The following Terms and Conditions pertain to all Invoices billed by Big Presence Inc, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Terms & Conditions
All information in this proposal is subject the the following terms and conditions:
Agreement means the Project Proposal, Terms and Conditions and any other attached documents.
Project means the scope and purpose of the Client’s identified usage of the work product as described in the Project Proposal.
Services means all services and the work product to be provided to Client by Big Presence as described and otherwise further defined in the Project Proposal.
Final Deliverables means the final versions of Deliverables provided by Big Presence and accepted by Client.
Deliverables means the services and work product specified in the Project Proposal to be delivered by Big Presence to Client.
Client Content means all materials, writing, images or other creative content provided by Client used in preparing or creating the Deliverables.
Third Party Materials means proprietary third party materials which are incorporated into the Final Deliverables, including without limitation stock photography or illustration.
Big Presence Tools means all design tools developed and/or used by Big Presence in performing the Services, including pre-existing and newly developed software including source code, Web authoring tools, type fonts, and application tools, together with any other software, or other inventions whether or not patentable, and general non-copyrightable concepts such as website design, architecture, layout, navigational and functional elements.
BIG PRESENCE SERVICES
Big Presence shall perform the services listed the Scope of Work according to the Work Plan and Milestones schedule.
Fees. Client agrees to pay Big Presence the fees listed in the Project Proposal, including all taxes.
Expenses: Client will pay Big Presence expenses, including but not limited to: (a) Incidental and out-of-pocket expenses (b) Travel expenses, other than normal commuting, but including airfare and rental vehicles, with client approval.
Hosting Final Deliverables: Big Presence will host the Final Deliverables on Big Presences web space while the Project is under construction. If the Final Deliverables are not completed by the completion date listed in the Project Proposal, and the delay is not caused by Big Presence, Client agrees to pay Big Presence forty-five ($45) per month for hosting until the Final Deliverables are moved to Clients server. If the project is to be hosted on Big Presence’s servers, this is negligible.
Payment Schedule: Payment is due according to invoice specifics.
Invoices: All invoices are payable within fifteen (15) of receipt. Invoices shall list any expenses and additional costs as separate items.
Late Fee: A monthly service fee of 2.5 percent, or the maximum allowed by law, is payable on all overdue balances. Late fees will not be charged without notice, and after a 15 day grace period beyond the due date on the invoice.
Crediting Late Payments: Payments will be credited to late payments first, then to unpaid balances.
Collection Expenses: Client shall pay all collection or legal fees caused by late payments.
Withholding Delivery: Big Presence may withhold delivery and transfer of ownership of any current work if accounts are not current or overdue invoices are not paid in full unless otherwise agreed.
Withholding License: All grants of any license to use or transfer ownership of any intellectual property rights under this Agreement are conditioned on full payment, including all outstanding Additional Costs, Expenses, Fees, or any other charges.
CHANGES TO PROJECT SCOPE
Change Request: If Client wants to change the Scope of Work after acceptance of this Agreement, Client shall send Big Presence a written Change Order describing the requested changes in detail. Within five (5) days of receiving a Change Order, Big Presence will respond with a statement proposing Big Presences availability, additional fees, changes to delivery dates, and any modification to the Terms and Conditions. Big Presence will evaluate each Change Order at its standard rate and charges.
Major Change: If Client requests are at or near ten (10%) percent of the time required to produce Deliverables, or the value of the Scope of Services, Big Presence shall be entitled to submit a new and separate Proposal to Client for written approval. Big Presence shall not begin work on the revised services until he receives a fully signed revised proposal and any additional fees.
Minor Change: If Client requests are not Major Changes, Client will be billed on a time and materials basis at Big Presences hourly rate of one-hundred ($150) dollars per hour. Such charges shall be in addition to all other amount payable under this Agreement, despite any maximum budget, contract price or final price identified. Big Presence may extend or modify any delivery schedule or deadlines in the Agreement as may be required by such changes.
