The following terms and conditions are incorporated in all licences to use the online Subscription Services provided by Blackhall Publishing Limited, including any additional Subscription Service which may be added at a later date:
In this Licence the following terms have the following meanings:
Data the information made available by the Subscription Service;
Data Provider the owner of the copyright in the data;
Databases the compilation of the data in electronic format in one or more databases;
Documentation explanatory text describing the Subscription Service and the data, whether supplied in hard copy or machine-readable format;
this Licence the licence agreement comprising any order form and any terms and conditions;
Licensed User any employee, partner, student, member or other user entitled to bona fide access to the Subscription Service for reasons linked to the activities of the licensee and, in the case of a licence to a natural person, the licensee;
Licensee the person, company, organisation, institution or other corporate body subscribing to the Subscription Service;
Blackhall Blackhall Publishing Limited, registered in Ireland (Registration Number 258457 with offices at Lonsdale House, Avoca Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland;
Order Form the initial document and any subsequent document, whether in paper or electronic format, signed or otherwise accepted by both the Licensee and Blackhall indicating the Subscription Service required initially and subsequent changes to the Subscription Service required;
Subscription Service the provision of any Documentation and Software and/or access to the Databases;
Software any software and any electronic user interface provided by Blackhall to the Licensee in connection with the Subscription Service;
Special Conditions any terms specified as such in the Order Form;
Start Date the date specified as such in the Order Form;
Subscription Fee the fee payable by the Licensee for use of the Subscription Service for the period indicated on the Order Form from the Start Date;
Term the term of this Licence as specified in the Order Form;
1.1 Blackhall grants to the Licensee a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use and to permit Licensed Users to use the Subscription Service in accordance with this Licence only for the business or educational purposes of the Licensee.
1.2 The Licensee shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that all Licensed Users comply with the User Terms.
1.3 Where the Licensee is not a natural person, the person signing this Licence represents that s/he is authorised by the Licensee to enter into this licence for and on behalf of the Licensee.
2.1 The Licensee shall pay the Subscription Fee together with any applicable VAT and other taxes in full without any withholding or set-off in accordance with the payment terms specified in the Order Form. Unless specified to the contrary in the Order Form Subscription Fees are payable annually in advance and no access to any Subscription Service will be allowed prior to payment being received in full.
2.2 Unless otherwise expressly stated on the Order Form, any discounts which may be applied from time to time apply to first year licence fees only and the Subscription Fee for the second and subsequent years will automatically revert to Blackhall’ full prices then prevailing.
2.3 In the event that any amounts due to Blackhall are not paid by the due date Blackhall shall be entitled both to charge interest at 4% over BBA LIBOR, both before and after any judgment, and to suspend provision of the Subscription Service, in each case until full payment is made.
3. SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE ACCESS
3.1 Where access is provided online the Subscription Service will normally be available 24 hours a day. The normal availability of the Subscription Service may be varied for maintenance on occasions of which Blackhall will give the Licensee not less than 48 hours' notice. Blackhall reserves the right to suspend the Subscription Service temporarily and without notice for reasons beyond its control.
3.2 Blackhall reserves the right to make modifications or improvements to the Subscription Service but will use its reasonable efforts to give the Licensee advance notice of such changes.
3.3 Blackhall shall allocate to the Licensee any necessary usernames and/or passwords, which control access to the Subscription Service. Only those usernames and/or passwords may be used by the Licensee and Licensed Users to access the Subscription Service. Blackhall reserves the right to change the usernames and/or passwords at any time. Timelocks or other software procedures may be used by Blackhall to render superseded versions of the Subscription Service inoperable.
3.4 The Licensee shall be responsible for all third party telecommunications or Internet service charges incurred in order to access the Subscription Service.
4. PERMITTED ACTIVITIES
4.1 The Licensee and Licensed Users may view on screen the results of bona fide searches carried out using the Subscription Service. Reasonable quantities of extracts (in the context of the business or operations of the Licensee) may also be printed subject to prevailing legislation provided the source and ownership of the copyright in the results is clearly acknowledged.
4.2 The Licensee and Licensed Users may transmit extracts from the results of bona fide searches of the Subscription Service to third parties through an electronic mail or facsimile system only in connection with the provision of bona fide legal advice and provided that no additional fee is directly or indirectly levied for such transmission.
