Terms of use for CPA Firm Directory

Terms of use contract for CPA Firm Directory application and services provided by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (the "terms and conditions").

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THESE PAGES CAREFULLY: This Contract is a legal contract between you (the "User") and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada ("CPA Canada") for the Services offered by CPA Canada through the CPA Firm Directory Application, www.cpacanada.ca/cpafirmdirectory (the "Application"), and as selected by the User upon online registration for a CPA Firm Directory User account (the "User Account").

BEFORE USING THE APPLICATION OR SUBMITTING YOUR CPA FIRM DIRECTORY LISTING TO THE APPLICATION, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE HAVING READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE CONTRACT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS STATED HEREIN. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO ACCEPT ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS CONTRACT YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE YOUR USE OF THIS APPLICATION AND THE SERVICES, INCLUDING YOUR USER ACCOUNT IF REGISTRATION HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

References on this Application to "we", "our" and "us" are references to CPA Canada.

SECTION 1 - SERVICES

1.1 CPA Canada provides this Application to the User as a service for individuals to find CPA, CA, CMA and CGA Firms and for owners of CPA, CA, CMA and CGA Firms to create a listing to promote their services.

1.2 By registering online for a User Account, you acknowledge that you represent a CPA, CA, CMA or CGA Firm seeking to create a listing to promote your services.

SECTION 2 - REGISTRATION AND PASSWORD

2.1 You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your User Account password which allows access to a non-public area of this Application and that you will be responsible for any loss resulting from any unauthorized use of your User Account. You agree to immediately notify CPA Canada of any unauthorized use of your User Account.

SECTION 3 - USE AND OWNERSHIP OF MATERIALS

3.1 The Contract does not transfer to you any right or interest in the Services or the Application, including any information, data, application, image, video, graphics, or other materials made available through the Services or through an associated third party content supplier that is found on the Application (collectively, the "Content"), or with respect to any modification, translation, or subsequent broadcasting.

3.2 CPA Canada owns, or possesses, all the necessary licences to use all of the documents made available on the Application (the "Documents").

3.3 You acknowledge that the Application, Services, Content and Documents are protected by copyright, trade-mark, trade secret or other intellectual property laws under both Canadian and international laws, and that CPA Canada has proprietary rights, copyrights and other rights and interests in the Application, Services, Content and the Documents, as well as any modifications, translations or subsequent broadcasting, and all other material relating to them.

3.4 You acknowledge that CPA Firm Directory and www.cpacanada.ca/cpafirmdirectory are trade-marks owned by CPA Canada, which cannot be used without the prior written consent of CPA Canada. All other trade-marks and product names, as well as all company names and logos appearing in the Content or Documents or on the Application are the property of their respective owners.

3.5 You may not modify or remove any copyright, trade-mark or any other proprietary notices, appearing on the Application, in the Content or in the Documents. Nor may you modify, reproduce, remove, distribute, broadcast, publish or transmit the Content or the Documents, nor may the User add elements, participate in the transfer or sale of the Content or Documents, or exploit in any way, the Content or Documents.

3.6 Notwithstanding the previous clauses, you are hereby granted a non-exclusive , non-transferable, limited licence to view and download a single copy of the Content and/or Documents available on the Application, and to reproduce, print, and distribute portions of the Content (exclusive of the Application's design and structure and underlying HTML code) and/or Documents retrieved from this Application, provided

(a) it is used only for informational, personal or non-commercial purposes only;

(b) you do not alter or modify the Application, its Content or the Documents in any way;

(c) the reproduction retains all copyright, trade-mark, service-mark and other intellectual property notices contained in the original Content and Documents; and

(d) the Content and Documents will not be reproduced, displayed, stored, or distributed on any network or on any electronic media whatsoever.

SECTION 4 - USER REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

4.1 You represent and warrant to CPA Canada:

(a) You will not use the Application, Services, Content or Documents for any purpose prohibited in the Contract or for unlawful purposes;

(b) Personal information you provide to the CPA Firm Directory during the registration process , concerning your identity, contact information and details of your Firm is true and accurate;

(c) You will not modify or delete any material posted by any other User;

(d) You will not use any engine, software, routine, tool, agent or other device or mechanism to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of this Application or any activity being conducted on this Application, including taking any action which imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the server hosting the Application;

(e) You will not attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Application;

SECTION 5 - USER SUBMITTED INFORMATION

5.1 You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the form, content and accuracy of any information posted by you on the Application and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. You must not, and by using this Application you agree not to, do the following things: post material that is in breach of copyright; post content that is not in compliance with rules of professional conduct; post material that reveals trade secrets or breaches trade-mark or patent rights; post material that infringes on the privacy or publicity rights of others; post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, or abusive, to another User or any other person; post a sexually-explicit image or statement; post advertisements or solicitations of business, post chain letters or pyramid schemes; impersonate another person; or post material that contains viruses, or other computer programs intended to damage or interfere with any system, data or information.

5.2 You acknowledge and agree to grant CPA Canada a licence to post, display and otherwise reproduce any copyrighted information that you submit to CPA Canada, upon granting consent, to post on the public-access area of the Application.

5.3 CPA Canada does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of the information posted by Users. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted by other Users will be at your own risk. CPA Canada offers a passive service for the posting and online distribution of User-submitted firm information and has no obligation to screen information in advance and is not responsible for the screening or monitoring of information posted by Users.

5.4 If notified by a User of listings which allegedly do not conform to these Terms and Conditions, CPA Canada may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and its sole discretion whether to remove or request the removal of the listing. CPA Canada has no liability or responsibility to Users for performance or non-performance of such activities.

