WE ARE A COMMUNITY AND A MOVEMENT
Join the first and ONLY social network platform for local business owners, freelancers, creatives, and influencers to collaborate and build a trusted network of like-minded entrepreneurs who are interested to trade services with you.
It takes less than 5 minutes to join:
JOIN US: Create a 100% FREE Account.
POST OFFERS: Create offers to fill your slow-times, unbooked-hours, and empty-seats.
EARN BONUS: Receive $200 Avontage Bucks bonus trade-credits for FREE.
SELL OFFERS: Earn trade-credits, gain new clients, and repeat customers.
GO SHOPPING: Browse, search & pay with the trade-credits you earned.
AVONTAGE BUCKS: Trade-credits are used to store the value of your offers sold so you can use them whenever and with whomever you want, allowing multi-party trades.
BUILD COMMUNITY: Connect and do business with like-minded local community members.
In short, utilize your slow times and excess capacity to gain new customers you wouldn’t otherwise have, grow your network, and save money.
How do we make money, you asked? Currently we don't. It's 100% FREE.
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Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to launch or grow their businesses in a collaborative community marketplace, where members can offer skills, talents, or services to help grow their businesses via exchanging their services, thus minimizing the need for working capital and cash flow.
Below are some terms to understand and adhere to:
Avontage community, like any community, functions best when its people follow a few simple rules. By accessing and/or using the Website or the Platform, you hereby agree to comply with these community rules and that:
You must be the age of majority in their jurisdiction and capable of entering into binding contracts;
You will not use the Website or the Platform for any unlawful purpose;
You will not upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any User Content that:
is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, or misinformative;
infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity;
is threatening, tortious, defamatory, libelous, indecent, obscene, pornographic, invasive of another’s privacy, or promotes violence; or
discloses any sensitive information about another person, including that person’s email address, postal address, phone number, credit card information, or any similar information;
You will not access or use the Website or the Platform to collect any market research for a competing business;
You will not impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
You will not take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our technical infrastructure;
You will not use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download or scrape data from the Website or Platform, except for Internet search engines (e.g., Google) and non-commercial public archives (e.g., archive.org) that comply with our robots.txt file;
You will not cover, obscure, block, or in any way interfere with any advertisements and/or safety features (e.g., report abuse button) on the Website or the Platform; and
You will not interfere with or attempt to interrupt the proper operation of the Website or the Platform through the use of any virus, device, information collection or transmission mechanism, software or routine, or access or attempt to gain access to any data, files, or passwords through hacking, password or data mining, or any other means.
Please let us know about inappropriate content. If you find something that violates our community guidelines, let us know, and we’ll review it. We reserve the right, in our sole and absolute discretion, to deny you access to the Platform, or any portion of the Services, without notice, and remove any User Content that does not adhere to these guidelines.
All transactions are between the parties using Avontage, LLC.
All disputes regarding transactions are between the parties to the transaction; Avontage, LLC. is not involved in any way.
Caveat recipiēns (Recipient beware). Services provided through Avontage, LLC. are not guaranteed or warranted and you should always use caution and common sense when entering into a transaction and inspect each user before you use them.
Treat others as you would like to be treated. We are setting up a system that rewards generosity and giving, so be nice.
In summary, have fun, be kind, use common sense, and use Avontage, LLC. at your own risk.
DISCLAIMER. MANY JURISDICTIONS HAVE LAWS PROTECTING CONSUMERS AND OTHER CONTRACT PARTIES, LIMITING THEIR ABILITY TO WAIVE CERTAIN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. WE RESPECT SUCH LAWS; NOTHING HEREIN SHALL WAIVE RIGHTS OR RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CANNOT BE WAIVED.
To the extent permitted by law, (1) we make no promise as to Avontage, LLC., its completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, proprietary, security or reliability; (2) your access and use are at your own risk, and Avontage, LLC. is provided "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE"; (3) we are not liable for any harm resulting from (a) user content; (b) user conduct, e.g. illegal conduct; (c) your Avontage, LLC. use; or (d) our representations; (4) WE AND OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES ("Avontage, LLC ENTITIES"), DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES & CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; (5) Avontage, LLC. ENTITIES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS (E.G. OF PROFIT, REVENUE, DATA, OR GOODWILL); (6) IN NO EVENT SHALL OUR TOTAL LIABILITY EXCEED $100 OR WHAT YOU PAID US IN THE PAST YEAR.
The Avontage.com Web Site (the "Site") is an online information service provided by Avontage, LLC. ("Avontage, LLC."), subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth below. PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SITE. Avontage, LLC. MAY MODIFY THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME, AND SUCH MODIFICATIONS SHALL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON POSTING OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT ON THE SITE. YOU AGREE TO REVIEW THE AGREEMENT PERIODICALLY TO BE AWARE OF SUCH MODIFICATIONS AND YOUR CONTINUED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SITE SHALL BE DEEMED YOUR CONCLUSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT.
