PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY.
1. Application of and Acceptance of Terms and Conditions.
1.1 For purposes of this Agreement, a "User" is
any person who accesses the Site for whatever purpose, regardless
of whether said User has registered with Sol as a registered
User or whether said User is a paying customer for a specific
service provided by Sol.com.cn. A User includes the person
using this Site and any legal entity which may be represented
by such person under actual or apparent authority.
1.2 By accessing or using the Site, you hereby agree to accept the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement as a User. You shall be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement with respect to your access or use of this Site and any further upgrade, modification, addition or change to this Site. If you do not accept all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, please do not use this Site.
1.3 This Agreement applies to each Premium Service (as defined below) in addition to any terms and conditions that may be applicable to such specific Premium Service provided, however, that (a) in the event of any conflict or inconsistency between any provision of the terms and conditions that may be applicable to such Premium Service and any provision of this Agreement, such conflict or inconsistency shall (except as otherwise expressly provided or agreed) be resolved in a manner favorable to Sol.com.cn and/or its affiliates; and (b) only to the extent that such conflict or inconsistency cannot be so resolved, the provisions of the terms and conditions applicable to such specific Premium Service shall prevail.
1.4 Sol.com.cn may amend this Agreement at any time by posting the amended and restated Agreement on the Site. The amended and restated Agreement shall be effective immediately upon posting. This Agreement was last amended on January 18, 2005. Posting by Sol of the amended and restated Agreement and your continued use of the Site shall be deemed to be acceptance of the amended terms. This Agreement may not otherwise be modified, except in writing by an authorized officer of Sol.com.cn.
2. Premium Services.
2.1 Access to the Site and certain of its features are provided
to all Users free of charge. However, Sol.com.cn reserves
the right, without prior notice, to restrict access to certain
areas or features of the Site ("Premium Services")
to paying Users or Users who undergo a specific registration
process. Access to and use of these Premium Services are governed
by additional terms and conditions under separate agreements
in addition to this Agreement.
2.2 Sol reserves the right to deny Premium Services to any User for whatever reason in order to protect the interests of Sol.com.cn.
3. Users Generally.
3.1 Users may use this Site solely for their own personal
or internal purposes. Each User agrees that it shall not copy,
reproduce or download any information, text, images, video
clips, directories, files, databases or listings available
on or through the Site (the "Sol Content") for the
purpose of re-selling or re-distributing the Sol.com.cn Content,
mass mailing (via emails, wireless text messages, physical
mail or otherwise), operating a business that competes with
Sol.com.cn, or otherwise commercially exploiting the Sol.com.cn
Content. Systematic retrieval of Sol.com.cn Content from this
Site to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection,
compilation, database or directory (whether through robots,
spiders, automatic devices or manual processes) without written
permission from Sol.com.cn is prohibited. In addition, use
of the content or materials for any purpose not expressly
permitted in this Agreement is prohibited.
3.2 Some of the Sol.com.cn Content displayed on this Site is provided or posted by third parties ("Third Party Content"). Neither Sol.com.cn nor any of our affiliates, directors, officers or employees has entered into any sales agency relationship with such third party by virtue of our display of the Third Party Content on the Site. Any Third Party Content is the sole responsibility of the party who provided the content. Sol.com.cn is not responsible for the accuracy, propriety, lawfulness or truthfulness of any Third Party Content, and shall not be liable to any User in connection with such User's reliance of such Third Party Content. In addition, Sol is not responsible for the conduct of any User's activities on the Site, and shall not be liable to any person in connection with any damage suffered by any person as a result of such User's conduct.
3.3 Sol.com.cn may allow Users access to content, products or services offered by third parties through hyperlinks (in the form of word link, banners, channels or otherwise) to such Third Party's web site. You are cautioned to read such sites' terms and conditions and/or privacy policies before using such sites in order to be aware of the terms and conditions of your use of such sites. User acknowledges that Sol.com.cn has no control over such third party's web site, does not monitor such sites, and Sol.com.cn shall not be responsible or liable to anyone for such web site, or any content, products or services made available on such a website.
