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General terms and conditions of use for the PONS Online Dictionary
of 10 September 2008 (registered customers)
1. Terms and conditions of use
These general terms and conditions of use apply to all kinds of use of
the internet portal “PONS Online Dictionary” run by PONS (currently
available at the following addresses: http://pons.de/ and http://pons.eu;
hereinafter referred to as “Website”) and are agreed by the publisher
PONS GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “PONS”) and you as the registered
user (hereinafter referred to as the “Customer”), provided that no
other terms and conditions have been agreed explicitly for individual
1.2. PONS provides free of charge on the Website a
platform that allows customers to modify existing contents (in
particular dictionary articles), to create or suggest new contents
(“customer contributions”), and to discuss with other users online via
chat rooms and forums. PONS offers the Customer the use of its Website
under the proviso that the Customer has declared its agreement to these
general terms and conditions of use.
1.3. PONS reserves the right
at all times to modify, amend, or adapt these general terms and
conditions of use underlying the provision of the Website. In this
event PONS forwards by email to the Customer the corresponding
notification inclusive of the new terms and conditions of use. Under
Section 10 hereof the Customer has the right to terminate the agreement
with PONS within a period of two weeks following receipt of this
notification; if no termination ensues the modification, amendment, or
adaptation is deemed approved by the Customer. In the notification PONS
again refers the Customer to the termination period and the importance
of the Customer’s discretion.
1.4. Minors may register for the
PONS Online Dictionary only when they enter in the registration form
the complete and truthful name and address of their legal guardian who
is entitled to conclude the agreement for the minor. In this case the
legal guardian must activate the confirmation button on the login form.
Notwithstanding this the name of the minor may be used as the user name.
2. Login and registration
The Customer must log in before it can use the Website, in particular
publish customer contributions. As part of the login procedure the
Customer is obliged to enter and confirm the truthful, current, and
complete details concerning its person (“registration data”) as entered
on the login form and to update these registration data to an extent
necessary for maintaining truthfulness, currency, and completeness.
Should the details the Customer enters and confirms be incorrect, no
longer valid, or incomplete or should PONS have reason to believe that
these details have become incorrect, no longer valid, or incomplete
PONS is entitled to deny access temporarily to the affected user’s
account or to delete this permanently and to exclude the Customer
temporarily or permanently from the use of its Website.
logging on for the first time the Customer enters a user name of its
own choosing. The user name entered thus by the Customer is used e.g.
to mark in the version history all changes the Customer has suggested.
This user name is visible to all users of the Website and is also
retained in the version history when the Customer decides at a later
date to delete its account and the associated personal details. The
user name chosen should differ considerably from the actual civil name,
in particular when the Customer wishes to retain the option of not
being associated with its Website activities visible to third parties.
Following registration the Customer receives a password for its account.
The Customer must ensure that its user name and password are not made
accessible to third parties and bears sole responsibility for all
activities that third parties may perform on the Website after gaining
access to the Customer’s account details as a consequence of
carelessness in handling the user name and password. Furthermore the
Customer is obliged to inform PONS without delay of any abuse of the
Customer’s user name or password. The Customer must also ensure that it
leaves its account (“Log out” / “Sign off”) after every use.
The use of the internet (e.g. via an access provider) is associated
with costs charged at regular intervals. These costs are not borne by
2.5. Minors may apply for services requiring a login to the
Website when they are aware of the implications involved in agreeing to
the processing and usage of their details and understand the
significance of such agreement. For the case that legal guardians allow
minors to use the Website and to take part in prize winning games,
these legal guardians accept their responsibility for all of the
minor’s activities and for the consequences when the same minor abuses
the services provided on the Website.
2.6. PONS reserves the
right to reject registrations from case to case, to deny access
permissions to customers violating these general terms and conditions
of use, and to exclude individual participants from chat rooms, forums,
etc., at any time without stating reasons.
