Terms of Service
This User Agreement describes the terms and conditions on which you are allowed to use our Website and our Services. We have incorporated by reference all linked information.
"Account" means the account you open when you register on the Website.
“Affiliate” means any entity that, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Rookiework.
"Business User" means a User that investigates and purchases Student Services or items from Student User or identifies a Student User through the Website.
“Business User Deliverables” means requests, intellectual property, and any other information or materials that a Student User receives from a Business User to perform Student Services.
“Confidential Information” means Business User Deliverables, Student User Deliverables, Work Product, and any other information provided to, or created by, a User for a Service Contract or to perform or assist in performing Student Services, regardless of whether in tangible, electronic, verbal, graphic, visual, or other form. Confidential Information does not include material or information that: (a) is generally known by third parties as a result of no act or omission of Student User or Business User; (b) subsequent to disclosure hereunder, was lawfully received without restriction on disclosure from a third party having the right to disseminate the information; (c) was already known by User prior to receiving it from the other party and was not received from a third party in breach of that third party’s obligations of confidentiality; or (d) was independently developed by User without use of another person’s Confidential Information.
"Dispute Resolution Process" means the process to be followed by Business Users and Student Users in accordance with the Dispute Resolution Services.
“Engagement” means an engagement for Student Services that a Student User provides to a Business User under a Service Contract on the Site.
"Inactive Account" means a User Account that has not been logged into for a continuous 6 month period.
“Intellectual Property Rights” means all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction.
“Payment Method” means a valid credit card issued by a bank acceptable to Rookiework, a debit card, or such other method of payment as Rookiework may accept from time to time in our sole discretion.
"Rookiework", "we", "our", or "us" means Rookiework, Inc.
“Rookiework Software” means the online platform accessed using Rookiework’s downloaded team software that enables time tracking and invoicing, chat, and screenshot sharing with other Users.
“Service Contract” means the contractual provisions between a Business User and a Student User governing the Student Services to be performed by a Student User for Business User for an Engagement;
“Site Services” means all services that are accessible through the Site.
“Student Fees” means the fixed fee agreed between a Business User and a Student User.
“Student Services” means all services performed for or delivered to Business Users by Student Users.
"Student User" means a User that offers and provides services or identifies as a Student User through the Website.
“Student User Deliverables” means requests, intellectual property, and any other information or materials that a Business User receives from a Student User for a particular Service Contract.
“Substantial Change” means a change to the terms of this Agreement that reduces your rights or increases your responsibilities.
"User", "you" or "your" means an individual who visits or uses the website
“User Content” means any data, feedback, content, text, photographs, images, video, music, or other information that you post to any part of the Site or provide to Rookiework.
"Website" means the websites operated by Rookiework and available at http://www.rookiework.com and any related Rookiework service, tool or application.
“Work Product” means any tangible or intangible results or deliverables that Student User agrees to create for, or actually delivers to, Business User as a result of performing the Student Services, including, but not limited to, configurations, computer programs, or other information, or customized hardware, and any intellectual property developed in connection therewith.
1. MODIFICATION DATE
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY USING THE WEBSITE OR WEBSITE SERVICES AFTER THE MODIFIED DATE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER PROVISION IN SECTION 24.4. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY, YOU MUST NOT ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE OR THE WEBSITE SERVICES AFTER THE MODIFIED DATE. IF YOU AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF AN ENTITY, OR IN CONNECTION WITH PROVIDING OR RECEIVING SERVICES ON BEHALF OF AN ENTITY OR AGENCY, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND THAT ENTITY OR AGENCY TO THIS AGREEMENT. IN THAT EVENT, “YOU” AND “YOUR” WILL REFER AND APPLY TO THAT ENTITY OR AGENCY.
Any revisions to this Agreement will take effect when posted on the Site unless otherwise stated. If a revised version includes a Substantial Change, we will notify you in writing of the Substantial Change a reasonable period before the Substantial Change becomes effective. Your continued use of the Site or the Site Services after the Modified Date of a revised version of this Agreement constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by the Terms of Service. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement and the other Terms of Service, this Agreement will control unless the other Agreement explicitly states that it controls.
3. DIGITAL SIGNATURE
By registering for a Rookiework Account on the Website, or by clicking to accept the Terms of Service when prompted on the Website, you are deemed to have executed this Agreement electronically, effective on the date you register your Account, pursuant to the U.S. Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (the E-Sign Act) (15 U.S.C. § 7001, et seq.). Your Account registration constitutes an acknowledgement that you are able to electronically receive, download, and print this Agreement, and any amendments.
4. CONSENT TO USE ELECTRONIC RECORDS
In connection with this Agreement, you may be entitled to receive certain records, such as contracts, notices, and communications, in writing. To facilitate your use of the Website, you give us permission to provide these records to you electronically instead of in paper form.
4.1 YOUR CONSENT AND YOUR RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
By registering for an Account, you consent to electronically receive and access, via email or the Website, all records and notices for the services provided to you under this Agreement that we would otherwise be required to provide to you in paper form. However, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to communicate with you via the U.S. Postal Service and other third-party mail services using the address under which your account is registered. Your consent to receive records and notices electronically will remain in effect until you withdraw it. You may withdraw your consent to receive further records and notices electronically at any time by contacting Customer Support. If you withdraw your consent to receive such records and notices electronically, we will revoke your access to the Website and the Website Services, and you will no longer be permitted to use the Website or the Website Services. Any withdrawal of your consent to receive records and notices electronically will be effective only after we have a reasonable period of time to process your request for withdrawal. Please note that your withdrawal of consent to receive records and notices electronically will not apply to records and notices electronically provided by us to you before the withdrawal of your consent becomes effective.
4.2 KEEPING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CURRENT WITH US
In order to ensure that we are able to provide records and notices to you electronically, you agree to notify us immediately of any change in your email address by updating your Account information on the Website or by contacting Customer Support.
4.3 HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE WEBSITE SERVICES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
To access and retain the records and notices we provide to you electronically, you will need: (a) a valid email address; (b) a computer system that operates on a platform like Windows or Mac; (c) a connection to the Internet; (d) Current Versions of the software, browsers, plug-ins, or other computer applications and programs identified on the Website (Users utilizing other browsers may experience compatibility difficulties); (e) a Current Version of a program that accurately reads and displays PDF files, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7 or higher; (f) a computer or device and an operating system capable of supporting all of the above; and (g) a printer to print out and retain records and notices in paper form or electronic storage to retain records and notices in an electronic form. By “Current Version”, we mean a version of the software that is currently being supported by its publisher. We may change these requirements from time to time and will update this Agreement accordingly. You should retain a copy of all of the records and notices we send to you electronically.
By accepting and agreeing to this Agreement electronically, you represent that (1) you have read and understand the above consent to receive records and notices electronically; (2) you satisfy the minimum hardware and software requirements specified above; and (3) your consent will remain in effect until you withdraw your consent as specified above.
5. ROOKIEWORK ACCOUNTS
5.1 ACCOUNT ELIGIBILITY
To use certain Site Services, you must register for an Account. Rookiework offers the Site Services for your business purposes, and not for personal, household, or consumer use. You must have, and hereby represent that you have, an independent business (whether it be as a self-employed individual/sole proprietor or as a corporation or other entity) unless you use the Site solely as an employee and Agency Member of a registered Agency Account. To register for an Account, you must be, and hereby represent that you are, a legal entity or an individual 18 years or older who can form legally binding contracts. When you register for an Account, or if you had an Account on the Modified Date, use this Site or the Site Services after the Modified Date, you also must agree to the terms of this Agreement. By registering for an Account, by using the Site or Site Services after the Modified Date if you had an account on the Modified Date, or by clicking to accept the Terms of Service when prompted on the Site, you agree to: (a) abide by this Agreement and the processes, procedures, and guidelines described on the Site; (b) be financially responsible for your use of the Site and the purchase and/or delivery of Student Services; and (c) perform your obligations as specified by any Service Contract that you accept, unless such obligations are prohibited by applicable law or this Agreement. Rookiework reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse, suspend, or revoke your access to the Site and Site Services upon discovery that any information you provided on any form or posted on the Site is not true, accurate, or complete, or such information or other conduct otherwise violates this Agreement, or for any other reason or no reason in Rookiework’s sole discretion.
You represent that you are not: (1) a citizen or resident of a geographic area in which access or use of the Site is prohibited by applicable law, decree, regulation, treaty, or administrative act; (2) a citizen or resident of, or located in, a geographic area that is subject to U.S. or other sovereign country sanctions or embargoes; or (3) an individual, or an individual employed by or associated with an entity, identified on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Denied Persons or Entity List, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals or Blocked Persons Lists, or the Department of State’s Debarred Parties List or otherwise ineligible to receive items subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations or other economic sanction rules of any sovereign nation.
5.2 ACCOUNT REGISTRATION
You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information on all registration and other forms you access on the Site or provide to us and to update your information to maintain its truthfulness, accuracy, and completeness. You must not provide false or misleading information about your location. You must not provide false or misleading information about your business, your skills, or the services your business provides. You must not register for more than one Business Account and one Student Account without express written permission from us (except that you may register as an Agency Member of other Accounts as provided below). You must not ask or allow another person to create an Account on your behalf, for your use, or for your benefit.