Acceptance/Rejection: Client will have ten (10) days to respond in writing accepting or rejecting the new proposal. If Client rejects the proposal, Big Presence will not be obligated to perform any services beyond those in the original Agreement.
Big Presence Delays: Big Presence shall use all reasonable efforts to meet the Work Plan and Milestones delivery schedule. Big Presence may extend the due date for any Deliverable by giving written notice to Client. The total of all extensions shall not exceed 30 days.
Client Delays: Client shall use all reasonable efforts to provide needed information, materials and approvals. Any delay by Client will result in a day-for-day extension of the due date for all Deliverables.
General Delays: Any delay caused by conditions beyond the reasonable control of the parties shall not be considered a breach and will result in a day-for-day extension any performance due. Each party shall use reasonable efforts to notify the other party, in writing, of a delay. Conditions beyond the reasonable control of the parties include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, acts of government after the date of agreement, power failure, fire, flood, acts of God, labor disputes, riots, acts of war, terrorism and epidemics.
EVALUATION AND ACCEPTANCE
Testing: Big Presence will test and correct Deliverables using commercially reasonable efforts before providing Deliverables to Client.
Approval Periods: Client shall, within five (5) business days after receiving each Deliverable, notify Big Presence in writing of any failure to comply with the specification of the Project Proposal or of any other objections, corrections or changes required. Big Presence shall, within five (5) business days of receiving Clients notification, correct and submit a revised Deliverable to Client. Client shall, within five (5) business days of receiving a revised Deliverable, either approve the corrected version or make further changes. If Client fails to provide approval or comments during any approval period, those Deliverables will be considered approved and accepted. All objections, corrections and changes shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Client acknowledges that it is responsible for performing the following in a reasonable and timely manner: (a) Provide Client Content in a form suitable for use in the Deliverables without further preparation by Big Presence, unless otherwise specified in the Project Proposal; (b) Proofread all Deliverables. Client will be charged for correcting errors after the acceptance of any Deliverable; (c) Make decisions regarding other parties.
ACCREDITATION AND PROMOTION
Accreditation: Big Presence shall be entitled to place accreditation, as a hyperlink or otherwise, in the form, size and location as incorporated by Big Presence in the Deliverables on each page of the Final Deliverables.
Promotion: Big Presence retains the right to reproduce, publish and display the Deliverables in Big Presence’s portfolios and websites, in galleries, design periodicals and other media or exhibits for the purposes of recognition of creative excellence or professional advancement, and to be credited with authorship of the Deliverables in connection with such uses.
Promotional Approval: Either party, subject to the other’s reasonable approval, may describe its role in the Project on its website and in other promotional and marketing materials, and, if not expressly objected to, include a link to the other party’s website.
Client’s “Confidential Information” includes information that Big Presence should reasonably believe to be confidential. Big Presence’s “Confidential Information” includes the source code of any Big Presence Tools. All material considered confidential by either party shall be designated as confidential. Confidential Information shall not be disclosed to third parties and shall only be used as needed to perform this Agreement. Confidential Information shall not include any information that is already known by the recipient, becomes publicly known through no fault of the recipient, or is received from a third party without a restriction on disclosure
RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES
Independent Contractor: Big Presence is an independent contractor. Big Presence shall determine, in its sole discretion, the manner and means by which the Services are accomplished. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employee-employer relationship is intended or created by this Agreement. Neither party is authorized to act as agent or bind the other party except as expressly stated in this Agreement. Big Presence and the work product or Deliverables prepared by Big Presence shall not be deemed a work for hire as defined under Copyright Law. All rights granted to Client are contractual in nature and are expressly defined by this Agreement.
Design Agents. Big Presence shall be allowed to use third party’s as independent contractors in connection with the Services (“Design Agents”). Big Presence shall remain fully responsible for Design Agents’ compliance with this Agreement.