3. Granting rights of use
Customer and forum contributions are protected by copyright. The
Customer grants PONS the nonexclusive right without time or
geographical restraints to utilise the published customer and forum
contributions in any form and to any extent. This includes in
particular the right to provide on demand any customer and forum
contributions to users at times and places of their choosing – also via
mobile terminals – (online right) and to duplicate and propagate them
on data media (CDs, DVDs, etc.) (offline right); and the right to
utilise these in connection with printed and broadcasted advertisements
for the products or services of third parties. This granting of rights
also extends to the right to transfer the granted rights of use for
customer and forum contributions to third parties (in particular to
subsidiary and partner companies of PONS). Moreover PONS and its legal
successors are entitled to prosecute third parties in its own name for
violating the copyright on customer contributions.
interactive features that PONS provides on its Website may subject the
structure and contents of published customer contributions to constant
change. By registering the Customer permits its published contributions
to be edited by the editorial department or by other PONS customers and
to be linked to other contents.
3.3. PONS reserves the right to
modify, delete, and refuse to publish customer contributions at any
time. This does not require justification or a separate notification on
the part of PONS. This is the case in particular when the customer
contributions do not comply with the objectives of a lexical knowledge
base or violate the terms and conditions hereof. This applies
specifically to customer contributions that have offensive or
commercial contents or violate legal regulations.
4. Rights and obligations of the Customer
The contents of the Website (in particular the text, images, graphics,
and sound, video, and animation files) are the property of PONS and/or
third parties and are protected by industrial property rights (e.g.
copyrights, trademark rights, etc.) and other rights.
Customer is permitted to produce single duplicates of the contents
provided on the Website exclusively for private, noncommercial
purposes, in particular to download and print out these contents.
In addition the Customer is entitled to publish articles from the PONS
Online Dictionary on its own private homepage when presented for
noncommercial purposes. The published contents must be provided with
the source details (URL), the date, and a hyperlink to the originating
PONS webpage (the hyperlink must be integrated as a clickable link when
the duplicating medium supports this function). In principle the number
of permitted duplications is limited to ten articles. This use of
articles is restricted to two years. On the generation of a new,
updated copy of the article (which is particularly desirable after
every change to the article’s contents on the originating website) this
restrictive period begins anew. Explicitly excluded from this
permission however are images and other multimedia elements.
The rights of use PONS grants the user are limited to the time PONS
provides and maintains the Website on the internet. The Customer is not
entitled to publish or make accessible to the public any contents,
whether singly or in conjunction with other contents. In addition the
Customer is not entitled to remove the symbols used for industrial
property rights from the contents it retrieves.
4.5. The Customer
does not acquire any rights other than the above right of use for the
contents the Customer uses. All other rights must be requested in
writing from PONS.
5. Responsibility of the Customer for its contributions
The Customer is obliged to proceed conscientiously, circumspectly, and
respectfully when creating customer contributions. The Customer assures
that it is the owner of all the requisite rights for the contents of
the customer contributions it publishes and assures moreover that the
use of its customer contributions in accordance herewith does not
violate the rights of third parties.
5.2. When the Customer
communicates with third parties via the access PONS grants (e.g. in
chat rooms or forums), the Customer is obliged to show consideration
for the cultural, religious, and personal needs of third parties and to
heed the applicable laws or administrative or court orders.
The Customer is itself responsible for the published customer
contributions, for their contents, and for the other contents of its
communication. The Customer must forbear making contributions or
remarks that violate applicable legislature (in particular the terms
under criminal law, the data protection act, copyright law, trademark
law, the privacy rights of third parties, or administrative or court
orders) and remarks of an offensive, commercial, or indecent nature.
