TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF DOCUSIGN SERVICE PLANS
1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
2. MODIFICATION OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We reserve the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time and in any manner at our sole discretion by: (a) posting a revision on this Site; or (b) sending information regarding the amendment to the email address you provide to us. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGULARLY REVIEWING THIS SITE TO OBTAIN TIMELY NOTICE OF ANY AMENDMENTS. YOU SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH AMENDMENTS BY CONTINUING TO USE THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE FOR MORE THAN 20 DAYS AFTER SUCH AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN POSTED OR INFORMATION REGARDING SUCH AMENDMENTS HAS BEEN SENT TO YOU. You agree that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification of the Terms and Conditions.
“Account” means a unique account established by Subscriber to enable its Authorized Users to access and use the Subscription Service.
“Authorized User” means any employee or agent of Subscriber, identified by a unique email address and user name, who is registered under the Account, provided that no two persons may register, access or use the Subscription Service as the same Authorized User.
“eContract” refers to a contract, notice, disclosure, or other record or document deposited into the System by Subscriber for processing using the Subscription Service.
“Envelope” means an electronic record containing one or more eContracts consisting of a single page or a group of pages of data uploaded to the System.
“Risk Free” means our offer to allow you to use the Subscription Service for 30 calendar days after you activate your Account with a valid credit card. If you cancel your Account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions prior to the passage of 30 days, your credit card will not be charged. This Risk Free offer is available one time only to any person or entity.
“Seat” means an active Authorized User listed in the membership of an Account at any one time. No two individuals may log onto or use the Subscription Service as the same Authorized User, but Subscriber may unregister or deactivate Authorized Users and replace them with other Authorized Users without penalty, so long as the number of active Authorized Users registered at any one time is equal to or less than the number of Seats purchased.
“Service Plan” means the right to access and use the Subscription Service for a specified period in exchange for a periodic fee, subject to the Service Plan restrictions and requirements that are used to describe the selected Service Plan on the Site. Restrictions and requirements may include any or all of the following: (a) number of Seats and/or Envelopes that a Subscriber may use in a month or year for a fee; (b) fee for sent Envelopes in excess of the number of Envelopes allocated to Subscriber under the Service Plan; (c) per-seat or per-user restrictions; (d) the license to use DocuSign software products such as DocuSign Connect Express in connection with the Subscription Service; and (e) per use fees.
“Specifications” means the technical specifications set forth in the “Subscription Service Specifications” available at http://docusign.com/support/specifications.
“Subscription Service” means DocuSign’s on-demand electronic signature service, as updated from time to time, which provides on-line display, certified delivery, acknowledgement, electronic signature, and storage services for eContracts via the Internet.
“System” refers to the software systems and programs, communication and network facilities, and hardware and equipment used by DocuSign or its agents to provide the Subscription Service.
“Term” means the period of effectiveness of these Terms and Conditions, as specified in Section 11 below.
“Transaction Data” means the metadata associated with an Envelope (such as transaction history, image hash value, method and time of Envelope deletion, sender and recipient names, email addresses and signature IDs) and maintained by DocuSign in order to establish the digital audit trail required by the Subscription Service.
4. SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
During the term of the Service Plan and subject to these Terms and Conditions, Subscriber will have the right to obtain an Account and register its Authorized Users, who may access and use the Subscription Service, and DocuSign will provide the Subscription Service in material conformance with the Specifications. You must be 18 years of age or older to register for an Account and use the Subscription Service. Subscriber's right to use the Subscription Service is limited to its Authorized Users, and Subscriber agrees not to resell or otherwise provide or assist with the provision of the Subscription Service to any third party. In addition, DocuSign’s provision of the Subscription Service is conditioned on Subscriber's acknowledgement and agreement to the following:
(a) The Subscription Service facilitates the execution of eContracts between the parties to those eContracts. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions may be construed to make DocuSign a party to any eContract processed through the Subscription Service, and DocuSign makes no representation or warranty regarding the transactions sought to be effected by any eContract;
(b) Between DocuSign and Subscriber, Subscriber has exclusive control over and responsibility for the content, quality, and format of any eContract. All eContracts stored by DocuSign are maintained in an encrypted form, and DocuSign has no control of or access to their contents;
(c) If Subscriber elects to use one or more of the optional features designed to verify the identity of the intended recipient of an eContract that DocuSign makes available to its subscribers (“Authentication Measures”), DocuSign will apply only those Authentication Measures selected by the Subscriber, but makes no representations or warranties about the appropriateness of any Authentication Measure. Further, DocuSign assumes no liability for: (A) the inability or failure by the intended recipient or other party to satisfy the Authentication Measure; or (B) the circumvention by any person (other than DocuSign) of any Authentication Measure;
(d) Certain types of agreements and documents may be excepted from electronic signature laws (e.g. wills and agreements pertaining to family law), or may be subject to specific regulations promulgated by various government agencies regarding electronic signatures and electronic records. DocuSign is not responsible or liable to determine whether any particular eContract is subject to an exception to applicable electronic signature laws, or whether it is subject to any particular agency promulgations, or whether it can be legally formed by electronic signatures;
(e) DocuSign is not responsible for determining how long any contracts, documents, and other records are required to be retained or stored under any applicable laws, regulations, or legal or administrative agency processes. Further, DocuSign is not responsible for or liable to produce any of Subscriber’s eContracts or other documents to any third parties;
(f) Certain consumer protection or similar laws or regulations may impose special requirements with respect to electronic transactions involving one or more “consumers,” such as (among others) requirements that the consumer consent to the method of contracting and/or that the consumer be provided with a copy, or access to a copy, of a paper or other non-electronic, written record of the transaction. DocuSign does not and is not responsible to: (A) determine whether any particular transaction involves a “consumer;” (B) furnish or obtain any such consents or determine if any such consents have been withdrawn; (C) provide any information or disclosures in connection with any attempt to obtain any such consents; (D) provide legal review of, or update or correct any information or disclosures currently or previously given; (E) provide any such copies or access, except as expressly provided in the Specifications for all transactions, consumer or otherwise; or (F) otherwise to comply with any such special requirements; and
(g) Subscriber undertakes to determine whether any “consumer” is involved in any eContract presented by Subscriber or its Authorized Users for processing, and, if so, to comply with all requirements imposed by law on such eContracts or their formation.
5. RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
As between Subscriber and DocuSign, Subscriber is solely responsible for the nature and content of all materials, works, data, statements, and other visual, graphical, video, and written or audible communications submitted by any Authorized User or otherwise processed through its Account, the Subscription Service, or under any Order Form. Accordingly:
(a) Subscriber will not use or permit the use of the Subscription Service to send unsolicited mass mailings outside its organization. The term “unsolicited mass mailings” includes all statutory or common definitions or understanding of those terms in the applicable jurisdiction, such as those set forth for “Commercial Electronic Mail Messages” under the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act, as an example only; and
(b) Subscriber will not use or permit the use of the Subscription Service: (i) to communicate any message or material that is defamatory, harassing, libelous, threatening, or obscene; (ii) in a way that violates or infringes upon the intellectual property rights or the privacy or publicity rights of any person or entity or that may otherwise be unlawful or give rise to civil or criminal liability (other than contractual liability of the parties under eContracts processed through the Subscription Service); (iii) in any manner that is likely to damage, disable, overburden, or impair the System or the Subscription Service or interfere with the use or enjoyment of the Subscription Service by others; or (iv) in any way that constitutes or encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense.
DocuSign does not monitor the content processed through the Subscription Service, but in accordance with DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) safe harbors, it may suspend any use of the Subscription Service, or remove or disable any content that DocuSign reasonably and in good faith believes violates this Agreement or applicable laws or regulations. DocuSign will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify Subscriber prior to any such suspension or disablement, unless DocuSign reasonably believes that: (A) it is prohibited from doing so under applicable law or under legal process, such as court or government administrative agency processes, orders, mandates, and the like; or (B) it is necessary to delay notice in order to prevent imminent harm to the System, Subscription Service, or a third party. Under circumstances where notice is delayed, DocuSign will provide the notice if and when the related restrictions in the previous sentence no longer apply.
6. PRICING AND PER USE PURCHASES
The prices, features, and options of the Subscription Service available for an Account depend on the Service Plan selected by Subscriber. Subscriber may also purchase optional services on a periodic or per-use basis. DocuSign may add or change the prices, features or options available with a Service Plan without notice.
