Free Membership Agreement
1.1 WELCOME TO AFRISPRESS.COM’S FREE SERVICE (the “SERVICE”). The following sets forth the terms and conditions of the Afrispress.com Free Membership Agreement (this “Agreement“) between you (“Member”) and the Afrispress.com contracting company determined in accordance with this clause 1.1 (“Afrispress.com“) under which Afrispress.com offers you access to and use of the Service through the websites, mobile sites, mobile applications and other portals owned, operated, branded or made available by Afrispress.com to you from time to time relating to the Afrispress e-commerce platform including but not limited to the web and mobile-optimized versions of the websites identified by the uniform resource locator “www.Afrispress.com” and the mobile applications of the Afrispress.com e-commerce platform (collectively the “Afrispress Sites”).
1.2 Afrispress.com may amend this Agreement at any time by posting the amended and restated Agreement on the Sites. The amended and restated Agreement shall be effective immediately upon posting. Posting by Afrispress.com of the amended and restated Agreement and your continued use of the Service shall be deemed to be acceptance of the amended terms.
2. THE SERVICE
2.2 The Service will have the following core features (which may be added to or modified, or suspended for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance purposes, from time to time at the sole discretion of Afrispress.com and notified to you) (“Free Member Benefits”):
a) Company Profile – allows each Member to display and edit basic information about its business, such as year and place of establishment, estimated annual sales, number of employees, and products and services offered, etc.
2.3 Afrispress.com may suspend or terminate all or part of the above Free Member Benefits at any time in its sole discretion without liability for any losses or damages arising out of or in connection with such suspension or termination. Afrispress.com reserves the right to charge for the Service or any feature or functionality of the Service at any time in its sole discretion.
2.4 Benefits, features and functions available to a Member may vary for different countries and regions. No warranty or representation is given that a particular feature or function or the same type and extent of features and functions will be available.
2.5 The availability of any transactional features and functions on the Sites to any Member may be conditional on verification of Member’s identity and/or its designated bank account by Afrispress.com and/or its approved independent third parties.
2.6 Afrispress.com shall issue a Member ID and Password (the latter shall be chosen by the Member during registration) to each Member to access the Service through such Member’s Account. Each Member shall be solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of its Member ID and Password and for all use of and activities that occur under the Member ID and Password (whether such use or activities are authorized or not). A set of Member ID and Password is unique to a single Account and no Member shall share, assign or permit the use of its Account, Member ID or Password to another person, even to other individuals within the Member’s own business entity (where applicable). Each Member acknowledges that sharing of its Account with other persons, or allowing multiple users outside of its business entity to use its Account (collectively, “multiple use”), may cause irreparable harm to Afrispress.com and each Member shall indemnify Afrispress.com against any loss or damages (including but not limited to loss of profits) suffered by Afrispress.com as a result of such multiple use of an Account. Each Member hereby undertakes to notify Afrispress.com immediately of any unauthorized use of its Account, Member ID or Password or any other breach of security. Each Member hereby agrees that Afrispress.com shall not be liable for any loss or damages arising from the Member’s failure to comply with this paragraph.
2.7 Afrispress.com reserves the right to change, upgrade, modify, limit or suspend the Service or any of its related functionalities or applications at any time temporarily or permanently without prior notice. Afrispress.com further reserves the right but shall not be obliged to introduce new features, functionalities, applications or conditions to the Service or to future versions of the Service. All new features, functionalities, applications, conditions, modifications, upgrades and alterations shall be governed by this Agreement, unless otherwise stated by Afrispress.com.
2.8 Each Member acknowledges that inability to use the Service wholly or partially for whatever reason may have adverse effects on its business. Each Member hereby agrees that in no event shall Afrispress.com be liable to the Member or any third parties for any inability to use the Service (whether due to disruption, changes to or termination of the Service or otherwise), any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions with respect to any communications or transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof, or any losses or damages (direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise) arising from the use of or inability to use the Service.
2.9 You hereby represent and agree to authorize Afrispress.com to provide all the information associated with your Member ID to the Afrispress Sites for the purpose of facilitating your easy and fast access to the Afrispress Sites. Afrispress.com reserves the right, without prior notice and at its sole discretion, to suspend, restrict or deny access and services provided by Afrispress.com and Afrispress Sites without liability for any losses or damages arising out of or in connection with such suspension or termination, if you: (a) use the services provided by Afrispress.com, or through the Sites and the Afrispress Sites to defraud any person or entity; (b) engage in any unlawful activities including without limitation those which would constitute the infringement of intellectual property rights, a civil liability or a criminal offence; (c) engage in any activities that would otherwise create any liability for Afrispress.com, the Sites or the Afrispress Sites.
2.10 If you voluntarily submit any information to the Sites for publication on the Sites through the publishing tools, including but not limited to, company or business profile, product catalogue, trade leads, TRUSTPASS profile, business trust system and any discussion forum, then you are deemed to have given consent to the publication of such information on the Sites.
3.1 Each Member hereby represents, warrants and agrees to (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about itself and its business references as may be required by Afrispress.com and (b) maintain and promptly amend all information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. To the extent permitted under applicable laws, each Member hereby grants an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide and royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) license to Afrispress.com to display and use all information provided by such Member 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. Information that is protected under data protection laws will only be used and kept in compliance with those laws.