1.1 Accounts. In order to use certain features of the Site (e.g., to use the Services), you must create an account (“Account”). To create an Account, you must provide certain information about yourself as prompted by the registration process on the Site or log in using your Facebook or LinkedIn account. You represent and warrant that: (i) all required registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; and (ii) you will maintain the accuracy of such information. You may hide your postings at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account. You agree to immediately notify Avontage, LLC. of any unauthorized use, or suspected unauthorized use of your Account or any other breach of security. Avontage, LLC. cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above requirements. You may not have more than one Account. You agree not to create an Account or use the Site or Services if you have been previously removed by us or banned from any of the Services. Avontage, LLC. reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend or terminate your Account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site or Services (or any portion thereof) at any time for any reason. You agree that Avontage, LLC. will not be liable to you or to any third party for any suspension or termination of your Account or any refusal of any use of the Site or Services (or any portion thereof). Information on your profile will include information and content you provide and/or upload as well as information we collect from your account with social networking sites (each an “SNS”) (“Profile Information”). Avontage, LLC.reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Profile Information at any time for any reason. You agree that Avontage, LLC. will not be liable to you or to any third party for such removal.
1.2 Social Networking Sites. The Services may allow users to connect with various SNSs. By connecting your SNS account, you represent that you are entitled to grant us access to your SNS account without breach by you of any SNS terms and conditions and without obligating us to pay any fees or making us subject to any usage limitations. By granting Avontage, LLC. access to your SNS account, you understand that we may access, make available, and store any information, content, or other materials that you have provided to or stored in your SNS account (“SNS Content”) accessible through the Site and Services so that it is available on your Account. Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, all SNS Content will be deemed your User Content (as defined below) for all purposes of this Agreement. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH SNS IS GOVERNED SOLELY BY YOUR AGREEMENT(S) WITH SUCH SNS, AND WE DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT MAY BE PROVIDED TO US BY AN SNS IN VIOLATION OF THE PRIVACY SETTINGS THAT YOU HAVE SET IN THE SNS. Avontage, LLC. makes no effort to review any SNS Content for any purpose, including but not limited to, for accuracy, legality or non-infringement, and Avontage, LLC. is not responsible for any SNS Content.
1.3 The Site uses Ducat to facilitate transactions and encourage people to share their services and skills. YOUR DUCAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE SITE AND ARE USABLE SOLELY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SERVICES. Users can earn Ducat by registering for an Account or making available services on the Site. Then, users can use the Ducat credits they earn to receive services made available by other users. Each new member that signs up for Avontage, LLC. is awarded Ducat credits upon registration. After that, Ducat may be received from other Avontage, LLC. users as part of a Transaction when another user uses their Ducat to receive a service you make available as a Poster. Finally, from time to time, Avontage, LLC. may award Ducat credits in recognition of good behavior, and may offer certain additional ways to earn Ducat. When a Poster posts a service to the Site, you may receive that service by transferring to the Poster the requested number of Ducat. If you do not have enough Ducat credits to receive an item or service you want, you can offer to trade one of your skills or services in exchange. While the Ducat you earn through deals with other Users may not expire, Ducat reserves the right to expire any promotional or initial credits issued to you. All other credits otherwise earned by you are personal to you for so long as you actively use your Account. Upon termination of your Account for any reason, however, your Ducats are automatically cancelled. Your Ducat are specific to the Site and are usable solely in connection with your use of the Site and Services. They cannot be redeemed or sold for cash, passed down by inheritance, or otherwise assigned. You can only transfer your Ducat to a Poster as part of a Transaction. Your Ducat may be revoked or cancelled at any time for any reason, including if your Account is terminated or if you breach this Agreement. Ducat are promotional credits which are initially issued from Avontage, LLC. and then are transferred between users in connection with Transactions and not for consideration to Avontage, LLC. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Avontage, LLC. from any claim of any kind arising in connection with your use or receipt of Ducat.
Each Ducat is a virtual token that represents a contractual permission from Avontage, LLC. to access features and services of the Site. Credits are purchased or distributed at Avontage, LLC.’s discretion and are not redeemable for monetary value from Avontage, LLC.
The Site includes a component of virtual tokens ("Ducat"), each of which constitutes a limited license permission to use features of the Site as set forth below.
When you receive Ducat, Avontage, LLC. hereby grants you a limited license ("Ducat License") to use the Ducat as a virtual token to be held, bartered, traded and/or transferred on the Site with other users (and/or Avontage, LLC.), in exchange for permission to access and use content, applications, skills, and various user-listed services, in accordance with these Terms of Service. The Ducat License is transferable by the holder to any other user, provided that both users comply with these Terms of Service and maintain their accounts in good standing. Except as expressly permitted by this Agreement or otherwise expressly permitted by Avontage, LLC., the Credit License may not be sublicensed, encumbered, conveyed or made subject to any right of survivorship or other disposition by operation of law or otherwise, and you agree that any attempted disposition in violation of these Terms of Service is null and void. Avontage, LLC. may revoke the Ducat License at any time without notice, refund or compensation in the event that: (i) the Ducat program is suspended or terminated; (ii) Avontage, LLC. determines that the account holder has committed fraud or other illegal conduct; (iii) Avontage, LLC. imposes an expiration date on usage of Ducat in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; (iv) the holder's Account is terminated for violation of these Terms of Service; or (v) the holder ceases to maintain an active account or terminates this Agreement.
You acknowledge that Ducat are not real currency or any type of financial instrument and are not redeemable for any sum of money from Avontage, LLC. at any time. You agree that Avontage, LLC. has the right to manage, regulate, control, and/or modify the license rights underlying such Ducat as it sees fit and that Avontage, LLC. will have no liability to you based on its exercise of this right. Avontage, LLC. makes no guarantee as to the nature, quality or value of the features of the Site that will be accessible through the use of Ducat, or the availability or supply of Ducat.
