Terms and Conditions
1. OPERATOR OF WEBSITE AND DEFINITIONS
This website is operated by or on behalf of The Cookware Company with its registered office at Unit 3305-08, 33/F., 248 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai - Hong Kong. If you have any concerns about material which appears on our site or wish to correspond with us in relation to this website, please contact us using the following address: The Cookware Company - Unit 3305-08, 33/F., 248 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai - Hong Kong or by using the ‘Contact Us’ section of the website. In these Terms: "Product Services" means any chargeable or free services available from a Seller through this website, including, for example, packaging or delivery services; "Products" means the VitaVerde™ products listed for sale by Sellers on this website; "Sellers" means VitaVerde™ or the authorised dealers of the Products who sell Products and Product Services on the website; "Services" means any functions, facilities, applications, information or other services available through this website (including, where applicable, ISP (internet service provider and/or internet access) services); "VitaVerde™ Affiliates" means VitaVerde™ Corporation, Tokyo, Japan and any entity which directly or indirectly owns or controls or is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by or in common ownership or control with VitaVerde™ Corporation to the extent of holding more than 50% of the shares or stock having the power to vote at a general meeting or equivalent; "Terms" means these terms and conditions. "User" or "you" means any person who accesses or uses this site, with or without VitaVerde™'s authorisation and whether or not you are registered to use this or part of this site or a member or registered User of a Service offered through this site. "This website" or "site" means the website www.VitaVerde-cookware.com (home page and underlying webpages) or other collection of information and/or applications operated by VitaVerde™ and available for access via physically linked or wireless networks (including the internet and networks accessible using wireless application protocol or similar (wap) technology) through access devices such as PCs, laptop computers, mobile telephones, PDAs, digital cameras, televisions or other network-enabled devices, on which these Terms are posted or which is expressly referred to in connection with User being requested to agree to these Terms. Any reference to this website or site includes a reference to any related wap site. Certain other terms are defined in the text below.
2. ACCESS AND USE OF THIS SITE
By accessing, browsing or downloading any part of this site or its content, or posting or uploading to this site, or any other use of this site and its content, you agree to comply with these Terms (which form a contract between you and VitaVerde™) and all relevant applicable laws. If your access to this site, or to any part of it, or to any Services is subject to the payment of a subscription fee, VitaVerde™ may deny or suspend access in the event of late or non-payment of any fee due. If you do not agree to these Terms, please refrain from using this site. You are responsible for obtaining the relevant hardware and software equipment and paying all telephone (or other network) charges necessary to access and use this site and the Services. You agree not to access this site by any means other than through the interface that is provided by VitaVerde™ for use in accessing the site.
3. OTHER TERMS, RULES, ETC.
4. CHANGES TO SITE AND THESE TERMS
The Sellers and/or third party providers may make improvements and/or changes in support, Products, Product Services, or other Services or site content at any time with or without notice. If the need arises, we may suspend access to the site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material. VitaVerde™ may amend these Terms at any time. VitaVerde™ shall provide reasonable notice of changes to these Terms by displaying notices on these Terms or through other communication means. Users who access this site after changes have been posted on the site or otherwise communicated, shall be bound by such changes from the date that is set out in such notices or otherwise communicated. Frequent review of this site and these Terms is therefore recommended. If you do not agree to any amendment, please refrain from using this site.
5. PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED USE OF THIS SITE
Access to, and use of this site, including viewing, downloading, reproducing, displaying, posting and publishing: - data, graphics, images, photographs, designs, descriptions, information, and text - video, audio, music, and sound compilations - utilities, software (including applets and any software made available to Users in connection with, or to facilitate access to, any subscription or restricted access area or Service associated with this site) and software compilations and other Utilities (defined below) – the contents of any e-mail newsletter or similar communication sent by or on behalf of VitaVerde™ in relation to this site and/or User's registration or subscription - and other content on this site which has been originated and provided directly by VitaVerde™, VitaVerde™ Affiliates, or its product, support and service providers (together, site content), is prohibited unless specifically permitted in these Terms. This applies to use by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, creation of derivative works or otherwise. VitaVerde™ gives limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable permission for User to access and make personal, non-commercial use of this site and site content as a support and communication resource for purposes specified on the site only. User may electronically copy and print in hard copy site content for these purposes, provided that all copyright and proprietary notices (where present) are retained on site content. Any other use of site content including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, transmission, downloading of site content (other than page caching), republication or reverse engineering - without the prior written consent of VitaVerde™ - is prohibited (except to the extent such prohibition is prohibited by applicable law). Without limitation, permission to use site content does not include - resale or commercial use or distribution of site content - collection and use of any product, support or service listings, descriptions, or prices - derivative use of this site or site content (including framing) - downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant - any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools – any use of site content on any other website, server or networked computer environment – or any use of site content which suggests an association with VitaVerde™, the VitaVerde™ Affiliates or the Sellers, or their products, support or services, except as expressly provided by written agreement between relevant parties. User shall not use this site or the Services in a way that breaches these Terms (or their spirit) or any applicable law or regulations (including those relating to the use of public communications networks) or that causes or is likely to cause any damage, interruption or impairment of this site or the Services. User may not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any part of this site, other User accounts or any computer systems or networks connected to this site, whether through hacking, password mining or any other means. User may not collect or attempt to collect personal information relating to others through this site.