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;
c) 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 and privacy or other legitimate rights;
e) violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising);
g) contain information that is 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;
i) 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;
k) involve 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; and
l) involve any scheme to undermine the integrity of the computer systems or networks used by Afrispress.com and/or any user of the Service and no Member shall attempt to gain unauthorized access to such computer systems or networks;
3.3 Each Member represents, warrants and agrees that with regards to information about or posted on behalf of any business referee, it has obtained all necessary consents, approvals and waivers from such referee to (a) act as such Member’s business referee; (b) to post and publish their contact details and information, reference letters and comments on their behalf; and (c) that third parties may contact such business referees to support claims or statements made about the Member. Each Member further warrants that all reference letters and comments are true and accurate and hereby waives all requirements for such Member’s consent to be obtained before third parties may contact the business referees.
3.4 Member shall not take any action which may undermine the integrity of Afrispress.com’s feedback system, such as leaving positive feedback for himself using secondary Member IDs or through third parties or by leaving unsubstantiated negative feedback for another Member.
3.5 Each Member acknowledges and agrees that Afrispress.com reserves the right to, but shall not be required to actively monitor nor exercise any editorial control whatsoever over the content of any message or other material or information created, obtained or accessible through the Service. Afrispress.com does not endorse, verify or otherwise certify the contents of any comments or other material or information made by any Member. Each Member is solely responsible for the contents of their communications and may be held legally liable or accountable for the content of their comments or other material or information.
3.6 Each Member represents, warrants and agrees that it has obtained all necessary third party licenses and permissions and shall be solely responsible for ensuring that any material or information it posts on the Sites or provides to Afrispress.com or authorizes Afrispress.com to display does not violate the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrets or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is posted with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights. Each Member further represents, warrants and agrees that it has the right and authority to sell, distribute or offer to sell or distribute the products described in the material or information it posts on the Sites or provides to Afrispress.com or authorizes Afrispress.com to display.
4.1 Through the Sites, Afrispress.com provides an electronic web-based platform for exchanging information and concluding sale and purchase transactions of products and services online between buyers and suppliers. Afrispress.com reserves the right to limit certain features and functions of the platform to prescribed Members. Despite the provision of the platform through the Sites, Afrispress.com does not represent the seller or the buyer in specific transactions whether or not such transactions are made on or via the Sites. Afrispress.com 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 Sites or the ability of the suppliers to complete a sale or the ability of buyers to complete a purchase.
4.2 Members are hereby made aware that there may be risks of dealing with people acting under false pretences. Afrispress.com uses several techniques to verify the accuracy of the information our users provide us when they register on the Sites. However, because user verification on the Internet is difficult, Afrispress.com cannot and does not confirm each free member’s purported identity shown on the Sites and can only use reasonable efforts to verify the personal identity of the representative according to the applicable laws in the Republic of Sierra Leone. We encourage you to use the various tools available on the Sites, as well as common sense, to evaluate with whom you are dealing.
4.3 Each Member accessing or using the Sites or Service shall fully assume the risks of conducting any purchase and sale transactions in connection with or through the Sites or Service. Such risks shall include, but not limited to, mis-representation of products and services, fraudulent schemes, unsatisfactory quality, failure to meet specifications, defective products, delay or default in delivery or payment, cost mis-calculations, breach of warranty, breach of contract and transportation accidents (“Transaction Risks”). Each Member agrees that Afrispress.com 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.
4.4 Members are solely responsible for setting out, agreeing on, entering into and performing all of the terms and conditions of the transactions conducted on, through or as a result of use of the Sites, including, without limitation, terms regarding payment, returns, warranties, shipping, insurance, fees, taxes, title, licenses, fines, permits, handling, transportation and storage, subject to any additional obligations imposed under the Transactional Services Agreement (and in particular, clause 3.2).
4.5 Member agrees to provide all information and materials as may be reasonably required by Afrispress.com in connection with its transactions made via the transactional platform on the Sites. Afrispress.com has the right to suspend or terminate any Member’s Account if the Member fails to provide the required information and materials without liability for any losses or damages arising out of or in connection with such suspension or termination.
4.6 In the event that any Member has a dispute with any party to a transaction, such Member agrees to release and indemnify Afrispress.com (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 dispute or the transaction.
5.1 Afrispress.com provides its Members use of discussion boards on the Sites free of charge to promote and encourage open, honest and respectful communication between all of our Members. The discussion boards on the Sites shall not be used as a marketing platform by Members and Members shall not post any information relating to trade leads, promotion of their products or their company profile.
5.2 Each Member acknowledges that all data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted through a discussion board on the Sites, are the sole responsibility of such Member from whom the Content originated. This means that the posting Member, and not Afrispress.com, is entirely responsible for all Content that is uploaded or posted via our discussion boards on the Sites. Afrispress.com does not control the Content posted via discussion boards and therefore does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.