5.3 IDENTITY VERIFICATION
When you register for an Account and from time to time thereafter, your Account will be subject to verification, including, but not limited to, validation against third-party databases or the verification of one or more official government or legal documents that confirm your identity. You authorize Rookiework, directly or through third parties, to make any inquiries necessary to validate your identity and confirm your ownership of your email address or financial accounts, subject to applicable law. When requested, you must provide us with information about you and your business when requested.
5.4 AGENCY ACCOUNTS
You may create an account through which other authorized Users (each, an “Agency Member”) may act on your behalf in the roles you assign for your account (an “Agency Account”). A Student User creates an Agency Account on behalf of a business (the “Agency”), which may be the Student User as a sole proprietor or a partnership, corporation, or other legal entity the User controls. The Student User that registered the Agency Account may also grant certain account administration privileges for the Agency Account to one or more Agency Members (each, an “Agency Account Administrator”). Except as otherwise required by applicable law, only the User who registered the Agency Account and the Agency Account Administrators can add or remove Agency Members to or from the Agency Account.
Each Agency Member must have an Account and a profile. You understand and agree that the Agency may determine the profile visibility and hourly rate of any of its Agency Members. Each Agency Member must be a User and must be a real person or legally recognized entity. Each Agency Member’s Account profile must contain the Agency Member’s real name, and Agency Members must comply with all Terms of Service. Agency Members’ identities will be subject to verification.
You agree to grant access to the Agency Account, including with respect to any Agency Members, only to Users authorized to act on your behalf and only in accordance with this Agreement. Additionally, you agree to be fully responsible and liable for any action of any Agency Member and any other User who uses the Agency Account, including Agency Account Administrators. You represent that your Agency Members have the authority to accept this Agreement on your behalf and to create a legally binding obligation on your behalf. You understand and agree that any Agency Member may accept and enter into Service Contracts on behalf of you and your Agency, and that you and the Agency are responsible and liable for all Service Contracts accepted by anyone acting as an Agency Member. You agree: (a) not to use any Account, Agency Account, Agency Member Account, username, or password of another User of the Site that you are not authorized to use, and (b) not to allow others who are not authorized to do so to use the Agency Account or any related Agency Member Account at any time.
Each Agency Member is either an employee or an independent contractor of the Agency, as determined by the Agency. Without limiting Agency’s obligations described in Section 8.2 (Responsibility for Employees and Subcontractors, Including Agency Members), Agency acknowledges and agrees that it assumes all liability for the classification of its Agency Members as employees or independent contractors. The Agency further acknowledges and agrees that the Agency is responsible for paying its Agency Members.
Your Agency Account (including feedback) and username are transferable only upon Rookiework’s approval, at Rookiework’s sole discretion.
If any of your Agency Members violates this Agreement, it may affect your ability to use the Site. Rookiework has the right to revoke the membership privileges of an Agency and any or all Agency Members related to the Agency Account without warning if, in Rookiework’s sole judgment, false or misleading information has been provided. Upon closure of an Agency Account, Rookiework may close any or all related Accounts.
You understand and agree that Agency Members profiles may display work history that includes work done under the Agency, including after the Agency Member is no longer an Agency Member.
5.5 USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS
When you register for an Account, you will be asked to choose a username and password for the Account. Each User and any Agency Account Administrator will also be asked to choose the initial username and password for any Agency Account that is added to the Account (and can change the password for the Agency Account at any time).
You are entirely responsible for safeguarding and maintaining the confidentiality of your Account username and password. In addition, if you are a User who owns an Agency Account, or if you are an Agency Account Administrator, you agree to safeguard and maintain the confidentiality of all your Agency Account passwords. You authorize Rookiework to assume that any person using the Site with your username and password or your Agency Account passwords, and the username of any Agency Account added by an Agency Account Administrator (if any) either is you or is authorized to act for you. You agree to notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of your account (or any related Agency Account) or any unauthorized access to your password or the password of any User of your Account (or any related Agency Account).
5.6 USER FEEDBACK
For the benefit of other Users, Rookiework encourages you to leave objective balanced feedback about Users with whom you have transacted. You acknowledge and agree that feedback results for you will consist of comments, ratings, and other feedback left by other Users, and that Rookiework will make available to other Users, including composite feedback based on these individual ratings. Rookiework provides its public feedback system as a means through which Users can share their opinions publicly and Rookiework does not monitor or censor these opinions. Rookiework does not investigate any remarks posted by Users for accuracy or reliability but may do so if a User requests that Rookiework do so. You may be held legally responsible for damages suffered by other Users or third parties as a result of your remarks if such remarks are legally actionable or defamatory. Rookiework is not legally responsible for any feedback or comments posted or made available on the Site by any Users or third parties, even if that information is defamatory or otherwise legally actionable. In order to protect the integrity of the feedback system and protect Users from abuse, Rookiework reserves the right (but is under no obligation) to remove posted feedback or information that in Rookiework’s sole judgment violates the Terms of Service or negatively affects our marketplace community or operations.
6. PURPOSE OF THE SITE AND SITE SERVICES
The Site is a marketplace where Business Users and Student Users can identify each other and buy and sell Student Services online. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Rookiework provides the Site Services to Business Users and Student Users, including hosting and maintaining the Site, enabling the formation of Service Contracts, and coordinating disputes related to those Service Contracts. If a Business User and Student User agree on terms for Student Services, a Service Contract is formed directly between such Business User and Student User, subject to the provisions set forth in Section 7 (Contractual Relationship Between Business User and Student User). When a User enters a Service Contract, the User uses the Site to engage, communicate, invoice and pay online.
7. CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BUSINESS USER AND STUDENT USER
7.1 SERVICE CONTRACTS
You acknowledge and agree that a Service Contract is comprised of the following agreements (as applicable): (a) the Engagement terms awarded and accepted on the Site to the extent that the terms do not and do not purport to expand Rookiework’s obligations or restrict Rookiework’s rights under this Agreement; and (b) any other contractual provisions accepted by both the Business User and the Student User, to the extent that the provisions do not, and do not purport to, expand Rookiework’s obligations or restrict Rookiework’s rights under this Agreement. You acknowledge and agree that Rookiework is not a party to any Service Contracts, and that the formation of a Service Contract between a Business User and a Student User will not, under any circumstance, create an employment or other service relationship between Rookiework and the Student User.
7.2 Business User Policies
7.2.1. IDENTITY AND BUSINESS ACCOUNT
The Rookiework community is made up of independent professionals, agencies and companies from around the United States. To maintain a high-quality workplace for all Rookiework Users, identity information associated with a Rookiework User Account must be real and verifiable.
1. Only one user per account, and one account per user—accounts should not be shared or duplicated in any way.
2. Your logo should be appropriate for a professional, global community.
3. Your profile should not mislead or falsely imply a relationship with another company or person.
7.2.2. JOB POSTS
Great work begins with a great job post. Effective posts are professional, written in English, and accurately describe the services requested.
All job posts must adhere to these policies:
1. Posts may not share or solicit direct contact information prior to interview.
2. Jobs must be free of offensive language and advertisements.
3. Posting the same job multiple times is prohibited.
4. Requesting a service that is illegal or violates intellectual property rights, copyrights or the terms of service of another service, product or website is prohibited.
5. Requesting free work of any kind is prohibited, including contests in which Student Users submit work with no to very little pay, and only the winning submission is paid the full amount.
6. Requesting a fee in order to apply or bid is strictly prohibited.
7. Jobs may not transmit any content related to or containing any adult or sexually explicit material.
8. Requesting the creation of content that violates academic integrity is prohibited.
9. Jobs must be free of spammy content.
10. Job posts should not express any preference or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military/veteran status or any basis protected by applicable law.
Soliciting or processing payment outside of Rookiework is prohibited for the safety and security of all Rookiework Users. If a Student User solicits work to be done and paid for outside of the Rookiework platform, please report them immediately.
Feedback that is honest and objective contributes to a vibrant and productive marketplace. The best feedback focuses on the facts, while providing helpful information to both the recipient and the community as a whole. We do not monitor, censor, or investigate feedback. However, on very rare occasions, we may delete feedback found to violate our Terms of Service. Attempts to falsify feedback, manipulate, or coerce another user by threatening negative feedback are strictly prohibited, as is any offer to sell or buy services in exchange for positive feedback.
Feedback containing the following types of content may be removed:
1. Spam, advertising or other commercial content
2. Content that endorses illegal activity
3. Content that personally identifies another user
4. Political, religious, or social commentary rather than a genuine comment regarding the work experience
5. Profane, vulgar, obscene, slanderous, libelous, threatening or discriminatory language, or adult material
7.3. Student User Policies
7.3.1. IDENTITY AND STUDENT USER PROFILE
The Rookiework community is made up of independent professionals, agencies and companies from around the United States. To maintain a high-quality workplace for all Rookiework Users, identity information associated with an Rookiework User Account must be real and verifiable.
