Terms of Service
Terms of Service
THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU ("PUBLISHER” OR "ADVERTISER”) AND SPONSORTAG LLC. (“SPONSORTAG” OR"SPONSORTAG NETWORK” OR " SPONSORTAG PLATFORM”) STATING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT GOVERN YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SPONSORTAG NETWORK. PLEASE READ THIS SPONSORTAG AGREEMENT ("AGREEMENT”) BEFORE PRESSING THE "SIGNUP” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SIGNUP PAGE. BY PRESSING "SIGNUP” YOU ARE AGREEING TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE SPONSORTAG NETWORK.
For the purposes of this Agreement, the parties agree that, when used capitalized herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless they are otherwise defined in this Agreement:
”Advertiser(s)" - one or more customers of Sponsortag which create the Advertising Material, and authorize Sponsortag to act as its intermediary for the purpose of include it on the Publisher’s Website(s).
"Advertising Material" - the text, graphics, logos, designs, code, URL, trademarks and copyrights for any type of advertising including, but not limited to banners, text ads, pop-ups and pop-unders created by an advertiser.
"Publisher(s)" - one or more customers that Sponsortag is responsible for the distribution of online Advertising Material on its Website(s).
"Publisher´s Website(s)" - the space, including without limitation, the virtual location the Publisher(s) incorporate or embed the Advertising Material.
"Sponsortag Network" - the advertising network owned and operated by Sponsortag, LLC.
"Ad Serving Platform" - the technology and service that places advertisements on Websites.
"Impressions" - the number of times Advertising Material is served to a person visiting the Publisher’s Website(s).
"Publisher Earnings" - the total revenue generated by the Publisher using the Advertising Materials less Sponsortag fees and margin. Publisher earnings are based on the eCPM generated by the ad spot. Sponsortag fees and margin remains at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsortag and are subject to change without notice.
"eCPM" - “effective Cost Per Mil.” eCPM is used to calculate the relative cost of an advertising campaign and estimates the cost / revenue per 1000 recorded ad event, including but not limited to ad views, ad loads, ad requests, ad clicks, and ad impressions.
"Publisher Earnings" - the total revenue generated by the Publisher using the Advertising Materials less Sponsortag margin. Publisher earnings are based on the eCPM generated by the ad spot. Sponsortag margin remains at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsortag and are subject to change without notice..
"Unique Click" - the number of times, as recorded by Sponsortag ad serving platform a user visiting Publisher’s Website(s), clicks on Advertising Material.
"Administration Panel" - the interface provided by Sponsortag to clients (Publishers, Advertisers and Third Parties) in order to buy and sell traffic and ad space on the Sponsortag Network.
"Insertion Order" - written authorization to display advertisement on Publisher´s Website(s).
By virtue hereof; The Advertiser(s) market and advertises their goods and or services and or brand, using Advertising Material and Publisher(s) incorporates or embeds or affixes the Advertising Material into the Publisher´s Website(s) through Sponsortag Network.
TWO.- PUBLISHER ELIGIBLE WEBSITE(S).
2.1. Sponsortag reserves the right to approve or to deny the affiliation of a Publisher at any time for any reason. If not approved, Publisher shall not be entitled to the payment of the revenue displayed in its Administration Panel. Approved Publishers may have their approval revoked at anytime at the discretion of Sponsortag.
The following are base examples of Publisher´s Website(s) that are not eligible for participation on the Sponsortag Network:
- Websites which contain material that infringes the rights of others (including but not limited to copyright and other intellectual property rights) or which promotes copyright piracy.
- Websites with reference to illicit practices or shock human dignity: Contained with pornographic character staging minors(miners); Contents making the apology of voluntary crimes to life, persons the integrity and sexual aggressions; Contents making the apology of the war crimes, crimes against humanity; Contents provoking discrimination, hate or violence towards a person or towards a group of persons at the rate of their origin or of the group they belong to (an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a religion). Any description will be automatically recorded and indicated to proper authorities.
- Websites that participate in or transmit inappropriate newsgroup postings or unsolicited e-mail (spam).
- Websites promoting any type of illegal substance or activity (i.e., how to build a bomb, hacking, ‘phreaking’, etc.)
- Websites with illegal, false or deceptive investment advice.
- Websites that provide incentives of any nature to require or encourage users to click on ad banners (i.e., charity, sweepstakes, etc.).
- Websites that are under construction or incomplete.
- Websites with extremely limited audiences or viewership (less than 50 unique visitors per day).
