Terms and Conditions of Use
The following terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) govern your use of this website or mobile application on which a link to these Terms and Conditions appear, and any content, features or functionality made available from or through this website or such mobile application, including any subdomains thereof, or application (the “Website”). The Website is made available by the Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) or one of our affiliates (“we” or “us” or “our”), each of which have adopted these Terms and Conditions with regard to the respective Website. We may change the Terms and Conditions from time to time, at any time without notice to you, by posting such changes on the Website. BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS APPLIED TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you may not access or otherwise use the Website.
- Proprietary Rights.
As between you and us, we own, solely and exclusively, all rights, title, and interest in and to the Website, all the content (including, for example, audio, photographs, illustrations, graphics, other visuals, video, copy, text, software, titles, Shockwave files, etc.), code, data, and materials thereon, the look and feel, design, and organization of the Website, and the compilation of the content, code, data, and materials on the Website, including but not limited to any copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, database rights, moral rights, sui generis rights, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein. Your use of the Website does not grant to you ownership of any content, code, data, or materials you may access on or through the Website.
- Limited License.
You may access and view the content on the Website on your computer or other device and, unless otherwise indicated in these Terms and Conditions or on the Website, make single copies or prints of the content on the Website for your personal, internal use only. Unless otherwise specifically indicated in these Terms and Conditions or on the Website, use of the Website Services offered on or through the Website (collectively, the “Website Services”), are only for your personal, non-commercial use.
- Prohibited Use.
Unless otherwise specifically indicated in these Terms and Conditions or on the Website, any commercial or promotional distribution, publishing, or exploitation of the Website, or any content, code, data, or materials on the Website, is strictly prohibited unless you have received the express prior written permission from our authorized personnel or the otherwise applicable rights holder. Other than as expressly allowed herein or on the Website, you may not download, post, display, publish, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, modify, perform, broadcast, transfer, create derivative works from, sell or otherwise exploit any content, code, data, or materials on or available through the Website. You further agree that you may not alter, edit, delete, remove, otherwise change the meaning or appearance of, or repurpose, any of the content, code, data, or other materials on or available through the Website, including, without limitation, the alteration or removal of any trademarks, trade names, logos, service marks, or any other proprietary content or proprietary rights notices. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading or otherwise using any copyrighted material from or through the Website. If you make other use of the Website, or the content, code, data, or materials thereon or available through the Website, except as otherwise provided above, you may violate copyright and other laws of the United States, other countries, as well as applicable state laws and may be subject to liability for such unauthorized use.
No permission or license is granted or implied to use the trademarks, logos, service marks and trade names displayed on the Website, on content available through the Website, or in connection with the Website Services (collectively the “Trademarks”). Our Trademarks may not be used without our prior written permission, and the Trademarks of third parties may not be used without the prior written permission of their respective owners.
- User Information.
- Submitted Materials.
- Prohibited User Conduct.
You warrant and agree that, while using the Website and the Website Services, you shall not: (a) impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with any other person or entity; (b) insert your own or a third party’s trademarks, advertising, branding or other promotional content into any of the Website’s content or materials or Website Services (for example, without limitation, in an Embedded Video (as defined herein), RSS feed or a podcast received from us or otherwise through the Website), or, except as otherwise specifically authorized in these Terms and Conditions or on the Website use, redistribute, republish or exploit such content or service for any further commercial or promotional purposes; or (c) attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems through the Website. You shall not: (i) engage in spidering, screen scraping, database scraping, harvesting of e-mail addresses, wireless addresses, or other contact or personal information, or any other automatic means of obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Website or the Website Services, including without limitation any information residing on any server or database connected to the Website or the Website Services; (ii) obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to computer systems, materials, or information through any means; (iii) use the Website or the Website Services in any manner that could interrupt, damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website or such services, including, without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or “flooding” servers with requests; (iv) use the Website or the Website Services in violation of our or any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights; or (v) use the Website or the Website Services in violation of any applicable law. You further agree that you shall not attempt (or encourage or support anyone else’s attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Website or the Website Services, or any content thereof, or make any unauthorized use thereof. You agree that you shall not use the Website in any manner that could interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Website or the Website Services. You shall not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made publicly available or provided for through the Website.