3.4 Messages or information sent by a User through communication systems provided by the Site, or through emails, fax or letters to addressees obtained from the Site, shall not contain any of the materials described in the provisions of Section 5.5 below.
3.5 Sol.com.cn reserves the right to limit, deny or create different access to the Site and its features with respect to different Users, or to change any of the features or introduce new features without prior notice. Each User acknowledges that inability to use the Site wholly or partially for whatever reason may have adverse effects on its business. Each User hereby agrees that in no event shall Sol.com.cn be liable to the User or any third parties for any inability to use the Site (whether due to disruption, limited access, changes to or termination of any features on the Site or otherwise), any delays, errors or omissions with respect to any communications or transmission, or any damage (direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise) arising from the use of or inability to use the Site or any of its features.
3.6 No User shall undertake any scheme to undermine the integrity of the computer systems or networks used by Sol.com.cn and/or any other User and no User shall attempt to gain unauthorized access to such computer systems or networks.
4. Registered Users.
4.1 Each User who has filled out an on-line registration form
on the Site by giving its information (such as name, address,
telephone and fax number, email address, details of its business,
etc.) is a registered user of Sol.com.cn (a "Registered
User"). Sol.com.cn will establish an account ("Account")
for each Registered User and each Registered User will be
assigned a user alias ("User ID") and password ("Password")
for log-in access to its own Account.
4.2 Sol.com.cn may assign a web-based email account with limited storage space for the User to send or receive email (the "Email Account"). The User shall be responsible for all users and the content of all the messages communicated through the Email Account, as well as the consequences of any such message.
4.3 If the Registered User is a business entity, you represent that (a) you have the authority to bind the entity to this Agreement; (b) the address you use when registering is the principal place of business of such business entity; and (c) all other information submitted to Sol.com.cn during the registration process is true, accurate, current and complete. For purposes of this provision, a branch or representative office will not be considered a separate entity and its principal place of business will be deemed to be that of its head office.
4.4 By becoming a Registered User, you consent to the inclusion of your personal data in our Global Buyer Database and authorize Sol.com.cn to share such information with other Users.
4.5 Sol.com.cn may suspend or terminate a Registered User's Account or Email Account at any time by giving no less than 24-hour notice to the Registered User; provided, however, that notice is not required for such termination if (a) in Sol.com.cn's determination, there is any breach of the provisions of this Agreement by the Registered User; or (b) Sol.com.cn has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information provided by a Registered User is untrue, inaccurate or is not current or complete, or (c) Sol believes that the Registered User's actions may cause financial loss or legal liability to such Registered User, Sol.com.cn's other Users, or Sol.com.cn or its affiliates.
4.6 The Registered User shall not use the Email Account for junk mail, chain letters or spamming or the transmission of any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable material or any kind or nature. Further, the Registered User shall not use the Email Account to publish, distribute, transmit or circulate any unsolicited advertising or promotional information or any content that is obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, defamatory, threatening, or which incites or results in causing racial hatred, discrimination, menace or breach of confidence.
4.7 A Registered User may not sell, attempt to sell, offer to sell, give, assign or otherwise transfer an Account, User ID or Password to a third party without the prior written consent of Sol.com.cn. Sol.com.cn may suspend or terminate the Account of a Registered User or the transferee of a Registered User in the event of a sale, offer to sell, gift, assignment or transfer in violation of this Section.
4.8 Notwithstanding Section 4.1 above, Sol.com.cn may refuse registration and deny the issuance of an Account and/or Email Account and associated User ID and Password to any User for whatever reason.
5. Users Who Post Information on Sol.com.cn
5.1 You must be a Registered User in order to post information
on the Site using the self-help submit and edit tools provided
through the Site. The provisions of Section 4 above govern
your status as a Registered User.
5.2 No sales agency relationship is created between any User and Sol.com.cn, our affiliates, directors, officers or employees by virtue of Sol.com.cn's display of any of the User's information on the Site.
