ZSE Terms of Service
Welcome to ZSE
1. Your relationship with ZSE
Your use of ZSE's products, software, services and web sites (referred
to collectively as the "Services" in this document and excluding any services
provided to you by ZSE under a separate written agreement) is subject to
the terms of a legal agreement between you and ZSE. "ZSE" means
ZSE Inc., whose principal place of business is at 55 Town Centre Court,
Suite 700, Toronto, ON, Canada. This document explains how the agreement is made
up, and sets out some of the terms of that agreement.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing with ZSE, your agreement with ZSE will always include, at a minimum, the terms and conditions set out in
this document. These are referred to below as the "Universal Terms".
Your agreement with ZSE will also include the terms of any Legal Notices
applicable to the Services, in addition to the Universal Terms. All of these are
referred to below as the "Additional Terms". Where Additional Terms apply to a
Service, these will be accessible for you to read either within, or through your
use of, that Service.
The Universal Terms, together with the Additional Terms, form a legally binding
agreement between you and ZSE in relation to your use of the Services.
It is important that you take the time to read them carefully. Collectively,
this legal agreement is referred to below as the "Terms".
If there is any contradiction between what the Additional Terms say and what the
Universal Terms say, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence in relation
to that Service.
2. Accepting the Terms
In order to use the Services, you must first agree to the Terms. You may not use
the Services if you do not accept the Terms.
You can accept the Terms by:
clicking to accept or agree to the Terms, where this option is made available to
you by ZSE in the user interface for any Service; or
by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that
ZSE will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from
that point onwards.
You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of
legal age to form a binding contract with ZSE, or (b) you are a person
barred from receiving the Services under the laws of the Canada or other
countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use
Before you continue, you should print off or save a local copy of the Universal
Terms for your records.
3. Language of the Terms
Where ZSE has provided you with a translation of the English language
version of the Terms, then you agree that the translation is provided for your
convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern
your relationship with ZSE.
If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of the
Terms says and what a translation says, then the English language version shall
4. Provision of the Services by ZSE
ZSE has subsidiaries and affiliated legal entities around the world
("Subsidiaries and Affiliates"). Sometimes, these companies will be providing
the Services to you on behalf of ZSE itself. You acknowledge and agree
that Subsidiaries and Affiliates will be entitled to provide the Services to
ZSE is constantly innovating in order to provide the best possible
experience for its users. You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of
the Services which ZSE provides may change from time to time without
prior notice to you.
As part of this continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that ZSE may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any
features within the Services) to you or to users generally at ZSE's sole
discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any
time. You do not need to specifically inform ZSE when you stop using the
You acknowledge and agree that if ZSE disables access to your account,
you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any
files or other content which is contained in your account.
You acknowledge and agree that while ZSE may not currently have set a
fixed upper limit on the number of transmissions you may send or receive through
the Services or on the amount of storage space used for the provision of any
Service, such fixed upper limits may be set by ZSE at any time, at ZSE' discretion.
5. Use of the Services by you
In order to access certain Services, you may be required to provide information
about yourself (such as identification or contact details) as part of the
registration process for the Service, or as part of your continued use of the
Services. You agree that any registration information you give to ZSE
will always be accurate, correct and up to date.
You agree to use the Services only for purposes that are permitted by (a) the
Terms and (b) any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices or
guidelines in the relevant jurisdictions (including any laws regarding the
export of data or software to and from the United States or other relevant
You agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services by any means
other than through the interface that is provided by ZSE, unless you
have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with ZSE. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the
Services through any automated means (including use of scripts or web crawlers)
and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt
file present on the Services.
You agree that you will not engage in any activity that interferes with or
disrupts the Services (or the servers and networks which are connected to the
Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement
with ZSE, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell,
trade or resell the Services for any purpose.
You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that ZSE has no
responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations
under the Terms and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which
ZSE may suffer) of any such breach.