1. Student User profiles must accurately represent the Student User’s experience, skills, and personal information.
2. Profile photos should be clear and appropriate for a professional, global community. Logo, clip art, group pictures, or heavily digitally manipulated pictures are prohibited.
3. One account per user. Accounts should not be shared or duplicated in any way.
4. Attempting to mislead by falsely implying a relationship with Rookiework or another company is not allowed.
5. Sharing contact information such as email, phone number, or Skype ID in profile is not allowed
6. Any offer of services that is spammy in nature is prohibited.
Successful proposals are complete, accurate, and professional. Applications should be sent only to projects for which a Student User has the skills and ability to complete successfully. As a best practice, they should be written in English and include a cover letter created specifically for the project—“cut-and-paste” letters with little or no relevance are considered spam. The following should not be included in an application:
1. Any offer of services for the sole purpose of building good feedback.
2. Any offer of illegal activity or services that would violate the intellectual property rights, copyrights or terms of service of another service, product or website.
3. Content that is offensive or contains false or defamatory remarks.
Soliciting or processing payment outside of Rookiework is prohibited for the safety and security of all Rookieworkers. If a Business User solicits work to be done and paid for outside of the Rookiework platform, please report them immediately.
Feedback that is honest and objective contributes to a vibrant and productive marketplace. The best feedback focuses on the facts, while providing helpful information to both the recipient and the community as a whole.
We do not monitor, censor, or investigate feedback. However, on very rare occasions, we may delete feedback found to violate our Terms of Service. Attempts to falsify feedback, manipulate, or coerce another user by threatening negative feedback are strictly prohibited, as is any offer to sell or buy services in exchange for positive feedback.
Feedback containing the following types of content may be removed:
1. Spam, advertising or other commercial content
2. Content that endorses illegal activity
3. Content that personally identifies another user
4. Political, religious, or social commentary rather than a genuine comment regarding the work experience
5. Profane, vulgar, obscene, slanderous, libelous, threatening or discriminatory language, or adult material
8. PAYMENT TERMS
8.1 SERVICE FEE
When a Business User pays a Student User, or when funds related to an Engagement are otherwise released to a Student User, Rookiework will credit the Student User Account and then deduct and disburse to Rookiework a 7.5% service fee that Rookiework earns and Student User agrees to pay Rookiework for creating, hosting, maintaining, and providing the Site and Site Services (the “Service Fee”).
8.2 TRANSACTION FEE
When User deposits into or withdraws from Rookiework User Account the User will be charged a 2.5% transaction fee.
8.3 NO FEE FOR INTRODUCING OR FOR FINDING ENGAGEMENTS
Rookiework does not introduce Business Users to Student Users and does not help Student Users secure Engagements. Rookiework merely makes the Site Services available to enable Student Users to do so themselves. Therefore, Rookiework does not charge a fee when a Student User finds a suitable Business User or finds an Engagement. However, Business User and a Student User are obligated to use the Site to pay and receive payment for their work together if they identified each other through the Site, as detailed in Section 7 (Non-Circumvention), below.
In cases of fraud, abuse, or violation of this Agreement, Rookiework reserves the right to revoke any payments and hold and/or reclaim all User Fees due to User (not just the User Fees from the Service Contract(s) under investigation) unless prohibited by applicable law. In addition, we reserve the right to seek reimbursement from you, and you will reimburse us, if we suspect fraud or criminal activity associated with your payment, withdrawal, or Engagement; if we discover erroneous or duplicate transactions; or if we have supplied our services in accordance with this Agreement yet we receive any chargeback from the Payment Method used by you, or used by your Business User if you are a Student User. You agree that we have the right to obtain such reimbursement by charging an applicable User Account, and any other accounts you hold with us, offsetting any amounts determined to be owing, deducting amounts from future payments or withdrawals, charging your Payment Method, or obtaining reimbursement from you by any other lawful means. Failure to pay for reimbursements of chargebacks is cause for termination of the applicable User Account.
If Business User fails to pay the Student User Fees or any other amounts due under this Agreement, whether by cancelling Business User’s credit or debit card, initiating an improper chargeback, or any other means, Rookiework may suspend or close Business User’s Account and revoke Business User’s access to the Site, including Business User’s authority to use the Site to process any additional payments or obtain any additional Student Services. Without limiting other available remedies, Business User must pay Rookiework upon demand for amounts owed under this Agreement, plus interest on the outstanding amount at the lesser of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month or the maximum interest allowed by applicable law, plus attorneys’ fees and other costs of collection to the extent permitted by applicable law. To the extent permitted by applicable law, Rookiework, at our discretion, may set off amounts due against other amounts received from or held by Rookiework for Business User, make appropriate reports to credit reporting agencies and law enforcement authorities, and cooperate with credit reporting agencies and law enforcement authorities in any resulting investigation or prosecution.
8.6 NO RETURN OF FUNDS
Business User acknowledges and agrees that Rookiework will charge Business User’s designated Payment Method for the Student User Fees. Therefore, and in consideration of the Site Services provided by Rookiework, Business User agrees that once Rookiework charges Business User’s designated Payment Method for the Student User Fees as provided in this Agreement, the charge is non-refundable, except as otherwise required by applicable law. Business User also acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement provides a dispute resolution process as a way for Business User resolve disputes. To the extent permitted by applicable law, Business User therefore agrees not to ask its credit card company, bank, or other Payment Method provider to charge back any Student User Fees or other Fees charged pursuant to this Agreement for any reason. A chargeback in breach of the foregoing obligation is a material breach of this Agreement. If Business User initiates a chargeback in violation of this Agreement, Business User agrees that Rookiework or may dispute or appeal the chargeback and institute collection action against Business User.
8.7 FORMAL INVOICES AND TAXES
Rookiework will have no responsibility for determining the necessity of or for issuing any formal invoices, or for determining, remitting, or withholding any taxes applicable to the Student User Fees. Student User will be solely responsible for determining whether it is required by applicable law to issue any formal invoices for the Student User Fees and for issuing any invoices so required. Student User will also be solely responsible for determining whether: (a) Student User or Rookiework is required by applicable law to remit to the appropriate authorities any value added tax or any other taxes or similar charges applicable to the Student User Fees and remitting any such taxes or charges to the appropriate authorities on behalf of itself or Rookiework, as appropriate; and (b) Rookiework is required by applicable law to withhold any amount of the Student User Fees and for notifying Rookiework of any such requirement and indemnifying Rookiework (either by Rookiework, at our sole discretion, offsetting the relevant amount against a future payment of Student User Fees to Student User or Student User reimbursing Rookiework for the applicable amount) for any requirement to pay any withholding amount to the appropriate authorities (including penalties and interest). In the event of an audit of Rookiework, Student User agrees to promptly cooperate with Rookiework and provide copies of Student User’s tax returns and other documents as may be reasonably requested for purposes of such audit, including but not limited to records showing Student User is engaging in an independent business as represented to Rookiework.
8.8 PAYMENT METHODS
In order to use certain Site Services, Business User must provide account information for at least one valid Payment Method. The Site makes the following methods of payment available: credit cards and such other methods of payment as Rookiework may accept from time to time in our sole discretion.
Business User hereby authorizes Rookiework to run credit card authorizations on all credit cards provided by Business User, to store credit card and banking or other financial details as Business User’s method of payment for Services, and to charge Business User’s credit card (or any other Payment Method).
When Business User authorizes the payment of the Student User Fees, Business User automatically and irrevocably authorizes and instructs Rookiework to charge Business User’s Payment Method for the Student User Fees.
By providing Payment Method information through the Site, Business User represents, warrants, and covenants that: (a) Business User is legally authorized to provide such information to us; (b) Business User is legally authorized to perform payments using the Payment Method(s); and (c) such action does not violate the terms and conditions applicable to Business User’s use of such Payment Method(s) or applicable law. When Business User authorizes a payment using a Payment Method via the Site, Business User represents, warrants, and covenants that there are sufficient funds or credit available to complete the payment using the designated Payment Method. To the extent that any amounts owed under this Agreement cannot be collected from Business User’s Payment Method(s), Business User is solely responsible for paying such amounts by other means.
8.9 PAYMENT PROCESSING SERVICE
Payment processing services for Rookiework, Inc. on rookiework.com are provided by Stripe and are subject to the Stripe Connected Account Agreement, which includes the Stripe Terms of Service (collectively, the “Stripe Services Agreement”). By agreeing to these terms or continuing to operate as a User on Rookiework, you agree to be bound by the Stripe Services Agreement, as the same may be modified by Stripe from time to time. As a condition of Rookiework enabling payment processing services through Stripe, you agree to provide Rookiework accurate and complete information about you and your business, and you authorize Rookiework to share it and transaction information related to your use of the payment processing services provided by Stripe.