5.3 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees to (a) provide Sol.com.cn with true, accurate, current and complete information to be displayed on the Site and (b) maintain and promptly amend all information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. Each User hereby grants an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide and royalty-free, sub licensable (through multiple tiers) license to Sol.com.cn to display and use all information provided by such User in accordance with the purposes set forth in this Agreement and to exercise the copyright, publicity, and database rights you have in such material or information, in any media now known or not currently known.
5.4 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it has obtained all necessary third party copyright, trademark trade secret or patent licenses and permissions, or such other licenses or permissions as may be required in connection with any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party (including but not limited to rights of personality and rights of privacy), for any material or information it posts on the Site or provides to Sol.com.cn or authorizes Sol.com.cn to display. Third party copyrights, trademarks, trade secret rights, patents and other personal or proprietary rights affecting or relating to material or information displayed on the Site, including but not limited to rights of personality and rights of privacy, or affecting or relating to products that are offered or displayed on the Site, are hereafter referred to as "Third Party Rights." Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it shall be solely responsible for ensuring that any material or information it posts on the Site or provides to Sol.com.cn or authorizes Sol.com.cn to display does not, and that the products represented thereby do not, violate any Third Party Rights, or is posted with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights. Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that it has the right to manufacture, offer, sell, import and distribute the products it offers and displays on the Site, and that such manufacture, offer, sale, importation and/or distribution of those products violates no Third Party Rights.
5.5 Each User hereby represents, warrants and agrees that information submitted to Sol.com.cn for display on the Site shall not:
a. contain fraudulent information or make fraudulent offers of items or involve the sale or attempted sale of counterfeit or stolen items or items whose sales and/or marketing is prohibited by applicable law, or otherwise promote other illegal activities;
b. be part of a scheme to defraud other Users of the Site or for any other unlawful purpose;
c. relate to sale of products or services that infringe or otherwise abet or encourage the infringement or violation of any third party's copyright, patent, trademarks, trade secret or other proprietary right or rights of publicity or privacy, or any other Third Party Rights;
d. violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising);
e. be defamatory, libelous, unlawfully threatening or unlawfully harassing;
f. be obscene or contain or infer any pornography or sex-related merchandising or any other content or otherwise promotes sexually explicit materials or is otherwise harmful to minors;
g. promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
h. contain any material that constitutes unauthorized advertising or harassment (including but not limited to spamming), invades anyone's privacy or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law or regulation;
i. solicit business from any Users in connection with a commercial activity that competes with Sol;
j. contain any computer viruses or other destructive devices and codes that have the effect of damaging, interfering with, intercepting or expropriating any software or hardware system, data or personal information;
k. link directly or indirectly to or include descriptions of goods or services that are prohibited under this Agreement; or
l. otherwise create any liability for Sol.com.cn or its affiliates.
5.6 Sol reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any material displayed on the Site which it reasonably believes is unlawful, could subject Sol.com.cn to liability, violates this Agreement or is otherwise found inappropriate in Sol.com.cn's opinion. Sol.com.cn reserves the right to cooperate fully with governmental authorities, private investigators and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected criminal or civil wrongdoing. Furthermore, Sol.com.cn may disclose the User's identity and contact information, if requested by a government or law enforcement body, an injured third party, or as a result of a subpoena or other legal action, and Sol.com.cn shall not be liable for damages or results thereof and User agrees not to bring any action or claim against Sol.com.cn for such disclosure. In connection with any of the foregoing, Sol.com.cn may suspend or terminate the Account of any User as Sol.com.cn deems appropriate in its sole discretion. User agrees that Sol.com.cn shall have no liability to User, including no liability for consequential or any other damages, in the event Sol.com.cn takes any of the actions mentioned in this Section, and that User agrees to bear the risk that Sol.com.cn may take such actions.
6. Transactions between Buyers and Suppliers.
6.1 Through the Site, Sol.com.cn provides an electronic web-based
platform for exchanging information between buyers and suppliers
of products and services. Sol.com.cn does not represent the
seller nor the buyer in specific transactions and does not
charge any commissions from completing any transactions. As
a result, Sol.com.cn does not control and is not liable to
or responsible for the quality, safety, lawfulness or availability
of the products or services offered for sale on the Site or
the ability of the suppliers to complete a sale or the ability
of buyers to complete a purchase.