- Websites that contain any content violating privacy laws.
- Websites generated through free blogging or free forum platforms.
- Websites with more than 6 ads per page, sites with more than 2 pop- ups and / or pop-unders, sites with more than 1 exit pop up (all ad networks or affiliate programs together).
- Websites presenting no added value to the users.
2.2. Sponsortag may check Publishers Website(s) at anytime. If Sponsortag determines that Publisher’s Website(s) includes any forbidden content, Sponsortag may at its' own discretion close Publisher’s account without any prior notification. In such a case, Publisher shall forfeit all revenues owed by Sponsortag and not be entitled to the payment of the implied revenue remaining as well as any revenue remaining in its Administration Panel.
Publishers who are operating a network with Sub-Publishers themselves hereby guarantee to communicate this Agreement to their Sub-Publishers, as well as their Sub-Publisher's Sub-Publishers and to monitor and enforce their compliance. Publishers will be held liable for the conduct of their Sub-Publishers and Sub-Publisher's Sub-Publishers.
4.1. Any form of use that is deemed to be misuse, i.e. procuring business transactions by unfair methods or inadmissible means that violate applicable law or this Agreement, is prohibited.
4.2. In particular, Publishers are prohibited from attempting to obtain commissions by procuring business transactions themselves or through a third person using the Advertising Material, tracking links and/or other technical aids provided to them in the context of the Sponsortag Network using one or several of the following methods:
4.2.1. Fraudulently pretending or faking business transactions, for example by entering third party data without authorization or by providing false or non-existing data when ordering goods or registering online;
4.2.2. Using Advertising Material that enables tracking although it is not displayed at all, not visibly or not in the manner and/or size stipulated by the Advertiser; or
4.3. Any form of misuse will lead to the blocking of the Publishers’ accounts immediately. In this case Publishers may raise an objection (i.e. via letter, fax, e-mail) within a month (30 days) in order to provide a statement and evidence that the chosen form of advertising has been in accordance with this Agreement. If the Publisher cannot confute the breach of this Agreement, Sponsortag will issue a notice of termination. In the event of termination, the Agreement will be wound up and liquidated pursuant to the stipulations of Clause 12 of this Agreement. The Publisher shall not be entitled to any remuneration.
4.4. Fraudulent Impressions. Any method to artificially and/or fraudulently inflates the volume of impressions or clicks is strictly forbidden. Counts of impressions or clicks will be decided solely on the basis of reports generated by Sponsortag Advertising Network. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: framing an ad-banner’s click-through destination, auto-spawning of browsers, running ‘spiders’ against the Publisher’s own Website, automatic redirecting of users or any other technique of generating automatic or fraudulent (as determined by Sponsortag, acting reasonably, or based on industry practices) click-through and/or impressions. Advertising Material may not be placed on a page which reloads automatically. Publisher may not require users to click on Advertising Material prior to entering a Website or any area therein or provide incentives of any nature to encourage or require users to click on Advertising Material. Publisher’s clicks-throughs of any link other than Sponsortag’s Advertising Material, or use of any other means of artificially enhancing click results shall be a material breach of this Agreement, and upon such occurrence, Sponsortag may terminate this Agreement without prior notification. Such termination is at the sole discretion of Sponsortag and is not in lieu of any other remedy available at law or equity. Sponsortag’s ad server will be the official counter for determining the number of Advertising Material delivered under and amounts payable under this Agreement. For each case of intentional or negligent violation of the present provisions, the Publisher hereby undertakes to pay Sponsortag liquidated damages in each case in an amount to be determined at Sponsortag’ s equitably exercised discretion and, in the event of dispute, in an amount to be reviewed by court. Each instance of violation shall be subject to liquidated damages in the maximum amount of the current full balance of the Publisher Account.
FIVE.- PUBLISHER PAYMENT.
5.1 Payments. Publisher payments are done monthly through Sponsortag payment method or methods of choice (net 30) in US Dollars. To receive a payment, Publishers must reach the minimum payout limit set up in the Sponsortag Administration Panel. Sponsortag shall pay Publisher for Advertising Material actually delivered by Publisher to each of Publisher’s Website(s) approved by Sponsortag.
