TaxConnections Content License Agreement
This is a license agreement between you and TaxConnections that explains how you can use content that you license from TaxConnections. By downloading content from TaxConnections, you accept the terms of this agreement.
1. What types of licenses does TaxConnections offer?
TaxConnections offers two types of licenses: standard and extended. Every piece of original content downloaded from TaxConnections comes with a standard license. An extended license gives you additional rights in exchange for an additional license fee. Unless you purchase an extended license, your use of content is subject to the standard license terms.
You can license content with a subscription. TaxConnections offers annual tax professional subscription memberships which allow you to download original content we have developed for our members. We provide watermarked content as a sample only. Watermarked content cannot be used in any final materials or any publicly available materials without TaxConnections written consent.
2. How can I use licensed content?
You may use content in any way that is not restricted (see Restricted Uses below). Subject to those restrictions and the rest of the terms of this agreement, the rights granted to you by TaxConnections are:
Non-exclusive means that you do not have exclusive rights to use the content. TaxConnections can license the same content to other customers.
Unlimited means you can use the content in an unlimited number of projects and in any media. For purposes of this agreement, "use" means to copy, reproduce, modify, edit, synchronize, perform, display, broadcast, publish, or otherwise make use of.
Examples of how you can use licensed content include websites; blog posts; social media; advertisements; marketing campaigns; corporate presentations; newspapers; magazines; books; film and television productions; web and mobile applications; product packaging.
3. Restricted Uses
No Unlawful Use. You may not use content in a pornographic, defamatory or other unlawful manner.
No Standalone File Use. You may not use content in any way that allows others to download, extract, or redistribute content as a standalone file (meaning just the content file itself, separate from the project or end use).
No Use in Trademark or Logo. You may not use content as part of a trademark, design mark, tradename, business name, service mark, or logo.
No False Representation of Authorship. You may not falsely represent that you are the original creator of a work that is made up largely of licensed content. For instance, you cannot create a painting based solely on licensed content and claim that you are the author.
Restricted Uses - unless extended license purchased. Extended licenses are only available for purchase with credits on a file by file basis.
No Products for Resale. Unless you purchase an extended license, you may not use content in connection with any goods or services intended for resale or distribution where the primary value lies in the content itself including, without limitation, cards, stationery items, paper products, calendars, apparel items, posters (printed on paper, canvas, or any other media), DVDs, mobile applications or other items for resale, license or other distribution for profit. This includes "on demand" products (meaning products in which content is selected by a third party for customization on such product on a made-to-order basis), including, without limitation, postcards, mugs, t-shirts, posters and other items (this includes the sale of products through custom designed websites, as well as sites such as zazzle.com and cafepress.com)
The rights granted to you are non-transferable and non-sub-licensable, meaning that you cannot transfer or sublicense them to anyone else. There are two exceptions:
Employer or Client. If you are purchasing on behalf of your employer or client, then your employer or client can use the content. In that case, you represent and warrant that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or client to the terms of this agreement. If you do not have that authority, then your employer or client may not use the content.
4. Are there any seat/user license restrictions?
Yes. The standard license or subscription is for a single user. The seat/user restrictions refer to the raw file of content, not the end project or use.
If you licensed the content with a subscription, this means that only one person (the same person) may access, license and use the content.
If you need more than a single user to access the content: If you licensed the content with a subscription, please contact TaxConnections to discuss our multi-user subscription. If you purchase a multi-user subscription, TaxConnections will provide you with the number of user accounts specified on your invoice.
5. User Accounts
You will be responsible for tracking all activity for each user account, and you agree to: (1) maintain the security of all passwords and usernames; (2) notify TaxConnections immediately of any unauthorized use or other breach of security; and (3) accept all responsibility for activity that occurs under each user account. TaxConnections reserves the right to monitor downloads and user activity to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement. If TaxConnections determines that you are in breach of this or any other term of this agreement, it may suspend access to your account and seek further legal remedies.
6. Intellectual Property Rights.
Who owns the content?
All of the licensed content is owned by either TaxConnections or author who supplies the content. All rights not expressly granted in this agreement are reserved by TaxConnections.
Do I need to include a credit? You do not need to include a credit for commercial use, but if you are using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following credit adjacent to the content or in visual production credits: "TaxConnections Copyright 2018."
Except in the case of subscriptions, this agreement is effective until it is terminated by either party. You can terminate this agreement by ceasing use of the content and deleting or destroying any copies. TaxConnections may terminate this agreement at any time if you fail to comply with any of the terms, in which case you must immediately: cease using the content; delete or destroy any copies; and, if requested, confirm to TaxConnections in writing that you have complied with these requirements.