6. Your passwords and account security
You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the
confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the
Accordingly, you agree that you will be solely responsible to ZSE for
all activities that occur under your account.
If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account,
you agree to notify ZSE immediately at [email protected]
7. Privacy and your personal information
http://www.zse.ca/privacy.html. This policy explains how ZSE
treats your personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the
You agree to the use of your data in accordance with ZSE's privacy
8. Content in the Services
You understand that all information (such as data files, written text, computer
software, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images)
which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services
are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated.
All such information is referred to below as the "Content".
You should be aware that Content presented to you as part of the Services,
including but not limited to advertisements in the Services and sponsored
Content within the Services may be protected by intellectual property rights
which are owned by the sponsors or advertisers who provide that Content to ZSE (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify,
rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on this
Content (either in whole or in part) unless you have been specifically told that
you may do so by ZSE or by the owners of that Content, in a separate
ZSE reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to pre-screen,
review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Content from any
Service. For some of the Services, ZSE may provide tools to filter out
inappropriate content. In addition, there are commercially available services
and software to limit access to material that you may find objectionable.
You understand that by using the Services you may be exposed to Content that you
may find offensive, indecent or objectionable and that, in this respect, you use
the Services at your own risk.
You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that ZSE has no
responsibility to you or to any third party for) any Content that you create,
transmit or display while using the Services and for the consequences of your
actions (including any loss or damage which ZSE may suffer) by doing so.
9. Proprietary rights
You acknowledge and agree that ZSE (or ZSE's licensors) own all
legal right, title and interest in and to the Services, including any
intellectual property rights which subsist in the Services (whether those rights
happen to be registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may
exist). You further acknowledge that the Services may contain information which
is designated confidential by ZSE and that you shall not disclose such
information without ZSE's prior written consent.
Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with ZSE, nothing in the
Terms gives you a right to use any of ZSE's trade names, trade marks,
service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features.
If you have been given an explicit right to use any of these brand features in a
separate written agreement with ZSE, then you agree that your use of
such features shall be in compliance with that agreement, any applicable
provisions of the Terms, and ZSE's brand feature use guidelines as
updated from time to time. These guidelines can be viewed at such other URL as
ZSE may provide for this purpose from time to time.
Other than the limited license set forth in Section 11, ZSE acknowledges
and agrees that it obtains no right, title or interest from you (or your
licensors) under these Terms in or to any Content that you submit, post,
transmit or display on, or through, the Services, including any intellectual
property rights which subsist in that Content (whether those rights happen to be
registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may exist). Unless you
have agreed otherwise in writing with ZSE, you agree that you are
responsible for protecting and enforcing those rights and that ZSE has
no obligation to do so on your behalf.
You agree that you shall not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights
notices (including copyright and trade mark notices) which may be affixed to or
contained within the Services.
Unless you have been expressly authorized to do so in writing by ZSE,
you agree that in using the Services, you will not use any trade mark, service
mark, trade name, logo of any company or organization in a way that is likely or
intended to cause confusion about the owner or authorized user of such marks,
names or logos.
10. License from ZSE
10.1 ZSE gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable
and non-exclusive license to use the software provided to you by ZSE as
part of the Services as provided to you by ZSE (referred to as the
"Software" below). This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use
and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by ZSE, in the manner
permitted by the Terms.
10.2 You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a
derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract
the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly
permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you
may do so by ZSE, in writing.
10.3 Unless ZSE has given you specific written permission to do so, you
may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the Software,
grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the Software, or
otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the Software.
11. Content license from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which
you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting
or displaying the content you give ZSE a perpetual, irrevocable,
worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify,
translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any
Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This
license is for the sole purpose of enabling ZSE to display, distribute
and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in
the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for ZSE to make such
Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom
ZSE has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to
use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that ZSE, in performing the required technical steps
to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your
Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such
changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to
the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media.
