Clause 1. User Obligation
1.1. By using and/or visiting this website ("the site"), you have indicated your acknowledgement and assent to these Terms and Conditions and any other terms and conditions which may be introduced by the Syndicate on this site from time to time. Your access, use, participation and/or downloading materials from the site, indicates your agreement to abide by these Terms and Conditions. The Syndicate reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting changes online and it is your responsibility to refer to and comply with these Terms upon accessing the site. If you do not agree to any of these Terms and Conditions, please cease from the use of this site immediately.
2.1. Use of this site is only permitted for lawful purposes and in a manner which is not in breach of the laws of the Republic of India and which does not infringe any rights of, or restrict the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction shall include, but is not limited to, harassment, defamatory conduct, obscene or abusive content, offensive language, distress to third parties and any other conduct which may be deemed inappropriate.
2.2. You hereby warrant that you are more than 18 years of age, and/or possess all required approvals and consents including legal guardian or parental consent for use of this site. You further warrant that you are fully able and competent to enter into these Terms and Conditions and abide by them.
Clause 3. Data Submissions
3.1. Various parts of this site allow for user information or any other data to be transmitted or posted on the site (hereinafter referred to as "User Submissions"). These include personal information, photographs, videos, audio materials, written scripts, articles, opinions or any other form of material. Such User Submissions shall be subject to the following conditions:
3.1.1. By submitting any material to this Site, you accept to provide a non-revocable, unlimited global licence to the User Submissions to the Syndicate who in turn shall have the right to use, distribute, modify, alter or delete parts of the User Submission as per its own discretion and on any platform or media whatsoever.
3.1.2. User Submissions may be used by the Syndicate for any purpose including, but not limited to reproduction, broadcasting, transmission, editing, cutting, reformation, adapting, posting, or any other use as per the sole discretion of the Syndicate.
3.1.3. You shall be solely responsible for your own submissions and any claims, damages, third party rights, as well as any legal action or proceeding arising out of the use and submission of this material.
3.1.4. By submitting any User Submission, you hereby affirm, represent and warrant that you have the right to submit such material, and that you have obtained all necessary clearances, licences, consents, rights and permissions to use and authorise the Syndicate to use any material submitted, including the rights to all patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright or other proprietary rights in any and all User Submissions.
3.1.5. You undertake that you will not submit or disclose on this site any material or information that is protected by or subject to any copyright, trade secret or any third party proprietary rights, including Privacy and publicity rights, unless all rights have been obtained from the rights owners to submit the material and/or information and grant the licence indicated herein to the Syndicate.
3.1.6. You further undertake not to submit any material or information that is deemed unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, political, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially offensive, considered as a criminal offence, gives rise to civil liability, encourages criminal action or violates the law, culture or internationally acceptable norms and codes of ethics.
3.1.7. You hereby grant the Syndicate a global, non-revocable, exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to broadcast, distribute, display, reproduce, cut, edit, re-edit, delete, sell or modify the material or information submitted by you without any limitation whatsoever, in any media format and on any platform at the sole discretion of the Syndicate. This Licence shall not be limited by period or territory.
3.1.8. You hereby further assign to the Syndicate (by way of permanent assignment of present and future copyright) all rights of any nature in and to such material throughout the world, including all renewals and reversions thereof.
3.1.9. The Syndicate shall have the right and final say on display of User Submissions, and under no circumstances is the Syndicate obliged to display or include on this site all or part of any User Submission.
Clause 4. Data collection and use
4.1. The Syndicate may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access the Syndicate site, such as Internet Protocol (IP) address, geo-location information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information. This information assists in understanding which pages the Syndicate’s visitors are visiting and how much time they spend there. The Syndicate uses the information gathered to enable your use of the Syndicate site, fulfil your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in our services such as polls, and message boards. Further, the Syndicate uses the non-personally identifiable information collected to improve the design and content of the Syndicate’s site, to deliver more relevant marketing messages and advertisements and to enable us to personalise your internet experience. The Syndicate may transmit such non-personally identifiable website usage information about visitors to the servers of a reputable third-party for the purpose of service performance analytics and targeting our Internet banner advertisements on other sites.
4.2. The Syndicate automatically logs certain usage information about your use of the Syndicate site. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view, type of content you are browsing, and engagement with our online tools. This information is used in order to provide you with customised recommendations of the Syndicate’s site based on your reading history. Log files are also used in the aggregate to analyse usage of the Syndicate’s site.
Clause 5. Copyright and Other Intellectual Property
5.1. The names, images and logos identifying the Syndicate, or any of its associated companies or third parties and their products and services are proprietary marks of the Syndicate, its associated companies and/or third parties. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by any means, licence or right under any trade mark or patent of the Syndicate, its associated companies or any other third party to You.
5.2. All copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights in this site (including the design, arrangement and look and feel) and all material or content supplied as part of the site shall remain at all times the property of the Syndicate or the Syndicate's licensors. In accessing the site, or any other sites of the Syndicate, you agree that you do so only for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may not agree to, permit or assist in any way any third party to copy, reproduce, download, post, store (including in any other web site), distribute, transmit, broadcast, commercially exploit or modify in any way the material or content without the prior written permission of an authorised officer the Syndicate.
Clause 6. Third Party Sites / Links
6.1. The Syndicate is not responsible for the availability or content of any third party websites or material you access through this site. If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements. The Syndicate does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services or information on or available from third party websites or material (including payment for and delivery of such products or services). The Syndicate is not responsible for any damage, loss or offence caused by or in connection with, any content, advertising, products, services or information available on such websites or material. Any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings are solely between you and the relevant provider of the service.
