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- Our right and the right of other users and visitors to re-share your User Content you shared, posted, or provided through the Website or Materials to the extent copied or re-shared prior to termination; and
- The "BORING, BUT IMPORTANT" section of these Terms below.
PayScale Products for Businesses
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Third-Party Sites and Services
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BORING, BUT IMPORTANT (TL;DR: To enable us to offer you the Website and Materials for no charge or a limited fee, below are contract terms that limit our potential liability if something goes wrong and protect our property):
Intellectual Property Notice
Except for the names, logos, or products of other companies mentioned on our Website or any Material, all Materials and other Website content, including, but not limited to, Research Data, Consumer Data, Employer Data, our name, marks, and logos, and a Website's look, feel, text, pictures, data, format, materials, graphics, sound files, and other files, constitute the intellectual property of PayScale or its licensors. PayScale reserves all its intellectual property rights in and to the Website and all Materials (including, but not limited to, any modification or improvements thereto or derivative works thereof). Your use of the Website and Materials does not give you any ownership in our Website and Materials. Trademarks and logos used in connection with the Website and Materials are the trademarks of their respective owners. Unless expressly stated in these Terms or elsewhere on a Website or Material, and only to the extent explicitly outlined, none of the Materials (or any of its components) or other Website content may be copied, used, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, transmitted, or framed in any form or by any means, without our prior written consent or the respective intellectual property owner. Additionally, you may not use any metatags or any other hidden text using our intellectual property without our prior written consent. For information on use of PayScale's brand assets, please review our Guidelines.
Disclaimers of Warranties
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Limitation and Exclusion of Liability
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER PAYSCALE NOR ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, PARTNERS, OR LICENSORS ARE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITIY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY SUCH DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE WEBSITE, MATERIALS, OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, DATA, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR OTHER SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND MATERIALS.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE LIABILITY OF PAYSCALE AND ITS AFFILIATES OR OTHERS THAT PAYSCALE WORKS WITH TO PROVIDE THE WEBSITE AND MATERIALS EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE FOR ALL CLAIMS, AN AMOUNT THAT IS THE LESSER OF: (A) THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO PAYSCALE, IF ANY, TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE OR MATERIALS DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE INCIDENT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM; AND (B) FIVE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($500 USD).
YOU FURTHER UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT PAYSCALE AND ITS AFFILIATES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THIRD-PARTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, OTHER USERS OF THE WEBSITE OR MATERIALS AND PROVIDERS OF THIRD-PARTY SERVICES, AND THAT THE RISK OF ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE AND MATERIALS, AND OF HARM FROM THE FOREGOING, RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
THIS LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY IS PART OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN YOU AND PAYSCALE AND WILL APPLY TO ALL CLAIMS OF LIABILITY EVEN IF THESE REMEDIES FAIL IN THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME LAWS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THESE LIMITS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
PLEASE READ THIS "DISPUTE RESOLUTION" SECTION CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES YOU TO ARBITRATE DISPUTES WITH PAYSCALE AND IT LIMITS THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU CAN SEEK RELIEF. THIS PROVISION IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF ARBITRATION. YOU SHOULD TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO RESEARCH AND CONSULT WITH OTHERS REGARDING ARBITRATION BEFORE DECIDING TO ACCESS AND USE THE WEBSITE OR MATERIALS, WHICH IS SUBJECT TO YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS, INCLUDING, THIS "DISPUTE RESOLUTION" SECTION.
Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and any other proceeding where someone acts in a representative capacity aren't allowed. Nor is combining individual proceedings without the consent of all parties. You hereby agree to waive bringing the foregoing type of proceedings against us. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, you and PayScale agree to waive any right to a jury trial.
Any dispute or claim brought by you against us relating in any way to the Website or Materials, including, but not limited to, your access and use of the Website or Materials, will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages) and must follow these Terms as a court would. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to these Terms. To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim to our registered agent, CT Corporation System, 711 Capitol Way South, Ste. 204, Olympia, WA, 98501, United States. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes. The AAA's rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA's rules. You agree to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in King County, Washington.
Intellectual Property Complaints
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes intellectual property infringement, to help us investigate and resolve the issue, please provide the following information, in writing by email, to our Legal Department (email@example.com):
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- A description of the work that you claim has been infringed upon;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located within the Website (e.g., the URL);
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit PayScale to contact you, such as address, telephone number, and, if available, an e-mail address at which you may be contacted;
- A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law; and
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Please note that this procedure is only for notifying us that you believe that your intellectual property has been infringed. Inquiries not relevant to an intellectual property infringement claim may not receive a response.
General Legal Terms
By accessing a Website or Materials, you agree that the Federal Arbitration Act, applicable federal law, and the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms and any dispute, of any sort, that might arise between you and PayScale. You agree that we will be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief, in additional to monetary damages, if you breach any of these Terms, and that we may seek performance or an injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction and will not be obligated to arbitrate as described in the Dispute Resolution section to pursue such relief. You agree that your sole remedy for PayScale's breach of these Terms is to discontinue your access and use of the Website and Materials. PayScale's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If an arbitrator or court with authority over these Terms finds any part of it not enforceable, you and PayScale agree that the arbitrator or court (as the case may be) should modify these Terms to make that part enforceable while still achieving its intent. If the arbitrator or court cannot do that, you and PayScale agree to ask the arbitrator or court to remove that unenforceable part and still enforce the rest of these Terms. We may assign these Terms, in whole or in part, at any time, with or without notice to you. You may not assign these Terms or assign, transfer, or sublicense your rights, if any, under these Terms.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and PayScale concerning your access and use of the Website and Materials and supersedes any prior agreements between you and PayScale with respect to the Website and Materials, including, but not limited to, the previous version of these Terms found here.
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Last Updated: May 11, 2018