Violations to the above obligations for the Customer may lead e.g. to
its liability for damages and to the denial of rights to use the
Website. The Customer exempts PONS from all and any third party claims
that may be filed against PONS on the grounds of a violation of third
party rights caused or claimed to be caused by contributions the
Customer publishes, by their contents, or by other contents of the
Customer’s communication. The Customer is further obliged to compensate
for all damage incurred to PONS as a consequence of the contributions
the Customer publishes, of their contents, or of other contents of the
Customer’s communication, and in particular of the claims from third
parties. This compensation also extends to the costs of an adequate
legal representation for PONS.
6. Access to the Website
6.1. PONS does not accept any warranty for the permanent and uninterrupted availability of the Website.
PONS makes every effort to maintain the availability of the Website
twenty four hours a day for the Customer, but this does not entitle the
Customer to claim any particular availability. As a rule the Website is
updated at certain intervals, but this does not grant the Customer any
claim to an update. PONS reserves the right to restrict or temporarily
suspend availability for technical reasons – e.g. maintenance work.
PONS reserves the right to modify the contents of the Website without
prior notice. The Website is subject to modification especially when it
becomes necessary for technical reasons or as a consequence of
obligatory legal provisions.
7. Liability of PONS, limitation of liability
All PONS contents in the monitored section of the Website, highlighted
in green in the application, are subject to meticulous examination by
the editorial department. PONS makes every effort to expand and update
this offer at all times. However no warranty can be accepted for the
completeness, correctness, or the latest updated level. PONS provides
all contents without assurances or warranties of any kind, whether
explicit or tacit.
7.2. PONS is liable for third party contents
only when PONS is aware of illegal contents or links to external
webpages with illegal contents and has failed to remove these. PONS
does not accept any responsibility for contents or for external links
that PONS has not integrated expressly in the monitored section under
7.3. PONS is liable without limitation for malicious intent
and gross negligence. In the event of ordinary negligence, but not
including injury to life, limb, or health, PONS is liable only when
material contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) are violated.
This liability is then limited to the typical contractual and
7.4. In the event of ordinary negligence no
liability is accepted for indirect and unforeseeable damage, lost
profits, missed savings, financial loss, or third party claims.
When the liability of PONS is excluded or limited in accordance with
the above terms and conditions this also applies to the personal
liability of its employees, representatives, and vicarious agents.
Contents on the subjects of health and nutrition do not replace the
advice or treatment of a qualified specialist, e.g. nutritional
adviser, therapist, doctor, or other member of the healing professions.
PONS rejects any and all liability for damage or injury that may be
incurred directly or indirectly as a result of applying the
recommendations, practices, exercises, therapies, and treatment
measures presented on the Website. Persons suffering from health
complaints are advised explicitly not to partake in self-medication on
the basis of the Website’s contents without prior consultation with
8. Data protection
8. PONS is
aware of the importance of handling the Customer’s personal details
with all the due care. The Customer is referred to the Data Protection Declaration of PONS GmbH for the use of the Website. The user declares that it has read and confirmed the data protection declaration.
9.1. Both parties can terminate this agreement by email with immediate effect.
After the termination hereof the rights of use granted in accordance
with Section 4 continue to apply without restriction or suspension to
all of the Customer’s contributions published hitherto.
After the termination hereof the availability of the Customer’s
contributions on the Website continues to be maintained under the
specified user name.
Exclusively the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany apply to all
legal relations between PONS and the Customer to the exclusion of the
terms and conditions under the UN Convention on Contracts for the
International Sale of Goods of 11 April 1980 (CISG) and comparable
10.2. Should one of the terms and
conditions herein or a part thereof be or become invalid this does not
affect the validity of the other terms and conditions. The invalid
terms and conditions are replaced by valid terms and conditions that
approximate to the greatest possible extent the terms and conditions of
use as a whole and the other contractual agreements in their actual,
legal, and financial aspects. The same procedure also applies when the
terms and conditions of use should not cover an eventuality.
Provided that it is not stated otherwise under obligatory legal
provisions the place of performance and venue is Stuttgart.
PONS GmbH, Stuttgart, 10 Sept 2008
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