5.2 Liability for Publisher’s Revenue. Publisher understands and agrees that Sponsortag acts solely as a third party for the Advertisers; and that Sponsortag shall only be liable to Publisher for Publishers Revenue based on payments from Advertisers that it has received without restrictions that constitute immediately-available funds to Sponsortag. Publisher agrees that (i) Sponsortag shall have no liability or obligation to Publisher for payments due but unpaid from Advertisers; (ii) Publisher will only assert any claims therefore directly against the Advertisers; and(iii) Publisher shall hold Sponsortag harmless and indemnify it from any claims or liability related to such unpaid amounts. Sponsortag agrees to make every reasonable effort to bill, collect and clear payment from the Advertisers on a timely basis. Sponsortag, reserves the absolute right not to make any payments if the Publisher violates any of the terms and conditions set forth herein.
5.3 Other Expenses. Sponsortag assumes no responsibility for paying any income taxes, banking commissions, currency fees or any other renumerations beyond stated revenues as per reports generated by Sponsortag Advertising Network on behalf of Publisher. By participating in the Sponsortag Network, Publisher assumes complete and sole responsibility for any taxes, banking commissions or fees owed as a consequence thereof.
SIX.- ADVERTISING MATERIAL.
6.2. Recording of Service Counts. Sponsortag has the sole responsibility for calculation of statistics, including Impressions, click-through rate, revenues, eCPM. EST Time shall be the time period for traffic and tracking purposes. Statistics shall be available to Publisher online in the Sponsortag Administration Panel. Publisher understands that Sponsortag’s online statistics may not be 100% accurate and that Sponsortag may make adjustments to Publisher’s online statistics. In the event that coding on Publisher’s Website(s) generates substantial number of erroneous impression due to a technical problem such as server malfunction, coding alteration or a mistake in entering code, Sponsortag reserves the right to withhold payment on all Impressions and clicks delivered by Publisher.
6.3. Volume of impressions. Sponsortag cannot guarantee any volume of traffic. Impressions can differ from one day to another following the performances of the site targeted.
6.4. Ad Serving Platform. Statistics of impressions and revenues will be provided by Sponsortag. Ad Serving Platform shall govern this Agreement.
SEVEN.- ADVERTISING BUDGET.
The Advertiser must prepay its advertising budget through appropriate and approved payment methods. Advertiser shall pay all charges in U.S. Dollars. Charges are exclusive of taxes. Customer is responsible for paying all taxes, government charges, and reasonable expenses and attorneys fees Sponsortag incurs collecting late amounts. Charges are solely based on Sponsortag Ad Serving Platform measurements, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. Nothing in these Terms or an IO may obligate Sponsortag make credit to any party. Advertiser acknowledges and agrees that any related billing and payment information that Advertiser provides to Sponsortag may be shared with companies who work on Sponsortag’s behalf, such as payment processors and/or credit agencies, solely for the purposes of checking credit, effecting payment to Sponsortag, servicing Advertiser’s account and or verifying Advertiser’s account. Sponsortag reserves the right to withhold deposit or charge Advertiser’s account due to any breach of this Agreement by Advertiser or where additional fees have accrued.
EIGHT.- ADVERTISER REFUND POLICY.
Once an Advertiser makes an initial deposit in the Sponsortag Ad serving platform, and the payment has been verified and approved, the Advertiser has six (6) months from the last payment date to ask for a refund of the balance remaining on the account if he isn’t satisfied with the Sponsortag Network and the Advertiser has remained in compliance with this Agreement. As soon as an Advertiser makes a second deposit in the Sponsortag Ad serving platform, it is hereby understood that a refund will only be issued for a balance greater than $200 and a processing fee of 10% will be deducted from the approved refund. Advertisers cancelled / terminated by Sponsortag for violating these Terms are not entitled to a refund monetary or otherwise.
NINE.- AD SIZES.
Ad sizes are set by IAB standards, where an ad block size is outside the IAB standards Sponsortag may manually review and approve for use such ad units.
Sponsortag shall use of the trade names or trademarks of Publishers, Advertisers or third parties without prior written approval from the party owning such name or mark.
ELEVEN.- REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.
11.1. Publisher(s) represents and warrants to Sponsortag that:
- All content, products, and services on the Publisher´s Website(s) are legal to distribute, that it owns or has the legal right to use, and will not infringe, any and all copyrights, trademarks, patents or other proprietary rights;
- The Publisher´s Website(s) do not, and will not during the term of this Agreement, contain any material described in Section 4 of this Agreement;
- The Publisher´s Website(s) are free of any "worm”, "virus”, "malware” or other device or code that could impair or injure any person or entity or thing.
