About Springspotters

Introduction

The Springspotter Network consists of thousands of business and marketing-savvy spotters, who recognize a new business idea when they come across one. A vibrant mix of cool hunting, idea spotting and trend watching, findings simply get emailed to our team of researchers and editors, and may be featured in newsletters like Springwise New Business Ideas.

A person who joins Springspotters will receive non-monetary 'points' for each accepted submission, which can then be redeemed online for gifts, delivered anywhere in the world. Anyone can sign up, no strings attached, no costs involved: from marketers to entrepreneurs, and from students to management consultants. The key requirements are a healthy dose of curiosity and some business smarts. Send in spottings, and, if accepted by the Springspotter Network, you will immediate start accumulating points.

Please note that you will in no way be considered to be employed by Springspotters, nor Springwise.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

Springspotters provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms and Conditions ("TC"), which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. Your use of the Site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, policies and notices (the "Agreement").

2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE

Springspotters operates a global network of Springspotters, The Springspotters Network, collecting and submitting local content. (the "Service"). You understand and agree that the Service may include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary to provide the Service. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new Springspotters properties, shall be subject to the TC. You understand and agree that the Service is provided "AS-IS" and that Springspotters assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.

You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service.

3. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE

Springspotters reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Springspotters shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

Springspotters may change, add or remove any part of this Agreement, or any other terms associated with the use of the site, at any time, by posting a notice of such changes to the Terms and Conditions page of the web site. Any changes shall become part of the Agreement and shall apply as soon as such a notice is posted. By continuing to use the Springspotters after the notice is posted, you are indicating your acceptance of those changes.

4. AWARDING AND REDEEMING POINTS

Points will be allotted by Springspotters ('the Service'). The number of points allotted cannot be discussed.

Claims of number of points

In case of dispute about the number of points a member of the Springspotter Network has accumulated, the administration of points by the Service is leading.

Points must be claimed within 2 years after moment of first points gained.

Points can only be claimed for gifts selected by Springspotters, not any other gifts/products or money.

In case a Springspotter receives a gift that does not work properly or is damaged during sending, this has to be reported to Springspotters (the Service) within 10 working days. Springspotters will then endeavour to replace the gift. Any disappointment about a gift is not a valid reason for return of this gift.

In case a gift is out of stock at the moment of redemption, Springspotters ('the Service') will do its best to select a comparable gift. A Springspotter cannot claim any rights or loss of 'value' for this substitution.

5. RIGHTS TO IDEAS / CONTENT

Any comments, materials, or letters sent by you to Springspotters regarding the site, including without limitation, questions, comments, suggestions, criticisms or the like ("Received Materials") shall be deemed to be non-confidential and free of any claims of proprietary or personal rights unless you explicitly state in the correspondence that the letter is "not for publication" and contains "private and proprietary" information that may not be distributed.

Springspotters shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such Received Materials and Springspotters will be free to reproduce, use, disclose, exhibit, display, transform, edit, abridge, create derivative works from and/or distribute the Received Materials without limitation or restriction. Furthermore, Springspotters is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to Springspotters for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing products using such information, without compensation or any other obligations to anyone, including you.

If you send any communications or materials to the Service by electronic mail or otherwise, including but not limited to, any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, all such communications are, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary.

Anything you transmit or post may be used in perpetuity by Springspotters and its parent company Springwise for any purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting. Furthermore, Springspotters is free to use for any purpose whatsoever, without any compensation to you, anything you transmit or post, including but not limited to art, ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the Site.

Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that Springspotters has the right to publish the work in its various online and offline publications, including seminars. Furthermore, Springspotters is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to Springspotters for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing products using such information, without compensation or any other obligations to anyone, including you. Should the Member's work be chosen for publication in the various online and offline publications of Springspotters, the Member will receive credit by first and last name, and, if relevant, age, city and country.

Springspotters respects the intellectual property of others, and requires that its users do the same. Accordingly, you may not claim any material protected by copyright anywhere on the Service without the express permission of the author or owner of the copyright in that material.

Springspotters will promptly take down or block access to infringing or allegedly infringing material on its servers if Springspotters becomes aware that such material infringes the copyright rights of a third party, whether Springwise identifies such infringement in the course of its ordinary and reasonable business activities, or through notification by a third party.

