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THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY DOG COMPANY. (DBA BAYDOG.COM)
BY SUBMITTING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION YOU ARE AGREEING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND THAT YOU AGREE TO BE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH AND EVERY TERM AND CONDITION.
This Agreement contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to you becoming an affiliate in BAYDOG’s Affiliate Program. The purpose of this Agreement is to allow HTML linking between your website and our baydog.com website. Please note that throughout this Agreement, “us,” “we,” and “our” refer to The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company, and “you,” “your,” and “yours” refer to the affiliate signing the agreement.
2. Affiliate Obligations
2.1. To begin the enrollment process, you must complete and submit this online application. Even though we auto-approve applications does not imply that we cannot re-evaluate your application at a later time. That being said, we have the right to reject your application at our sole discretion. We can also cancel your application if we determine that your site is not suitable for our program, including if it:
2.1.1. Promotes sexually explicit content
2.1.2. Promotes violence
2.1.3. Promotes discrimination based on religion, nationality, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation or age
2.1.4. Promotes illegal activities/content
2.1.5. Incorporates any materials that infringe or assist others in infringing on any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights or to violate the law in any way
2.1.6. Includes The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company, BAYDOG or variations or misspellings thereof in its domain name
2.1.7. Is otherwise in any way unlawful, defamatory, harmful, threatening, harassing, obscene or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable to us in our sole discretion
2.1.8. Contains software downloads that potentially enable diversions of commission from other affiliates in our program
2.1.9. You cannot create or design your website or any other website that you operate, explicitly or implied in a manner which resembles our website. You cannot design your website in a manner that leads customers to believe you are The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company or any other affiliated business.
2.2. Baydog.com reserves the right, at any time, to review your placement and approve the use of your links and require that you change the placement or use to comply with the guidelines provided to you.
2.3. The maintenance and the updating of your site will be your responsibility. We may monitor your site to make sure that it is updated and to notify you of any changes that we feel could enhance your performance.
2.4. It is entirely your responsibility to follow all applicable intellectual property and other laws that pertain to your website. You must have express permission to use any person’s copyrighted material, whether it be writings, images or any other copyrightable work. We will not be responsible if you use another person’s copyrighted material or other intellectual property in violation of the law or any third party rights. You will be SOLELY responsible for these actions.
3. Baydog.com Rights and Obligations
3.1. Baydog.com reserves the right to terminate this Agreement and your participation in the Baydog.com Affiliate Program immediately and without notice should you commit fraud in your use of the Baydog.com Affiliate Program or should you abuse this program in any way. If such fraud or abuse is detected, The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company shall not be liable to you for any commissions for such fraudulent sales.
3.2. This Agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your Affiliate application, and will continue unless terminated hereunder.
Either you or The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company may end this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice. Written notice can be in the form of mail, email or fax. In addition, this Agreement will terminate immediately upon any breach of this Agreement by you.
We may modify any of the terms and conditions in this Agreement at any time at our sole discretion. In such event, you will be notified by email. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only option is to end this Agreement. Your continued participation in Baydog.com’s Affiliate Program following the posting of the notice or new Agreement on our site will indicate your agreement to the changes.
6. Promotion Restrictions
6.1. You are free to promote your own websites, but any promotion that mentions Baydog.com could be perceived by the public or the press as a joint effort. You should know that certain forms of advertising are always prohibited by Baydog.com. For example, advertising commonly referred to as “spamming” is unacceptable to us and could cause damage to our company’s reputation. Other generally prohibited forms of advertising include the use of unsolicited commercial email (UCE), postings to non-commercial newsgroups and cross-posting to multiple newsgroups at once. In addition, you cannot advertise in any way that effectively conceals or misrepresents your identity, your domain name, or your return email address. You may use mailings to customers to promote Baydog.com so long as the recipient is already a customer or subscriber of your services or web site, and recipients have the option to remove themselves from future mailings. Also, you may post to newsgroups to promote Baydog.com so long as the news group specifically welcomes commercial messages. At all times, you must clearly represent yourself and your websites as independent from The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company. If it comes to our attention that you are spamming, we will consider that cause for immediate termination of this Agreement and your participation in the Baydog.com Affiliate Program. Any pending balances owed to you will not be paid if your account is terminated due to such unacceptable advertising or solicitation.
6.2. Affiliates that include keywords or exclusively bid in their Pay-Per-Click campaigns on keywords such as baydog.com, The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company, BAYDOG, www.baydog.com and/or any misspellings or similar alterations of these – be it separately or in combination with other keywords – and do not direct the traffic from such campaigns to their own website prior to re-directing it to ours, will be considered trademark violators. Anyone who does this will be banned from Baydog’s Affiliate Program. We reserve the right to expel any trademark violator from our affiliate program without prior notice, and on the first occurrence of such PPC bidding behavior.