You acknowledge and agree that a substantial portion of the compensation Rookiework receives for making the Site available to you is collected as a deduction of the Service Fee described in Section 8.1 (“Service Fee”). Rookiework only deducts this Service Fee when a Business User and a Student User pay and receive payment through the Site. Therefore, for 24 months from the time you identify or are identified by any party through the Site (the “Non-Circumvention Period”), you must use the Site as your exclusive method to request, make, and receive all payments for work directly or indirectly with that party or arising out of your relationship with that party (the “Rookiework Relationship”). You may opt-out of this obligation only if Business User or prospective Business User or Student User pays Rookiework:
(a) an “Opt-Out Fee” computed to be the greater of the following amounts:
1. $2,500; or
2. 15% of the cost to the Business User of the services to be performed in the Rookiework Relationship during the Non-Circumvention Period, as estimated in good faith by the prospective Business User; or
3. all Service Fees that would be earned by Rookiework from the Rookiework Relationship during the Non-Circumvention Period, computed based on the annualized amount earned by Student User from Business User during the most recent normalized 8-week period, or during such shorter period as data is available to Rookiework; and
(b) interest at the rate of 18% per annum or the maximum rate permitted by applicable law, whichever is less, calculated from the date Business User first makes payment to the subject Student User until the date the Opt-Out Fee is paid.
To pay the Opt-Out Fee, you must request instructions by sending an email message to email@example.com.
Except if you pay the Opt-Out Fee, you agree not to circumvent the Payment Methods offered by the Site. By way of illustration and not in limitation of the foregoing, you must not:
1. Submit proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contact, hire, work with, or pay outside the Site.
2. Accept proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contact, deliver services, invoice, or receive payment outside the Site.
3. Invoice or report on the Site or in an Opt-Out Fee request an invoice or payment amount lower than that actually agreed between Business User and Student User.
You agree to notify Rookiework immediately if another person improperly contacts you or suggests making or receiving payments outside of the Site. If you are aware of a breach or potential breach of this non-circumvention agreement, please submit a confidential report to Rookiework by sending an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. SERVICE CONTRACT TERMS
Unless otherwise agreed to in a writing signed by both Business User and Student User, the default terms and conditions of the Service Contract that a Student User enters directly with a Business User when the Student User agrees to provide Services to the Business User are as set forth in this Section 11, Sections 12 through 16, and the other agreements referenced in Section 7.1 (Service Contracts). Business User and Student User may agree between them on any additional or different terms for their Service Contract as long as such terms do not affect the rights or responsibilities of Rookiework or violate the Terms of Service. Rookiework is not a party to any Service Contract by or between Users, except as a third-party beneficiary as described further below.
Student User will perform the Services in a professional and workmanlike manner and will timely deliver any agreed upon Tasks. The manner and means of performing the Services will be determined and controlled by Student User.
11.2 RESPONSIBILITY FOR EMPLOYEES AND SUBCONTRACTORS
If a User wishes to subcontract with or employ third parties to perform Student Services on behalf of the User for any Engagement, the User represents and warrants that it does so as a legally recognized entity or person and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. As used in this Agreement, the term “Delegee” refers to any employee, independent contractor, or agent of a User, including an Agency Member, that the User engages to perform any work under a Service Contract. Regardless of whether a User has Delegees, the User remains responsible for all services performed under the User’s Service Contracts, including ensuring that the services comply with the Terms of Service (including confidentiality and intellectual property obligations). Each Agency specifically acknowledges and agrees that Agency Members have the authority to bind Agency to Service Contracts entered into by Agency Members on behalf of the Agency.
Student User, Agency, Delegee, and Business User acknowledge and agree that Delegees are not employees, independent contractors or agents of Rookiework or Business User. Agency, Delegee, and Student User represent, warrant, and covenant that: (a) Agency and, if applicable, each other User is solely responsible for all payments, obligations, wages, costs, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, contributions, and expenses of Delegees; (b) neither Rookiework nor Business User has the right or power to supervise or control Delegees; and (c) no Delegees of any Agency or other User will have any claim under this Agreement for overtime pay, sick leave, holiday or vacation pay, retirement benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, contributions, or any other employee benefits of any kind from Rookiework or Business User.
With respect to Delegees, Rookiework merely provides the platform for Agency or Student User to communicate and share information with Business Users and, if they are Users, with Delegees. Agency, Delegee, and Student User understand and agree that the contract terms, pay rate, work hours, service dates and working conditions will be established by the Agency, Student User, and/or Business User and not by Rookiework. Agency, Delegee, and Student User acknowledge and agree that Delegees are not employees or independent contractors of Rookiework, and further acknowledge and agree that they will not be providing any services to Rookiework (directly or indirectly) while employed or engaged by the Agency or another User.
Agency, Delegee, and Student User acknowledge and agree that Rookiework does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control Delegees; Rookiework does not set Delegees’ contract terms (including determining whether the contract will be set at an hourly or fixed fee), fees, rates, work hours, work schedules, or location of work; Rookiework will not provide Delegees with training or any equipment, labor, or materials needed for a particular Service Contract; and Rookiework does not provide the premises at which the Delegees will perform the work.
11.3 BUSINESS USER PAYMENTS AND BILLING
Business User is billed upon accepting a Bid from a Student User.
11.4 DISPUTE RESOLUTION
With respect to disputes arising between Business Users and Student Users, you agree to abide by the Dispute Resolution Policy.
11.5 TERMINATION OF A SERVICE CONTRACT
Once a Business User’s Payment Method has been charged to fund the Engagement, absent a full refund to Business User by Student User, the Service Contract does not terminate until the Student Services are completed. However, either Business User or Student User has the right to terminate a Contract at any time with the consent of the other party or in the event of a material breach. If a Contract is terminated, Business User does not have the right to recover any payments already released to Student User from the escrow account for the Engagement.
11.6 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Certain Defined TermsThe following capitalized terms have the following meanings:
“Background Technology” means all Inventions developed by Student User other than in the course of providing Student Services to Business User under the Service Contract and all Inventions that Student User incorporates into Work Product.
“Business User Materials”means requests, intellectual property, and any other information or materials that Business User provides to Student User for Student User to perform Student Services.
“Invention” means any ideas, concepts, information, materials, processes, data, programs, know-how, improvements, discoveries, developments, designs, artwork, formulae, other copyrightable works, and techniques and all Intellectual Property Rights therein.
Student User will disclose in the Engagement Terms any Background Technology which Student User proposes to incorporate into Work Product or upon which use or distribution of the Work Product will depend. If Student User discloses no Background Technology, Student User warrants that it will not incorporate any Background Technology into Work Product provided pursuant thereto. Student User will separately provide, with each delivery of Work Product to Business User, a third-party bill of materials that identifies all Background Technology and other third-party materials that have been incorporated into the Work Product and provides, for each item of Background Technology identified, (a) the name and any associated version number, (b) the applicable license or licensing terms, (c) whether the item has been modified by Student User, and (d) how the item has been incorporated into, is used by, or is relied upon by the Work Product. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless otherwise agreed in the Engagement Terms, Student User agrees that it will not incorporate into Work Product or otherwise deliver to Business User any software code for which the use or distribution of the code will create (or purport to create) obligations for Business User to grant any rights or immunities under Business User intellectual property to a third-party, including without limitation any obligation that the Work Product or Business User software combined with, derived from, or distributed with such Work Product (x) be disclosed or distributed in source code form, (y) be licensed for the purpose of making derivative works, or (z) be redistributable at no charge.
License to Background Technology
Upon Student User’s receipt of payment from Business User, Student User hereby automatically grants to Business User a non-exclusive, perpetual, fully-paid and royalty-free, irrevocable and worldwide right, with rights to sublicense through multiple levels of sublicensees, to reproduce, make derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed, make, have made, use, sell, import, offer for sale, and exercise any and all present or future rights in the Background Technology incorporated or used in Work Product.
Business User Materials
Business User grants Student User a limited, non-exclusive, revocable (at any time, at Business User’s sole discretion) right to use the Business User Materials as necessary solely for the performance of the Student Services under the applicable Service Contract. Business User reserves all other rights and interest, including, without limitation, all Intellectual Property Rights, in and to the Business User Materials. Upon completion or termination of the Service Contract, or upon Business User’s written request, Student User will immediately return all Business User Materials to Business User and further agrees to destroy all copies of Business User Materials and Deliverables (except for Background Technology as permitted by the Service Contract) contained in or on Student User’s premises, systems, or any other equipment or location otherwise under Student User’s control. Within ten days of such request from Business User, Student User agrees to provide written certification to Business User that Student User has returned or destroyed all Business User Materials and Work Product as provided in this subsection.
Ownership of Work Product and Intellectual Property
Upon Student User’s receipt of full payment from Business User, the Work Product, including without limitation all Intellectual Property Rights in the Work Product, will be the sole and exclusive property of Business User, and Business User will be deemed to be the author thereof. If Student User has any Intellectual Property Rights to the Work Product that are not owned by Business User upon Student User’s receipt of payment from Business User, Student User hereby automatically irrevocably assigns to Business User all right, title and interest worldwide in and to such Intellectual Property Rights. Except as set forth above, Student User retains no rights to use, and will not challenge the validity of Business User’s ownership in, such Intellectual Property Rights. Student User hereby waives any moral rights, rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal or inalienable rights under applicable law in and to the Work Product.