You agree that this license shall permit ZSE to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to ZSE that you have all the rights, power
and authority necessary to grant the above license.
12. Software updates
12.1 The Software which you use may automatically download and install updates
from time to time from ZSE. These updates are designed to improve,
enhance and further develop the Services and may take the form of bug fixes,
enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree
to receive such updates (and permit ZSE to deliver these to you) as part
of your use of the Services.
13. Ending your relationship with ZSE
13.1 The Terms will continue to apply until terminated by either you or ZSE as set out below.
13.2 If you want to terminate your legal agreement with ZSE, you may do
so by (a) notifying ZSE at any time and (b) closing your accounts for
all of the Services which you use, where ZSE has made this option
available to you. Your notice should be sent, in writing, to ZSE's
address which is set out at the beginning of these Terms.
13.3 ZSE may at any time, terminate its legal agreement with you if:
you have breached any provision of the Terms (or have acted in manner which
clearly shows that you do not intend to, or are unable to comply with the
provisions of the Terms); or
ZSE is required to do so by law (for example, where the provision of the
Services to you is, or becomes, unlawful); or
the partner with whom ZSE offered the Services to you has terminated its
relationship with ZSE or ceased to offer the Services to you; or
ZSE is transitioning to no longer providing the Services to users in the
country in which you are resident or from which you use the service; or
the provision of the Services to you by ZSE is, in ZSE's
opinion, no longer commercially viable.
13.4 Nothing in this Section shall affect ZSE's rights regarding
provision of Services under Section 4 of the Terms.
13.5 When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and
liabilities that you and ZSE have benefited from, been subject to (or
which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force) or which are
expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and
the provisions of paragraph 20.7 shall continue to apply to such rights,
obligations and liabilities indefinitely.
14. EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES
14.1 NOTHING IN THESE TERMS, INCLUDING SECTIONS 14 AND 15, SHALL EXCLUDE OR
LIMIT ZSE'S WARRANTY OR LIABILITY FOR LOSSES WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY
EXCLUDED OR LIMITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF
LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH
OF IMPLIED TERMS, OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY THE
LIMITATIONS WHICH ARE LAWFUL IN YOUR JURISDICTION WILL APPLY TO YOU AND OUR
LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
14.2 YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR
SOLE RISK AND THAT THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE."
14.3 IN PARTICULAR, ZSE, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS
LICENSORS DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT TO YOU THAT:
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS,
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR FREE FROM
ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE
ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, AND
THAT DEFECTS IN THE OPERATION OR FUNCTIONALITY OF ANY SOFTWARE PROVIDED TO YOU
AS PART OF THE SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED.
14.4 ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE
SERVICES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY
RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF
DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
14.5 NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM
ZSE OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT
EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS.
14.6 ZSE FURTHER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF
ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE
15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
15.1 SUBJECT TO OVERALL PROVISION IN PARAGRAPH 14.1 ABOVE, YOU EXPRESSLY
UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ZSE, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS
LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR:
ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES
WHICH MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, HOWEVER CAUSED AND UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY..
THIS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ANY LOSS OF PROFIT (WHETHER INCURRED
DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY), ANY LOSS OF GOODWILL OR BUSINESS REPUTATION, ANY LOSS
OF DATA SUFFERED, COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, OR OTHER
ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE WHICH MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
LOSS OR DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF:
ANY RELIANCE PLACED BY YOU ON THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY OR EXISTENCE OF ANY
ADVERTISING, OR AS A RESULT OF ANY RELATIONSHIP OR TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND
ANY ADVERTISER OR SPONSOR WHOSE ADVERTISING APPEARS ON THE SERVICES;
(II) ANY CHANGES WHICH ZSE MAY MAKE TO THE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY
PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY CESSATION IN THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICES (OR ANY
FEATURES WITHIN THE SERVICES);
(III) THE DELETION OF, CORRUPTION OF, OR FAILURE TO STORE, ANY CONTENT AND OTHER
COMMUNICATIONS DATA MAINTAINED OR TRANSMITTED BY OR THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE
(III) YOUR FAILURE TO PROVIDE ZSE WITH ACCURATE ACCOUNT INFORMATION;
(IV) YOUR FAILURE TO KEEP YOUR PASSWORD OR ACCOUNT DETAILS SECURE AND
15.2 THE LIMITATIONS ON ZSE'S LIABILITY TO YOU IN PARAGRAPH 15.1 ABOVE
SHALL APPLY WHETHER OR NOT ZSE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN
AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING.
