Terms Of Service
1. Description of Service
alpineSTOCK.com operates a Swiss based online photo agency. This agency offers the service of distributing, administering, and licensing photos via its website. alpineSTOCK.com enables customers to purchase licenses to use photos and photographers to offer and sell licenses for their photos. alpineSTOCK.com is open to everyone. Photos are displayed without prior registration at alpineSTOCK.com. Articles and texts are made available without prior registration as well.
2. Customers / Membership
Photo users can register for a membership at alpineSTOCK.com. There are several types of membership. Photo users can purchase licenses even without creating a membership for their convenience. Photographers are obliged to register prior to uploading and selling their photos. Upon registering and/or purchasing any products from alpineSTOCK.com, customers declare their unlimited acceptance of alpineSTOCK.com's Terms of Service. Irrespective of this Terms of Service, the special license and service terms for photo users and/or photographers are presented and to be accepted or declined by registering or purchasing a license in a printable format. Customers are held responsible for the activities carried out using their login data.
4. Legal Compliance of Contents
The services of alpineSTOCK.com are only to be used for lawful purposes.
5. Transfer of Rights
alpineSTOCK.com is entitled to transfer rights and obligations arising from any terms and agreements of alpineSTOCK.com fully or partly to third parties.
6. Liability of alpineSTOCK.com
alpineSTOCK.com is continuously monitoring and improving its technical infrastructure to secure it against breakdowns, downtime, and attempts at fraudulent manipulation, but cannot be held responsible for any damages arising from such events, whether occurring against its own infrastructure or the infrastructure of third parties, in particular that of payment gateway providers. alpineSTOCK.com cannot be held responsible for any damages due to fraud, hacking or phishing, unauthorized use of customer's data, or malicious software connected within any content. alpineSTOCK.com is not liable for any errors in titles keywords, descriptions, or other data connected with any photo
7. Relationship with payment services
alpineSTOCK.com uses payment services like PayPal as safe credit card payment gateways. Customers who choose to pay via payment services are transferred to the website of the payment gateway supplier in order to place their payment. All credit card information is given to the payment service only and is not and cannot be recorded by alpineSTOCK.com.
8. Right of Database
alpineSTOCK.com operates a photo database which is protected by national
and international law. Any complete or partial take-over of any
databases of alpineSTOCK.com is prohibited unless otherwise agreed in
advance in writing.
9. Web Analysis / Google Analytics / Google+ / Share This / Facebook
alpineSTOCK.com uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies,” text files that are saved on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information produced by the cookie concerning your use of this website (including your IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and saved there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to compile reports on the website activities for the website operators and to provide additional services linked to the website activities and the use of the Internet. Google will also transfer this data to third parties, where appropriate, insofar as this is prescribed by law or insofar as third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Google will under no circumstances combine your IP address with other data from Google. You may prevent installation of the cookies through an appropriate setting of your browser software; however, we wish to point out to you that in this case you may not be able to fully use all the functions of this website.
alpineSTOCK.com uses the "Google+" button, a service of Google Inc. ("Google”). By visiting our website, Google may or may not track your visit of our website, send data via your browser directly to their servers and store them on their servers. If you click on the Google+ button, data of your visit may or may be not connected with your existing Google+ account. Google states that it will only track and store data of users who are logged in to Google+ and /or their services (including your IP address). We do not have any influence whether any information is transferred or stored by Google. By using this website, you express your agreement to the processing of the data collected on you by Google in the way previously described and for the purpose mentioned before.
alpineSTOCK.com uses the social sharing widget "Share This" and the Facebook "Like" button. Share This enables the user to share contents of our site in a great variety of social networks, including Facebook. By visiting our website, any social network company may or may not track your visit of our website, send data via your browser directly to their servers and store them on their servers. If you click on the Share This widget, data of your visit may or may be not connected with your existing social network accounts. We do not have any influence whether any information is transferred or stored by social network companies. By using this website, you express your agreement to the processing of the data collected on you by social network companies in the way previously described and for the purpose mentioned before.
10. Changes to Terms of Service
alpineSTOCK.com is entitled to change all of its terms of service and special terms of service at any time. Registered customers and photographers will be informed about changes 30 days in advanced by email. If alpineSTOCK.com does not receive any written objection by the respective customers and/or photographers, the changes are considered to have been accepted. In case of an objection, alpineSTOCK.com is entitled to cancel the membership of the respective customer/photographer.
11. Applicable Geographical Area
All terms of service are applicable for all customers, photo users, and photographers of alpineSTOCK.com, regardless of their country of residence.
12. Applicable Law / Place of Jurisdiction
The use of this website and of the services offered by alpineSTOCK.com are solely subject to Swiss law. Place of jurisdiction for all disputes between commercial customers and alpineSTOCK.com is the primary location of alpineSTOCK.com, regardless of the residence of customers. The place of jurisdiction for private persons also considered to be the primary location of alpineSTOCK.com as well, but at least Switzerland, insofar as this is legally allowed. Conflicting laws and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods are excluded.
13. Salvatory Clause
In the event that any part of this agreement should be invalid for any reason, it is to be replaced with a corresponding text, which is valid and equivalent to the intended meaning. The rest of the agreement shall remain unaffected and valid.
alpineSTOCK.com - Swiss Image Agency for Outdoor Images 10/2011