License to or Waiver of Other Rights
If Student User has any right to the Work Product, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Right, that cannot be assigned to Business User by Student User, Student User hereby automatically, upon Student User’s receipt of full payment from Business User, unconditionally and irrevocably grants to Business User during the term of such rights, an exclusive, even as to Student User, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid and royalty-free license to such rights, with rights to sublicense through multiple levels of sublicensees, to reproduce, make derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed, make, use, sell, import, offer for sale and exercise any and all such rights. If Student User has any rights to such Work Product that cannot be assigned or licensed, Student User hereby automatically, upon Student User’s receipt of payment from Business User, unconditionally and irrevocably waives the enforcement of such rights, and all claims and causes of action of any kind against Business User or related to Business User’s customers, with respect to such rights, and will, at Business User’s request and expense, consent to and join in any action to enforce such rights.
Student User will assist Business User in every way, including by signing any documents or instruments reasonably required, both during and after the term of the Service Contract, to obtain and enforce Intellectual Property Rights relating to Work Product in all countries. In the event Business User is unable, after reasonable effort, to secure Student User’s signature on any document needed in connection with the foregoing, Student User hereby designates and appoints Business User and its duly authorized officers and agents as its agent and attorney in fact to act on its behalf to further the purposes of this Section with the same legal force and effect as if executed by Student User.
11.7 WORKER CLASSIFICATION
Business User assumes all liability for determining whether Student Users are independent contractors or employees and engaging them accordingly; Rookiework disclaims any liability for such determination or the related Engagement. This Agreement does not create a partnership or agency relationship between Business User and Student User. Student User does not have authority to enter into written or oral (whether implied or express) contracts on behalf of Rookiework. For Service Contracts classified as independent contractor relationships, Business User may not require an exclusive relationship between Business User and Student User. A Student User classified as an independent contractor is free at all times to provide Student Services to persons or businesses other than Business User, including any competitor of Business User.
12. RECORDS OF COMPLIANCE Business User and Student User will each (1) create and maintain records to document satisfaction of their respective obligations under this Agreement; any Service Contract, including, without limitation, their respective payment obligations and compliance with tax and employment laws, and (2) provide copies of such records to Rookiework upon request. Nothing in this subsection requires or will be construed as requiring Rookiework to supervise or monitor a User’s compliance with this Agreement, the other Terms of Service, or a Service Contract.
13. RELATIONSHIP WITH ROOKIEWORK
Rookiework is not a party to the dealings between Business User and Student User, including posts, proposals, screening selection, contracting, and performance of Student Services. Rookiework does not introduce Student Users to Business Users or help Student Users find Engagements. Rookiework merely makes the Site Services available to enable Student Users to identify and determine the suitability of Business Users for themselves and to enable Business Users to identify and determine the suitability of Student Users for themselves. Rookiework does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control Student User or Student User’s work. Rookiework does not set Student User’s work hours, work schedules, or location of work. Rookiework will not provide Student User with training or any equipment, labor, or materials needed for a particular Service Contract. Rookiework does not provide the premises at which the Student User will perform the work. Rookiework makes no representations about, and does not guarantee the quality, safety, or legality of, the Student Services; the truth or accuracy of Student User’s listings on the Site; the qualifications, background, or identities of Users; the ability of Student Users to deliver the Student Services; the ability of Business Users to pay for the Student Services; or that a Business User or Student User can or will actually complete a transaction.
Rookiework does not deduct any amount for withholding, unemployment, Social Security, or other taxes for Business User or Student User, each of which is solely responsible for all tax returns and payments required to be filed with or made to any federal, state, or local tax authority in any nation with respect to Student User’s performance, and Business User’s acceptance, of Student Services.
Rookiework is not required to and may not verify any feedback or information given to us by Student Users or Business Users, nor does Rookiework perform background checks on Student Users or Business Users.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that Rookiework may provide information on the Site about a Student User or Business User, such as feedback, composite feedback, including a strength or risk score, geographical location, or verification of identity or credentials. However, such information is based solely on data that Student Users or Business Users voluntarily submit to Rookiework and does not constitute and will not be construed as an introduction, endorsement, or recommendation by Rookiework; Rookiework provides such information solely for the convenience of Users.
14. THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARY
Business User and Student User appoint Rookiework as a third-party beneficiary of their Service Contracts for purposes of enforcing any obligations owed to, and any benefits conferred on, Rookiework hereunder. For example, Section 5.1(c) and Section 5.1(d) of this Agreement prohibit certain terms in any Service Contract and Rookiework is hereby made a third-party beneficiary for purposes of enforcing such prohibitions. Business User and Student User further agree that Rookiework has the right to take such actions with respect to their Accounts, including, without limitation, suspension, termination, or legal actions, as we, in our sole discretion, deem necessary to enforce our rights as a third-party beneficiary under the Service Contracts.
This Agreement and any Account registration will not be construed as creating or implying any relationship of agency, franchise, partnership, or joint venture between Users and Rookiework, except and solely to the extent expressly stated in this Agreement.
15. GENERAL – SERVICE CONTRACTS
Service Contracts by and between Student User and Business User will be governed by Sections 11 (Service Contract Terms), 12 (Records of Compliance), 13 (Relationship with Rookiework), 14 (Third-Party Beneficiary), 15 (General – Service Contracts), 18 (Confidential Information), 25 (General) of this Agreement, as applicable, either directly or by way of analogy.
15.1 ENTIRE AGREEMENT
The terms and conditions set forth in this Section 15 (General – Service Contracts) and any additional or different terms expressly agreed by Business User and/or Student User will constitute the entire agreement and understanding of Business User and Student User with respect to each Service Contract and will cancel and supersede any other prior or contemporaneous discussions, agreements, representations, warranties, and/or other communications between them.
16. ROOKIEWORK’S ROLE
16.1 SERVICE CONTRACTS
You expressly acknowledge, agree, and understand that: (a) the Site is merely a venue where Users may act as Business Users and/or Student Users; (b) Rookiework is not a party to any Service Contracts between Business Users and Student Users; (c) you are not an employee of Rookiework, and Rookiework does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control the Student User or Student Services; (d) Rookiework will not have any liability or obligations under or related to Service Contracts or any acts or omissions by you or other Users; (e) Rookiework has no control over Student Users or the Student Services offered or rendered by Student Users; and (f) Rookiework makes no representations as to the reliability, capability, or qualifications of any Student User or the quality, security, or legality of any Student Services, and Rookiework disclaims any and all liability relating thereto.
17. LICENSES AND THIRD-PARTY CONTENT
17.1 SITE LICENSE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Subject to and conditioned on compliance with this Agreement, Rookiework grants you a limited license to access and, if you have created an Account, to use the Site for the purpose of using the Site Services. You must not access (or attempt to access) the Site or Site Services by any means other than the interface provided, and you will not use information from the Site or Site Services for any purposes other than the purposes for which it was made available. You agree not to use the Site or Site Services for offering any goods or services other than Student Services as permitted by this Agreement. You must not sell, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, publicly perform, prepare derivative works based on, repost, or otherwise use any content of the Site or Site Services in any way for any public or commercial purpose without Rookiework’s prior written consent. You must not use any content of the Site or Site Services on any other website or in a networked computer environment for any purpose except your own viewing without Rookiework’s prior written consent. You must not frame or link to the Site or Site Services except as permitted in writing by Rookiework. You must not attempt to reverse engineer, modify, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works from, decompile, attempt to interfere with the operation of, or otherwise attempt to derive source code from any part of the Site or Site Services unless expressly permitted by applicable law. You will not access Site Services in order to build a similar service or application, or publish any performance, or any benchmark test or analysis relating to the Site Services. Rookiework and our licensors retain all right, title, and interest in and to all Intellectual Property Rights related in and to the Site and the Site Services. The Rookiework logos and names are trademarks of Rookiework and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other product names, company names, marks, logos, and symbols on the Site or Site Services may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Except as expressly stated in this Agreement, nothing in this Agreement confers any license under any of Rookiework’s or any third party’s Intellectual Property Rights, whether by estoppel, implication, or otherwise.
17.2 USER CONTENT LICENSE
When you post User Content on the Site or through the Site Services or provide Rookiework with User Content, you represent and warrant that you have the right, power, and authority to post that User Content and grant the licenses specified below. You further represent and warrant that by posting or providing such User Content you will not violate third-party rights of any kind, including, without limitation, any Intellectual Property Rights, rights of publicity, and privacy rights. To the extent your User Content may be copyrightable, you represent, warrant, and covenant that you are the owner of all the copyright rights to such User Content and that Rookiework may exercise the rights to your User Content granted under this Agreement without any liability or obligation for any payment.
The licenses to User Content granted by you in this Agreement will terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Content from the Site, except that you grant Rookiework and our successors and Affiliates the irrevocable and perpetual license to retain and use, but not publicly display or distribute, server or archival copies of all User Content that you have removed or deleted to the extent permitted by applicable law.
You may submit comments or ideas about the Site and Site Services, including without limitation about how to improve the Site or Site Services (collectively, “Ideas”). By submitting any Ideas, you agree that: (a) your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited, and without restriction and will not place Rookiework under any fiduciary or other obligation, (b) your Ideas do not contain the confidential or proprietary information of third parties, and (c) we are free to use the Ideas without any additional compensation to you and to disclose the Ideas on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge and agree that, by acceptance of your submission, Rookiework does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas known or developed by Rookiework or obtained from sources other than you.