- Public Forums.
We may, from time to time, make messaging services, chat services, bulletin boards, message boards, blogs, other forums and other such services available on or through the Website. In addition to any other rules or regulations that we may post in connection with a particular service, you agree that you shall not upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish through the Website or any service or feature made available on or through the Website, any materials which (i) restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Website or the Website Services, (ii) are fraudulent, unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit, or indecent, (iii) constitute or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or international law, (iv) violate, plagiarize, or infringe the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, contract, patent, rights of privacy, or publicity or any other proprietary right, (v) contain a virus, spyware, or other harmful component, (vi) contain embedded links, advertising, chain letters, or pyramid schemes of any kind, or (vii) constitute or contain false or misleading indications of origin, endorsement, or statements of fact. You further agree not to impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious, including us, our advertisers or affiliates, or any of our or their personnel. You also may not offer to buy or sell any product or service on or through your comments submitted to our forums. You alone are responsible for the content and consequences of any of your activities.
- Right to Monitor and Editorial Control.
- Private or Sensitive Information on Public Forums.
Comments submitted to a forum may be recorded and stored in multiple places, both on our Website and elsewhere on the Internet, which are likely to be accessible for a long time and you have no control over who will read them. You must therefore be careful and selective about the personal information that you disclose about yourself and others, and in particular, you should not disclose sensitive, embarrassing, proprietary, or confidential information in your comments to our public forums.
- Linking to the Website.
Unless otherwise specifically indicated in these Terms and Conditions or on the Website, you agree that: (i) if you include a link from any other website to the Website, such link shall open in a new browser window and shall link to the full version of an HTML formatted page of this Website; (ii) you are not permitted to link directly to any image hosted on the Website or the Website Services, such as using an “in-line” linking method to cause the image hosted by us to be displayed on another website; and (iii) you agree not to download or use images hosted on this Website on another website for any purpose including, without limitation, posting such images on another site. You agree not to link from any other website to this Website in any manner such that the Website, or any page of the Website, is “framed,” surrounded, or obfuscated by any third party content, materials or branding. We reserve all of our rights under the law to insist that any link to the Website be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Website from any other website at any time upon written notice to you.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless us and our affiliates, and our directors, officers, employees, and agents and those of our affiliates, from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising in any way from your use of the Website or the Website Services, from your placement or transmission of any message, content, information, software, or other materials on or through the Website, or from your breach or violation of the law or of these Terms and Conditions. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.
- Orders for Products and Services.
We may make certain products available to visitors and registrants of the Website. You are not required to purchase anything. However, if you do not purchase a subscription or product, your access to Website content and services will be limited. If you order any products, you hereby represent and warrant that you are 18 years old or older. You agree to pay in full the prices for any purchases you make either by credit/debit card concurrent with your online order or by other payment means acceptable to us. You also agree to the billing frequency stated at the time of your order and to pay all applicable taxes. If payment is not received by us from your credit or debit card issuer or its agents, you agree to pay all amounts due upon demand by us. Certain products that you purchase and/or download on or through the Website may be subject to additional terms and conditions presented to you at the time of such purchase or download. Your subscription may not include access to all areas of the digital product, and you may have to pay additional fees for full access. These additional charges will be clearly stated.
Subscriber’s Automatic Renewal Program: Enjoy your first term of issues for the rate shown at time of order (which may be a free trial). After such period, we will automatically renew your subscription for a new term as described at the time you accepted the offer, charged to the payment mechanism you authorized at the time of your offer acceptance (which may be a credit or debit card, or third party payment device such as Paypal) until you tell us to stop. If your credit card expires or your payment method is otherwise invalid, your subscription or product will not automatically be terminated. You will remain responsible for all charges. For annual renewal periods: each year we will send you a reminder notice with the rate for the next term and instructions on how to cancel which you may do at any time by contacting customer service or logging into your account. If you cancel mid-term, you will receive a refund on all undelivered issues. For monthly renewal periods, if you cancel, you may continue to receive access to your subscription until the end of that paid period and you will not be charged for future terms. No refunds are issued for monthly subscription plans. We reserve the right to change prices and fees at any time. We will notify you in advance if the regular rate of a product changes from what was stated at the time of your order. You will have the opportunity to accept the new price or cancel your subscription or purchase from that point forward. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your subscription or product for any reason, with or without notice and without further obligation.