6. COPYRIGHT - OWNERSHIP OF SITE CONTENT
VitaVerde™ does not transfer title to (i.e. ownership of) any site content downloaded or used by User. Site content, including its selection and arrangement, is owned by VitaVerde™ or VitaVerde™ Affiliates and/or their content and technology providers and is protected by copyright and other laws. Limited permission to use site content (for the purposes stated in the preceding section) is specifically conditioned on User's recognition, observance and retention of all copyright, trade mark and other proprietary notices in site content, and all proprietary and other intellectual property rights of VitaVerde™ or VitaVerde™ Affiliates and/or content and technology providers, in site content. User shall not have any ownership rights in any e-mail address, URL or other personal identifier that may be allocated to, or chosen by, him or her for the purposes of any Services, Products or Product Services available through this site and User's limited rights to use such identifier/address shall continue only for so long as User's registration/User account remains valid for access to this site or the relevant Service. After termination of such validity by VitaVerde™ for any reason, VitaVerde™ shall be free to use and/or allocate to other Users any such identifier/address. Any unauthorised use or copying of site content, or use of site content which breaches these Terms (or their spirit) may violate trade mark, copyright and other proprietary rights, and have civil and criminal consequences. Users shall not use any site content (or any other content made available through this site) in any manner that infringes any trade mark, copyright or other proprietary rights. VitaVerde™ reserves all rights with respect to such unauthorised use or breach of these Terms.
7. TRADE MARKS
"VitaVerde™" is a registered trade mark of The Cookware Company, Hong Kong. All trade marks, logos, website addresses, product or model names or derivations that describe VitaVerde™ or VitaVerde™ Affiliates, their products, support or services or that contain the word "VitaVerde™" that are included in site content (together, "VitaVerde™ Marks") are trade marks and/or the property of The Cookware Company or VitaVerde™ Affiliates. Any list of VitaVerde™ (or other) trade marks on this site is periodically updated but shall not be taken as an all-inclusive list of VitaVerde™ (or other) trade marks. Any use of VitaVerde™ Marks or permutations thereof (except as expressly authorised by The Cookware Company in writing) is strictly prohibited.Other product and company names mentioned in this site may be the trade marks of their respective owners.
8. USER CONTENT - UPLOADED OR PROVIDED INFORMATION/MATERIAL
In these Terms, User content is information or other content, which is or may be provided to VitaVerde™ or inputted or uploaded by User via this site or related means, including (without limitation) pictures, video and other images, audio materials, graphics, document or data files, information relating to natural and other persons, messages, e-mail and other communications, files, texts, opinions, personalisation settings and other information. By uploading User content to this site or sending or making available User content to other Users or VitaVerde™ and VitaVerde™ Affiliates, pursuant to or by reason of site, Services or site content use or otherwise, User automatically grants (or warrants that the owner of such User content expressly granted) VitaVerde™, VitaVerde™ Affiliates and their designees a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, and non-exclusive right and license to use (including commercial use and exploitation), copy, sub-licence, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform, display and distribute User content (including any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained therein), and create derivative works from and incorporate User content (or any part thereof) into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed throughout the world. In addition, User warrants that it has the rights necessary to grant such licence and that all so-called "moral rights" in any User content have been waived. All User content will be considered non-confidential, not subject to any use restrictions and no User content will be subject to any obligation of confidence on VitaVerde™'s part.
9. PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED USER CONTENT
Inappropriate postings or communications VitaVerde™ prohibits the transmission, distribution, dissemination, uploading, posting, submission, sharing and storage on, via or through use of this site (together, uploading) of User content which it considers (in its sole discretion) to be inappropriate or distasteful. Such inappropriate or distasteful User content includes (without limitation) communications with - pornographic, profane, sexist, homophobic, defamatory, deceptive, vulgar, obscene or offensive content – ethnic, racist or religious slurs or derogatory epithets – advocation of violence, hate or unlawful activity – depictions of child abuse, child pornography or sexually suggestive poses – advertisements, surveys and contests – price-sensitive information relating to publicly listed securities - and material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under any laws. VitaVerde™ prohibits the uploading or use of site content or transmission of User content with a primary or secondary purpose or effect – to sell, distribute or promote firearms, weapons or controlled substances, make-money-fast schemes, pyramid or chain letters, fraudulent or otherwise criminal offers – to register another email address other than your own – to distort auctions or other markets (including publicly quoted securities markets) - to threaten or harass others – to disrupt discussions or to create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others – to convey sexual requests from, for or to a minor – to make racial slurs or comments – to impersonate any person or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity. User shall not advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless the relevant Forum or Service specifically permits this. VitaVerde™ reserves the right (but does not accept any obligation), subject to applicable laws, to delete or restrict Users’ access to relevant site content and/or User content and/or to pass relevant User content and/or information relating to User (including personal information) to any appropriate authority where User content is uploaded in breach or suspected breach of any of these Terms (or their spirit or other applicable rules or terms) or any applicable law or regulations, without any requirement for any claim or complaint to be formally commenced or proved. Materials protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights VitaVerde™ prohibits the uploading of content that contains music, software, images (still or moving), literary or artistic works or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or that may infringe others’ intellectual property rights), unless the User owns or controls the exclusive rights thereto or has received all required consents (which the User warrants if such content is uploaded). VitaVerde™ prohibits the uploading of actual or suspected copyrighted materials, the use of which is unauthorised, or counterfeit materials. Personal Information Except for personal information of a User submitted by that User for registration and/or account opening purposes or (if applicable) personal information relating to other natural persons known to a User for inclusion in that User's online address book, VitaVerde™ prohibits the uploading of any User content which discloses personal or private information concerning any individual or entity, including telephone number(s), e-mail or physical addresses, User account numbers, passwords and financial information. Where personal information relating to, or images of, another natural person are uploaded by a User for inclusion in that User's online address book, photo album (or for any other purpose), the User warrants that such person (the data subject) has given his or her consent to such submission and to the data processing that this involves and any other usage of such User content contemplated by these Terms or on this site. ‘Spam’ and upload of destructive materials All forms of 'spam' or junk e-mail, including uploading or sending multiple unsolicited submissions to different discussion groups, mailing lists, and all activities that facilitate spam, are prohibited on or via this site. By way of liquidated damages, you agree to pay VitaVerde™ five (5) pounds sterling (£5) for each item of 'spam' sent through your User account in breach of these Terms. VitaVerde™ prohibits the uploading of computer programs, files and other materials that contain destructive or disruptive features such as viruses, corrupted files, 'hidden' files (such as image files with audio files embedded), worms, trojan horses, or bots for the use of scrolling, showing multiple screens, and other activities that can be disruptive to website integrity or functioning or online communication generally.
10. REVIEW OF USER CONTENT BY VitaVerde™
Through this site, VitaVerde™ merely offers a 'venue' for Users to access certain specified services, Utilities and/or information. VitaVerde™ cannot and does not undertake to screen, review, edit, censor or otherwise filter or control User content or the behaviour of Users of User content or site content. However, VitaVerde™ may, but shall not be obliged to, review, either by manual or automated means, all User content which is or may be uploaded on this site, and monitor or review any areas of this site where Users transmit or post communications or communicate with each other or VitaVerde™ (as applicable) including without limitation chat rooms, news groups, bulletin boards, community pages, photograph albums, personal web pages or other use areas and forums ("Forums"), as applicable. VitaVerde™ retains the right (but disclaims any obligation) to reject, not post, not use, remove, amend, deny access to and/or delete any User content, without notification, which it, in its sole discretion, considers to be inappropriate or distasteful or otherwise in breach of these Terms (or their spirit) and without any requirement for any complaint or claim in respect of the relevant User content to be formally commenced or proved. VitaVerde™ retains the right (but is under no obligation) to co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or in response to court and other official requests directing that VitaVerde™ disclose the identity of anyone posting User content.