6.2 Users are hereby made aware that there may be risks of dealing with people acting under false pretenses. Sol.com.cn uses several techniques to verify the accuracy of the information our users provide us when they register on the Site. However, because user verification on the Internet is difficult, Sol.com.cn cannot and does not confirm each User's purported identity (including, without limitation, TrustPass Members and China Gold Suppliers). We encourage you to use the various tools available on the Site, as well as common sense, to evaluate with whom you are dealing.
6.3 Each User acknowledges that it is fully assuming the risks of purchase and sale transactions when using the Site to conduct transactions, and that it is fully assuming the risks of liability or harm of any kind in connection with subsequent activity of any kind relating to products or services that are the subject of transactions using the Site. Such risks shall include, but are not limited to, mis-representation of products and services, fraudulent schemes, unsatisfactory quality, failure to meet specifications, defective or dangerous products, unlawful products, delay or default in delivery or payment, cost mis-calculations, breach of warranty, breach of contract and transportation accidents. Such risks also include the risks that the manufacture, importation, distribution, offer, display, purchase, sale and/or use of products or services offered or displayed on the Site may violate or may be asserted to violate Third Party Rights, and the risk that User may incur costs of defense or other costs in connection with third parties' assertion of Third Party Rights, or in connection with any claims by any party that they are entitled to defense or indemnification in relation to assertions of rights, demands or claims by Third Party Rights claimants. Such risks also include the risks that consumers, other purchasers, end-users of products or others claiming to have suffered injuries or harms relating to product originally obtained by Users of the Site as a result of purchase and sale transactions in connection with using the Site may suffer harms and/or assert claims arising from their use of such products. All of the foregoing risks are hereafter referred to as "Transaction Risks.". Each User agrees that Sol shall not be liable or responsible for any damages, liabilities, costs, harms, inconveniences, business disruptions or expenditures of any kind that may arise a result of or in connection with any Transaction Risks.
6.4 Users are solely responsible for all of the terms and conditions of the transactions conducted on, through or as a result of use of the Site, including, without limitation, terms regarding payment, returns, warranties, shipping, insurance, fees, taxes, title, licenses, fines, permits, handling, transportation and storage.
6.5 In the event that any User has a dispute with any party to a transaction, such User agrees to release and indemnify Sol (and our agents, affiliates, directors, officers and employees) from all claims, demands, actions, proceedings, costs, expenses and damages (including without limitation any actual, special, incidental or consequential damages) arising out of or in connection with such transaction.
7. Limitation of Liability.
7.1 THE FEATURES AND SERVICES ON THE SOL.COM.CN SITE ARE PROVIDED
ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS,
AND SOL.COM.CN HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES
OF CONDITION, QUALITY, DURABILITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY,
RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, UNDERTAKINGS
AND TERMS ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.
7.2 SOL MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE VALIDITY, ACCURACY, CORRECTNESS, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, STABILITY, COMPLETENESS OR CURRENTNESS OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE. SOL DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANTY THAT THE MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, OFFER, DISPLAY, PURCHASE, SALE AND/OR USE OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OFFERED OR DISPLAYED ON THE SITE DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY THIRD PARTY RIGHTS; AND SOL MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND CONCERNING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE OFFERED OR DISPLAYED ON THE SOL.COM.CN SITE.
7.3 Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the Site is done at each User's sole discretion and risk and each User is solely responsible for any damage to its computer system or loss of data that may result from the download of any such material. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by any User from Sol.com.cn or through or from the Site shall create any warranty not expressly stated herein.
7.4 Under no circumstances shall Sol.com.cn be held liable for an delay or failure or disruption of the content or services delivered through the Site resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces or causes beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation, Internet failures, computer, telecommunications or any other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, flood, storms, explosions, Acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals or non-performance of third parties.