When you “Buy” to an Offer, the Offer amount in Ducat will be subtracted from your Ducat balance. When another user wins your listing, you get the winning bid amount in Credits added to your credit account. Credits may also be purchased for a fee from Site.
1.4 Dormant Accounts
An account may be deemed "dormant" when no services have been listed or bids placed within any 1 year period. Dormant accounts may be closed and any accumulated credits forfeited without compensation to the account holder.
1.5 Monetary Payments
Should you choose to input your bank or debit card information to receive monetary compensation to offset any costs you may incur through your services, you are agreeing to the Stripe Connected Account Agreement. The use of Stripe to accept monetary payments on Avontage is strictly limited to the reimbursement of any real costs you may incur while providing your services, not for personal profit. Please note: your credit/debit card information will not be stored on our database.
2.1 License. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Avontage, LLC. grants you a non-transferable, non-exclusive license to use aspects of Site and Services for your personal use.
2.2 Certain Restrictions. The rights granted to you in this Agreement are subject to the following restrictions: (a) you shall not license, sell, rent, lease, transfer, assign, distribute, host, or otherwise commercially exploit the Site or Services; (b) you shall not modify, make derivative works of, disassemble, reverse compile or reverse engineer any part of the Site or Services; (c) you shall not access the Site or Services in order to build a similar or competitive service; and (d) except as expressly stated herein, no part of the Site or Services may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means. Any future release, update, or other addition to functionality of the Site or Services shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement. All copyright and other proprietary notices on any Site or Services content must be retained on all copies thereof. Avontage, LLC. makes no representation that the Site or Services are appropriate for use in locations other than the United States.
2.3 Modification. Avontage, LLC. reserves the right, at any time in its sole discretion, to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Site or Services or any part thereof with or without notice for any reason. You agree that Avontage, LLC. will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Site or Services or any part thereof, except and if otherwise expressly set forth in Section 11.
2.4 Support and Maintenance; Updates. You acknowledge and agree that Avontage, LLC. will have no obligation to provide you with any support or maintenance in connection with the Site or Services. You agree that Avontage, LLC. is not obligated to create or provide any corrections, updates, upgrades, bug fixes, and/or enhancements of the Site or Services (each an “Update”). However, in the event Avontage, LLC. decides to offer an Update, you agree that Avontage, LLC. may amend this Agreement in connection with such Update without specific notice to you and that your use of the Site or Services following such Update is conditioned upon your acceptance of any revised Agreement. By using the Site or Services following an Update, you are representing that you have reviewed the then-current version of the Agreement and agree to be bound by such version. All Updates will be governed by the version of this Agreement published by Avontage, LLC. as of the date you use the Site or Services following such update.
2.5 Ownership. Excluding your User Content (defined below), you acknowledge and agree that (i) the Site and Services are and will remain the sole property of Avontage, LLC. and is subject to protection under U.S. and foreign copyright laws and (ii) all the intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, in the Site and Services are owned by Avontage, LLC. or Avontage, LLC.’s licensors. Avontage, LLC.’s name, logo, and the product names associated with the Site or Services belong to Avontage, LLC. (or its licensors, where applicable), and no right or license is granted to use them by implication, estoppel or otherwise. The provision of the Site and Services does not transfer to you or any third party any rights, title or interest in or to such intellectual property rights. Avontage, LLC. and its suppliers reserve all rights not granted in this Agreement.
2.6 Feedback. You agree that submission of any ideas, suggestions, and/or proposals to us (“Feedback”) is at your own risk and that Avontage, LLC. has no obligations (including without limitation obligations of confidentiality) with respect to such Feedback. You represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to submit the Feedback. You hereby grant to Avontage, LLC. a fully paid, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, and fully sublicensable right and license to use, reproduce, perform, display, distribute, adapt, modify, reformat, create derivative works of, and otherwise commercially or non-commercially exploit in any manner it deems appropriate, any and all Feedback, and to sublicense the foregoing rights.
2.7 Use of the Site.
By joining this Site, you become a member of the Avontage, LLC. platform. Each member lists skills/services he or she is experienced with. Upon signup, you may receive a certain number of Ducats for “buying” in the marketplace. For each service you perform, you can earn a certain number of Ducat based on the value of the offer. With your Ducat, you can “buy” other on Offers in the marketplace from other members.
When agreeing to receiving Ducat for a service that you listed, the other party’s Ducats are automatically transferred to your account or held in "pending" status by Avontage, LLC. until services are delivered.
You agree not to post content or listings in an inappropriate category or areas of the site.
You agree not to violate any laws, third party rights or our policies.
You agree to deliver services agreed upon from you, unless the winner fails to meet the terms in your listing or you cannot authenticate the other party’s identity.
You agree not to manipulate the price or interfere with any listings.
You agree not to post false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, or libelous content (including personal information).
You agree not to promote your referral links or the Site using SPAM or deceptive tactics.
You agree not to solicit offline transactions or exchange any skills or services for cash.
You agree not to distribute or post SPAM, unsolicited, or bulk electronic communications, chain letters, or pyramid schemes.
You agree not to collect information about users, including email addresses, names, listings, etc. without their consent.
At present, Site membership is free, but we may institute a charge at some point in the future to defray the cost of providing this valuable service. If we do add any fees, you will be given plenty of notice and have the opportunity to accept or decline the charges.