6.2. Links to this site must be direct to any complete content page (and not any part of a page) within this site and all other the Syndicate sites, and must not be viewed within the pages of any other site. The Syndicate disclaims all liability for any legal or other consequences (including for infringement of third party rights) of links made to this site.
6.3. Links do not imply that the Syndicate endorses, is affiliated or associated with any linked site, or is legally authorised to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked site is authorised to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of the Syndicate or any of its affiliates, entities or subsidiaries.
Clause 7. Accessibility
7.1. We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability. To meet this commitment, we work with an independent agency to periodically assess and verify our site. Further, we aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make Web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance to these guidelines will help us provide a site that is more user friendly to everyone.
7.2. To have the best experience of our site, we recommend that you take advantage of all opportunities to increase accessibility and customization that are available. The following two should help you:
7.2.1. To change the size of the text:
a) On most browsers, try holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling the mouse wheel (if you have one), or hold down the Ctrl key and at the same time, push the - or + key. b) In Firefox and Internet Explorer, click the "View" menu, then select "Zoom" and then choose the whether you would like to increase the size (zoom in) or decrease the size (zoom out). c) In Google Chrome, click the customize button (spanner icon), then select the plus or minus buttons to zoom.
7.2.2. To change the color contrast of the text on the entire computer:
a) For Windows computers, click "Start", then "Control Panel". Select the "Accessibility Options" icon, select the "Display" tab and select the "Use High Contrast" check box. Select the "Settings" button to browse different color contrast options. b) For Apple Macs, select "System Preferences", then "Universal Access". Select the "Seeing" tab and adjust the "Display" section.
7.2.3. To change the color contrast of the website on the browser: a) In Internet Explorer, click "Tools", then select "Internet options." From within the "General" tab, click the "Colors" button. Deselect the "Use Windows colors" checkbox and change the color by selecting the color swatch. Then, select "Accessibility" within the "Internet options" window and select "Ignore colors specified on web pages." b) In Firefox, click "Tools", then select "Options." From within the "Colors" tab, click the "Colors" button. Select the appropriate colors from the color swatch and un-tick the checkbox labeled "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above" and click OK. [AD1]
Clause 8. Disclaimer / Limitation of Liability
8.1. You agree that your use of this site shall be at your sole risk and responsibility. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Syndicate, its officers, directors, and agents disclaim all warranties, express or implied, in connection with the site. The Syndicate does not warrant, endorse or guarantee that the content posted on this site is of social, cultural and moral acceptable standards. The Syndicate does not warrant that User Submissions posted on this site does not infringe any third party rights.
8.2. Although the Syndicate does monitor the User Submissions provided on the site, it is your sole responsibility to clear all rights of third parties and to obtain all necessary licences and approvals to post any material and you hereby assume all responsibility for all damages, costs and liabilities that may arise as a result from the user submission.
8.3. This site and the information, names, images, pictures, logos and icons relating to this site or any other sites owned or operated by the Syndicate, and/or any of its associated companies, products and services (or to third party products and services), is provided "AS IS" and on an "AS AVAILABLE" basis without any representation or endorsement being made and without warranty of any kind, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.
8.4. The information and other materials included on this site may contain inaccuracies and typographical errors. The Syndicate does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information and materials or the reliability of any statement or other information displayed or distributed through the site (including, without limitation, the information provided through the use of any software). You acknowledge that any reliance on any such statement or information shall be at your sole risk. The Syndicate reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct any errors or omissions in any part of the site and to make changes to the site and to the materials, products, programmes, services or prices described in the site at any time without notice.
8.5. In no event will the Syndicate and/or third parties be liable for any damages including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential damages or any damages including, but not limited to, errors or omissions, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever arising from use, loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other action, arising out of or in connection with the use of the site.
8.6. The Syndicate does not warrant that the functions contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects will be corrected or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. The Syndicate does not represent the full functionality, accuracy or reliability of any material. The Syndicate may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of this site, including the availability of any features of the site, at any time without notice or liability.
Clause 9. Indemnity
9.1. You agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the Syndicate, and all of its employees, affiliates, subsidiaries and associates from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs and liabilities arising in any manner from your access to and use of this site and/or the submission of any User Submissions to this site.
9.2. You understand that when using this site, you will be exposed to User Submissions from a variety of sources and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Submissions that may be inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable. To that regard, you hereby waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against the Syndicate, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Syndicate, and its shareholders, subsidiaries, officers, affiliates, and licensees to the fullest extent permitted by the law.
Clause 10. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
10.1. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of India. Disputes arising here from shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Bangalore.
10.2. The Parties will settle any and all disputes in accordance with the rules of The Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996. The language of the arbitration shall be English, and the venue for the arbitration will be Bangalore, India. The arbitration shall be conducted by an arbitral tribunal consisting of 1 (one) arbitrator appointed by the Syndicate. The award of the arbitrator will be final and binding on the Parties.
10.3. If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the law of any state or country in which these Terms and Conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction which that Term or Condition is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from that clause and the remaining Terms and Conditions shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.
10.4. The Syndicate makes no representation that materials on this site are appropriate or available for use at other locations outside of the Republic of India and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. If you access this site from a location outside of the Republic of India, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws.
Clause 11. Entire Agreement
11.1. These Terms and Conditions in conjunction with any other policies issued by the Syndicate contains the entire understanding between the Parties, superseding all prior communications, agreements, and understandings between the Parties with respect to the purpose of these Terms and Conditions.