Subscriber's usage under a Service Plan is measured based on the actual number of Seats as described in the Service Plan on the Site. Once a per-Seat Service Plan is established, the right of the named Authorized User to access and use the Subscription Service is not transferable; any additional or differently named Authorized Users must purchase per-Seat Service Plans to send Envelopes. Extra seats, users and/or per use fees will be charged as set forth in Subscriber's Service Plan if allowed by such Service Plan. If a Services Plan defines a monthly Envelope Allowance (i.e. # Envelopes per month allowed to be sent), all Envelopes sent in excess of the Envelope Allowance will incur a per-Envelope charge. Any unused Envelope Allowances will expire and not carry over from one billing period to another under a Service Plan. Subscriber’s Account will be deemed to have consumed an Envelope at the time the Envelope is sent by Subscriber, regardless of whether Envelopes were received by recipients, or whether recipients have performed any actions upon any eContract in the Envelope. Powerforms are considered Envelopes within an Envelope Allowance Service Plan, and will be deemed consumed at the time they are “clicked” by any end user regardless of whether or not any actions are subsequently performed upon such Envelope. For Service Plans that specify the Envelope Allowance is “Unlimited,” Subscriber is allowed to send a reasonable number of Envelopes from the number of Seats purchased. If DocuSign suspects that the number of Envelopes sent from a particular Seat or a group of Seats is abusive and/or unduly burdensome, DocuSign will promptly notify Subscriber, discuss the use-case scenario with Subscriber and any continued monitoring, additional discussions and/or information required to make a final determination on the course of action based on such information. In the event Subscriber exceeds, in DocuSign’s sole discretion, reasonable use restrictions under a Service Plan, DocuSign reserves the right to transfer Subscriber into a higher-tier Service Plan without notice. If you misrepresent your eligibility for any Service Plan, you agree to pay us the additional amount you would have been charged under the most favorable pricing structure for which you are eligible. DocuSign may discontinue a Service Plan at any time, and with prior notice to you, may migrate your Account to a similar Service Plan that may carry a different fee. You agree to allow us to charge your credit card for the fees associated with a substitute Service Plan, even if those fees are higher than those you agreed to when you registered your Account.
Optional services subject to per use charges, such as premium Authentication Measures, are measured at the time of use, and such charges are specific to the number of units of the service(s) used during the billing period.
Optional services subject to periodic charges, such as additional secure storage, are charged on the same periodic basis as the Service Plan fees for the Subscription Service.
7. SUBSCRIBER SUPPORT
DocuSign will provide Subscriber support to Subscriber as specified in the Service Plan selected by Subscriber, and that is further detailed on DocuSign’s website.
DocuSign will store eContracts per the terms of the Service Plan selected by Subscriber. For Service Plans that specify the Envelope storage amount is “Unlimited,” DocuSign will store an amount of Envelopes that is not abusive and/or unduly burdensome, in DocuSign’s sole discretion. Subscriber may retrieve and store copies of eContracts for storage outside of the System at any time during the Term of the Service Plan when Subscriber is in good financial standing under these Terms and Conditions, and may delete or purge eContracts from the System at its own discretion. DocuSign may, at its sole discretion, delete an uncompleted eContract from the System immediately and without notice upon earlier of: (i) expiration of the Envelope (where Subscriber has established an expiration for such Envelope, not to exceed 365 days); or (ii) expiration of the Term. DocuSign assumes no liability or responsibility for a party's failure or inability to electronically sign any eContract within such a period of time. DocuSign may retain Transaction Data for as long as it has a business purpose to do so.
9. BUSINESS AGREEMENT BENEFITS
You may receive or be eligible for certain pricing structures, discounts, features, promotions, and other benefits (collectively, "Benefits") through a business or government Subscriber's agreement with us (a "Business Agreement"). Any and all such Benefits are provided to you solely as a result of the corresponding Business Agreement and such Benefits may be modified or terminated without notice. If you use the Subscription Service where a business or government entity pays your charges or is otherwise liable for the charges, you authorize us to share your account information with that entity and/or its authorized agents. If you are enrolled in a Service Plan or receive certain Benefits tied to a Business Agreement with us, but you are liable for your own charges, then you authorize us to share enough account information with that entity and its authorized agents to verify your continuing eligibility for those Benefits and the Service Plan.