You understand that, except for information, products or services clearly identified as being supplied by Avontage, LLC., Avontage, LLC. does not operate, control or endorse any information, products or services on the Internet in any way. Except for Avontage, LLC.- identified information, products or services, all information, products and services offered through the Site or on the Internet generally are offered by third parties, that are not affiliated with Avontage, LLC. You also understand that Avontage, LLC. cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the Site will be free of infection or viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to the Site for the reconstruction of any lost data.
You understand that the United States requires all taxpayers to report the fair market value of their earnings from all sources. Per IRS requirements, Avontage, LLC will file and send you copies of 1099-B form reporting the total value of your Offers "sold"/exchanged each tax year. Avontage, LLC recommends speaking to your tax advisor about how to report business income or expenses incurred in the course of receiving and providing services via the Site.
YOU ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND THE INTERNET. Avontage, LLC. PROVIDES THE SITE AND RELATED INFORMATION "AS IS" AND DOES NOT MAKE ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, OR THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) WITH REGARD TO THE SERVICE, ANY MERCHANDISE INFORMATION OR SERVICE PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR ON THE INTERNET GENERALLY, AND Avontage, LLC. SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY COST OR DAMAGE ARISING EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ANY SUCH TRANSACTION. IT IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND USEFULNESS OF ALL OPINIONS, ADVICE, SERVICES, MERCHANDISE AND OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR ON THE INTERNET GENERALLY. Avontage, LLC. DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED.
YOU UNDERSTAND FURTHER THAT THE PURE NATURE OF THE INTERNET CONTAINS UNEDITED MATERIALS SOME OF WHICH ARE SEXUALLY EXPLICIT OR MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO YOU. YOUR ACCESS TO SUCH MATERIALS IS AT YOUR RISK. Avontage, LLC. HAS NO CONTROL OVER AND ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER FOR SUCH MATERIALS.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT WILL Avontage, LLC. BE LIABLE FOR (I) ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE, OR ANY INFORMATION, OR TRANSACTIONS PROVIDED ON THE SERVICE, OR DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE, OR ANY DELAY OF SUCH INFORMATION OR SERVICE. EVEN IF Avontage, LLC. OR ITS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR (II) ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE SERVICE AND/OR MATERIALS OR INFORMATION DOWNLOADED THROUGH THE SERVICE. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, Avontage, LLC. LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Avontage, LLC. makes no representations whatsoever about any other web site which you may access through this one or which may link to this Site. When you access a non-Avontage, LLC. website, please understand that it is independent from Avontage, LLC, and that Avontage, LLC. has no control over the content on that web site. In addition, a link to a Avontage, LLC. web site does not mean that Avontage, LLC. endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content, or the use, of such web site.
Registration in Own Name
Accounts may be registered only by the individual seeking membership. Registration of accounts in a name other than the registrant's, fictitious or real is expressly prohibited. Such use constitutes fraud and may give rise to criminal prosecution and substantial damages. Avontage, LLC. prosecutes fraud to the fullest extent of the law.
Your account and Ducat are not transferable outside of legitimate transactions on Avontage, LLC.
3. USER CONTENT
3.1 User Content. “User Content” means any and all information and content that a Poster or Recipient submits via the Site or Services (e.g., content in the user’s profile or postings). You are solely responsible for your User Content. You assume all risks associated with use of your User Content, including any reliance on its accuracy, completeness or usefulness by others, or any disclosure of your User Content that makes you or any third party personally identifiable. You hereby represent and warrant that your User Content does not violate the Acceptable Use Policy (defined below). You may not state or imply that your User Content is in any way provided, sponsored or endorsed by Avontage, LLC. Because you alone are responsible for your User Content (and not Avontage, LLC.), you may expose yourself to liability if, for example, your User Content violates the Acceptable Use Policy. Avontage, LLC. is not obligated to backup any User Content and User Content may be deleted at any time. You are solely responsible for creating backup copies of your User Content if you desire. Avontage, LLC. has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or accuracy of any User Content; the failure to store, transmit, or receive transmission of User Content; or the security, privacy, storage, or transmission of other communications originating with or involving use of the Site or Services. You acknowledge that Avontage, LLC. has no obligation to pre-screen User Content, although Avontage, LLC. reserves the right in its sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, or remove any User Content at any time for any reason. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ONLY PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE SERVICES THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO PROVIDE WITHOUT VIOLATING ANY OBLIGATIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE TOWARDS A THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING ANY CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS. PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE WITH OTHERS, INCLUDING BY CONTRACT OR LAW; PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WILL BE ACCESSIBLE BY USERS OF THE SITE AND SERVICES.
3.2 License. You hereby grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Avontage, LLC. an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use your User Content, and to grant sublicenses of the foregoing, solely for the purposes of including your User Content in the Site and Services. You agree to irrevocably waive (and cause to be waived) any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your User Content.
3.3 Ownership. Each user owns its own User Content. By making available your User Content on or in the Site or Services, you represent that you own or have all rights necessary to make available your User Content.
3.4 Acceptable Use Policy. The following sets forth Avontage, LLC.’s “Acceptable Use Policy”:
(a) You agree not to use the Site or Services to collect, upload, transmit, display, or distribute any User Content (i) that violates any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; (ii) that is unlawful, harassing, abusive, tortious, threatening, harmful, invasive of another’s privacy, vulgar, defamatory, false, intentionally misleading, trade libelous, pornographic, obscene, patently offensive, promotes racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual or is otherwise objectionable; (iii) that is harmful to minors in any way; or (iv) that is in violation of any law, regulation, or obligations or restrictions imposed by any third party.
