Use & Terms

1. User Terms These User Terms apply to websites operated by equnews from time to time.

In accordance with the following user terms (‘User Terms’), equnews grants you as an authorised user (‘User’ or ‘you’) of this website (the ‘Website’) certain rights (as set out below) and in return you agree to perform certain obligations. These User Terms form a binding contract between you and equnews. By using this Website, you therefore confirm that you are 18 years old or more, or if you are under 18 years old that you are 13 years of age or more and have received your parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter into these User Terms.

Please read these User Terms carefully before using the Website. By using the Website, you are deemed to have accepted these User Terms. These User Terms apply whatever method you have used to access the Website, including but not limited to the web, digital television services and mobile phone. If you do not agree to any part of these User Terms you should stop accessing this Website and navigate away from it.

If you register for any services, forums or enter any prize competitions or other promotions on the Website, separate terms and conditions which are located on the Website may also apply in addition to these User Terms. equnews’ Standard Competition Terms and Conditions shall also apply to any competitions in addition to these User Terms.

2. Accessing the Website

Accessing our Website is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Website without notice. We will not be liable for any reason if the Website remains unavailable at any time or for any period.

From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire site, to users who have registered with us.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site (including taking necessary steps to ensure you use up to date anti-virus software). You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these User Terms, and that they comply with them.

Any commentary and other materials posted on our Website are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

3. Use of the Website / Acceptable Use Policy

Your use of the Website shall be subject to complying at all times with our Acceptable Use Policy in this clause 5.

For the purposes of these User Terms: “Material” shall include but is not limited to: software, documentation, text, pictures, sounds, graphics, articles, video or audio clips, advertising material and other material published on the Website. We are either the owner or the licensee of the intellectual property rights in the Website and the Material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

4(a) Accessing our Material

You are entitled to access and print the Material for your own personal private and non-commercial use only, provided that you do not:

(i) download or print any Material in a systematic or regular manner so as to create a database (electronic or paper form);

(ii) remove any notices relating to the ownership of copyright or other intellectual property rights in the Material;

(iii) modify, translate, reverse engineer, reproduce, decompile, disassemble or create derivative works of any of the Material; or

(iv) rent, lease, sub-license, loan, copy, commercially exploit or give or transfer any rights in the Material in any form, to any person or entity without our prior written consent.

Our status (and that of any identified third party contributor or rights holder) as the author of the Material must always be acknowledged

If you print off or otherwise copy any part of the Website or Material in breach of these User Terms, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the Material you have made.

You are not authorised to download or copy any music or videos which we may grant you access to on the Website without our explicit written consent in each instance.

4(b) Prohibited uses

You further agree that you will not use the Website for any of the following purposes:

(i) to send or distribute multiple unsolicited emails or messages (‘Spam’) or to cause any other person annoyance, inconvenience or worry;

(ii) for any purposes connected to any business, including sending any unsolicited advertisements or promotional material;

(iii) to use or attempt to use any software, engine, or any other means to navigate or search the Website other than the navigation tools and search facilities available on the Website and general third party browsers;

(iv) to carry out any activities in relation to “screen scraping” or “database scraping” to obtain lists of users, URLs, internet keywords or other information;

(v) to access the Website by any means other than through the interface that is provided by equnews for use in accessing the Website;

(vi) to use or transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, file or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to the Website;

(vii) to do anything which imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Website’s infrastructure;

(viii) to interfere with or disrupt the Website and/or any of its services or servers or networks connected to the Website or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Website; or

(ix) to collect or store personal data about other users of the Website whether or not for commercial purpose without their consent. This includes the posting of phone numbers, addresses or any other private information without the express permission of that individual.

4(c) Submission of Material to the Website

You agree that any Material submitted by you for publication on the Website, including but not limited to any Material sent via Forums, chat services, feedback, bulletin boards or articles or any other Material submitted for publication on the Website or in using any of the Website services is done so on the following terms:

(i) you will not submit Material that is offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene;

(ii) you will not submit any Material which infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party or in breach of any obligation of confidentiality by which you are bound – all Material must be owned by or created by you;

(iii) you grant to us a worldwide, royalty free licence to use the Material in perpetuity in any format and on any media, this means for example that we may use your Material in the print and digital editions of magazines published by IPC, the Website and on any other website operated by IPC;

(iv) we reserve the right not to publish the Material submitted and to make additions or deletions to the Material, prior to publication;

(v) we reserve the right to remove and/or delete the Material submitted by you without notice;

(vi) we reserve the right to cut and crop any photographs or graphical images submitted by you at our discretion and to alter any Material such that we can make it available on the Website;

(vii) you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the Material you submit and that we do not screen the Material prior to its publication on the Website, and therefore any opinion submitted by you shall be accurate and/or genuinely held;

(viii) we reserve the right to share your identity with any third party who is claiming that any Material posted or uploaded by you to the Website violates these User Terms;

(ix) we may identify you as the contributor of any Material, and you waive any moral rights you may have in respect of our use of the Material.

Our Forum Rules expand upon the points above.

5. Competitions and Promotions

We may run competitions and promotions on the Website from time to time. In addition to these User Terms, such competitions and promotions shall be subject to equnews’ Standard Competition Terms and Conditions and any additional terms notified to you at the time.

6. Third Party Advertising, Sites and Links

The Website may contain links to third party Websites which are controlled and operated by parties other than equnews. The links will let you leave the Website and equnews is not responsible for any content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The inclusion of any link on the Website does not imply endorsement by equnews of the linked site. If you decide to access linked third party websites, you do so at your own risk.

The Website contains advertising submitted by third parties. Such third parties are solely responsible for the content of such advertising and for ensuring that it complies with all relevant legislation and regulations. We do not accept any responsibility for the content of any third party advertising.

You may link to our Website home page, provided that you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not (in our opinion) damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way so as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none explicitly exists.

You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

Our Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our Website other than our home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (clause 5).

If you wish to make any use of the Material other than set out above, please address your request to question@equnews.be.

7. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

You acknowledge that equnews, its directors, contractors, agents and employees shall not be liable to you in contract, tort, or otherwise for: any economic loss, (including without limitation, loss of revenue, business, contracts, profits or anticipated savings); any loss of goodwill or reputation; any loss of data; or any special, indirect or consequential loss that may result to you or a third party arising from your use of the Website (unless expressly set out otherwise in these User Terms).

You further acknowledge that equnews gives no warranties of any kind in relation to the Website or the Material, and the Website is made available to you on an ‘as is’ basis. These User Terms are in lieu of all warranties, conditions, undertakings, terms, and obligations implied by statute, common law, usage, course of dealing or otherwise, all of which are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. equnews does not accept any liability for links on the Website to third party sites. If you decide to access linked third party sites you do so at your own risk.

To the extent that equnews is deemed by a court of competent jurisdiction to have any liability to you in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise in relation to the Website, equnews’ entire liability shall be limited to €250 for any one incident or series of related incidents and up to €500 for all incidents in any period of 12 months.

8. Variation to the User Terms

equnews reserves the right to vary the User Terms from time to time. Please check the User Terms regularly as your continued use of the Website following equnews’ posting of the amended User Terms will be regarded by equnews as your acceptance of such amended User Terms. You should regularly review these User Terms to keep up to date with any changes.