Terms and conditions
This is a legal agreement between you (“you” or “user”) and us and states the material terms and conditions that govern your use of the sites. This agreement, together with all updates, supplements, additional terms and all of Geomares’ rules and policies collectively constitute and shall be referred to as the “agreement” between you and Geomares. By accessing the sites, you agree to be legally bound by this agreement. If you do not agree to the terms of service and conditions of use stated herein, please immediately leave this site.
Copyright and ownership
The sites are owned and operated by Geomares and its affiliates and vendors. All of the content featured or displayed (or offered for sale on the sites through premium accounts), including, but not limited to, text, graphics, photographs, images, moving images, sound, illustrations and any other content (collectively referred to as the “content”), is owned by Geomares, its licensors, vendors and/or its content providers unless stated otherwise. All elements of the sites, including but not limited to the general design and the content, are protected by trade dress, copyright, moral rights, trademark and other laws relating to intellectual property rights. Each of the sites may only be used for the intended purpose for which such site is being made available. Except as may be otherwise indicated in specific documents within the sites, you are authorised to view, play, print and download documents, audio and video found on our sites for personal, informational and non-commercial purposes only. You may not modify any of the materials and you may not copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any information or work contained on the sites. Except as permitted under applicable copyright laws, you are responsible for obtaining permission before re-using any copyrighted material that is available on the sites. For purposes of these terms, the use of any such material on any other website or networked computer environment is prohibited. You shall comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding your use of the sites. The sites, the content and all related rights shall remain the exclusive property of Geomares and its licensors unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing. You will not remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from material found on the sites.
Site access licence
Geomares grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to access and make personal, non-commercial use of the sites or their content and not to download (other than page caching or unless otherwise allowed by Geomares or permitted by law) or modify all or any portion of the sites and their content. This licence does not include any re-sale or commercial use of the sites or their content; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the sites or their content; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots or similar data-gathering and extraction tools. The sites and/or any portion of the sites or their content may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without Geomares’ express prior written consent. You shall not frame or utilise framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout or form) of Geomares, its content providers or its affiliates without express prior written consent. You shall not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilising our name or trademarks without our express prior written consent. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the sites or any activities conducted on the sites; or (iii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the sites. Any unauthorised use automatically terminates the permissions and/or licences granted by us to you.
Corporate identification & trademarks
All of our trademarks, service marks and trade names used herein (including but not limited to the corporate names and logos of Geomares and its divisions and imprints, names and designs of the sites, and any logos) are trademarks or registered trademarks of Geomares or its affiliates, partners, vendors or licensors. You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute or modify such trademarks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on the sites, without Geomares’s express prior written consent. The use of our trademarks on any other website or network computer environment is not allowed. You are granted a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to create a link to any page of the sites so long as the link does not portray us, our content providers, our licensors, our affiliates or our products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise offensive manner. You may not use any Geomares logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission. Except as expressly stated herein, no rights or licences are granted hereunder.
Links to third parties & no endorsement
The sites contain links to other websites controlled by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and do not imply endorsement by Geomares of, or any affiliation with, or endorsement by, the owner of the linked site. Geomares is not responsible for the contents or use of any linked site, or any consequence of making the link. The sites may also include a tool that allows you to sign in or register using information from your account with a third-party service (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). These third-party services are unrelated to the sites, and your use of such third-party services is subject to the terms and policies of those services.
You shall not use Geomares’ name or any language, pictures or symbols which could, in Geomares’ judgment, imply Geomares’ endorsement in any (I) written or oral advertising or presentation, or (II) brochure, newsletter, book or other written material of whatever nature, without prior written consent.
For all charges for any products and services sold on the sites, Geomares will bill your credit card or an alternative payment method. When you provide credit card information to us or our vendors, you represent to us that you are the authorised user of the credit card that is used to pay for the products and services. In the event legal action is necessary to collect on balances due, you agree to reimburse Geomares for all expenses incurred to recover sums due, including attorneys’ fees and other legal expenses. You are responsible for purchase of, and payment of charges for, all internet access services and telecommunications services needed for use of the sites.
Where we have specifically invited or requested user-submitted content of any kind, we encourage members of the public/authors to submit such content that they have created (e.g. user-generated content, participation in communities on social media) to Geomares for consideration in connection with the sites and any related programmes (“user submissions”). User submissions remain the intellectual property of the individual user. By posting your content on the sites, you expressly grant Geomares a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up worldwide, fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, perform and display such content and your name, voice and/or likeness as contained in your user submission, in whole or in part, and in any form throughout the world in any media or technology, whether now known or hereafter discovered, including all promotion, advertising, marketing, merchandising, publicity and any other ancillary uses thereof, and including the unfettered right to sublicense such rights, in perpetuity throughout the universe. We may refuse or remove user submissions for any reason and without notice. All user submissions are deemed non-confidential and Geomares shall be under no obligation to maintain the confidentiality of any information, in whatever form, contained in any user submission.
By submitting any user submissions, you consent to the following rules:
• User submissions must not infringe on the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right of any third party. If your user submission is not your original work, you must obtain all necessary permissions from any persons who contributed to or otherwise may control rights in all or part of the user submission to submit the user submission in accordance with these terms.
• User submissions must not violate a third party’s right to privacy or publicity. You must obtain all necessary permissions from any individuals identified in or implicated by your user submission, including those shown in photographic content, and, in the case of minors, also from their parents or legal guardians, as appropriate.
• User submissions should relate to the content on the sites and should be intended to add to the discussion and community on the sites.