(b) In addition, you agree not to use the Site or Services to: (i) engage in any deceptive, misleading, or unfair conduct, including failing to provide services as promised, or providing misdescribed skills or services, or otherwise deceiving or misleading another member; (ii) upload, transmit, or distribute any computer viruses, worms, or any software intended to damage or alter a computer system or data; (iii) send unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of duplicative or unsolicited messages, whether commercial or otherwise, including making any offer for money or compensation via email; (iv) harvest, collect, gather or assemble information or data regarding other users, including email addresses, without their consent; (v) interfere with, disrupt, or create an undue burden on servers or networks connected to the Site or Services or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks; (vi) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site or Services, other computer systems or networks connected to or used together with the Site or Services, through password mining or other means; (vii) harass or interfere with another user’s use and enjoyment of the Site or Services; (viii) introduce software or automated agents or scripts to the Site or Services so as to produce multiple accounts, generate automated searches, requests and queries, or to strip, scrape, or mine data from the Site or Services (except that we grant the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy materials from the Site for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials), or (ix) engage in any shill transactions for the purpose of building up Ducat.
3.5 Enforcement and Termination. We reserve the right (but have no obligation) to review any User Content, investigate, and/or take appropriate action against you in our sole discretion if you violate the Acceptable Use Policy or any other provision of this Agreement or otherwise create liability for us or any other person. Such acts may include removing or modifying your User Content, terminating your access to the Site or Services in accordance with Section 11, and/or reporting you to law enforcement authorities. PARTICIPATION IN THE Avontage, LLC. COMMUNITY IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT (INCLUDING CANCELING ANY DUCAT CREDITS) AT ANY TIME IF YOU ENGAGE IN ANY CONDUCT THAT WE BELIEVE IS ABUSIVE, THREATENING, DISHONEST, OR OTHERWISE DISRUPTIVE TO THE Avontage, LLC. COMMUNITY. IF WE DO SO, YOU WILL FORFEIT ALL DUCAT AND UNPROVIDED TRANSACTIONS WILL BE REFUNDED TO THE OTHER USER.
3.6 Exchanged Material
By using this Site, you agree to participate in the exchange of skills and services.
Listing or Posting
By listing or posting skills and services, you aver that you have the unrestricted right to transfer these acts. The posting or listing of services without the intention of providing them away when requested is expressly prohibited.
You agree that all services posted are legal and do not infringe any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
Sexually explicit, pornographic, or obscene material
You agree not to post or provide any services of a sexually explicit, pornographic, or obscene nature.
Services in violation of law
You further agree that you will not post any services in violation of the laws or regulations of any state, city, county, parish, township, municipality, federal agency, or other governmental entity.
No Site Review
You understand that Avontage, LLC. cannot review services posted to the Site. You agree to assume full responsibility for any services posted to your account and bid on by you. You agree to indemnify and hold Avontage, LLC. harmless for any violations of law or regulation that arise in connection with the posting to your account of services resulting in civil or criminal liability.
4. INDEMNITY. You agree to indemnify and hold Avontage (and its officers, employees, and agents) harmless, including costs and attorneys’ fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of (a) your use of the Site or Services, (b) your User Content, (c) your violation of this Agreement; (d) your violation of applicable laws or regulations, or (e) your participation in any Transaction. Avontage, LLC. reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. You agree not to settle any matter without the prior written consent of Avontage, LLC. Avontage, LLC. will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.
5. OTHER USERS
5.1 Other Users. Each Recipient is solely responsible for any and all of his/her User Content. Because we do not control User Content, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for any User Content and we make no guarantees regarding the accuracy, suitability, or quality of any User Content, and we assume no responsibility for any User Content. Your interactions with other Recipients that use the Site or Services are solely between you and such user. You agree that Avontage, LLC. will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred as the result of any such interactions, including in connection with any Transaction. If there is a dispute between you and any other user, we are under no obligation to become involved.
5.2 Release. To the extent permitted under applicable laws, you hereby release and forever discharge Avontage, LLC. (and its officers, employees, agents, successors, and assigns) from, and hereby waive and relinquish, each and every past, present and future dispute, claim, controversy, demand, right, obligation, liability, action and cause of action of every kind and nature (including personal injuries, death, and property damage), that has arisen or arises directly or indirectly out of, or relates directly or indirectly to, any interactions or exchange of goods with, or act or omission of, other Site or Service users or your participation in any Transaction, including any claim for personal injury, property damage, or death.
6. FEE TERMS
6.1 Taxes. You will be responsible for paying any applicable taxes relating to your payments and credits received and will indemnify and hold harmless Avontage, LLC. from any and all taxes, including sales tax, based on any payments made or received by you in connection with the Services. Any taxes imposed on payments will be your sole responsibility. Upon our request, you will provide Avontage, LLC. with official receipts issued by the appropriate taxing authority, or other such evidence that you have paid all applicable taxes.
6.2 During our beta testing period, Avontage waives all membership fees or transaction fees. However, once our beta period has ended, we will implement and announce our revenue model, which could include a membership fee, transaction fee as well as fees collected in Ducats. Part of our beta test learning is to find out the best revenue model for Avontage to provide value for its members while existing as a thriving business.