5.3 Afrispress.com reserves the right to, but shall have no obligation to, delete or edit any postings in its sole discretion without prior notice. Afrispress.com may but shall not be obliged to monitor posting activities of any Member who is in breach of this Agreement and may restrict their ability to post messages on the discussion boards on the Sites. Under no circumstances will Afrispress.com be liable in any way for any Content, including (without limitation) any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the discussion boards by such Member. Each Member agrees to evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any Content including any reliance on its accuracy or completeness. Each Member understands that by using the Afrispress.com discussion boards on the Sites, such Member may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable.
a) upload, post or e-mail any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
i) upload, post or e-mail any Content that contains computer viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment;
j) upload, post or e-mail any Content that contains a complaint regarding Afrispress.com’s services or refers to such a complaint on the Sites or to any other Members; any such complaint must be directed to the customer service e-mail on the Sites; or
5.5 Each Member acknowledges that Afrispress.com does not pre-screen Content but that Afrispress.com shall have the right (though not the obligation) in its sole discretion to move, modify or remove any Content that is posted or
5.6 To the extent permitted under applicable laws, each member grants to Afrispress.com a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free irrevocable, non-exclusive licence (including the right to sub-license through multiple tiers) to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any Content (in whole or part) such Member uploaded, posted or supplied to Afrispress.com for posting on the Sites and/or to incorporate such Content in other works in any form, media or technology now known or developed. Information that is protected under data protection laws will only be used and kept in compliance with those laws.
5.7 Each Member shall indemnify and hold Afrispress.com and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, officers, agents or partners harmless from and against any direct or indirect loss or damage (including consequential loss and loss of profits, goodwill or business opportunities) arising from any third party claim in relation to any Content such Member uploaded, posted or e-mailed on or through the discussion boards on the Sites, such Member’s use of the discussion boards on the Sites, or such Member’s breach of the provisions set out in clause 5.4.
5.8 On being made aware of any such breaches, Afrispress.com may ban, delete or prohibit any Content that relates to those breaches or that Afrispress.com in its sole discretion consider to be harmful to the public or the rights of Afrispress.com or any of its affiliates, licensors, partners or Members.
5.10 All information and/or other Content posted on the Sites by the Afrispress.com service team or by Members or third party partners is supplied for information purposes only and shall not under any circumstances be construed as legal and/or business advice or a legal opinion. Members are encouraged to seek independent professional advice in such situations.
6. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
6.1 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND AFRISPRESS.COM 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 OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, UNDERTAKINGS AND TERMS ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.
6.2 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AFRISPRESS.COM MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE VALIDITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, STABILITY, COMPLETENESS OR CURRENTNESS OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE SITES.
6.3 Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the access to or use of the Sites or Service is done at each Member’s sole discretion and risk and each Member is solely responsible for any damage to its computer system or any loss of data that results from the download of any such material. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by any Member from Afrispress.com or through or from the Service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in this Agreement.
6.4 The Sites may make available to User services or products provided by independent third parties. No warranty or representation is made with regard to such services or products. In no event shall Afrispress.com or its affiliates be held liable for any such services or products.
6.5 Under no circumstances shall Afrispress.com be held liable for a delay or failure or disruption of the Service accessed or delivered through the Sites or the creation or fulfilment of contracts 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 or any suspension or disruption of transportation or business operation (including but not limited to delays or disruption of the resumption of work or operation ordered by any government agency) in the event of a national or regional spread of epidemic or pandemic.
6.6 To the extent permitted by law, Afrispress.com 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 or otherwise or any other damages resulting from any of the following:
6.7 Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions, the aggregate liability of Afrispress.com, its employees, agents, affiliates, representatives or anyone acting on its behalf with respect to each Member for all claims arising from the access to or use of the Service or the Sites during any calendar year shall be limited to Le 10,000. The preceding sentence shall not preclude the requirement by the Member to prove actual damages. All claims arising from the use of the Service must be filed within either one (1) month from the date the cause of action arose or such longer period as prescribed under the applicable law governing this Agreement.
7.1 Afrispress.com is the sole owner or lawful licensee of all the rights to the Service. The Service embodies trade secrets and intellectual property rights protected under worldwide copyright and other laws. All title, ownership and intellectual property rights in the Service shall remain with Afrispress.com, its affiliates or licensors, as the case may be. All rights not otherwise claimed under this Agreement or by Afrispress.com are hereby reserved.
7.2 “AFRISPRESS”, “AFRISPRESS.COM” and related icons and logos are registered trademarks or trademarks or service marks of Afrispress 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.
8.2 Afrispress.com and the Member are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement.
8.5 Afrispress.com’s failure to enforce any right or failure to act with respect to any breach by a Member under this Agreement will not waive that right nor waive Afrispress.com’s right to act with respect with subsequent or similar breaches.
8.6 Afrispress.com shall have the right to assign this Agreement (including all of its rights, titles, benefits, interests, and obligations and duties in this Agreement) to any person or entity (including any affiliates of Afrispress.com). The Member may not assign, in whole or part, this Agreement to any person or entity.
8.7 THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE. IF YOU CONTRACT WITH AFRISPRESS ACCORDING TO PARAGRAPH 1.1, AND THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT HEREBY SUBMIT TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE SIERRA LEONE COURTS.