17.3 UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS AND USE; SITE INTERFERENCE; MALICIOUS SOFTWARE
The Site contains robot exclusion headers. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission. You will not access the audiovisual content available on the Site for any purpose or in any manner other than streaming. You agree that you will not: (a) take any action that imposes or we believe may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Site’s infrastructure; (b) copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, or publicly display any content (other than content you have submitted to the Site) from the Site, any software code that is part of the Site, or any services that are offered on the Site without the prior express written permission of Rookiework and the appropriate third party, as applicable; (c) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper operation of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site; (d) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site or any subparts of the Site, including, without limitation, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Site or the content therein; (e) transmit spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited communications; (f) attempt to interfere with or compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site; (g) collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including Account names, from the Site; (h) access any content on the Site through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Site; or (i) directly or indirectly, advertise or promote another website, product, or service or solicit other Users for other websites, products, or services.
Additionally, you agree that you will not post or introduce any invalid data, virus, worm, or other harmful or malicious software code, agent, hidden procedure, routine, or mechanism through or to the Site or the Site software that is designed to cause to cease functioning, disrupt, disable, harm, or otherwise impair in any manner, including aesthetic disruptions or distortions, the operation of (or to allow you or any other person to access or damage or corrupt data, storage media, programs, equipment, or communications or otherwise interfere with operations of or on) the Site or any other software, firmware, hardware, computer system, or network of Rookiework or any third party.
17.4 THIRD-PARTY VERIFICATION
The Site makes available various services provided by third parties to verify a User’s credentials and provide other information. Any information or content expressed or made available by these third parties or any other Users is that of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of Rookiework. Rookiework neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, information, or statement made on the Site by anyone other than Rookiework’s authorized employees acting in their official capacities.
17.5 LINKS AND APPLICATIONS
The Site may contain links to third-party websites. The Site may also contain applications that allow you to access third-party websites via the Site. Such third-party websites are owned and operated by the third parties and/or their licensors. Your access and use of third-party websites, including online communication services, such as chat, email, and calls will be governed by the terms and policies of the applicable third-party websites. You acknowledge and agree that Rookiework is not responsible or liable for: (a) the availability or accuracy of third-party websites; or (b) the content, advertising, or products on or available from third-party websites. You are responsible for deciding if you want to access third-party websites by clicking on a link or installing an application. The inclusion of any link or application on the Site does not imply that we endorse the linked site or application. You use the links and third-party websites at your own risk and agree that your use of an application or third-party website via the Site is on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranty for any purpose.
17.6 MOBILE AND OTHER DEVICES
When using our mobile applications, please be aware that your carrier’s normal rates and fees, such as text messaging and data charges, will still apply. Our mobile applications may not contain the same functionality available on the Site.
17.7 SITE UPDATES
We may from time to time in our sole discretion develop and provide Site Services updates, which may include upgrades, bug fixes, patches, and other error corrections and/or new features (collectively, including related documentation, “Updates”). Updates may also modify or delete in their entirety certain features and functionality. You agree that we do not have any obligation to provide any Updates or to continue to provide or enable any particular features or functionality. You will promptly download and install all Updates and acknowledge and agree that Site Services or portions thereof may not work properly should you fail to do so. You further agree that all Updates will be subject to the terms of this Agreement, unless otherwise provided in terms associated with such Update. Rookiework reserves the right, at any time, to modify, suspend, or discontinue Site Services or any part thereof without notice. You agree Rookiework will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of Site Services or any part thereof.
18. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.
To the extent a Business User or Student User provides Confidential Information to the other, the recipient will protect the secrecy of the discloser’s Confidential Information with the same degree of care as it uses to protect its own Confidential Information, but in no event with less than due care, and will: (a) not disclose or permit others to disclose another’s Confidential Information to anyone without first obtaining the express written consent of the owner of the Confidential Information; (b) not use or permit the use of another’s Confidential Information, except as necessary for the performance of Student Services (including, without limitation, the storage or transmission of Confidential Information on or through the Site for use by Student User); and (c) limit access to another’s Confidential Information to its personnel who need to know such information for the performance of Student Services.
If and when Confidential Information is no longer needed for the performance of the Student Services for a Services Contract or at Business User’s or Student User’s written request (which may be made at any time at Business User’s or Student User’s sole discretion), the party that received Confidential Information, will, at its expense, promptly destroy or return the disclosing party’s Confidential Information and any copies thereof contained in or on its premises, systems, or any other equipment otherwise under its control. The party that received Confidential Information agrees to provide written certification to the party disclosing the Confidential Information of compliance with this subsection within ten days after the receipt of disclosing party’s written request for such certification.
Without limiting Section 18.1 (Confidentiality), Business User, Student User, and Rookiework will not publish, or cause to be published, any other party’s Confidential Information or Work Product, except as may be necessary for performance of Student Services for a Services Contract.
19. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
YOU AGREE NOT TO RELY ON THE SITE, THE SITE SERVICES, ANY INFORMATION ON THE SITE OR THE CONTINUATION OF THE SITE. THE SITE AND THE SITE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. ROOKIEWORK MAKES NO EXPRESS REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE SITE, THE SITE SERVICES, WORK PRODUCT, OR ANY ACTIVITIES OR ITEMS RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ROOKIEWORK DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ACCURACY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW FOR ALL OF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS ON WARRANTIES, SO TO THAT EXTENT, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. SECTION 23 (TERM AND TERMINATION) STATES USER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AGAINST ROOKIEWORK WITH RESPECT TO ANY DEFECTS, NON-CONFORMANCES, OR DISSATISFACTION.
20. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Rookiework is not liable, and you agree not to hold us responsible, for any damages or losses arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, including, but not limited to:
1. your use of or your inability to use our Site or Site Services;
2. delays or disruptions in our Site or Site Services;
3. viruses or other malicious software obtained by accessing, or linking to, our Site or Site Services;
4. glitches, bugs, errors, or inaccuracies of any kind in our Site or Site Services;
5. damage to your hardware device from the use of the Site or Site Services;
6. the content, actions, or inactions of third parties’ use of the Site or Site Services;
7. a suspension or other action taken with respect to your account;
8. your reliance on the quality, accuracy, or reliability of job postings, Student User profiles, ratings, recommendations, and feedback (including their content, order, and display), or metrics found on, used on, or made available through the Site; and
9. your need to modify practices, content, or behavior or your loss of or inability to do business, as a result of changes to the Terms of Service.
ADDITIONALLY, IN NO EVENT WILL ROOKIEWORK, OUR AFFILIATES, OUR LICENSORS, OR OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR INDIRECT COSTS OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LITIGATION COSTS, INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL COSTS, OR LOSS OF DATA, PRODUCTION, PROFIT, OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. THE LIABILITY OF ROOKIEWORK, OUR AFFILIATES, OUR LICENSORS, AND OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS TO ANY USER FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED THE LESSER OF: (A) $2,500; OR (B) ANY FEES RETAINED BY ROOKIEWORK WITH RESPECT TO SERVICE CONTRACTS ON WHICH USER WAS INVOLVED AS BUSINESS USER OR STUDENT USER DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE CLAIM. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY TO ANY LIABILITY, ARISING FROM ANY CAUSE OF ACTION WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH COSTS OR DAMAGES AND EVEN IF THE LIMITED REMEDIES PROVIDED HEREIN FAIL OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR ALL OF THE FOREGOING EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS, SO TO THAT EXTENT, SOME OR ALL OF THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
In addition to the recognition that Rookiework is not a party to any contract between Business User and Student User, you hereby release Rookiework, our Affiliates, and our respective officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and employees from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any dispute you have with another User, whether it be at law or in equity. This release includes, for example and without limitation, any disputes regarding the performance, functions, and quality of the Student Services provided to Business User by a Student User and requests for refunds based upon disputes. Procedures regarding the handling of certain disputes between Users are discussed in subsection 11.4 (Dispute Resolution).
TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE, YOU HEREBY WAIVE THE PROTECTIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ANY ANALOGOUS LAW IN ANY OTHER APPLICABLE JURISDICTION) WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
This release will not apply to a claim that Rookiework failed to meet our obligations under this Agreement.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Rookiework, our Affiliates, and our respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agents (each an “Indemnified Party”) from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, losses, and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses) arising from or relating to any claim, suit, proceeding, demand, or action brought by you or a third party or other User against an Indemnified Party relating to: (a) use of the Site and the Site Services by you or your agents, including any payment obligations incurred through use of the Site Services; (b) any Service Contract entered into by you or your agents, including, but not limited to, the classification of a Student User as an independent contractor; the classification of Rookiework as an employer or joint employer of Student User; any employment-related claims, such as those relating to employment termination, employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; and any claims for unpaid wages or other compensation, overtime pay, sick leave, holiday or vacation pay, retirement benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, or any other employee benefits; (c) failure to comply with this Agreement by you or your agents; (d) failure to comply with applicable law by you or your agents; (e) negligence, willful misconduct, or fraud by you or your agents; and (f) defamation, libel, violation of privacy rights, unfair competition, or infringement of Intellectual Property Rights or allegations thereof to the extent caused by you or your agents.