No Exclusivity. This Agreement does not create an exclusive relationship between the parties. Client is free to engage others to perform services of the same or similar nature to those provided by Big Presence, and Big Presence shall be entitled to offer and provide design services to others, solicit other clients and otherwise advertise the services offered by Big Presence.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
By Client. Client represents and warrants to Big Presence that: (a) To the best of Client’s knowledge, use of the Client Content does not infringe the rights of any third party; (b) Client shall comply with the terms and conditions of any licensing agreements which govern the use of Third Party Materials; (c) Client will obtain all necessary and appropriate rights and licenses to grant license to Big Presence to use Third Party Materials.
By Big Presence: Big Presence represents and warranty to Client that: (a) Big Presence will provide the Services identified in the Agreement in a professional and workmanlike manner; (b) Big Presence shall secure all necessary rights, title, and interest in and to the Final Deliverables, including Big Presence Tools, sufficient for Big Presence to grant the intellectual property rights provided in this Agreement; (c) To the best of Big Presence’s knowledge, the Deliverables will not violate the rights of any third parties; (d) If Client or third parties modify the Deliverables or use the Deliverables outside of the scope or purpose of this Agreement, all representations and warranties of Big Presence shall be void.
EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT, BIG PRESENCE MAKES NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. BIG PRESENCE EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS OR GOVERNMENT RULES OR REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE PROJECT.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIABILITY
By Client: Client shall indemnify Big Presence from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, losses, expenses or attorney fees arising out of any claim, demand, or action by a third party arising out of any breach of Client’s responsibilities or obligations, representations or warranties under this Agreement. Big Presence shall promptly notify Client in writing of any third party claim or suit. Client shall have the right to fully control the defense and any settlement of such claim or suit.
By Developer: In the case of a third party lawsuit or proceeding based on a claim that Deliverables breach the third party’s intellectual property rights, and it is determined that such infringement has occurred, Big Presence may at its own expense, replace any infringing content with non-infringing content.
Limitation of Liability. THE SERVICES AND THE WORK PRODUCT OF BIG PRESENCE ARE SOLD “AS IS.” IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF BIG PRESENCE, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, DESIGN AGENTS AND AFFILIATES (“BIG PRESENCE PARTIES”), TO CLIENT FOR DAMAGES FOR ANY AND ALL CAUSES WHATSOEVER, AND CLIENT’S MAXIMUM REMEDY, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE NET PROFIT OF BIG PRESENCE. IN NO EVENT SHALL BIG PRESENCE BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST DATA OR CONTENT, LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE MATERIALS OR THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY BIG PRESENCE, EVEN IF BIG PRESENCE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
TERM AND TERMINATION
Term: This agreement shall begin when both parties sign and shall continue until all Services are complete and delivered, or until the Agreement is Terminated.
Termination for Cause: Either party may terminate this agreement at any time, on thirty (30) days prior written notice if the other party breaches any of its material responsibilities or obligations under this Agreement and fails to cure that breach during that 30 day period.
Termination of Retainer Agreements: In the event that the client moves to terminate a retainer-based agreement, the fee for termination will be 50% of the remaining balance on the total agreement for monthly retainer work contracted by the client.
Termination for Insolvency: Either party may terminate this agreement at any time, on written notice to the other party, if the other party ceases to conduct business in its normal course; makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors; is liquidated or otherwise dissolved; becomes insolvent; files a petition in bankruptcy; or a receiver, trustee, or custodian is appointed for it.
Termination by Mutual Agreement: This agreement may be terminated by the mutual agreement of the parties.
Termination for Convenience: Either party may terminate this agreement at any time and for any reason on thirty (30) days prior written notice to the other party. If Client terminates the Agreement under this section, Big Presence shall, at Clients reasonable discretion, complete any work assigned or scheduled during the notice period in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Termination Fees: In the event of termination, Client shall pay Big Presence for the Services performed through the date of termination in the amount of a prorated portion of the fees due. Client shall pay all Expenses, Fees, and Additional Costs incurred through the date of termination.
Intellectual Property: If Client terminates and on full payment of compensation, Big Presence grants Client right and title as provided by this Agreement with respect to those Deliverables provided and accepted by Client as of the date of termination.