7. MOBILE TEXT MESSAGE TERMS.
The following terms apply to everyone who provides Avontage, LLC. with their mobile phone number for message notification purposes. When you provide Avontage, LLC. with your mobile phone number for message notification purposes, you are expressly consenting to receive a text message on behalf of Avontage, LLC., containing notifications of new messages you have received (the “Text Services”). We do not charge a fee for the Text Services; however, depending on your messaging plan, your mobile carrier may charge you for each message we send you or that you send us. It is your responsibility to know whether your carrier will charge you per-message costs (for instance, if you do not have an unlimited texting plan, or have exceeded your monthly quota of free messages). We assume no responsibility for charges incurred by your using the Text Services. The Text Services may not be available in all areas at all times. This means we may not be able to successfully transmit SMS/MMS messages to you, and we have no liability for any such transmission delay or message failure. The Text Services may not work in the event of product, software, coverage, or other changes made by your wireless carrier or changes you make to your mobile device. You must provide your own wireless device, subscribe to a wireless service on a participating mobile carrier, and be able to receive text messages using that wireless device and your carrier’s service.
Avontage, LLC. MAKES NO WARRANTIES REGARDING USERS OR THE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE CONTENT OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICES, OR THE INTERACTIONS (IF ANY) BETWEEN THE USERS WITHIN OR OUTSIDE OF THE SITE, AND EACH OF THE FOREGOING IS PROVIDED BY US “AS IS.” YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE SITE MERELY PROVIDES A NEUTRAL NETWORK THROUGH WHICH USERS CAN INTERACT. YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS ARE SOLELY BETWEEN YOU AND SUCH USER, INCLUDING TRANSACTIONS, AND Avontage, LLC. SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED AS THE RESULT OF ANY SUCH INTERACTIONS. YOU SHOULD CONDUCT YOUR OWN INVESTIGATION PRIOR TO RECEIVING OR PURCHASING A SERVICE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AS WITH ALL TRANSACTIONS, IF YOU ARE A RECIPIENT YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTING ALL GOODS AND SERVICES BEFORE USING THEM AND YOU ASSUME ALL RISK OF USE. IF THERE IS A DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND ANY USER, Avontage, LLC. IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO BECOME INVOLVED, BUT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DO SO. WE (AND OUR SUPPLIERS) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, ACCURACY, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE OR SERVICES: (A) WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (B) WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS; OR (C) WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL CODE, COMPLETE, LEGAL, OR SAFE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
9. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
BY USING THE SITE AND SERVICES AND BEING A PARTY TO ANY TRANSACTION, YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE SITE AND SERVICES MERELY CONSTITUTE A NEUTRAL FORUM THROUGH WHICH USERS CAN INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER. SITE AND Avontage, LLC. ARE NOT A PARTY TO ANY TRANSACTION. EACH USER ENTERS INTO A TRANSACTION AT HIS OR HER OWN RISK AND FOREVER WAIVES, DISCHARGES, AND RELEASES Avontage, LLC. FROM ANY CLAIM RELATED TO OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRANSACTION. NO OBLIGATION TO COMPLETE A TRANSACTION IS CREATED BY THE SITE AND A POSTER OR RECIPIENT MAY CANCEL A TRANSACTION AT ANY TIME BEFORE THE PHYSICAL EXCHANGE OF SERVICES OCCURS. BY POSTING AN OFFER TO ENTER INTO A TRANSACTION, THE POSTER IS WARRANTING THAT THE SERVICE POSTED IS IN THE CONDITION DESCRIBED. BY ENTERING INTO A TRANSACTION, BOTH PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENSURING THAT SERVICE EXCHANGED ARE LEGAL AND CONDUCTED BY A PROFESSIONAL OR LICENSED WORKER, AND THAT SERVICE IS SAFE FOR ITS INTENDED USE. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, ALL RECIPIENTS ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTING ALL SERVICES BEFORE USE AND FOR ANY DECISION TO USE THE SERVICES. ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF ANY TRANSACTION, WHETHER FOR CLAIMS FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, MUST BE DIRECTED TO THE POSTER OR MANUFACTURER OF THE ITEM OR SERVICE. FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, RECIPIENT ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY AND RISK FOR ANY TRANSACTION TO WHICH RECIPIENT IS A PARTY. IN NO EVENT SHALL Avontage, LLC., ITS AFFILIATES, NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY LOST PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES. INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF USE, DATA, INCOME, PROFIT OR GOODWILL, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PROPRIETARY RIGHTS INFRINGEMENT, PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ACCESS TO, AND USE OF, THE SITE AND SERVICES ARE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA RESULTING THEREFROM. IF YOU BECOME DISSATISFIED IN ANY WAY WITH THE SITE OR SERVICES OR THIS AGREEMENT, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO STOP YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT (FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION), WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO FIFTY US DOLLARS ($50). THE EXISTENCE OF MORE THAN ONE CLAIM WILL NOT ENLARGE THIS LIMIT. YOU AGREE THAT OUR SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OF CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN Avontage, LLC. AND YOU.
10. TERM AND TERMINATION. Subject to this Section, this Agreement will remain in full force and effect while you use the Site or Services. You may terminate your Account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Site or uninstalling the App. We may (a) suspend your rights to use the Site and/or Services (including your Avontage, LLC. Account) and/or (b) terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason. Upon termination of this Agreement, your Avontage, LLC. Account and right to access and use the Site and Services will terminate immediately. You understand that any termination of your Account involves deletion of your User Content associated therewith from our live databases and loss of your Ducat. Avontage, LLC. will not have any liability whatsoever to you for any termination of this Agreement, including for termination of your Account, deletion of your User Content, or loss of your Ducat. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive, will survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability.