23. AGREEMENT TERM AND TERMINATION
This Agreement, as amended from time to time, will become effective on the later of the Modified Date or your first visit to the Site and will remain in effect for the duration of your use of the Site or Site Services. Unless both you and Rookiework expressly agree otherwise in writing, either of us may terminate this Agreement in our sole discretion, at any time, without explanation, upon written notice to the other. You may provide written notice to email@example.com. In the event you properly terminate this Agreement, your right to use the Site is automatically revoked, and your Account will be closed; however, (a) if you have any open Engagements when you terminate this Agreement, you will continue to be bound by this Agreement until all such Engagements have closed on the Site; (b) Rookiework will continue to perform those Site Services necessary to complete any open Engagement or related transaction between you and another User; and (c) you will continue to be obligated to pay any amounts accrued but unpaid as of the date of termination or as of the completion of any open Engagements, whichever is later, to Rookiework for any Site Services and to any Student Users for any Student Services. Without limiting any other provisions of this Agreement, the termination of this Agreement for any reason will not release you, any User with whom you have entered into a Service Contract, or Rookiework from any obligations incurred prior to termination of this Agreement or that thereafter may accrue in respect of any act or omission prior to such termination. Those portions of the Terms of Service necessary to implement the foregoing survive termination of this Agreement for any reason.
Without limiting Rookiework’s other rights or remedies, we may temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend, or permanently revoke your access to the Site and refuse to provide any or all Site Services to you if: (i) you breach the letter or spirit of any terms and conditions of this Agreement or other parts of the Terms of Service; (ii) we suspect or become aware that you have provided false or misleading information to us; or (iii) we believe, in our sole discretion, that your actions may cause legal liability for you, our Users, or Rookiework or our Affiliates; may be contrary to the interests of the Site or the User community; or may involve illicit activity. If your Account is suspended or closed, you may not use the Site under the same Account or a different Account or reregister under a new Account without Rookiework’s prior written consent. If you attempt to use the Site under a different Account, we reserve the right to reclaim available funds in that Account and/or use an available Payment Method to pay for any amounts owed by you to the extent permitted by applicable law.
Without limiting Rookiework’s other rights or remedies, if you engage in actions or activities that circumvent the Site or otherwise reduce fees owed Rookiework or our Affiliates under this Agreement, you must pay Rookiework for all fees owed to Rookiework and our Affiliates and reimburse Rookiework for all losses and costs (including any and all time of Rookiework’s employees) and reasonable expenses (including attorneys’ fees) related to investigating such breach and collecting such fees. In addition, violations of this Agreement may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and may result in additional penalties and sanctions.
If your Account is closed for any reason, you will no longer have access to data, messages, files, and other material you keep on the Site. If practicable or required by law, Rookiework will retain this information along with all your previous posts and proposals for a period of up to five years from the date of closure. However, you understand that any closure of your Account may involve deletion of any content stored in your Account for which Rookiework will have no liability whatsoever.
23.1 ENFORCEMENT OF AGREEMENT
Rookiework has the right, but not the obligation, to suspend or revoke your access to the Site and Site Services if we believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement or the Terms of Service or violated our rights or those of another party. Without limiting Rookiework’s other rights or remedies, we may suspend or close your Account, use self-help in connection with our rights to reclaim funds, and refuse to provide any further access to the Site or the Services to you if (a) you breach any terms and conditions of this Agreement or other Terms of Service; (b) we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; or (c) we believe that your actions may cause legal liability for you, other Users, or Rookiework.
23.2 CONSEQUENCES OF AGREEMENT TERMINATION
Termination of this Agreement and/or closing of your Account will not relieve Business User of the requirement to pay for Student Services performed prior to the Modified Date of the termination or thereafter for any Service Contracts executed before termination of this Agreement, which fees and expenses, together with any applicable taxes, Business User hereby authorizes Rookiework to charge to its Payment Method pursuant to Section 6 (Payment Terms). Subject to the applicable Dispute Resolution Policies, Rookiework will pay Student User, in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 (Payment Terms) for all time recorded in the Time Logs incurred prior to the Modified Date of the termination or thereafter for any Service Contracts executed before termination of this Agreement.
Except as otherwise required by applicable law, we will notify you if we close your Account, unless we believe, in our sole judgment, that giving notice may cause damage. You acknowledge and agree that the value, reputation, and goodwill of the Site depend on transparency of User’s Account status to all Users, including both yourself and other Users who have entered into Service Contracts with you. You therefore agree as follows: IF ROOKIEWORK DECIDES TO SUSPEND OR CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT, ROOKIEWORK HAS THE RIGHT BUT NOT THE OBLIGATION TO: (A) NOTIFY OTHER USERS THAT HAVE ENTERED INTO SERVICE CONTRACTS WITH YOU TO INFORM THEM OF YOUR SUSPENDED OR CLOSED ACCOUNT STATUS, AND (B) PROVIDE THOSE USERS WITH A SUMMARY OF THE REASONS FOR YOUR ACCOUNT SUSPENSION OR CLOSURE.
After this Agreement terminates, the terms of this Agreement that expressly or by their nature contemplate performance after the Agreement terminates or expires will survive and continue in full force and effect. For example, the provisions protecting Confidential Information, requiring arbitration, permitting audits, protecting intellectual property, requiring non-circumvention, indemnification, payment of fees, reimbursement and setting forth limitations of liability each, by their nature, contemplate performance or observance after this Agreement terminates.
24. CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, AND DISPUTES
24.1 DISPUTE PROCESS AND SCOPE
If a dispute arises between you and Rookiework or our Affiliates, our goal is to resolve the dispute quickly and cost-effectively. Accordingly, you, Rookiework, and our Affiliates agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy that arises out of or relates to this Agreement, your relationship with Rookiework (including any claimed employment with Rookiework or one of its Affiliates or successors), the termination of your relationship with Rookiework, or the Site Services (each, a “Claim”) in accordance with this Section. For the avoidance of doubt, Claims include, but are not limited to, all claims, disputes, or controversies arising out of or relating to the Terms of Service, any Service Contract, escrow payments or agreements, any payments or monies you claim are due to you from Rookiework or its Affiliates or successors, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer protection, privacy, compensation, classification, minimum wage, seating, expense reimbursement, overtime, breaks and rest periods, termination, discrimination or harassment and claims arising under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act as enacted in any state, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (except for claims for employee benefits under any benefit plan sponsored by the Company and (a) covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or (b) funded by insurance), Affordable Care Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, state statutes or regulations addressing the same or similar subject matters, and all other federal or state legal claims arising out of or relating to your relationship with Rookiework or the termination of that relationship. Only with respect to the Arbitration Provision, Claims do not include disputes that may not be subject to a pre-dispute arbitration agreement as provided by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203) and are excluded from the coverage of the Arbitration Provision.
You agree that any Claim must be resolved as described in the subsections below titled “Informal Dispute Resolution” and “Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver.”
24.2 CHOICE OF LAW
This Agreement and any Claim will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to its conflict of law provisions and excluding the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG); provided, however, that any Claims made by any Student User located within the United States will be governed by the law of the state in which such Student User resides.
24.3 INFORMAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Before serving a demand for arbitration of a Claim, you agree to first notify Rookiework of the Claim at 616 Corporate Way., Valley Cottage, NY 10089 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and Rookiework agrees to provide to you a notice at your email address on file (in each case, a “Notice”) and seek informal resolution of the Claim. Any Notice from you must include your name, pertinent account information, a brief description of the Claim, and your contact information, so that we may evaluate the Claim and attempt to informally resolve the Claim. Any Notice from Rookiework must include pertinent account information, a brief description of the Claim, and Rookiework’s contact information, so that you may evaluate the Claim and attempt to informally resolve the Claim. Both you and Rookiework will have 60 days from the date of the receipt of the Notice to informally resolve the other party’s Claim, which, if successful, will avoid the need for further action.
24.4 MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER (DOES NOT APPLY TO USERS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND ITS TERRITORIES)
This Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver provision (“Arbitration Provision”) applies to all Users except Users located outside of the United States and its territories.
In the unlikely event the parties are unable to resolve a Claim within 60 days of the receipt of the applicable Notice, you, Rookiework, and our Affiliates agree to resolve the Claim by binding arbitration before an arbitrator from JAMS. JAMS may be contacted at www.jamsadr.com.
A. Scope of Arbitration Agreement and Conduct of Arbitration
Arbitration as provided in this Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver provision (“Arbitration Provision”) is governed by the United States Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq.). This Arbitration Provision applies to any Claim the parties may have and survives after your relationship with Rookiework ends. This Arbitration Provision is intended to apply to the resolution of disputes that otherwise would be resolved in a court of law or before a forum other than arbitration. If for any reason JAMS will not administer the arbitration, either party may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction with authority over the location where the arbitration will be conducted for appointment of a neutral arbitrator.