Confidential Information: On expiration or termination of this Agreement: (a) each party shall return or, at the disclosing party’s request, destroy the Confidential Information of the other party, and (b) all rights and obligations regarding Confidential Information shall survive.
RIGHTS TO FINAL ART
License: Big Presence grants to Client a non-exclusive, perpetual and worldwide license to use and display the Final Deliverables in accordance with this Agreement. The rights granted to Client are for use of the Final Deliverables in its original form only. Client may not change, create derivative works or extract portions of the Final Deliverables.
Liquidation for unlicensed use: Additional use of any Deliverables by Client outside the scope of the license granted above requires additional fees. Big Presence shall be entitled to further compensation equal to fifty (50%) percent of the total original Project fee unless otherwise agreed in writing by both parties. In the event of non-payment, Big Presence shall be entitled to pursue all remedies under law and equity.
RIGHTS TO DELIVERABLES OTHER THAN FINAL ART
Client Content: Client Content is the exclusive property of the Client. Client grants Big Presence a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to use, reproduce, modify, display and publish the Client Content solely in connection with Big Presence’s performance of the Services and limited promotional uses of the Deliverables as authorized in this Agreement.
Preliminary Works. Big Presence retains all rights in and to all Preliminary Works. Client shall return all Preliminary Works to Big Presence within thirty (30) days of completion of the Services.
Big Presence Tools. All Big Presence Tools are and shall remain the exclusive property of Big Presence. Big Presence grants Client a nonexclusive, nontransferable, perpetual, worldwide license to use the Big Presence Tools solely to the extent necessary with the Final Deliverables for the Project.
Warranty Period. During the first 2 months following expiration of this Agreement, Big Presence shall provide up to 3 hours of Support Services at no additional cost to Client. Support Services means commercially reasonable technical support and assistance to maintain and update the Deliverables, including correcting any errors or Deficiencies. Requests for additional support will be billed on a time and materials basis at Big Presences standard rate.
Maintenance Period. After the Warranty Period expires and at Client’s option, Big Presence will provide Support Services for the following three (3) months for Big Presence’s hourly fees of fifty ($50) dollars per hour.
No Enhancements: The services in the Warranty Period and the Maintenance Period do not include enhancements to the Project or other services outside the scope of the Proposal.
During the Maintenance Period, Client may request that Big Presence develop enhancements to the Deliverables. Big Presence shall exercise commercially reasonable efforts to prioritize Big Presence’s resources to create such enhancements. Client understands Big Presence may have preexisting obligations that may delay requested enhancements. Big Presence shall provide any enhancements shall be provided on a time and materials basis at Big Presences standard rate.
Negotiation: Parties agree to attempt to resolve any dispute by negotiation between the parties.
Arbitration/Mediation: If parties are unable to resolve the dispute by negotiation, either party may start mediation and/or binding arbitration in a forum mutually agreed to by the parties.
Litigation: In all other circumstances, the parties specifically consent to the local, state and federal courts located in the state of California. The parties waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses available to them and further consent to service of process by mail.
Attorney Fees: The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs in any dispute resolved by binding arbitration or litigation.
Modification/Waiver: Modifications to this Agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. Failure by either party to enforce any right or seek to remedy any breach under this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of such rights nor shall a waiver by either party of default in one or more instances be construed as constituting a continuing waiver or as a waiver of any other breach.
Notices. All notices under this Agreement shall be given in writing either by: (a) Fax or Email, with return confirmation of receipt; (b) Certified or Registered mail, with return receipt requested. Notice will be effective when received, or in the case of email or fax, on confirmation of receipt.
No Assignment. Rights or obligations under this Agreement shall not be transferred, assigned or encumbered without the prior written consent of the other party.
Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the law of California
Severability: If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Where possible the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law.
Headings: Headings and numbering used in this Agreement are for convenience and reference only and shall not affect the scope, meaning, intent or interpretation of this Agreement, and shall not have any legal effect.
Complete Agreement: This Agreement is the entire understanding of the parties and supersedes all prior understandings and documents relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.