For all subscriptions, if we are not able to charge your authorized payment mechanism for your renewal, we may attempt to charge you again before the end of your current billing term, update your account information using information obtained from third parties, such as your credit card company, or if such efforts are not successful, we may bill you directly using your contact and account information. You agree to keep all of your contact and account information current and accurate and notify us immediately if such information changes at any time. You authorize us to maintain your billing account information to charge your account as described above until you cancel.
Website magazine is only available to subscribers with a U.S. or Canadian postal address. Subscriptions may be available in other jurisdictions but either may not be auto-renewed or have access to digital editions. The magazine currently publishes 2 double issues. Each counts as two of 14 issues in an annual subscription. Your first issue mails in 6-8 weeks. We reserve the right to modify the content, type and availability of the Website or any product or Website Services at any time. Applicable sales tax will be added. Subscribers have access to the digital content on Website.com associated with the subscription tier purchased for the duration of the billing period.
- Registered User Account, Password and Security.
As part of the registration or account creation process, you will create login credentials by providing an email address and selecting a password. You also have to give us certain registration information, all of which must be accurate and updated. You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information during the registration process and promptly update your information with any changes as they occur. Only one person may use the user name and password associated with an account. You agree not to impersonate any person or company or use a name that you are not authorized to use. You must keep your login credentials strictly confidential, you may not allow anyone to use your registration, and you may not access the Website using any other person’s login credentials. We reserve the right to suspend and/or terminate your access at any time in our sole discretion. We shall not be responsible for losses incurred as the result of a user’s misuse of email addresses, passwords or their registration.
- Third Party Websites.
You may be able to link from the Website to third party websites, and third party websites may link to the Website (collectively “Linked Sites”). You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code, or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through Linked Sites, even if they are owned or run by our affiliates. Links to Linked Sites do not constitute our endorsement or sponsorship of such websites or the information, content, products, services, advertising, code, or other materials presented on or through such websites. The inclusion of any link to such sites on our Site does not imply our endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of that site. The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) and our affiliates disclaim any liability for links (1) from another website to this Website, and (2) to another website from this Website. The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) and our affiliates cannot guarantee the standards of any website to which links are provided on this Website, nor shall we be held responsible for the contents of such sites, or any subsequent links. We do not represent or warrant that the contents of any third party website are accurate, compliant with state or federal law, or compliant with copyright or other intellectual property laws. We are not responsible for or any form of transmission received from any linked website. Any reliance on the contents of a third party website is done at your own risk and you assume all responsibilities and consequences resulting from such reliance.
- Embedded Video Links.
- Copyright Agent.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and require that the people who use the Website or the Website Services, do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to our Copyright Agent, designated as such pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(2), named below:
- Your address, telephone number, and email address;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
- A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Carolina World Trade Association
9221 Holly Hill Farm Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28277
Please Note: The Copyright Agent has no responsibility for and will not respond to Usage/Reprint permission requests or Subscriber/Customer Service inquiries.
- DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL SERVICES, FEATURES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS AND MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY FOR INFORMATION, DATA, DATA PROCESSING SERVICES, UPTIME OR UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS, ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, PLAYABILITY, DISPLAYABILITY, ACCURACY, PRECISION, CORRECTNESS, THOROUGHNESS, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, OR CONTENT OF INFORMATION, AND ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE WEBSITE OR THE PROVIDED SERVICES WILL MEET USERS’ REQUIREMENTS. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES ALSO ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR EQUIPMENT ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE WEBSITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO CONTENT, OR AUDIO CONTENT FROM THE WEBSITE. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE WEBSITE, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE WEBSITE.
WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THE WEBSITE IS CORRECT AND UP-TO-DATE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR MAKE CORRECTIONS TO ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR WARNING. WE NEITHER ENDORSE NOR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE OR STATEMENT ON THE WEBSITE, NOR FOR ANY OFFENSIVE, DEFAMATORY, OBSCENE, INDECENT, UNLAWFUL OR INFRINGING POSTING MADE THEREON BY ANYONE OTHER THAN OUR AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE SPOKESPERSONS WHILE ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, OTHER USERS OF THE WEBSITE). IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE. PLEASE SEEK THE ADVICE OF PROFESSIONALS, AS APPROPRIATE, REGARDING THE EVALUATION OF ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FINANCIAL, HEALTH, OR LIFESTYLE INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT.
PRIOR TO THE EXECUTION OF A PURCHASE OR SALE OF ANY SECURITY OR INVESTMENT, YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH YOUR BROKER OR OTHER FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO VERIFY PRICING AND OTHER INFORMATION. WE SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR INVESTMENT DECISIONS BASED UPON, OR THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM, THE CONTENT PROVIDED HEREIN. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THE WEBSITE SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS INVESTMENT ADVICE. WE ARE NOT A REGISTERED BROKER-DEALER OR INVESTMENT ADVISOR AND DO NOT GIVE INVESTMENT ADVICE OR RECOMMEND ONE PRODUCT OVER ANOTHER.
WITHOUT LIMITATION OF THE ABOVE IN THIS SECTION, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ORDERED OR PROVIDED VIA THE WEBSITE, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS MADE IN PRODUCT OR SERVICES LITERATURE, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DOCUMENTS AND OTHERWISE ON THE WEBSITE OR IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH US OR OUR AGENTS. ANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ORDERED OR PROVIDED VIA THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED BY US “AS IS,” EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT, IF AT ALL, OTHERWISE SET FORTH IN A LICENSE OR SALE AGREEMENT SEPARATELY ENTERED INTO IN WRITING BETWEEN YOU AND US OR OUR LICENSOR OR SUPPLIER.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
IN NO EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE, OUR AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF OUR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDERS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “PROTECTED ENTITIES”) BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM, OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO, THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT, FEATURES, MATERIALS AND FUNCTIONS RELATED THERETO, YOUR PROVISION OF INFORMATION VIA THE WEBSITE, LOST BUSINESS OR LOST SALES, EVEN IF SUCH PROTECTED ENTITY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN USERS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PROTECTED ENTITIES BE LIABLE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE PROTECTED ENTITIES TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, PAID BY YOU TO US FOR YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS VIA THE WEBSITE.
- Photosensitive Seizures.
A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, such as flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games or other electronic or online content. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these “photosensitive epileptic seizures” while watching video games or other electronic content. These seizures have a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, disorientation, confusion, momentary loss of awareness, eye or face twitching, altered vision or jerking or shaking of arms or legs. If you experience any of the foregoing symptoms, or if you or your family has a history of seizures or epilepsy, you should immediately stop using the Website and consult a doctor.
- Applicable Laws.
We control and operate the Website from our offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the Website are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Website from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. All parties to these terms and conditions waive their respective rights to a trial by jury.
We may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Website or the Website Services at any time. We may restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Website and/or the Website Services if we believe you are in breach of our terms and conditions or applicable law, or for any other reason without notice or liability. We maintain a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of the Website use privileges of users who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove any portion of the Terms and Conditions, in whole or in part, at any time. Changes in the Terms and Conditions will be effective when posted. Your continued use of the Website and/or the Website Services made available on or through the Website after any changes to the Terms and Conditions are posted will be considered acceptance of those changes.
The Terms and Conditions, and the relationship between you and us, shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, United States of America. You agree that any cause of action that may arise under the Terms and Conditions shall be commenced and be heard in the appropriate court in the State of New York, County of New York, United States of America. You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within New York County in the State of New York. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms and Conditions remain in full force and effect.
- Supplemental Terms.
Stock Images Notice:
Certain images and visual representations are used with appropriate license from stock sites and may not be republished, retransmitted, reproduced, downloaded or otherwise used, except for downloading for personal, non-commercial use.
Certain images are governed by the Creative Commons license available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/legalcode.
These Terms and Conditions were last updated on February 1, 2021.