ESL.COM WEB SITE

TERMS OF SERVICE

Last Revised:  December 3, 2013

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY.  BY ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEB SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND ALL TERMS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THIS WEB SITE.

These ESL.com Web Site Terms of Service (these “Site Terms”) apply solely to your access to, and use of, the Web sites of Study in the U.S.A., Inc., a Washington corporation ("SUSA”), located at www.esl.com any other sites operated by SUSA which links to these Site Terms (collectively, the "Site"). These Site Terms do not alter in any way the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with SUSA, or its subsidiaries or affiliates, for products, services or otherwise. If you are using the Site on behalf of any entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to accept these Site Terms on such entity's behalf, and that such entity agrees to indemnify you and SUSA for violations of these Terms.

SUSA reserves the right to change or modify any of the terms and conditions contained in these Site Terms or any policy or guideline of the Site, at any time and in its sole discretion.  Any changes or modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the revisions on the Site, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications.  Your continued use of this Site following the posting of changes or modifications will confirm your acceptance of such changes or modifications.    Therefore, you should frequently review the Site Terms and applicable policies from time-to-time to understand the terms and conditions that apply to your use of the Site.  If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the Site.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the use of the Site or its contents, you may contact us at info@esl.com.

1.       Privacy Policy

Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information on how SUSA collects, uses and discloses personally identifiable information from its users.

 2.       Copyright and Limited License

Unless otherwise indicated in the Site, the Site and all content and other materials on the Site, including, without limitation, the ESL.com logo, and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, sound files, other files and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, the "Site Materials") are the proprietary property of SUSA or its licensors or users and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.

You are granted a limited, non-sublicensable license to access and use the Site and electronically copy, (except where prohibited without a license) and print to hard copy portions of the Site Materials for your informational, non-commercial and personal use only.  Such license is subject to these Site Terms and does not include: (a) any resale or commercial use of the Site or the Site Materials therein; (b) the distribution, public performance or public display of any Site Materials; (c) modifying or otherwise making any derivative uses of the Site and the Site Materials, or any portion thereof; (d) use of any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; (e) downloading (other than the page caching) of any portion of the Site, the Site Materials or any information contained therein, except as expressly permitted on the Site; or (f) any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than for its intended purpose.  Any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than as specifically authorized herein, without the prior written permission of SUSA, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein.  Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including without limitation copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes. Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Site Terms shall be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise.  This license is revocable at any time.

 

3.       Repeat Infringer Policy

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and other applicable law, SUSA has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at SUSA's sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers.  SUSA may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

4.       Copyright Complaints

If you believe that anything on the Site infringes upon any copyright which you own or control you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below.

Name of Agent Designated to Receive

Notification of Claimed Infringement:                Renait Stephens

Full Address of Designated Agent to Which

Notification Should be Sent:                         Study in the U.S.A., Inc.

                                                119 South Main Street, Suite 220

                                                Seattle, WA 98104

Telephone Number of Designated Agent:         (206) 622-7073

Facsimile Number of Designated Agent:                 _________________

E-Mail Address of Designated Agent:                 _________________

Please see 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3) for the requirements of a proper notification.  You should note that if you knowingly misrepresent in your notification that the material or activity is infringing, you will be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys' fees, incurred by us or the alleged infringer as the result of our relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing.

5.       Trademarks

Study in the U.S.A., ESL.com, the ESL.com logo and any other product or service name or slogan contained in the Site are trademarks of SUSA and its suppliers or licensors, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of SUSA or the applicable trademark holder.  You may not use any metatags or any other "hidden text" utilizing "ESL.com" or any other name, trademark or product or service name of SUSA without our prior written permission.  In addition, the look and feel of the Site, including all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, is the service mark, trademark and/or trade dress of SUSA and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned in the Site are the property of their respective owners.  Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by us.

 6.       Hyperlinks

You are granted a limited, non-exclusive right to create a text hyperlink to the Site for noncommercial purposes, provided such link does not portray SUSA or any of its products and services in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner and provided further that the linking site does not contain any adult or illegal material or any material that is offensive, harassing or otherwise objectionable.  This limited right may be revoked at any time.  You may not use a SUSA logo or other proprietary graphic of SUSA to link to this Site without the express written permission of SUSA.  Further, you may not use, frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any SUSA trademark, logo or other proprietary information, including the images found at the Site, the content of any text or the layout/design of any page or content contained on a page on the Site without SUSA's express written consent.  Except as noted above, you are not conveyed any right or license by implication, estoppel or otherwise in or under any patent, trademark, copyright or proprietary right of SUSA or any third party.

SUSA makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party Web sites accessible by hyperlink from the Site, or Web sites linking to the Site.  Such sites are not under the control of SUSA and SUSA is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any review, changes or updates to such sites.  SUSA provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by SUSA of any site or any information contained therein.  When you leave the Site, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern.  You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site.

7.       Third Party Content

SUSA may provide third party content on the Site and may provide links to Web pages and content of third parties (collectively the "Third Party Content") as a service to those interested in this information.  SUSA does not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content and makes no representation or warranties of any kind regarding the Third Party Content, including without limitation regarding its accuracy or completeness.  You acknowledge and agree that SUSA is not responsible or liable in any manner for any Third Party Content and undertakes no responsibility to update or review any Third Party Content.  Users use such Third Party Content contained therein at their own risk.