4.3 The Licensee acknowledges that third parties may have a proprietary interest in parts of the Subscription Service and the Licensee agrees not to remove, conceal or obliterate any copyright or other proprietary notices included in the Subscription Service.
5. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
5.1 Except as permitted by law or by this Licence, the Licensee shall not itself, nor allow any Licensed User or third party to, duplicate or otherwise reproduce the Databases or the Subscription Services or any part of them or permit any person other than Licensed Users to have access to the Databases or the Subscription Services.
5.2 Except to the extent permitted by law, the Licensee shall not modify, reverse assemble, decompile or reverse engineer the Subscription Service or any part thereof or merge it with any other software or database or create any derivative work from it.
6. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LICENSEE
6.1 The Licensee will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the Subscription Service is used in accordance with this Licence and to prevent unauthorised access to the Subscription Service..
6.2 The Licensee shall use its reasonable endeavours to monitor the use of the Subscription Service by the Permitted Users or otherwise via access provided under this Licence. Upon becoming aware (or being notified by Blackhall) of any misuse of or unauthorised access to the Subscription Service, the Licensee shall immediately give full details to Blackhall, prevent any further misuse by Licensed Users and use all reasonable endeavours to prevent any other unauthorised access to or misuse of the Subscription Service by third parties.
6.3 The Licensee is responsible for ensuring that computer hardware and software used for accessing the Subscription Service pursuant to this Licence are capable of accessing the Subscription Service. The Licensee is responsible for arranging for the making of regular backup copies of the contents of the hard disks of any computer on which the Subscription Service is being installed or used and for using appropriate anti-virus software when accessing the Subscription Service. Blackhall is not responsible for the availability of links to third party materials or the contents of those materials.
7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES
7.1 Blackhall warrants that it owns or has obtained all necessary rights to grant this Licence.
7.2 The Subscription Service is supplied to the Licensee on an "as is" basis and neither the Databases nor the Software nor any part thereof have been written to meet the individual requirements of the Licensee. It is the sole responsibility of the Licensee to satisfy itself prior to entering this Licence that the Subscription Service will meet its requirements and be compatible with any proposed hardware/software configuration. Blackhall makes no warranty or representation in that respect and no failure of any part or the whole of the Subscription Service to be suitable for the Licensee's requirements shall entitle the Licensee not to accept the same or give rise to any right or claim against Blackhall.
7.3 Blackhall does not seek to exclude or limit its liability where it may not do so as a matter of law, whether in respect of death or personal injury resulting from negligence or otherwise.
7.4 Blackhall is not liable for any indirect loss, consequential loss, loss of profit, revenue, data or goodwill howsoever arising suffered by the Licensee for any wasted management time, failure to make anticipated savings or liability of the Licensee to any third party arising in any way in connection with this Licence or otherwise, whether or not such loss has been discussed by the parties pre-contract, or for any account for profit, costs or expenses arising from such damage or loss.
7.5 Save where such liability arises out of breach of the warranty contained in Clause 7.1, Blackhall will have no liability for any liability of the Licensee to any third party.
7.6 Blackhall makes no express or implied representations or warranties to the effect that the Databases are free of errors or omissions. Their contents are determined by the Data Providers or other third parties over which Blackhall has no control. The Licensee shall not base any commercial decisions on the Data without independent verification of the Data.
7.7 The aggregate maximum liability of Blackhall to the Licensee under this Licence, whether under contract or in tort, in respect of claims arising in any calendar year shall not exceed a sum equal to twice the amount payable under this Licence by the Licensee in respect of that year.
7.8 The Licensee agrees that it is in a better position to foresee and evaluate any loss it may suffer in connection with this Licence, that the fees payable to Blackhall have been calculated on the basis of limitations and exclusions in this Licence and that it is the Licensee's responsibility to effect such insurance as the Licensee considers necessary in respect of such loss.
8. SEARCHES BY BLACKHALL PUBLISHING STAFF
8.1 No servant or agent of Blackhall is authorised to search the Subscription Service on behalf of the Licensee or to assist in making such searches other than for the purpose of demonstration.