Except as otherwise provided herein, arbitration will be conducted in Santa Clara County, California in accordance with the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures under the Optional Expedited Arbitration Procedures then in effect for JAMS. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Claims by Student Users that allege employment or worker classification claims will be conducted within 25 miles of where the Student User is located in accordance with the JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The JAMS arbitration rules may be found atwww.jamsadr.com or by searching online for “JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures” or “JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules.” The parties agree that any party will have the right to appear at the arbitration by telephone and/or video rather than in person.
You and Rookiework will follow the applicable JAMS rules with respect to arbitration fees. In any arbitration under the JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures, the Student User will pay JAMS arbitration fees only to the extent those fees are no greater than the filing or initial appearance fees applicable to court actions in the jurisdiction where the arbitration will be conducted. The arbitrator must follow applicable law and may award only those remedies that would have applied had the matter been heard in court. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator’s decision in any court having jurisdiction.
This Arbitration Provision does not apply to litigation between the Company and you to which you are a party that is or was already pending in a state or federal court before the expiration of your opt-out period. This Arbitration Provision also does not apply to claims for workers compensation, state disability insurance or unemployment insurance benefits. Either you or Rookiework may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for provisional injunctive relief in connection with an arbitrable controversy, but only upon the ground that the award to which that party may be entitled may be rendered ineffectual without such relief; the arbitrator will render the final judgment in the matter.
Regardless of any other terms of this Arbitration Provision, a claim may be brought by or to, and remedies awarded by, an administrative agency if applicable law permits the agency to adjudicate, investigate or prosecute the claim notwithstanding the existence of this agreement to arbitrate. Such administrative claims include without limitation claims or charges brought before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or the National Labor Relations Board. Nothing in this Arbitration Provision will be deemed to preclude or excuse a party from bringing an administrative claim before any agency in order to fulfill the party’s obligation to exhaust administrative remedies before making a claim in arbitration, if any.
B. Interpretation and Enforcement of this Arbitration Provision
This Arbitration Provision is the full and complete agreement relating to the formal resolution of Claims. For the avoidance of doubt, this Arbitration Provision covers, and the arbitrator shall have exclusive jurisdiction to decide, all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, enforcement, or application of this Arbitration Provision, including the enforceability, revocability, scope, or validity of the Arbitration Provision or any portion of the Arbitration Provision. All such matters shall be decided by an arbitrator and not by a court. The parties expressly agree that the arbitrator and not a court will decide any question of whether the parties agreed to arbitrate, including but not limited to any claim that all or part of this Agreement is void or voidable.
In the event any portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of this Arbitration Provision will be enforceable. If any portion of the Class Action Waiver in subsection C, below, of this Arbitration Provision is deemed to be unenforceable, you and Rookiework agree that this Arbitration Provision will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.
C. Class Action and Jury Trial Waiver
This arbitration provision affects your ability to participate in class, collective or representative actions. Both you and Rookiework agree to bring any dispute in arbitration on an individual basis only, and not on a class, collective, or representative basis on behalf of others. There will be no right or authority for any dispute to be brought, heard or arbitrated as a class, collective, representative or private attorney general action, or as a member in any such class, collective, representative or private attorney general proceeding (“Class Action Waiver”). The Class Action Waiver does not prevent you from bringing a Claim in arbitration as a private attorney general solely on your own behalf and not on behalf of others. Notwithstanding any other portion of this Arbitration Provision or the JAMS Rules, the arbitrator will have authority to hear any Claim on a class, collective, or representative basis if, only if, and only to the extent that, the arbitrator determines that the waiver of such class, collective, or representative Claim is unenforceable. You and Rookiework agree that you will not be retaliated against, disciplined or threatened with discipline as a result of exercising any rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act by filing or participating in a class, collective or representative action in any forum. However, Rookiework may lawfully seek enforcement of this arbitration provision and the Class Action Waiver under the Federal Arbitration Act and seek dismissal of such class, collective or representative actions or claims.
D. Right to Opt Out of Arbitration and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver.
You may opt out of the foregoing arbitration and class action/jury trial waiver provision of this Agreement by notifying Rookiework in writing within 30 days of the date you first registered for the Site. To opt out, you must send a written notification to Rookiework at 616 Corporate Way., Valley Cottage, NY 10089 that includes (a) your account username, (b) your name, (c) your address, (d) your telephone number, (e) your email address, and (f) a clear statement indicating that you do not wish to resolve claims through arbitration and demonstrating compliance with the 30-day time limit to opt out of the above arbitration and class action/jury trial waiver provisions. Alternatively or in addition, you may send this written notification to email@example.com.
25.1 ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement, together with the other Terms of Service, sets forth the entire agreement and understanding between you and Rookiework relating to the subject matter hereof and thereof and cancels and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous discussions, agreements, representations, warranties, and other communications between you and us, written or oral, to the extent they relate in any way to the subject matter hereof and thereof. The section headings in this Agreement are included for ease of reference only and have no binding effect. Even though Rookiework drafted this Agreement, you represent that you had ample time to review and decide whether to agree to the terms of this Agreement. If an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation of this Agreement arises, no presumption or burden of proof will arise favoring or disfavoring you or Rookiework because of the authorship of any provision of this Agreement.
25.2 SIDE AGREEMENTS
Notwithstanding subsection 25.1 (Entire Agreement), Business Users and Student Users may enter into any supplemental or other written agreements that they deem appropriate (e.g., confidentiality agreements, invention assignment agreements, assignment of rights, etc.). The terms and conditions of this Agreement, however, will govern and supersede any term or condition in a side agreement that purports to expand Rookiework’s obligations or restrict Rookiework’s rights under this Agreement.
User will not violate any applicable foreign, federal, state, or local laws or third-party rights on or related to the Site. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, User agrees to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, import and export control laws and third parties’ Intellectual Property Rights.
No modification or amendment to this Agreement will be binding upon Rookiework unless in a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Rookiework. For the purposes of this subsection, a written instrument will expressly exclude electronic communications, such as email and electronic notices, but will include facsimiles. This Section 25.4 (Modifications) does not apply to amendments to this Agreement posted by Rookiework to the Site from time to time.
25.5 NO WAIVER
The failure or delay of either party to exercise or enforce any right or claim does not constitute a waiver of such right or claim and will in no way affect that party’s right to later enforce or exercise it, unless such party issues an express written waiver, signed by a duly authorized representative of such party.
User may not assign this Agreement, or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, without Rookiework’s prior written consent in the form of a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Rookiework (and, for the purposes of this subsection, a written instrument will expressly exclude electronic communications such as email and electronic notices, but will include facsimiles). Rookiework may freely assign this Agreement without User’s consent. Any attempted assignment or transfer in violation of this subsection will be null and void. Subject to the foregoing restrictions, this Agreement will inure to the benefit of the successors and permitted assigns of the parties.
If and to the extent any provision of this Agreement is held illegal, invalid, or unenforceable in whole or in part under applicable law, such provision or such portion thereof will be ineffective as to the jurisdiction in which it is illegal, invalid, or unenforceable to the extent of its illegality, invalidity, or unenforceability and will be deemed modified to the extent necessary to conform to applicable law so as to give the maximum effect to the intent of the parties. The illegality, invalidity, or unenforceability of such provision in that jurisdiction will not in any way affect the legality, validity, or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction or of any other provision in any jurisdiction.
25.8 FORCE MAJEURE
The parties to this Agreement will not be responsible for the failure to perform or any delay in performance of any obligation hereunder due to labor disturbances, accidents, fires, floods, telecommunications or Internet failures, strikes, wars, riots, rebellions, blockades, acts of government, governmental requirements and regulations or restrictions imposed by law or any other similar conditions beyond the reasonable control of such party. The time for performance of such party will be extended by the period of such delay. Irrespective of any extension of time, if an event of Force Majeure occurs and its effect continues for a period of 60 days, either the party may give to the other a 30-day notice of termination. If, at the end of the 30 day period, the effect of the Force Majeure continues, the Agreement will terminate.
25.9 PREVAILING LANGUAGE AND LOCATION
The English language version of this Agreement will be controlling in all respects and will prevail in case of any inconsistencies with translated versions, if any. The Site is controlled and operated from our facilities in the United States. Rookiework makes no representations that the Site is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Site from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable foreign, United States, state, and local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, export and import regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations maintained by the United States Department of Commerce and the sanctions programs maintained by the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control. You must not directly or indirectly sell, export, re-export, transfer, divert, or otherwise dispose of any software or service to any end user without obtaining any and all required authorizations from the appropriate government authorities. You also warrant that you are not prohibited from receiving U.S. origin products, including services or software. You may not use or access the Site if you are: (a) a resident of a geographic area embargoed by the United States; (b) subject to United States economic sanctions that prohibit your use or access to the Site; or (c) a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Site are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.
25.10 COMMUNICATIONS FROM YOU TO ROOKIEWORK
All notices to Rookiework or our Affiliates intended to have a legal effect must be in writing and delivered either (a) in person; (b) by a means evidenced by a delivery receipt, to the following address: 616 Corporate Way., Valley Cottage, NY 10089; or (c) in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All such notices are deemed effective upon receipt by Rookiework. Rookiework does not accept service of any legal process by email or mail; all such service should occur by hand delivery on Rookiework or its registered agent for service of process.
26. CONTACTING US
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact customer support at email@example.com