7.5 Each User hereby agrees to indemnify and save Sol.com.cn, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise from such User's use of the Site (including but not limited to the display of such User's information on the Site) or from its breach of any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Each User hereby further agrees to indemnify and save Sol.com.cn, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise from User's breach of any representations and warranties made by User to Sol.com.cn, including but not limited to those set forth in Sections 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 above. Each User hereby further agrees to indemnify and save Sol.com.cn, its affiliates, directors, officers and employees harmless, from any and all losses, claims, liabilities (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) which may arise, directly or indirectly, as a result of any claims asserted by Third Party Rights claimants or other third parties relating to products offered or displayed on the Site. Each User hereby further agrees that Sol.com.cn is not responsible and shall have no liability to it, for any material posted by others, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material and that the risk of damages from such material rests entirely with each User. Sol.com.cn reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you shall cooperate with Sol.com.cn in asserting any available defenses.
7.6 Sol.com.cn shall not be liable for any special, direct, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever (including but not limited to damages for loss of profits or savings, business interruption, loss of information), whether in contract, negligence, tort, strict liability or otherwise or any other damages resulting from any of the following:
a. the use or the inability to use the Site;
b. any defect in goods, samples, data, information or services purchased or obtained from a User or a third-party service provider through the Site;
c. violation of Third Party Rights or claims or demands that Users' manufacture, importation, distribution, offer, display, purchase, sale and/or use of products or services offered or displayed on the Site may violate or may be asserted to violate Third Party Rights; or claims by any party that they are entitled to defense or indemnification in relation to assertions of rights, demands or claims by Third Party Rights claimants;
d. unauthorized access by third parties to data or private information of any User;
e. statements or conduct of any User of the Site; or
f. any matters relating to Premium Services however arising, including negligence.
8. Intellectual Property Rights.
8.1 Sol.com.cn is the sole owner or lawful licensee of all
the rights to the Site and the Sol Content. The Site and Sol.com.cn
Content embody trade secrets and intellectual property rights
protected under worldwide copyright and other laws. All title,
ownership and intellectual property rights in the Site and
Sol.com.cn Content shall remain with Sol.com.cn, its affiliates
or licensors of the Sol.com.cn Content, as the case may be.
All rights not otherwise claimed under this Agreement or by
Sol.com.cn are hereby reserved.
8.2 "SOL", "SOL.COM.CN," "TRUSTPASS" and related icons and logos are registered trademarks or trademarks or service marks of Sol.com.cn Corporation in various jurisdictions and are protected under applicable copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights laws. The unauthorized copying, modification, use or publication of these marks is strictly prohibited.
9.1 All notices or demands to or upon Sol.com.cn shall be
effective if in writing and shall be duly made when sent to
Sol in the following manner: to Fourth Floor, One Capital
Place, P.O. Box 847, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, with a
copy to Sol.com.cn Hong Kong Limited, Room 2403-05 Jubilee
Centre, 18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, Attn: Legal
9.2 All notices or demands to or upon a User shall be effective if either delivered personally, sent by courier, certified mail, by facsimile or email to the last-known correspondence, fax or email address provided by the User to Sol.com.cn, or by posting such notice or demand on an area of the Site that is publicly accessible without a charge. Notice to a User shall be deemed to be received by such User if and when
a. Sol.com.cn is able to demonstrate that communication, whether in physical or electronic form, has been sent to such User.
b. immediately upon Sol.com.cn's posting such notice on an area of the Site that is publicly accessible without charge.
10.1 Subject to any additional agreements relating to TrustPass
the entire agreement between the User and Sol.com.cn with
respect to access to and use of the Site, superseding any
prior written or oral agreements in relation to the same subject
10.2 Sol.com.cn and the User are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement.
10.3 If any provision herein is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.
10.4 Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section.
10.5 Sol.com.cn's failure to enforce any right or failure to act with respect to any breach by a User under these terms and conditions will not waive that right nor waives Sol's right to act with respect with subsequent or similar breaches.
10.6 Sol.com.cn shall have the right to assign its obligations and duties in this Agreement and in any agreement relating to Premium Services to any person or entity.