11. NO LIABILITY – USER CONTENT AND SITE USE
The materials, information and opinions (which may include User content) included and/or expressed in or on Forums (or via any other means of accessing User content) are not necessarily those of (or endorsed by) VitaVerde™, other Sellers, VitaVerde™ Affiliates or related entities. All User content should be considered expressions of opinion only and not statements of fact. VitaVerde™, the other Sellers, VitaVerde™ Affiliates and any related entities disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials, information or opinions by any User or by anyone who may be informed of their contents. Any User content and/or Services you obtain or use, or convey through site use, including use of any Forums, will be at your own discretion and risk and are subject to the disclaimers and liability limitations in these Terms. The security of this site and User content cannot be guaranteed. You understand that whenever you release personal or other information online - for example, via message boards or chat rooms and other Forums - that information can be collected and used by people you do not know. While VitaVerde™ makes all reasonable commercial efforts to protect your personal information and privacy, it cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online. You make such disclosures at your own risk. Except in relation to personal information submitted by a User for the purposes of registration or opening or updating that User's account (in relation to which VitaVerde™ makes all reasonable commercial efforts to protect your privacy), VitaVerde™ and the other Sellers shall not be liable in respect of (and disclaim all liability in relation to) User content submitted to an area of the site designated as (or expected to be) a private, personal or limited access area of the site which becomes available to persons other than the User who submitted the User content. Similarly, VitaVerde™ and the other Sellers shall not be liable in respect of (and disclaim all liability in relation to) any non-availability of User content submitted to an area of the site designated as a public area of the site or other Forums where Users other than the User who submitted the User content may gain access to such content. Neither VitaVerde™ nor the other Sellers are under any obligation to become involved in any dispute that you have with other Users or in any incident that you are party to with other Users, or that are affected by or otherwise related to this site. VitaVerde™ and the other Sellers disclaim all liability relating to any User content, including any error, virus, defamation, libel, obscenity or inaccuracy contained in any User content, whether or not arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy or otherwise, any prohibited User content and any other User content. VitaVerde™ and the other Sellers disclaim all liability for unauthorised use (by other Users) of User content, and disclaim (without limitation) all liability for use of User content which breaches any copyright, trade mark rights or other intellectual property rights of any other User or person. User is solely responsible for any damage (including to site content) resulting from use (or submission) of any User content or the site (including disputes and incidents described in the preceding sections) and related transactions or occurrences. The limitations on and exclusions of liability in these Terms apply regardless of whether the liability is based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence or defamation), strict liability, breach of warranties, or otherwise.
12. NO WARRANTIES – SITE SERVICES AND SITE CONTENT
12.1 Subject to Clause 18, VitaVerde™ warrants that it will provide the Services with reasonable care and skill and substantially as described in this Agreement. VitaVerde™ does not make any other warranties about the Services or the site content.
12.2 Without limitation: (a)VitaVerde™ gives no warranty that site content is appropriate, available or permitted for use in all locations, that it is virus-free or as to its interoperability with any hardware, software or content or as to User's ability through this site to access or interact with any other service providers, networks, users, or informational or computing resources through the internet. Those who access this site and use site content and/or Services are responsible for compliance with all applicable law and regulations. (b)Although VitaVerde™ has attempted to verify the accuracy, reliability and currency of all site content (other than User content), VitaVerde™ gives no warranty as to the accuracy of any statements in this site. (c)VitaVerde™ gives no warranty that functions or Services available through and other User interactions with the site will be constantly available, uninterrupted, secure or error-free, that defects will be corrected or that this site or the server that makes it available are free from viruses or other harmful components. VitaVerde™, the other Sellers and the VitaVerde™ Affiliates assume no responsibility, and are not liable for, any damage to (or loss of data from), or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, or use of this site including downloading any images, software or other site content. If use of site content results in the need for servicing, repair or correction in equipment or data, User assumes all costs in that regard.