10. FEES AND PAYMENT TERMS
The Service Plan rates, charges, and other conditions for use are set forth in the Site. Subscriber will pay DocuSign the applicable charges for the Services Plan as set forth on the Site. If you add more Authorized Users than the number of Seats you purchased, we will add those Authorized Users to your Account and impose additional charges for such additional Seats on an ongoing basis. Charges for pre-paid Service Plans will be billed to Subscriber in advance. Charges for per use purchases and standard Service Plan charges will be billed in arrears.
When you register for an Account, you will be required to provide DocuSign with accurate, complete, and current credit card information for a valid credit card that you are authorized to use. You must promptly notify us of any change in your invoicing address or changes related to the credit card used for payment. By completing your registration for the Services Plan, you authorize DocuSign or its agent to bill your credit card the applicable Service Plan charges, any and all applicable taxes, and any other charges you may incur in connection with your use of the Subscription Service, all of which will be charged to your credit card. Each time you use the Subscription Service, or allow or cause the Subscription Service to be used, you reaffirm that we are authorized to charge your credit card. You may terminate your Account and revoke your credit card authorization as set forth in the Term and Termination section of these Terms and Conditions.
We will provide you with one invoice in a format we choose, which may change from time to time, for all Subscription Service associated with each Account and any charges of a third party on whose behalf we bill. Payment of all charges is due and will be charged to your credit card upon your receipt of an invoice. Billing cycle end dates may change from time to time. When a billing cycle covers less than or more than a full month, we may make reasonable adjustments and/or prorations. If your Account is a qualified business account and is approved by us in writing for corporate billing, charges will be accumulated, identified by Account identification number, and invoiced on a monthly basis. You agree that we may (at our option) accumulate charges incurred during your monthly billing cycle and submit them as one or more aggregate charges during or at the end of each cycle, and that we may delay obtaining authorization from your credit card issuer until submission of the accumulated charge(s). This means that accumulated charges may appear on the statement you receive from your credit card issuer.
If DocuSign does not receive payment from your credit card provider, you agree to pay all amounts due upon demand. DocuSign reserves the right to correct any errors or mistakes that it makes even if it has already requested or received payment.
Your credit card issuer's agreement governs your use of your credit card in connection with the Subscription Service, and you must refer to such agreement (not these Terms and Conditions) with respect to your rights and liabilities as a cardholder. You are solely responsible for any and all fees charged to your credit card by the issuer, bank, or financial institution including, but not limited to, membership, overdraft, insufficient funds, and over the credit limit fees. You agree to notify us about any billing problems or discrepancies within 20 days after they first appear on your invoice. If you do not bring them to our attention within 20 days, you agree that you waive your right to dispute such problems or discrepancies.
We may modify the price, content, or nature of the Subscription Service and/or your Service Plan at any time. If we modify any of the foregoing terms, you may cancel your use of the Subscription Service. We may provide notice of any such changes by e-mail, notice to you upon log-in, or by publishing them on the Site. Your payment obligations survive any termination of your use of the Subscription Service before the end of the billing cycle.
Any amount not paid when due will be subject to finance charges equal to 1.5% of the unpaid balance per month or the highest rate permitted by applicable usury law, whichever is less, determined and compounded daily from the date due until the date paid. Subscriber will reimburse any costs or expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred by DocuSign to collect any amount that is not paid when due. DocuSign may accept any check or payment in any amount without prejudice to DocuSign’s right to recover the balance of the amount due or to pursue any other right or remedy. Amounts due to DocuSign under these Terms and Conditions may not be withheld or offset by Subscriber for any reason against amounts due or asserted to be due to Subscriber from DocuSign. Unless otherwise noted in the Service Plan or on the Site, all amounts payable under these Terms and Conditions are denominated in United States dollars, and Subscriber will pay all such amounts in United States dollars.