- It is generally familiar with the nature of the Internet and will comply with all rules and regulations that may apply; and it will conduct its business in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations;
- It and its representative creating their account has full legal power and authority under its organizational documents to enter into this Agreement and to perform the obligations contained herein; and the execution of this Agreement and the performance of its obligations by Publisher(s) will not conflict with or a cause a breach or violation of any agreement, law, regulation or other obligation to which Publisher(s) is a party or subject; and
- The Publisher(s) must respect the prohibition of unsolicited advertisement ("Spam”) when sending e-mails containing Advertising Material. Therefore, the consent of each and every recipient is to be obtained prior to sending e-mails; should Sponsortag so request, Publisher(s) must provide written evidence of such consent has been granted.
11.2. Advertiser(s) represents and warrants to Sponsortag that none of the advertising provided contains:
- Any material that consists of paraphilia or scatological activities;
- Any material that contain children or minors in adult or sexual situations;
- Any material that offers illegal products or services;
- Promotion of incentives for online activity to surf websites, click on ads, or any activity that artificially enhances website or advertiser metrics;
- Promotion of violence, racial intolerance, or advocacy against any individual, group, or organization;
- Promotion of fake documents, copied material, or paper mills;
- Any unauthorized use of third party trademarks that either creates a likelihood of confusion that consumers will believe the products or services originated from the trademark owner, or is likely to dilute the value of a known trademark;
- Promotion of drugs or any related paraphernalia;
- Sales or offers of certain weapons, alcohol, tobacco or any related paraphernalia. Advertisements for electronic cigarettes are permitted but cannot contain tobacco;
- Promotion or any attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering;
- Promotion of illegal activities that infringes on the rights of others;
- Promotion of gambling or online betting that allows U.S. registrations. Any gaming advertisement must be pre-approved, meet a minimum monthly budget requirement, and block U.S. registrations using geo-location and other advanced risk controls. Removing U.S. from the registration field is not considered sufficient. If you would like to advertise a gaming service, please contact us using the internal messaging system found within the Sponsortag Platform and detail your services process for blocking U.S. registrations, and provide the expected monthly budget and planned geo-targeting;
- Any content that targets to children of age 18 and younger; and
- Promote or use of any "worm”, "virus”, "malware” or other device or code that could impair or injure any person or entity or thing.
TWELVE.- TERMINATION; cancellation.
12.2. If either party does not fulfill a material obligation defined in this Agreement, the other party has the right to terminate this Agreement sixty (60) days following written notice to the party in breach, provided that such material breach remains uncured, without prejudice of the right to claim the damages caused to the non-breaching party.
You agree not to disclose Sponsortag Confidential Information without Sponsortag’s prior written consent. "Network Confidential Information” includes without limitation: (i) all Network software, technology, programming, technical specifications, materials, guidelines and documentation You learn, develop or obtain that relate to the Sponsortag Network; (ii) click-through rates or other statistics provided to You by Sponsortag; and (iii) any other information designated in writing by Sponsortag as "confidential” or any designation to the same effect. Sponsortag Network Confidential Information does not include information that has become publicly known through no breach by You or Sponsortag, or information that has been (i) independently developed without access to Sponsortag Network Confidential Information, as evidenced in writing; (ii) rightfully received by You from a third party; or (iii) required to be disclosed by law or by a governmental authority.
FOURTEEN.- DATA PROTECTION.
14.2. Each party warrants to the other that, during the term of this Agreement, it shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations (including but not limited to laws governing privacy, and data protection).
FIFTEEN.- INDEMNIFICATION. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
15.1. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Sponsortag and its officers, directors, shareholders, actors, successors, affiliates, employees, agents, subsiduries and representatives harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, demands, liabilities, expenses, losses, damages and attorney fees arising from any claims and lawsuits or proceeding for libel, slander, copyright, and trademark violation as well as all other claims resulting from (i) the participation on the Sponsortag Network, (ii) operation of the Publisher’s Website(s) submitted for participation on the Sponsortag Network or (iii) otherwise arising from a relationship with Sponsortag. You also agree to indemnify Sponsortag for any legal fees incurred by Sponsortag, acting reasonably, in investigating or enforcing its rights under this Agreement.
15.2. Limitation of Liability. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SPONSORTAG BE LIABLE TO PUBLISHER WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSORTAG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY PROVISION OF THESE TERMS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOT WITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL SPONSORTAG’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS EXCEED THE PAYMENTS TO THE PUBLISHER HEREUNDER.
