Terms of Services
1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS OF SERVICES
By using the HCC, you agree to be bound by all terms and conditions contained in the TOS. We reserve the right to update or revise the TOS at our discretion and without notice. You are responsible for checking the TOS periodically for changes. You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time HERE. If you continue to use the HCC following the posting of any changes to the TOS, you agree to be bound by these changes. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of the TOS at any time, you will discontinue your use of the HCC.
In addition, when using particular HCC services, you and HCC shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services which may be posted from time to time. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOS. HCC also may offer other services from time to time, such as HCC Store, that are governed by different Terms of Services.
2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
HCC currently provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including news, various communications tools, forums, shopping services, personalized content and branded programming, through its network of properties (the “Services”). You understand and agree that the Services may include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary for HCC to provide the Services. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new feature that augments or enhances the current Services, including the release of new HCC properties, shall be subject to the TOS. You understand and agree that the Services are provided “AS-IS” and that HCC assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, non-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.
You are responsible for obtaining access to the Services and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Services.
3. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS
In consideration of your use of the Services, where applicable, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Services’ registration form (such information being the “Registration Data”) and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or HCC has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, HCC has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Services (or any portion thereof).
HCC is concerned about the safety and privacy of all its users, particularly children. For this reason, parents who wish to allow their children to access the Services should assist them in setting up any relevant accounts and supervise their use of the Services. By allowing your children to access to the Services, they will be able to access all of the Services, including email, message boards, groups, instant messages and chatrooms (among others). Please remember that the Services are designed to appeal to a broad audience. Accordingly, as the legal guardian, it is your responsibility to determine whether any of the Services and/or Content (as defined in Section 7 below) are appropriate for your child. You are fully responsible for the online conduct of your child and the consequences of any misuse by your child.
6. MEMBER ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD
You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Services’ registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to: (a) immediately notify HCC of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. HCC cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 6.
7. MEMBER CONDUCT
You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not HCC, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Services. HCC does not control the Content posted via the Services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Services, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will HCC be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Services. You agree to not use the Services to:
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
harm minors in any way;
impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a HCC official or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Services;
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party;
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping rooms) that are designated for such purposes;
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Services are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges;
interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, provincial, national or international law;
“stalk” or otherwise harass another; or
collect or store personal data about other users.
You acknowledge that HCC does not pre-screen Content, but that HCC and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or move any Content that is available via the Services. Without limiting the foregoing, HCC and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by HCC or submitted to HCC, including, without limitation, information in HCC Message Boards, HCC Clubs, and in all other parts of the Services.
You acknowledge and agree that HCC may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with a legal process; (b) enforce the TOS; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of HCC, its users and the public.
9. INTERNATIONAL USE
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from Canada or the country in which you reside.
You agree to indemnify and hold HCC, and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Services, your use of the Services, your connection to the Services, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.
11. NO RESALE OF SERVICE
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Services, use of the Services, or access to the Services.
12. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE
You acknowledge that HCC may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Services, including, without limitation, the maximum number of days that email messages, message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by the Services, the maximum number of email messages that may be sent from or received by an account on the Services, the maximum size of any email message that may be sent from or received by an account on the Services, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on HCC’s servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the Services in a given period of time. You agree that HCC has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the Services. You acknowledge that HCC reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that HCC reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice.
13. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE
HCC reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that HCC shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.
14. TERMINATION OF ACCESS
You agree that HCC, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Services, and remove and discard any Content within the Services, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if HCC believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. HCC may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Services, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Services under any provision of this TOS may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that HCC may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Services. Further, you agree that HCC shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Services.
15. CONTENT SUBMITTED BY USERS
HCC does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Services. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant HCC a world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license to publish the Content submitted.
16. DEALINGS WITH ADVERTISERS
Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in the promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that HCC shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the Services.
17. THIRD PARTY CONTENT
The Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. Because HCC has no control over such websites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that HCC is not responsible for the availability of such external websites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that HCC shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such website or resource.
18. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. HCC EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
HCC MAKES NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR CONDITIONS THAT: (i) THE SERVICE OR RESULTS DERIVED FROM THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE CONTENT, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS, AND (V) ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED.
ANY MATERIAL OR DATA DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL OR DATA.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM HCC OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.
19. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT HCC SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF HCC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
20. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 18 AND 19 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
21. HCC’S PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
You acknowledge and agree that the Services and any necessary software used in connection with the Services (“Software”) contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the Services or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by HCC or advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Services or the Software, in whole or in part.
HCC grants you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on a single computer, provided that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including, without limitation, for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Services. You agree not to access the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by HCC for use in accessing the Services.
22. TRADEMARK INFORMATION
HCC, the HCC logo and other HCC brand names and logos, in Spanish and in English, are trademarks of HCC Inc. (the “HCC Marks”). All other company names, brand names and logos used on HCC are the trademarks of their respective owners. You agree not to display or use in any manner any of the trademarks without express written permission from HCC or the trademark owner.
23. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
The Content on TCH is protected by various copyright laws. You agree not to reproduce, republish or redistribute any Content, including, but not limited to, caching, framing and similar means, without express written permission of the copyright owner. HCC respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please notify us immediately.
24. GENERAL INFORMATION
The TOS constitute the entire agreement between you and HCC and govern your use of the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and HCC. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. The TOS and the relationship between you and HCC shall be governed by the laws of the province of Ontario and Canada without regard to their conflict of law provisions. You and HCC agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the province of Ontario, Canada. The failure of HCC to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavour to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS shall remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use shall be resolved by binding arbitration held in Toronto, Ontario and before a single arbitrator, who is independent of the parties, legally trained and experienced in the field of information technology, in accordance with the Arbitration Act, 1991.