8.2 Blackhall accepts no liability for loss or damage arising from such searches.
9.1 Blackhall shall not and shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that no servant or agent of Blackhall shall, without the consent of the Licensee, disclose to any third party information relating to searches carried out by the Licensee using the Subscription Service.
9.2 Blackhall complies with all applicable Data Protection legislation in the Republic of Ireland and in particular shall not disclose the identity of or data about the Licensed Users to any third party other than a purchaser of Blackhall’ assets or business.
10.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
10.1 The Licensee acknowledges that it obtains no copyright or other right in the nature of copyright or any other intellectual property right whatsoever in the Subscription Service or any part thereof or in the Software, the Databases, or any documentation or print-out by virtue of this Licence.
10.2 Copyright subsists in the Software. The Software was created and developed by the owners of the copyright in the Software as displayed on screen. The copyright owners retain title and ownership of the original and all copies of the Software regardless of the form or media in or on which the original or other copies may exist. This Licence is not a sale of the original or any copy, and nothing contained in this Licence shall be construed as granting or otherwise transferring to the Licensee otherwise any copyright or ownership interest whatsoever in the Software.
10.3 Copyright and other rights subsist in the Databases which are reproduced by permission of their owners.
11. TITLE AND ASSIGNMENT
11.1 Neither this Licence nor any of the rights and obligations of the Licensee hereunder may be assigned, transferred, charged, sub-licensed, delegated or disposed of in whole or in part on a temporary or a permanent basis without the prior written consent of Blackhall.
11.2 The physical media on which any part of the Subscription Service is delivered to the Licensee remains the legal property of Blackhall.
.12 .TERM AND TERMINATION
12.1 This Licence shall commence on the Start Date and shall automatically terminate on expiry of the Term.
12.2 Blackhall may terminate this Licence at any time immediately by written notice to the Licensee in the event of an irremediable breach by the Licensee of this Licence or after the Licensee has failed to remedy a remediable breach of these terms and conditions within 14 days of being given notice to do so.
12.3 Blackhall may terminate this Licence or, at its option, remove one or more Databases from it immediately on written notice if an agreement between the provider of one or more of the Databases and Blackhall is terminated. In this event, Blackhall shall promptly make a pro rata refund to the Licensee of any monies paid by the Licensee for the Subscription Service covering any period of the Licence which has not expired.
12.4 In the event of automatic termination of this Licence due to failure by the Licensee to make payment of any Subscription Fee which was to be paid prior to any use being made of the Subscription Service, this Licence may nevertheless be renewed and such termination revoked if payment is made no later than 12 months from the date such payment was due. No reimbursement of the Subscription Fee shall be made in respect of any period whilst this Licence was not in force. Notwithstanding such termination the terms of this Licence will continue to apply in their entirety.
12.5 Termination of this Licence shall be without prejudice to the parties' other rights or remedies.
13.1 Force Majeure Neither party shall be liable for any loss suffered by the other or be deemed to be in default for any delays or failures in performance (other than failure to make payments) under this Licence resulting from acts or causes beyond its reasonable control.
13.2 No Waiver Any delay or forbearance by Blackhall in enforcing any provisions of this Licence or any of its rights hereunder shall not be construed as a waiver of such provision or right thereafter to enforce the same. 13.3 Entire Agreement These Terms & Conditions together with the Order Form constitute the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter of this Licence and each party acknowledges that it has not relied on any representation made by the other unless such representation is expressly included herein. Nothing in this Clause 13.3 shall relieve either party of liability for fraudulent misrepresentations and neither party shall be entitled to any remedy for either any negligent or innocent misrepresentation except to the extent (if any) that a court or arbitrator may allow reliance on the same as being fair and reasonable.
13.4 Severability If any provision of this Licence shall be void for whatever reason, it shall be deemed deleted and the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect.
13.5 Variations This Licence may only be varied in writing by means of a variation of its clauses signed by both parties or by an updated Order Form.
13.6 Notices Any notice given pursuant hereto may be served personally or sent by pre-paid recorded delivery letter or the equivalent to the addresses given in this Licence. Such notice shall be deemed to have been duly served when actually received or when returned through the postal service marked "gone away" or to like effect. Mere despatch of any notice does not constitute deemed service.
13.7 Precedence In the event of any conflict the provisions of the Order Form (including the Special Conditions) shall take precedence over these terms and conditions.