16.1. Sponsortag reserves the right to amend these provisions of the present Agreement that are minor in scope or nature, and to do so without citing any reasons, provided such modifications do not lead to the Agreement as a whole being restructured. Publishers who do not object in text form (letter, e-mail, fax) to the modification within four weeks after the modification has been made will be deemed to have accepted the respective modification.
16.2. If the Publisher(s) objects to the new (modified) Terms in text form, Sponsortag´s request to so modify them will be deemed to have been rejected. The Agreement will then be continued without the proposed modification. The right of the parties to terminate their participation on the Sponsortag Network remains unaffected hereby. The possibility of terminating the Agreement will also be indicated specifically.
During the term of this Agreement, and any renewal thereof, and for one (1) year after its termination for any reason, Advertiser agrees that it will not do business directly or indirectly with any Publisher listed on the Sponsortag Network, or directly or indirectly solicit or induce such Publisher to do business directly with the Advertiser. Advertiser understands and agrees that this prohibition is a key consideration and inducement for Sponsortag to enter into this Agreement with Advertiser, and to provide the services hereunder.
EIGHTEEN.– DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
18.1. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Michigan, USA.
18.2. For any matter related to the interpretation or execution of this Agreement, the parties expressly waive to submit to any courts which might have jurisdiction over the subject matter, and agree to submit to the sole competence and jurisdiction of the State Of Michigan, USA Courts.
NINETEEN.- GENERAL PROVISIONS.
19.1. Force Majeure. Except for payment obligations, if either party is prevented from performing or is unable to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement due to causes beyond the reasonable control of the party invoking this provision, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of civil or military authorities, riots or civil disobedience, wars, strikes or labor disputes (each, a "Force Majeure Event”), such party’s performance shall be excused and the time for performance shall be extended accordingly provided that the party immediately takes all reasonably necessary steps to resume full performance. If such party remains unable to resume full performance fifteen (15) days after the Force Majeure Event, the other party may terminate this Agreement upon written notice.
19.2. Severability. Should any of the provisions of this Agreement be adjudged invalid or unenforceable by the rules and regulations of USA or a US court, such provisions shall be deemed several from the remainder of this Agreement and not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement. In that case, such provisions shall be changed and interpreted to achieve the purposes of those provisions as much as possible within the extent of relevant laws or judgment of the court.
19.3. Survival. Sections 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18 shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement for any reason. All other rights and obligations of the parties under this Agreement shall expire upon termination of this Agreement, except that all payment obligations accrued hereunder prior to termination or expiration shall survive such termination.
19.4. Assignment. Neither party may assign, sublicense, delegate or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may, without the consent of the other party, assign this Agreement to an entity merging with, consolidating with, or purchasing substantially all its assets or stock, provided that the assignee shall assume in writing all rights and obligations under this Agreement.
19.5. Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered in person (including by internationally recognized commercial delivery service), and on the day the notice is sent when sent by verified facsimile, if the time of transmission is during recipient’s business day, or if not on the next business day thereafter, in each case to the respective parties at the addresses provided by the them in writing.
Either party may change its address by providing the other party with written notice of the change in accordance with this section.
19.6. Relationship of Parties. The parties are independent contractors and will have no right to assume or create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of the other party. Neither party shall hold itself out as an agent of the other party. This Agreement will not be construed to create or imply any partnership, agency, joint venture or formal business entity of any kind.
19.7. Waiver. No delay or failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under this Agreement will constitute a waiver of such right or remedy. All waivers must be in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the party waiving its rights. A waiver by any party of any breach or covenant shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of any other covenant.
19.8. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements, oral or written, with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. The information and documents provided by Publisher(s) and Advertiser(s) to Sponsortag, as requested by the latest in order to enter the Agreement, shall be also considered as part of this Agreement. This Agreement may not be amended without the written consent of the parties.
19.9. Headings. The headings of the articles and paragraphs contained in this Agreement are inserted for convenience and are not intended to be part of or to affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
19.10. Construction. The parties acknowledge and agree that the Agreement has been jointly prepared and its provisions will not be construed more strictly against either party as a result of its participation in such preparation.
19.11. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, which taken together shall form one legal instrument.
19.12. No Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure solely to the benefit of the parties hereto and their permitted assigns and nothing herein, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other person any legal or equitable right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.
19.13. Amendments. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by an instrument in writing signed by, or on behalf of, Sponsortag, Publisher(s) and/or Avertiser(s).ADDRESS:
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