11. COPYRIGHT POLICY. Avontage, LLC respects the intellectual property of others and asks that users of our Site and Services do the same. In connection with our Site and Services, we have adopted and implemented a policy respecting copyright law that provides for the removal of any infringing materials and for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of our online Site and Services who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights, including copyrights.
11.1 Copyright, Licenses and Idea Submissions.
The entire contents of the Site are protected by international copyright and trademark laws. The owner of the copyrights and trademarks are Avontage, LLC., its affiliates or other third party licensors. YOU MAY NOT MODIFY, COPY, REPRODUCE, REPUBLISH, UPLOAD, POST, TRANSMIT, OR DISTRIBUTE, IN ANY MANNER, THE MATERIAL ON THE SITE, INCLUDING TEXT, GRAPHICS, CODE AND/OR SOFTWARE. You may print and download portions of material from the different areas of the Site solely for your own non-commercial use provided that you agree not to change or delete any copyright or proprietary notices from the materials. You agree to grant to Avontage, LLC. a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license, with the right to sub-license, to reproduce, read, distribute, transmit, create derivative works of, publicly display and publicly perform any materials and other information (including, without limitation, ideas contained therein for new or improved products and services) you submit to any public or private areas of the Site (such as listings, comments, messages, feedback, bulletin boards, forums and newsgroups) or by e-mail to Avontage, LLC. by all means and in any media now known or hereafter developed. You also grant to Avontage, LLC. the right to use your name in connection with the submitted materials and other information as well as in connection with all advertising, marketing and promotional material related thereto. You agree that you shall have no recourse against Avontage, LLC. for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary right in your communications to Avontage, LLC.
Publications, products, content or services referenced herein or on the Site are the exclusive trademarks or servicemarks of Avontage, LLC. Other product and company names mentioned in the Site may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
12.2 Arbitration Agreement; Class Waiver; Waiver of Trial by Jury. Please read this Section (“Arbitration Agreement”) carefully. It is part of your contract with Avontage, LLC. and affects your rights. It contains procedures for MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION AND A CLASS ACTION WAIVER.
(a) Contact Avontage, LLC. First. If a dispute arises between you and Avontage, LLC., our goal is to learn about and address your concerns and, if we are unable to do so to your satisfaction, to provide you with a neutral and cost effective means of resolving the dispute quickly. You agree that you will notify us about any dispute you have with Avontage, LLC. regarding our Site or Services by emailing VIPdesk@Avontage.com.
(b) Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. All claims and disputes in connection with the Terms or the use of any product or service provided by Avontage, LLC. that cannot be resolved informally or in small claims court shall be resolved by binding arbitration on an individual basis under the terms of this Arbitration Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement applies to you and Avontage, LLC., and to any subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or goods provided under the Terms.
(c) Arbitration Rules. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this dispute resolution provision. Arbitration shall be initiated through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), an established alternative dispute resolution provider (“ADR Provider”) that offers arbitration as set forth in this section. If AAA is not available to arbitrate, the parties shall agree to select an alternative ADR Provider. The rules of the ADR Provider shall govern all aspects of this arbitration, including but not limited to the method of initiating and/or demanding arbitration, except to the extent such rules are in conflict with the Terms (“Arbitration Rules”). The AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules governing the arbitration are available online at www.adr.org or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator. Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the Arbitration Rules. Any hearing will be held in a location within one hundred (100) miles of your residence, unless you reside outside of the United States (in which case hearing will be held in the capital of your country), and unless the parties agree otherwise. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(d) Additional Rules for Non-appearance Based Arbitration. If non-appearance arbitration is elected as provided above, the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or based solely on written submissions; the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration. The arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties.
(e) Authority of Arbitrator. The arbitrator will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Avontage, LLC., and the dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the Arbitration Rules, and the Terms. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and Avontage, LLC.
(f) Waiver of Jury Trial. THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and Avontage, LLC. in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND Avontage, LLC. WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.
(g) Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER. In the event that this subparagraph is deemed invalid or unenforceable neither you nor we are entitled to arbitration and instead claims and disputes shall be resolved in a court located in Phoenix, Arizona.
(h) Confidentiality. No part of the procedures shall be open to the public or the media. All evidence discovered or submitted at the hearing is confidential and may not be disclosed, except by written agreement of the parties, pursuant to court order or unless required by law.. This Paragraph shall not prevent a party from submitting to a court of law any information necessary to enforce this Arbitration Agreement, to enforce an arbitration award, or to seek injunctive or equitable relief.
(i) Severability. If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
(j) Right to Waive. Any or all of the rights and limitations set forth in this Arbitration Agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted. Such waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of this Arbitration Agreement.
(k) Survival of Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Avontage, LLC.
(l) Courts. In any circumstances where the foregoing Arbitration Agreement permits the parties to litigate in court, the parties hereby agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Phoenix, Arizona, for such purpose.
(m) Governing Law. The Agreement and any action related thereto will be governed and interpreted by and under the laws of the State of Arizona, consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act, without giving effect to any principles that provide for the application of the law of another jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this Agreement.