Other than federal and state net income taxes imposed on DocuSign by the United States, Subscriber will bear all taxes, duties, VAT and other governmental charges (collectively, “taxes”) resulting from these Terms and Conditions or transactions conducted in relation to these Terms and Conditions. Subscriber will pay any additional taxes as are necessary to ensure that the net amounts received and retained by DocuSign after all such taxes are paid are equal to the amounts that DocuSign would have been entitled to in accordance with these Terms and Conditions as if the taxes did not exist.
11. DEPOSITS, SERVICE LIMITS, CREDIT REPORTS, AND RETURN OF BALANCES
You authorize us to ask consumer reporting agencies or trade references to furnish us with employment and credit information, and you consent to our rechecking and reporting personal and/or business payment and credit history if, in our sole discretion, we so choose. If you believe that we have reported inaccurate information about your account to a consumer reporting agency, you may send a written notice describing the specific inaccuracy to the address provided in the Notices section below. For you to use the Subscription Service, we may require a deposit or set a service limit. The deposit will be held as a partial guarantee of payment. It cannot be used by you to pay your invoice or delayed payment. Unless otherwise required by law, deposits may be mixed with other funds and will not earn interest. We reserve the right to increase your deposit if we deem appropriate. You may request that we reevaluate your deposit on an annual basis, which may result in a partial or total refund of the deposit to you or credit to your account. If you default or these Terms and Conditions are terminated, we may, without notice to you, apply any deposit towards payment of any amounts you owe to us. After approximately 90 days following termination of these Terms and Conditions, any remaining deposit or other credit balance in excess of amounts owed will be returned without interest, unless otherwise required by law, to you at your last known address. You agree that any amounts under $15 will not be refunded to cover our costs of closing your account. If the deposit balance is undeliverable and returned to us, we will hold it for you for one year from the date of return and, during that period, we may charge a service fee against the deposit balance. You hereby grant us a security interest in any deposit we require to secure the performance of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions.
12. TERM AND TERMINATION
The term of these Terms and Conditions for each Account begins on the date you register for an Account and ends when that Account is terminated (the “Term”). You may terminate your Account at any time upon 30 days advance written notice to DocuSign following the Notice procedures set forth in these Terms and Conditions. For any termination (including when you switch your Account), you will be responsible for payment of all fees and charges through the end of the billing cycle in which termination occurs. IF THE PAYMENT TERMS YOU SELECTED FOR YOUR SERVICE PLANS ARE BASED ON MONTHLY PAYMENTS, YOU AFFIRMATIVELY CONSENT TO ALLOW DOCUSIGN TO CHARGE YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH MONTH UNTIL YOU NOTIFY US OF TERMINATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT. You will be in default of these Terms and Conditions if you: (a) fail to pay any amount owed to us or an affiliate of ours or any amount appearing on your invoice; (b) have amounts still owing to us or an affiliate of ours from a prior account; (c) breach any provision of these Terms and Conditions; (d) violate any policy applicable to the Subscription Service; (e) are subject to any proceeding under the Bankruptcy Code or similar laws; or (f) if, in our sole discretion, we believe that your continued use of the Subscription Service presents a threat to the security of other users of the Subscription Service. If you are in default, we may, without notice to you, suspend your Account and use of the Subscription Service, withhold refunds and terminate your Account, in addition to all other remedies available to us. We may require reactivation charges to reactivate your Account after termination or suspension. The following provisions will survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions and your Account: Sections 3, 9-11, and 15-23.
13. SUBSCRIBER WARRANTIES
You hereby represent and warrant to DocuSign that: (a) you have all requisite rights and authority to use the Subscription Service under these Terms and Conditions and to grant all applicable rights herein; (b) the performance of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions will not violate, conflict with, or result in a default under any other agreement, including confidentiality agreements between you and third parties; (c) you will use the Subscription Service for lawful purposes only and subject to these Terms and Conditions; (d) you are responsible for all use of the Subscription Service in your Account; (e) you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account names and password(s); (f) you agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your Account of which you become aware; (g) you agree that DocuSign will not be liable for any losses incurred as a result of a third party's use of your Account, regardless of whether such use is with or without your knowledge and consent; (h) you will not use the Subscription Service in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the System, or interfere with another's use of the Subscription Service by others; (i) any information submitted to DocuSign by you is true, accurate, and correct; and (j) you will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the System or the Subscription Service, other accounts, computer systems, or networks under the control or responsibility of DocuSign through hacking, cracking, password mining, or any other unauthorized means.