Unless renewed, subscription agreements terminate automatically at the end of the subscription period, with a 30 day grace period to use any content downloaded during the subscription term in a project or other end use. Content incorporated into projects or end uses prior to the expiration of the grace period may continue to be used in perpetuity in that project and in any other projects. Any content not included in a project at the end of the 30 day grace period is not considered licensed and must be deleted. Any content that is used within the 30 day grace period remains subject to the terms of this agreement. TaxConnections may terminate any licenses before the end of the subscription period if it reasonably believes there is a violation of this agreement and/or abuse of the subscription account, in which case you must immediately: cease using the content; delete or destroy any copies; confirm to TaxConnections in writing that you have complied with these requirements; and pay TaxConnections any amounts which remain owing to the end of the term of your subscription as set on your invoice.
Social Media Termination
If you use the content on a social media platform or other third party website and the platform or website uses (or announces that it plans to use) the content for its own purpose or in a way that is contrary to this agreement, this agreement shall immediately terminate.
Subscription Refunds - Refunds for subscriptions can be made within 14 days of your invoice date, provided you have not made use of any downloaded content.
File Download Refunds - TaxConnections does not offer refunds or re-credits for downloaded files. File returns will only be considered based on technical issues with the file at the sole discretion of TaxConnections.
All requests for refunds/cancellations must be made in writing. If the request is approved, TaxConnections will issue a credit to your account or credit card. In the event of cancellation, your rights to use the content terminate, and you must delete or destroy any copies of the content.
TaxConnections may discontinue licensing any item of content at any time in its sole discretion. Upon notice from TaxConnections, or upon your knowledge, that any content may be subject to a claim of infringement of a third party's right for which TaxConnections may be liable, TaxConnections may require you to immediately, and at your own expense: cease using the content, delete or destroy any copies; and ensure that your clients, distributors and/or employer do likewise. TaxConnections will provide you with replacement content (determined by TaxConnections in its reasonable commercial judgment) free of charge, subject to the other terms of this agreement.
8. Representations And Warranties
TaxConnections makes the following representations and warranties:
Warranty of Non-Infringement
Except with respect to content identified as "editorial use only," your use of the content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by TaxConnectionswill not infringe on any copyright, moral right, trademark or other intellectual property right and will not violate any right of privacy or right of publicity; and all necessary model and/or property releases for use of the content in the manner authorized by this agreement have been obtained.
Editorial Use Only Warranty Disclaimer
For content identified as "editorial use only," TaxConnections warrants that the content will not infringe on any copyright or moral right of the artist, but it does not grant any right or make any warranty with regard to the use of names, people, trademarks, trade dress, logos, registered, unregistered or copyrighted designs, works of art or architecture depicted or contained in the content. In such cases, you are solely responsible for determining whether release(s) is/are required in connection with your proposed use of the content identified as "editorial use only," and you are solely responsible for obtaining such release(s). You acknowledge that no releases are generally obtained for content identified as "editorial use only," and that some jurisdictions provide legal protection against a person's image, likeness or property being used for commercial purposes when they have not provided a release.
No Other Warranties. Except as provided in the "warranty of non-infringement" section above, the content is provided "as is" without representation, warranty or condition of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied representations, warranties or conditions of merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. TaxConnections does not represent or warrant that the content will meet your requirements or that its use will be uninterrupted or error free.
9. Indemnification/Limitation of Liability.
Indemnification Of TaxConnections By You
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TaxConnections and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and content suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees from all damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable outside legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any breach or alleged breach by you (or anyone acting on your behalf) of any of the terms of this agreement.
Indemnification Of You By TaxConnections
Provided that the content is only used in accordance with this agreement and you are not otherwise in breach of this agreement, and as your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the warranties set forth in Section 9 above, TaxConnections agrees, subject to the terms of this Section to defend, indemnify and hold harmless you, your corporate parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of your respective officers, directors and employees from all damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable outside legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any breach or alleged breach by TaxConnections of its warranty in Section 9 above. This indemnification does not apply to the extent any damages, costs or losses arise out of or are a result of modifications made by you to the content or the context in which the content is used by you. This indemnification also does not apply to your continued use of content following notice from TaxConnections, or upon your knowledge, that the content is subject to a claim of infringement of a third party's right.
Extended Legal Guarantee
Unless you purchase an extended license, TaxConnections total maximum aggregate liability (meaning the total amount TaxConnections is responsible for, whether under this agreement or any other agreement for the same content) is limited to $10,000 US dollars per item of content. This limit applies regardless of the number of times you license the same piece of content from TaxConnections. Under an extended license, this amount is increased to $100,000 US dollars per item of content. If you need a higher indemnification amount, please contact TaxConnections.