12.3 Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous discussions between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. The word including means including without limitation. If any provision of this Agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions of this Agreement will be unimpaired and the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed modified so that it is valid and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law. This Agreement, and your rights and obligations herein, may not be assigned, subcontracted, delegated, or otherwise transferred by you without Avontage, LLC.’s prior written consent, and any attempted assignment, subcontract, delegation, or transfer in violation of the foregoing will be null and void. This Agreement is binding upon and will inure to the benefit of both parties and their respective successors, heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, and permitted assigns. Your relationship to Avontage, LLC. is that of an independent contractor, and neither party is an agent or partner of the other.
12.4 Copyright/Trademark Information. Copyright © 2018, Avontage, LLC. All rights reserved. All trademarks, logos and service marks (“Marks”) displayed on the Site are our property or the property of other third parties. You are not permitted to use these Marks without our prior written consent or the consent of such third party which may own the Marks.
12.5 Contact Information. Avontage, LLC.’s contact information for any end-user questions, complaints or claims with respect to the Site of Services is:
Address: 14747 N. Northsight Blvd # 111-223 Email: VIPdesk@Avontage.com
12.6 Electronic Communications. The communications between you and Avontage, LLC. use electronic means, whether you visit the Site or send Avontage, LLC. e-mails, or whether Avontage, LLC. posts notices on the Site or communicates with you via email. For contractual purposes, you (1) consent to receive communications from Avontage, LLC. in an electronic form; and (2) agree that all terms and conditions, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that Avontage, LLC. provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if it were to be in writing. The foregoing does not affect your statutory rights.
12.7 Release. You hereby release Avontage, LLC. and its successors from claims, demands, any and all losses, damages, rights, and actions of any kind, including personal injuries, death, and property damage, that is either directly or indirectly related to or arises from your use of the Services, including but not limited to, any interactions with or conduct of other users or third-party websites of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the Terms or your use of the Services.
1. Our Commitment to Privacy.
For the convenience of our visitors, this Website may contain links to a number of sites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy, security, data collection, and distribution policies.
2. What Information is Collected.
(a) Use of personal details
Personal details are collected to make communication and use of service possible. Details can be used for communication between service providers and users and also for direct communication between users. Some personal details are visible on the profile page of the user, but those details are voluntary (except name).
The handling of personal details is not outsourced, but the data is stored on a server that is rented from a third party company.
(b) Information content:
The following information may be stored in the register:
- Personal details: Name, email address, phone number, street address
- Account details: username, password (stored in encrypted format)
- The description text that the user may write about him/herself
- The offers and requests the user has posted to the service
- The given and received feedback and badges
- Statistical data about service usage, e.g. number times the user has logged in
(c) Information You Provide to Us:We collect any information you enter on our Site or that you give us in any other way. For example, any time you create a User account, we collect and save the information. This information may include your geographic location, photos, videos, blogs, information about your business and other inarticleidual information useful in enabling Site Users to locate your services. At least some of this information will be visible to other Site Users, depending on your user profile. As such, please use your discretion in determining the amount and specificity of the information you provide and the level of visibility you select in your User profile page.
We may use and share information we collect from our users without prior consent when we collect and compile information in the aggregate, in a way that would not enable others from identifying personal information about inarticleidual Users. We also may save your email address, user-name, password (encrypted), and first and last name (all of which may be edited and changed by signing onto your account) for account maintenance purposes, but we do not share this information.
(d) Your Usage of Our Site.We automatically track certain information about you based upon your use of our site. We use this information to conduct internal research on our users’ demographics and behavior to better understand and serve our users. This information may include the URL that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, and your IP address.
(e) Cookies.In addition, we use “cookies” on certain pages of our site. Cookies are small files that can be used to track a user’s steps or automatically generate a user’s (encrypted) password. Cookies allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session. Cookies can also help us provide information which is targeted to your interests. Cookies are stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Most cookies are automatically deleted at the end of a session. You may decline our cookies if your browser permits, although your use of the site will then be restricted.
3. How and When the Information is Used.
Information you submit to Us will fall into two categories. The first is personal information, which we will protect and not disclose to other Users. The second is information you submit for inclusion in your profile. Please note that your profile may be viewed by other Users, and as such, you should use discretion and consideration before submitting such profile information.
Your information is also used for administering our business activities. We may use the information to notify you, either directly or through our agent(s) about changes to our website, new services, or special offers. You authorize us to send you newsletters relating to our service.
4. Legal Requests
We cooperate with law enforcement authorities, as well as with other third parties, to enforce laws, intellectual property rights, and to prevent fraud. In response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can, and you authorize us to, disclose your email address, login history, fraud complaints, and site use history, with or without a subpoena. Without limiting the above, we will not disclose your personal information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to protect our rights or to prevent imminent physical harm, financial loss or to report suspected past, present, or future illegal activity. Further, we can, and you authorize us to, disclose to a third party your information, including your email address, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity.
5. How We Protect Your Information.
Your access to some services and content, such as the editing or modifying your of profiles, are password protected. We advise that you do not disclose your password to anyone. In addition, we recommend you sign out of password-protected services at the end of your session. You are responsible for all actions taken with your login name and password. Your user password should be held in strict confidence. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your information and Ducats (point credits). Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password. We offer you the ability to review and change the information you submit to us by logging into the site and entering in the new information yourself. Once logged in as a registered user, you can change your Password and user preferences. Please contact us at VIPdesk@Avontage.com if you are unable to change your password. We will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this provision.
8. Effective Date