14. DOCUSIGN WARRANTIES
DocuSign represents and warrants that: (a) the Subscription Service as delivered to Subscriber and used in accordance with the Specifications will not infringe on any United States patent, copyright or trade secret; (b) the Subscription Service will be performed in accordance with the Specifications in their then-current form at the time of the provision of such Subscription Service; (c) any DocuSign Products that are software shall be free of harmful or illicit code, trapdoors, viruses, or other harmful features; (d) the proper use of the Subscription Service by Subscriber in accordance with the Specifications and applicable law in the formation of an eContract not involving any consumer will be sufficient under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 7001 et seq. (the “ESIGN Act”) to support the validity of such formation, to the extent provided in the ESIGN Act; (e) the proper use of the Subscription Service by Subscriber in accordance with the Specifications and applicable law in the formation of an eContract involving a consumer will be sufficient under the ESIGN Act to support the validity of such formation, to the extent provided in the ESIGN Act, so long as and provided that Subscriber complies with all special requirements for consumer eContracts, including and subject to those referenced in Section 4.(f) and (g) above; and (f) DocuSign has implemented information security policies and safeguards to preserve the security, integrity, and confidentiality of eContracts and to protect against unauthorized access and anticipated threats or hazards thereto, that meet the objectives of the Interagency Guidelines Establishing Standards for Safeguarding Subscriber Information as set forth in Section 501 (b) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
EXCEPT FOR THE REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN SECTION 14 OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE AND THE SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” AND DOCUSIGN: (a) MAKES NO ADDITIONAL REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED (EITHER IN FACT OR BY OPERATION OF LAW), OR STATUTORY, AS TO ANY MATTER WHATSOEVER; (b) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUALITY, ACCURACY, AND TITLE; AND (c) DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE OR SITE ARE OR WILL BE ERROR-FREE, WILL MEET SUBSCRIBER’S REQUIREMENTS, OR BE TIMELY OR SECURE. SUBSCRIBER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE OR SITE. SUBSCRIBER WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE OR PASS ON ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF DOCUSIGN TO ANY THIRD PARTY. USE OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE AND SITE ARE AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
Because some states and jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, the above limitation may not apply to you. In that event, such warranties are limited to the minimum warranty period allowed by the applicable law.
16. SUBSCRIBER INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS
You will defend, indemnify, and hold us, our affiliates, officers, directors, employees, suppliers, consultants, and agents harmless from any and all third party claims, liability, damages, and costs (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees) arising from or related to: (a) your use of the Subscription Service; (b) your violation of these Terms and Conditions; (c) your infringement, or infringement by any other user of your Account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity; or (d) the nature and content of all materials, works, data, statements, and other visual, graphical, written, or audible communications of any nature submitted by any Authorized User of your Account or otherwise processed through your Account.
17. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DOCUSIGN WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BE LIABLE TO SUBSCRIBER FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED UNDER THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST PROFITS OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, EVEN IF APPRISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH DAMAGES OCCURRING. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL DOCUSIGN'S TOTAL LIABILITY OF ALL KINDS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR SUBSCRIBER’S USE OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTY CLAIMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORUM AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY ACTION OR CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY SUBSCRIBER TO DOCUSIGN UNDER THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DURING THE 3 MONTHS PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE ACTION OR CLAIM. EACH PROVISION OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES REPRESENTS AN AGREED ALLOCATION OF THE RISKS OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS REFLECTED IN THE PRICING OFFERED BY DOCUSIGN TO SUBSCRIBER AND IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS WILL APPLY EVEN IF THE WARRANTIES IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HAVE FAILED OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. Because some states and jurisdictions do not allow limitation of liability in certain instances, portions of the above limitation may not apply to you.