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, and appears on the Site, please contact Springspotters.

Springspotters claims no responsibility of the any copyright infringement on materials sent by its network of Springspotters.

6. LOSS OF MATERIAL

Springspotters is not responsible for any damage caused by loss of access to, or deletion or alteration of content; individual Members are responsible for monitoring and creating backups of their content.

7. SPONSORS, THIRD PARTIES AND ADVERTISERS

Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, sponsors, third parties or advertisers found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such sponsor, third party or advertiser. You agree that Springspotters shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such sponsors, third parties or advertisers on the Service.

8. LINKS

Springspotters may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because Springspotters has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Springspotters is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Springspotters shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:

a. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. SPRINGSPOTTERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

b. SPRINGSPOTTERS MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR- FREE , (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED, (vi) OR THAT THIS WEB SITE , ITS CONTENT, AND THE SERVERS ON WHICH THE WEB SITE AND CONTENT ARE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

c. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.

d. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM SPRINGSPOTTERS OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TC.

e. THIS WEB SITE MAY CONTAIN VARIOUS COMBINATIONS OF TEXT, IMAGES, AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTIONS, OPINIONS, STATEMENTS, FACTS, ARTICLES, MARKET DATA , STOCK QUOTES OR OTHER INFORMATION CREATED BY SPRINGSPOTTERS OR BY THIRD-PARTIES. DUE TO THE NUMBER OF SOURCES FROM WHICH CONTENT IN THIS SITE IS OBTAINED, AND THE INHERENT HAZARDS OF ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION, THERE MAY BE DELAYS, OMISSIONS OR INACCURACIES IN SUCH CONTENT. ACCORDINGLY, SUCH CONTENT, INCLUDING THE MARKET DATA , IS FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON BY YOU FOR ANY PURPOSE. SUCH CONTENT IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAX OR INVESTMENT ADVICE AND IT DOES NOT ADVOCATE THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF ANY SECURITY OR INVESTMENT.

f. INFORMATION CREATED BY THIRD PARTIES THAT YOU MAY ACCESS ON THE SITE OR THROUGH LINKS IS NOT ADOPTED OR ENDORSED BY SPRINGSPOTTERS AND REMAINS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUCH THIRD PARTIES.

10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT SPRINGSPOTTERS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SPRINGSPOTTERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA , INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA ; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.

11. EXCLUSIONS

AND

LIMITATIONS

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 6 AND 7 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

12. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

Any unauthorized attempt to modify any Online Material, to defeat security features, or to utilize this site for other than its intended purposes is prohibited.

Springspotters.com, Springspotters, Springspotters Newsletter and Spring Scan logos and product and service names are trademarks of Springwise. All other trademarks appearing on the Site are trademarks of their respective owners and our reference to them does not imply or indicate any approval or endorsement by their owners unless such approval or endorsement is expressly made. It is understood that Springspotters is a news and information site and service and that references to other names and trademarks are necessary in the course of providing news

13. NON-WAIVER

The failure of Springspotters to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TC shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TC is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TC remain in full force and effect.

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TC must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

14. HEADINGS FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY

The section titles in the TC are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

15. VIOLATIONS

Please report any violations of the TC to our Customer Care group.

16 . INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Springspotters harmless from any claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising from or related to any breach by you of any terms of this Agreement.

17. PRIVACY

You can read Springspotters's privacy statement here.

18. RESTRICTIONS ON USE

You may not use Springspotters or its content for any illegal purpose or in any manner inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions. You agree to use Springspotters solely for your own noncommercial use and benefit and not for resale or other transfer or disposition to any other person or entity.

19. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this Agreement is found invalid or unenforceable, the provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in force.

20. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

This Agreement and any other terms and conditions of service on http://www.springspotters.com constitute the entire agreement between you and Springspotters and govern your use of the Service.

21. REFUSAL OR DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE

Springspotters reserves the right to refuse or discontinue service to any user for non-compliance with these Terms and Conditions.

22. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM

This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the Kingdom of the Netherlands . Any dispute arising from the terms of this agreement or breach of this agreement will be governed by the laws of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and you agree to personal jurisdiction by Dutch court.

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF ITS TERMS.