The party seeking indemnification must promptly notify in writing the other party about the claim. The indemnifying party (the one covering the costs) has the right to assume the handling, settlement or defense of any claim or litigation, in which case the indemnified party (the one not covering the costs) has to cooperate in any way reasonably requested by the indemnifying party. The indemnifying party will not be liable for legal fees and other costs incurred prior to the other party giving notice of the claim for which indemnity is sought.
Limitation of Liability
TAXCONNECTIONS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF TAXCONNECTIONS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIABILITY.
10. General Provision
This agreement is personal to you and is not assignable by you without TaxConnections prior written consent. TaxConnections may assign this agreement, without notice or consent, to any corporate affiliate or to any successor in interest, provided that such entity agrees to be bound by these terms.
Audit/Certificate of Compliance
Upon reasonable notice, you agree to provide to TaxConnections sample copies of projects or end uses that contain licensed content, including by providing TaxConnections with free of charge access to any pay-walled or otherwise restricted access website or platform where content is reproduced. In addition, upon reasonable notice, TaxConnections may, at its discretion, either through its own employees or through a third party, audit your records directly related to this agreement and your use of licensed content in order to verify compliance with the terms of this agreement. If any audit reveals an underpayment by you to TaxConnections of five percent (10%) or more of the amount you should have paid, then in addition to paying TaxConnections the amount of the underpayment, you also agree to reimburse TaxConnections for the costs of conducting the audit. Where TaxConnections reasonably believes that content is being used outside of the scope of the license granted under this agreement, you agree, at TaxConnections request, to provide a certificate of compliance signed by an officer of your company, in a form to be approved by TaxConnections.
You agree to retain the copyright symbol, the name of TaxConnections, the content's identification number and any other information that may be embedded in the electronic file containing the original content, and to maintain appropriate security to protect the content from unauthorized use by third parties. You may make one (1) copy of the content for back-up purposes.
This agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, U.S.A., without reference to its laws relating to conflicts of law. Any disputes arising from or related to this agreement shall be finally settled by binding, confidential arbitration by a single arbitrator selected using the rules and procedures for arbitrator selection under the JAMS' Expedited Procedures in its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures ("JAMS") if you are in North America, or of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution ("ICDR") or JAMS if you are outside of North America (the applicable rules to be at your discretion), in effect on the date of the commencement of arbitration to be held in one of the following jurisdictions (whichever is closest to you): New York, New York; London, England; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; or Singapore. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and all documentation shall be presented and filed in English. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered on the arbitration award and enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not govern this agreement. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable legal costs relating to that aspect of its claim or defense on which it prevails, and any opposing costs awards shall be offset. Notwithstanding the foregoing, TaxConnections shall have the right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or other relief against you in the event that, in the opinion of TaxConnections, such action is necessary or desirable to protect its intellectual property rights. The parties agree that, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute(s) of limitation, any arbitration proceeding shall be commenced within two years of the acts, events or occurrences giving rise to the claim.
a. Severability. If one or more of the provisions in this agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions should not be affected. Such provisions should be revised only to the extent necessary to make them enforceable.
b. Waiver. No action of either party, other than express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any provision of this agreement.
c. Entire Agreement. No terms of conditions of this agreement may be added or deleted unless made in writing and accepted in writing by both parties, or issued electronically by TaxConnections and accepted in writing by you. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of this agreement and the terms contained on any purchase order sent by you, the terms of this agreement will apply.
d. Notice. All notices required to be sent to TaxConnections under this agreement should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All notices to you will be sent via email to the email set out in your account.
e. Taxes. You agree to pay and be responsible for any and all sales taxes, use taxes, value added taxes and duties imposed by any jurisdiction as a result of the license granted to you, or of your use of the licensed content.
f. Interest on Overdue Invoices. If you fail to pay an invoice in full within the time specified, TaxConnections may add a service charge of 1.5% per month, or such lesser amount as is allowed by law, on any unpaid balance until payment is received.
g. Fees and Renewal. If your subscription is set to AUTOMATICALLY RENEW, you authorize TaxConnections to charge the applicable subscription fees at the then applicable rate and taxes for the subscription to your credit card on file at the expiration of the term. You may change your auto-renewal preferences in your TaxConnections account.
h. Licensing Entity. The licensing entity under this agreement is determined based on your billing address.
i. Fines. Unauthorized use of any content on TaxConnections will subject you to a fine of $300 for each offense plus our legal fees. Bottom line, if you use our content please pay the annual subscription fee to avoid any legal conflicts and fines.