 8.       Third-Party Products and Services

SUSA may provide or allow users to provide information about or links to third-party products or services on the Site. Your business dealings or correspondence with, or participation in promotions of, such third parties, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and such third party.  SUSA is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or promotions or as the result of the presence of such non-SUSA advertisers or third party information on the Site.

9.       Submissions

You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, feedback, ideas, or other information or materials regarding the Site, SUSA or SUSA's general products or services (the "Feedback") that are provided by you in the form of email or other submissions to SUSA, or any postings on the Site, are (as between you and SUSA) non-confidential and shall become the sole property of SUSA.  SUSA shall own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of such Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

 10.   User Content and Interactive Services or Areas

The Site may include interactive areas or services (“Interactive Areas”), such as forums, chat rooms or message boards, online hosting or storage services, or other areas or services in which you or other users create, post or store any content, messages, materials, data, information, text, music, sound, photos, video, graphics, applications, code or other items or materials on the Site ("User Content").  You are solely responsible for your use of such Interactive Areas and use them at your own risk.  You agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create or otherwise publish through the Site any of the following:

  1. User Content that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable;

  1. User Content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law, including, without limitation, the regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or any rules of a securities exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ;

  1. User Content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party.  By posting any User Content, you represent and warrant that you have the lawful right to distribute and reproduce such User Content;

  1. User Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;

  1. Unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising or solicitations;

  1. Private information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers;

  1. Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files; and

  1. User Content that, in the sole judgment of SUSA, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Site, or which may expose SUSA or its users to any harm or liability of any type.

SUSA takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content posted, stored or uploaded by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage thereto, nor is SUSA liable for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter.  Your use of Interactive Areas is at your own risk.  Enforcement of the user content or conduct rules set forth in these Site Terms is solely at SUSA's discretion, and failure to enforce such rules in some instances does not constitute a waiver of our right to enforce such rules in other instances.  In addition, these rules do not create any private right of action on the part of any third party or any reasonable expectation that the Site will not contain any content that is prohibited by such rules.   

As a provider of interactive services, SUSA is not liable for any statements, representations or User Content provided by its users in any public forum, personal home page or other Interactive Area.  Although SUSA has no obligation to screen, edit or monitor any of the Content posted in any Interactive Area, SUSA reserves the right, and has absolute discretion, to remove, screen or edit any User Content posted or stored on the Site at any time and for any reason without notice, and you are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Content you post or store on the Site at your sole cost and expense.

Any use of the Interactive Areas or other portions of the Site in violation of the foregoing violates these Site Terms and may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Interactive Areas and/or the Site.  

If you post User Content to the Site, unless we indicate otherwise, you grant SUSA and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Content throughout the world in any media on or in connection with the Site and the promotion thereof including without limitation the right to use your name, likeness, voice or identity.  You grant SUSA and its affiliates and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if we choose. 

You understand and agree that the use of your or other users name, likeness, voice or identity in connection with various features on the Site does not imply any endorsement of such feature or of the Site of SUSA unless explicitly stated otherwise.  You represent and warrant that (a) you own and control all of the rights to the User Content that you post or you otherwise have the right to post such User Content to the Site; (b) the User Content is accurate and not misleading; and (c) use and posting of the User Content you supply does not violate these Site Terms and will not violate any rights of or cause injury to any person or entity.

11.   Registration Data; Account Security

In consideration of your use of the Site, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms on the Site ("Registration Data"); (b) maintain the security of your password and identification; (c) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data, and any other information you provide to SUSA, to keep it accurate, current and complete; and (d) accept all risks of unauthorized access to the Registration Data and any other information you provide to SUSA.

 12.   Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless SUSA, its independent contractors, service providers and consultants, and their respective directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to any User Content you post, store or otherwise transmit on or through the Site or your use of the Interactive Areas, including without limitation any actual or threatened suit, demand or claim made against SUSA and/or its independent contractors, service providers, employees, directors or consultants, arising out of or relating to the User Content, your conduct, your violation of these Site Terms or your violation of the rights of any third party.

 

13.   Disclaimer

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED TO THE CONTRARY IN WRITING BY SUSA, THE SITE, THE SITE MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN, AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED ON OR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH (THE "SERVICES") ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.  SUSA DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AS TO THE SITE AND THE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, CONTENT AND MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN.  SUSA DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT MATERIALS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE.  SUSA DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR ITS SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD USE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED SOFTWARE TO DETECT AND DISINFECT VIRUSES FROM ANY DOWNLOAD.

SUSA reserves the right to change any and all content contained in the Site and to modify, suspend or discontinue the Site or any Services offered through the Site or any features or functionality of the Site or the Services at any time without notice and without obligation or liability to you.  Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by SUSA.

 14.   Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL SUSA, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT OR THE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM SUSA, OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR EMAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO SUSA'S RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SERVICES.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF SUSA, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR THE SERVICES OR TO THESE SITE TERMS EXCEED ANY COMPENSATION YOU PAY, IF ANY, TO SUSA FOR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE.

 

15.   Applicable Law and Venue

These Site Terms and your use of the Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, applicable to agreements made and to be entirely performed within the State of Washington, without resort to its conflict of law provisions.  You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Site Terms shall be filed only in the state and federal courts located in King County, Washington and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Site Terms.

16.   Termination

Notwithstanding any of these Site Terms, SUSA reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to terminate your license to use the Site, and to block or prevent future your access to and use of the Site.

17.   Severability

If any provision of these Site Terms shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Site Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

18.     Questions & Contact Information

Questions or comments about the Site may be directed Questions or comments about the Site may be directed to us at info@esl.com.