5.5 CPA Canada reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or remove any information provided by the User, including listings which are abusive, in violation of rules of professional conduct, or illegal, if the information contravenes these Terms and Conditions.

SECTION 6 - DISCLAIMERS

6.1 You acknowledge that any use of or reliance on the Application, Services, Content or Documents shall be at your own risk. CPA Canada makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the Application, the Services, the Content and/or the Documents, all of which are provided on an "as is" basis. CPA Canada, to the fullest extent permitted by law, expressly disclaims all representations, warranties and conditions, including without limitation any implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, merchantable quality, non-infringement and fitness for a particular purpose and those arising by statute or otherwise in law or from a course of dealing or usage of trade. CPA Canada makes no warranties about the technical accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Application, Content, Services, Documents, software, text, graphics, and links.

6.2 CPA Canada does not warrant that the Application, the Services or the Content will continue to operate, operate without interruptions or that it will be error-free, or that the Application and its server are free of computer viruses or other destructive mechanisms or that the Application, Services, Content and Documents are up to date. If your use of the Application, the Services or the Content results in the need for servicing or replacing equipment or data, CPA Canada accepts no responsibility for those costs.

SECTION 7 - LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

7.1 In no event shall CPA Canada, its officers, directors, employees, agents and affiliates, its suppliers, or any third parties mentioned on the Application, be liable for any damages whatsoever, whether for loss, damages or injury (including, without limitation, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting from the use or inability to use the Application and the Services, or from the use of a link to any web site other than this one, whether based on warranty, contractual or other liability, and whether or not CPA Canada is advised of the possibility of such damages.

7.2 Notwithstanding 7.1, the aggregate liability for CPA Canada to you for all claims arising from the use of the Application, Content, Services and Documents is limited to $100 Canadian.

SECTION 8 - INDEMNITY

8.1 You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CPA Canada, its officers, directors, employees, agents and affiliates, its suppliers, and any third parties mentioned on the Application, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal and accounting fees (judicial and extra-judicial), alleging or resulting from your use of the Application, Services, Content or Documents, or your breach of these Terms and Conditions. CPA Canada shall provide notice to you promptly of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding.

SECTION 9 - TERMINATION

9.1 CPA Canada reserves the right, at its sole discretion without advance notice, to immediately suspend or expel Users, terminate their User Account and prevent their further access to the Application or Services upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions . CPA Canada may take any action with respect to User-submitted information that it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if it believes it may create liability for CPA Canada or may cause CPA Canada to lose the services of its ISPs or other suppliers.

9.2 Notwithstanding the above, Section 3, Section 4, Section 6, Section 7, Section 8, Section 11 and Section 13 survive any termination of the Contract.

SECTION 10 - AGREEMENT TO PRIVACY POLICY

10.1 You agree to abide by the CPA Canada Privacy Policy, which is incorporated by reference into these Terms and Conditions.

SECTION 11 - LINKED WEB SITES

11.1 The Application provides links to independent third-party web sites, as well as references to certain products, services or publications that do not belong to CPA Canada and are provided solely as a convenience to the User and not as an endorsement by CPA Canada of their contents. CPA Canada neither endorses nor is responsible for any content and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party web sites. If you decide to access linked third-party web sites, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses and other destructive mechanisms.

11.2 You may provide hyper-links to this Application provided

(a) you do not remove or obscure, by framing or otherwise, advertisements, the copyright notice, or the visual presentation of this Application;

(b) you do not imply, mislead or misrepresent that CPA Canada or its CPA Firm Directory endorses you or your products or services;

(c) you give CPA Canada notice of such link by sending an e-mail to cpafirmdirectory@cpacanada.ca;

(d) CPA Canada shall have no responsibility or liability for any content appearing on your web site; and

(e) you discontinue providing hyper-links to this Application if notified by CPA Canada.

SECTION 12 - CHANGES TO APPLICATION AND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

12.1 CPA Canada reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend, modify or revise this Application, the Services, the Content, the Documents, and these Terms and Conditions with or without prior notice. We will endeavour to give you advance notice of such changes, but you should review this contract on a regular basis for changes. Continued use of this Application following any change constitutes your acceptance of the change.

SECTION 13 - JURISDICTION

13.1 CPA Canada operates the Application from its corporate headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CPA Canada makes no representation or warranty that materials at this Application are appropriate for use at any locations outside Canada. If you access this Application from outside Canada, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws.

13.2 This Contract as well as any legal proceedings resulting from it, the Application or the Services is governed by the internal laws of the province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada. The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario.

SECTION 14 - GENERAL CONDITIONS

14.1 These Terms and Conditions incorporate by reference any notices contained on this Application and constitute the entire agreement between the parties regarding the matters that they cover and supersedes all prior understandings, offers and agreements on the same subject matter, whether written or oral. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect their validity and enforceability.

14.2 No modification of this agreement will be effective unless it is in a written document signed by us or posted by us on our Application. No waiver of any term of this agreement will be effective unless it is acknowledged in writing by CPA Canada. A waiver of any term or default of this Contract hereunder shall not constitute the waiver of any other or subsequent breach or default.

14.3 The relationship of the parties is solely that of independent contractors and neither party shall have any authority to act for or bind the other party.

14.4 Rights and obligations of the parties will pass to their respective successors, heirs, executors, administrators, representatives and authorized legal successors, it being understood that no right or obligation covered by the Contract can be assigned voluntarily by the User except in accordance with the Contract.

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