• User submissions must be respectful of others. Epithets or other language or material intended to intimidate or to incite violence are strictly prohibited. Your user submission may not include any negative comments that are connected to race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or physical handicap or that are defamatory, slanderous, indecent, obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit.
• User submissions may not contain any commercial material. You may not solicit funds, promote commercial entities or otherwise engage in commercial activity through your user submission. Soliciting other users to join or become members of any commercial online service or other organisation is expressly prohibited.
• Do not impersonate any other person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
• Remember that social media are public. Do not post personal information (e.g. full name, password, telephone number, address, email address or other personally identifiable information or contact information) in these areas.
All user submissions must comply with these rules and any additional guidelines posted on the sites, as applicable. User submissions do not represent the views of Geomares or any individual associated with Geomares, and we do not control this content. In no event shall you represent or suggest, directly or indirectly, Geomares’ endorsement of user submissions. Geomares does not vouch for the accuracy or credibility of any user submissions, and does not take any responsibility or assume any liability for any actions you may take as a result of reading user submissions on the sites. Through your use of the sites, you may be exposed to content and user submissions that you may find offensive, objectionable, harmful, inaccurate or deceptive. There may also be risks of dealing with underage persons, people acting under false pretence, international trade issues and foreign nationals. By using the sites, you assume all associated risks.
Removal of user submissions
In addition to any remedies that we may have at law or in equity, if we determine, in our sole discretion, that you have violated or are likely to violate the foregoing prohibitions, we may take any action we deem necessary to cure or prevent the violation including, without limitation, the immediate removal of the related materials from the sites. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting such materials.
Account registration and security
If you decide to register as a member of a site, you may receive or establish one or more user names, passwords and accounts. In consideration of use of your registration, you will: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the applicable 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 Geomares has grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Geomares has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the sites (or any portion thereof). You are entirely responsible for the security and confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your account or any other breach of security of which you become aware. You are responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the registration and sites. We have the right to provide user billing, account, content or user records, and related information under certain circumstances (such as in response to legal responsibility, lawful process, orders, subpoenas or warrants, or to protect our rights, customers or business), to third parties. We will provide these details to any third-party advertiser.
Representations and warranties
Disclaimer & limitation of liability
Your use of and browsing of the sites are at your own risk. Except as otherwise provided above, everything on the sites, including any products or services offered for sale, is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Geomares makes no warranties or representations regarding the information or content contained on the sites, and specifically disclaims any warranty as to the suitability, reliability, timeliness or accuracy of the information or content contained on the sites for any purpose. Geomares does not warrant that the functionalities contained in the content will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites or the servers that make such content available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Geomares does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the contents in the sites in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability or otherwise. You (and not Geomares) assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction. To the extent applicable law does not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, the above exclusion may not apply to you.
Under no circumstances shall Geomares or any of its vendors be liable for any damages that result from the use of or inability to use the Geomares sites, including but not limited to reliance by a user on any information or content obtained from Geomares’ sites that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files or email, errors, defects, viruses, delays in operation or transmission, or any failure of performance, whether or not resulting from acts of God, communications failure, theft, destruction, unauthorised access to Geomares’ records, programmes or services, or otherwise. The user hereby acknowledges that this disclaimer and limitation of liability shall apply to all content, merchandise and services available through the sites.
In no event shall Geomares or any affiliated Geomares entity or individual, licensor or vendor be liable for any indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the sites or the content thereon, whether in a contract action or based on negligence, or other tort action, or any other claim whatsoever, even if Geomares or a Geomares Publishing-authorised representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages. To the extent applicable law does not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall Geomares’ aggregate liability to you for all damages, losses and causes of action whether in contract, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence) or otherwise arising out of the agreement and your use of the sites and the content exceed the amount paid by you for any content purchased by you on the sites or the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing the sites.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Geomares, its companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, directors, officers, employees, service providers and agents against any and all liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to any violation of these terms by you, or in connection with the use of the sites or the internet or the placement or transmission of any message or information on the sites by you.
If you registered as a member of a site, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account and agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the above-mentioned parties for any liability or expense arising from such use or misuse. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your account or any other breach of security known to you.
Neither Geomares nor you shall be responsible for damages or for delays or failures in performance resulting from acts or occurrences beyond their respective reasonable control, including without limitation: fire, lightning, explosion, power surge or failure, water, acts of God, war, revolution, civil commotion or acts of civil or military authorities or public enemies; any law, order, regulation, ordinance or requirement of any government or legal body or any representative of any such government or legal body; or labour unrest, including without limitation strikes, slowdowns, picketing or boycotts; inability to secure raw materials, transportation facilities, fuel or energy shortages, or acts or omissions of other common carriers.
This agreement is the entire agreement between the user and Geomares and supersedes any prior understandings or agreements (written or oral).
Geomares and its affiliates respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow our copyright infringement policy.
Copyright infringement policy
Consistent with the copyright infringement policy, if you believe that your copyrighted materials have been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send an email or written notice to our designated agent for notices of infringement and provide the following information:
1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorised to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the sites;
4. Your address, telephone number and email address;
5. A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorised to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Our designated agent for notice for claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows:
By mail: Geomares, Privacy infringement, P.O. Box 112, 8530 AC Lemmer, The Netherlands. By telephone: +31 (0) 514 561 854. By email: [email protected].
Note: the above contact information is provided exclusively for notifying Geomares that your copyrighted material may have been infringed. All other enquiries (e.g. requests for technical assistance or customer service, reports of email abuse and piracy reports) will not receive a response through this process and should be directed to our customer service group via email: [email protected]. While Geomares will try to answer all customer service enquiries, we cannot guarantee a response.