“Confidential Information” means any trade secrets or other information of DocuSign, whether of a technical, business, or other nature (including, without limitation, DocuSign software and related information), that is disclosed to or made available to Subscriber. Confidential Information does not include any information that: (a) was known to Subscriber prior to receiving it from DocuSign; (b) is independently developed by Subscriber without use of or reference to any Confidential Information; (c) is acquired by Subscriber from another source without restriction as to use or disclosure; or (d) is or becomes part of the public domain through no fault or action of Subscriber. During and after the Term of these Terms and Conditions, Subscriber will: (i) use the Confidential Information solely for the purpose for which it is provided; (ii) not disclose such Confidential Information to a third party; and (iii) protect such Confidential Information from unauthorized use and disclosure to the same extent (but using no less than a reasonable degree of care) that it protects its own Confidential Information of a similar nature. If Subscriber is required by law to disclose the Confidential Information or the terms of these Terms and Conditions, Subscriber must give prompt written notice of such requirement before such disclosure and assist the DocuSign in obtaining an order protecting the Confidential Information from public disclosure. Subscriber acknowledges that, as between the parties, all Confidential Information it receives from DocuSign, including all copies thereof in Subscriber's possession or control, in any media, is proprietary to and exclusively owned by DocuSign. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions grants Subscriber any right, title, or interest in or to any of the Confidential Information. Subscriber's incorporation of the Confidential Information into any of its own materials shall not render Confidential Information non-confidential. Subscriber acknowledges that any actual or threatened violation of this confidentiality provision may cause irreparable, non-monetary injury to the disclosing party, the extent of which may be difficult to ascertain, and therefore agrees that DocuSign shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief in addition to all remedies available to DocuSign at law and/or in equity. Absent written consent of DocuSign, the burden of proving that the Confidential Information is not, or is no longer, confidential or a trade secret shall be on Subscriber.
20. ACCESS LIMITS
21. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
DocuSign is the owner of various intellectual property and technology rights associated with the Subscription Service, its document management, digital signature, and notary system, including patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark and service mark rights. Except for the rights expressly granted in these Terms and Conditions, DocuSign does not transfer to Subscriber of any Authorized User any of DocuSign’s technology or other intellectual property or technology rights. All right, title, and interest in and to DocuSign’s technology and intellectual property will remain solely with the DocuSign. Subscriber agrees that it will not, directly or indirectly, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to derive source code or other trade secrets from the Subscription Service or DocuSign’s technology. DocuSign agrees that data and information provided by Subscriber under these Terms and Conditions shall remain, as between Subscriber and DocuSign, owned by Subscriber.
DocuSign hereby grants to users and licensees of its products and services a limited, revocable, nonexclusive and nontransferable right to use DocuSign’s regular trade names, trademarks, titles and logos (“Licensed Marks”) solely for purposes of identifying DocuSign’s products and services. Details of this trademark license are available at: http://www.docusign.com/IP.
By submitting feedback to DocuSign: (a) Subscriber automatically grants to DocuSign a perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, royalty-free license to use Subscriber's feedback for any and all purposes without any compensation to Subscriber; and (b) Subscriber agrees that it will not publish, submit, or display feedback submitted by Subscriber or its Authorized Users to or on any other web site or in any other publicly accessible forum without DocuSign's prior written consent.
Subscriber acknowledges that the Subscription Service is subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations. Subscriber represents that it is not a citizen of an embargoed country or prohibited end user under applicable U.S. export and anti-terrorism laws, regulations, or lists. Subscriber will not export, re-export, transfer, or make available, whether directly or indirectly, any regulated item or information to anyone outside the United States in connection with these Terms and Conditions without first complying with all export control laws and regulations that may be imposed by the U.S. Government and any country or organization of nations within whose jurisdiction it operates or does business.
Subscriber shall advise DocuSign in the event the nature of its content or data transmission requires DocuSign to obtain additional licenses, permits and/or approvals from any government in the jurisdiction where Subscriber intends to use the Subscription Service. Upon being advised of such a requirement, DocuSign may at its sole discretion: (a) terminate Subscriber's Account; (b) obtain such licenses, permits, and/or approvals as may be required; or (c) modify these Terms and Conditions such that additional licenses, permits, and/or approvals are no longer required to be obtained by DocuSign.
The Subscription Service will be accessed and delivered via the internet. Subscriber is responsible for obtaining the necessary equipment and internet connection in order to access and use the Subscription Service. In order to fully utilize the Subscription Service, Subscriber will need to maintain certain minimum hardware and software requirements. These requirements are set forth in the Specifications.