12.3 VitaVerde™ is not liable to you (or any other parties) for: (a)any loss of income, business or profits, or loss or corruption of or damage to data: (b)any loss or damage which was not caused by VitaVerde™'s breach of these Terms or VitaVerde™'s breach of its legal duty of care; (c)any loss or damage which was not a reasonably foreseeable result of either VitaVerde™'s breach of these Terms or VitaVerde™'s breach of its legal duty of care. Loss or damage is "reasonably foreseeable" if prior to you accessing this site, either (i) such loss or damage was contemplated by the VitaVerde™ and you, or (ii) you notified VitaVerde™ that the loss or damage may occur if VitaVerde™ breached these Terms or its legal duty of care; (d)any loss or damage which occurs due to unauthorised access by a third party to your account as a result of a breach by you of these Terms.
12.4Nothing in these Terms shall exclude or limit VitaVerde™'s liability for (i) fraud; (ii) death or personal injury caused by VitaVerde™'s negligence; or (iii) liability which may not be excluded or limited under any applicable law.
13. PRODUCTS AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES
You will be able to purchase Products and Product Services from Sellers through the website at prices determined by the Sellers. All such transactions shall be (and any rights and obligations shall arise) solely between you and the applicable Seller and governed by the Seller's terms and conditions of sale.
14. COMPENSATION FOR BREACH
User shall compensate VitaVerde™, the other Sellers, VitaVerde™ Affiliates and their officers, agents, employees and service providers and hold them harmless in respect of all losses, costs, proceedings, damages, expenses (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) or liabilities howsoever incurred by any of them as a result of any claim by a third party resulting from a breach or non-observance by User of any prohibition, or restriction on User's activities in relation to this site contained in these Terms, or of any undertaking, representation or warranty of User contained in these Terms and in relation to any claim by any person in respect of matters, responsibilities or obligations that have been disclaimed by VitaVerde™ under these Terms. Without limitation to the generality of the above, User agrees to compensate VitaVerde™, the other Sellers, VitaVerde™ Affiliates and their officers, agents, employees and service providers (who disclaim liability) in respect of claims, liabilities, costs (including legal fees), expenses, demands and damages of any nature, known or unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, howsoever incurred by any of them arising out of or in any way related to: any prohibited or restricted User content uploaded by User or any use of this site by User (including prohibited or restricted site use by User); any loss, deletion, removal, corruption or publication of User content uploaded by User; or any unauthorised use of User's account or compromise of User account security through a failure to maintain the secrecy of User account passwords or other security details, and all related occurrences.
15. HYPERTEXT LINKING TO AND FROM THIS SITE
You must seek and obtain the written consent the operator of this site before creating any link to this site. Deep linking is strictly prohibited. All authorised links to this site must be to the home page of the site, must make it clear that this site and the site content are distinct from the website containing the link and must make it clear that this site is owned and/or operated by or on behalf of VitaVerde™. VitaVerde™ may provide, or third parties (with consent as above) may provide, hypertext links to and/or from other internet websites or resources. The inclusion of such links in this website is for convenience only and does not imply endorsement by VitaVerde™ of the other website or any association with the operators of that site. VitaVerde™ encourages discretion when browsing its or external websites and resources. Some websites may contain or link Users to websites containing information that may be considered inappropriate or offensive. External websites may send their own cookies to Users, collect data and/or solicit personal information. User's visiting of any external websites via links from this site is entirely at User's own risk. VitaVerde™ has not confirmed the accuracy or reliability of any information in external websites or resources linked or accessed via this site, or which link to VitaVerde™'s site(s). VitaVerde™ shall not be responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, support, services or other materials on or available from such external websites or resources. VitaVerde™ shall not be responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in external websites or resources. VitaVerde™ shall not be responsible for, and disclaims all warranties, express and implied, as to, the accuracy, validity, legality, copyright compliance, decency or otherwise of any materials or information contained in external websites or resources. VitaVerde™ shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or allegedly caused by the use of or reliance on any content, products, support or services available on or through any external websites or resources. Without limiting the above, VitaVerde™ does not make any representations or warranties as to the security of any information (including credit card and other personal information) a User might be requested to give any third party through linked websites and User waives any claim against VitaVerde™ with respect to such matters.
If any provision of these Terms is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable provision shall be deemed to be replaced by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision. This shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions. The headings in these Terms are for convenience only and shall have no effect on the construction of these Terms. Calls to any customer telephone helplines related to, or referred to in, this site may be monitored for training and quality control purposes.