6.4. Affiliates shall not transmit any so-called “interstitials,” “Parasiteware™,” “Parasitic Marketing,” “Shopping Assistance Application,” “Toolbar Installations and/or Add-ons,” “Shopping Wallets” or “deceptive pop-ups and/or pop-unders” to consumers from the time the consumer clicks on a qualifying link until such time as the consumer has fully exited Baydog’s website. For example, no page from our site or any of Baydog.com’s content or branding can be visible on the end-user’s screen. As used herein a. “Parasiteware™” and “Parasitic Marketing” shall mean an application that (a) through accidental or direct intent causes the overwriting of affiliate and non affiliate commission tracking cookies through any other means than a customer initiated click on a qualifying link on a web page or email; (b) intercepts searches to redirect traffic through an installed software, thereby causing, pop ups, commission tracking cookies to be put in place or other commission tracking cookies to be overwritten where a user would under normal circumstances have arrived at the same destination through the results given by the search (search engines being, but not limited to, Google, MSN, Yahoo, Overture, AltaVista and similar search or directory engines); (c) set commission tracking cookies through loading of the Baydog site in IFrames, hidden links and automatic pop ups that open Baydog.com’s site; (d) targets text on web sites, other than those web sites 100% owned by the application owner, for the purpose of contextual marketing; (e) removes, replaces or blocks the visibility of Affiliate banners with any other banners, other than those that are on web sites 100% owned by the owner of the application.
7. Grant of Licenses
7.1. We grant to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable right to (i) access our site through HTML links solely in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and (ii) solely in connection with such links, to use our logos, trade names, trademarks, and similar identifying material (collectively, the “Licensed Materials”) that we provide to you or authorize for such purpose. You are only entitled to use the Licensed Materials to the extent that you are a member in good standing of Baydog.com’s Affiliate Program. You agree that all uses of the Licensed Materials will be on behalf of Baydog.com and the goodwill associated therewith will inure to the sole benefit of Baydog.com.
7.2. Each party agrees not to use the other’s proprietary materials in any manner that is disparaging, misleading, obscene or that otherwise portrays the party in a negative light. Each party reserves all of its respective rights in the proprietary materials covered by this license. Other than the license granted in this Agreement, each party retains all right, title, and interest to its respective rights and no right, title, or interest is transferred to the other.
BAYDOG.COM MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING BAYDOG.COM SERVICE AND WEB SITE OR THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED THEREIN, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF BAYDOG.COM ABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. IN ADDITION, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION THAT THE OPERATION OF OUR SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, AND WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY INTERRUPTIONS OR ERRORS.
9. Representations and Warranties
You represent and warrant that:
9.1. This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by you and constitutes your legal, valid, and binding obligation, enforceable against you in accordance with its terms;
9.2. You have the full right, power, and authority to enter into and be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and to perform your obligations under this Agreement, without the approval or consent of any other party;
9.3. You have sufficient right, title, and interest in and to the rights granted to us in this Agreement.
10. Limitations of Liability
WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE OR GOODWILL OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS), EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHER, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT, IN NO EVENT SHALL BAYDOG.COM’S CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, EXCEED THE TOTAL COMMISSION FEES PAID TO YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Baydog.com, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, partners, members, and other owners, against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) (any or all of the foregoing hereinafter referred to as “Losses”) insofar as such Losses (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based on (i) any claim that our use of the affiliate trademarks infringes on any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, license, intellectual property, or other proprietary right of any third party, (ii) any misrepresentation of a representation or warranty or breach of a covenant and agreement made by you herein, or (iii) any claim related to your site, including, without limitation, content therein not attributable to us.
All confidential information, including, but not limited to any business, technical, financial and customer information, disclosed by one party to the other during negotiation or the effective term of this Agreement which is marked “Confidential,” will remain the sole property of the disclosing party, and each party will keep in confidence and not use or disclose such proprietary information of the other party without express written permission of the disclosing party.
13.1. You agree that you are an independent contractor, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between you and Baydog.com. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section.
13.2. Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement to any party, except to a party who obtains all or substantially all of the business or assets of a third party.
13.3. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without regard to the conflicts of laws and principles thereof.
13.4. You may not amend or waive any provision of this Agreement unless in writing and signed by both parties.
13.5. This Agreement represents the entire agreement between us and you, and shall supersede all prior agreements and communications of the parties, oral or written.
13.6. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent necessary such that the intent of the parties is effectuated, and the remainder of this agreement shall have full force and effect.