DocuSign will be and act as an independent contractor (and not as the agent or representative of Subscriber) in the performance of these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions will not be interpreted or construed as: (a) creating or evidencing any association, joint venture, partnership, or franchise between the parties; (b) imposing any partnership or franchise obligation or liability on either party; (c) prohibiting or restricting either party’s performance of any services for any third party; or (d) establishing or as a foundation for any rights or remedies for any third party, whether as a third party beneficiary or otherwise. Subscriber must not represent to anyone that Subscriber is an agent of DocuSign or is otherwise authorized to bind or commit DocuSign in any way without DocuSign’s prior authorization.
Subscriber may not assign its rights, duties, or obligations under these Terms and Conditions without DocuSign’s prior written consent. If consent is given, these Terms and Conditions will bind Subscriber’s successors and assigns. Any attempt by Subscriber to transfer its rights, duties, or obligations under these Terms and Conditions except as expressly provided in these Terms and Conditions is void. DocuSign may freely assign its rights, duties, and obligations under these Terms and Conditions. DocuSign may utilize a subcontractor or other third party to perform its duties under these Terms and Conditions so long as: (a) DocuSign shall not be relieved of any responsibilities or obligations under these Terms and Conditions that are performed by the subcontractor or third party; and (b) DocuSign shall remain Subscriber’s sole point of contact and sole contracting party.
We may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other Web sites or resources that are beyond our control. We make no representations as to the quality, suitability, functionality, or legality of any sites to which links may be provided, and you hereby waive any claim you might have against us with respect to such sites. DOCUSIGN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT ON THE INTERNET OR WEB PAGES THAT ARE CONTAINED OUTSIDE THE SITE. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers or partners found on or through the Site, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser or partner. You agree that we are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers or partners on the Site.
Any notice required or permitted to be given in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will be effective if it is in writing and sent using the certified delivery function of the Subscription Service, by email, certified or registered mail, or insured courier, return receipt requested, to the appropriate party at the address set forth in Subscriber's registration information for Subscriber or on the Site for DocuSign. Either party may change its address for receipt of notice by notice to the other party in accordance with this Section. Notices are deemed given upon receipt if delivered using the Subscription Service or email, two business days following the date of mailing, or one business day following delivery to a courier.
Neither party will be liable for, or be considered to be in breach of or default under these Terms and Conditions on account of, any delay or failure to perform as required by these Terms and Conditions as a result of any cause or condition beyond such party’s reasonable control, so long as such party uses all commercially reasonable efforts to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance or delay.
These Terms and Conditions are governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Washington as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Washington between Washington residents. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, the Hosted Service, or the Site will be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration will be conducted in King County, Washington, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof. The award of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the parties without appeal or review except as permitted by Washington law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may seek any interim or preliminary injunctive relief from any court of competent jurisdiction, as necessary to protect the party's rights or property pending the completion of arbitration. By using the Site or the Subscription Service, you consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in King County, Washington. Any legal action by Subscriber arising under these Terms and Conditions must be initiated within two years after the cause of action arises.
The waiver by either party of any breach of any provision of these Terms and Conditions does not waive any other breach. The failure of any party to insist on strict performance of any covenant or obligation in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will not be a waiver of such party's right to demand strict compliance in the future, nor will the same be construed as a novation of these Terms and Conditions.
If any part of these Terms and Conditions is found to be illegal, unenforceable, or invalid, the remaining portions of these Terms and Conditions will remain in full force and effect. If any material limitation or restriction on the grant of any license to Subscriber under these Terms and Conditions is found to be illegal, unenforceable, or invalid, the license will immediately terminate.
Except as set forth in Section 2 of these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions may not be amended except in writing signed by both you and us. In the event that we make such a change that has a material adverse impact on your rights or use of the Service, you may terminate these Terms and Conditions by giving us notice within 20 days of the date we notify you, and you will not be charged any cancellation fee. These Terms and Conditions are the final and complete expression of the agreement between these parties regarding the Subscription Service. These Terms and Conditions supersede, and the terms of these Terms and Conditions govern, all previous oral and written communications regarding these matters.