in connection with internal or coordinated fraud detection and prevention, and the protection or enforcement of third party rights.
6. RAMPIT works to promote a safe and reliable service for all Users. We reserve the right to disclose your information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability; to protect RAMPIT and others from fraudulent, abusive, predatory, or unlawful uses or activity; to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations; to protect the security or integrity of this Website; or, to protect or vindicate the rights, property, or personal safety of RAMPIT, our Users, or others.
You may decline to share certain personally identifiable information with RAMPIT, in which case RAMPIT may not be able to provide some of the features and functionality found on this Website. You may update, correct, or delete your profile information and preferences at any time by accessing your account settings page or editing your profile through this Website. Please note that while your changes are reflected promptly in active User databases, we may retain all information you submit for a variety of purposes, including backups and archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, and analytics.
To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting account access or making corrections to your information. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SECRECY OF YOUR UNIQUE PASSWORD AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES.
We may now or in the future make certain tools and features for configuring your privacy settings available to you through this Website, but any such features and settings we may provide do not guarantee the anonymity or confidentiality of any information, including personally identifiable information and Postings that you provide or submit to this Website.
Third Party Websites
This Website contains links to Websites and services provided by third parties. Any personally identifiable information you provide on third party sites or services is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party's policies, if any, governing privacy and security. We are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of third party sites or services to which links are displayed on this Website. We encourage you to learn about third parties' privacy and security policies before providing them with personally identifiable information.
RAMPIT’s Commitment to Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, RAMPIT does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information from persons under 13 years-of-age, and no part of this Website is directed to persons under 18 years-of-age. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS-OF-AGE, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THIS WEBSITE AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER. If RAMPIT learns that personally identifiable information of persons less than 13 years-of-age has been collected on this Website without verifiable parental consent, then RAMPIT will take the appropriate steps to delete this information. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child, under the age of 13, has obtained a User Account on this Website, then you may alert RAMPIT and request that RAMPIT delete that child's personally identifiable information (privacy@RAMPIT.com).
RAMPIT’s Commitment to Data Security
RAMPIT uses a variety of physical, managerial, and technical safeguards designed to improve the security of our systems and your personally identifiable information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to RAMPIT, nor can we guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. You transfer your information to RAMPIT at your own risk.
If RAMPIT learns of a security systems breach, then we will attempt to notify you electronically, so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. If you'd like to receive such a notice please contact us at privacy@RAMPIT.com
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