16. Copyright and trade mark policies
16.1 It is ZSE's policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright
infringement that comply with applicable international intellectual property law
(including, in the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and to
terminating the accounts of repeat infringers.
16.2 ZSE operates a trade mark complaints procedure in respect of ZSE's advertising business.
17.1 Some of the Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display
advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the
content of information stored on the Services, queries made through the Services
or other information.
17.2 The manner, mode and extent of advertising by ZSE on the Services
are subject to change without specific notice to you.
17.3 In consideration for ZSE granting you access to and use of the
Services, you agree that ZSE may place such advertising on the Services.
18. Other content
18.1 The Services may include hyperlinks to other web sites or content or
resources. ZSE may have no control over any web sites or resources which
are provided by companies or persons other than ZSE.
18.2 You acknowledge and agree that ZSE is not responsible for the
availability of any such external sites or resources, and does not endorse any
advertising, products or other materials on or available from such web sites or
18.3 You acknowledge and agree that ZSE is not liable for any loss or
damage which may be incurred by you as a result of the availability of those
external sites or resources, or as a result of any reliance placed by you on the
completeness, accuracy or existence of any advertising, products or other
materials on, or available from, such web sites or resources.
19. Changes to the Terms
19.1 ZSE may make changes to the Universal Terms or Additional Terms
from time to time. When these changes are made, ZSE will make a new copy
of the Universal Terms available and
any new Additional Terms will be made available to you from within, or through,
the affected Services.
19.2 You understand and agree that if you use the Services after the date on
which the Universal Terms or Additional Terms have changed, ZSE will
treat your use as acceptance of the updated Universal Terms or Additional Terms.
20. General legal terms
20.1 Sometimes when you use the Services, you may (as a result of, or through
your use of the Services) use a service or download a piece of software, or
purchase goods, which are provided by another person or company. Your use of
these other services, software or goods may be subject to separate terms between
you and the company or person concerned. If so, the Terms do not affect your
legal relationship with these other companies or individuals.
20.2 The Terms constitute the whole legal agreement between you and ZSE
and govern your use of the Services (but excluding any services which ZSE may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely
replace any prior agreements between you and ZSE in relation to the
20.3 You agree that ZSE may provide you with notices, including those
regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, or postings on the
20.4 You agree that if ZSE does not exercise or enforce any legal right
or remedy which is contained in the Terms (or which ZSE has the benefit
of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of
ZSE's rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available
20.5 If any court of law, having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter,
rules that any provision of these Terms is invalid, then that provision will be
removed from the Terms without affecting the rest of the Terms. The remaining
provisions of the Terms will continue to be valid and enforceable.
20.6 You acknowledge and agree that each member of the group of companies of
which ZSE is the parent shall be third party beneficiaries to the Terms
and that such other companies shall be entitled to directly enforce, and rely
upon, any provision of the Terms which confers a benefit on (or rights in favor
of) them. Other than this, no other person or company shall be third party
beneficiaries to the Terms.
20.7 The Terms, and your relationship with ZSE under the Terms, shall be
governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario without regard to its conflict
of laws provisions. You and ZSE agree to submit to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the courts located within the city of Toronto, Ontario to
resolve any legal matter arising from the Terms. Notwithstanding this, you agree
that ZSE shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an
equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.
Last Updated: November 2, 2010.